Michael E. Christoph

"I played in a bassoon trio last year with Kristen, and she rapidly became one of my favorite people in Tucson.  The consistency of her smile, her kindness, and her ebullient wit charmed me to the core.

Last year was my first year in Tucson, and it was also my first year away from my hometown. I struggled a great deal with the prospect of meeting new people, and solidifying new relationships, and I battled seemingly endless loneliness and homesickness.

In a town that seemed increasingly hostile and foreign, Kristen went out of her way to be loving and friendly. Her smile refreshed my spirit, and her delightful sense of humor never failed to lift whatever fog might be about. She dedicated herself to our music-making as well as to our friendship. I consider it an honor and privilege to have known her."