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Song in the Spotlight is the newest addition to SDA, offering lessons in voice, guitar and piano for students looking to enhance their performance quality and find more ways into the Spotlight!

Ms. Kirsten will be providing our SDA students with these lessons in Studio C.


*Specify in the sign up your student name and what area of study they will focus on during lesson time (voice, guitar, piano). Cash or Venmo due at time of lesson.  No call/no show will be charged the full fee.

(Venmo: @kirsten-Paludan). 

*If your student is studying guitar, please bring an instrument for practice. 

Interested in a group class?  Fill out our interest form.

Private session interest?  Contact Kirsten via email

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Email Ms. Kirsten:

Musician, actress and composer Kirsten Paludan is a Lawrence, KS native and a graduate of

KU (1996). The singer/songwriter has two full length solo albums and one EP to her credit, is

featured on numerous local and national releases as a guest artist, and is a member of four

aPaludan has made a name for herself in both Lawrence and Kansas City as a diverse and

magnetic performer. “With a well-established and acclaimed musical career, [she] has proven to

be an invaluable asset across various facets of the local music community. From the haunting,

celestial sounds of Olympic Size to the country charm of Starhaven Rounders to her catalog of

solo work, Paludan possesses a versatility unlike other vocalists and songwriters.” Deli

Magazine. September 2014

Since returning home from 10 years in Kansas City in 2010, she has had a strong creative

relationship with Lawrence Arts Center; composing, devising and performing in shows such as

Vagina Monologues: Liberated Sisters (composer, performer, 2020) and Rethink: I am a Veteran

(composer, performer, 2019), a documentary ethno theater piece. She also had featured roles in

Midnight Visit to the Grave of Poe (Morella, 2016) an original rock opera by Ric Averill, and The

Nervous Set (Sari, 2015), a jazz/beat generation musical. In Spring 2020, she contributed to

The Silent One, writing, performing and recording several original pieces for the climate change

folk opera conceived by Averill, which had its virtual debut in May of that year.

Paludan began her career as an actress, appearing in the films Ride with the Devil (1999/Ang

Lee, dir.) and CSA:The Confederate States of America (2004/Kevin Wilmott, dir). A producer/

director, herself, Paludan developed Cabaret du Monde (2017) and Cowboy Cabaret I & II

(2015/2016) for Lawrence Arts Center; a series of themed cabaret performances showcasing

her different musical projects and diverse performers from the region.

Paludan has toured nationally with her opera singing sister and their ever evolving sister act; in

January 2017, their show Music of the Mind premiered at the Lied Center of Kansas in


Outreach driven, Paludan has been a vocal coach and private music teacher for 7 years, and a

mentor/coach for River City Rock Camp (youth and adult) for the past five. She is also the

Executive Director of the Lawrence Music Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the

health and growth of the educational music community in the Lawrence area and beyond.

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