Artists Featured in Our 2016 Season

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Enso Quartet

Ensō String Quartet

Maureen Nelson, violin
Ken Hamao, violin
Melissa Reardon, viola
Richard Belcher, cello

Founded at Yale University in 1999, the Ensō String Quartet has risen to the front rank of string ensembles. Described by Strad magazine as "thrilling," and praised by the Washington Post for its "glorious sonorities," the Ensō has won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the words of Classical Voice, it is "one of the eminent string quartets of our era."

The ensemble's name is derived from the Japanese Zen painting of the circle, which represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit.

 
Artaria String Quartet

Rebecca with Artaria String Quartet

Artaria String Quartet

Now starting its 29th season of celebrated chamber music performances, the Artaria String Quartet was recently lauded by Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press -- "Artaria Quartet is likely to give eloquent voice to whatever work it tackles." Artaria has served as MPR Artists-in-Residence and was featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the MnOriginal Television series. The quartet has appeared at major summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L'Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Artaria is the recipient of a highly coveted McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, as well as numerous grants. Members of the quartet are founders and directors of the Artaria Chamber Music School, a weekly chamber music program for young string players, Stringwood, a two-week summer festival held in Lanesboro, MN each June, and the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, an annual national event.

Artaria String Quartet is happy to welcome new member Rebecca Merblum to their performance at this year's Bridge Chamber Music Festival.

 
Dave Hagedorn

Dave Hagedorn

David Hagedorn is an Artist in Residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he teaches percussion, jazz studies, and world music. In June, 2011, Downbeat magazine deemed St. Olaf Jazz I to be the “Best Undergraduate Large Jazz Ensemble” in the 34th annual student music awards. This group had a very successful cultural exchange tour in Cuba in March of 2016.

He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the University of Minnesota. Hagedorn has an album, "Solid/Liquid" on the artegra label in SACD format released in October of 2003, and a duo album with pianist Dan Cavanagh, "Horizon:", released in December of 2010. Recently released in April 2014, is a recording with the Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio.

 
Kevin Clements

Kevin Clements

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Kevin Clements has been performing as a jazz bassist for over 45 years. From an early age he found jazz as his music of choice. Growing up in Kansas City he was exposed early on to that city's fertile jazz heritage. After graduating from the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Kevin played and toured for several years. He had the good fortune to have performed with many great artists, including Billy Eckstine, Rosemary Clooney, Robert Goulet and Rita Moreno. In 1989, after a ten year stint as an Air Force pilot, he settled in Minneapolis/St Paul where he has become a staple in the Twin Cities jazz scene.

 
Erik Hanson

Erik Hanson

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Parker Ousley

Parker Ousley

Parker Ousley grew up here in Northfield and began playing cello at age 5. He studied classical cello with David Carter, Peter Howard, and Anna Clift. In high school he began venturing from the comforts of his classical home and joined the amateur folk band, Flute Platoon, as a singer and cellist. After breaking from the Platoon, Parker started singing and playing as a solo act. His act lacks a definitive genre, but would likely fall somewhere between folk, pop, and jazz. When he and his cello, Jeremy, aren't performing on their own they can be found in Boston-based groups Unauthorized Personnel and American Housewife, and the locally-based duo The Triplets. Parker studies cello performance at Berklee College of Music where he studies with Mike Block, Eugene Friesen, and Rob Thomas.

 
JC Sanford

JC Sanford

JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. A protégé of legendary composer/trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by John Abercrombie, Lew Soloff, Dave Liebman, the Swedish Wind Ensemble, and Grammy-nominated classical pianist Andrew Russo. His 2014 debut CD with the JC Sanford Orchestra entitled Views from the Inside yielded international acclaim, including rave reviews from jazz journals, (such as Down Beat magazine, All About Jazz, and Jazziz), news publications (including the New Yorker, the Guardian, and Spiegel), and modern classical sites (New Music Box and Textura). It was also awarded the prestigeous Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. Sanford also conducts the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, Joel Harrison’s Infinite Possibility, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette.

 
Sonja Harasim

Sonja Harasim

Violinist Sonja Harasim has been described as an "undeniably impressive" performer (James Chute, San Diego Union-Tribune, August 21, 2011), and hailed for her attention to detail, making "every note count deliciously" (Joel Luks, Culture Map Houston, April 26, 2011). Dr. Harasim is on the faculty at Concordia College, where she teaches violin and chamber music. In addition to her dedication to teaching, she maintains an active performing career locally, nationally, and internationally as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She currently serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and collaborates frequently with her colleagues in the Concordia Piano Trio and Concordia String Quartet. As a soloist, she has been featured with the Shepherd Symphony Orchestra at Rice University, the Concordia Orchestra, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony's Masterworks series in collaboration with Cho-Liang Lin in performances of Bach Double Violin Concerto, Urban Overture, Young People's Concerts and "Symphony Rocks" at Bluestem.

 
David Carter

David Carter

Cellist David Carter is Professor of Music at St. Olaf College. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter's principal cello teachers include Robert Jamieson, Gary Hoffman, Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Though legally blind as a result of the retinal disease choroideremia, Dr. Carter maintains an active performing and teaching schedule. He is cellist of the Melius Trio, Artistic Director of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival, and recently served as Cello Editor for the Minnesota String Teachers Association newsletter, StringNotes. Dr. Carter has served as Principal Cellist of the Wichita Symphony, performing as soloist with that ensemble in addition to the Minnesota Orchestra under Neville Marriner and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has served on the faculty of Wichita State University, as well as the Rocky Ridge Music Center (CO) and the Red Lodge Music Festival (MT).

 
Nicola Melville

Nicola Melville

US-based New Zealand pianist Nicola Melville has been described as "having an original and intelligent musical mind" (Waikato Times), "a marvelous pianist who plays with splashy color but also exquisite tone and nuance" (American Record Guide), and "the sort of advocate any composer would love" (Dominion Post). Nicola has recorded for the Innova and Equilibrium labels, and is a founding member of the cross-cultural ensemble, Intersection. In 2014 Nicola joined the Twin Cities-based new music group, Zeitgeist. She is Professor of Music at Carleton College, Minnesota, and is Artistic Co-Director of the Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Program in New York.

 

The Stone Arch Brass

Dan Fretland

Dan Fretland

Dan Fretland is an active freelance trumpet player and instructor in the Twin Cities area. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in trumpet performance and music education from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts degree in music education along with an administrative degree from the University of St. Thomas. Dan has performed with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, the San Francisco Ballet, ICE Ensemble, and Music St. Croix, as well as with Garrison Keilor, Doc Severinsen, Ben Folds, Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, and Amy Grant, as well as at the Los Angeles Contemporary Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, and most recently with The Stone Arch Brass, in Harbin, China's International Music Festival.

 
Martin Hodel

Martin Hodel

Martin Hodel, trumpet, made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in in February, performing the Linkola Concerto with the St. Olaf Band. He teaches trumpet, brass chamber music and conducts the Philharmonia at St. Olaf. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in the US and around the world. An active extra and substitute trumpet, he played full time in the trumpet section of the Minnesota Orchestra for the 2005-06 season. As Principal Trumpet with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Hodel toured the U.S. and Japan, and he has toured coast to coast with the Dallas Brass. Hodel holds a doctorate in trumpet performance and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

 
Neal Bolter

Neal Bolter

Neal Bolter has been playing the horn professionally for almost 40 years. He has played with the Empire Brass, Jerusalem Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Brooklyn Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. In addition, he performs on several film scores including Matrix Reloaded, Mount Everest, Lake Placid, and can be heard on many commercials and video games. He has played numerous touring Broadway shows, including Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lion King, Wicked, Young Frankenstein, Showboat, Mary Poppins, The King and I, Carousel, and many more. Neal holds a degree in music performance from the Juilliard School in New York City.

 
Larry Zimmerman

Larry Zimmerman

Trombonist Larry Zimmerman is a member of the Grammy winning Chestnut Brass Company, and is Principal Trombonist of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. He has performed around Minnesota with many ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Larry is also active in the performance of period brass instruments, including Renaissance sackbuts and 19th Century saxhorns. He enjoys working as a soloist & chamber musician including frequent performances with Music St. Croix, his chamber music group based in Stillwater, MN. Larry lives in Minneapolis and is a low brass instructor at St. Olaf College, University of St. Thomas, and Bethel University.

 
Paul Budde

Paul Budde

Dr. Paul J. Budde, tuba, is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches tuba, music education and world music. An active performer and clinician, he has performed in numberous ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Lutheran Chorale, Lake Wobegon Brass Band, and VocalEssence. Buddes' tuba quartet, The Pistons, was the first-place winner of the first-ever International Tuba/Euphonium Quartet Competition in 1992. Dr. Budde's current research centers on the use of the National Music Standards by music educators in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has released an album titled Practice Room Grooves, which is made up of accompaniment tracks that serve as a means to improve fundamentals during independent practice.

 

Artists from Previous BCMFs

Ray Shows

Ray Shows

Ray Shows, a founding member of the Artaria, is a complete musician with regular performances as a chamber musician and solo recitalist. He made his solo debut with orchestra in his native Atlanta, and has performed in major concert halls across the U.S. and in Europe. Winner of a prestigious McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship, Ray has concertized with renowned artists Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet), Eugene Drucker (Emerson Quartet), Paul Katz (Cleveland Quartet), and Raphael Hillyer (Juilliard Quartet). A Teaching-Artist in Residence at the Tanglewood Institute, Ray has held positions at Boston College, Viterbo University, Florida State University and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, and was named MNSOTA Music Studio teacher of the year in 2010.

 
Nancy Oliveros

Nancy Oliveros

Nancy Oliveros is the founding second violinist of the celebrated Artaria String Quartet, with whom she concertizes, records, and teaches the art of chamber music. As a member of Artaria, Oliveros has performed to critical acclaim at many renowned halls and concert series in the United States and abroad. She has had the privilege of collaborating with such eminent quartet players as Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri), Raphael Hillyer (Juilliard), and Paul Katz (Cleveland), and was mentored by the beloved Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet, Walter Levine of the La Salle, and Alexander Schneider of the Budapest Quartet. She records for Centaur records with the Artaria String Quartet and with her long time piano collaborator, Mary Ellen Haupert.

 
Annalee Wolf

Annalee Wolf

A native of Minnesota, Violist Annalee Wolf received her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College. After completing her Master of Music degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she earned a Premier Prix in viola performance from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and subsequently studied chamber music and the humanities at the European Mozart Academy. She has performed with the North Carolina, Greensboro, Charleston, and Savannah Symphonies, as well as the European Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Annalee has participated in numerous national and international festivals, including the Quartet Program, the Winter Institute for String Quartets, the Kneisel Hall, Hampden-Sydney, Brandeis, Domaine Forget (Quebec) festivals, and the Cours International de Musique in Morges, Switzerland.

 
Laura Sewell

Laura Sewell

Artaria String Quartet cellist, Laura Sewell, is a seasoned chamber musician who has been mentored by and performed with some of the most distinguished artists of our time. She received her bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Leonard Rose, and her master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alan Harris. She has done additional cello study with Ronald Leonard, Laszlo Varga and Gabor Rejto, and has performed in master classes with Janos Starker and Bernard Greenhouse. Laura also had the unique opportunity, at the age of 17, to spend half a year in London studying with Jacqueline duPre.

 
Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson was for two decades the Principal Clarinetist of the Honolulu Symphony, a position he held previously with the Grand Rapids and Oakland symphonies. While a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra he was also an active recording studio musician. Over the years he has performed with the Chicago, Minnesota and San Francisco Symphonies, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as Principal Clarinet at many summer festivals, including the Carmel Bach Festival and Colorado Music Festival, and has appeared as concerto soloist with several orchestras. He has recorded solo and chamber music on the Albany, CRI and Well-Tempered labels.

 
Christopher Atzinger

Christopher Atzinger

Praised in Gramophone for his "abundant energy, powerful fingers, big sound and natural musicality," pianist Christopher Atzinger has performed throughout Europe and the United States, highlighted by concerts at Carnegie Hall (Weill), Salle Cortot, St. Martins-in-the-Fields, the American Academy in Rome, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. He has also performed at the Banff International Keyboard Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Bridge Chamber Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Institution, lectured at the Juilliard School and Berklee College of Music, and has given masterclasses across the country.

 
Chris Bates

Chris Bates

Chris Bates is a bassist of formidable talent. Having worked professionally for 25 years across all spectrums of the musical landscape he continues to be a driving force in the Minnesota music scene. Bolstered by a classical foundation from MN Orchestra bassist James Clute, Chris gained traction as an improvisor at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he played in the award winning Jazz Ensemble I. Chris then studied with world renowned bassist Anthony Cox who encouraged him to begin writing and performing his original music in the group Motion Poets. 3 albums, with which Chris was awarded with a McKnight Composers' Fellowship for his writing in this award winning ensemble.

 
Laura Caviani

Laura Caviani

Laura Caviani is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing. With five CDs under her own name, and many more as a "side–man", she has recorded with some of the best jazz musicians in the region. In 2010, Caviani was one of five finalists at the International Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, FL. Her 2006 release Going There enjoyed a long run on the JazzWeek national radio charts and was hailed as "piano jazz trio of the highest order" by Downbeat contributor Bob Protzman. Other releases have received such praise as "stunningly fresh" from JazzTimes and "in a word, outstanding" from Tom Surowicz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. As a dedicated educator, she is on faculty at Carleton College, where she directs the jazz ensemble, coaches chamber groups, and teaches jazz piano. Please visit www.lauracaviani.com

 
Claudia Chen

Claudia Chen

Claudia Chen enjoys an active career as performer and teacher. Making her solo debut with the Denver Symphony Orchestra at age 14, Ms. Chen has continued to perform as soloist and chamber musician throughout United States, Canada, Eastern Europe and Chile. Equally at home in contemporary works as in standard repertoire, Claudia has given numerous premieres of solo and chamber works by several American and Canadian composers. She has been a guest on the Chamber Music Series of The Grand Teton Music Festival, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra’s series at MacPhail and at Sommerfest.

 
Taichi Chen

Taichi Chen

A native of Taiwan, violinist Taichi Chen joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1985, shortly after completing bachelor's and master's degrees at Northern Illinois University. He also studied at the Toho Music School in Tokyo and at Boston University. His primary teachers were Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Masao Kawasaki, Roman Totenberg and Namiko Umezu. At Sommerfest 2011 Chen played Franck's Piano Quintet with Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton and Minnesota Orchestra colleagues.

 
Dave Graf

Dave Graf

Dave Graf started playing trombone in the 4th grade and just kept going with it. One of the most versatile and in-demand trombonists in the Twin Cities, Dave has worked in a wide range of musical settings. His jazz resume includes performances with Slide Hampton, Herbie Lewis, Jack McDuff, Charli Persip and Superband, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Orchestra, and the Woody Herman Orchestra. As a member of local show bands, he has backed stars like Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Harry Connick Jr., Julie Andrews, and many others.

 
Phil Hey

Phil Hey

Over the course of his more than 40 years as a professional musician, Phil Hey has performed in virtually every context a drum set player can. His studies with the legendary Edward Blackwell helped lead him into the world of Jazz. Hey has played with dozens of Jazz giants, including Charlie Rouse, Benny Carter, Jay McShann, Kenny Barron, and, for over 20 years, Dewey Redman. Phil currently tours with Blue Note artist Stacey Kent, several MN-based groups, and leads his own Quartet in the Twin Cities.

 
Gao Hong

Gao Hong

Gao Hong began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from the Central Conservatory of Music, China's premier music school, where she studied with pipa master Lin Shicheng. She has received numerous awards and honors, including First Prize in the Hebei Professional Young Music Performers Competition in China and an Asian Pacific Award, and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Meet the Composers Inc. in New York and the Jerome Foundation. In 2005 Gao Hong became the first traditional musician to be awarded the prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship, and in 2008 she became the only musician in any genre to win three McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians.

 
Justin Knoepfel

Justin Knoepfel

Dr. Justin Knoepfel, viola, is Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College. He earned a BM from Luther College and a MM and DMA from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Knoepfel has performed and taught in the Dorian Music Festival, Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, Salem Music Academy, Bravo!, and the International Viola Congress. He is also a substitute violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. In 2013 Dr. Knoepfel will be be featured as viola soloist with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra during their Spring national tour performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.

 
Steven K Leonard

Steven K. Leonard

Steven K. Leonard is a violinist in Traverse City, Michigan. Mr. Leonard graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Arts in Music from Truman State University.Mr. Leonard has with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera and Ballet Orchestras, the Atlanta Lyric Theater Orchestra, the Colorado Philharmonic and the Eastman/Dryden Theater Orchestra. Currently, Steven K. Leonard performs as Associate Concertmaster in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and is the Director of the TSO Civic Chamber Music Program.

 
Jill Mahr

Jill Mahr

A Minnesota native, Jill Mahr has been teaching at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota for the last 20 years, where she conducts the handbell choirs and teaches flute. Jill has a private flute studio in her home as well. She is principal flute in the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and has been a featured soloist with them four times. Formerly she was principal flute in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and was a soloist with those ensembles, as well. She performs with the recently established Blazing Star Wind Quintet, whose mission is to bring music to rural Minnesota.

 
Sharon Mautner-Rodgers

Sharon Mautner-Rodgers

Sharon Mautner-Rodgers is a California native and won numerous competitions both as a soloist and a member of the Trio Con Brio. Sharon was a awarded a full music scholarship to attend the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences where she received the Herbert Zipper award for excellence. Sharon attended the Aspen Music Festival, ENCORE school for strings, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Taos Chamber Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Bear Lake Music Festival, Oregon Coast Music Festival, and Endless Mountain Music Festival. Currently, Sharon is Associate Principal Cello of the South Dakota Symphony and Principal Cello of the Mankato Symphony, as well as a regular sub with the Minnesota Orchestra.

 
Matthew McCright

Matthew McCright

American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with imaginative programming that places the greatest piano repertoire alongside the music of today’s most innovative risk-takers. McCright currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaches privately in the Twin Cities, and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College. He maintains an active performing schedule as one of the most sought after pianists of his generation in contemporary music. He has premiered numerous new pieces, many written for him, and has collaborated with countless composers across the globe.

 
David Milne

David Milne

David Milne (Saxophones and Flutes) leads an active career as a professional saxophonist, music educator, and composer/arranger. He holds degrees from Indiana University (BA, MM), and the Eastman School of Music (DMA). He is a Professor of Music (Saxophone/Jazz Studies) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches saxophone, jazz improvisation, jazz history, and directs the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensembles. His compositions for jazz saxophone ensembles have been performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance and World Saxophone Congress conventions, and are published by Really Good Music, LLC. David is an artist-clinician for Selmer Saxophones.

 
Tami Morse

Tami Morse

Harpsichordist Tami Morse is active as a soloist and chamber musician in the Midwest and East Coast. With the baroque ensemble Flying Forms, known for innovative, interdisciplinary performances and considered "names to watch" (Berkshire Review for the Arts), Morse is in residence at Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and with Minnesota Youth Symphonies. A finalist in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, she also performs regularly with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, the Big Apple Baroque Band, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Society of Minnesota and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Morse has a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Edward Parmentier and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where she studied with Arthur Haas.

 
Glorious Revolution Baroque

Miriam Scholz-Carlson

Miriam Scholz-Carlson plays regularly with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and is a founding member of Glorious Revolution Baroque, a new ensemble whose performances have included artists such as Ellen Hargis and David Douglass. She has been featured on several Bach Society programs, including their live performance on MPR's Bach Festival. Ms. Scholz-Carlson has studied with renowned violinist Marc Destrubé and at the Vancouver Early Music Programme as well as with David Douglass and Nancy Wilson. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.M. in violin performance, trained as an Alexander Technique teacher with Cathy Madden, and as a Learning Methods teacher with David Gorman. She maintains a large private studio in addition to teaching classes at St. Olaf.

 
Arek Tesarczyk

Arek Tesarczyk

Cellist Arek Tesarczyk joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2004 and made his solo debut with the Orchestra in 2006, performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto. He gave the world premiere performances of Rautovaara’s Cello Concerto No.2, Towards the Horizon, under the baton Osmo Vanska in 2010. Born in Poland into a family of musicians, Arek won three consecutive first prizes in the annual Polish National Cello and Chamber Music competitions. He is a winner of the 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians.

 
Hector Valdivia

Hector Valdivia

Hector Valdivia received the B.M. from the University of Wisconsin and the M.M.A., M.M., and D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music. His research interests include the music of Eugene Ysaye, Luisa Adolpha Le Beau, and Amy Beach.

 
WindWorks

WindWorks

WindWorks, a Northfield and Twin Cities area professional woodwind quintet, was founded in 1993. The group's goal is to promote woodwind quintet music, as well as instrumental chamber music of all kinds, by performing recitals throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, greater Minnesota and surrounding states.

 
Dana Maeda

Dana Maeda

Dana Maeda (oboe) is Instructor of Music at St. Olaf College where she teaches oboe, woodwind methods, chamber music, and supervises instrumental music student teaching candidates. She is also the oboe instructor at University of Northwestern- St. Paul. Maeda holds B.M. degrees in Oboe Performance, and Vocal/Instrumental Music Education from St. Olaf College and a M.A. in Education from St. Mary's University. A founding member of WindWorks, Maeda also performs with the Rochester Orchestra, serves as a substitute player with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and freelances in the Twin Cities area. She has extensive teaching experience in public and private schools and private studio settings.

 
Jo Ann Polley

Jo Ann Polley

Jo Ann Polley (clarinet) is Professor Emerita in Music at St. Olaf College. She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University; a M.M. from Northwestern University; and a B.A. from St. Olaf College. Her full time teaching career spans 34 years, and she is a founding member of WindWorks. As an orchestral musician, Polley performs with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. Additionally, she has served as a substitute musician in the Minnesota Orchestra and has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and other orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Twin Cities area.

 
WindWorks

Kay Sahlin

Kay Sahlin (flute), retired from teaching flute at St. Olaf College in May of 2010 after having served on the music faculty for 31 years. A graduate of St. Olaf, her principal teachers have included Donald Berglund, who she succeeded at St. Olaf, and Geoffrey Gilbert, whose mentorship later in her career was invaluable. Currently, Sahlin plays principal flute in the Rochester Orchestra and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. She is a founding member of WindWorks. She has served as principal flute of Philomusica, Minneapolis Chamber Symphony and the St. Louis Philharmonic, and performed as a substitute/extra player with the Minnesota Orchestra for several years.

 
Cindy Bailey

Cindy Bailey

Cindy Bailey (bassoon) holds a music performance and education degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied under Dr. Ronald Tyree. In Minneapolis she has studied with Norbert Nielubowski, and is principal bassoon in the Rochester Orchestra and a founding member of WindWorks. In addition, she performs frequently with the Rochester Chamber Music Series. Her M.S. degree in Information Media is from St. Cloud State University, and she teaches at Forest Elementary with Robbinsdale Area Schools. Additionally, her musical experience includes keyboard and organ performance.

 
Edelweiss Alphorn Duo

Becky Jyrkas

Becky Jyrkas (horn) earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in music and mathematics from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. In addition to being an active freelance musician in the Twin Cities area and performing with WindWorks, she also plays principal horn in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Jyrkas has played with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and toured Finland with the Finnish brass septet, Ameriikan Poijat. She also performs on the Swiss Alphorn as a member of the Edelweiss Alphorn Duo.

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