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Tammy Hensrud

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music


ARTDP, 1986, Stuttgart Hochschule fur Musik; MA, 1984, Univ North Dakota Grand Forks; MM, 1984, Univ North Dakota Grand Forks; DIPL, 1982, Goethe Institute; BM, 1981, Univ North Dakota Grand Forks


Soprano Tammy Hensrud has appeared in numerous opera houses throughout Europe and the US including the Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater, the Salzburg Summer and Easter Festivals, the Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York City Opera, and the Spoleto Arts Festival under such notable conductors as James Levine, Herbert Von Karajan and Emmannuelle Villaume, among others. Following a successful career with more than 35 roles in the mezzo soprano repertoire to her credit, Ms. Hensrud has embarked on what is quickly becoming an equally successful career as a Soprano. Her core repertoire includes the great roles of Mozart, Rossini, Strauss, Bellini, Puccini and orchestral works of Berlioz, Wagner and Mahler. Throughout her career, Ms. Hensrud has enjoyed consistent critical acclaim. Switzerland’s Opernwelt found her to possess “...a remarkably beautiful...voice capable of many colors and nuances...a singer who is also a natural actress.” Her highly applauded European debut in Klagenfurt as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi came while still in the Vienna State Opera’s Young Artist Program. Invitations to opera houses throughout Germany and Austria quickly followed.

A most versatile artist, Ms. Hensrud has performed extensively with the American Chamber Ensemble, New York Virtuosi, Chiari String Quartet, Ridotto Arts, Rutgers Sommerfest, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in recital throughout the United States as part of Columbia Artists Concert Artists and at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall with the New York Virtuosi, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Mid America Productions and the Si-Yo Society. In demand as an interpreter of Kurt Weill and Cabaret, she has performed one-woman shows at the Lucille Lortel Theater and the Players Club in NYC as well as venues throughout the USA. As a proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Hensrud has sung world premieres both in the US and in Europe and was recently featured as the Soprano soloist at Carnegie Hall in the world premiere performance of Gerald Custer’s “Everything Indicates”. Additionally, Ms. Hensrud frequently collaborates with esteemed Lutenist Christopher Morrongiello in programs dedicated to music of the Renaissance.

Ms. Hensrud began her career as a cellist and holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance, Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Master of Arts degrees from the University of North Dakota. She received a Fulbright Scholarship and continued graduate studies in Voice abroad at the Opernschule Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany where she received an Artist Diploma. She has also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, the Franz Liszt Musik Akadamie in Weimar, Germany, L’ecole Hindemith, in Vevey, Switzerland and holds a Fremdsprache Diplom in German from the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany.

Ms. Hensrud’s passion for women composers led her to found “Feminine Musique”, a vocal Duo dedicated to showcasing the music of women composers. Since its inception in 2008, Feminine Musique has been in demand performing lecture recital presentations in professional concert series, Universities and High Schools, art galleries, exhibitions and museums throughout the United States and at the “International Conference of Arts and Humanities” in Hawaii, “Representing Gender in the Performing Arts Conference” in The Netherlands, and most recently at the “Women and the 19th Century Lied Conference” in Maynooth, Ireland and the Athena Festival celebrating women composers in Kentucky.

Ms.Hensrud has served as Adjunct Professor of Voice at Hofstra University since 2005 instructing both undergraduate and graduate students in Classical Voice Training, Musical Theater and Cross-Over Styles emphasizing all aspects of technical development and tonal production through the study of traditional methods and repertoire. She advises and prepares students for major roles in Opera and Musical Theater Productions and in Junior and Senior Recital programs. Additionally she has taught Diction for Singers, instructing students in the use of IPA, and serves as a Faculty advisor for the Women’s Accapella Group. Ms. Hensrud has served as an adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Division Competition, National Association of Teacher’s of Singing Competition, Classical Singer Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association Competition, and the Five Towns Arts Council Music Competition, among others. Ms. Hensrud’s students are consistently awarded leading roles with prestigious Young Artist Programs and top prizes in vocal competitions to include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Hensrud is in demand as a Master Class Teacher and serves on the Faculty of several prestigious Summer Vocal Intensive Programs.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 003P (CP) VOICE Undergraduate
MUS 036 VOICE CLASS Undergraduate
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