Kris Kwapis


  • Professional
  • Biography


  • D.M.A., Historical Performance, Stony Brook University, 2005
  • M.M., Trumpet Performance, University of Michigan, 1997
  • B.M., Trumpet Performance, University of Michigan, 1993


Kris Kwapis regularly collaborates as soloist and principal trumpet with period-instrument ensembles across North America, such as Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Tafelmusik, Pacific MusicWorks, Bach Collegium San Diego, Oregon Bach Festival, Staunton Music Festival, Apollo’s Fire, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Montana Early Music Festival, Bourbon Baroque, and Lyra Baroque, making music with early music luminaries such as Andrew Parrott, Monica Huggett, John Butt, Alexander Weimann, Barthold Kuijken, Matthew Halls, Jacques Ogg, and Masaaki Suzuki.  Her playing is heard on Kleos, Naxos, ReZound, Lyrichord, Musica Omnia and Dorian labels, including the 2013 Grammy-nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, and broadcast on CBC, WNYC, WQED (Pittsburgh), Portland All-Classical (KQAC), Sunday Baroque and Wisconsin Public Radio.

A student of Armando Ghitalla and Charles Daval, with a BM and MM in trumpet performance from the University of Michigan, Dr. Kwapis also holds a DMA in historical performance from Stony Brook University. On modern trumpet, she was a professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY for a decade, teaching trumpet students as well as brass methods courses, coaching chamber music and co-directing the brass ensemble.  During the fall semester of 2019, she will be teaching modern trumpet at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

Kris feels privileged to share her passion of exploring historical performance with the next generation of performers and teachers as a faculty member at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute (teaching cornetto and baroque trumpet) in addition to teaching at her home in Seattle and online. When not playing or thinking about music, she is active as a visual artist in the encaustic medium, an avid cook, and aspiring gardener.