Kristen R. Bromley, D.M.A., is a gifted and sought after instructor, as well as a loved performer and composer. In addition to teaching guitar and jazz studies courses and ensembles at Brigham Young University, and directing the BYU Jazz Legacy Band, Dr. Kristen R. Bromley works as a professional arranging/composing, performing, and recording musician; and she is the owner and primary featured artist of Kristen R. Bromley Music, LLC.
Kristen has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from Boston University, a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies, with an additional BA major in Family History and Genealogy, from Brigham Young University.
In January 2016, Dr. Bromley suffered a severe break to her left-arm humerus bone, which likewise involved the crushing of her left-arm radial nerve. The nerve was damaged to the point that she completely lost the use of many of the muscles in her left arm and hand. Despite a very grim prognosis, which suggested that in a best-case-scenario she would regain a very small percentage of the function of her left-arm and hand, Dr. Bromley works as a musician and guitarist today. At the time of the injury, she was given a special priesthood blessing wherein God promised her that in time, because of her faith, she would experience a complete recovery. Truly, this miraculous promise has become a reality. After several months of patience and waiting, Kristen slowly began regaining the ability to move her wrist and fingers; and weeks later she was able to start gradually developing the ability to play the guitar again. In November of 2018, Dr. Bromley recorded a debut album called Simply Miraculous, which celebrates her miraculous return to professional guitar playing.