Rosemary Engelstad, a native of East Tennessee, is associate professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Engelstad holds a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and degrees in clarinet performance from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is dedicated to musicians’ health and wellness, and is currently a Body Mapping Educator trainee (Andover Educators). She is also a massage therapist and has training in natural movement (MovNat).
Engelstad is committed to performing new works for clarinet and has premiered works by Nathan Currier, Laura Schwindenger, Nancy Faber, Chris Thomas, and Theresa Martin. Newer projects include collaborative pieces with artists of other disciplines, particularly dance and the visual arts, performances in Duo LaRo with Milwaukee-based clarinetist Laura McLaughlin, as well as performances of works for the clarinetist-dancer. Engelstad has performed with many orchestras and ensembles in Wisconsin, including the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra. In Pennsylvania, Engelstad has performed as a substitute musician with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. At IUP, she performs regularly as a member of the IUP Faculty Woodwind Quintet and the Keystone Chamber Winds.
Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Engelstad was lecturer of clarinet at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. She has also served on the faculties of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Edgewood College, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Summer teaching activities include the UW Summer Music Clinic, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Dorian Summer Music Camps.
Engelstad is a member of Music Teacher’s National Association, the International Clarinet Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Andover Educators (Trainee), the Massage Therapy Association, Pi Kappa Lambda honor society in music, and Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity for women.