Hunter Hensley


Hunter Hensley
Professor of Music
Vocal/Choral Studies
DMA - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MME - University of Kentucky
BME - University of Kentucky


Hunter Hensley, RETIRED May 15, 2013, as Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University teaching in Vocal/Choral Studies. He came to teach at Eastern in the Fall of 2000. Hensley’s main focus at Eastern was in teaching applied voice and vocal diction to both music majors and non-majors. His interests in Medieval song and Kentucky Mountain songs are combined in the voice studio with the traditional folk song, art song, aria, leider, and chanson to give his students a diverse sampling of various musical singing styles and healthy vocal production habits.

Hensley’s recent professional involvement in medieval music performance practice has resulted in invitations to perform at many national and international music conferences as a medieval chant and Early French chanson specialist. His recording projects evince collaboration with internationally acclaimed medieval musicologists, Richard Crocker, Professor Emeritus at UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, and Judith Peraino, Professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Companion recordings for Judith Peraino's, Giving Voice to Love: Song and Self Expression from the Troubadours to Guillaume de Machaut, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011 - may be found at

Companion recordings for Michael Newth (Sydney, Australia), The Song of Roland, an English adaptation & radio play, are published by Italica Press, NY, 2011.

Completed research project: The making of modern performance editions with critical notes of all the solo cantatas for the male voice by Alessandro Stradella, is not yet published.

Hensley posted a You Tube video to emphasize the tragedy of mountaintop coal removal mining in his home state of Kentucky. In the video of flyover footage of mountaintop coal removal activity and concerned protest activity by members of the Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Hensley chants the Requiem mass in recognition of the death and devastation of the Kentucky mountains and streams. The video may be viewed at: