Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk, B.M. and M.M. - Westminster Choir College and D.M.A. - University of Colorado-Boulder, is Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera. Especially interested in early music, her solo CD of Dowland lute songs was released in 2008 by Centaur. She has performed and lectured on the socio-political background of the songs internationally. In 2010, she was a participant in Early Music Vancouver’s Baroque Vocal Programme, “The Compleat Singer.”
Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk debuted with the Boulder Bach Festival in 2004. Her solo oratorio repertoire ranges from Bach to Barber and beyond; operatic roles from Monteverdi to Stravinsky. She participated in composer Bill Mayer’s 70th birthday celebration concert in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in the role of Madeline in the composer’s The Eve of St. Agnes. In 2002, she was a regional finalist in the NATSAA competition; in 2006, she appeared on Wisconsin Public’s Radio’s broadcast of Live from the Chazen Museum.
An active recitalist dedicated to performing works by living composers, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk recently appeared with the Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA) in a premiere of songs by Craig Biondi. Additional American premieres include theatre songs by composer Zeke Hecker, songs by Steven Mercurio, and performances and recordings of music by David Hogg.
A four-year veteran of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston and Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk performed with the Westminster Choir under the batons of Bernstein, Muti, Mehta, Levine, Flummerfelt, Macal, Wolff, and Masur. As a member of the New York Choral Arts Society and the National Chorale, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk’s performances included regular appearances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Educational outreach is an important part of Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk’s mission. As an apprentice with Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, she performed for over 40,000 schoolchildren throughout Arkansas and eastern Texas. At the University of Colorado, she won a Music Entrepreneurship grant to present “Introduction to Opera” workshops at elementary schools in her native Vermont, as well as in New Hampshire and Maine. She is available for master classes, pre-competition screening, and workshops on coping with stage fright.
An avid student of several languages, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk received grants for the German for Singers immersion program at Middlebury College, and for intensive study in Vienna, Austria. She is a member of NATS, College Music Society, Opera America, National Opera Association, and Early Music America. Her students have regularly placed in Wisconsin, Alabama, and regional NATS competitions as well as the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs. Recent student successes include acceptance into programs such as the Aspen Music Festival and the Bach Society of Saint Louis.
Personal web site: http://kristinehurst.com/
UAB Opera: http://www.uabopera.blogspot.com
Office Phone: (205) 934.8906