Director of Opera
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. She 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 operatic roles from Mozart to Stravinsky. 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 piece "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. UAB Opera has achieved national prominence since she joined UAB in 2007, winning three awards in the National Opera Association opera production competition in the past four years. 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 on to Equity contracts, cruise ship tours, and have appeared on television shows such as Law & Order: SVU.
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.
For audio clips and production photos of opera productions she has directed, please visit kristinehurst.com.
- 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)
- Governor, Alabama NATS and Alabama chapter of National Opera Association
- 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