Kristin Van Cleve

Kristin Van Cleve is the Director of the Music Department at the University of Dallas where she also directs the UD Chamber Ensembles and teaches violin.  She is Principal Second Violin with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Principal Violinist of the historical performance ensemble, Texas Camerata.

Kristin began violin studies in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska and later moved to Texas, receiving both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of North Texas.  As a baroque violinist, she has performed in Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., France, Mexico, Bolivia, southeast Asia and throughout the southwest United States.  In the fall of 2017, Kristin performed and taught in Taiwan, in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  She travels to Paris, France each summer in to perform as part of the Festival St. Louis en Ile at the Eglise St. Louis in the heart of the city.   She also performed in Guangzhou, China in Sept. 2016 with colleagues from the University of North Texas and the Julliard School.  In addition to performing with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Kristin is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and has returned to Alaska as a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.  She is a member of the University of Dallas Crowley Trio, performing on a chamber music concert series at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas.  A dedicated educator, Kristin founded the University of Dallas Summer Music Academy for middle school and high school age students and is also a founding teacher at the DISD-Orchestra of New Spain Summer String camp.  Kristin is concertmaster of numerous church orchestras in Dallas, performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and is concertmaster of the Wichita Falls Symphony. She has been a featured soloist in Wichita Falls a number of times, performing such works as the iconic Chinese Butterfly Lovers concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade.