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Kristin Halliday

  • Degrees and StudiesB.A.; University of Maryland; Adv. Cert.; Institute for Music Arts
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2018
Born in: Potomac, Maryland

Performances and Distinctions: A winner of the Rosa Ponselle vocal competition’s Peggy and Yale Gordon Award and the top prize in the Gretchen Hood Vocal Competition, Ms. Halliday performs in concerts and recitals throughout the world. Noted by the late Maestro William Yannuzzi for her “uncommon voice of great beauty,” and “exceptionally moving interpretation of all kinds of music,” some of Ms. Halliday’s credits include the Altenburg Music Festival in Altenburg, Germany and recitals in Iceland, alongside the late visual artist, Eirikur Smith. Kristin Halliday has transformed her clients’ voices and lives through her groundbreaking approach for over 15 years. Though their partnership, clients who came to Ms. Halliday with vocal injuries rehabilitated their voices to completely healthy functioning as confirmed by multiple medical doctors. Singers who have worked with Ms. Halliday have performed nationally and internationally, both on and off Broadway at venues including: the Kennedy Center, Fords Theatre, Arena Stage, and Carnegie Hall. Her singers have been recognized with: Helen Hayes nominations, Distinguished Scholar in the Arts, Washington Post Performing Artist Scholarships, Cappies Awards including BEST VOCALIST, 1st Place in the NAACP Act-SO Awards, 1st place in Golden Voices of America Award, 1st place in NATS Competition, Foundation Scholarships, MCPS Singing and Theatre Awards, Superintendent Performing Artist Awards, University Scholarships as well as numerous other honors and awards. Young singers who have trained with Ms. Halliday have been accepted to renown institutions including: Manhattan School of Music, NYU Tisch School, Carnegie Melon, Indiana, Yale, Stanford, and Emory. Ms. Halliday attributes her successful approach to her years of apprenticeship with internationally acclaimed soprano and master pedagogue, Betti McDonald.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Kristin Halliday’s teaching philosophy is to empower clients and lead them to awareness and mastery of their own instrument. She uses a holistic approach rooted in physiology and artistic expression to guide clients to speak and sing consistently with freedom and stamina. She provides a welcoming and nurturing environment for her clients to gain technical awareness, explore authentic dramatic expression, and acquire tools to navigate all aspects of vocal production for public speaking, acting, a singing career or their own empowerment. Kristin believes every person’s voice is a unique gift that each of us has the divine right to experience freely, joyfully, and effortlessly.