Professor of Music
member of graduate faculty
Start Year: 1993
Office: B42 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.M., University of Minnesota
B.M.E., Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Music Education, Instrumental Conducting,
Instrumental Literature, Music Appreciation,
Symphonic Wind Band, St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, St. Croix Valley Community Band, World Music Online
Kristin Tjornehoj holds a Ph.D. in music education and a M.M. from the University of Minneapolis, and a B.M. degree in music education and performance from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Tjornehoj is a full professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the conductor of the 9-11 Tribute Celebration.
She is active as a conductor and clinician/lecturer, which has taken her across the U.S., Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Iceland, and Scotland. She maintains a busy conducting/lecture schedule in both professional and educational settings, and is currently leader of the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, St. Croix Valley Community Band, and the adult choir at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton, MN. She has led ensembles on performance tours throughout the United States and abroad. Recent experiences include World Music and Music Appreciation study tours throughout Europe. This May she will lead a group of students and interested adults in a music and arts cultural experience tour of the UK and Spain.
Dedicated to the creation of new compositions, her credits of commissioned works or premiers by prolific composers includes Joel Blahnick, Todd Coleman, Michael Colgrass, Gregory Fritze, Lars Jansson, Daniel Kallman, Johan de Meij, Joanne Metcalf, Craig Naylor, David Revill, Michael J. Roy, Jared Spears, Michael Torke, Joseph Turrin, Charles Young, and John Zdechlick.
A participating member in several professional scholarly and community organizations, she currently serves on boards/committees of ArtReach St. Croix, Phipps Center for the Arts, St. Croix Valley Community Foundation, and the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference. She is also a member of the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, National Band Association, and National Association for Music Education, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
Dr. Tjornehoj was the director for the Shell Lake Arts Center Band Camp, July 6-11, 2014. Other summer music opportunities led by Dr. Tjornehoj included the St. Croix Valley Community Band, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., from June 24-July 24, 2014 with concerts throughout the greater St. Croix Valley. Don't miss the opportunity to tour Spain June 12-22, 2014 with the SCVCB.