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Krista Kopper

Krista Kopper is a fanatic of modern and contemporary music. An avid improviser, she enjoys exploring the infinite variety of sounds that a double bass can produce. To that end, she is an active member of the Extemporaneous Music and Arts Society, an improvised arts collective in Kansas City. She has a masters degree in double bass performance from The Hartt School where she studied with Robert Black. Some of her career highlights include performing Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings with Ensemble Mise-En at the New York University Library, performing Ustvolskaya’s Composition No. 2 “Dies Irae” with Robert Black and friends at the Jewish Museum in NYC, doing a run of A Chorus Line and Spamalot at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, teaching at a music summer camp in Cazadero, CA, doing a run of 9 to 5 at Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, CO, and performing with newEar Contemporary Music Ensemble in Kansas City, MO.Krista was also the creator and host of The Backstage Creative, a podcast that focuses on the people who work behind the scenes of theater. Last year she started a concert series called The Only Series which highlights 20th century composers. She recently released a solo improvised album called Blessed Are Those Who Mourn which is based on women who have been murdered while running. She is currently working on a book about Robert Black while she freelances in the Kansas City area. In her spare time she also trains for ultramarathons. 

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