MA, Florida State University
BM, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
Los Angeles-based producer Kristen Klehr is dedicated to expanding upon the immersive performance experience and challenging traditional concepts on ‘what a concert should be’ with her company, Produced by BEAR. She’s been called an “innovator,” “entrepreneur,” and perhaps her favorite: “a professional instigator.” Prior to launching BEAR, Klehr spent seven years as an arts administrative professional helping numerous non-profits launch, expand, thrive, and strengthen their own missions; you can find her fingerprints on Festival MARS (Los Angeles, CA), ChamberFest Cleveland (Ohio), nief-norf Summer Festival (Greenville, SC), Lev Aronson Legacy Festival (Dallas, TX), Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (Los Angeles, CA), Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz, CA), Ohio Arts Presenters Network (Columbus, OH), Salastina Music Society (Pasadena, CA), BW PRISM (Berea, OH), Zeltsman Marimba Festival (Lawrence, WI), and the Roberto Ocasio Latin-Jazz Project (Cleveland, OH). Within artist relations and event production, Klehr has worked with The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Percussive Arts Society.
Klehr’s passion for arts advocacy and consulting has led to her election into the Emerging Arts Leaders of Los Angeles Leadership Council 2016-2017, a branch of the nationally acclaimed Americans for the Arts. She holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration, with an emphasis on Orchestral Management, from Florida State University, and in 2017 completed a post-grad study from the Los Angeles Center for Cultural Innovation on “Business of Art.”
Klehr also enjoys a multifaceted career path within the music industry as a professional percussionist. She was on faculty for Malletlab 2018, currently tours with Scrap Arts Music in their new show, “Children of Metropolis,” and is an active freelancing percussionist within Los Angeles. Most recently, Kristen played marimba for the premiere of rock musical “Skullduggery” in Hollywood, drums for rock-soul recording artist Miss Dana James, orchestral percussion in the Los Angeles area and conductorless chamber group One Found Sound in San Francisco, drum set and percussion for various pit orchestra musicals in the South Bay, and explorative new music with arts collaborative “Trespass Project,” a dance and visual arts partnership with the Highway Performance Series. One of her career highlights was performing with NEXUS at PASIC 2015, and in her spare time she enjoys working on an evolving marimba/voice project, collaborating with other singer-songwriters both in LA and New York. Klehr was classically trained at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, having studied primarily with Josh Ryan and Joel Smales, and is proudly endorsed by Dream Cymbals and Gongs.