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Kristin Velicer, Assistant Principal Second Violin

Kristin Velicer serves as the assistant principal second violin with the Kansas City Symphony. Velicer has performed and toured internationally with numerous major orchestras including the Houston Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. Velicer has appeared on National Public Radio as a featured soloist and chamber musician on "Performance Today" and "Houston in Concert." Velicer has been a featured performer with the Summerfest Concert Series in Kansas City and the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado. Velicer was an invited performer in the Carnegie Hall tribute to Alexander Schneider, founder of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. She holds a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where she studied with Kathleen Winkler. While at Oberlin, she received the prestigious Conservatory Dean's Talent Award. Velicer later received her master's degree from Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, studying with Raphael Fliegel and Kathleen Winkler. Velicer serves on the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Ten questions about me:

What is your earliest musical memory?

I remember being 5 years old and going to see the Minnesota Orchestra with my mom and deciding that this is what I wanted to do.

How did you choose your instrument?

I didn't - my mom did. There weren't a lot of other children near our house and she thought this would be a good way for me to meet kids my age (I was two and a half years old).

When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?

When I was very young (five years old, I think) and realized what a great life this would be.

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

Being surrounded by an immense depth of sound and knowing you are a part of creating that.

What is the most challenging work for your instrument?

Anything by Christopher Rouse - I love his music but WOW is it hard!

Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?

I had the wonderful opportunity to perform with the Summerfest Concert Series this past summer and hope to do that again. I also can be seen in my children's school playing for their classrooms and teaching them about the instruments in the orchestra.

What songs/albums are in your iPod/MP3 Player/CD Player right now?

Nothing classical (shhhh! don't tell anyone). Mainly movie soundtracks, hip-hop (I can't workout to Mahler), some jazz, and all the best hits of the 80's!

Who is your most inspiring composer?

Gustav Mahler

What is the best part about being a musician in the Kansas City Symphony?

The lasting friendships I have made over the years with people who share my love of music. The Symphony has truly become a second family.

What is your most memorable performance with the Kansas City Symphony?

I was on stage but was not playing. Yo-Yo Ma came to do a concert with us at the Midland and at the end turned around and performed solo Bach as a gift to a musician who was retiring. Here was a full house coming to hear Yo-Yo and in this big concert hall, he managed to create a very intimate moment. He gave this beautiful gift to our colleague and reminded us why we do what we do.