Kirsten Wissink graduated with Honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May of 2012, 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 between 2013 and 2017, 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 has shared the stage with a range of nationally and internationally-known performing artists, including: Joshua Bell, Philippe Quint, Michael Bublé, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Ron Block, Todd Smith, Jaci Velasquez, and Josh Turner. In 2018, she played in the orchestra pit for the musical premier of Merry Christmas Uncle Scrooge!, a show narrated by legendary actor, John Rhys-Davies. She currently performs in the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.
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 8 with Ronda Cole. Kirsten has taught private and group classes since 2011 at the Annie Moses Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN, and conducts private and group 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 Spring Sprouts, a pilot program of the conservatory.