College Faculty:Head of Opera Music Staff
A Florida native, vocal coach and pianist Kristen Kemp has worked with numerous opera companies throughout the United States, including Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance, Opera North, Chelsea Opera, as well as the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, in association with the University of Cincinnati Conservatory.
Kristen served on the music staff of Sarasota Opera from 2003-2015, where she was also the Studio Artist Director for her last five seasons. As a member of the coaching staff for Sherrill Milnes V.O.I.C.Experience, Kristen has had the pleasure of working with the programs in New York, Florida and Savannah since 2010.
After moving to New York City in 2013, Kristen has been a frequent performer and collaborator at the Mannes School of Music, Hunter College, and numerous concerts with piano and orchestra at Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall. Additionally, each February Kristen joins the Metropolitan Opera Guild Opera Singers Intensive, coaching students in a week-long training program.
In 2018, Kristen joined the faculty at Manhattan School of Music as a coach in Opera Theater. She received her Master’s degree in collaborative piano and Artist Diploma in opera coaching from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.