Complete Member Directory now updated regularly.
- SILVER AINOMAE
Ainomae plays and teaches cello. He has a MM from Sibelius Academy in Finland. Ainomae was principal cellist with the Colorado Symphony from 2009 - 2016. He is currently performing with the Minnesota Orchestra.
- JULIE ALBERS
Julie plays cello. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has performed extensively as a solo artist and a chamber musician. Julie is currently principal cellist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She is also Assistant Professor of Cello at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, at Mercer University in Macon, GA.
- DR. BENJAMIN ALLE
Benjamin plays and teaches trumpet. He has a BM in Trumpet Performance from the Wheaten College Conservatory of Music, and an MM and DMA from the University of Minnesota School of Music. Benjamin has performed with the Thunder Bay Symphony, The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, and the Mankato and Kenwood Symphonies. He is currently performing with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and the Compass Rose Brass Ensemble, and also freelances. He hopes to continue performing and freelancing in the Twin Cities area while also searching for a professorship at a college or university.
- SCOTT D. ANDERSON
Scott plays and teaches clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, bassethorn, and E-flat clarinet. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy (high school), received a BM from Eastman School (undergrad), and a MM from Northwestern University. Scott performed as principal clarinet with the Honolulu Symphony, the Grand Rapids (MI) Symphony, and the Oakland Symphony; and he was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He is currently Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
- KYLE S. BAKER
Kyle plays electric bass and guitar. He is currently performing at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.
- ZACHARY BOEDING
Zachary plays oboe. He has a BM from New England Conservatory, and a MM from McGill University. Zachary is currently performing with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
- JACOB A. DANIEL
Jacob plays baritone horn euphonium and tuba. He is a member of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.
- RUI DU
Rui plays and teaches violin. He earned his BM at Young Sien Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and attended the Shanghai Music Conservatory as a middle school student. He has an MM and a GPD from the Peabody Conservatory. Rui is currently performing with the Minnesota Orchestra, and was previously a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
- THEA GROTH
Thea plays bassoon.
- TULIO JOSE RONDON
Tulio plays violoncello, baroque cello, and viola da gamba. He has a post-doctorate from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague (Netherlands), a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree from Miami University, and a bachelor’s degree from the Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. He is currently Associate Professor of Violoncello at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and performs with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra.
- MATTHEW L. SENJEM
Matthew plays electric bass, guitar and trombone.
- ALEX M. WADNER
Alex plays tympani.
- DEANNA N. ANDERSON
Deanna plays and teaches viola and violin. She has a BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a MM from Juilliard. She also received a diploma from the Conservatoire de Paris (France). While living in Paris Deanna performed chamber music for the Sinfonietta Paris series, and also performed with a variety of other ensembles. In addition, she gave private lessons and was a teacher for the Juilliard Global music program. She is currently a substitute violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, teaches at MacPhail School of Music, and gives private lessons. Deanna plans to continue freelancing in the Twin Cities area, and hopes to find more opportunities to perform chamber music in traditional and unique settings.
- ADAM D. BAUS
Adam plays and teaches piano. He has a BM in Piano Pedagogy from Drake University. He was the music director for the production of “Urinetown” at Macalester College. He also worked with composer- Librettist Studio - Nautilus Music. Adam was recently a substitute pianist for the production of White Christmas at the Ordway. He hopes to work as much as possible in the Twin Cities burgeoning theater and arts community.
- RONALD L. BEITEL
Ron plays French horn and Wagner tuba. He has an Undergraduate Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ron is currently performing with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and the LaCrosse Symphony. He has previous experience performing with the Utah Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. Ron enjoys playing chamber music.
- GABRIEL CAMPOS
Gabriel plays clarinet.
- CONNOR DUFAULT
Connor plays double bass and electric bass.
- CHRISTOPHER EWAN
Christopher plays double bass. He studied music at both Rice University and Indiana University. Chris has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Virginia Symphony. He is currently preparing for auditions and hopes to secure a job with a major symphony orchestra.
- ANGELA HEDEGAARD
Angela plays cello.
- AARON N. HEDENSTROM
Aaron plays and teaches alto, soprano, tenor, and baritone saxophones. He also plays keyboard, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute and piccolo. He has a BM in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a MM in Jazz Arranging and a DMA in Music Performance from the University of Northern Texas). He is currently teaching, performing and doing some arranging in the Twin Cities, and hopes to continue to do so in the future.
- ADAM N. HOUK
Adam plays and teaches trombone, tuba, euphonium, and he also plays alto trombone.
He has a BM in Trombone Performance from Western Michigan University, and an MM in Trombone Performance from DePaul University. Adam is currently performing with the Quad City Symphony and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestras. He has previously performed with the Madison and Green Bay Symphony Orchestras. Adam hopes to build a private teaching studio and perform throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota.
- RAYMOND KELLER
Raymond plays drum set and is also a vocalist. He is currently a member of Whiskey Mouth and Foggy Not bands.
- SUZANNE KLEIN
Suzanne plays violin, viola, and piano.
- CHUN CHIM (DAVID) LEUNG
David plays piano, violin, and viola.
- MAUREEN NELSON
Maureen plays violin and is currently performing with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
- BENJAMIN OSTERHOUSE
Benjamin plays and teaches cello and piano. He has a BM in Cello Performance from the University of Northwestern, Saint Paul, and a MM in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota. Ben is currently working on his DMA at the University of Minnesota, teaching cello and piano, and freelancing. He plans to teach at a university and play in an orchestra.
- SAMUEL D. RUDY
Sam plays and teaches violin and viola. He has a BM in Performance and a MA in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota. Sam has experience performing with Orchestra Iowa, the Mankato Symphony, WCF Symphony, and the LaCrosse Symphony. He is currently performing with the Lux String Quartet and the Quad Cities Symphony. His immediate plans are to start a teaching studio, build a long-term string quartet, continue performing, take auditions, and study as much music as possible. His future plans include obtaining his Doctorate, teach college level music, support local composers, and become a member of a high-caliber ensemble.
- JAMES D. RUSSELL
James plays trumpet. He is also a vocalist and a conductor.
- MEIRA SILVERSTEIN
Meira plays violin and is currently subbing with the Minnesota Orchestra.
- CHRIS CHELGREN
Chris plays violin, viola, and piano.
- BRIAN J. DeGAYNER
Brian plays French horn.
- JON de VAAL
Jon plays piano. He began playing professionally in 1986, including 10 years at the Whitney Hotel, 4 years at Manny’s Steakhouse, and 2 years at Nye’s piano bar. He has peformed at many hotels, country clubs, and restaurants in the Twin Cities area. Jon plans to continue working with his trio, as a solo pianist, and accompanying vocalists. He hopes to meet other member musicians and looks forward to seeing what evolves from those associations.
- KIM MARIE FRAGODT
Kim Marie plays and teaches piano, guitar, trombone, and voice. She also plays organ. Kim has a BA in K-12 Music Education (vocal and instrumental degrees) from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. She has been a vocal soloist for public and private events her entire life. She is a vocalist for The Bend in the River Big Band. From 1995-2012 Kim was Director of Worship and Music at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of East Bethel, MN, and from 1983-1999 she was a music educator in Minnesota Public Schools. Kim is currently busy as a composer of jazz, pop, and folk songs and leader of the Kim Fragodt Trio, which specializes in jazz, pop, and rock music. She is also the owner of KMF Studios, and Frogs in the Throat Productions. Kim plans to continue her work as a vocal soloist with big band ensembles, performances at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater Concert Series, night clubs, and public and private events. Her future plans include teaching master classes in voice, and the release her fourth CD in December 2016.
- LAUREL BETH KNUTSON
Laurel plays soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones, and Native American flute. She plays and teaches piano, clarinet and flute. Laurel is also a vocalist. Laurel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of MN, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sioux Falls College. She has performed in several community orchestras and bands, dance bands, theater pit orchestras, and vocal ensembles. She also works as a soloist for weddings and funerals. Laurel eventually plans to retire from her day job as a Music Therapist and focus more on performing and teaching.
- MELISSA KOPROWSKI
Melissa plays clarinet and bass clarinet.
- BRIAN LAMBERT KRINKE
Brian plays and teaches violin. He also plays piano. He has a BM from Curtis Institute and a MM from Juilliard School of Music. Brian has served as Assistant Concertmaster for the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic and Associate Concertmaster for the Buffalo Philharmonic. More recently he held the position of Assistant Professor of Violin at Wichita State University.
- CAROL L. LEBOVIC
Carol plays violin. She has a BM from Juilliard School of Music and is trained on Suzuki Books 1-4. Carol has performed with the Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Intermezzo String Quartet. She has also done a substantial amount of freelance work in the Detroit metro area. She is currently performing with the Minnesota Opera.
- MARY M. McGUIRE
Mary plays and teaches cello. She has performance degrees from San Francisco Conservatory and the Florida State University School of Music. Mary worked as a sub with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. She is currently principal cellist of Johns Creek Symphony (Johns Creek, GA). She plans to give private lessons and continue to do freelance work in the Twin Cities. Mary also hopes to form a chamber group and do subbing work with Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
- KRISTINE OBERG
Kristine plays violin and viola. She studied at St. Olaf College with Andrea Een and Charles Gray. Kristine has also performed with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She currently works in Strategic Planning at Elavon, Inc. and continues to freelance.
- BENJAMIN M. OSTERHOUSE
Ben plays piano and cello.
- AMY ALLISON OSTERMAN
Amy plays and teaches flute and piccolo. She has a BM in Flute Performance from Wheaton College and a MM in Flute Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her performing experiences include the Bloomington and Metropolitan Symphony orchestras, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, and the Aria International Summer Music Academy. Amy teaches at MacPhail School of Music and the University of Northwestern - Saint Paul.
- ELIZABETH L. STODOLKA
Elizabeth plays trumpet. She has a BM from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She performed with touring Broadway Shows “Elf, the Musical” in 2013-2014, and “Anything Goes” in 2014-2015. More recently she performed at the XCel Energy Center with the Adele tour.
- DANIEL G. TURPENING
Dan plays accordion, trombone, euphonium and tuba. He pursued his musical training through private lessons. He also attended A.R.T.S. (Accordion Repair and Technician School) in Duluth, MN. He has been performing for weddings, private parties, and other events for 20 years.
- LAURIE WYLAND
Laurie plays and teaches flute. She studied flute privately with a variety of highly qualified teachers. Laurie has experience performing with the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra (Principal Flute), St. Croix Valley Summer Band, Rochester Symphony Summer Band, and various chamber groups. She would like to become more involved with freelancing opportunities and chamber groups in the Twin Cities area. She plans to start her own teaching studio and continue to do freelance work.