Kristen always loved to sing, but began vocal study at the age of 15 with Lise Messier and Nan Nall (Opera Theatre of Weston), and progressed to The New England Conservatory, where she studied with Helen Hodam. She earned her B.A. and M.A. at Smith College, with voice teacher Jane Bryden.
A lyric soprano who has performed in operatic and musical theater venues, Kristen currently performs in concert, and sacred settings. She is a passionate supporter of modern art song, and works by living composers. Kristen has sung both in the continental United States, Europe and the Middle East.
She is an energetic and dedicated teacher who has been helping people to sing since 1986, and she is currently working with singers ages 8 and older, from beginners to professionals. Skilled in teaching techniques ranging from Bel Canto to Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM), she has had students singing in the NATS musical theatre national semi-finals, performing opera in Salzburg, and musical theatre in New York City.
Kristen directs musicals, and conducts master classes and vocal workshops for choral ensembles and groups of individuals wishing to work on singing and fundamental musicianship. She is the founder of the "Get Real!" summer vocal music programs at the Brattleboro Music Center, and she is a co-founder of Music Adventure Program (MAP), which is an exploratory music class for students of differing abilities. Kristen firmly believes that it is the birthright of every person to sing; it's only a question of style and venue.
Kristen has been a member of the voice faculty of Smith College, and is currently based in Vermont at Northern Stage, The Putney School, The Brattleboro Music Center, and from her home studio in Dummerston, VT.
Fees available upon request.