A specialist in the lute songs of John Dowland, soprano Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk’s solo CD of Dowland lute songs was released in 2008 by Centaur. Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk debuted with the Boulder Bach Festival in 2004 and with the Alabama Symphony in 2011. Her solo oratorio repertoire ranges from Bach to Samuel Barber and her operatic roles from Mozart to Stravinsky. An active recitalist, recent tours have taken her to Italy, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky. She was invited by composer Bill Mayer to perform in his 70th birthday celebration concert in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in the role of Madeline in his "The Eve of St. Agnes." In 2002, she was a regional finalist in the NATSAA competition; in 2006, she appeared on a Wisconsin Public’s Radio broadcast of Live from the Chazen Museum.
Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is committed to helping teachers be more effective in the classroom and studio, and to aiding singers reach their full potential to perform without impediments. In demand as a clinician throughout the United States, she has been featured at several national conferences and presents regularly at many universities and colleges. Her research on applying the Kolb LSI and Meyer-Briggs personality assessments was featured at the NATS 2013 Winter Workshop. She is available for master classes, competition preparation, voice consultation, and workshops on coping with performance anxiety.
UAB Opera has achieved national prominence since Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk joined UAB in 2007, winning first prize in the National Opera Association opera production competition in 2011 and second prize in 2012. Her vocal students regularly win awards at state and regional competitions such as NATS and Birmingham Music Clubs competitions. They have been accepted into summer apprenticeships both here and abroad, as well as major graduate programs around the country. Others have gone onto Equity contracts, cruise ship tours, and have appeared on television shows such as Law & Order: SVU.