about ms. holritz


Flutist Kristen Holritz made her solo debut with the United States Air Force Band in 2005 as winner of the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition. In 2008 she soloed with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and in spring of 2013 was featured as a concerto competition winner with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, winner of the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition and received third prize in the MidSouth Flute Festival Young Artist Competition. Previous summer engagements have included the Festival Institute at Round Top, the MasterWorks Festival and National Music Festival. Ms. Holritz performs extensively as a chamber musician with Schaafritz, a duo with her husband violinist Josh Holritz. New for the 2013-2014 season she will be joining the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, recently named Principal Flute. Ms. Holritz received a BM from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Tadeu Coelho, a MM from The Juilliard School with Robert Langevin, and doctoral studies at University of Georgia with Angela Jones-Reus. Ms. Holritz held the title of Adjunct Flute Professor at Truett-McConnell College from 2012-2013 and now currently enjoys private teaching out of her home in Chattanooga.

Originally from Round Rock, TX, Kristen began taking piano lessons from her Mother when she turned four years old. With two older brothers, she was always looking up to them and striving to be more like them. So when they both reached middle school and began playing secondary instruments, Kristen begged her Mom to learn one as well! Luckily, her Mom had an old flute in her closet and explained that if Kristen could make a sound on it, then she could have the beginning flute book. So Kristen delightfully began playing flute when she was nine years old and hasn’t stopped since! While not playing the flute, you can find Kristen sewing, cross stitching, swimming laps, playing with her two cats, or cooking and baking with her husband in the kitchen.