MEET KRISTEN KLEHR
Originally from upstate New York, Kristen Klehr comes to us by way of Los Angeles, and is the newest addition to Scrap Arts Music, having joined in October 2017.
She was born into a musical home, surrounded by jazz and classical LPs, 1920-1940s folk/popular tunes played on banjo, hammered dulcimer, and other eclectic tunes. This unique blend of musical influences has shaped her approach to musical interpretations and the cultural value within music. She jokes that this is why she’s never been able to settle on playing only in one genre of percussion!
Classically trained at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music (Ohio), she has a broad musical background, including orchestral percussion, marimba, world music, drum set, new music, and vocal training. Kristen has studied primarily with Josh Ryan and Joel Smales, and is proudly endorsed by DREAM Cymbals and Gongs.
Within the fitness realm, Kristen was a running coach and specialty fitness instructor, exclusively for Equinox. Currently, she is a fitness model and brand connector for Respect Your Universe (RYU) – a high-end technical apparel company, based out of Vancouver. Her athletic background also includes dance, tennis, basketball, powerlifting, rock climbing, rigorous hiking, and cycling, having most recently completed the AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Kristen loves diving into the immersive performance experience and challenging traditional concepts on ‘what a concert should be’ with her LA-based company, Produced by BEAR. She holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University and, prior to launching BEAR, Kristen spent seven years as an arts administrative professional helping numerous music festivals and non-profits launch, expand, thrive, and strengthen their own missions.