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Johanna Kroesen

String Pedagogy
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Office Location: Bertea Hall 207


Johanna Gamboa-Kroesen is a graduate of Chapman University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Violin Performance. In 2006, she graduated from The Hartt School of Music with a Masters of Music Education in String Pedagogy, along with a teaching credential. At the Hartt School, Mrs. Gamboa-Kroesen received an Educational Fellowship to serve as Assistant Director and Master Teacher of the Hartt String Project.

Since 2006, she has been a String Specialist in the Irvine Unified School District, teaching over 850 students each year at Alderwood, Bonita Canyon, Eastshore, Oak Creek, and Turtle Rock Elementary Schools. In 2011, she took a leave of absence from her tenure with IUSD to pursue a year teaching abroad in Beijing, China.

As a string clinician, she has adjudicated SCSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festivals, the IUSD High School Orchestra Festival, presented at SCSBOA workshops and conferences, coordinated collegiate workshops for ASTA conventions, and worked with orchestras in California and Arizona. She has been a guest conductor of the IUSD Summer Fine Arts Orchestra, IUSD Elementary Honor Chamber Strings and Elementary Honor Orchestra, and 2016 Long Beach Middle School Honor Orchestra.

In 2015, Mrs. Gamboa-Kroesen was named the “Outstanding Educator, Instrumental Music” by the Orange County Music & Arts Administrators. In 2016, she was awarded the “Excellence in Teaching Award” for Visual and Performing Arts by the Irvine Unified School District.

Mrs. Gamboa-Kroesen is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since 2012, she has been a Lecturer at Chapman University, teaching string methods.

Mrs. Gamboa-Kroesen is a credentialed teacher in the state of California, a member of various professional organizations including CTA, NEA, SCSBOA & ASTA, performs as a professional violinist, and maintains a private violin studio.