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Thursday, November 29, 2018

  • MacPhail Center for Music 501 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN, 55401 United States (map)

Thursday Musical Artist Series


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Complimentary Coffee and Donuts at 10:00 am

Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating


Program order subject to change.

Jean Marie Veracini (1690-1768)
Largo in F-sharp minor

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Sofia Schutte, violin
Young Artist Scholarship Winner 2018, First Place College Strings



Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

Ensemble l’Autumno
Elizabeth Ericksen, violin
Faith Farr, cello
Mary Jo Gothmann, piano


J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Schleiße Mein Herze, dies selige Wunder
   (from the Christmas Oratorio) 

Robin Helgen, mezzo-soprano
Mary Sorlie, violin
Mary Hunt, piano

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Nun wandre, Maria

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Ach, des Knaben Augen

Michael Head (1900-1976)
The Little Road to Bethlehem

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) 
The Monkey’s Carol

Norman Fulton (1910-1980) 
Make We Merry

Robin Helgen, mezzo-soprano
Mary Hunt, piano


Scotty Horey (b. 1985) 
Embodiment Prelude

Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 1685-1750)  
Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996, Sarabande

Guillo Espel (Argentina) (b. 1960) 
Octubre, Un Flor en mi Puerta

Arkadiusz Kątny (Poland) (b. 1990) 

Scotty Horey, marimba


Performer Information

Sofia Schutte,  violin Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2018

Sofia Schutte, violin
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2018

Sofia Schutte, violin
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2018

Sofia Schutte, was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1997 and started her violin studies at the age of 5 at the Emil Friedman Conservatory. Her family moved to San Jose, Costa Rica at the age of 12, where she continued her violin studies at the National Center for Music of Costa Rica and the Pre-College Division of the University of Costa Rica with Caterina Tellini. Among the awards that Sofia has collected over the years are, American Protégé Concerto Competition, Young Soloists of Costa Rica, University of Costa Rica Concerto Competition, Thursday Musical Scholarship Competition (High School and College Division prizewinner), Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and Mary West Solo Competition Division Winner. She has played in venues such as the Teatro Melico Salazar, the national Theatre of Costa Rica, the New Hall Auditorium, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Sofia is currently a pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Sally O’Reilly.

Faith Farr,  cello

Faith Farr, cello

Elizabeth Ericksen is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Carleton College and is on the faculty at MacPhail Center for Music. She teaches violin and viola and coaches chamber music. A founding member of the Sartory String Quartet, she is currently in her fourteenth year with Ensemble l’Autumno. In the summer, she has been a coach for the Sartory String Quartet Institute at MacPhail and for GTCYS Summer Orchestra. Elizabeth is a past President of the board of MNSOTA, the Minnesota chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. Her mentors include Paul Rolland, Mary West, and Joseph Gingold.

After more than 30 years teaching at MacPhail Center and performing with the Minnesota Sinfonia, cellist Faith Farr now teaches exclusively in her home studio and performs with Ensemble l’Autumno and as a freelancer. In addition, she self-publishes Foundations for Music Reading, a string-based theory curriculum for violin, viola and cello. With Brian Wicklund, she co-authored The American Fiddle Method for Cello, published by Mel Bay. As long-time editor of MNSOTA’s String Notes magazine, she has won seven consecutive national ASTA awards for Best State Newsletter.

Pianist Mary Jo Gothmann enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist, opera coach and organist. Her recent chamber music engagements have included performances with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Hill House Players, Bakken Trio, Music at Trinity, Colonial Chamber Music Series, Lakes Area Music Festival, and Joya. Mary Jo performs frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra and has performed with EOS Orchestra in New York City, and as a piano soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Civic Orchestra. She has worked for the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Minnesota Opera and has performed recitals with singers from the Metropolitan Opera as well as with instrumentalists from many of the country's major symphony orchestras. Mary Jo is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, University of Minnesota, New England Conservatory and St. Olaf College. Mary Jo has been the principal organist at Zion Lutheran Church since moving to Shoreview, Minnesota in 2005.

Robin Helgen,  soprano

Robin Helgen, soprano

Robin Joy Helgen, soprano, has sung with the Minnesota Opera and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus with Helmuth Rilling. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Bethel University and M. Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Robin teaches a voice studio in her home and at area high schools.  She is also the alto section leader/soloist at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis. This is her ninth season with VocalEssence.

Violinist Mary Sorlie holds degrees in violin performance from the University of Minnesota as well as studies at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and at the Oberlin and Brussels conservatories.  She has played with Minnesota Opera, Lyra Concert and Minnesota Sinfonia.  Mary is currently the conductor of the Philharmonia East and West with GTCYS.

Mary Hunt,  piano

Mary Hunt, piano

Mary Hunt is a freelance piano soloist and collaborative pianist.  With graduate degrees from Boston University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her playing has been featured on both Wisconsin and Minnesota Public Radio and on Wisconsin Public Television.  Her teaching experience includes private studios in Madison and Houston, TX, and as a member of the faculty at Luther College and St. Joseph School of Music in St. Paul.  She is also a consociate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Paul Province, and a volunteer at The Raptor Center.

Scott Horey, marimba

Scott Horey, marimba

Dr. Scotty Horey (B.A., M.M.A., D.M.A.) (USA) is a passionate and versatile percussionist, solo artist, and teacher based in the Twin Cities. He performs locally, nationally and internationally as a solo percussion artist, a percussionist for hire, and is a drums/percussion teacher of all levels: children, teen, college level, and adult students. He is currently Assistant Professor/Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Minnesota-Morris, Principal Percussionist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, and an active solo performer and clinician as a SABIAN endorsed artist and VIC FIRTH endorsed artist. His strongest passions in music and teaching include classical music, contemporary-classical music, jazz/fusion, solo marimba, mind/body ""holistic"" awareness, and cross cultural understanding, specifically with Latin American countries, where he has become prolific in recent years as a guest artist/teacher.

Notable engagements as featured solo artist include the Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference, the First Annual International Festival of Percussion Ensembles of Costa Rica, the Federal University of Uberlandia International Percussion Festival in Brazil, the 13th International Percussion Festival Patagonia in Argentina, the 10th International Percussion Festival of FOJI in Santiago de Chile, and the International Percussion Festival Salvador, Brazil, as well as universities and classical concert series around the twin cities area. Visit

Earlier Event: November 15
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