Kristen Blodgette, Broadway Musical Director/Conductor and Alumna ’72, Visits FHS

Kristen Blodgette, a 1972 graduate of Fairview High School, stopped by to tour her alma mater today and quickly found herself right back at home in the music department.

Ms. Blodgette has been a Broadway Musical Director, Supervisor and Conductor for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber for over 30 years, conducting/directing  The Phantom of the Opera, CATS, Evita, and Sunset Boulevard (for which she directed a 40-piece orchestra, the largest orchestra on broadway). She is also the voice coach for singer Josh Groban.

After graduating from FHS, she attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She moved to New York City at the age of 25 and began offering voice coaching and music lessons and then was hired to play keyboard in the national tour of Cats in 1984. Soon after, she took over as the Conductor/Music Director. She was then named the musical supervisor for one of the most world-renowned productions on Broadway —  Phantom of the Opera. She has supervised various international companies of PhantomCatsLove Never DiesJesus Christ Superstar and other Andrew Lloyd Webber’s productions.

While a student at FHS, Kristen was in band, chorale, concert band, orchestra, Stagecrafters, student council, thespians, and wind ensemble.

Ms. Blodgette is also a member of the Fairview Park City Schools Hall of Fame.




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