Kristopher Hale is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. Currently a Adjunct Professor of Music at both Radford University and Lynchburg College in Virginia, he also teaches guitar and music theory privately throughout the New River Valley and Roanoke areas. He is a sought after performer, appearing in public and private events throughout Virginia.
Hale is as ambitious as he is disciplined; his vast repertoire includes music from various parts of the world and spans the Renaissance through the twentieth century. He specializes in solo and small ensemble music selected to bring art and culture to social gatherings of all sorts.
Hale received a Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Music in 2005 with a concentration in Guitar Performance from Radford University. While a student there, he was honored with scholarships and awards including a Graduate Teaching Fellowship from 2004 to 2005 and three Honors Recital Nominations from the faculty. For the 2002-2003 academic year he received the RU Senior Excellence Award and appeared on the National Dean’s List. He has been inducted into the Theta Mu chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and the Alpha Zeta chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity. Hale was a founding member of the Southwestern Virginia Classical Guitar Society at Radford University and served as its president from 2003 to 2005. Fender Musical Instruments awarded him a scholarship to attend Duquesne University’s 2002 Guitar Workshop. He also received a scholarship to the St. Joseph International Guitar Festival at Missouri Western State College in 2003 and was a semifinalist in the guitar competition at the same festival the following year. After College, Hale was appointed Professor of Music & Director of Guitar Studies at Emory & Henry College in Virginia from 2005-2008.
Hale began playing guitar at the age of 9 and won first place in a composition contest at age thirteen. During his five years at Radford University, he studied with critically acclaimed guitarist Robert Trent, the first recipient of a Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar performance from Peabody Conservatory. Hale has performed widely and received personal instruction from world-renowned guitarists including David Russell, Lily Afshar, Vincent Airault, Anthony Glise, Christopher Berg and Carlo Barone, among others.