Strings & Guitar Lessons Near Maplewood, MN
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.