Hailed by Switzerland's Opernwelt as "...a remarkably beautiful voice capable of many colors and nuances...a singer who is also a natural actress" has appeared in opera houses throughout Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Israel, South Africa, and the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater, Salzburg Festival, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York City Opera, and the Spoleto Arts Festival under notable conductors such as James Levine, Herbert von Karajan and Emmanuelle Villaume and others. She has been heard in recitals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has recorded with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Süddeutsche Rundfunk Orchestra, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Her core repertoire includes the great operatic roles of Strauss, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini, and orchestral works of Mahler, Berlioz, and Wagner. Her acclaimed European debut as Romeo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi came while still a member of the Vienna State Opera's Young Artist Program. Invitations to opera houses in Germany, Austria and Italy soon followed.

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 Cabaretshe has performed one-woman shows at the Lucille Lortel Theater, Players Club and the Café Sabarsky Cabaret series at the Neue Galerie 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, Music in the Alps Festival in Bad Gastein, Austria, Artists International Kiev in the Ukraine, 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, MTEA and NOA.