Professor of Voice. BA (music history), University of Richmond; MM (voice and organ), University of Illinois. Woodrow Wilson Fellow and University of Illinois Fellow. Studied in the Opera School of the Hochschule für Musik, Hamburg, as International Rotary Foundation Fellow (1974-75). Member of Phi Beta Kappa, Morterboard, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Kappa Lambda. Fellow of the Bach Aria Festival and Institute (1989).
A Distinguished Alumna of the University of Richmond (1992) and honored for distinction in the arts by the same institution in 1996. Aston Magna Participant (1993). Solo orchestral appearances with Richmond Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Colonial Orchestra, Philadelphia Concerto Soloists, Princeton Pro Musica, Pro Arte Choral. Austria (1995, 1997). Recitalist specializing in German lieder throughout the United States and Germany.
A member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ms. Christiansen is active as a clinician for master classes and lectures in song literature and voice pedagogy. She has twice been a master teacher for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Internship Program for young teachers. She has presented at the NATS national convention and NATS winter workshops.
Ms. Christiansen is a life-long student and lover of the music of Franz Schubert. She was a participant in the Aston Magna Academy on "Schubert's World" and later presented a paper on Schubert and Friedrich Schlegel for the Northeast Modern Language Association. At Westminster she organized and coordinated a festival/symposium on the music of Schubert. She has twice been artist-in-residence for voice study for the prestigious Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria.
Her students and former students have sung in opera houses all over the world including The Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera etc. They have been prize winners in major competitions including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Mario Lanza Competition, National Opera Association Competition, Philadelphia Orchestra Competion, Whittaker Competition, New York Oratorio Society Competition, and NATS Artist Award Competition.
She has taught on the music faculties of the University of Illinois, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she is Professor of Voice.