Kristy-Lee Audette has dedicated her life to music and music education. Completing a Bachelor of Music Degree in trumpet performance from the University of Lethbridge under the tutelage of Trudi Mason, the U of L’s smaller campus fostered a lot of playing opportunities. Here she was able to perform in the University trumpet ensemble, brass choir, brass quartet, jazz band, wind ensemble, pit orchestras for various operas and musicals, and the Lethbridge Symphony. She was also a leader in the University of Lethbridge Global Drums ensemble, which involved the study and performance of Trinidadian steel pan, African drumming and dancing, Japanese taiko, Brazilian samba, and Classical percussion under the direction of Adam Mason. Kristy-Lee moved to Vancouver in 2010 to continue her music studies, enrolling in the Capilano University Jazz Studies program. Here she studied trumpet under the direction of Kevin Elaschuk and Brad Turner, and composition with John Korsrud.
In addition to teaching, Kristy-Lee stays busy as a session musician in various capacities. As a recording artist she works for a wide variety of different artists, and by extension has had the opportunity to work in many of the beautiful recording studios all over the city. Some of the more notable recordings have been for Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, John Wright (NoMeansNo), and Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat). As a live performer Kristy-Lee has toured internationally and performed trumpet, vocals, guitar, and synthesizer for dozens of groups all over the country, most notably Sloan, Fefe Dobson, Josh Ramsay, and Adele.