Karsten Longhurst was named Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Music Educator Coordinator at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2015. He conducts the University Singers, Chorale, and Concert Choir as well as teaches courses in conducting, choral education, and music appreciation.
As a young versatile musician, Karsten is known for his energetic, yet sensitive, conducting. Karsten has nearly completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with additional fields in Vocal Performance, Arts Leadership, and Music Education. While at Thornton, Karsten served for two years as the conductor of Apollo Men’s Chorus at the University of Southern California creating their first album in over a decade and helped more than triple the size of the choir. Additionally, his teaching assistant responsibilities included Festivals Coordinator, Recruitment Coordinator, and Assistant Conductor to the Chamber Singers.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Karsten was the choral director at Ogden High School in Utah. He expanded the part-time choir program to a full-time and the choirs consistently received superior ratings at region and state festivals. He was also the recipient of the Ogden School District’s Teaching in Excellence Award.
As a professional tenor vocalist, Karsten is equally at home in both the classical and pop genres. Karsten has performed and recorded with some of the most popular artists of our time, including The Rolling Stones, Barry Manilow, Christopher Cross, and Marie Osmond. As an ensemble tenor, Karsten has collaborated with Helmut Rilling, Carl St. Clair, and James Conlon of the Los Angeles Opera and has appeared with Inspiravi, the University of Southern California Chamber Singers, The Salt Lake Vocal Artists, and more. Over the last decade, Karsten toured with the regionally acclaimed vocal band T Minus 5. Most recently, he was featured as the tenor soloist in Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music with the USC Symphony Orchestra and Choral Artists.
Previous degrees also include a Bachelor of Music in Education and in German from Weber State University and a Master's in Music in choral conducting from the University of Utah. Karsten is an active clinician, guest lecturer, and member of ACDA. He resides with his wife, Danielle, and four children in Alva, Oklahoma.