About Kristin

Kristin Henry trained to be a classical singer and voice teacher at the College of Music at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, receiving Bachelors degrees in both Vocal Performance and Music Education. After Master-level work in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at the prestigious University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music, she opted to use her vocal talents in a more commercial venue, as a founding member of local R&B cover band, Girls On Top!, with whom she continues to rock Boulder over the last 18 years. In addition, she has lent her considerable talents to many area bands and musical groups, including The Jacob Larson Band and Boulder Big Band. She has also performed in theatrical productions with Actors Ensemble in Boulder, CO, including the award-winning regional premier production of Quilters.

Making the transition from high soprano to belter provided Kristin with a full appreciation of the variety of vocal registers and productions, and convinced her that a solid vocal foundation is necessary for any style of singing. In her teaching, she integrates her experiences in a safe, fun, and energetic environment, combining the best techniques from both the classical and commercial worlds, to promote singers’ confidence in the beauty of their instrument, regardless of musical genre.


Kristin’s Teaching Philosophy

“My job is to help you discover your ideal voice, and to give you the tools to find it on command with consistency and ease. To accomplish this, I will ask you to become the Compassionate Observer of your own voice. Singing well with reliability is so challenging because your body is your instrument, and your body is a fluid entity that changes from day to day, based on how you are feeling, what you are thinking, what you ate for breakfast this morning! The key to successful singing is to learn to listen to or feel the minute changes in your voice, and to make adjustments to your technique accordingly. You experience consistent success when you learn to pay attention to what is happening with your body while you sing – your breathing mechanism, your resonance tract, your face and posture; the functioning of these components become conscious choices at first, then eventually become muscle memory. You must learn to take note of what is and is not working, and most importantly, you must learn to do all this without judgment and self-criticism!

“My studio is the safest place to try new things, iron out issues, and attempt what you’ve been afraid will not work – because here you have me to tell you if it won’t work, or why it hasn’t been working and how to make it work! I tell my students that my studio is like your yoga mat; it’s a place to practice new skills in the presence of a knowledgeable teacher, who is watching to make sure you don’t get hurt, and that you only stretch yourself to your capabilities. Then you take the practice that you’ve cultivated on your mat, and apply it with confidence in the world. If you fall over once or twice in the process, it’s no big deal! So, go ahead and crack. Go for that note you never thought you could hit. Be brave, sing out, and see what happens. We will meet each challenge that comes up with knowledge, compassion, and humor. Together, we are going to find your voice.”

Book Kristin

  • I have been a recording artist for my entire adult life, with multiple gold and platinum albums. But after taking a few years off, I discovered that my voice had changed with the passing years and lack of exercise. I have now been working with Kristin Henry for over a year and my recovery of my chops has been phenomenal. Kristin really knows her craft (not to mention being an excellent vocalist herself) and has helped me regain many of the skills I thought I had lost, as well as helping me interpret my newer material. She treats my voice like a science project, teaching me not only the techniques for doing certain things with my current voice (the 60+ version), but letting me see how I was doing them before I’d ever heard of technique. I’ve also had the opportunity to watch her work with some of her younger students, and she seems to have a natural gift for drawing the most out of them. Thank you, Kristin.

    Rick Roberts
    Firefall and The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Our 15-year-old son has been taking voice lessons at Performance High for at least four years now and it is one of the best investments in his education we have ever made. His instructor, Kristin Henry, and the entire staff are extremely dedicated and highly knowledgeable. Kristin is more than a teacher; as a professional musician herself (in the high-energy Girls On Top) she is a mentor and has developed a personal interest in his well-being. Kristin has been a great partner for us as a homeschooling family because she covers music theory, history, physics, culture and more. She meets him at his level of interest and has fostered relationships between him and other students who are performing professionally. We’ve taken a lot of classes and camps as a homeschooling family and feel fortunate to have stumbled upon the best there is in the area, in my opinion. The location at the professional studio, Dog House Music, has also been educational and interesting for him, because he often sees professionals at work. Adrienne Osborn, herself an outstanding performer, has created a top-notch center for ongoing music education and tutelage for both beginners and professionals. In a time when traditional schools are dropping arts education, even while scientists are learning the value of music training for the brain and development, parents of kids are going to have to close that gap themselves. Performance High is the place to get that training.

    Lori D.
  • Our son takes voice lessons from Kristin Henry. She is an amazing voice coach and a very friendly person. She takes a whole person approach to coaching and is helping his social and emotional development as well as significantly helping his voice talent. Kristin frequently keeps us in the loop regarding his progress. We couldn’t ask for a better coach as our son looks to improve his talents and decide whether to possibly pursue singing as a career.

    Julian L.
  • I am so very happy Kristin is my teacher. Her lessons have really been a joy and quickly have become one of the most eagerly anticipated activities of my week.  After only two sessions I definitely feel like she is helping me tremendously. She has clearly demonstrated a high aptitude for and knowledge of her craft.  Also, much appreciation for the extra time she has taken with me during each lesson. Her encouragement has also meant a lot. I have left each time feeling more inspired and positive than when I arrived.  She is making this sooo much fun while maintaining focus and keeping it productive. Seriously, she is a hoot! I can’t imagine I could have ended up with a better teacher.

    Kristin Henry – Vocal Instructor
    Mark S.
  • I love working with Kristin.  We always laugh a lot and have a great time, but she doesn’t let me get away with things, either.  She always listens very carefully to how I’m sounding and takes the opportunity to show me something new and work on it, if I need to–which I usually do!

    Marlene M.
  • Kristin is an exemplary teacher. Max has been working with her a couple of years and really looks forward to his lessons. Music has become an integral part of his being and identity, thanks to Kristin’s tutelage. Even though she works with professionals, she was able to meet our tween son at his level and make lessons fun and absorbing. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t work him hard or have high expectations. I am impressed with her vast knowledge of subject and how she teaches him specific strategies to use while singing to improve his sound and tonal quality. We are a homeschooling family, so I appreciate her integrating music theory, history and even physics into his lessons. Since he’s started working with her, he’s landed a lead part in a local play and she has provided ongoing support for that sometimes confusing experience. It’s been very helpful for me as a parent to have another ally in raising and guiding him, someone I can talk with about his progress, and I feel she has his best interest at heart, always. It is clear that we have found a lifelong mentor for our son in Kristin, and that makes us grateful. I do heartily recommend her to anyone looking to take their musicality and performance to the next level. Teachers with Kristin’s skill set and personality are rare.

    Lori B.
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