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Kristin Ditlow

D.M.A., Eastman School of Music

Assistant Professor, Vocal Coaching
Curriculum Vitae

American pianist and coach Kristin Ditlow has appeared as a soloist, collaborative artist, coach, and conductor throughout the United States, Europe and China.  Recent concert seasons have featured appearances at San Francisco Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Hungary’s Zempleni Festival, the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories, the National Theater in Kunming (Yunnan Province, China) and venues throughout central and northern Italy.

As an opera and voice coach, Ms. Ditlow has served on the faculties and music staffs of the Curtis Institute of Music, Westminster Choir College, Ithaca College, Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Syracuse Opera, Finger Lakes Opera, San Francisco Opera Center, Delaware Valley Opera Company, the Princeton Festival, the CoOPERAtive Program (Princeton, NJ), Crescendo International Summer Institute (Tokaj and Sárospatak, Hungary), Si Parla, Si Canta (Urbania, Italy) Ameropa International Festival (Prague, Czech Republic).

She has played in master classes for:  Kathleen Kelly, Martin Katz, and Warren Jones, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau and Dalton Baldwin (coach/accompanists); Stephanie Blythe, Vladimir Chernov, Carol Vaness, Sir Thomas Allen, Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Mira Zakai, and Håkan Hågegard (voice); Joseph Flummerfelt, Robert Spano, Rossen Milanov (conductor), Peter Stumpf, Ida Kavafian, Ettore Causa, Joseph Kalichstein, Itzhak Perlman, and Ida Levin (strings); Gilbert Kalish, Richard Goode, Garrick Ohlsson, Jon Kimura Parker, James Lisney, and Martin Canin (solo piano).  She has been a regular studio accompanist for voice teachers including:  Marlena Kleinman Malas, Joan Patenude Yarnell, Carol Webber, Rita Shane, Laura Brooks Rice, Sharon Sweet, Margaret Cusack, Mark Moliterno, Lindsay Christensen, Daune Mahy, Lorraine Manz, Marlene Rosen, and Richard Miller.

Dr. Ditlow’s major teachers have included collaborative pianists Dr. Jean Barr, Dr. JJ Penna, Dr. Russell Miller and Dalton Baldwin; solo piano teachers James Goldsworthy, Sandra Carlock, and Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein; conductors Neil Varon, Brad Lubman and Daniel Beckwith.

In the operatic world, she has assisted the following conductors:  Paolo Paroni, Maurizio Barbacini, Robert Spano, Andrew Megill, Thomas Cunningham, Joseph Flummerfelt, Corrado Rovaris, Sir Colin Davis, Marin Alsop, Roger Cantrell, Warren Jackson, Douglas Kinney Frost, Michael Spierman, Benton Hess, Brian DeMaris, Stephen Byess, and Michael Borowitz.

Her facility for languages has led to advanced linguistic study in Italy, France, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, as well as in the United States, and she has taught and coached these languages at the collegiate and professional levels.  She has over sixty complete operas in her repertoire, and has served on these productions in many capacities, ranging from conductor and stage director to repetiteur and assistant conductor.

Kristin’s passion for chamber music and entrepreneurial focus has led to her founding of two chamber ensembles, the Lukens Piano Trio (her current ensemble) and the Mühlenberg Piano Quartet.  Ms. Ditlow is devoted to promoting new music, as well as instrumental and vocal chamber music. Her innovative programming includes a variety of vocal chamber music and cross-genre projects.

Dr. Ditlow is thrilled to be joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico as the new full-time faculty vocal coach, in the fall of 2014.  She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM, 2001) Westminster Choir College (MM, 2005) and is a 2014 graduate from the Eastman School of Music with the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree.  She maintains a presence on the web at, as well as a blog at .

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