Conducting symphonies and teaching music are Kristin Tjornehoj’s primary passions. The chair of the music department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) loves to study musical scores and bring the notes to life for musicians, students and audience members. She has lectured and conducted around the world, traveling throughout the United States, Austria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Hungary and Iceland.
Tjornehoi will discuss her love of music and share what it is like to conduct around the world during a talk at UW-Barron County on January 25, noon to 1 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). It is part of the university’s Thursdays @ the U Performance and Lecture Series.
Tjornehoi leads the UWRF Symphony Band and is in her twenty-third season of conducting the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s degree from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. She has taught courses in Music Appreciation, Conducting, Instrumental Literature, History of Jazz, and World Music. She also directs the Shell Lake Arts Center Band Camp and Ensemble Camp during the summer.
The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call 715-234-8176.