Acclaimed for her ‘sterling tone’ in the New York Times, Kris Kwapis enjoys playing baroque trumpet and cornetto with several period instrument ensembles including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Mercury Baroque, Bourbon Baroque, New York Collegium, Tafelmusik, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Green Mountain Project, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Foundling Baroque Orchestra, I Furiosi, NY State Baroque, Vancouver Early Music, Lyra Baroque, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, and Early Music NY, making music with conductors such as Andrew Parrott, Richard Egarr, Alexander Weimann, and Masaaki Suzuki. Her playing is heard on Kleos, Naxos, ReZound, Lyrichord, Musica Omnia and Dorian labels, including the 2013 GRAMMY nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and broadcast on CBC Radio, WQED (Pittsburgh), Wisconsin Public Radio and WNYC.
Kris is the Director of La Voce di Gabriele and former Artistic Director of Spiritus Collective. A student of Armando Ghitalla on modern trumpet, with a BM and MM in trumpet performance from the University of Michigan, Dr. Kwapis holds a DMA in historical performance, and lectures on historical brass performance practice with recent appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, University of Wyoming, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Louisville, Madison Early Music Festival, Pacific Lutheran University and Rutgers University.
Kris is a faculty member at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Early Music Institute (teaching cornetto and baroque trumpet), and teaches at the new early music program led by Stephen Stubbs at Seattle’s Cornish School of the Arts.