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  • Laura Kerst, Community Outreach Manager

    Community Outreach Manager
    Director of Community Music School
    University of Delaware
    111 Roselle Center for the Arts
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​Laura Kerst coordinates more than 250 events each year in Loudis Recital Hall, Bayard Sharp Hall and the Roselle Center for the Arts (CFA), which houses Thompson Theatre, Studio Theatre, Gore Recital Hall and Puglisi Orchestra Hall. Ms. Kerst works closely with faculty, students and guest artists in the preparation and presentation of student degree recitals, resident faculty ensemble and guest artist concerts and special events held in these venues.

    Ms. Kerst has extensive experience in event management, focusing on coordinating facilities and equipment in highly complex situations while fostering communication across departments. Prior positions include event planner for an international financial firm, assistant legislative aide and researcher in the U.S. House of Representatives and video production manager in the television industry.

    In addition to being a dynamic, dedicated presence in the Department of Music, Ms. Kerst is committed to her community. She lives near campus with her family, and has worked with numerous local businesses on event-planning and administrative issues. Ms. Kerst currently serves as president of the board of Willa Road Children’s Center in Newark, where in 2007 she directed the launch of a nonprofit child care center serving families in the Newark area. ​



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  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578