Principal Oboe, Shirley Bush Helzberg Chair
Kristina Fulton joined the Kansas City Symphony as principal oboe in September 2011, and she holds the Shirley Bush Helzberg Chair. Prior to her appointment, she spent two seasons as a member of the New World Symphony and served on the faculty at the New World School of the Arts. She also has performed as guest principal oboe with various orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Diego Symphony. As a soloist, Fulton has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the New World Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra, among others. An avid lover of chamber music, she also performs frequently on the Kansas City Symphony’s free Happy Hour chamber music series. Fulton holds a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with James Caldwell and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of John Ferrillo. In her spare time, Fulton enjoys gravel cycling, photography, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three dogs.