Location: Brandon/Valrico, Tampa
Instrument: Piano and Voice
Background: Krysten is a Tampa native, and graduated from Bloomingdale Senior High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Montevallo, in Montevallo, AL.
Started Music Career: Krysten began taking piano and voice lessons at age 7, after participating in her first musical. Since then, she has rarely left the stage. She continued with voice and piano lessons throughout her childhood and young adult life, along with studying tap and jazz dance. In high school, Krysten participated in Solo and Ensemble competitions, and was a member of the Ambassadors (Show/Chamber choir), Advanced Ladies choir, Concert choir, and was accepted into FL All State choirs. She was also a member of the Thespians Society, and participated in Individual Events, One Acts, and competed at the FL State Thespian Festivals. In college, she shifted her focus to opera, where she performed as both ensemble and lead in various operas, and competed in the “National Association of Teachers of Music” state competitions, receiving both 1st and 2nd place honors.
Education: Krysten Richards graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2018 (Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance) and from Bloomingdale Senior High School in 2014.
Area of Focus: Opera Performance, Musical Theater, Acting, Beginning/Intermediate Piano Performance, Stage Presence
Favorite Aspect of Teaching: Krysten’s main goal with her students is to spark an excitement for music. She aims to inspire her students to become both dedicated musicians and passionate performers. She enjoys talking with students about the meaning a motivation behind their pieces, encouraging them to both research the composer and/or show and also develop their own interpretations.