BIOGRAPHY

Christin Hablewitz is a musician, composer and educator who is passionate about a global approach to music that reflects our ever-evolving society. Rooted in western classical and new music traditions, she has also branched off to study, perform, and expose listeners to amazing world music including, traditional Persian, North Indian, Pakistani, Romani, klezmer, Brazilian and America’s hybridizations of it all. She holds a MFA in Clarinet Performance from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she focused on clarinet, composition, improvisation and global music study. Currently she is found performing in a diverse ensembles and recording projects on clarinet, bass clarinet, flute and steel drums, including Migrating Sounds Project, Zetz Klezmer Ensemble, Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, KREaction Ensemble, Collective Media Guild and more. She has been a guest artist in various ensembles including, Isaura String Quartet, Jherek Bischoff Group, Gutbucket Ensemble, Santa Monica Symphony and the California Shakespeare Festival.

Music education has been a constant thread in Christin’s life.  She received a MA in Creativity & Arts Education from San Francisco State University where she researched the theory and practice of creativity and advocacy for the arts. She also holds a BA in Music Education from Northern Illinois University and she has taught students from beginners to advanced players in school and private lesson settings. She is passionate in her efforts to give students a holistic and diverse music education, grounding students in the history and theory of music along with performing. Currently, she is the Director of the Instrumental Music Conservatory, and teaches AP Music Theory and Music Foundation classes at an independent college-preparatory school in Pasadena, California. 

Before moving to Los Angeles to attend CalArts, Christin lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where she juggled performance, teaching and arts administration work. For over ten years she was a program director for the City of Oakland, California Cultural Arts Department where she designed, developed, implemented and evaluated arts programs for the City of Oakland, Cultural Arts & Marketing Division, including: Oakland Fine Arts Summer School, Measure DD Public Art Program, Oakland Artisan Marketplace, ArtHouse-Oakland, Alice Arts Center Art Exhibition Series I and II and Oakland’s Arts Festival at the Alice. In Oakland, she also created the Careers in the Arts Apprenticeship Program, an interdisciplinary arts training program with a focus on social change issues. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area she performed various ensembles including San Francisco Punk Rock, Steel Jam Steel Band, Virago Theatre and Tre’ Klarinet.

photo by Carolyn Prater