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 Wunderlich, Kristen   Name:  Kristen Wunderlich 
Title:  Associate Professor of Music 
Education:
D.M.A., Performance (Vocal Pedagogy), University of North Texas
M.M., Performance (Vocal Pedagogy), University of North Texas
B.A., Music and English, Luther College
Office:  311 Conservatory of Music  
Phone:  803/323-4510 
E-mail:  wonderlichk@winthrop.edu  
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Area(s):
Vocal Pedagogy, Art Song literature, HMXP 102, ACAD 101
Wunderlich holds a B.A. degree in music and English from Luther College and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in performance with a related field of vocal pedagogy from the University of North Texas. Her dissertation topic focused on the song cycle The Prairie Sings, written for her by American composer Philip Wharton. She gave the premiere performance of the cycle in October 2006.

A young dramatic soprano, she has been active on stage in both oratorio and opera. She has been a featured soloist with The Orchestra of New Spain, The Helios Ensemble, Texas Choral Artists, Texas Chamber Orchestra, Denton Bach Society, and the Williamsport Civic Orchestra.  She also participated in a tour of the Czech Republic in 2004, where she performed as a soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Operatic roles include The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, and Charlotte in Werther

Wunderlich has been a finalist in the prestigious McCammon Competition, The Dallas Opera Guild, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. 

A scholar of historical vocal pedagogy, she received a grant in 2004 to attend the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing conference in Denver, Colo.  Wunderlich was selected as one of six national collegiate voice instructors to receive an Emerging Leaders award to attend the National NATS Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2014.

Her teachers include Stephen Austin and Rebecca Turner.

In 2005, Wunderlich was inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota as a Friend of the Arts by her Pennsylvania State students. She also is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Her students have portrayed lead and supporting roles in operas and been featured in solo recitals and as soloists in chamber works at the collegiate level. Several of her students have placed as semifinalists and finalists at the annual NATS auditions.

Wunderlich currently teaches voice and vocal pedagogy at Winthrop. She has taught voice previously as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas and as a faculty member at the University of Texas-Arlington, The Pennsylvania State University, Luther College, and Waldorf College.