Visiting Music Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance
Kristen Ruiz is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Steinhardt’s Vocal Performance Department and teaches private voice lessons and graduate voice pedagogy. Her degrees include a BM (Nyack College), MSEd (University of New England) and ACVP (NYU). She was awarded Outstanding Achievement & Contribution to Vocal Pedagogy (NYU). She is currently in the dissertation phase of her doctorate (Lesley University) investigating the legacy and pedagogy of Dr. Barbara Doscher, through the lens of adult learning and development theory.
Synthesizing vocal pedagogy with learning and development theory is at the heart of Ruiz’ research. More specifically, her work examines how singers and teachers of singers come to make meaning of their vocal experiences somatically, cognitively, socially and affectively; and how they then translate that knowledge into an acoustic product that is both communicative and situated on a developmental continuum. Critical theory also informs her research interests. Ruiz trains professional theater and recording artists as well as voice teachers working in the public school system. She continues a regular schedule of workshop and masterclass engagements dedicated to the professional development of in-service public school teaching-artists. Recently, she facilitated a pilot project examining the design and employment of voice habilitation exercises. Ruiz also co-presented a paper discussing education, spirituality and cultural sensitivity at a national conference (AAACE).
Kristen Ruiz’ performance career includes appearances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the infamous cabaret cineplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s. She was a featured soloist and creative director for a number of US and European tours. Her ensemble credits include performing with Grammy nominees and Dove Award winners (Chandrika Tandon, Steve Green). She worked closely with Stone “Bud” Widney (artistic consultant for Camelot with Julie Andrews) on Cric?Crac!, a project integrating culture, folk storytelling and musical theater. She continues to maintain an active performance schedule in New York.