Kristen Queen is praised for her masterful teaching, commanding stage presence, and energetic performance as both a flutist and yoga instructor. She is an active clinician and performer who endeavors to program music of the last century, especially that of women composers. Her recent research focuses not just on the importance of health and wellness for musicians, but also paths to leadership for women in higher education.
Dr. Queen is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and developer/instructor of the TCU course, “Yoga for Musicians.” She has presented at conferences, workshops, and universities both nationally and internationally about the importance of health and wellness for musicians, including recently at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s (PAMA) International Symposiums in both Aspen and New York City, Guildhall School’s Reflective Conservatoire Conference in London, Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in Fort Worth, and the Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists at Chapman University in California, among others. Upcoming presentations include a mini-residency at Oklahoma City University, the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic & Convention, and PAMA International Symposium in Los Angeles.
An avid collaborator, Dr. Queen is a member of the Ataraxia Duo. The group draws its name from the Greek term meaning “hearty tranquility with continual freedom from distress and worry.” Programming primarily 20th- and 21st-century American works, the Ataraxia Duoaims to also foster and perform new compositions for flute and piano duo from composers across the country. With recent performances in the U.S. and Paris, the group strives to offer performances to new and varied audiences.
In addition to her interests in flute and musicians’ health and wellness, she also serves as Interim Director of the TCU School of Music. In November 2018 she will serve as co-coordinator and presenter at the Roundtable for Assistant Directors and Associate Deans for the Ninety-Fourth National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Annual Meeting. She is a 2017 alumna of the prestigious HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Leadership Institute for women faculty and administrators. In addition to her presentations on leadership strategies, Dr. Queen’s research seeks to understand the paths to leadership for women in executive-level leadership roles within higher education. She has recently presented as part of the International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference at Open University in London and the 10th All Ireland Doctoral Conference: Agents of change in Social Sciences, Education, and Social Work at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Dr. Queen completed an Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership at TCU, Master of Music degree at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oklahoma.
“Creativity and Research: Promotion Challenges for Administrators”, Ninety-Second National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting (Dallas, TX, November 2016)
“Empowering and Enhancing Artistic Development with Yoga for Musicians”, Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium (New York, NY, July 2016)
“Yoga for Musicians Symposium”, Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (Fort Worth, TX, June 2016)
“American Portraits” inter-arts concert as Ataraxia Duo, Music Criticism in the Twentieth Century in America and the English-Speaking World Conference (Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France, June 2016)
“Empowering and Enhancing Artistic Development with Yoga for Musicians”, Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists (Chapman University, Orange, CA, September 2015)
“Yoga for Musicians Workshop: Empowering and Enhancing Artistic Development”, Reflective Conservatoire Conference (Guildhall School, London, UK, February 2015)
“Pilot Study of the Physiological Outcome of Yoga on Collegiate Music Students,” Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium (Snowmass, CO, July 2017)
“3 Simple Yoga Poses That Work Wonders for Musicians,” https://flypaper.soundfly.com/hustle/yoga-for-musicians/ (28 April 2017)
Senior Class Legacy Gift – TCU, 2014
Provost’s Academic Affairs Outstanding Staff Award – TCU, 2013
Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute, Bryn Mawr College
College Music Society
National Association of Schools of Music
National Flute Association
Performing Arts Medicine Association
Pi Kappa Lambda
Texas Flute Society
Texas Music Educators Association
TCU Chancellor’s Scholars Program
College 101/Compass 101 Mentor
Pillars of Purple Mentor