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Kristin Lawler, soprano, holds an active performing and teaching career in the music industry. Her eclectic range of experience and training allows her to access both classical styles such as opera, oratorio, and art song, as well as the contemporary side of musical theater, pop, and jazz. Regardless of repertoire Kristin embraces the voice as a living, breathing instrument, and through that, has had the pleasure of serving as a conduit for the composers she performs.
In the short time Kristin has been in Boston she has held roles with esteemed professional companies such as Emmanuel Music (The Beggar’s Opera), Opera del West (Cendrillon), and looks forward to her next professional engagement with Boston Opera Collaborative’s company in their annual “Opera Bites”. In addition to these local organizations Kristin acquired several operatic roles through her Master’s program at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Most recently she was seen as Baba (The Medium, Menotti), Manja (Countess Maritza, Kálmán) and covering the role of Cinna (Lucio Silla, Mozart).
Named the “Nancy P. Marriott Scholar” Kristin received her Masters in Voice Performance this past May 2020 from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA and received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance with emphasis in Opera and Musical Theatre from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She currently studies voice with Carol Mastrodomenico who also serves as a mentor for her independent study in Vocal Pedagogy.
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As an artist I believe we have the power to give a voice to the voiceless. The title of my
upcoming graduate recital is, “Gone, but not Forgotten.” The theme revolves around the
question, would stories exist if there was no one to tell them? What happens when there is no one
to tell your story? Do we dissolve into oblivion, like in the touching Disney movie, Coco?
It is a humbling notion to think that musicians are a conduit for a poet’s words to be heard and a
composer’s notes to be sung. Our retelling of these stories and dedication to this artform is
keeping souls alive through song. As a singer specifically I try to never take the fact that I am a
living, breathing instrument for granted. Music is not heard without someone to play it or sing it,
and our instruments breathe life back into what would be just a piece of paper and ink. We must
take it on as our responsibility to be storytellers; and give those that have been written about and
memorialized the respect, dignity, and love that we would want for our own story.
Every time I sing I am so honored by those who set the time aside listen to these stories, and I am
thrilled to be cultivating a program full of words that deserve to be heard.
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Kristin’s teaching philosophy:
As a teacher I view no two students as the same. They each bring their own unique experiences, backgrounds, and qualities to their lesson and entrust us as an educator to care for an irreplacable instrument: their voice.
I believe as a teacher I specialize in the flexibility that I bring to each lesson. Each student will find a custom lesson plan that is tailored to their needs. My training lies in a multitude of styles and genres and that versatility has come to benefit both myself and my students.
The communication between myself and my students is always a two-way street. The student needs to synthesize what they are feeling and doing so that they’re able to replicate the sensation in live performance. I acknowledge that each student has a different way of learning, whether it be linguistically, visually, auditory, or kinesthetically.
Above all else I work to create a safe environment where students can feel as though they can experiment, learn, and grow into their voice. We live in a world where society tells us we must conform to fit in, but as a performer we want nothing more than to stand out. I aim to encourage individuality and creativity and strive to give my students the courage and confidence to find their voice in all aspects of their life.
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