Kristen Michele Murdaugh,
- Mirabellplatz 1
- 5020 Salzburg
Kristen Murdaugh, mezzo-soprano and native of South Carolina, is a performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. With a passion for contemporary repertoire, she recently sang the role of Estelle in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening under the direction of Robert Tweten and Joshua Major. Her other recent opera credits include Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica -- both under the direction of Steven Goldstein and Christopher Larkin; Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium as well as roles in works by Bizet, Britten, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Gilbert & Sullivan.
An avid performer of sacred repertoire, Kristen has been a featured soloist with the South Carolina Bach Choir, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Furman Symphony Orchestra, Furman Chamber Choir, and Boston’s Analog Chorale on works such as Bach’s Die Elenden sollen essen, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Honegger’s King David, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. She recently completed the Chorworks Young Artists Program: Music for the Sun Kings, performing solo and chamber ensemble French Baroque repertoire. She is currently in her third year as the alto section leader at the United Parish of Brookline where she sang the contralto solos in the world premier of Christopher LaRosa’s oratorio Joshua. She has recently been selected as a member of the professional vocal chamber ensemble Servire which strives for social change through the power of music and active community service.
Recent solo recital programs include: Identity -- Exploring the Human Experience through Song and Voices of Women: Through the Centuries, both with Miles Fellenberg on piano.
Kristen 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 Master of Music Degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and German studies from Furman University, having graduated both institutions summa cum laude. She is a member of numerous academic and music honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Eta Sigma. Her teachers include Lisa Saffer, Ian Howell, Lisa Barksdale, Jill Feldman, and Trudy Fuller.
Having taught private voice lessons for the past 5 years, Kristen currently runs a private voice studio of more than twenty-five students in Boston while continuing to pursue her voice science research interests independently and guest lecturing throughout the United States. Her recent papers and lectures include: That’s What He Said: Gender Bias in the Fundamental Models of Sound Perception; Resonance: Passaggi, Harmonics, Formants, and Absolute Spectral Tone Color. In 2017, she presented a TEDx Talk titled, Talking about Talking: The Science of the Voice, and she recently worked on staff at New England Conservatory’s Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Summer Workshop. In rare moments of spare time, she enjoys drinking coffee, reading, and dreaming of adopting a cat. Most importantly, Kristen is very excited to join the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg as a researcher!