A native of Quincy, MA, Kirsten is thrilled to be heavily involved in the choral community of the South Shore as the Choral Director at Ahern Middle School in Foxborough, MA. She is also the Founding Director of the South Shore Children’s Chorus, based in Braintree, MA.
Kirsten found a passion in music composition, which soon became her major in college. In 2011, Envisaged Dance, a composition for small instrumental ensemble, won first place in the Music Teacher’s Assocation of California Composition Competition, in the collegiate division. The same composition placed in the top seven collegiate compositions in the United States in 2012 for the Music Teacher’s National Associate Composition Competition. Psalm 8, a composition for two pianos, was the first place winner in 2012 for the International Piano Composition Contest in the Adult Division, and is currently being performed across the US. Many of her choral compositions are often performed, including her setting of Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart and her original work A Quiet Place. Shetler’s Alleluia for women’s chorus was premiered and professionally recorded by the women of the Point Loma Singers, and was performed on the England/Scotland tour.Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA.
In only two years of activity within the San Diego music community, Kirsten founded and created four different choral programs for children – most notably, her after-school choral program at San Diego High School and the SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive. Over the course of two years, Kirsten also founded a voluntary, after-school classical choral program at San Diego High that gained Superior Ratings at the Music in the Parks Festival at Disneyland. Similarly, Kirsten founded, recruited, and administrated a wildly successful Summer Choral Intensive program for high school students in San Diego. The SCI program, sponsored by San Diego’s only year-round professional choir, SACRA/PROFANA, served 78 students in its first year (2014) and 97 students in its second year representing over 35 different high schools. She ignited musical and professional passion in all of the 10-15 choral and musical theatre programs in which she has been an integral part.
Other notable choral experiences include conducting the Intermediate Level Choir at San Diego Children’s Choir in 2013-2014, helping to prepare (and performing in) the on-stage chorus for Disney Theatrical’s U.S. Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2014, and singing professional choral performances as a core member of SACRA/PROFANA. Kirsten’s most recent singing project was recording the soundtrack for the live action Beauty and the Beast film being released by Walt Disney pictures in March 2017.