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Ms. Kresta

Practice. Teach. Repeat.

Student Accomplishments

Dallas Youth Orchestra

Fort Worth Youth Orchestra

Youth Symphony of Denton

Lone Star Youth Orchestra

All-Region Orchestra (DFW)

High/Middle School Honor Orchestras

All-State Solo & Ensemble

Houston Orchestra for All

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Teaching Philosophy

Music is a tool to grow students as music appreciators and strong leaders. I believe in helping students explore their creativity through music while building life skills such as time management, interpersonal and coping skills, and much more. Using music as a tool for growth; the main priority is the always the student

Teaching/Performing History


Orchestra & Piano Ensemble Director, Conroe ISD

Kalista is currently an orchestra & piano ensemble director for Conroe ISD (Intermediate). She has 9 ensembles and teaches on average 300 students yearly. Her ensembles have received superior ratings at the Ann Roberts Festival and been invited to perform at various events throughout our community. 

Convention 2024

Piano Ensemble Director, CMTA

Kalista was invited to conduct the CMTA Elementary Piano Ensemble (grade 2-6) at the TMTA Convention. Students from various other private lessons teachers meet together to learn how to play and perform in an ensemble of only pianos. Ending with a performance at the TMTA Convention. 


Teacher/Performer, KaliKo Music

Kalista has been an affluent performer and teacher independently since 2016. She has performed all around DFW and Houston on compositions, theatrical premieres, improv shows, weddings, proposals, as a worship leader, and with many high/middle schools. She has also worked as an ensemble coach, private teacher, orchestral assistant, and choral conductor. She now teaches for and own KaliKo Music. A place for private teachers who believe in teaching PEOPLE through music. 

November 2020-January 2023

Master Teacher, Music & Arts

Kalista formerly worked as a master-level teacher and string specialist at Music & Arts. She currently teaches violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano

December 2021-Present

Violinist/Violist, Third Floor Strings

Kalista is currently a performing musician for Third Floor Strings, a company that contracts performers based in Houston. She commonly performs at weddings, proposals, and various business events.

March 2020-2023

Violinist/Violist, Trekorda

Kalista is currently a performing musician for Trekorda, a company that contracts musicians for various events. She most commonly performs in small chamber groups for school programs and events.

February 2021- November 2021

Teacher, The Talent House

Kalista teaches at the Talent House as a private lessons teacher in violin, viola, cello, piano, and ukulele. She has had the pleasure of teaching students of all ages and helping them play to their fullest potential!

September 2018-December 2020

Private Teacher, Da Capo Music

Kalista is currently a private lesson and group teacher at Da Capo Music. She teaches piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. She also teaches group piano classes and introduction into music.


Intern/Lower String Specialist, Youth Symphony of Denton

Kalista assisted in the beginning growth of the Youth Symphony of Denton as a lower string (cello/double bass) and string specialist assisting with sound quality and providing technical feedback.


Violist, Symphony North of Houston

Performing in a semi-pro orchestra in South Texas, Kalista was a section violist prior to moving to North Texas.

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