Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music Education from KSU Certified P-12 Music
Mrs. Erin Karstensen, Choral Director
Mrs. Karstensen has been teaching Chorus here at CMS since the 2014-2015 school year and absolutely loves watching her students grow in music and singing, as well as the many life and social skills that singing together can help them to learn. She also co-teaches 8th grade Musical Theatre with Ms. Kaitlyn Thornton, the CMS Theatre Arts teacher, and has taught Music Appreciation as well through the years. She is the Elective Department Head and a member of the teacher Leadership Team.
Along with Ms.Thornton, she also directs the CMS Spring Musical. Students from all grades are invited to audition for on-stage roles in the performance, or apply for positions on the backstage crew. Rehearsals are held after school January through April. Last year, we enjoyed an incredible performance of "Matilda Jr." that involved over 50 students.
She is a Cobb County native and 1995 graduate of Sprayberry High School. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. Go Owls - Class of 2002. She is an active member of the GA Music Educators' Association.
Outside of school, Mrs. Karstensen is very involved in the Musical Theatre world as well. She loves to direct and choreograph wherever the shows take her. She has been the director of the Grand Theatre's Senior High Summer Music Theatre Camp show for 23 years now, and also has had the opportunity to serve as Music Director for the adult show at the Grand. She has a daughter, Jillian, who is in the 10th grade at CHS and they live in Cartersville with her husband, Gavin, and two cats, Luna Lovegood and Lexa. She is a fan of all things Harry Potter, musical theatre, too many TV shows to list, UGA, KSU, NASCAR and the Braves.
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