Biography

Kristina Nakagawa has been performing and directing in the Silicon Valley since 2001. She is the founding Artistic Director of Resounding Achord, an auditioned mixed-voice ensemble based in San Jose. Since the choir’s founding in 2012, Resounding Achord has been invited to perform with the Santa Cruz Chorale, Peninsula Cantare, and Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, and has also participated in two international tours to Ireland and the Baltic Nations, collaborating with San José State University and West Valley College. Kristina also works as the choir director at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Willow Glen, and she served as the Interim Director of Choirs at San José State University for the spring semester of 2019. She has also taught elementary, junior high, and high school music, and conducted two choirs at UC Irvine.

Kristina sang and served as the Assistant Conductor for The Choral Project from 2005 to 2012 where she participated in many world premieres: “Keramos” by Stephen Schwartz, Divide Light by Leslie Dill and Richard Marriott at Montalvo Arts Center, and Choose Life by Mona Lyn Reese with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. While Kristina sang with the choir, The Choral Project won the First Prize at the 2007 International Choral Festival in San Luis Obispo, and was invited to participate in the 2011 International Concorso Corale in Tolosa, Spain. She can be heard on their recordings Winter, One is the All, Tell the World, and Yuletide.

Kristina graduated in 2001 with a degree in Vocal Performance from UC Irvine, and finished her master’s degree in Choral Conducting from San José State University in 2005. While at SJSU, she was honored to study conducting with Dr. Charlene Archibeque and sang with the world-famous Choraliers. With Dr. “A” and the Choraliers, Kristina competed in the Spittal International Choral Festival in Austria and the Seghizzi Choral Competition in Gorizia, Italy.

Last Updated 4/30/20