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Dr. Kristen Sullivan

Collaborative Voice Instructor in Music and Theatre


Education

  • DMA, University of North Texas
  • PhD ABD, University of North Texas
  • MM, University of Missouri-Kansas City, The Conservatory
  • BA, Harding University

Teaching Specialties

  • Applied Voice
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Early Music Performance Practice
  • Acting in Song/Opera

Research Interests

  • Performing Arts Health
  • Voice Science
  • Vocal Pedagogy in Practice
  • Belting and Crossover Training
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Performing/Singing
  • Women in Music - Augusta Holmès, Lucile Grétry, Francesca Caccini
  • Women in Pedagogy - Emma Diruf Seiler, Mathilda Marchesi, Barbara Doscher
  • New Music

Affiliations

  • Pan American Vocology Association
  • Performing Arts Medicine Association
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • American Choral Directors Association
  • The Voice Foundation
  • Musical Theatre Educators Alliance

Biography

Coloratura soprano, Kristen Sullivan, earned her D.M.A. in Voice and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Texas concentrating in Performing Arts Health. Sullivan is a National Center for Voice and Speech-trained vocologist and a former intern at the UT Southwestern Medical Clinic's Voice Clinic. She focused her graduate studies in Early Music Performance Practice and Vocal Pedagogy. Graduating with her Master’s from UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, she performed extensively throughout the region, taught a prestigious private voice studio, and was an adjunct professor for Metropolitan Community College and Teaching Associate for the Coterie Theatre.

A consummate performer of musical theater, cabaret, opera, and operetta, Sullivan has recently championed lesser-known composers such as August Holmès; currently planning a recording project with Centaur Records. Sullivan recently produced Coronide for UNT’s International Festival of Czech Music, giving this work its North American premier, as well as singing the title role. Recently, Sullivan produced Le Mariage d’Antonio by Lucile Grétry, another North American premier; this performance was featured on an interview with Robert Adelson for his book Women Writing Opera on Radio Suisse Romande. Sullivan has performed roles such as The Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte, Musetta La Bohème Rosa Bud The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Beth March Little Women, and James Wilson in the world premier all-female performance of 1776. She was featured in world premieres of Pangrazio’s Requiem and Hartman’s Suite from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as in the articles ‘So You Want to Teach Voice,’ published in the Classical Singer, and the Czech Music Quarterly in ‘A Tale of Music Festivals, Money and Redemption.’

Sullivan has recently performed with Orchestra of New Spain, Polyphonia, Orpheus Chamber Singers, and toured Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia with the Dallas Symphony Chorus as a chorister and soloist. Sullivan has previously presented research for the Music by Women Festival, Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), Arkansas American Choral Directors Association. She is looking forward to presenting this coming year at Southwest American Choral Directors Association in Little Rock, International Congress of Voice Teachers in Vienna, The Voice Foundation’s annual Symposium in Philadelphia, PAMA in Chicago, and the International Women’s Brass Conference in Denton, TX. Sullivan was recently invited to present two projects in Santiago, Chile and to be a visiting scholar at Palaský University in Olomouc, Czechia.