Kristine Hurst WajszczukPublicity Bio
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Associate Professor of Voice
Director of Opera
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249 Hulsey
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Research and Teaching Interests:  Performance Anxiety Management, Dowland Lute Songs, Learning Styles and Personality Assessments in the Classroom

Office Hours: By appointment

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, with the Alabama Symphony in 2011, and with the Tuscaloosa Symphony in 2016. Her concert repertoire ranges from Renaissance lute song to the music of living composers, and her operatic roles from Monteverdi to Stravinsky. Currently commissioning a song cycle by acclaimed composer Lori Laitman, she will present the world premiere in Birmingham in 2017. An active recitalist, recent tours have taken her to Italy, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, 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 performance potential. 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 presentation on Wellness for Singers was recently featured at the 2016 NATS National Conference, and a book on the subject is forthcoming from Scarecrow Press. 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, second prize in 2012, and third place in 2014. Her vocal students regularly win awards at state and regional competitions such as NATS, National Society of Arts and Letters, 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 national Broadway and cruise ship tours, summer stock, and have appeared on television shows such as Law & Order: SVU.

  • Dowland Lute Songs & Ayres (Centaur)

  • Bach: The Passion According to Saint Matthew (New York Philharmonic Special Ed.)
  • Menotti: Goya (Opera D’Oro)
  • Strauss: Die Liebe der Danae (Telarc)
  • Wagner Overtures and Choral Music (Sony Classical)
  • Westminster Choir: Favorite Hymns and Anthems (Gothic)
  • “Do They Really Get It? Using the Kolb LSI to Reach Every Student,” Journal of Singing (March/April 2010)
  • “Dowland Lute Songs and the Cult of Elizabeth,” Journal of Singing (May/June 2007)
  • “Dowland Lute Songs und ‘The Cult of Elizabeth’,” translated into German for Vox Humana (October 2011)
  • Vice President for Workshops, National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Online Index Editor, Journal of Singing
  • Max Kade Fellow, German for Singers program at Middlebury College’s Summer Language School, 2008
  • Fellow, Early Music Vancouver’s The Compleat Singer Programme, 2010
  • Fulbright Finalist, 2014
  • Early Music America
  • College Music Society
  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • National Scholars Honor Society
  • Songfest Mentor Program, 2012
  • New York State Summer School for the Arts Faculty, 2011-2012
  • Advisor, Student National Association of Teachers of Singing at UAB