Northwest Associated Arts – Artistic Director

Youth Choral Education Program
Artistic Director


Kerstin Shaffer has been conducting choirs of all ages for over 20 years in Washington, California and Minnesota, and now teaches choirs at Gray Middle School in Tacoma. She holds a Bachelors degree in music from California State University, East Bay and a Masters of Sacred Music in choral conducting from Luther Seminary.

For  many years, Kerstin has served Lutheran churches as minister of music and director of choral music including teaching K-8 music at Glendale Lutheran School. Currently she sings with the Tacoma Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Boers. She serves on the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors in an ex officio position as President of the Chorus. Kerstin holds professional membership in the American Choral Directors Association and Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

In her free time, she and her husband Jon are enjoying the “empty nest” with their two children off to college.