This concert is free and open to the public.
This is Lydia Lunning's second season as a performing member of Thursday Musical. She has studied voice privately on and off for several years and has also performed in the Twin Cities as part of the Coro! vocal ensemble. Prior to that, she performed locally in such ventures as the original musical, Toothsome Alley, which she also choreographed and co-produced, and won recognition in the avocation division at NATS in 2014. By day, Lydia works as an editor and project coordinator for an online writing center and appreciates the patience of her apartment neighbors, who have not once complained about her practicing.
Paul Schulz was graduated summa cum laude with a music performance degree in clarinet and horn from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received his Master of Music degree in horn performance from Arizona State University. He joined the Minnesota Sinfonia as principal clarinet in 2011 and has been a member of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra since 1991 (bass clarinet 1991-1999, co-principal 1999-2005, principal 2005-present) and served as its board president for three years. He has performed with many local professional and amateur ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Allegro Sinfonia Symphony Orchestra and Grand Symphonic Winds. He is the former principal clarinetist of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and former bass clarinetist of the Greensboro (NC) Symphony Orchestra. An adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, he teaches private bass and contrabass clarinet students. He works full-time as an IT professional and enjoys music composition, games of chance, and playing with his Shih Tzu.