Kristen Spiridon is the new Education and Outreach Coordinator of the Savannah Philharmonic. A member of the organization for the past seven years, she joined the Philharmonic in 2011 as Second Clarinet, and in 2015, she moved to her current position as Principal Clarinet.
Ms. Spiridon offers extensive experience as an orchestral musician. In addition to her positions with Savannah, Coastal, and Augusta, she has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. She has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Midwest Clinic, and the World Association of Symphonic Band Ensembles conference; and she represents both Buffet Crampon and Rice Clarinet Works as a Performing Artist and Clinician.
A respected teacher and lecturer, Ms. Spiridon has been invited to give masterclasses at Boston University, Georgia Southern University, Miami University (OH) and George Mason University. In the summer season, Kristen serves as head of the clarinet faculty at the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp and Festival in Fairfax, Virginia, a position she has held for sixteen years. She has worked with students of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra in Brunswick, Georgia, and she has led and participated in music education and outreach programs in Ohio.
Ms. Spiridon holds a Bachelors Degree in both Clarinet Performance and Music Education from the Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She obtained her Masters and Artist Diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her teachers include Richie Hawley, Steven Barta, Carmine Campione, and Chris Pedersen.