Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Ensemble Directors

Kirsten Hedegaard, D.M.A.

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

Office #:  MUND 1113

Phone: 773.508.8311

Email: khedegaard@luc.edu


Kirsten Hedegaard has enjoyed a varied career as a singer, conductor, and scholar. Having been described as a “seraphic soprano” (Chicago Tribune), who “glides angelically above the rest” (Austin 360), she has 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, and the University of California. As Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington, she 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 frequently leads programs with the Bella Voce Camerata. Most recently, Hedegaard founded Voices of Madonna, a professional chamber choir dedicated to exploring important sacred choral works from a historical and spiritual perspective.

Hedegaard’s ongoing research in the area of choral music and environmental activism has led to the recent formation of the New Earth Ensemble, a chamber ensemble committed to performing and commissioning new works that support ecological awareness. As a co-founder of The EcoVoice Project, Hedegaard is interested in bringing together musicians and artists to explore how the arts can support environmental education and action. In addition to performances through The EcoVoice Project, Hedegaard continues to present workshops and lectures on this topic throughout North America and abroad.

Hedegaard holds a B.M. from Northwestern University, an 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