Faculty


Conservatory Faculty

Michael Adams

Michael Adams

Education: Mannes College of Music and Eastman School of Music

Violist Michael Adams, a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1989, has carved out a unique career that has led down many roads: orchestral player, chamber musician, writer on music, radio host and producer. Along with his wife Daria, a violinist in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Adams is also the founding artistic director of Music in the Vineyards Festival in Napa, CA. As the festival’s emcee and concert commentator, he says that his goal is to make the music sound so interesting, with stories, explanations and analysis that people cannot wait to hear it performed.

He joined the viola section of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1988 after serving as an on-air host for WCAL-FM in Northfield and can be heard occasionally on Minnesota Public Radio. During Sommerfest 2015 he hosted a “Celebrate Cuba” concert with the Cuban choir Coro Entrevoces, part of the Orchestra’s ongoing musical exchange with Cuba.

Adams has been a member of ensembles including the Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Springs Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. In recent seasons he has performed as a guest with the Musical Offering chamber ensemble, Alcan Quartet, Artaria String Quartet and Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, as well as with violinist Gil Shaham, pianist Garrick Ohlsson and other musicians.

Adams attended both the Mannes College of Music and Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under David Zinman and received a National Endowment for the Arts performance grant. He is the father to three children, ages 23, 21 and 19. An avid bicyclist, Adams also enjoys canoe camping in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, sailing with friends on Lake Superior and planning fantasy vacation trips with his collection of maps.

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Katherine Wilhelm

Katherine Wilhelm

Education: Bachelor degree at St. Olaf, Suzuki certification from Nancy Lokken

Katherine Wilhelm is a Suzuki violin teacher and an active freelance violinist in the Twin Cities. A Suzuki student herself, she studied with Laura Gulley and Alexey Shabalin before relocating to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College. At St. Olaf she was a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra for four years and toured nationally and internationally with the group. She studied violin with Charles Gray and played as much chamber music as possible. Upon graduating, Katherine decided to pursue her Suzuki certification and has taken teacher training courses from Nancy Lokken. She currently plays violin for the Old Log Theater In Excelsior, MN, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, local Cuban ensemble Charanga Tropical, and in her own chamber ensembles. Katherine is passionate about the Suzuki method and early childhood music education, and she teaches and coaches chamber music around the Twin Cities.

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Hyobi Sim

Hyobi Sim

Education: Bachelor of Music at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia; Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School

Violist Hyobi Sim began the study of viola when she was 12 years old. After 3 years of playing viola, she was accepted as a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with Roberto Diaz and received the Bachelor of Music degree. She was selected as a member of the Curtis on Tour ensemble. She performed in Detroit, California, Maine, Chicago and Philadelphia with Curtis faculty members Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley. As a special prize winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, she pursues her career as well such as performing with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and performing the Hindemith Viola Concerto with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra. She received the Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School where she studied with Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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Milena Petkovic

Milena Petkovic

Education: Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance, Academy of Arts in Novi Sad; Performer Diploma and Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; Doctoral Studies at UMN, School of Music

Milena Petkovic was born in Prizren, Serbia. She began playing classical guitar at the age of eleven. She finished High Music School in Belgrade with three diplomas: Music Theory, Lute and Classical Guitar. In 2011 Milena graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance under the guidance of Prof. Zoran Krajišnik. During her studies she participated in numerous national and international music festivals. Among the awards Milena has received for her work are the second prize for guitar performance at the International Guitar Festival, Kyustendil, Bulgaria (2006), the first prize at Guitar Open Festival in Subotica, Serbia (2010), and the second prize at Naissus Guitar Festival in Niš, Serbia (2010).
 

In 2011 she continued her studies at Indiana University, and in 2014 she graduated with a Performer Diploma and Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance at the Jacobs School of Music, under the guidance of Maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Milena often performs as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles – guitar duo, duo with flute, violin and clarinet. Besides Serbia, she played in Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy as well as in the US, Indiana and Minnesota. She had participated in masterclasses held by Sante Tursi, Vojislav Ivanovic, Edin Karamazov, Andrew Zohn and Robert Sharpe, Adam del Monte and Patrick Roux.
 

Milena is currently in her final year of doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, School of Music. Her teaching experience includes teaching beginner and advanced guitar classes and individual lessons for six years as a Teaching Assistant at Indiana University and University of Minnesota. She was also a Pre-College guitar instructor at the Jacobs School of Music for two years.

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Andrea Myers

Andrea Myers

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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. 

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Yukina Ono

Yukina Ono

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.

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Rie Tanaka

Rie Tanaka

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.

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Jennifer Lang

Jennifer Lang

Education: Oberlin College, B.A. 2008

Jennifer Lang began violin study at age 7 with Kristina Lantz and Mary West as her primary teachers. As a senior in high school, she won both the MacPhail and Minnesota Sinfonia Young Artist Competitions. Upon graduation from Oberlin College in 2008, she moved to France, where she taught English and violin and studied contemporary violin with Jeanne-Marie Conquer of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. In 2009, she co-launched Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), an arts organization dedicated to providing performance opportunities for emerging professional musicians. In 2009 and 2010, she performed in Switzerland under the baton of the late Pierre Boulez for the Lucerne Summer Academy orchestra. 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, The Art of Wellbeing: A Resource for Health and Healing.

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Thomas Rosenberg

Thomas Rosenberg

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)

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Greg Nelson

Greg Nelson

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.

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Alan Kolderie

Alan Kolderie

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.

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Lauren Anastos

Lauren Anastos

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.

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Laura Nortwen

Laura Nortwen

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.

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Rena Kraut

Rena Kraut

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.

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Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee

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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.

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Marita Link

Marita Link

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.

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Jeannie Trelles

Jeannie Trelles

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.

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Andrea Stern

Andrea Stern

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.

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Leif Petersen

Leif Petersen

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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.

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Natalia Moiseeva (on sabbatical)

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.

 

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Ewa Bujak

Ewa Bujak

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.

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Derrick Raiter

Derrick Raiter

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.

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Marc Levine

Marc Levine

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.

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Julie Elhard

Julie Elhard

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.

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Jean Allison Olson

Jean Allison Olson

Education: BA, Bethel College; Graduate Studies in musicology, University of Minnesota

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Cléa Galhano

Cléa Galhano

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.

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Sandy Waterman

Sandy Waterman

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.

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Koralynn Boisvert

Koralynn Boisvert

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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.

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Elena Piastro

Elena Piastro

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: elena@elenapiastro.com

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Kari Peterson

Kari Peterson

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.

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Patricia McPherson

Patricia McPherson

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.

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Oleg Levin

Oleg Levin

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.

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Ivan Konev

Ivan Konev

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.

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Asako Hirabayashi

Asako Hirabayashi

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.

A harpsichordist and composer, 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 and received 7 favorable reviews internationally. She won numerous grants and awards including the 2009-2010 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and 2 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative grants as a soloist. As a composer, she has won 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Composers, several first prizes in competitions such as Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (won the 6th, 7th and 8th consecutively) and NHK International Song Writing Competition in Japan and was awarded the 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music by American Composers Forum to write an opera. She has appeared as a featured guest soloist in international festivals and concert series worldwide since her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. She holds a Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School. 

“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)

“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)“ 

“…Asako Hirabayashi brings us enticing music and outstanding performances on this impressive recording. (International Alliance for Women in Music, 2011)  

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Kim Craig (on sabbatical)

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

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Peter Arnstein

Peter Arnstein

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.

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