Kirsten G.M. Cummings graduated with her Master of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting degree in June of 2010. During her time at the UW she served as a Graduate Assistant Director for the Concert Bands. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University. She came to the UW after two years as the Director of Bands at Ashland High School in Ashland, Oregon. She also co-taught 7th/8th grade bands at Ashland Middle School, played clarinet in the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band, was a woodwind sectional coach for the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and directed/toured with Ashland high band, orchestra and choir students to China in June 2007, a major highlight being a performance on the Great Wall! Kirsten studied piano with Lois Hinds and Dr. Erin Chung, clarinet with Deborah Colyn and Craig Rine and conducting with Jeffrey Bell-Hanson and Scott Taube. Kirsten is a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference, a Ladies of the Podium Scholarship recipient for Women Band Directors International and a two-time Rachel Royston Scholarship recipient for The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.