Kristin Isaacson, D.M.A.


Kristin Isaacson, associate professor of cello and bass, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance from Louisiana State University. Ms. Isaacson earned her Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University. Her interests in Jazz and improvisation led her to pursue a thesis topic on translating the improvisational style of Charlie Parker to the cello. Ms. Isaacson has held faculty positions at Abilene Christian University, Eastern Kentucky University, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Craftsbury Chamber Players Youth Program, the Music Academy at Louisiana State University, and she served as instrumental music director at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, Vermont. Ms. Isaacson has performed extensively in New England and Louisiana, performing with such diverse groups as the Craftsbury Chamber Players, the Hop River Chamber Players, the Abilene Chamber Players, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Ohio Light Opera, the Vermont Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Ms. Isaacson’s principal teachers include Iseut Chuat, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Dennis Parker and master classes with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, and Ralph Kirschbaum. In addition, she has studied improvisation techniques with Eugene Friesen and jazz improvisation with pianists Willis Delony and Kent Hewitt. She has studied chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, Miriam Fried, members of the Tokyo Quartet, and the Apple Hill Chamber Players.

Degrees Earned:

  • Bachelor's, Cello, Indiana University, 1998
  • Master's, Cello, Louisiana State University, 2000
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Cello, Louisiana State University
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