Mezzo-soprano Kristen Buhler is a native Oregonian, and lover of music from all genres. Praised for her “smooth and heartfelt” singing (Artslandia), she has performed, toured, and recorded professionally with many ensembles including Cappella Romana, The Julians, Resonance Ensemble, In Mulieribus, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Cantores in Ecclesia, and Oregon Bach Festival. With Cappella Romana, she has performed at several international festivals including the Sacred Music Festival of Patmos in Greece, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Iași Byzantine Music Festival in Romania, and the Early Music Vancouver, B.C. Series. Most recently, she toured nationally with Cappella Romana and Pop-Up Magazine performing excerpts of medieval Byzantine chant from the Icons of Sound album to sold out crowds in Oakland, Brooklyn, Washington D.C., Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles. This is her first recording project with The Saint Tikhon Choir, and she has enjoyed being a part of this beautiful work by Benedict Sheehan.
Kristen earned B.A. degrees from George Fox University in both Vocal Music Performance and Writing/Literature, then garnered a M.M. degree in Choral Conducting and a M.S. degree in Special Education from Portland State University. By day, she teaches braille and assistive technology to blind and visually impaired students, and has been a co-author of a national braille curriculum entitled Building on Patterns for the last eleven years. In her spare time, she is always up for a spur of the moment trip to anywhere, pub quiz, or dinner party.