Board of Directors Ballot

Voting is now closed.

The following Board Members have been voted in for these positions:

VP II - Artist's Series (1-year term) - Ingrid Koller
Secretary (2-year term) - Luana Mitchell
Home Programs (2-year term) - April Hanson
Home Programs Reservations (2-year term) - Dorothy Gross
Community Concerts I (2-year term) - Nanette Goldman
Community Concerts II (1-year term) - Beth Blackledge
Educational Outreach (2-year term) - Rolf Erdahl


Ingrid Koller - Returning VP II - Artist Series
Ingrid Koller is a freelance violist and violin/viola teacher in the Twin Cities area.  She has played in numerous ensembles and orchestras and has been a member of the Lake String Quartet for over 25 years.  Nationally recognized artists for whom Ingrid has played include Roy Clark and contemporary Christian recording artists Michael Card and Fernando Ortega.  Ingrid is a member of the contemporary Christian rock group EDGE and is a founder and co-director of the Early Bird String Academy.  She studied with John Tartaglia at the University of Minnesota where she obtained a BM in Viola Performance.  Other teachers include Rennie Regher of the Winnipeg  Symphony Orchestra and Milton Thomas at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

Luana Mitchell - Nominee for Secretary
Luana Blake Mitchell has recently retired from Director of Choirs at Arlington Hills UMC in Maplewood and a teacher at Childrens Yamaha Music School.  Previously, she was on the Voice faculty at North Hennepin Community College for 17 years as well as maintaining a large private studio. She has served Thursday Musical as Chair of the Student Section two times. She is a graduate of Millikin University and University of Illinois.

April Hanson - Nominee for Home Programs
Mezzo-Soprano April Hanson has appeared most recently as Maurya in Riders to the Sea at the MN Fringe Festival. She also has performed  in the University of Minnesota’s productions L’incornazione di Poppea as Arnalta, Suor Angelica as Principessa, Street Scene as Emma Jones,  Le Nozze di Figaro as Marcellina, Turn of the Screw as Mrs. Grose and Gianni Schicchi as Zita, Iolanthe as the Fairy Queen with the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company, and Margot in SkyLark’s production of The Vagabond King. In concert, Hanson has performed as mezzo soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the University of Minnesota’s Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Dakota Valley Symphony and performed Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater. Also, as a young artist with Pine Mountain Music Festival, Hanson covered the role of Dame Quickly in Falstaff and performed the role of Mama Lucia in Cavelleria Rusticana

Dorothy Gross - Nominee for Home Programs Reservations
Dorothy Gross taught music theory at the University of Minnesota and then moved into a computer career, retiring in 2014 as a project manager for a software company.  Although a pianist by training, she performs more often as a singer, with the Vidéki Hungarian Dancers at regional ethnic events including the Festival of Nations.  She holds a Ph. D. in music theory from Indiana University and an MBA from the College (now University) of St. Thomas.  She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Nanette Goldman - Nominee for Community Concerts I
Nanette Scott Goldman is a freelance violinist and violist in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area. She has been a member of the Kenwood Chamber and St.Paul Civic Orchestras, and served for 6 years as principal viola for the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. She is currently a violist with the professional chamber orchestra the Minnesota Sinfonia. Nanette plays regularly for the touring Broadway shows at the State, Orpheum and Ordway theaters. Other venues where she often performs include the Guthrie theater and the Northrup Auditorium (Ballet series).

She is an Artist member of the Thursday Musical organization. Nationally recognized artists with whom Nanette has played range from classical to popular, including Charlotte Church, Luciano Pavarotti, Sarah Brightman, Lyle Lovett, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Josh Groban, and Prince. She can be heard on many TV and radio commercials, as well as the recordings of local artists the Honeydogs and the Hornheads. Nanette is a professor of Classical Languages at Macalester College.

Beth Blackledge - Community Concerts II
Beth Blackledge, flutist, originally from Iowa, graduated from Drake University.  She is the principal flutist for St. Paul Civic Symphony.   She has appeared as soloist for Thursday Musical, Upper Midwest Flute Association, the Des Moines Symphony and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.  She is a private flute teacher in the Twin City Area. 

Rolf Erdahl - Returning Educational Outreach Chair
Rolf and his wife Carrie form the ensemble OboeBass!, which performs in schools around the Twin Cities area.

Changes to Bylaws

The current by-law is listed first followed by the new changes.

Section 8: Duties of Appointed Standing Committee Chairs

G. Uptempo Editor

  1. Shall be responsible for the Thursday Musical newsletter.
  2. The Uptempo Editor’s publications shall serve as the annual report.


  1. Eliminate the position of UpTempo Editor. Add this to the role of the Operations Manager.


Section 7. Duties of Elected Standing Committee Chairs

D. Home Programs, Reservations

  1. Shall arrange for homes and hosts for the home programs.
  2. Shall take reservations for attendance at the home programs and other special events designated by the Board of Directors.
  3. Shall prepare an annual report.


  1. This position shall be shared by two elected members who shall serve staggered terms.
  2. The Operations Manager shall take reservations for attendance at the home programs and other special events designated by the Board of Directors
  3. Shall request home hosts send maps to Operations Manager to have at the front desk for guests who sign up to attend a home.
  4. Shall prepare an annual report.