Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty and Staff Directory

Kirsten Hedegaard, D.M.

Title/s:  Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Assistant Professor

Office #:  Mundelein 1113

Phone: 773.508.8311

Email: khedegaard@luc.edu


Kirsten Hedegaard has enjoyed a varied career as singer, conductor, and scholar. She has performed with many early music specialists, most notably Nicholas McGegan, Paul Hillier, Ivars Taurins, Mary Springfels, Kenneth Slowik, and John Butt. Hedegaard has also appeared as soloist and ensemble member with groups across the country, including Philharmonia Baroque, Mercury Baroque, Ensemble viii, Baroque Band, Schola Antiqua, Newberry Consort, Ars Antiqua, Rook Ensemble, Bella Voce, Callipygian Players, Elgin Symphony, Elgin Master Chorale, and eighth blackbird.

Currently Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Loyola University, 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, Chicago Choral Artists, Northbrook Community Chorus, Gallery 37, Loyola Academy, Presbyterian Church of Barrington, and the University of California. Since 2001 she has also been the conductor for the Bella Voce outreach program. As a co-founder of the EcoVoice Project, Hedegaard is dedicated to bringing together musicians and artists to explore how the arts can support environmental education and action.

Hedegaard holds a B.M. from Northwestern University, a M.A. from the University of California, where she was conducting assistant to Paul Hillier, and a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois, where she studied choral conducting with Andrew Megill and orchestral conducting with Donald Schleicher.


B.M. Northwestern University

M.A. University of California, Davis

D.M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign