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Our Director, Kristen Thompson
Kristen Thompson, Director
Since 2001, the Cypressaires Chorus has been directed by accomplished musician, Kristen Thompson. She has a BA in Music Performance in Percussion and an MA in Choral Conducting, both from San Jose State University. She has served on the faculties of both public and private schools in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties and currently teaches music at Chartwell School in Seaside. In addition to directing the Cypressaires, Kristen also directs the Bay Belles Women's Barbershop Chorus, the Monterey Community Band and the Del Monte Brass at the Naval Postgraduate School.
became involved in barbershopping twenty years ago
when a men's quartet came to sing at the high school
where she was teaching. Shortly after, she took the
position of director for the Surf City Sweet
Adelines chorus in Santa Cruz. After moving to the
Monterey Peninsula, she was hired as our current
director. She completed her Barbershop Director
Certification program and has led the Cypressaires
to victory as District Champions - Small Chorus.
She currently teaches Music full time in the Spreckels School District. In addition to directing the Cypressaires, Kristen also directs the Bay Belles Women's Barbershop Chorus, the City of Monterey Community Band and sings in her quartet Vocal Point."
In addition to all of this, she finds time to enjoy disc golf and hiking.