Dr. Kristin Clark, Adrian College (AC) assistant professor of vocal music and coordinator of the voice program, has been busy on the professional stage during the 2019-2020 academic year, and her life is about to get even busier. Clark was in the spotlight last November when she was invited to be part of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Festival. Clark performed a recital of Russian songs, primarily penned by the 19th century composer. Her husband, Phillip Clark, who is also the AC choir director, accompanied her at the piano.
In March 2020, Kristin will present, “Emily Dickinson: The Muse” at a conference celebrating the diverse contributions of women in music. “A Powerful Force: Women in Music” will take place at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Kristin will follow that with a solo gig at the International Beethoven Festival in June. The festival includes concerts in Prague and Vienna. Joining her on this trip are 30 students and staff members from Adrian College, who will be participating in the choir under the baton of Grammy-winning conductor, Dr. Jerry Blackstone.
Kristin completed her doctorate in vocal performance at the University of Michigan, where she also received Master’s degrees in vocal performance and choral conducting.
In addition to private vocal lessons, Kristin leads the AC women’s acapella group, “Pitch Please” and produces the popular Opera Uptown program which features the talents of vocal music and musical theater students on a monthly basis at Hooligan’s in downtown Adrian. Her mezzo-soprano voice also has been featured on the stage of the Michigan Opera Theatre, Arbor Opera Theatre, The Metropolitan Baroque Ensemble, the University of Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival. In 2015, Kristin made her solo debut in Carnegie Hall, singing Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde.”