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Joanne Kersten

Faculty member Joanne Kersten

Associate Professor, Fine Arts

Departments: College of Fine Arts
Office: Mensing #104


  • Graduate studies in Music and Music Technology – University of Minnesota and Hamline University, ongoing
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Certification, 2002
  • Piano Study – Tubingen Hochschule, 1994-1995
  • German Language Study – Tubingen Hochshule, 1993-1994
  • M.M. Music Education – University of Minnesota, 1980
  • B.S. Music – Evangel University, 1974

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor at NCU since 1997
  • Professional accompanist since 1974
  • Professional organist, traditional pianist, and contemporary pianist in area churches through the present
  • Participant in Pat Summerall TV Program filmed in 2004
  • International speaker
  • Accompanist for Minneapolis Billy Graham crusade, 1996
  • Guest appearance on TBN
  • Director of WOVEN in Minneapolis (since 2001)
  • Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum President (2002-2004)
  • Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum Vice President (1998-2002)
  • Director, Wooddale School of Music in Eden Prairie, MN (1995-1997)
  • Adjunct Professor, North Central University (1990-1993, 1995-1996)
  • Music Pastor, First Baptist Church in Minneapolis (1991-1993)
  • Adjunct Professor, Crown College (1991-1993)
  • Music Pastor, Barrington Baptist Church in Rhode Island (1987-1989)
  • Music Minister, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Riverside, RI (1985-1987)
  • Chairperson of Music Department, North Central University (1980-1983)
  • Assistant Professor, North Central University (1974-1983)
  • National Teachers of Music Association
  • Minnesota Music Teachers Association
  • Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum
  • Mu Phi Epsilon


  • As a church musician, professional accompanist and educator, Joanne brings her skills to the classroom teaching Fundamentals of Music, Theory I and II, Music Appreciation, Music History and applied piano. Joanne is currently working on her Doctorate at the University of Minnesota.
  • She has served as President of the Minneapolis Music Teachers forum and is active in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association.
  • Joanne has been a rehearsal pianist for the New York Metropolitan Opera, guest pianist for the Billy Graham Outreach and Director of the School of Music at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She currently directs the WOVEN program based out of North Central. WOVEN (With One Voice Energizing Neighborhoods), is an outreach to children and youth in the Elliot Park Neighborhood using music as its tool. Joanne has been instrumental in teaching and recruiting student teachers in order to provide one-on-one instruction to these children and youth.