Deborah Norin-Kuehn

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Adjunct Instructor of Music

School of Music & Theatre


DMA, Eastman School of Music

MMus, Eastman School of Music

Artist Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music

BMus, Kent State University


Since her 1994 New York debut, soprano Deborah Norin-Kuehn has dedicated her performance career to presenting contemporary vocal repertoire, premiering and interpreting works of our time, without neglecting the traditional fare. Regarding Norin-Kuehn’s United Kingdom premiere of Milton Babbitt’s Du, Phyllis Bryn Julson said, “She puts a little Schubert in her Babbitt, and vice versa.”

Norin-Kuehn has performed under the batons of Peter Bay, David Hayes, Aaron Jay Kernis, Oliver Knussen, and has been featured throughout the U.S, Canada, England, France, Germany and Italy with orchestras, ensembles and select artists including Ensemble 21, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers, pianists Jeffrey Jacob, Margaret Kampmeier, Marilyn Nonken and Thomas Rosenkranz, and her duo Vox Electroacoustica. She has performed the roles of Pamina, Musetta, Mrs. Gobineau and Anna Gomez on the opera stage, has thrice been guest artist at the Eastman School of Music and at such festivals as June in Buffalo and New Music from Bowling Green. Her discography features recordings on the Living Artists and SEAMUS labels.

A student of the late Todd Duncan, Gershwin’s original Porgy, at the Curtis Institute of Music (Artist Diploma), Norin-Kuehn holds vocal performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM) and has studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Britten-Pears School, the Chautauqua Institute and the Lake Placid Institute. Currently on the voice faculty of Heidelberg University, she resides in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband and their two children.

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