Mortenson teaches music theory in the core curriculum for
music majors, and music listening laboratory for non-majors.
She maintains a private violin and viola studio in Manhattan,
and has been on the string faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
in Michigan since 1986.
Mortenson attended the University of Texas at Austin as a
violin student of Leonard Posner, and received Bachelor and
Master of Music degrees in violin from Louisiana State
University where she studied with Sally O’Reilly. She has been
Associate Concertmaster of the Topeka Symphony since 2001 and
was previously a first violinist in the Austin, Baton Rouge,
Wichita, and Des Moines Symphonies. She has been a soloist
with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra and the Flint Hills
Chamber Orchestra, and served as Concertmaster of the Blue
Lake Festival Orchestra for twenty years. Kristin has enjoyed
performing in concert with entertainers as diverse as Ray
Charles, Dionne Warwick, Mannheim Steamroller, Bob Hope, Doc
Severinsen, Shirley Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, Wayne Newton, and
the rock band, Kansas.
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