Kristen Strom

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone – Giant Steps Day Camp, Jazz Camp 1, Jazz Camp 2, Advanced Package, Jazz Camp Package, Giant Steps Package


risten Strom has been an integral part of the Stanford Jazz Workshop family for nearly 20 years. As part of the Giant Steps Big Band and Miles Ahead Big Band programs, she’s been an extremely popular and effective director. She’s led her own ensembles and performed as a side player for many Stanford Jazz Festival concerts. She co-directs the Giant Steps Day Camp summer program for middle schoolers, as well as the Mentor Fellowship program. Kristen is also a core member of the Jazz Camp faculty, teaching saxophone, clarinet, and flute, and directing combos.  

In a recent article in the San Jose Mercury, noted Bay Area jazz writer Andy Gilbert said of Kristen’s music and playing, With a tone that’s lithe and lustrous, Kristen Strom embodies her musical philosophy in every note she plays.

Also a fantastic vocalist, Kristen has been a mainstay on the Bay Area music scene for nearly two decades, acclaimed for beautifully rendered melodies, exceptional tonality, and accomplished musicianship. She has played alongside many well-known artists, including Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, Barbara Morrison, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Tammy L. Hall, Maria Muldaur and Ruthie Foster.

Bay Area performance venues for the Kristen Strom ensembles include the Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Center, Stanford Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Jazz, and several appearances at San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest. She is in the touring cast of Blues is a Woman, a show celebrating the history of women in the blues. She also performs in a celebrated duo with husband, guitarist Scott Sorkin.

In addition to her albums, Intention, Sojourn and Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett, she has recorded more than 50 albums with various jazz and pop artists, including the international jazz group Crossing Borders, Taj Mahal, Pamela Rose, Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo, Tammy L. Hall, The Jim Norton Collective and poet Paul Zarzyski.

Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett was included in the Best Jazz Albums of 2018 by the Mercury News.

Her touring schedule has included performances across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.

Kristen is committed to music education and is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Santa Clara University, as well as the Stanford Jazz Workshop. She is an endorsing artist and clinician for Selmer saxophones.


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