Faculty and Staff

Tjornehoj, Kristin

Kris Tjornehoj

Kristin Tjornehoj

Professor of Music
member of graduate faculty

Start Year: 1993

Music and Stage and Screen Arts
Office: B42 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-3940



Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.M., University of Minnesota
B.M.E., Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Courses Taught:

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 Minnesota, and a B.M. degree in music education and performance from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

She is active as a musician, conductor, educator and speaker, which has taken her across the U.S., Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany Iceland, Israel, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. She maintains a musical life including conducting in both professional and educational settings and is the director of the Symphony Band and St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra. Kris has been active in church music, leading the choir at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church since 1984. 

Dedicated to the creation of new compositions, her credits of commissioned works or premiers by composers includes Joel Blahnick, Todd Coleman, Michael Colgrass, Gregory Fritze, Lars Jansson, Daniel Kallman, David Maslanka, Johan de Meij, Joanne Metcalf, Craig Naylor, David Revill, Michael J. Roy, Jared Spears, Jack Stamp, Michael Torke, Joseph Turrin, Amy Williams, Charles Young, and John Zdechlick.  

A participating member in several professional scholarly, music and community organizations, she is committed to serving in leadership for boards/committees throughout the greater St. Croix Valley including ArtReach St. Croix, Hudson Hospital Foundation, Phipps Center for the Arts St. Croix Valley Foundation, and the newly founded Zephyr Theatre.

The Three Rivers Concert Band is an ensemble of college and adult level musicians that travels abroad. Any musician can participate in this ensemble from the St. Croix River, past the Mississippi, extending to the Minnesota River. Led by Dr. Tjornehoj and Dr. Amy Rosium-Foley, the group toured Spain -2014; Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic – 2016; Italy, Switzerland and France – 2018. The inspiration for this collaborative venture is to provide experiences that enrich both musicians and patrons in cultural exchanges. The 2020 Three Rivers tour is to the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Contact Dr. Tjornehoj for information and participation in future musical endeavors at 715-410-7416.