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Eron Woods - graduate of the University of Miami with a degree
in jazz performance. He has performed with artists such as
Clint Holmes, Carol Lawrence, "The Spinners," "The
Drifters," "The Coasters," and Dominck Allen.
Eron started his drumming career with a traveling circus.
Ellen Lease - graduate of University
of Minnesota. Ellen performs in both classical and jazz idioms
with the Ellen Lease/Pat Moriarty Quintet, as well as many local
jazz and new music groups. Ellen is a winner of both McKnight
and Bush Fellowships.
Steven Zubich - graduate of University of Minnesota-Duluth and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Steven frequently performs as both a solo and collaborative pianist, and is known as a creative and engaging teacher.
Wes Ruelle -
graduate of William Paterson University, known as one of the
top jazz programs, where he studied with many New York jazz greats.
He also studied classical piano repertoire. He performs in a
variety of genres, including jazz, classical, rock, funk, and
Laurel Browne - violin and viola, graduate of the University
of Minnesota. She has studied Suzuki method and uses a mix of
Suzuki and classical teaching methods. Performs with the Minnesota
Opera Orchestra and Minnesota Sinfonia. When she’s not
playing, you might find Laurel playing her dulcimer, working
a crossword, or riding her bike—just not all at the same
- cello and bass. Before moving to the Twin Cities,
Dave was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic bass section
in New Orleans for 17 years. Received his Bachelor and Master
of Music degrees in double bass from the Juilliard School. He
is trained in Suzuki Method for cello.
Laurie McFaul - violin, graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has studied Suzuki method and is certified in the Mark O'Connor Method. Laurie provides private violin lessons to students from age 6 to adult, using praise and positive encouragement to provide a unique learning experience.
Bob Ekstrand - guitar, began playing the guitar at age ten. His original compositions have not only won songwriting contests, but also have been featured in a National Public Radio broadcast. Bob teaches students of all levels, and he adapts his lessons to the student's musical interests.
Micek - studied classical guitar at the University
of Minnesota with Jim McGuire. Chris is a first call player
and can often be heard performing with Cadenza Music's Jeff
David Feily - guitar, graduate of University of Saint Thomas.
David has been teaching for five years. He performs as a regular member of Viva Brazil,
a Brazilian variety band, as well as the Kevin Washington Group and the Dan Kusz Band.
David works with beginning to advanced students.
Erik Fratzke - bass, studied
at St. Mary's College with Dr. John Paulson, as well as a summer
session at Berklee College of Music. He was selected Best Bassist
of the year by the MN Music Academy in '93, '95 and '98. He currently
can be heard with Happy Apple.
Joel Shapira - guitar, studied at Berklee School of Music, and The Mannes School of Music in New York City, where he taught and performed for eight years. Joel can be heard regularly at jazz clubs in the metro area. Joel teaches classical and jazz styles.
Michael May - guitar, graduate Wayne State University. Michael became a musician the moment he unwrapped a Kay acoustic guitar on Christmas morning at 12 years of age. He began taking lessons and was soon playing house parties with friends. He has completed advanced studies in theory and jazz improvisation. Michael teaches guitar students at all levels.
Michael Zimmerman -
guitar, performs professionally
in the Twin Cities area with the Kurt Jorgenson Band. Michael
studied music at Waldorf College and audio recording at Brown
College. He teaches many styles of guitar playing, for beginning
to advanced students.
Paul Storms -
graduate of University of Minnesota, studied with Jeffery Van.
Performed in master classes with Sharon Isbin, Christopher
Parkening, and Larry Coryell. He also performed with Larry
Coryell at the Ordway. Finalist in Schubert Club Competition
(bested by Sharon Isbin.) He's performed live on KDWB, WCCO
(TV) and KTCA.
Zacc Harris -
guitar. Graduate, Southern Illinois University. Zacc is an
accomplished jazz guitarist and instructor of all styles. He
has taught privately for over 15 years, is on faculty at
Hamline University, and his group Atlantis Quartet was
named Best Jazz Artist by City Pages and Star Tribune.
Brass and Woodwinds
Scott Anderson -
brass, studied at Bemidji State and
University of Minnesota. He has been a
member of Dr. David Baldwin's Summit Hill Brass for 25 years.
Scott has been teaching privately for over ten years.
Bryanne Presley - oboe, Masters, oboe performance, University of Minnesota. Studied with John Snow (Minnesota Orchestra) and has performed with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Kenwood Symphony, Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble, Minneapolis Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, In May 2010, Bryanne performed as a soloist on the National Public Radio Show “From the Top.”
Karen Hansen -
clarinet specialist, saxophone, In addition to positions
with Dolce Wind Quintet and Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Karen
is principal clarinetist with Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
and Mississippi Valley Orchestra. She is a Thursday Musical
performing artist and does freelance work for Classical MPR,
The Schubert Club, Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble, and others.
During vacations she is a music lecturer on cruise ships..
Jeff King -
sax and clarinet, studied at the University of Minnesota with
Ruben Haugen, and at Cadenza Music with Pat Moriarty. Toured
South America with the Lakewood Big Band, and performed with
Clark Terry, Bill Wattrous, Bud Shank and others. Jeff is a
first call sax player in the Twin Cities.
Buffy Larson -
trumpet, Buffy studied modern trumpet with Mike Brand and
David Baldwin at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota.
Buffy has degrees in Music Education and Elementary education
from Augsburg College as well as a Master in Music Education
from St. Thomas. University. Buffy plays with the Minnesota
Philharmonic and the Capital City Brass Quintet. She has
recently started studying the Baroque Trumpet with Martin Hodel
and Kris Kwapis.
Dorothy Sauser-Monnig - flute,
graduate of Macalester College, MFA in flute from University
of Minnesota. Dorothy has performed with a variety of ensembles
including the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, Westminster Winds,
and various jazz groups as well as solo recitals.
Jessica B. Nelson -
bassoon, Degree in bassoon and piano from the University of
Minnesota, Morris where she studied bassoon with Russell Peterson.
After graduating from UMM, she lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil for
5 years and studied at the Universidade Livre de Musica. She
was also second bassoonist in the Orquestra Experimental de
Repertorio. When not playing the bassoon, you can find her
enjoying her time at the gym, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors.
Paula Lammers - Masters in Vocal Performance,
University of Minnesota. She is an active performer and
can be heard singing vocal jazz on stages throughout the
Twin Cities. A veteran of the Minnesota Opera chorus, she
specializes in teaching vocal technique and style for whatever
type of singing students wish to do, from classical to jazz to pop.