Violist Kristina Zeinstra joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 2018. A native of West Michigan, she received her Bachelors in Viola Performance with a minor in Eurhythmics Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2016.
She has performed under the baton of such notable conductors as Carl Topilow, Jaap Van Zweden, Marin Alsop, Kimbo Ishii, and Joel Smirnoff. Prior to joining the KSO, she held the position of third chair viola for the Holland Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Oak Ridge Symphony and as principal violin and viola for several theater companies in Michigan, including Muskegon Civic Theater, West Michigan Savoyards, 63rd St. Productions, Mona Shores Allegros, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. As a chamber musician, she has been mentored by members of the Cavani, Enso, and Cleveland Quartets, and has participated in concerts and outreach performances in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, and Tennessee.
Her principal teachers include Kirsten Docter, Mark Jackobs, Caroline Coade, and Barb Corbato, and she has performed in master classes for Kenji Bunch, Andrea Priester-Houde, Robert Swan, Melissa Reardon, and Mauricio Cespedes.
She has attended several summer festivals, including Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Summer training program at the Institute for Jacques-Dalcroze Education, Calvin College String Summit, and was an orchestral intern for the Endless Mountain Music Festival. She has also participated in viola workshops at the University of Tennessee and West Virginia University. While in High School, she won first prize in the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Concerto Competition, culminating in a performance of the Walter Piston Viola Concerto with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra that was featured on public radio across West Michigan.
Her teaching credits include four years as an orchestra assistant for the CIM Preparatory Orchestra Program, rhythm and viola instructor for the Michigan chapter of the American String Teachers Association String Camp, and a private studio of viola and violin students.
She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Viola from the University of Tennessee as the teaching assistant of Hillary Herndon while completing further certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Institute for Jacques-Dalcroze Education in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Jack Stevenson, Diplôme Supérieur.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking the National Parks, and mounted archery.