Kristen Thompson is a music educator, percussionist and director. She received her BA in Percussion Performance, MA in Choral Conducting and K-12 Single Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She has taught Band, Choir, Orchestra, Music Appreciation and General Music in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for 35 years and has directed church choirs for 30 years. She is a percussionist for a wide variety of professional and amateur organizations ranging from San Jose to King City and has traveled to several European countries as a competitive choral conductor and singer.
Kristen obtained a Level 3 Orff-Schulwerk Certificate as well as a Barbershop Harmony Society Front Line Director Certification. She currently teaches music at Buena Vista Middle School, Spreckles Elementary, directs the Bay Belles Women's Barbershop Chorus, the Cypressaires Men’s Barbershop Chorus, the Monterey Community Band, sings lead in her quartet Vocal Point and plays percussion gigs on a regular basis.
Kristen is married to Jeffrey Thompson of Jeffrey's Grill and Catering and is a proud grandmother of two beautiful girls.