Dr. Joshua Hawkins Nannestad, associate professor of music education. Nannestad brings diverse experiences as a choral conductor, professor, and church musician. He has most recently held a tenured faculty position at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. An award-winning faculty member in teaching (2018) and scholarship (2019) at SOSU, the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Morningside is excited to welcome his engaging teaching and conducting.
Before moving to higher education, Dr. Nannestad was a public school music teacher. He ran a vibrant high school choral program while also teaching K-2 classroom music every day in Milford, Massachusetts. A lifelong church musician, he has served a variety of roles in Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopalian, and UCC congregations, often partnering with Joanna Hawkins Nannestad.
Nannestad’s doctoral dissertation tied together his passions for conducting, music education, and church music with a study of Britten’s intergenerational opera Noye’s Fludde. He has presented for ACDA, CMS, state NAfME chapters, the Oklahoma Department of Education, and the DePaul Center for the Humanities. He has conducted honor choirs, chaired an Intercollegiate Choir, served on the boards of several arts organizations, and was published in The Choral Journal.
The son of a choral conductor, Josh went into the family business. Inspired by incredible teachers and stellar colleagues, he has been shaped by both the Saint Olaf choral tradition and symphonic chorus opportunities in Boston. His degrees are from Boston University (DMA Choral Conducting, student of Ann Howard Jones), Gordon College (MME, student of Ken Phillips), and Saint Olaf College (BME, student of Anton Armstrong). He is the lucky husband of Joanna and proud father of Miriam and Moses.