Kurt Runestad

Music - Professor
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Where words fail, music speaks. - Hans Christian Anderson


  • B.A. in music education, St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)
  • M.A. in choral conducting, The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
  • D.M.A. in choral conducting, The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

Dr. Kurt Runestad has been the Director of Choral/Vocal Activities at Doane University since the fall of 2004. At Doane he conducts or co-conducts three of Doane’s four choral ensembles, including the acclaimed Doane Choir, which tours nationally and internationally. CDs by the Doane Choir (Precious Lord, Colors of the MIdwest) and Doublewide (Doublewide and Downpour) are available for purchase on both iTunes and Amazon, and tracks of several of Doane’s choral groups are also available on YouTube. A Nebraska native, Runestad graduated from St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota) with a B.A. in music education, and taught 10 years in the public schools of Iowa and Minnesota. He also earned two graduate degrees in choral conducting from The University of Iowa. Runestad is a frequent clinician, arranger, and adjudicator for choirs throughout the Midwest, and has twice received the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award from Doane’s Student Congress. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Carly Woythaler-Runestad and their two children, daughter Avery and son Owen.

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