Dr. Kristin Sponcia, a native of Milwaukee, WI, earned the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance (Voice) from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2018. Additionally, she is an active pianist, arranger, composer and educator. She specializes in unique interpretations of jazz standards and contemporary favorites.
In January 2015, Dr. Sponcia was presented with the Mary Jo Papich Women in Jazz Scholarship, sponsored by the Jazz Education Network (JEN). In 2005, she earned her Master of Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL and her Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2000.
From 2005-2013 she taught as a full-time Keyboard, Theory and Ensemble faculty member at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. During her employment there, she recorded and performed her music with the Kristin Sponcia Quartet and accompanied some of the best singers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Dr. Sponcia was a member of the Phil Mattson Singers from 2008-2010 and performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall with this group in April 2010. In August 2010 she accepted a five-month position singing and playing piano in a nightclub called No. 97 Club in Shenyang, Liaoning, China. The Kristin Sponcia Quartet performed at the Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
From 2014-2017, Dr. Sponcia was the director of the University of IL Jazz Vocal Ensemble. In August 2018, she began directing vocal ensembles at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, WI. Presently, she is an Assistant Professor of Vocal Music at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Future projects in the works include the recording and release of her debut album and a book about jazz pianist/vocalists for performers and educators based on her Doctoral research. She will continue her performance and teaching career in Milwaukee, the Midwest, and beyond.