Thursday Musical Artist Series
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Complimentary Coffee and Donuts at 10:00 am
Single tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating
To be announced
Marianne Bryan earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. She served as President of Minnesota Music Teachers Association and also on the national board of Music Teachers National Association. Currently an independent piano teacher, her previous teaching experience includes 20 years at the University of St. Thomas. A frequent performer, Dr. Bryan has performed at the Ordway Theatre, Walker Arts Center, Northrop Auditorium, and Temple Israel as well as on the live radio broadcasts "Live from Landmark" in St. Paul and "Noontime at Hochstein" in New York.
Meghann Schmidt has appeared in operas and musicals with Theater Latte Da (La Boheme, Susannah), Skylark Opera (Iolanthe), Colorado Lyric Opera (Into the Woods), CU Opera (La Boheme, Turn of the Screw, Die Fledermaus, Dialogue of the Carmelites), Top Hat Theater (Cinderella), and the Black Hills Summer Music Festival (Carmen, The Old Maid and the Thief), as guest soloist with the Minnesota Philharmonic (Knoxville: Summer of 1915), the St. Thomas Liturgical Choir and performing German Lied in the Stephaniensaal and Johaneum concert halls in Graz, Austria. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Suzanne Greer holds the Bachelor of Music in piano performance from St. Olaf College and the Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. She holds the Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. From 1990 â€“ 1991 she served as Artist-in-Residence for the Depot Outreach Artist Program in St. Louis County.
Currently she resides in Minnetonka, MN where she teaches both Suzuki and Traditional piano lessons in her home studio, the SG Studio Academy of Music. She has developed a strong Suzuki Parent Education Program and was awarded two Teacher Development Scholarships from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In 2009, she was a recipient of the Robert Schmitt Professional Development Grant from the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Foundation. Her students are consistent winners in local and state competitions.
Active in both local and state professional organizations, she currently serves as Past President of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. She has also served as President of the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum and the Suzuki Piano Teachers Guild. In addition, she performs regularly on the Artist Series of Thursday Musical. In June of 2014 - 2017, she participated in the Northwest Master Class in Seattle, Washington where she studied under Maestro Daniel Pollack.
Clarinetist Nina Olsen has been a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra since 1990, and Is a founding member of the Second Winds Chamber ensemble. Dr. Olsen is a frequent performer on faculty recitals at Carleton and MacPhail and performs regularly with Thursday Musical. As a freelance performer, she has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia Sinfonia, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and Plymouth Music Series (Vocalessence). Currently on the faculties of Carleton College and the MacPhail Center for Music, Dr. Olsen has also served on the faculties of St. Cloud State University and St. Olaf College. Dr. Olsen holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and the University of Denver. Her principal teachers include Burt Hara, John Anderson, Fred Ormand and Ramon Kireilis and Bil Jackson.
The Northern Lights String Quartet
Kathryn Christie, violin; Carolyn Liptak, violin; Stella Anderson, viola; David Holmes, cello
The Northern Lights String Quartet began in 1997. Since that time the quartet has been performing at colleges, churches and schools around the Midwest. In 2006 they performed in the Lanesboro concert series. For several years, they were a part of the Crown College recital series. The founder of “Healing Harps”, Ron Price, invited the NLSQ to give three separate community concerts in Bishop Hill, IL.
The Cavanni String Quartet and the Pacifica String Quartet have coached the NLSQ at the Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp for adults. In 2006, the NLSQ participated in Midori’s workshop at USC on forming community outreach programs.
Music education is an important part of the quartet’s mission. From grants through Thursday Musical, the quartet has given many presentations of music to schoolchildren ages kindergarten through 12th grade. In the Fall of 2007 the quartet did a 4-day residency program in LaSalle County, Ill. introducing stringed instruments to children in the public schools, holding an all day workshop for the Youth Symphony and giving a community concert.