Thursday Musical Artist Series
Parking Information: FREE on site
Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating
To be announced.
Josey Poppin, mezzo-soprano
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2018
Bio coming soon!
Active as both pianist and pipe organist, Carolyn Diamond performs regularly on concert series and in salon settings. As a recitalist, she has been praised for her buoyant style and interpretive vigor, and has the reputation of delivering passionate and colorful performances. Selections from her CD of piano music, SCANDINAVIAN SUITE, have been played on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media.
Diamond has been a frequent performer at the TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Texas where she was a winner of their Piano Concerto Competition, performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Having been a church musician since high school, she has served large congregations as Director of Music/ Organist, and most recently as Staff Musician at Central Lutheran Church (2001-2016). Currently she is a regularly featured musician at Wayzata Community Church.
She is active as a performing member of the American Guild of Organists (has served the on the Executive Board of the TCAGO), Friday Club, and is an Artist Member of Thursday Musical. She has worked with the American Symphony Orchestra and was a performer with the National Arts Club in New York City.
A Valedictorian from Robbinsdale High School, she went on to receive her B.A. degree (with highest distinction) from the University of Minnesota where she studied piano with Bernard Weiser and organ with Heinrich Fleischer. Postgraduate work includes keyboard studies with Howard Don Small, Dean Billmeyer at the University of Minnesota, Kent Tritle of the Juilliard School, and Igor Resnianski of Westchester University. A winner of the Young Artist Competition, she was also a recipient of the Dimitri Metropolous Scholarship.
Suzanne Kennedy has soloed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, won first place in the Schubert Club Auditions, and appeared in the Minnesota Opera chorus. She has performed nine opera roles. Sue has appeared in recital with Schubert Club and Thursday Musical and in major works with orchestra at Grace-Trinity Community Church and the Music Association of Minnetonka. She was been alto section leader for Wayzata Community Church, Edina Chorale and Minnesota Chorale.
Hsin-Yin (Cindy) Min, is a native of Taipei, Taiwan. Miss Min started to play the violin at age of seven, and was awarded the 1st prize in the Taipei City Violin Competition in Youth Division 1993. Miss Min received Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Taipei Municipal University of Education, and was a regular performing violinist of several television broadcast shows. In 2007, Hsin-Yin was awarded scholarships to attend the Boston Conservatory where she received her Master's Degree in Violin Performance to study with Professor Lynn Chang. Miss Min was offered fellowships to study with Professor Young-Nam Kim at University of Minnesota for Doctoral of Musical Arts in Violin Performance in 2011. Hsin-Yin has been a regular substitute musician to perform with Boston Civic Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra. Hsin-Yin is currently the principal second violin of Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and the violin instructor of Yinghua Academy Conservatory of Music.
Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu, is a native of Taiwan. Mr. Liu started the violin at age of six, and was awarded the top prize at the Taiwan National Violin Competition in the Youth Division in 1996. Mr. Liu was accepted by the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia to study with renowned Australian Teacher, Carmel Kaine and won all Violin Prizes for two consecutive years. Te-Chiang received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with Honor from Shih-Chien University, and was selected to be the Concertmaster for the National Defense Symphony Orchestra where he performed several state banquets for the President of Taiwan. Te-Chiang was offered full scholarships to attend the Boston Conservatory where he received a Masters Degree to study with Professor Lynn Chang in Violin Performance in 2009. Te-Chiang has been the Concertmaster at numerous orchestra and chamber concerts at the Boston Conservatory and has participated in a collaborative performance with renowned artist Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang, where he was selected to lead the Hememway String Chamber Ensemble in 2009.
Mr. Liu came to University of Minnesota for Doctoral of Music Arts degree to study with Professor Young-Nam Kim with full scholarships. Te-Chiang has been a soloist with various orchestras in Taiwan a, Australia and United States. He was also invited to perform in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany and U.S throughout the years. In addition, Te-Chiang has been an enthusiastic orchestral musician. He was invited to attend Tanglewood Music Festival in 2009 to work closely and perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Te-Chiang is currently the Concertmaster of the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Minnesota Symphony, and also a substitute musician for both Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. He also teaches as the Violin/Viola Faculty at Macphail Center for Music and, Southwest Minnesota State University.
Kelsey Farr, a native of Eden Prairie, MN, found her love for the viola at the age of 8 while playing with the Eden Prairie String Academy. She continued her studies with various members of the Minnesota Orchestra, including Aaron Janse and Richard Marshall. Kelsey distinguished herself as principal viola in the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra. After studying for six years at the Eastman School of Music, she earned her BM and MM in viola performance under the direction of Professor George Taylor. During her time in Rochester, NY, she distinguished herself in the Ying Quartet's chamber music program, and performed with the Eastman String Quartet at President Obama's second Inaugural Luncheon in Washington DC. Her enrollment in the Orchestral Studies Diploma Program led to her participation with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she performed for five years. She has also appeared with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, and Symphoria of Syracuse. Kelsey has relished her performances with Michael Bublé, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Sarah McLachlan, Amy Grant, and Ben Folds.
In addition to maintaining her twenty-year relationship with the Eden Prairie String Academy through teaching and performing, Kelsey has developed a private violin and viola teaching studio through the Schmitt Music company in Woodbury, MN. She is a full-time member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and performs with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Lacrosse Symphony Orchestra. As the newest member of the Meadowlark String Quartet, she is excited to bring a fresh and new perspective to the violist chair.
Lindsay Schlemmer is an active freelance cellist and teacher in the Minneapolis Metro Area. As Principal cellist of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, she enjoys supporting their mission of educational outreach and building community along with performing great orchestral works. Lindsay is one of the founding members of the Meadowlark String Quartet. The Meadowlark Quartet performs both in the twin-cities as well as in Southwest Minnesota through both traditional chamber music concerts and educational classroom concerts. Lindsay serves as both the executive director and cello faculty at the Southwest Minnesota String Festival which takes place each summer at Southwest Minnesota State University.
In addition to teaching out of her home studio in South Minneapolis, Lindsay is also the Adjunct Cello Professor at Southwest Minnesota State University. She loves teaching students with a wide range of ages and backgrounds because she is amazed by the diversity of how each person learns, is motivated, and inspired by music.
Lindsay has been studying cello for seventeen years, and will begin her doctoral studies in the fall of 2015 with the Berneking Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She has had the privilege to study her passion with many inspirational teachers. Lindsay earned her Master's in cello performance at the University of Minnesota in 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Tanya Remenikova. At Illinois Wesleyan University, she earned her Bachelor of Music while studying with Dr. Nina Gordon. During her time at Wesleyan, Lindsay spent a semester studying music in Vienna Austria where she took lessons from cellist Joseph Luitz. Lindsay also had the privilege to perform in a chamber music festival and tour in Bulgaria. Before college, Lindsay studied with Dr. Ben Smith and Elise Kuutti in Duluth where she was first introduced to the vibrant world of music at an early age by her parents.