Kirsten Wissink graduated with Honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May of 2012, where she studied Violin Performance with David Neely and chamber music with the Chiara string quartet.  Her violin teachers and mentors have included Dana Meyer, Ronda Cole, Rebecca Fischer, David Neely, and Lisa Watkins.  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.  In addition, she has been privileged to play on such acclaimed stages as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry House.  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.”  Kirsten is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and attends practicum courses and Suzuki teacher training with Ronda Cole.  Since 2011, she has taught private and group classes at the Annie Moses Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN.  She currently coaches chamber groups and teaches in her private studio in Lincoln, NE, and has taught private viola and violin at Concordia University in Seward, NE.  She also teaches private lessons, violin sprouts, and group classes as an Artist Faculty member at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, and performs with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Conservatory’s Conservatory Camerata.