Johanna Kroesen is a graduate of Chapman University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Violin Performance. In 2006, she graduated magna cum laude from The Hartt School of Music with a Masters of Music Education in String Pedagogy. At the Hartt School, Ms. Kroesen received an Educational Fellowship to serve as Assistant Director and Master Teacher of the Hartt String Project, an organization that brings string music education to disadvantaged children throughout the greater Hartford region. Since 2006, Ms. Kroesen has been an Elementary String Specialist in the Irvine Unified School District, teaching over 750 students at Springbrook, Stone Creek, University Park, Westpark, and Woodbury Elementary Schools. Ms. Kroesen is currently an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University, teaching string methodology.
Ms. Kroesen has served as string coach of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Suzuki based Prelude String Orchestra, adjudicated Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and been a guest presenter for SCSBOA workshops. In addition, she coordinated collegiate clinics at the 2005 American String Teachers Association National Convention. She is has been a co-director of the Irvine USD Summer Fine Arts Orchestra and, in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 was a conductor of the Irvine USD Elementary Honor Chamber Strings and Elementary Honor Orchestra.
In 2011, Ms. Kroesen took a leave of absence from her tenure with Irvine USD to pursue a year teaching abroad. Serving as a Foreign Language Trainer with The Walt Disney Company, she taught native Chinese children, ages 1-10, immersive English in an integrated arts program. She holds certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Children (TEFL-C) and Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD). Ms. Kroesen is a credentialed teacher in the states of California and Connecticut, performs as a professional violinist, and teaches private violin.