Education: MM Guitar Performance University of MN, PD Guitar Performance Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
Branko Barnic began to play guitar at age 11. He graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia with major in classical guitar. During his time at the Academy, he performed as a soloist, with chamber ensembles, and took part in many national and international festivals where he attended masterclasses and workshops with guitarists such as: Aniello Desiderio, Dusan Bogdanovic, Pavel Steidl, Oddair Assad, and Roland Dyens. He worked nine years in Elementary and High Music Schools in Serbia as a guitar teacher and taught children from 7 to 19 years old. His students have won awards in many national and international guitar competitions.
He continued his education with a diploma in Guitar Performance from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the guidance of maestro Ernesto Bitetti. He was awarded a position of Associate Instructor for Guitar. He taught both beginner and advanced guitar classes. In 2016, he graduated with a Master’s degree in guitar performance from the University of Minnesota, where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant for all levels.
Branko is an active performer - since 2012 he performs mostly in a guitar duo with Milena Petkovic, who is a DMA student at the same University. The duo has performed extensively in Indiana as well as the Twin Cities area. Besides classical guitar, Branko also plays electric and acoustic guitar and has performed in rock’n’roll /blues bands.
Andrea Myers relocated to Minneapolis, MN during the summer of 2008 to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with Immanuel Davis. During the progress of her degree she performed in traditional settings with the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles and crossed over into the jazz realm performing and soloing with jazz combos and Jazz Ensemble I. Her curiosity about other music styles is demonstrated by the range of performances in which she has taken part; from weddings and recitals to the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She has participated in masterclasses held by Keith Underwood, Ali Ryerson, Conor Nelson, Pedro de Alcantara, and Wilbert Hazlezet and performed with Twin Cities ensembles such as the Encore Wind Ensemble and the Strange New Music Ensemble.
As a private teacher she aims to foster a love and appreciation for not just music but all forms of art. Each lesson her goal is to have the student walk away having had fun but inspired to continue to better themselves. She seeks to further educate and expand her knowledge of flute and teaching by attending trainings and workshops. She is certified in Suzuki Flute Book 1 - 5 and has also received training from Artsage. After an injury in 2009, she began to study Alexander Technique with Tully Hall and it has proven to be an invaluable source of information and inspiration.
Education: Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance, University of Minnesota
Minnesota native Yukina Ono began taking violin lessons at age six with the Suzuki Method. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied under renowned pedagogue Sally O’Reilly.
Yukina is an avid performer and chamber musician. She is Principal 2nd Violin at Mankato Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing with the professional orchestras of Duluth, La Crosse, and Rochester. She performs chamber music with the Prospect Strings, and tango with Rogue Tango. Yukina won First Place in the Schubert Club Competition in 2016. She was also selected to solo with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra as their Master's Concerto and Aria Competition winner for 2016.
Education: BM, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point; MM, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, DMA in progress at the U of MN
Japanese pianist Rie Tanaka started playing piano at the age three. By the age of ten, she had won the first place at the Muse Daito Piano Festival in Osaka and has been active in the competition scene ever since.
In Japan, Tanaka was a prize winner of the 8th Rosenstock International Piano Competition, Kyoto Piano Competition, and Osaka College of Music Competition. Tanaka moved to the US in 2008 and has since been named the winner of numerous competitions. She came in first for the West Central MTNA Young Artist Competition 2016, Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition 2015, the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition 2014, Mechelke Piano Award 2014, the 17th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition at the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra 2014, and the Wisconsin State MTNA Young Artist Competition 2011.
As an active soloist and a collaborative pianist, Tanaka frequently performs in the Twin Cities and Central Wisconsin. She has appeared in venues such as NHK Osaka hall, Phoenix hall in Osaka, Japan, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra center. Tanaka also serves as a pianist of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble in their annual Wisconsin concert series.
Tanaka has experience in teaching piano to all ages and levels for over eight years. She currently teaches group piano classes and individual lessons for music majors and non-majors at the University of Minnesota through her position as Teaching Assistant.
Education: Oberlin College, B.A. 2008
Jennifer Lang began violin study at age 7, won the 2003 MacPhail and MN Sinfonia Young Artist Competitions as a senior in high school, and earned degrees in violin and French from Oberlin College in 2008. Subsequently she studied in France, where she taught English and violin and helped establish Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). In 2009 and 2010, she performed in Switzerland under the baton of the late Pierre Boulez. Since returning to Minnesota in 2012, Jennifer has soloed with the Metropolitan Symphony and served on violin faculty of the MacPhail School Partnerships program. She performs regularly with the Minnesota Sinfonia, is a member of the Permaculture Research Institute, and is co-author of the upcoming book, Mind Calorie: The Art of Well Being.
Education: Adams holds degrees from the State University of New York, Stonybrook, and the New England Conservatory.
Violinist Daria T. Adams has been a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1987. Prior to joining the SPCO, she was a concerto soloist with the New American Chamber Orchestra, performing in the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. An active recitalist and chamber musician, Adams has been a guest artist at the chamber music festivals of Newport, Rhode Island; Banff, Alberta, Canada; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Lyon, France and Vaasa, Finland. Since 1987, Adams has also participated in the Santa Fe Opera and Strings in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. With her husband, Michael, a violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, she is the founder and artistic director of Music in the Vineyards, a three-week summer chamber music festival in the Napa Valley wineries in California.
Education: Oberlin and the Eastman School of Music
Cellist and Opus 1911 MUSic Studio Director- MN Teacher of the Year, Master Teacher Recipient
Thomas Rosenberg is nationally known as a dynamic performer, chamber music coach, and teacher. Since 1981 he has been Artistic Director of the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (www.Fischoff.org) through which he is a recipient of the 2007 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award, the highest honor in the arts from that state. A resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota, he is currently on the faculties of Macalester College, Carleton College and the McNally Smith College of Music teaching cello and coaching chamber music and has served as String Chamber Music Coordinator and primary coach for the University of Minnesota School of Music. He also maintains The Opus 1911 Music Studio (www.tomrosenbergmusic.com), a busy private studio of pre-college cellists and chamber ensembles featuring many of the regions most outstanding young artists and is Director of the Green Lake Chamber Music Camp in central Wisconsin. Former teaching assistant to renowned cellists and artist-teachers Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser, Tom is recipient of the 2003-4 “Master Studio Teacher Award” from the Minnesota chapter of the American String Teachers Association and has also been named "Arts Educator of the Year" by the Michigan-Indiana Arts and Sciences Council . Tom is a featured “blogger” and also has been a host of Live Internet “CelloChats” on www.cellobello.com , has led chamber music “informances” to audiences around the US, and has presented a series of lectures on the Beethoven String Quartets. During the summers he has taught cello and coached chamber music at music centers such as the Tanglewood Institute, The Quartet Program where he has also been Associate Director, Icicle Creek, Bravo, the Midwest Young Artists Summer Chamber Music Camp and the Green Lake Chamber Music Festival. Recent masterclasses have been at The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Oberlin Conservatory, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Temple University, Ohio State University, The Columbus Chamber Music Connection and Suzuki Program, The Interlochen Arts Academy and Webster University in Saint Louis. His students have won many awards, regularly gain acceptance into top music schools, and over twenty students from his studio have performed on NPR’s “From the Top”.
Mr. Rosenberg was awarded the prestigious McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship Award in 2004. He also has received top chamber music prizes at the Munich (Germany), Portsmouth (England) and Chicago Discovery Competitions, and is a three-time Naumburg Chamber Music Award finalist. His freelance activities include numerous solo and chamber music recitals, performances with the Schubert Piano Trio, The Isles Ensemble, Minnesota Public Radio and performances as an extra musician with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Rosenberg was 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. He has been solo cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble performing in all of the major concert halls in NYC, performed with jazz greats Charlie Haden and Al Foster in Carnegie Hall 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.” 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. (www.tomrosenbergmusic.com)
Education: DMA (in progress) in Guitar at University of Minnesota; MM in Guitar Performance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; BA in Music Performance at Whitworth University; Certified Suzuki Guitar Teacher
Jay is an experienced guitarist and teacher. As a guitarist, he has received top awards in international guitar competitions (Indiana International Guitar Competition, Wilson Center Guitar Competition, and the Northwest Guitar Festival Competition). He has studied with many world-renowned teachers: Manual Barrueco, Jason Vieaux, René Izquierdo, Michael Partington, and others. He enjoys making music around his community, in solo recitals, collaborative fund raising concerts, in local schools, and through his work as Artist in Residence at a local church.
Jay is a certified Suzuki Guitar Instructor and active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has over seven years of teaching experience, including guitar group classes, individual lessons, and guitar ensembles at UMN, UWM, and as a faculty member at Whitworth University. His wide-ranging performing background (classical guitar, plus over ten years each in jazz ensembles, rock bands, and choirs) informs all his teaching. He enjoys working with students of all ages!
Education: Bachelor of Music in performance from St. Olaf College; Master of Music from the University of Minnesota
Greg Nelson served as Adjunct Instructor of Cello at St. Cloud State University from fall of 2007 thru spring of 2011. He received his Bachelor of Music in performance from St. Olaf College under the instruction of Dr. David Carter, and his Master of Music in the same field from the University of Minnesota with Prof. Tanya Remenikova. He maintains a studio of cellists in the Minneapolis area and has been instructor at the Strings and Piano Academy Summer festival at St. Olaf College.
Mr. Nelson has been principal cellist with the St. Olaf Orchestra (with whom he performed Shostokovich’s cello concerto in 2005), the Muncie Civic Symphony, the St. Cloud Symphony, Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, and the University of MN symphony orchestra. His teachers have included, Dr. David Carter, Mr. Mihai Tetel, Prof. Tanya Remenikova and Mr. Sachiya Isomura.. In addition to his educational endeavors Greg maintains an active performance career appearing at various venues in the Twin Cites Metro and St. Cloud areas. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Linden HIll Chamber orchestra, Kenwood Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony and internationally known choral group Magnum Chorum among others.
Mr. Nelson works as a paraprofessional in Special Education at Richfield Middle School and is an avid endurance runner in his spare time.
Education: BA, University of Colorado
Alan Kolderie has many niches in the Twin Cities music scene, performing on clarinets, saxophones and recorders. He plays clarinet and bass clarinet in the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and Encore Wind Ensemble, and tenor sax in the Good News Big Band and occasionally the Classic Big Band. Alan was a musician for Skylark Opera’s 2012 production of Wonderful Town. On recorder he’s worked with Clea Galhano and the Bach Society of Minnesota, and has done several master classes over the years with Marion Verbruggen. Alan will be performing again with Clea in 2015. Alan also works as one of the Schubert Club’s museum guides, has done librarian work for the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and has the unlikely distinction of having once played crumhorns to a capacity crowd at Orchestra Hall.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Minneapolis native, Lauren Anastos, began her Suzuki violin studies at the age of six. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she studied with Tyrone Greive. In the Spring of 2010, she went to London to study with Royal Academy of Music professor, Remus Azoitei. Lauren taught Suzuki violin for seven years before leaving to perform on various cruise ships with her string quartet. During her time on the sea, Lauren played with a variety of musical groups such as the blues band, Blue Man Group band, and the Legends in Concert band. Lauren’s previous teachers include Tyrone Greive, Remus Azoitei, Mary West, Mary Sorlie, Yuri Merschevsky, Karen Moon, and members of the Artaria and Pro Arte Quartets.
Education: BM, University of Iowa, MM, University of Minnesota
Oboist Laura Nortwen is also the Administrative Director of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. Prior to her appointment, she was the office manager and oboe specialist at Midwest Musical Imports, a double reed specialty shop which serves the national and international double reed communities. Laura earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa and her Master of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers have included Rachel Brudnoy, James Lakin, Carl Holub and Rhadames Angelucci. An avid freelance performer, she has performed with many ensembles over the past 25 years, including the Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Minnesota Sinfonia, Minnesota Opera, and numerous chamber music groups. She was tenured oboe instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College for 12 years, and has also taught at Bethel College and in the Owatonna School system. Laura has often served as an adjudicator for musical organizations, including the Schubert Club, Minnesota Orchestra WAMSO and YPSCA Competitions, Thursday Musical, Minnetonka Orchestral Association, and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Besides working with the SPCM, she also maintains a small private oboe studio in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Laura looks forward to one day using all of her old reed shavings to fuel a very nice fire in her outdoor firepit.
Education: BM and BA, Northwestern University; MM, Rice University; DMA, University of Minnesota
Rena Kraut is an active freelance performer whose recent work includes concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. She plays frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra, including on their historic tour to Cuba. Dr. Kraut is principal clarinetist of the Mill City Summer Opera Orchestra and has held positions with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestras. Dr. Kraut received her D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Burt Hara, and she holds degrees from Rice and Northwestern Universities. Dr. Kraut is also the Executive Director of the Cuban American Youth Orchestra, a new non-profit slated for an inaugural tour in 2018.
She is Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Gustavus Adolphus College, and teaches at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music as well as at her private studio. Rena directs the SPCM Clarinet Choir, and is the director of our summer Children’s Music Workshop.
Kathy Lee (soprano) is a performer of many styles, but is most sought-after as an early music soprano. In addition to The Rose Ensemble, she has appeared with Virgin Ground, the Gregorian Singers, the Lyra Concert, and the St. Paul Early Music Series. She has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe singing music from Buxtehude to Britten. Kathy is a founding member of the a cappella ensemble Dare to Breathe, with whom she performed several U.S. tours.Kathy is in her 15th year as cantor and soloist at the Church of St. Louis, King of France, and in her third year on the staff of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. Look for her next recital, “Songs from the Flood,” coming next year.
Education: BM, Indiana University
Marita Link has been teaching voice at the Conservatory since 2002. She’s a cantor, section leader and director of the women’s Gregorian chant schola at St. Louis Church in downtown St. Paul. She performs regularly with the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence and Ensemble Polaris, and is co-director of Virgin Ground, a women’s vocal trio. She also sings with the Waltham Abbey Singers and Consortium Carissimi, and conspires upon other early music projects. Marita has a voice performance degree from Indiana University, studied at Westminster Choir College, and is an Interlochen alum of both the camp and academy. Over the years in the Twin Cities she’s also sung with the Dale Warland Singers, the Rose Ensemble, Ex Machina Baroque Opera Company, the Lyra Concert and the Gregorian Singers.
Education: BA, University of Minnesota; MM, University of Minnesota
Jeannie Trelles began her studies of the cello with Anna Vazquez at the age of eight. When in high school, she began studying with Tanya Remenikova at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the U of M with a BM degree in Cello Performance and a BA in Spanish. Jeannie continued her studies with Professor Remenikova and earned her MM in Cello Performance.Jeannie began teaching cello lessons in 1998. While attending the U of M, she studied traditional cello pedagogy with Professor Remenikova. Jeannie had always been interested in the Suzuki Method, and in 2008 and 2009 she attend the International Suzuki Festival in Lima, Peru. There she studied Suzuki pedagogy with Nancy Hair and Beth Goldstein-McKee.In addition to teaching at the SPCM, Jeannie maintains a large private studio in Minneapolis and Golden Valley and teaches a beginning cello group at Hale Elementary.
Jeannie enjoys teaching and performing as a freelance musician. When she is not teaching, she manages the Bean Factory coffee shop in St. Paul and designs and makes jewelry for her jewelry line, Vikse.
Education: Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory(B.Music), and graduate studies at the University of Arizona.
Andrea Stern has performed as a soloist and with chamber ensembles and orchestras from Minnesota to Maracaibo, Venezuela. She was principal harpist for three years with the Maracaibo Symphony, and has performed with the Phoenix, Hong Kong, Hartford, Duluth, and Fargo Symphonies. She has given concerts around the world as a featured performer on cruise ships. Most recently, she was principal harpist for the Minnesota Opera.Andrea performs concerts and educational programs that orient the audience to the wonders of the concert and Celtic harp. An avid collaborator, she performs solo or with flute, cello, whistles, concertina, voice, and even bagpipes! Her eclectic tastes range from Beatles to Bach, Irish to Japanese.She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Augsburg College, and harp instructor at MacPhail Center for Music and Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. She has been invited twice to give masterclasses and lessons for the harp community in Serbia, and performed at the Fifth International Harp Festival in Belgrade in 2006.
Leif Petersen is the head of the SPCM Suzuki Department.
Violinist and teacher Leif Petersen has been involved with the Suzuki method since the age of 4 when he began taking lessons with Janet Fuller at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle. Now a dedicated teacher of the Suzuki method, Leif teaches private and group lessons at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. Leif studied Suzuki Pedagogy, covering books 1-10, at the University of Minnesota with renowned teacher Mark Bjork in addition to studying violin performance with Sally O’Reilly. At the University of South Carolina Leif studied with Dr. William Terwilliger and was the winner of the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Earning his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Montana, Leif studied with Dr. Margaret Baldridge and was the winner of the University of Montana Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a member of the Blue Mountain Piano Trio, Leif traveled to Toronto as a finalist in the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. Leif has also performed in master classes for internationally renowned artists such as Midori, Monica Huggett, and William Preucil.
Natalia Moiseeva (on sabbatical)
Education: BM and MM degrees in Violin Performance from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia
Russia’s native violinist Natalia Moiseeva holds BM and MM degrees in Violin Performance from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, and a DMA degree in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with professor Sally O’Reilly. A winner of number of National Youth Competitions in Russia, Natalia in 2009 has won the University of Minnesota School of Music Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mark Russell Smith. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), Minnesota Sinfonia and the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. Currently Natalia is an adjunct instructor of Applied Strings at Inver Hills Community College and Violin instructor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. An avid chamber music player, Natalia performs regularly in the Twin Cities Area as well as abroad collaborating with the University of Minnesota, UW–River Falls and Hamline University faculty members. She also regularly performs with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera.
Education: MA, Academy of Music (Warsaw, Poland); MM, University of Minnesota
Born in Krakow, Poland, Ewa began playing the violin at age seven, continuing a long family tradition and surrounded by centuries-old European culture. She received her Master’s Degree, magna cum laude, from Wyzsza Szkola Muzyczna in Warsaw. Following a 2-year engagement with the Orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Warsaw, she joined the Veracruz Symphony and later Mexico City Philharmonic. In Mexico City, Ewa was also engaged as a soloist with Sinfonia Varsovia. Ewa later joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra where she enjoyed working with such conductors as Michael Tilson–Thomas, Kurt Masur, Klaus Tennstedt, and Leonard Bernstein.
Her musical journeys also took her to Ann Arbor, where she studied with the legendary violinist Camilla Wicks, and finally to the Twin Cities, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s of Music Degree under the guidance of Roland Vamos, and where she has received extensive Suzuki Pedagogy Training.
In the Twin Cities she has performed with Minnesota Opera, Vocal Essence and is an active freelance musician. Ewa is on the faculties of St. Joseph’s School of Music, the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, Concordia University and the College of St. Catherine, where she is also the director of the String Chamber Orchestra. Ewa maintains a full teaching studio at St. Joseph’s School of Music, where she has taught for nineteen years. Her students have won school–wide competitions and have been members of MYS and GTCYS youth orchestras. Ewa’s hobby and other passion is playing and dancing the Argentinean Tango.
Education: BM, St. Cloud State University
Derrick Raiter started his drumming career in St. Cloud, Minnesota and went on to get his Bachelors of Music from St. Cloud State University studying a wide variety of percussion instruments. Since then he has been performing and recording with artists including Fade 2 Shade, T.M.I. Jazz Quartet, Work In Progress,
Dennis Warner,Fyder and Everhardt, Geoff Elvee, Josh Yeoh, and Darlyne Cain as well as the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Minnesota Brass, and the St. Cloud and Rochester Symphonies. For the past 15+ years he has also been teaching percussion to individuals and groups of all ages and a variety of music styles.Derrick is on the Vic Firth Educator’s Team and a member of The Professional Drum Teachers Guild, as well as the Percussive Arts Society. He has had many students go on to perform professionally as well as play in various Drum Corps, receive scholarships at Colleges, and teach and perform around the globe. He currently lives in the Minneapolis area where he continues to perform and record with some of the area’s finest musicians.
Education: Doctor of Musical Arts, Stony Brook University; Master and Bachelor of Music Indiana University
Marc Levine’s (violin) versatile performances have been described as “eloquent as well as technically superb combining technical mastery with emotional perceptiveness and beautiful sound” (Southampton Press). He is artistic director of the Southampton Cultural Center Chamber Music Series, has performed at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space, and has been a member of several notable groups including the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, and The New Tango Project, with whom he recorded in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera. As a baroque violinist, Marc was a prizewinner in the 2008 American Bach Soloists International Competition for Baroque Violin and has performed with top baroque ensembles, including Concert Royal, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Aulos Ensemble, and Early Music New York, a group with which he has served as principal 2nd violin and recorded on the Ex Cathedra label. Marc is a founding member of the baroque ensemble Flying Forms, known for innovative, interdisciplinary performances and considered “names to watch” (Berkshire Review for the Arts) and “the bright future of early music” (Arthur Haas, harpsichord).Marc teaches privately and is on the faculty of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Franco Gulli. On baroque violin, Marc has played in master class or studied privately with: Cynthia Roberts, Monica Huggett, Robert Mealy, Dana Maiben, Marc Destrubé, Michael Sand, and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Education: BA, Concordia College; Performing Artist’s Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of Music – The Hague, Netherlands
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.
Jean Allison Olson
Education: BA, Bethel College; Graduate Studies in musicology, University of Minnesota
Education: BM, College Santa Marcelina, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Composition Studies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; MM, New England Conservatory of Music, Fulbright Scholar; Post Graduate Studies, The Royal Conservatory of Music – The Hague, Netherlands
nternationally renowned recorder player Clea Galhano is an accomplished 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, Belladonna,Lanzelotte/Galhano Duo and the Galhano/ Montgomery Duo and Jacques Ogg.As a featured soloist, Galhano has worked with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christopher Hogwood , Nicholas McGegan and Emmanuelle Haim, Lyra Baroque Orchestra and New World Symphony. Among other important music festivals, Ms. Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany. A popular teacher and ensemble director, Galhano regularly conducts workshops across the United States and Brazil.
Education: BS Music Education University of Minnesota
SANDY WATERMAN is a music educator of children, teens, and adults, teaching Early Childhood Music classes, general music classes in schools, private (traditional and Suzuki) and group piano lessons, and creating original children’s musicals. She also serves as co-director of music for Living Spirit UMC in Minneapolis, directing an adult vocal ensemble and a world drumming ensemble as well as accompanying all solo musicians there. Trained as a classical pianist, she embraces all genres of music, including jazz, New Age, folk, blues, rock, and more. Sandy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and earned teaching certification for K-12 general music in Minnesota. Using improvisation as a springboard for her teaching, she also calls on those gifts in an all-female jazz trio, ELBOW ROOM, and a classic rock cover band, ONE IN A ROW, as a keyboardist. Recent guitar and folk harp study have her excited about the never-ending possibilities in music! She has worked for the Saint Paul Conservatory since about 2009.
As a licensed teacher and daycare provider, Koralynn Boisvert has been teaching music and movement to children and adults for nineteen years in many different environments. She received her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Minnesota, and has continued her studies with ongoing training in Musikgarten, Orff techniques, sign language, and child development. She teaches regularly in area schools, churches, and her private studio, where she gives individual and group cello, piano, violin, and guitar lessons.
Mrs. Boisvert is part of multiple local performance groups, including the Roseville String Ensemble, where she plays in the cello and violin sections, and serves on the Board of Directors.
In addition to making music with her friends and family, she enjoys biking, reading, and gardening in her free time. She believes that music is “caught,” as well as taught, and is always excited to help parents and children learn to love, experience, and create music together.
Education: Diploma, Belorussian State Conservatoire, Russia
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Elena studied at the Music Conservatory of Minsk, Russia, and taught at the Okhtinski Center for Arts in St. Petersburg. A devoted follower of the old Russian classical piano teaching tradition, many of her Russian and American students have won local and international competitions, and have performed professionally around the world. Elena teaches at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and maintains an extensive piano studio at home. An avid educator, Elena has organized many cultural exchange programs, creative events, and is Director of the popular SPCM All Around the Piano Festival.
Website: www.elenapiastro.com Email: email@example.com
Education: BS (education), Concordia College; MM (education), University of Michigan
Pianist Kari Peterson received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, and her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied music education, piano performance, and piano pedagogy. She has received fellowships from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Minnesota Humanities Commission to study the arts in education. Her students are active in piano and composition competitions in the Twin Cities. Kari also teaches music at Somerset Elementary School in Saint Paul, MN.
Education: BM, Boston University; MM, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Patricia McPherson is an active soloist and chamber musician in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Her solo performances have included appearances with the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival Young Artist Orchestras, the Raleigh Symphony, and the University of North Carolina Symphony.Ms. McPherson has appeared at the Oregon Piano Festival and was a regional winner and national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition. McPherson holds a M.M. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.M. from Boston University where she was a student of Bela Nagy. She also was a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she supervised the festival’s accompanying program. Currently on the faculty of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, as well as maintaining a private studio at home, Ms. McPherson collaborates with several Twin Cities choirs, including the Minnetonka Chamber Choir and Symphony Chorus, the Apollo Male Chorus and Partners in Praise Girls Choir.
Education: Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, University of Minnesota, School of Music, Minneapolis, MN, 2005 Bachelor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance University of Minnesota, School of Music, Minneapolis, MN, 1997 Diploma with honors in Piano Performance, Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy College of Music, Mogilev, Belorussia, 1991
Oleg Levin was born and received his early music education in Belorussia where he graduated with Diploma with Honors in Piano Performance, Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy from the College of Music, Mogilev, Belorussia. Upon coming to the United States he went on to earn his Bachelor and Doctorate degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with esteemed professor Alexander Braginsky. Dr. Levin maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist and chamber musician in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. As a pianist, Dr. Levin has won prizes in a number of local piano competitions, including Schubert Club Competition, Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Competition and Hutchinson Music Scholarship.
As a performing artist, Dr. Levin enjoys giving recitals in various venues around town, as well as collaborating with his colleagues. Individuality and creativity have marked the overall pursuit of his musical career. The basis lies in the creative challenge and spiritual search inherent in music-making.
“Music has undoubtedly been the most rewarding experience of my education and my life. My teachers have been a constant inspiration over the years and I look forward to the opportunity of extending my knowledge and experience in my music career. As a performer, I am trying to serve composers by allowing their music to speak through my personal voice. As a human being, I am trying to live up to the meaning of their great works.”
Dr. Levin is an Adjunct Professor of Piano at the Concordia University, St. Paul Music Department since 2011.
Education: Ivan Konev graduated from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia.
Ivan Konev was born in Ukraine and educated in Moscow where he completed his Bachelor degree in Piano performance from the Music College affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory and Master degree in Piano performance from Gnessin’s Music Academy. Upon his graduation he came to study piano and Liberal Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010 Ivan finished his Doctoral degree in Piano performance from the University of Minnesota.
As a soloist, Mr. Konev has won prizes in a number of international and local piano competitions, including the Andorra International Piano Competition, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, University of Minnesota School of Music Concerto Competition, and the Bell Scholarship Competition.
An active performer in the United States and abroad, Ivan has appeared numerous times in solo and chamber music concerts in such venues as Embassy of the United States in Moscow, Great, Small and Rachmaninoff Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Sundin Music Hall, Ordway and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis among others. As a chamber music collaborator, Dr. Konev performs regularly with faculty members of University of Minnesota School of Music and members of the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Konev is a Founder and Artistic Director of the UWRF Piano Fest and UWRF Piano&Strings summer camp in River Falls, WI where he is a member of the UWRF piano faculty.
Education: BM, Tel Aviv University; MM Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ora Itkin was born in Moscow where she started piano lessons at the age of four under the guidance of her father, an accomplished jazz musician. After graduating from Moscow Academy of Music she emigrated to Israel where she continued her music education and graduated from Tel-Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ms. Itkin was awarded an educational grant from the American Israeli Cultural Foundation. Internationally, and has performed in Russia, Israel, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and Italy. She has also been heard live on public radio in Russia and Israel. Ms. Itkin has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in prestigious venues of the Twin Cities including the Schubert Club, and at Sundin Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Temple Israel, and the University of Minnesota’s “Bravo Festival”, among others. Ms. Itkin is currently on the piano faculty at the University of St. Thomas and the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and maintains a private piano studio. Recently she was a guest performer and clinician at the Second Caribbean Festival of Humanities, and the Latin American Composers Forum. Ms. Itkin is co-Artistic Director of “Muse” Salon, a chamber ensemble. Her experience of living among different cultures, combined with her passion for music, literature, arts, and philosophy led to the development of recreating the old time European tradition of the Salon.
Education: She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in composition from the Aichi Art University in Japan and Doctoral degree in harpsichord performance from the Juilliard School.
Composer and harpsichordist, Asako Hirabayashi’s first recording on Albany Label, whose program is entirely composed and played by herself, was selected as one of the 5 best classical CDs of the year 2010 by Minneapolis Star Tribune. It was described as “A superb player, is also a gifted creator of music” (The Diapason, 2010),“A strong case for her instrument’s third-millennium credentials…the best harpsichordist. A delight!”(Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2010),“Twenty-four tracks of passionate, sparkling, lyrical, even poignant music to help secure the harpsichord’s presence in the new millennium.” (Fanfare, 2010) “…charming, unreservedly melodic, poignant and lighthearted”(American Record Guild, 2010) “ Her contemporary harpsichord music is ingenious, fanciful, diverse and unpretentious… I admit I’ve never been a fan of the harpsichord, she has changed all that for me and awakened me to the idea that a composer can reinvent an instrument…” (Fanfare, 2010)As a harpsichordist, she has appeared as a guest featured soloist in international festivals and music series worldwide, including her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Early Music Festival, the International Bach Festival in Ukraine, the International Contemporary Music Festival “Contrasts” in Ukraine, the Festival Musicale delle Nazioni in Rome, Italy, the concert series at Palais du Pharo in Marseille, France, the Bach Society of Minnesota, the Schubert Club Concert Series etc. She won numerous grants and awards including the 2009 -10 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, the Irene Diamond Scholarship from the Juilliard School, and the Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions. Her performances have been broadcast worldwide and she appeared as a guest solo performer on A Prairie Home Companion in 2009.As a composer, she won several first prizes at international composition competitions, such as the Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition and NHK International Song Writing Competition in Japan, and awarded Subito grant from American Composers Forum. Her works have been published by Skyline publications Inc. and Tundradogs Music Publishing Inc. and have been performed worldwide.She has taught classes and given lecture recitals at the Juilliard School, Miami University, the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, and the International Bach Festival in Sumy, Ukraine, the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev, Sumy Conservatory in Ukraine and Northern Kentucky University, the University of Minnesota. She serves as vice president of Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society, and is a founder and a harpsichordist of Cincinnati Baroque Orchestra, Duo Libero, Duo Tastiera and Ladyslipper.
Kim Craig (on sabbatical)
Education: BA cum laude, San Jose State Universtiy, MA (music), University of Minnesota; Doctoral Studies in piano, University of Minnesota
Kim Craig received a B.A. degree with honors from San Jose State University, where she studied with Aiko Onishi. She studied with Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota, where she received an M.M. degree, and has done doctoral work at the University with Lydia Artymix. Craig, first place winner of the Northern California Piano Competition, has performed numerous solo recitals, including her own stage production of Babar the Elephant with MPR’s Eric Friesen and participated in the Schubert Club Metro Artists Series at Landmark Center. She has adjudicated for numerous organizations and her students have been prize winners in competitions sponsored by the Chopin Society, Schubert Club, Minnesota Music Teachers Association, Thursday Musical and the Music Teachers National Association
Education: BM, Manhattan School of Music; MM, University of Illinois; DMA University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Arnstein is well known in the Twin Cities area as a pianist and composer. He has often served as pianist and harpsichordist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has accompanied many members of the Twin Cities’ two main orchestras and college music faculties. A winner of international competitions in both composition and piano, he has toured the Midwest as pianist and composer-in-residence for the Sylmar Chamber Ensemble, was a frequent pianist with the Macalester Trio.Dr. Arnstein’s compositions include more than a hundred chamber music works, hundreds of piano solos and duets, and music for orchestra and chorus. His music has been published in both the United States and Europe.