Kristen Lee Rosenfeld is a professional composer, arranger and musical director in New York City, where she has lived for over ten years. Her compositions have been commissioned by theatres and schools around the country, and her experience as a musical director ranges from conducting full orchestras to leading small bands from behind the piano. She is passionate about telling stories that inspire us to seek the best within ourselves and others.
Kristen began music directing professionally at the age of 17 in her hometown of Seattle. Since then, she has gone on to music direct at many regional and Off-Broadway theatres. In 2008, she served as Associate Conductor for the First National Tour of Spring Awakening, and then became the Music Director/Conductor in 2010. Other NYC credits include NYMF, New York City Children's Theatre, Prospect Theatre Co, CAP21 and American Theatre of Actors. She recently received an Audelco Award Nomination for her work on Band of Angels at New York City Children's Theatre (dir. Colman Domingo), and an Honorable Mention for her music direction of The Cobalteans at NYMF 2015 (dir. Paul Stancato).
Kristen's compositions have been commissioned by Red Fern Theatre, Wooden O Theatre, American University and the Atlantic Acting School, among others. Her songs have been performed at many cabaret venues in New York and around the country, including 54 Below, Joe's Pub, The Triad, The Metropolitan Room and The Laurie Beechman. She is currently collaborating with her mother, Luanne Aronen Rosenfeld, on a post-Civil War story entitled DIVIDED. DIVIDED has been selected as part of the Northwest Writer's Showcase at Village Theatre and was developed at The Pitch at Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival. Kristen and Luanne's other full length musical, CARDBOARD CASTLES, recently received a workshop at SUNY Cortland and has been optioned for a feature film by Rubic House.
In addition to her professional work, Kristen is an accomplished teaching artist. She regularly shares her experiences and skills with students at TADA Youth Theatre and Broadway Classroom. In addition, she has served as an artist in residence at several universities including Pomona College, American University, Manhattan College and SUNY Cortland.
Kristen has a Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Edinburgh, where she studied with Nigel Osborne. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Franklin & Marshall College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Suma Cum Laude.
Beyond her artistic pursuits, Kristen stays active in the community through charity and volunteer work. She is on the board of directors for Sing For Your Seniors and plays for their sessions regularly. She also volunteers teaching Kung Fu to children and teens through Bo Law Kung Fu, where she studies under the direction of Master Paul Koh.