Theatre & Fine Arts
Adjunct Professor, Voice
Cristen is a soprano and has been a member of the faculty since 2000. Her career has taken her all over the world in leading operatic roles, oratorio, pops concerts, orchestral concerts, and recitals. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, Canada, and an MBA from Medaille College, Buffalo, N.Y. She can be heard on the sound track for the PBS Special about the War of 1812, entitled: A Glorious Battle, the Siege of Fort Erie, as well as the international film, Bushido. She is the featured soloist on the CD: The Works of Roland E. Martin. She is a member of Voci d’Amore (Soprano, Cello, Keyboard), and the Parkside Camerata (Soprano, Cello, Oboe, and Keyboard). She has singing engagements booked into the 2018-2019 season. She has been heard locally with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony, The Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Warren Philharmonic, Opra Sacra, as well as concerts with various other area groups. Cristen has also been heard in world and area premieres of works by a variety of composers, some written specifically for her. She was the music director for NU Theatre’s productions of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Guys & Dolls, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She has a coaching business called Fearless Chihuahua, which teaches people from all professions how to be fearless when doing a presentation of any kind. She is married to Conductor/Cellist Bryan Eckenrode.