Home of Karen Hansen
Pre-concert reception at 10:00 am
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Mark Brudevold took up the flute as a 4th grader in the Groveland Elementary School band after a brief experiment with trumpet. His passion for music has grown steadily since and he enjoys performing in all types of ensembles. Mark is currently active with the Exultate Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Flutespiration Quartet, Thursday Musical, and regularly plays special music for church services. He is a former member of the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra and Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. Mark studies with long-time flute teacher Elaine Eagle.
The Incidental Trio
Karen Hansen, clarinet; Steven Staruch, viola; Sue Ruby, piano
Karen Hansen is principal clarinetist with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Valley Orchestra and clarinetist with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Dolce Wind Quintet, and the Incidental Trio. Her freelance work also includes performing in the Moody Blues backing orchestra, OCEAN with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and world premieres of the operas The Ladysmith Story and Christina’s Memory Garden. She also performs for Classical MPR, The Schubert Club and other artist series. Karen teaches clarinet and saxophone at Cadenza Music in St. Paul. During vacations she is a music lecturer on board cruise ships. Karen earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and she studied music and theater in London.
Steve Staruch performs with his folk/country music group, Belvedere Oasis, and with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Consortium Carissimi, and the Beethoven Festival Chorale. He serves as cantor at his parish church in Minneapolis and is featured as a soloist on Dale Warland Singers recordings. Classical MPR listeners know Steve as an on-air host and producer. He recently completed yoga teacher training at the Yoga Center.
Sue Ruby, NCTM, received her MM in piano pedagogy emphasis from Columbus State University (GA) where she studied with John O'Brien. Additionally, she graduated summa cum laude with a BME, piano pedagogy from the University of MN-Duluth. Ms. Ruby has been on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music since 2001 where she teaches private and group piano, and co-teaches singer-actor performance labs. She is an active member of Phi Beta Kappa and MMTA, and also the co-founder of the Association of Professional Piano Instructors (APPI). In 2011, Ms. Ruby co-created Fridays in the Valley, a chamber music series that raises money for charity.
Nancee Soteroplos studied voice with Mabel Jacobs at the University of Minnesota and continued her studies at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. She married an Englishman and moved to London where she continued performing in concerts, recitals and theatre. While in Germany she sang in German opera houses. After moving to Arizona with her husband, she sang leading roles with the G & S Society and the Chamber Music Society. She continued German studies and sang lieder recitals at the Goethe Institute in Boston. Currently she is studying with Leon Thurman and singing with CORO.