Music Director for Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings
Irene Kroesen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Teaching Credential from Chapman University. Currently, Kroesen is a retired string specialist for the Irvine Unified School District. From 1988 to 2011, Kroesen was as an adjunct instructor at Chapman University where she taught the String Methods for music education majors.
Kroesen has also served as a mentor teacher for Irvine USD as well as a designated Master Teacher for Chapman University, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton. She has also given curriculum workshops for county and state workshops as well as sharing and distributing her teaching materials to Placentia-Yorba USD and Garden Grove USD.
Kroesen has appeared as conductor of the Irvine Elementary and Middle School Honor Orchestras and guest conductor of the Middle School Honor Orchestras for Las Vegas Unified, Capistrano Unified, Placentia-Yorba Linda School District, Long Beach Unified, Fresno-Madeira County and the SCSBOA All-Southern Middle School Honor String Orchestra. Kroesen served as the guest conductor for the Inaugural Year 2015 SCSBOA Elementary Honor Orchestra. She has also served as manager and assistant conductor of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and is currently the conductor of the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings. She is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and is a past recipient of the Alumni of the Year Award from the School of Music at Chapman University. In 2003, she received the Orange County Outstanding Arts Educator Award for Elementary Instrumental Music. In 2006, Kroesen was selected as the Irvine Unified School District Elementary Teacher of the Year.
As a string educator and clinician, Kroesen has given numerous workshops at both county and state music conferences as well as working with individual school orchestras from Nevada, Arizona and the country of Norway. She has also served as an adjudicator for the Disney Creative Challenge and has auditioned violinist and violists for both the All-Southern California Middle School and High School Honor Orchestras. In 2015, Kroesen served as program advisor for Pacific Symphony Strings for Generations Program and is currently the Music Director for the 2015–16 season.
Kroesen is a member of the American String Teachers Association, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Music Educators National Conference and California Music Educators Association. She is also a member of the Los Angeles Musicians Union and is active as a professional violist.