Kristen Sullivan

Kristen Sullivan |

B.A. Music, Harding University

M.M.  University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance

Kristen Sullivan, soprano, is a concurrently a DMA Candidate focusing in early music performance practice and vocal pedagogy, and a Ph.D student at the University of North Texas concentrating on performing arts health. After graduating with her Master’s from UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, she was an adjunct professor for the Metropolitan Community College.

A consummate performer of musical theater, opera, and operetta, Sullivan has recently championed lesser known composers such as August Holmès, by recording with Centaur Records later this year. Amongst roles such as The Queen of the Night, Die Zauberflöte and Musetta, La Bohème, Sullivan performed in the world premier all-female performance of 1776 as James Wilson. She has been a featured soloist with Kansas City’s AGO Schola Cantorum and the Midwest Chamber.

Sullivan recently produced the North American premier of Le Mariage d’Antonio by Lucile Grétry, which was featured on an interview with Robert Adelson for his book Women Writing Opera on Radio Suisse Romande.  In November, Sullivan will be producing Coronide for UNT’s International Festival of Czech Music, giving this work its North American premier, as well as singing the title role. Sullivan has performed internationally in Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia with the Dallas Symphony Chorus as a chorister and soloist.

As a scholar, she has been featured in the article ‘So You Want to Teach Voice,’ published in the Classical Singer, as well as the Czech Music Quarterly in ‘A Tale of Music Festivals, Money and Redemption.’ Sullivan is also a trained vocologist through the National Center for Voice and Speech.

Sullivan is planning and submitting research to be presented at the Music by Women Festival, Performing Arts Medical Association, Pan American Vocology Association, and The Voice Foundation this coming year. Her research interests include vocal fatigue recovery rates, vocal tissue changes due to fatigue, and performance anxiety support.