Soprano Kristen Allford has been performing in choirs and opera for over 15 years. She has performed roles such as the Queen of the Night and Sister Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites) with companies such as Montana Lyric Opera, Idaho Falls Opera Theatre, and ISU Community Alumni Theater. Kristen recently moved to Vancouver from Boise, Idaho, where she performed with Opera Idaho, Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, and as a church musician.
Kristen has always been interested in issues of gender in music. As part of her masters recital entitled Herstory: Women & Power, she commissioned Lee Heuermann to write "A Lesson in American History," a song about women’s suffragist and one of her personal heroes, Alice Paul. She also recently presented a recital entitled A Note of Her Own that revolved around the lives and voices of women.
Kristen's studies at the University of Montana (MM) led her to discover her love of research that she hopes to combine with her love of music to become a music librarian. She is currently a candidate for a Master of Library and Information Studies at UBC. When she isn't singing or doing her homework, Kristen performs with the Helwa Dancers, a professional belly dance troupe.