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Kirstin holds degrees in Music Education and Oboe Performance from IUP and in 1999 she graduated summa cum laude as a full scholarship recipient from Michigan State University with a M.M. in Oboe Performance. Since 2000 she has been on the faculty at the Tell School of Music at Millersville University and York College of Pennsylvania and in 2016 was also appointed as oboe professor at Lebanon Valley College.
In addition to her collegiate appointments, she maintains a private studio in York and at her home in the Lancaster area. Her students have gone on to win positions in LLMEA County, PMEA District, Regional, State and NAfME All-Eastern Bands & Orchestras. She also has students placed in youth ensembles such as the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra, York Youth Symphony, the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra, all Lancaster NextGen ensembles, the Liberty Wind Symphony and the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra (yes, Alabama!). In the spring of 2023 she was awarded the 2022-23 "Private Teacher of the Year Award" by the LLMEA.
Kirstin also freelances and adjudicates frequently in the southeastern PA area. She is a 27-year member of the York Symphony Orchestra, has played with the Berks Sinfonietta since its inception in 2014, the Reading Pops Orchestra, Trio Jolie, The Silverwood Trio and in 2019 began the piano/oboe duo, Double Keyed, with award-winning singer/songwriter Frances Drost.
In 2022, Double Keyed released their first album, Midwinter’s Gift, which was recorded and produced in Nashville, TN. Midwinter’s Gift features commissioned arrangements by composer Phillip Keveren who is best known for his work with the Hal Leonard publishing company and his most recent collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra, which is featured on his latest album, Sojourner. Only 10 days after Midwinter’s Gift was released it charted on Billboard’s Classical-Crossover Chart at #13. In January of 2023 it was nominated by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame for Instrumental Album of the Year and in March 2023 won their category of Best Classical/Crossover Album.