Kristin Sponcia is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a specialty in Jazz Vocal Performance. She is an active pianist, vocalist, arranger, composer and educator. She specializes in unique interpretations of jazz standards and contemporary favorites.
In 2005, Kristin earned her Master of Music fromRoosevelt University in Chicago, IL and her Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2000. Kristin was a member of the Phil Mattson Singers from 2008-2010 and performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall with this group in April 2010. In August 2010 she accepted a five-month position performing five nights a week in a nightclub called No. 97 Club in Shenyang, Liaoning, China. Her Quartet performed at the Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
From 2005-2013 she taught as a full-time Keyboard, Theory and Ensemble faculty member at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Her student jazz combo won Third Place at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival in Spring 2010. During her employment at McNally Smith College of Music, she recorded and performed her music with the Kristin Sponcia Quartet and accompanied some of the best singers in the Twin Cities.
After graduating with a D.M.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance, Kristin hopes to continue teaching at the college level with an emphasis in this area. She also plans to record her debut album and continue her career as a performer and composer. In the meantime, she is excited to become an active member of Champaign-Urbana’s vibrant music community.