Kristen Murdaugh
Boston, MA
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Kristen Murdaugh

Kristen M.

Boston, MA
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Want to find your voice? From classical to contemporary repertoire, singers of all ages can excel and find their truest voice if they learn the foundational principles and techniques for singing.

Kristen, mezzo-soprano, is a vocal pedagogue and performer, currently completing her Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music. After 15 years of studying voice and 6 years of teaching voice, she firmly believes that every singer - regardless of their age - has a unique voice which can grow and shine in any genre by learning, practicing, and applying the fundamental building blocks of singing. Kristen teaches voice in the hope of helping and inspiring current and future musicians to achieve their musical dreams while expanding their horizons to new challenges and goals as well.

Kristen is an avid performer both nationally and internationally. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and German Studies from Furman University. She has taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced singers, from children to adults, through private lessons and musical theater and opera productions. She truly believes that singing is an art which can communicate more than words and help individuals find their unique voice.

About Kristen M.

Kristen, mezzo-soprano, is a vocal pedagogue and performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. With a passion for contemporary repertoire, she recently sang the role of Estelle in NEC’s graduate opera production of John Musto’s Later the Same Evening under the direction of Robert Tweten and Joshua Major. Her opera credits include Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, La Zia Principessa in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium as well as roles in works by Britten, Mozart, Rossini, and Gilbert & Sullivan.

An avid performer of sacred repertoire, she has been a featured soloist with the South Carolina Bach Choir, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Furman Symphony Orchestra, and Furman Chamber Choir on works such as Bach’s Die Elenden sollen essen, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Honegger’s King David. She is currently the alto section leader at the United Parish of Brookline. She has participated in masterclasses led by Betsy Bishop, Kathryn Cowdrick, and Martin Katz while in the United States, and in masterclasses led by Angelika Kirchschlager and Luigi Marzola while studying and performing in Europe.

Kristen holds a Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and German studies from Furman University where she graduated summa cum laude. Her teachers include Lisa Saffer, Ian Howell, Lisa Barksdale, Jill Feldman, and Trudy Fuller.

Kristen has also performed and directed in the musical theater world, participating in productions such as: Into the Woods, Les Miserables, H.M.S. Pinafore, Brigadoon, The King and I, Grease, Hello Dolly!, Cabaret, and many others.

In addition to her solo singing, she is an active choral singer, having performed in both small and large ensembles for more than 10 years. She recently completed the Chorworks Young Artist Program, specializing in French Baroque vocal chamber ensemble repertoire.

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Amy C.
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I had a great lesson with Kristen! I'm a total beginner with not much background in singing or music, but she explained clearly what I could expect to learn and develop in the process. She taught in a way that I could feel comfortable and embrace the awkwardness of learning something new for the first time. I look forward to more lessons with her.

Posted Jul 24, 2019
Belen
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After three lessons, we have found Kristen to be very encouraging and supporting. She speaks to our 13-year-old daughter’s personal needs for improvement.

Posted Feb 3, 2019
Felicia
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So incredibly knowledgable!

Posted Jan 16, 2019
Brianna
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Kristen is AMAZING! She has been so patient, supportive, and genuine since our very first lesson. Even though I’ve had voice teachers in the past, Kristen has taught me SO much about technique, and I have become more knowledgeable about the connection between my body and my voice. My lessons have been perfectly catered to my personal goals; I look forward to each day that we meet! I would highly recommend Kristen to singers of all levels.

Posted Sep 25, 2018
Donna P.
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Kristin was a delight. She made me feel very comfortable and we had a very
productive lesson. I would say that she listened closely for what I was looking to learn and we started from there. I can't wait to g back.
Regards,
DBP

Posted Aug 25, 2018
Jessie
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Kristen is an excellent teacher! Her fun personality and immense knowledge of the voice combine for enlightening and productive lessons. She’s a joy to be around and knows just when to encourage or challenge someone. I would strongly recommend her for anyone looking for voice lessons!

Posted Jun 2, 2018
Suzanne
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Kristen has a wonderful teaching presence and helped me to improve both the breathing mechanism and connection to the breath as well as my overall quality of expression and ability to emote while singing. She is highly educated and well trained and I thoroughly recommend her as a teacher!

Posted May 21, 2018
Romey
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Kristen was the perfect coach! She met me where I was, was optimistic and caring, took the time to explain everything I asked about, and within one lesson had made a HUGE impact on my voice. She's incredibly knowledgeable, talented and kind. She's patient, honest, and just the sweetest person.

Thank you Kristen for all your help!

Posted May 19, 2018

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Experience

Alto Section Leader
Sep 2017 - Present

United Parish of Brookline

Music Program Assistant
Jun 2016 - Aug 2017

South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities - Summer

Music Theory Teaching Assistant
Aug 2015 - May 2017

Furman University

Vocal Scholar
Mar 2013 - May 2017

St. James Episcopal

Education

Master of Music: Vocal Pedagogy
Aug 2017 - May 2019

New England Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Music: Vocal Pedagogy & German Studies
Jul 2012 - May 2017

Furman University

Bachelor of Music: Study Away
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Freie Universität Berlin

Bachelor of Music: Study Away
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014

Accademia dell'Arte (Arezzo, Italy)

Languages

German

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2018
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Boston Singers' Resource
Aug 2017
The mission of Boston Singers' Resource is to support and strengthen the New England singing community by providing services and a centralized resource for singers, vocal organizations, and others who are interested in singing.
Phi Beta Kappa
Apr 2017
The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.
Phi Kappa Lambda
Apr 2015
The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.
Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Mar 2013
Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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