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.
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.
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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.