Kristina Lowe


Kristina Lowe, violin

Kristina Lowe was born and raised in St. Louis, making her first solo appearance at age 9 with three other violinists performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor with the St. Louis Symphony. She was the youngest member of the St. Louis Philharmonic at age 12, and studied with Mel Ritter, former concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony. Kris was a member of the St. Louis Youth Symphony as a teenager, and was twice chosen as concertmaster of the Missouri All-State Orchestra.

Kris received degrees from the University of Houston, Hannibal LaGrange College, and Master of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University. At WIU, she received her Suzuki Violin certification under Mosche Neuman of Israel, and maintained a vibrant private studio for many years teaching Suzuki Violin. Kris was a music teacher for the Quincy Public Schools, Hannibal Public Schools, and recently retired from teaching music in the Palmyra Public Schools. In addition to the QSO, Kris has performed with the Peoria Symphony, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony and others. She is a former concertmaster of the Jacksonville (IL) Symphony, and this will be her 30th year as concertmaster of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra.

Kris and her husband Jim love spending time in their country home in Palmyra with their kids and grandkids. Kris is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra, teaching 6th grade Bible Study and serving in music ministry. Kris also loves spending time riding her horses.