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Kirsten Kunkle

Assistant Professor of Voice
Opera Workshop
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Ware Center, Room 123


Video, Dr. Kunkle and Ms. Helen Meacham
Wie Melodien zieht es Mir by Johannes Brahms

K. Kunkle

Kirsten C. Kunkle, soprano, is originally from Fremont, Ohio and currently lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Her BMA is from Bowling Green State University in voice performance with minors in Italian and German and year abroad at the University of Salzburg.  She received MM and A.Mus.D degrees in voice performance from the University of Michigan. 

Kunkle’s favorite roles and performances have included Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Foreign Woman in The Consul, Liza in Pique Dame, Zemfira in Aleko, Iolanta and Brigitta in Iolanta, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Arnalta in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Adelaide in High Jinks, Soprano soloist in The Armed Man, and Susie in The Velvet Lady. Most recently, she premiered the intermezzo Music of the Spheres in Opera Macabre: Edgar Allan Poe with The Philadelphia Opera Collective.

A voting member of the Native American Muscogee Nation, Kunkle commissioned and premiered sixteen original compositions, including one of her own, based upon the poetry of her ancestor and highly-acclaimed poet of the Muscogee Nation, Alex Posey, as part of her dissertation.  She has recorded extensively through the Comic Opera Guild, specializing in the works of Victor Herbert. Her recordings are collected at the Library of Congress, the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, and the Merkel Area Museum in Merkel, Texas.  She is also on the list of Classical Native American Artists and Musicians at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

In 2013, Kunkle was chosen as one of twelve participants in the NATS Intern Program at Vanderbilt University. There she worked with Master Teacher Edrie Means-Weekly.

Dr. Kunkle was recently inducted into the Fremont Ross Music Alumni Foundation’s (FROMALUM) Hall of Fame as the foundation’s youngest inductee. She was also the FROMALUM’s first scholarship recipient in 1998. Kunkle has taught at Terra State Community College, Wright State University, Youngstown State University, Shorter College, and currently at The Lincoln University. She is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and New York Singing Teachers’ Association. Kunkle has presented scholarly papers at the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, Hawaii University International Conferences on Arts and Humanities, the Lincoln Humanities Conference, the NATS Intern Program, and three times at the New Voice Educator Symposium at Indiana University. She has published articles on the junior internship program at The Lincoln University, commissioning and premiering new works at the undergraduate level, approaching tenure as a performing artist, finding performing opportunities while maintaining an active teaching schedule, and numerous book reviews.

She has taught at The Lincoln University since Fall 2010. In April 2012, Kunkle received a Certificate of Recognition for Distinction as a Lincoln University Faculty Member from the Lincoln Board of Trustees. She has directed “Treemonisha,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Man of La Mancha,” and “Kismet.” She is the director of the Lincoln Community Players, in addition to her role as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera Workshop. Kunkle teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Italian and English Diction, French and German Diction, Introduction to Music, and Opera Workshop.

Kunkle’s singing activities can be followed at her website:

Curriculum Vitae

*A.Mus.D., Vocal Performance, University of Michigan 
*M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Michigan
*B.M.A., Vocal Performance, Bowling Green State University

*Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera Workshop, Visual and Performing Arts Department, Lincoln University
*Assistant Professor of Music – Voice, Shorter College (Shorter University), Rome, Georgia
*Adjunct Professor of Music – Youngstown State University,  Youngstown, Ohio
*Adjunct Professor of Music/Humanities – Terra State Community College, Fremont, Ohio
*Adjunct Professor of Musical Theatre – Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

*MUS 200:  Introduction to Music
*MUS 226:  Vocal Diction
*MUS 2V1: Voice Private Lessons
*MUS 2E2:  Opera Workshop
*MUS 409:  Voice Pedagogy

*faculty recitals
*student outreach/recruitment through master classes and recitals
*world-premiere performances
*regular performance of opera, oratorio, and vocal competitions
*continued development of the promotion of the works of Alex Posey in the form of American art song. 

* September 7, 8, 14, 2012, The Consul, Philadelphia Opera Collective, Philadelphia, PA.
* July 23, 2012, Russian Romances Song Concert, Russian Opera Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.
* July 17, 2012, Queen of Spades, Russian Opera Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.
* June 28, 2012, Aleko, Russian Opera Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.
* June 25, 2012, Rachmaninoff Song Concert, Russian Opera Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.
* May 21, 2012, The Lavender Lady, Comic Opera Guild, Hazel Park, MI.
* May 20, 2012, Miss Camille and Naughty Marietta, Comic Opera Guild, Hazel Park, MI.
* April 11, 2012, Musical Theater Recital, Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA.
* March 22, 2012, Recital, Jenners Pond, Jennersville, PA
* November 3, 2011, Recital, Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA.<
* September 23, 2011, Hall of Fame induction and performance, Fremont Ross Music Alumni
            Foundation, Fremont, OH.
* August 12, 2011, Musical Theater Recital, Jenners Pond, Jennersville, PA
* July 26-27, 2011, Iolanta, Russian Opera Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.
* July 14-17, 2010, Don Giovanni, Sieur Du Luth, Duluth, MN. 
* April 11, 2010, Coronation Mass soloist, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Rome, GA
* March 10, 2010, Recital, Houston Music Teachers Association, Houston, TX
* March 10, 2010, Recital and Master Class, High School for the Performing and Visual
            Arts, Houston, TX
* January 25, 2010, Recital, Shorter College, Rome, GA
* December 8, 2009, Lessons and Carols soloist, Rome Forum, Rome, GA
* December 5, 2009, Messiah soloist, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Rome, GA
* November 14, 2009, Night of Stars, Fremont Ross Music Alumni Association,
            Fremont, OH
* November 6, 2009, MTNA banquet, Shorter College, Rome, GA
* November 5, 2009, Toowhopera - World Premiere, Georgia Music Teachers
            Association, Rome, GA
* September 19, 2009, Shorter Chorale patriotic fundraiser, Shorter College, Rome, GA
* September 14, 2009,  New Music Concert with music by Jocelyn Hagen, Shorter
            College, Rome, GA
* September 14, 2009, National Anthem Singer, Barron Stadium, Rome, GA
* August, 31, 2009, Shorter Faculty Gala, Shorter College, Rome, GA
*  March 12-14, 2009, Conference recital, Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society,
            Philadelphia, PA

*Vocal studies
*Vocal study observation
*Opera direction observation
*NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing)
*NYSTA (New York Singing Teachers Association)
*Competition and audition at the level of Emerging Artist

Phone: 484-365-7557