A most versatile artist, Ms. Hensrud has performed contemporary, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Classical and Operatic genres to great acclaim. In demand as an interpreter of Kurt Weill and Cabaret, she has performed one-woman shows at the Lucille Lortel Theater and Players Club in New York City, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland, as well as venues throughout the United States. As a proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Hensrud has sung world premieres at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space and the Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC and in Germany and Austria. Ms. Hensrud’s Musical Theater credits include Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul. In 2008 Ms. Hensrud founded Feminine Musique, a Recital Duo dedicated to the music of Women Composers, which has been heard in the United States and throughout Europe. She is also a founding member of the Enigma Trio, specializing in vocal chamber music for Voice, Cello and Piano.
Ms. Hensrud earned her BMus in cello performance and MMus in vocal performance and MA from the University of North Dakota. She continued her post-graduate studies on voice as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Stuttgart, Germany, where she received the Artist Diploma in Opera. Additional studies were at Salzburg's Mozarteum, the Franz Liszt Musik Akademie, and the L'ecole Hindemith in Vevey, Switzerland. She has served on the Voice Faculty of Hofstra University as Adjunct Professor of Voice since 2005, is the Vocal Director of the Oyster Bay Summer Music Festival, and has served on the Guest Faculty of the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, S’onge D’éte Summer Music Festival of Quebec, CW Post Summer Music Festival and ArtsBridge Summer ArtSong.
She has given Master Classes at the National Opera Association, Classical Singer National Convention, the NATS Eastern Region Convention and has served as an adjudicator at the Music Teacher’s National Association National Vocal Competition, NATS NY and Eastern Regional Competitions, Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, and others.
Her students have consistently been awarded top prizes in competitions and have gone on to undergraduate and graduate study at Boston Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Hartt School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Guild Hall (London, England), Rutgers University Opera Institute, Binghamton University, Carnegie Mellon University, Temple University, and Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and are singing in Broadway National Tours and Off Broadway productions.
Ms. Hensrud is a member of AEA, AGMA, NATS, and NOA.