Kristen Ruiz

Kristen Ruiz

Kristen Ruiz, soprano, teaches private voice lessons and graduate voice pedagogy as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Vocal Performance program. As a singer, Professor Ruiz has performed in numerous musicals, concerts, recitals, cabarets and operas. She has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the infamous cabaret cineplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s. Professor Ruiz has been 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.

Professor Ruiz is motivated by the belief every voice has something to say. She works with singers from a variety of industry niches and her students include those who perform regionally and professionally in New York City, signed recording artists, Hal Leonard competition finalists, and actors in recurring roles on prime time television. She trains voice teachers working in the public school system and continues a regular schedule of workshop and masterclass engagements dedicated to the professional development of in-service public school teaching-artists. She has also presented papers at national conferences focused on teacher development (AAACE).

Professor Ruiz is currently involved in research synthesizing voice pedagogy and learning theory. 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. Recently, she was involved in a pilot project examining the design and employment of voice exercises in the private voice studio. She is presently investigating the legacy and pedagogy of Dr. Barbara Doscher, through the lens of adult learning and development theory.

Associations: New York Singing Teacher’s Association, The Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing

Degrees: BM, MSEd, ACVP

Awards: Outstanding Achievement & Contribution to Vocal Pedagogy (NYU), Excellence in Music Education (Nyack College)