Faculty and Staff

Tjornehoj, Kristin

Kristin Tjornehoj

Kristin Tjornehoj

Chair and Professor of Music
member of graduate faculty

Start Year: 1993

Office: B42 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-3183



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 a full professor and chair of the department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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 Symphony Band, 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. The Symphony Band was the featured ensemble at the Wisconsin School Music Association Conference in October 2015. Recent experiences include world music and music appreciation study tours throughout Europe with a UW-River Falls International Traveling Classroom in Edinburgh, London, and Paris.

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, David Maslanka (May 5, 2016 premier), Johan de Meij (November 17, 2016 premier), Joanne Metcalf, Craig Naylor, David Revill, Michael J. Roy, Jared Spears, Jack Stamp, Michael Torke, Joseph Turrin, Amy Williams (April 6, 2016 premier), Charles Young, and John Zdechlick.  

A participating member in several professional scholarly, music and community organizations, she serves on boards/committees throughout the greater St. Croix Valley as an arts advocate including St. Croix Valley Foundation, Phipps Center for the Arts, and ArtReach St. Croix.

She is the director the Shell Lake Arts Center Band Camp and Ensemble Camp. She is dedicated to working with middle and high school level students with clinics, master class settings, and as a guest conductor.  

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 in 2014 and experienced Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic in June 2016. The inspiration for this collaborative venture is to provide experiences that enrich both performers and listeners in cultural exchanges. Contact Dr. Tjornehoj for information and participation in future adventures at or 715-410-7416.