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A native of Fresno, California, Matthew Harikian has performed throughout Minnesota and California, and has given concerto performances with the Lompoc Pops, Opera San Louis Obispo, and Buffalo Community orchestras. Matthew holds top prizes from the Minnesota Music Teacher Association’s Young Artist competition, the Schubert Club competition, the Glendale competition, and the Sylvia Ghiglieri competition in Turlock, CA.
In addition to pursuing a Bachelor’s at St. Olaf College, Matthew spent a semester participating in a contact study at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany. Matthew has also participated in Pianofest in the Hamptons, a prestigious summer festival in East Hampton, NY, performing and studying with other international pianists. Matthew spent this past summer at the Meadowmount School of Music, performing as a chamber and solo pianist. Sharing an equal interest in both performance and academia, he hopes for his future career to include teaching and researching in the field of music theory while also performing both solo and chamber music.
Matthew has previously studied with Lydia Artymiw, Kent McWilliams,and Arlene Steffen. He holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Theory.
Deirdre (“D.D.”) Michael-Mechelke has a B.A. in music and psychology from Hamline University. A private voice and piano teacher for over 40 years, she also performs in a variety of venues. She also holds an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. in Voice Science, both from the University of Minnesota. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology (U of M) she directs the Lions Voice Clinic and runs the voice treatment, research, and education programs.
Betty Olson has taught private flute lessons in her Bloomington home for 40 years, and is currently a member of the Bloomington Medalist Concert Band, Sounds of Silver Flute Choir and the Olson/Boecher Duo. She chairs the music committee at her church and is an active soloist. Betty has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Minnesota.
Flutist Claudia Schnitker studied flute and piano at the Oberlin Conservatory. She is currently principal flute in the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra , plays in a wind quintet (The Nokomis Quintet) , the Triple Play Trio (flute/cello/piano) and the Bach By Two flute/piano duo. A member of Thursday Musical, Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity, and Upper Midwest Flute Association, she founded and directed the Edina Community Education flute choir program. In addition to local freelancing, she maintains a private teaching studio. She has also lectured on flute acoustics at George Washington University.