Kristofer Olsen is a first-year PhD student at Ohio University in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts studying African Arts and Music, supported by a FLAS Fellowship under which he is studying Twi. Originally from Havre, Montana, he received his BA in Music Education and Mathematics Education from St. Olaf College, where he studied in South Africa, and his MM in Percussion Performance from West Virginia University where he focused on world music. Prior to coming to Ohio University, he was a band director in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, where he formed and led the Pandemonium! Steel Orchestra to performances from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Virginia Beach, Virginia. His research interests include both performance and education of West African drum & dance and steel pan and he is currently a member of Azaguno, a multi-ethnic performance ensemble based in Athens, Ohio, and led by Dr. Paschal Yao Younge and Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge.