Meet the 


White Washed Wood

Kathleen Halsne

Conductor | Music Educator | Vocalist


Hello! my name is Mrs. Kathleen Halsne and I have had the pleasure of being the Norte Vista High School Choir Director since 2018. I am also the Choir Director and Ukulele teacher at Loma Vista Middle School. 


My Musical Story

I have loved music all my life, performing throughout middle school and high school in choirs and in musical theater productions. As a senior in high school, I saw the amazing impact music had on my life and decided to devote my life to teaching and performing music. I moved to Riverside to attend California Baptist University where I studied Music Education, received my Masters in Conducting, and met my amazing husband, who was also a music student. 


Immediately after graduating, I was hired as a Visiting Professor of Music at CBU where I was the Director of the New Song Women’s Choir, a 90-member ensemble that had the opportunity to travel and perform all over the Western United States in over 50 performances a year. I also had the pleasure of conducting one of the largest ensembles - a choir and orchestra! 


Coming from the public school system myself, I knew I always wanted to teach high school music. And after two years teaching at the collegiate level, it was time for me to move on and get my teaching credential to teach in the public schools. While I went back to school, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach 5th grade music in Alvord, which was SO FUN! The next year I was placed at Loma Vista Middle School and Norte Vista High School to pilot the Choir Programs and Ukulele Program. 


A little about me...

My students know that you will always find me with coffee in my hand, a smile on my face, and ready to sing. My husband is also a music teacher and we love what we do! We have a dog and two cats that keep our home fun and crazy. During the Covid Pandemic, I’ve discovered a love for exercise and being outside. The pandemic has been extremely hard on all of us and there’s a lot about normal life that we miss. The thing I miss most, though, is hearing my students sing, laugh and talk all together. My life will be back to “normal” when I’m finally with them in the classroom again.