Kirsten Yon (Violin, Division Head) maintains an active solo career that includes recital engagements and masterclasses throughout the United States (including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall), Brazil, Czech Republic, England, South Korea, Honduras, Mexico, Germany, France, Iceland, and Norway. Previously on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dr. Yon has also taught at the International Music Academy Pilsen (Czech Republic) and the Nathan Schwartzman String Festival (Uberlândia, Brazil). A versatile orchestral musician, Professor Yon has held concertmaster chairs with the Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Caprock Pro Musica Sinfonietta, Ballet Lubbock and the Cypress Symphony, as well as performing with diverse ensembles that include the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), Aperio, the baroque ensemble Ars Lyrica, and the contemporary Musiqa ensemble. As a lauded chamber musician, Dr. Yon has founded the Champlain Piano Trio, the Archiano Ensemble, the Karlin Trio, and the Botticelli String Quartet. Dedicated to musical outreach, Dr. Yon is founder and Artistic Director of Encuentro de Cuerdas, a pedagogical outreach program in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Dr. Yon spends her summers teaching and performing at the Texas Music Festival, ARIA International Summer Academy (Massachusetts), Cedar Valley Chamber Music (Iowa), and the Cambridge International Summer Academy (England). Prior to her position at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, she served as Associate Professor of Violin on the faculty of Texas Tech University, teaching there for eight years. Her recording of the Kodály and Ravel Duos with Jeffrey Lastrapes can be found on Centaur Records. Her major teachers were Stephen Shipps, William Preucil, David Updegraff, and Kathleen Winkler.