Krista Wigle received both her B.M. and M.M. in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory where she studied with Carolyn Lewis, Pamela Fry and Jane Randolph(present teacher). Her extensive performance career ranges from Opera to Musical Theater. She has performed with such companies as: West Edge Opera, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Opera Parallele, Pocket Opera, Brava! Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Cinnabar Theater, Festival Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Sierra Repertory Theater, Woodminster, and the San Jose Playhouse. She played Carlotta, Confidante and Wild Woman in the San Francisco and Las Vegas Productions of The Phantom of the Opera. Recent roles include: Miss Forcible in Coraline, The D’Ysquith Family in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Yvonne/Harriet Pawling in Sunday in the Park with George, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods. She has also been the Soprano Soloist/Featured Artist with such organizations as: The Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, The Santa Rosa Symphony, Chora Nova, The UC Berkeley Orchestra, The SFCM Orchestra, The Santa Cruz Symphony, Ballet San Jose, The Monterey Opera Orchestra, and The Rogue Valley Chorale. Krista discovered her passion for teaching twenty-three years ago and has not stopped since. She taught Musical Theater classes and Vocal directed/Vocal arranged many musicals for the Young Conservatory of the American Conservatory Theater, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. She is currently a Lecturer-in-Voice at Sonoma State University in addition to teaching Voice in the Pre-College Dept. and Vocal Performance Workshops in the Continuing Ed. Dept. at SFCM.
- MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
- BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
- West Edge Opera
- Lamplighters Music Theater
- San Jose Playhouse
What is your hometown?
What are you passionate about outside of music?
I love nature: camping and hiking. I also love biking.
Who were your major teachers?
Jane Randolph, Willene Gunn, Kathy Cathcart
What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?
Learning to sing is always a process, you never “arrive.”
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
Why and how is breathing in singing so important?
What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?
When is sang a solo in a chorus concert in junior high.
What was a turning point in your career?
When I went through Breast Cancer years ago, I let go of the “career” and realized I didn’t really care about success in that way anymore, and that I just wanted to perform, teach and make music however I could and have fun. After letting go, many more opportunities came my way because I was more open to them. I stopped caring so much about what people thought and did what made me happy.
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
I can’t even imagine, maybe a Psychologist.
What is your daily practice routine?
I sit and learn music sporadically, and vocalize/sing songs for 15-30 minutes per day.
If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Verdi, Mozart, and Britten
What is your unrealized project?
Singing Knoxville 1915 by Samuel Barber with an orchestra.
What do you think makes a concert experience unique?
Feeling that connection with an audience, and moving through a piece with them.