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Kurt Runestad, Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral ActivitiesKurt Runestad, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music, Director of choral activities

Expertise: Choral and vocal music, music education, conducting, vocal jazz

Contact information: 402.826.8279 or kurt.runestad@doane.edu.

Kurt Runestad is the Director of Choral Activities at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, where he conducts three of Doane's four choral ensembles, including the acclaimed Doane Choir, which tours nationally and internationally.  A Nebraska native, Runestad graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  In 1993, he earned a Master's of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa.  Runestad taught 10 years in Minnesota and Iowa, in public schools of all sizes.  From 1996 until 2000 he led the large choral program at Roseville Area High School in Minneapolis/St. Paul, conducting six of the school's ten choirs.  He returned to the University of Iowa in 2000, completing the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting in May of 2004.  His doctoral paper was on Benjamin Britten's little-known choral-orchestral work, Cantata Academica.  A frequent clinician, arranger, and adjudicator for choirs throughout the Midwest, he and his wife Carly live in Lincoln, Nebraska, with their daughter, Avery.