Kristen Murdaugh

Kristen M.

Boston, MA
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Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.
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Kristen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2012

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 Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium as well as roles in works by Britten, Mozart, Puccini, 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 Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and German studies from Furman University where she graduated summa cum laude. She is currently working on her Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music. 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.

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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 - Present
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

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.

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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.

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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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5 Reviews

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Brianna Sep 25, 2018
Broadway Singing · In studio

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.

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Donna P. Aug 25, 2018
Singing · In studio

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

Jessie Jun 2, 2018
Classical Voice · In home

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!

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Suzanne May 21, 2018
Classical Voice · In studio

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!

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Romey May 19, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

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!

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