Thursday Morning 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
To be announced...
Lauren Senden, soprano
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017
Megan Monahan Wallace has been a member of Thursday Musical since 1998. She grew up in Butte Montana, and earned degrees from Eastman under Nelita True, and a D.M.A. from the University of MN under Lydia Artymiw. She has adjudicated and performed in Minnesota, Indiana, Washington, Texas and Montana and presented at the 2012 MMTA state convention. She has performed the five Beethoven concerti with the Mayo Clinic chamber symphony. She met her husband, Dr. Christopher Wallace at Eastman. They reside in St. Louis Park and maintain Wallace Piano and Organ Studios there with their 14 yr. old springer Spaniel, and a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Soprano Kate Lamb continues her fourth season as a Thursday Musical performing artist. With a repertoire based in classical and operatic literature, Kate annually performs with Thursday Musical as well as the Minnesota Chorale and Opera on Tap. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders from St. Cloud State University. In addition to singing, Kate works as a speech-language pathologist in the Wayzata Public Schools and Walker Methodist Health Center.
Cellist Ruth Marshall maintains a diverse career as a performer and a pedagogue. As an orchestral musician, she is principal cello of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (Springfield IL), a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra (Jacksonville OR), and a regular substitute with the Indianapolis Symphony in Indiana, and the Columbus Symphony in Ohio. Ruth is very active as a chamber musician. In addition to playing in MCSQ, she frequently performs as the “Artu Duo” with pianist Garret Ross across the United States, as well as in Canada and the UK. Ruth is a devoted cello teacher, and has been on the faculties of DePaul University, Butler University, and Illinois State University, and Eastern Illinois University.
Ruth holds undergraduate degrees in Comparative History of Ideas and Music Theory from the University of Washington, and graduate degrees in cello performance from DePaul University in Chicago IL. She was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was a student at the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aldeburgh Music Festival, and the Festival-Institute at Round Top.
A founding member of the Mill City String Quartet, Erika Hoogeveen, is also associate concertmaster of the Dakota Valley Symphony Orchestra and has performed with a variety of other groups, including South Dakota Symphony, Kantorei, Mankato Symphony, and Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She received her Master of Music degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Minnesota, studying with Sally O'Reilly, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from Dordt College, studying with Rick Lohmann and Margaret Carpenter. Erika has been on the violin faculty of MacPhail Center for the Arts, St. Joseph's School of Music, and Dordt College. Currently, she teaches private lessons in her home in St. Paul where she resides with her husband and four children.
Pennsylvania native Valerie Little is an active freelance violist in the Twin Cities. She has performed extensively with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera, as well as Orchestra Iowa and Quad Cities Symphony. Notable performances include appearing as soloist with the Mankato and York Symphony Orchestra (PA), and performing Quincy Porter’s Suite for Viola Alone at the 38th International Viola Congress. She is the viola artist-in-residence and librarian of the Apollo Music Festival in Southeast Minnesota. Valerie's interest in chamber music stemmed from her studies with Miro Quartet, and has led her to collaborate with musicians from all over the world. She holds degrees from in Music and English Literature from Pennsylvania State University, an MM from the University of Texas, and a DMA from the University of Minnesota. Her principal teachers include Kathleen W. Yeater, Timothy Deighton, Roger Myers, and Korey Konkol. She has also been a mentor for area schools, GTCYS, YMF Summer Music Camp, ComMUSICation, Lancaster County Music Camp, Central Pennsylvania Youth Symphony, and the MNSOTA Middle Level Honors Orchestra. Since September 2015, Valerie is one of the newest tenured members of the Minnesota Orchestra as the Assistant Principal Librarian, where she also serves at the orchestra's ICSOM delegate. In her non-musical time, she is a children’s hospice and palliative volunteer with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN. She lives in southwest Minneapolis with her husband and two spoiled and zany cats.
Huldah Niles is a founding member of Mill City String Quartet. Ms. Niles currently plays violin as a substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Huldah has been Associate Concertmaster and Principal 2ndviolin for the Mankato Symphony and Principal Viola for the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. Huldah began her music studies on violin at the age of five at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa with Doris Preucil. Through the Preucil School of music, Huldah traveled to Japan with a group of peers from the Cleveland Institute of Music where they played for Dr. Suzuki at his private residence and for the Prince and Princess of Japan in Tokyo.
Ms. Niles received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Sally O’Reilly. She has also studied viola with Thomas Turner, Principal Viola of the Minnesota Orchestra. Huldah has attended many wonderful summer music festivals such as Italy Summer Music Festival in Pienza, Italy (studying with Eriko Tsuchihashi, Associate Concertmaster at Teatro alla Scala), Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, and Bravo! in Minnesota.