Artist Statement

I am a vocalist and teacher, specializing in Early Music. As a historically informed performer it is my duty to honor composers of the past through expressive style, historic ornamentation, and a deep understanding of the text. As a teacher, I strive to encourage healthy vocal development, confidence, and the musical skills for my students to be independent musicians. Furthermore, through my teaching I spark curiosity in younger generations about artists of the past and how they can express their own art. My goal as an artist is to ignite interest in historical music through passionate performance, informed future musicians, and creative programming. 

Biography

Praised for her “nuance and sensitivity” (Boston Music Intelligencer), soprano, Kendra Comstock, is a Boston-based performer and teacher originally from Hartland, Vermont. Kendra performs a wide variety of Classical and Contemporary repertoire, but is especially passionate about singing Early Music. Kendra’s recent engagements include Dido and Aeneas and The Play of Daniel with the Boston Camerata, Bella Italia (music of the Italian Renaissance) with the Concordia Consort, and Purcell’s Music for St. Cecilia’s Day with Ensemble 44.

 

Kendra has been praised for her style and interpretation of Baroque cantatas and oratorios, including the works of Barbara Strozzi, J. S. Bach, G. F. Handel, and Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Kendra began her exploration into Early Music as a founding member of the Oklahoma City University Early Music Ensemble, directed by Kyle Patterson, from whom she also studied classical guitar. Kendra has performed at the Amherst, Madison, and Boston Early Music Festivals, as well as the International Baroque Institute at Longy. During these festivals, she studied with several Early Music specialists, including Pamela Dellal, Charles Weaver, and Paul O’Dette. In 2018, Kendra produced and performed her first solo recital series of Early Music throughout New England, benefiting Hartland Community Arts. 

 

Kendra holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University, where she studied voice under the tutelage of Dr. Kelly Holst. This Fall, Kendra began her Master’s degree in Historical Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, studying with renowned Early Music singer, Pamela Dellal. In addition to performing, Kendra also teaches voice, piano, and guitar at Music 101 Studios in Melrose, MA, and works in an administrative role with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and Boston Musica Viva. Other musical explorations include playing classical guitar and accompanying herself on the lute. 

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