Door County Folk Festival
Kristina Arellano
(Fond Du Lac, WI)
(Work Scholar Team Leader)

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Kristina Arellano is the director of Paige School of Music, located in Fond du Lac, WI. She teaches piano and violin, and has accompanied numerous ensembles and soloists. Her credentials include a Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from North Central University and a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology from Bethel University.

She is a member of Piano Guild, OAMTA, and ICE. Her teaching experience includes work at two different music studios, and as an adjunct faculty at North Central University and UW Fond du Lac.  She has also worked as accompanist and music director for both Caucasian and Hispanic/Latino churches since 1995.

Kristina fell into folk dancing by accident when she applied for a work scholarship for DCFF five years ago.  She didn't realize folk dancing was such a huge part of the festival and had almost no clue how to dance. As they say, "When in Rome do as the Romans do," so she jumped in and had a blast. Everyone was so nice and helpful, she's returned every summer since then.