Kirsten Hedegaard, M.A.
|Title:||Instructor of Music|
M.A., University of California
B.M., Northwestern University
Hailed as “one of the most dynamic musicians of her generation” (John Butt, Dunedin Consort), Kirsten Hedegaard has enjoyed a duel career as a singer and conductor. As a soprano soloist, she has been praised for her voice that “blends beautifully” (Chicago Tribune) and “soars perfectly in the upper registers” (Barrington Quintessential). She has performed numerous Bach cantatas and baroque chamber music and has been a soloist with many early music specialists including Nicholas McGegan, Paul Hillier, Ivars Taurins, Kenneth Slowik, and John Butt. Ms. Hedegaard has sung with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, the Newberry Consort, Ars Antiqua, the Opera Company and Bella Voce, among other ensembles. Also interested in contemporary music, Ms. Hedegaard has premiered several new works and was engaged as soprano soloist for an international tour of Louis Andriessens’s The Odyssey, with performances throughout the US and the Netherlands.
Currently on faculty at Loyola University, Ms. Hedegaard has taught conducting at Concordia University, River Forest and has conducted choirs and orchestras for various institutions including Eastman House, Chicago Children’s Choir, Gallery 37, Loyola Academy, and the University of California. She was guest conductor with Chicago Choral Artists for the 2009-10 season and is the former conductor for the Bella Voce Outreach program. In 2000, she co-founded The Musical Offering, a nonprofit music school in Evanston where she held the position of Executive Director until 2005. She also holds the position of Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington.
Ms. Hedegaard holds a BM from Northwestern University and her MA in conducting from the University of CA, where she was assistant to Paul Hillier. In 2008 she was invited to be a conducting Fellow at the Yale Norfolk Festival, studying with Simon Carrington.