Chris Kastle


Chris Kastle has been a professional touring musician, storyteller and songwriter for almost thirty years throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe and New Zealand. As a solo artist, Chris has performed at festival, concert and library venues, is faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and an instructor for the Inland Seas Education Association. Residencies have included the Better Parenting Through the Arts Program (Aunt Martha’s Youth Center) and the ARTE Program (Illinois Immigrant Council). Chris was also chosen as a featured performer for the Chicago Public Library Summer Reading Program to do forty concerts citywide. She is the Executive Director of Common Times, the folkarts organization that produces the Chicago Maritime Festival and the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival.

Artistic Statement: 

Residencies give students the chance to work with professional, practicing artists who can give insight into pursuing the arts as a viable career. As a full-time touring performer and writer for almost thirty years, I offer interactive music and storytelling programs, many based in folk tradition, for all ages. Students are encouraged to pursue their own creativity and problem-solving skills to build self-confidence and self-esteem. It is a unique and rewarding experience to write and perform ones own original works, and through my residencies, students get to do just that! The residency allows me to grow as well. I design each residency separately and always include people from the sponsoring organization in the planning process. This helps to insure a successful outcome.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist