For many years Benjamin Allen has juggled a career as a singer, actor, teacher, and church musician. He has performed as a soloist with numerous regional and national organizations including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony, The Minnesota Chorale, The Minnesota Opera and The Plymouth Music Series (now called Vocal Essence). He has been featured in several recent premiers including the American premier of Petr Eben's oratorio "Anno Domino" with the forces of St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict in 2002. In the year 2000 he was featured in the role of "Torkel" in the English language premier of Egil Hovland's opera "Captive and Free." He continues to perform widely in Oratorio and recital but his first love is teaching. His teaching approach draws on the work of F. Mathias Alexander, Alfred Tomatis, and Richard Miller. He has studied with C. Robert Larson, Donna Pegors, Lawrence Weller, and in New York City, with Bernard Taylor. In his teaching, Ben utilizes state of the art computer technology to record and analyze resonance using spectrographic and audio editing software. He uses specially filtered listening exercises to assist students to develop more complete overtone perception which results in more efficient phonation and more precise pitch accuracy. Ben subscribes to the "Italian" school of singing and works with students to achieve balance in breath management (appoggio) and balance in light/dark vocal timbre (chiaroscuro). He has studied the Alexander technique and other psycho-physical disciplines and uses their principles of structural balance and structural integrity to address postural issues and tension release. Ben is a Lecturer in Voice and voice lesson administrator at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and also teaches at Bethel University in St. Paul. He maintains a private studio and teaches at the International Music Camp. Ben is the director of the Adult and Bell Choirs at Peace Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.
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Stella Anderson, violist and founding member of the Sartory String Quartet, maintains a large class of violists and violinists at MacPhail Center for the Arts and Macalester College, and is also a chamber coach for the Augsburg College Suzuki Institute. In the summer she is an instructor at the Sartory String Quartet Institute and performs with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and the Superior String Alliance Festival Orchestra (principal viola) in Marquette, MI. Ms. Anderson is a past president of MN ASTA and recipient of the 1995 MN ASTA Master Teacher Award. She is also an Artist Member of Thursday Musical, a board member of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and the newly merged MN ASTA with NSOA (MNSOTA), and an active ensemble, solo, and free-lance musician.
Anderson holds a B.M.E. from Indiana University at Bloomington, IN, where she studied with William Primrose and David Dawson. Other coaches include Josef Gingold, Abraham Skernick, Raphael Hillyer, Harold Klatz and John di Janni. Ms. Anderson was a recepient of two Congress of Strings scholarships.
A native of Hawaii, Ms. Anderson enjoys visiting the lovely isles as a break from Minnesota's six months of winter! You can reach Stella by phone at (612) 822-7111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claudia Chen enjoys an active career as performer, coach and teacher. Making her solo debut with the Denver Symphony Orchestra at age 14, Ms. Chen has gone to perform as soloist and chamber musician throughout United States, Canada, Eastern Europe and Chile. Equally at home in contemporary works as in standard repertoire, Ms. Chen has given numerous premieres of solo and chamber works by several American and Canadian composers. She has been a guest on the Chamber Music Series of The Grand Teton Music Festival, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra’s series at MacPhail. She has also performed at Bowdoin Festival in the USA; Contrasts International Contemporary Music Festival in Ukraine; as well as Agassiz Chamber Music Festival and Centara International New Music Festival in Canada. Her performances have been aired nationally in Canada on CBC Radio; Polish Radio and Television; and in the USA on National Public Radio.
Ms. Chen often collaborates with her husband, cellist Arek Tesarczyk. Together the duo has given numerous recitals in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Poland. In April, their performance was awarded a 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists
Ms. Chen has served on the faculty of the University of Manitoba in Canada, as Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music. Currently, she teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, as well as privately in her home.
Ms. Chen received degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, under Julian Martin and University of Minnesota, under Margo Garrett’s direction. Additionally she has worked with Leon Fleisher, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Lydia Artymiw and John Perry.
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Pianist Christine Dahl is an active Twin Cities accompanist, chamber musician and teacher. A founding member of Symphony Chamber Players, she has also appeared as soloist with the Macalester Festival Chorale, the Bowling Green Chamber Symphony and the Macalester Symphony. Dahl has recorded piano music of Carleton Macy on the American Composers Forum INNOVA label and on a private label. She has appeared in recital in St. Paul and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Former pianist and harpsichordist for the Sylmar Chamber Ensemble, Dahl has performed as an extra musician with the Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio's "Saint Paul Sunday" and "Live from Lanmark" programs. A Minneaplis native, Dahl holds degrees from Bowling Green State University, Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College. She has taught at Macalester College since 1976 and has served on the faculties of Gustavus Adolphus College, the California Music Center and Temple University in Philadelphia. She has served as editor of Prelude, program magazine of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, since 1984 and has taught at the St. Paul Jewish Community center since 1987.
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Julie Elhard, viola da gamba, appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and has made several appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including the St. Matthew Passion by Bach under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. She has been a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and is a founding member of Violes Egales and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Ms Elhard was awarded a 2011 Artist’s Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also received a Jerome Foundation grant to study vielle and early string playing with Margriet Tindemans and received a Performing Artist Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands. She has taught at workshops in North America and at the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s national Conclaves. Ms. Elhard currently teaches viola da gamba at Macalester College, and also at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music where she has developed a Suzuki-style approach for children to learn the viola da gamba.
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Minnesota native Lynn Erickson has been second trumpet of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1991. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, having earned both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Erickson has made four recordings with the Summit Hill Brass Quintet, the most recent of which was the 2003 release, "Sugar Plums-Christmas with The Summit Hill Brass Quintet."Erickson has also premiered and recorded a work for solo trumpet by Libby Larsen entitled "Fanfare for the Women."
Erickson is the principal trumpet and a board member of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. She currently holds adjunct faculty status at both Augsburg and Macalester Colleges.
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Carole Mason Smith, bassoonist, joined The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1980. A frequent soloist with the SPCO, Smith has performed Vanhal’s and Deitter’s concertos for two bassoons with SPCO principal bassoonist, Chuck Ullery. During the 2001-02 season, Smith served as principal bassoon of the SPCO. She has also performed as principal bassoon with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra for many years. Smith is a founding member of the Halama Wind Octet and teaches bassoon both privately and at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, Hamline University and Macalaster College.
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Brazilian recorder player Clea Galhano is an Internationally renowned performer of early, contemporary and Brazilian music. Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician, collaborating with recorder player Marion Verbruggen, Jacques Ogg, Belladonna, Lanzelotte/Galhano Duo, Galhano/Montgomery Duo, Kingsbery Ensemble, and Blue Baroque Band. As a featured soloist, Galhano has worked with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan and Emmanuelle Haim, World Symphony, Milwaukee Baroque and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.
Among other important music festivals, Ms. Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany and at Wigmore Hall in London,Weill and Merkin Hall in New York and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome, always receiving acclaimed reviews. Ms. Galhano was featured in 2006 in the Second International Recorder Congress in Leiden, Holland and in 2007 at the International Recorder Conference in Montreal and the American Recorder Festival in 2012. She gave her Weill Hall/ Carnegie Hall debut on May 2010 receiving great reviews.
Galhano studied in Brazil at Faculdade Santa Marcelina,the Royal Conservatory (The Hague), and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a Fulbright scholarship and support from the Dutch government. As an advocate of recorder music and educational initiatives, she served for six years on the national board of the American Recorder Society and was featured many years as teacher and soloist at Suzuki and AOSA conferences.
A popular teacher and ensemble director, Galhano regularly conducts workshops across the United States, Europe and Brazil. Galhano is the Executive Artistic Director of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music as well as being on the faculty of Macalester College.
Ms. Galhano has recordings available on Dorian, Ten Thousand Lakes and Eldorado labels and is the Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest.
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Rick Gaynor received his degree in Music Performance from UW-River Falls where he studied with James Gauthier and David Herring. He received his Master's degree in Trombone Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where his teachers included Cleveland Orchestra trombonists Ed Anderson and Tom Klaber. He also spent a summer participating in the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado where he studied with Per Brevig of the Metropolitan Opera and the Juliard School (New York City.)
Mr. Gaynor is an active performer in the Twin Cities area. He has performed hundreds of concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (two of this country's leading ensembles.) He has performed in top Broadway musicals, including nearly 150 performances of "Phantom of the Opera."
Mr. Gaynor has performed under some of the world's leading conductors including: Edo de Waart, Roger Norington, Mark Wigglesworth, Henry Charles Smith, Eiji Oue, David Zinman, Robert Shaw, Roberto Abbado, Helmut Rilling, Richard Bonynge, Emmanuel Plassin, Marco Quidarini, Daniel Harding, Hans Vonk, Christopher Hogwood, Andreas Delfs, Hugh Wolff, and Bobby McFerrin.
Mr. Gaynor has performed with some of the world's leading musicians and entertainers including; Luciano Pavarotti, the Three Tenors, Charlotte Church, The Temptations, Moody Blues, the Dallas Brass and The Canadian Brass. He has been a Featured Soloist with the UW-River Falls Wind Ensemble, The Phipps Center Orchestra, many area high school bands, the International Trombone Association Conference and a Clinician with the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference.
Mr. Gaynor can be heard on numerous recordings including the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble's (I.C.E.) "I Dig", Innova 548. He has performed at some of the world's leading venues including: London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, as a part of the London Jazz Festival; and New York's Carnegie Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra.
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Shelley Hanson, a Twin Cities composer, arranger, teacher, and professional musician, has an affinity for writing and performing folk music. Her band, Klezmer and All That Jazz, recorded traditional and original music for the audio book version of the Yiddish play The Dybbuk. Ms. Hanson received a Ph.D. in Performance, Music Theory, and Music Literature from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and serves on the faculty of Macalester College.
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Michael Hauser is one of a handful of flamenco guitar masters residing in the United States today. Having left a successful career as a forester in West Africa, Mr. Hauser traveled to Spain where he began a lifelong affair with the intrinsically Spanish folk art...flamenco. Mr. Hauser has studied with a number of Spain's great flamenco guitarists including Luis Maravilla, Nino Ricardo, Just de Badajoz, and Juan Maya "Marrote". He has also studied classical guitar with Andres Segovia's protege, Jesus Silva. Mr. Hauser teaches flamenco guitar (MUSP 188). Description: Study of techniques involved in picado, arpeggio, tremolo, and rasqueado. Intensive study of various rhythms and styles including Sevillanas, Soleares, Alegrias, Siguiryas, Tango, Bulerias, Tiento, etc. Introduction to basic flamenco dance and song accompaniment. Includes discussion of the Gypsy and Moor influence on the history of the art form. He also teaches at University of St. Thomas.
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Throughout her lifetime career, Mary Budd Horozaniecki has been in equal demand as an outstanding violinist, distinguished scholar, classical performing artist and honored pedagogue.
Ms Horozaniecki is well known as a dynamic and dedicated teacher. While developing an immensely successful teaching career, Mary’s students have gone on to lead active careers as orchestra directors, concert artists, and teachers. She was honored as the recipient of the prestigious Master Teacher Award by the Minnesota American String Teachers Association (MnASTA), in 1993. Mary has taught at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has served as faculty for numerous summer workshops including the Upper Midwest String and Chamber Music Conference. Currently, Mary holds the title Senior Lecturer in Music at Carleton College and teaches at Augsburg and Macalester Colleges in Minnesota.
Mary is frequently invited to present master classes, recitals, and lectures throughout the United States and Canada. She has given master classes at venues that include the String Academy at Indiana University, the Crane School of Music, SUNY, Potsdam, the University of Iowa, the University of Nebraska, The Ohio State University, the University of Manitoba and the University of Central Florida. She has presented four times at the national conference for the American String Teachers Association. Her most recent presentation was entitled “Studying the Violin at the College Level: Prospectives on Progress and Process” Known for her scholarly research, her work on violin duos, with colleague Dr. Sarah Hersh of the Crane School of Music, SUNY, Potsdam, was lauded in the article, “Vertical Climb” by James Reel; Strings Magazine, February 2006.
Recognized as one of the areas favorite performing artists, Mary currently performs as the violinist for the Chiarina Piano Quartet. Her colleagues in the quartet are: David Viscoli, piano, Mark Rudoff, cello, and Nancy Nehring, viola. Also a champion of contemporary music, she has performed and recorded numerous world premieres including works by Phillip Rhodes and pianist/composer Donald Betts on Inscape and Centaur labels. She serves as concertmaster for the Masterworks Orchestra associated with the Masterworks Chorale of Minnesota conducted by Dr. Peter Hendrickson.
Ms Horozaniecki is a two-time fellowship winner at the Blossom Festival School, and has studied at the Meadowmount School of Music. She is an Honors graduate of the school of music at Indiana University where she was privileged to study with the late Josef Gingold. Mary also mentored with Margaret Pardee of the Juilliard School, Emily Austin of the Detroit Symphony and Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. Her violin is a Ferdinandus Gagliano, made in Naples, 1753.
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Martha Jamsa received her B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and her M.M. in Flute Performance from the Indiana University School of Music. During the past two decades she has been an active member of several major ensembles, including the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Dakota Wind Quintet. She has also served as a Substitute Flute/Piccolo player for the Minnesota Orchestra. She has taught flute at South Dakota State University, the University of Sioux Falls, Carleton College and Macalester College. She has also served on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Upper Midwest Flute Association.
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Dave Jensen is a member of Hornheads, a Billboard magazine award-winning jazz group. As a group they have released two solo albums, as a horn section, they have recorded over fifty albums for artists in the U.S., Argentina, Portugal, and the U.K. From 1991 through 2001, the Hornheads recorded nine albums with Prince and the New Power Generation. During this time, they toured and performed with Prince throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia.
Dave spent three years touring with the Artie Shaw Orchestra. His trumpet and flugelhorn can be heard on the albums of Chaka Khan, Babyface, Phil Upchurch, Larry Graham, Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples, Ben Sidran, Pete Whitman, Dave Graf, Ricky Peterson and the JazzMN Big Band. He is a pit musician for theatrical and musical productions at the Ordway Center, Guthrie Theater, Orchestra Hall and other venues. Dave also is a busy session player, working with Asche & Spencer, Absolute Music and Wow & Flutter. In the Twin Cities, Dave has played with Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra Jr. and the late Rosemary Clooney. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. You may reach Dave Jensen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Jensen is a well-known area musician and educator. On alto, tenor, and bari sax (which is about as tall as she is!), Kathy can be heard with the all-brass ensemble, The Hornheads, and the JazzMN Big Band, as well as in the orchestra pit of touring shows and area theater productions. She leads her own group, The Kathy J Band, backs Moore by Four, Ginger Commodore, and many other artists. She has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and with touring artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Natalie Cole. You may reach Kathy Jensen by email at email@example.com.
B.A. University of Minnesota, M.A. and Ph.D. University of Michigan studied Organ with Barrett Spach, Heinrich Fleischer, Marilyn Mason and studied Harpsichord under M. Mason, Lisa Crawford and others. Kaehler also studied in England, France and Switzerland. Special performing interests include J. S. Bach, C. Franck and French Baroque. He is currently the Organist at Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church. You may reach Winston Kaehler by phone at 651-699-4183.
Caroline Lemen, studio instructor in Horn, is active as a teacher and performer in the Twin Cities. She plays regularly with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at SUNY Potsdam and her Master of Music degree at Northwestern University, Chicago.
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Accomplished percussionist Steve Kimball has performed with a variety of musicians including Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summers, Bernadette Peters, Michael Bolton, Marie Osmond, Roger Williams, Charlotte Church, Peabo Bryson, Dionne Warwick, Pattie Austin, Philip Bailey, The Moody Blues, Yes, Dennis DeYoung, Shenna Easton, Jeffrey Osborne, Melissa Etheridge, Oleta Adams, James Ingram, Luciano Pavarotti, Yo Yo Ma, and The Three Tenors.
Steve is a frequent performer with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. He was the former Principal Timpanist of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) in Shanghai, China, and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) in Duluth, MN. Steve also plays percussion in the pit for various Broadway Musicals at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, MN; most recently for Legally Blonde and Singin in the Rain. He will next be heard playing percussion for Beauty and the Beast at the Ordway Theater in December and January, 2009-2010.
Besides his teaching at Macalester, he also teaches privately at Edina High School and the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR) School.
Steve received his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Minnesota and his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin. His teachers include Peter Kogan and Fernando Meza.
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Mezzo-soprano Laura Nichols completed her formal musical training at the Eastman School of Music. She subsequently sang major opera and oratorio roles in Boston and New York Cit before coming to St. Paul.
She began her musical career in the Twin Cities singing with the Minnesota Opera, where she was a principal member of the world premiere casts of Conrad Susa's Black River and Dominic Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming. Ms. Nichols has been a featured soloist under the batons of Robert DeCormier, John Harbison, Layton James, Joel Revson, Helmut Rilling, Kathy Romey, Robert Shaw, Osma Vanska, and Pinchas Zuckerman. Representative orchestras with which she has been a soloist include the American Symphony Orchestra, the Duluth Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. Her mentors include the famed mezzo-sopranos Jan DeGaetani and Elizabeth Mannion.
Laura recently released a CD of never-before recorded songs by Anton Rubinstein and St. Paul resident Justin Busch. One can find it for sale at cdbaby.com/cd/nicolsguillaume.
Ms. Nichols is currently writing her dissertation to complete her Ph.D. in music at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the vocal health practices of singers and is entitled “Exploring the Methods and Sources of Vocal Hygiene Habits in Professional Classical Singers.” She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph Reed, baritone, a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, holds M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He also holds the Certificate of Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Reed has performed with many area arts organizations, including Opera 101 Theater Company, North Star Opera, Anoka Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Northland Opera Theater.
An active private studio voice teacher since 1987, Dr. Reed joined the Macalester College music faculty in 2006. He also teaches at The University of St Thomas, and serves as choir director at the Church of ST Francis of Assisi. Previously, he taught at Bethel University and Minneapolis Community College. You may reach Joe Reed by email at email@example.com.
Thomas Rosenberg is nationally known as a dynamic teacher, chamber music coach, and performer. A resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota, he is on the faculties of the University of Minnesota as Coordinator of the String Chamber Music Program and coaching numerous ensembles, Macalester College teaching cello and at Carleton College teaching cello, coaching chamber music and performing in the Veblen Trio. Recipient of the 2003-4 "Master Studio Teacher Award" from the Minnesota chapter of the American String Teachers Asssociation and the 2004-5 McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship Award, he also maintains a busy private studio of cellists and chamber ensembles and teaches for the MacPhail Center for Music. During the summers he teaches and coaches at music centers such as the Tanglewood Institute, The Quartet Program where he has also been Associate Director, Icicle Creek, Bravo, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Since 1981, Tom has been Artistic Director of the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and has been named "Arts Educator of the Year" by the Michiana Arts and Sciences Council.
He has received top chamber music prizes at the Munich (Germany), Portsmouth (England) and Chicago Discovery Competitions, and is a three-time Naumburg Award finalist. He has been solo cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble performing in all of the major concert halls in NYC and appeared at many music festivals including Aspen, Newport, Banff, South Mountain, Cape May, the Grand Tetons, and the International Music Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica. As a soloist, he has been noted by the Boston Globe as displaying "beautifully inflected, noble playing with a gorgeous dark tone." Previously, he was Associate Professor of Cello at Indiana University South Bend and a founding member of the highly acclaimed Chester String Quartet with whom he made numerous recordings and for twenty years, appeared on concert stages and live radio coast to coast in the United States, Canada, Central America and Europe. Locally, he has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals and played with such ensembles as the Minnesota Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Lyra Baroque Ensemble and the Artaria String Quartet. He performs on a rare cello by Lorenzo Storioni made in Cremona, Italy in 1794.
Tom is a graduate of Oberlin and the Eastman School of Music where he was teaching assistant to both Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser. Other teachers include Richard Kapuscinski, Alan Harris, Alta Mayer, and for chamber music, members of the Budapest, Juilliard, Tokyo, Guarneri, and Cleveland Quartets.
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Jennifer Rubin, originally from New Jersey, obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juiliard School where she studied with Homer Mensch. Upon moving to New England she taught at Dartmouth College and and was the principal bassist of the Vermont Symphony and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra for many years. She was a regular performer at chamber music series including the Caramour Festival, the Mohawk Trail Concerts, and the Lenox Arts Festival. As a freelance bass player in Boston, she was a member of the Boston Esplanade Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler and the Handel and Haydn Society. After moving to Los Angeles, she taught at the University of California at Irvine and California Sate University at Long Beach. In addition to her position as principal bassist of the Long Beach Symphony, she worked in the Hollywood studios of MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Burbank among others. Freelancing in Los Angeles afforded her the opportunity to play regularly with groups as diverse as the contemporary Monday Evening Series, the Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, and the popular Hollywood Bowl. In addition to her studio instruction at Macalester College, she is also on staff at Concordia University, St. Paul.
She enjoys being the coordinator of the Twin Cities Bass Club, a contractor for orchestras and chamber groups, and especially her Minnesota out-door activities such as roller-blading (with wrist guards), kayaking, hiking, and both alpine and nordic skiing.
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A native of the Northern Great Lakes, Laurinda Sager Wright spent her childhood winters indoors playing piano to distract herself from the harsh facts of weather. At the age of sixteen, she made her professional debut as the result of winning a concerto competition sponsored by the local symphony. After graduating with honors in piano performance from Lawrence University, Ms. Wright continued her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned a master's degree studying under Patricia Zander. While in Boston she collaborated with a variety of musicians, including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, and served as music director for several area programs and theaters.
Ms. Wright maintains a busy performance schedule in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She frequently collaborates with Minnesota Orchestra members and presents a variety of programs at such venues as the Ordway Performing Arts Center, Walker Arts Center, Schubert Club, University of Minnesota and Orchestra Hall. Her extensive work with the Minnesota Orchestra has taken place both on and off stage, serving as rehearsal pianist for a variety of projects, and playing a variety of keyboards in concert. Ms. Wright is married to the Minnesota Orchestra's principal trombonist, Douglas Wright, and is now more familiar with that instrument's repertoire than she ever thought possible.
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Jeffrey Thygeson has performed extensively throughout the United States, both as soloist and chamber musician. As a former member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, he has performed across the country in numerous recitals, as well as concerto appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Austin (TX) Symphony, Columbus (GA) Symphony, Owensboro (KY) Symphony, DuPage (IL) Symphony and the Orchestra of Indian Hill (MA). Jeffrey has also been a prize-winning guitarist in several competitions. He received his BA from the University of St. Thomas and MM from the University of Southern California, where he studied with William Kanengiser and received the Pi Kappa Lambda Guitar Scholarship. Additional teachers have included Christopher Kachian, Pepe Romero, James Smith and Brian Head. Also a committed educator, Jeffrey continues to teach and develop innovative strategies for teaching music and is on the faculty at the University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University and Macalester College.
Mike grew up in Naperville, IL and began playing piano in first grade. He continued to play through junior high and high school, and in high school began studying jazz. He received two invitations to the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Jazz conference, and was able to play at the Lincoln Center in New York with the Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage as a national finalist in the Essentially Ellington competition.
After high school, he headed to Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where he received a Bachelor’s in Music in the graduating class of 2005. He currently plays with The Orange Mighty Trio, and writes electronic music under the guise Auriscope. He teaches piano lessons at Macalester College and Walker West Music Academy in St. Paul, where he also co-directs the jazz bands. He is also the acting musical director of The Episcopal Church of Sts. Philip and St. Thomas, and works as an accompanist for the dance program at The University of Minnesota.
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David Whetstone is a sitarist-disciple of the renowned Ustad Vilayat Khan, having begun his studies in 1971 with Brian Silver. In 1988 he received an American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship, and has collaborated and toured for over 20 years with poet Robert Bly and Rumi translator Coleman Barks, resulting in numerous recordings and films. In 1992 he co-founded and was Artistic Director of Minneapolis' Ragamala Music and Dance Theater, supplying the entire repertoire from 1992-1997. In 1999 he premiered excerpts of his new opera, White Nights, with the Rochester (MN) Orchestra and Chorus, soloist Dan Dressen, and conductor Jere Lantz. He also teaches at Carleton College, Northfield, MN.
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Julie Gramolini Williams joined the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2007 after two seasons as a member of the Omaha Symphony. She is an active chamber music performer as well as teacher. Julie previously held the principal oboe post with the United States Air Force Band of the West stationed in San Antonio, Texas. She played regularly with the San Antonio Symphony and was a member of the San Antonio Lyric Opera Orchestra. Additionally, she was principal oboe in the Houston Chamber Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic and was second oboe/English horn in the Corpus Christi Symphony.
Originally from North Smithfield, Rhode Island, Julie received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Oberlin College where she studied with James Caldwell. She continued on to Rice University where she earned her Master of Music Degree while working with the Professor of Oboe, Robert Atherholt. After completing college, Julie honed her skills under the tutelage of Mark Ackerman. She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with her husband, Greg. When she is not performing or teaching, she enjoys running, biking and strength training.
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