Kristine grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a Swedish-American family. In 2012 she graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, with a B.A. in Music, emphasis in vocal performance, and minors in Sociology and Latin American Studies. The combination of a deep love of singing, great teachers, experiences living abroad in Sweden and Argentina, and a supportive faculty and family led her to decide to pursue a career with her voice. In 2012-13 she studied at Ingesunds Musikhögskola followed by Birkagårdens Folkhögskola in Stockholm 2013-14. In June 2018 she completed her studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Click here to read her thesis about the importance of choosing repertoire with an intersectional perspective and an analysis of parts of by Judith Weir, with texts by Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

In September, 2018 she began a Masters in Musikdramatik (opera and musical). The program is a collaboration between the College of Music in Malmö and Malmö Opera. She is the understudy for the roll Maria in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at Malmö Operan, which runs from August 31-December 16, 218. She currently studying voice with Kirsten Buhl Møller.

Kristine is particularly interested in the intersection of identity, gender and race in the context of art and music, which has led her study and perform a wide repertoire of compositions by female composers. She strives to seek social relevance in her repertoire; she has a broad educational foundation to thank for that.

Along with classical voice studies, she leads a choir, sings in various vocal ensembles and freelances as a singer. She gives lectures on equity and norms through Make Equal and Popkollo. She dabbles with writing her own music with a pop/soul influence and powerful vocals and texts. Stay tuned to hear some of her music on the Videos//Photos page.

Click here to read the Program Notes she prepared for her Undergraduate Senior Recital at Occidental College in April 2012, in which most of the songs she performed were by female composers from the Western musical tradition.

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