Karrin Meffert-Nelson


Assistant Professor in Music and Music - Instrumental

Karrin Meffert-Nelson, DMA, teaches clarinet, chamber music, conduts the Vasa Wind Orchestra, and teaches courses in music education and music history.  

As an active freelance clarinetist, Dr. Meffert-Nelson performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, VocalEssence Orchestra, and with productions at the Ordway and Orpheum Theaters.  Meffert-Nelson has also performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota.  Meffert-Nelson is a founding member of the MOre Clarinet Quartet and the Hot Dish Trio, ensembles devoted to education in addition to performing recitals.  As a clinican, Meffert-Nelson frequently appears as a adjudicator for area solo and ensemble contests and works with the woodwind sections of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

In addition to her DMA degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Meffert-Nelson holds the MM degree in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University in Evantston, IL and the BM degree in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Prior to her appointment at Gustavus Adolphus College, Meffert-Nelson taught clarinet and chamber music at the University of Minnesota.

Courses Taught


MUS-166 (Vasa Wind Orchestra), MUS-184 (Woodwind Ensemble), MUS-250 (Oboe), MUS-251 (Clarinet), MUS-252 (Bassoon), MUS-253 (Saxophone), MUS-350 (Oboe), MUS-351 (Clarinet), MUS-352 (Bassoon), MUS-353 (Saxophone), MUS-375 (Western Music II), and MUS-397 (Honors Project in History Literature)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-166Vasa Wind Orchestra102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-184Woodwind Ensemble102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-353Saxophone92013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-181Flute Choir82013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-180Early Music Ensemble72013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-349Flute62013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-249Flute62013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-252Bassoon52013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-253Saxophone52013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-251Clarinet52013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-250Oboe52013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-351Clarinet52013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-352Bassoon42013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-128Recorder Class42013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
MUS-397Honors Project in History Literature32013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
MUS-350Oboe32013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-336Woodwind Techniques22013/FA and 2011/FA
MUS-375Western Music II22013/SP and 2012/SP