Instructor of Vocal Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp
D.M.A. (in progress), Voice Performance, The University of Michigan; M.M., Voice performance, The Manhattan School of Music; B.M., Voice Performance with Dance minor, Otterbein University
Kristen DiNinno recently completed all coursework for a Doctorate of Musical Arts at The University of Michigan. At The University of Michigan, Kristen had a studio of over fifteen students whom focused on musical theater, classical, pop, gospel, and alternative styles. She also taught a voice class for Theater majors at The University of Michigan. In Milwaukee, she teaches movement for singers at Florentine Opera's Young Singer Intensive and will be directing scenes for the showacase as well. At First Stage Children's Theater, she taught musical theater classes. She received her Master of Music at The Manhattan School of Music in New York City in Voice and her Bachelor of Music at Otterbein University in Voice with a dance minor. She has performed with professional opera companies across the United States for the past ten years. Her roles include, Pluton in Charpentier's "La descente d'Orphée" ,Lucy in Bolcom's "Dinner at Eight", Hermia in Britten's "A Midsummernight's Dream", Jade Boucher in Shreveport Opera's "Dead Man Walking", covered the role of Peggy in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' premiere "Shalimar the Clown", Wowkle in "La fanciulla del west", the title role of Angelina in "La cenerentola" with Des Moines Metro Opera/Opera Iowa, Tisbe in "La cenerentola", the Mezzo in "Hydrogen Jukebox" with Skylight Music Theater, Mercedes in "Carmen", Mrs. Herring in "Albert Herring" with the Florentine Opera Company, Suzy in "La rondine" with Des Moines Metro Opera, covered the Swiss Grandmother, Austrian Woman, and British Dancing Girl in John Adam’s "The Death of Klinghoffer", Zerlina in "Don Giovanni" , The Mute in "The Fantasticks" , and The Moorish Girl Dancer in "Man of La Mancha". Ms. DiNinno was a Third Prize winner of the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition.