Steven Kirby is skilled in multiple styles of guitar playing, including classical, jazz, popular and a range of acoustic styles. He received formative training in England on classical guitar. A cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, he was the recipient of multiple merit scholarships. He also holds a Masters in Jazz Composition from UMass Amherst.
A composer and seasoned performer, he is a recording artist for Challenge Records, and is currently working on his third CD release which will showcase his own music and formidable improvisational skills. He has been described as “…one of the most promising new players and composers on the modern jazz scene today.” (Jazz Times). He continues to perform at numerous festivals, concert and club venues in the Boston and New York areas, and is a professor at Berklee College of Music. He is also on the faculty at Salem State University, Wellesley College and Brandeis University.
Kristine has been the playing flute since the age of 9. Her classical training began in Rochester, New York; where she pursued musical studies with Eastman School of Music faculty and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. After moving to Boston, she expanded her interests into jazz and improvisational music. More recently, she has studied both classical and jazz styles with noted instructors through New England Conservatory’s Continuing Education program.
From 1999- 2004 she played flute and piccolo with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra in central Massachusetts. During that period she was also member of the Tufts University Flute Ensemble. Currently, she serves regularly in the pit orchestra for community musical theatre productions in the Metrowest area and frequently participates in a variety community events as an active freelance musician.
Kristine has taught flute to all levels of students since 1995, and has participated in instrumental music programs at the Atrium School in Watertown, Blanchard School in Boxboro, Brimmer & May School in Brookline and Hudson’s Arts Alliance. She also maintains a thriving teaching studio at her home in Concord.