Kirsten Wissink graduated in May 2012 with Honors from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she studied Violin Performance. Her violin teachers and mentors have included Dana Meyer, Ronda Cole, Rebecca Fischer, David Neely, and Lisa Watkins, and she has also studied chamber music with the Chiara String Quartet. She has been in numerous recitals and university productions as a soloist and chamber musician, including the Bach B-‐Minor Mass with the Chiara String Quartet in 2011. Some of the highlights of her performing career are playing in the orchestra with the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall in January of 2012, performing at the Grand Ole Opry House as a member of the Fine Arts Summer Academy Orchestra every summer since 2013, and backing the Annie Moses Band for a PBS special in the summer of 2015, a project entitled The Art of the Love Song. She currently performs in the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, the Conservatory Camerata through the Omaha Conservatory of Music, and in chamber music groups in and around the Lincoln area.
As much as she loves to perform, Kirsten is passionate about teaching violin. Her musical interests extend from the world of Baroque music to soundtracks and movie music. Coupling her love of movie music and pedagogy, she has completed a thesis, in conjunction with a UCARE grant (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences Program), entitled “Using Contemporary Film Music to Teach Traditional Violin Technique and Musical Development.” A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she has completed a Suzuki practicum course and teacher training through Book 4 with Ronda Cole. She has taught private and group classes since 2011 at the Annie Moses Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN, and conducts private lessons and small ensemble coachings through her studio in Lincoln, NE. She has also taught violin and viola lessons at Concordia University in Seward, NE. In addition to teaching private lessons at the Omaha Conservatory, she is excited to work as a lead teacher with String Sprouts, a pilot program of the Conservatory.