Title: Adjunct Faculty in Music
Office: Jenson-Noble 179
Degree: D.M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Kristin Hightower, born and raised in Midland, Texas, was recently a member of the music faculty at Sam Houston State University, where she taught voice, and French/Italian diction. In 2006 she took some time off to spend time with her daughters Caroline and Julianne. Now, she has joined the Luther College voice faculty and is very excited to be back in academia. She attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. She later moved to Los Angeles where she attended UCLA, majoring in conducting and vocal performance. Dr. Hightower received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting in 1999 under the tutelage of Donald Neuen and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance, studying with soprano Juliana Gondek, in June of 2000. In the years following her DMA, Dr. Hightower continued to study voice with Dr. Joyce Farwell.
Dr. Hightower has had many solo engagements throughout Texas, the Los Angeles area, and Europe. She particularly enjoys singing oratorio literature and music of the 18th century. She has performed the soprano solos in such works as Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Mass, Haydn’s Creation and Mass in Time of War, Mozart’s Mass in C minor and many other major works. She has also performed soprano roles in French opera productions, including Milhaud's Le Pauvre Matelot and Ravel's L'enfant et des Sortelèges. She has soloed with such conductors as Donald Neuen, Paul Salamunovich, John Mauceri, Clyde Roller, and Sir Simon Rattle, and with many orchestras, including members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Kremlin Orchestra, USC Community Orchestra, UCLA Orchestra, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic.
While on the faculty at Sam Houston State University, Kristin discovered her true calling in the teaching of college students. She thoroughly enjoys working with young singers and igniting their passion for the art of singing. Many of Dr. Hightower’s students have been finalists and winners in competitions held by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and several have gone on to pursue careers in vocal performance.