Woodwinds

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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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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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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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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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