Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA
Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk, B.M. and M.M. - Westminster Choir College and D.M.A. - University of Colorado-Boulder, is Associate 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. An avid student of several languages, she studied at Middlebury College’s German for Singers program, and won a grant to study in Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk debuted with the Boulder Bach Festival in 2004, and with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2011. 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. Recital tours have taken her all over the United States and Italy, with upcoming performances in Europe.
Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk’s research into teaching effectiveness has been published in the Journal of Singing. A featured presenter at the NATS Winter Workshop on 2013, she has also given workshops at the NATS Intern Program for young teachers, as well as for the Tampa Bay NATS Fall Workshop. Her research into performance anxiety also continues, and a collaborative project with the UAB Department of Psychology is forthcoming. She is available for master classes, pre-competition screening, and workshops on coping with stage fright.
Under her leadership, UAB opera has become a nationally recognized program. Her 2011 production of Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace won first place in the National Opera Association opera production competition, followed by a second place win in 2012 with Amahl and the Night Visitors. Her voice students enjoy success in state and regional competitions, and are accepted to major summer programs and graduate schools both here and abroad. Other former students perform as Equity artists, on cruise ship tours, and on television shows such as Law & Order: SVU.