Kirsten Hedegaard, D.M.
Title/s: Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Assistant Professor
Office #: Mundelein 1113
Kirsten Hedegaard has enjoyed a varied career as singer, conductor, and scholar. Having been described as a “seraphic soprano” (Chicago Tribune), who “glides angelically above the rest” (Austin 360), 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, Ensemble dal Niente, 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, and the University of California. As Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington, Hedegaard leads a robust program, including the Music on the Hill Concert Series. Since 2001 she has also been the conductor for the Bella Voce outreach program and in 2012 founded the Bella Voce Camerata.
Dr. Hedegaard’s ongoing research in the area of choral music and environmental justice has led to the recent formation of the New Earth Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to performing and commissioning new works that support environmental awareness. NEE’s first project, ELEMENTS, was released in 2021 and presented at Loyola’s Climate Conference, the University of Illinois Sensing Water Initiative, and UIC’s Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE).
B.M. Northwestern University
M.A. University of California, Davis
D.M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign