Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Kirsten Hedegaard, M.A.

Title/s:  Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Senior Lecturer

Office #:  Mundelein 1113

Phone: 773.508.8311



Kirsten Hedegaard has enjoyed a dual career as a singer and conductor. 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, Kenneth Slowik, and John Butt.  Dr. Hedegaard has also appeared as soloist and ensemble member with ensembles across the country, including Philharmonia Baroque, Mercury Baroque, Ensemble viii, Baroque Band, Schola Antiqua, Newberry Consort, Ars Antiqua, Rook Ensemble, Callipygian Players, Elgin Symphony, Elgin Master Chorale, Bella Voce, Ensemble dal Niente, and eighth blackbird.

Currently Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Loyola University, Dr. 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, Gallery 37, Loyola Academy, and the University of California. She is in demand as a guest conductor for high school choral festivals and has presented workshops on vocal technique, performance practice, and conducting. Since 2001 she has also been the conductor for the Bella Voce outreach program and in 2012 founded the Bella Voce Camerata.  In 2000, Dr. Hedegaard co-founded The Musical Offering, a nonprofit music school in Evanston where she held the position of Executive Director until 2007.  She also holds the position of Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington.



D.M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A., University of California
B.M., Northwestern University