Department of Music
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Dr. Joshua Nannestad


Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education

Office: UC 210
Phone: 580.745.3348


  • B.M.E., St. Olaf College
  • M.M.E., Gordon College
  • D.M.A., Boston University

About Dr. Joshua Nannestad

Joshua Hawkins Nannestad, D.M.A., is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he conducts the Symphonic Chorus, supervises choral student teachers, and teaches choral methods, choral literature, and the aural skills sequence. He also teaches in the Southeastern Master of Music Education program, teaching advanced choral methods, literature, conducting, and music history. Dr. Nannestad is the accompanist and President of the Board of SHARE: the Southeastern Hub for Arts Resource Education. He serves as the collegiate repertoire & resources chair for Oklahoma Choral Directors Association; he is also a member of the music advisory panel for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

Prior to this position, he taught for fourteen years in the public schools of Milford, Massachusetts, where he directed the high school choral program and taught classroom music to kindergarten and first grade students. Nannestad has been a lifelong church musician, and also served for two years as the conductor of the Gordon College Choir. His degrees are from Boston University (DMA, student of Ann Howard Jones), Gordon College (MME, student of Kenneth Phillips), and Saint Olaf College (BME, student of Anton Armstrong). He has published articles in The Choral Journal, written reviews for the Boston Musical Intelligencer, guest conducted widely, served on the Executive Board of Massachusetts ACDA, and presented for state conferences of ACDA and NAfME. He has performed as a bass with the Saint Olaf Choir and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Dr. Nannestad’s research interests include the development of the Symphonic Chorus in the United States as well as intergenerational musical projects. His dissertation was a detailed analysis of one such work, Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.