From 2016-2019, Kirsten created and organized a teen Christian band from Eden Prairie, Minnesota named Bridge 33. She wrote several songs for this band and her daughter is the violinist. Bridge 33 performed Kirsten's original songs at many events, including a performance as the opening band for a Jason Gray concert in Eden Prairie, the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest, and the Southwest Minnesota Junior High Youth Gathering in Willmar.
In 2017, Kirsten was honored to work with Minnesota’s gospel icon JD Steele (singer/songwriter/producer) and he produced two of her songs (His Love and Guiding Light). Six of Kirsten's songs are currently available on iTunes, Apple Music and all other major music sharing sites: His Love, Wild, The King of Love, Holy Water, Prayer Song, and Risen (All the Angels Sing).
Kirsten currently has 22 voice and piano students, teaches group fitness classes at Dakotah Sport and Fitness, and directs a Children’s Choir at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie.
Kirsten is one of four winners of Zeitgeist's 25th annual Eric Stokes Song Contest. Named in memory of late composer Eric Stokes, the contest is designed to encourage and celebrate amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. Kirsten's winning composition, Holy Water, will be featured on Zeitgeist's annual Playing it Close to Home concert, March 6-8 at Studio Z.
In November 2018, Kirsten and her dog went for a walk. The rough sound of a new song started running through her head. Later, she finished writing Holy Water for Bridge 33 to perform at the “Bridge 33 Farewell Services” on May 19, 2019 at St. Andrew in Eden Prairie. (All 6 band members were seniors in high school and preparing to leave for different colleges.) After May 19, the song continued to evolve until the final recording session on August 5. Kirsten and a large team of people also created a music video for “Holy Water.” Check it out below!
Playing it Close to home
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
$15 / $10 students & seniors
With winning songs from the 25th annual Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Randy Bauer, Zeitgeist’s Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program includes music by Eric Stokes Song Contest winners Katie Condon, Kirsten Hanninen, Samuel William Novak and Iris Hu, plus the world premiere of Holding Patterns, a new multi-movement work composed for Zeitgeist by Randy Bauer.