Krista Windingland

Krista grew up in the cold, dark winters of rural Minnesota where she kept herself warm playing violin and piano while wearing layers of sweaters. As an adult she made her way to the bright skies and hot plains of Texas, where she would never need to wear a sweater again! Now she keeps cool writing original music and arrangements for string ensembles.

At age three, Krista began her studies in classical music with lessons on violin, adding piano at 8. She also performed in orchestras and sang in choirs.  As an adult, Krista set aside violin, piano, and singing to pursue degrees in Viola Performance, with the goal of becoming a violist in a major  Symphony Orchestra. Despite experience as a substitute violist with the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she never won an audition for a permanent orchestra position.

Krista studied music education and the Suzuki method. She has been a private violin and viola teacher and orchestra instructor. Krista also studied composition and jazz, and her current project is writing and recording original compositions and arrangements.

Krista's recordings can be found on all music platforms, YouTube, and even more can be found on this website.

Krista has been married to her husband, Steve, over 20 years. They have 3 kids and 2 dogs. 

curriculum vitae


University of North Texas, Denton, TX — Post- Baccalaureate Teaching Certification, Music EC-12 — 2020

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN — MM, Viola Performance, 2006

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN — BM, Viola Performance, 2004


Jazz Studies, University of North Texas — 2018-2020

Jazz Theory, Jazz Aural Skills, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Keyboard Fundamentals, Intro to Jazz Recordings, private violin improv lessons with Scott Tixier

Cello and Bass, University of North Texas — 2020

Private lessons with Gudrun Raschen.


  • Orchestration with Kirsten Broberg, University of North Texas — 2018
  • Private lessons with Brent Michael Davids, Saint Paul, MN — 2006-2008


Suzuki Method Teacher Training, Waco and Dallas, TX — 2012

Books 1-4 for Violin and Viola

American Viola Society International Viola Congress, Minneapolis, MN — 2004

Attended concerts and Performed Viola for a Master Class

Aspen Music Festival, CO — 2004

Performed Viola in Orchestra with Gil Shaham, soloist, and John Williams, conductor and composer. Took private lessons with Sabina Thatcher.

Chautauqua Music Festival, NY — 2002

Performed Viola in Orchestra and Chamber Groups. Took private and group lessons with Evan Wilson.


Freelance Violist —  2000- present

Perform with chamber groups and orchestras for weddings, Christmas programs, Choir concerts, Other Community Concerts and Theatrical Performances.

“Strings a la mode”, String Quartet, Minneapolis, MN — 2004-2011

Violist and Manager. Arranged music for clients’ special requests.

Minnesota Orchestra — 2006-2008

Substitute Violist

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, MN  — 2006

Substitute Violist

Edina Symphony Orchestra, MN — 2006-2007

Principal Violist

Mankato Orchestra, MN — 2004-2006

Assistant Principal Violist

Kenwood Orchestra, MN — 2005

Solo Violist

Saint Cloud Symphony, MN — 1999

Keyboardist: Harpsichord, Celeste, Piano


Winterland Studios, Minneapolis, MN — 2008

Panhandle Recording Studio, Denton, TX — 2022-present


Lakeview Middle School, Lewisville, TX 2021-2022

Orchestra Director for 5 classes: Beginning Violin, Beginning Cello, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Special Ed. Inclusion.  Wrote arrangements performed at the School Concert.

McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney, TX 2021

Orchestra Co- Director: The Lead teacher for 3 of 6 orchestras; led small group sectionals for other 3 orchestras. Composed a piece performed at the Spring Concert.

Marcus High School, Flower Mound, TX — 2020

Student Teacher: Shared responsibilities teaching the Sinfonia Orchestra, led Sectionals for the Chamber Orchestra.

Downing Middle School, Flower Mound, TX — 2020

Student Teacher: Shared responsibilities for Beginning Violin Class, Beginning Viola Class (with Special Ed. Inclusion), and 7th Grade Orchestra. Arranged a song for the 7th Grade Orchestra.

University of North Texas String Project, Denton, TX — 2019-2020

Lead Teacher; arranged music for my ensembles, led rehearsals, conducted at the performance. Did on-line ZOOM lessons when COVID happened.

Private studio, Lewisville, TX — 2013-2016

Teacher; Private and Group Violin and Viola Lessons


Eden Prairie Evangelical Free Church, Eden Prairie, MN

Violist — 2007-2011; Interim Music Director — 2010-2011

Prestonwood Church, Plano, TX

Violist — 2012-2015

Beth Sar Shalom, Carrollton, TX 

Violinist— 2023-present



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