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...
Kendra Marie Wheeler is a soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and music educator that frequently works and collaborates with artists in a wide range of settings and styles from classical to jazz to funk and beyond. She has performed at major venues all over the Midwest, including The Ordway and Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Wheeler has performed recitals and presented masterclasses at events such as Dean Sorenson’s Jazz Festival, hosted at the University of Minnesota and various schools such as Brimhall Elementary in Roseville, MN and Southwest High School in South Minneapolis. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and awards including prizes from Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Kappa Kappa Psi, Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), and Downbeat magazine. Along with Ms. Wheeler's active performance schedule, she also is an active educator around the greater Twin-Cities area. Wheeler is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Minnesota where she is Instructor of Saxophone and recipient of the prestigious Dove and Ken Davis Fellowship. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in Music Education. Her primary teachers are Preston Duncan and Eugene Rousseau.
Gail Olszewski, DMA, has played solo and chamber recitals on piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, harmonium and synthesizer in the US, Canada, Europe, Central America and Australia. Locally she has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Chanhassan Dinner Theaters, Ordway Productions and Garden of Song Opera. She is a founding member of The WolfGang, performing music of the Classic period on authentic instruments, Duo Tastiera with harpsichordist/composer Asako Hirabayashi and with the Stillwater-based chamber group Music St. Croix. Gail has a private studio and teaches at MacPhail Center for Music.
Colleen O’Shaughnessy, soprano, is an engaging performer who draws audiences in with her unique lirico-spinto timbre, exceptional musicality, and intelligent wit. Having just relocated to the Twin Cities from Connecticut, Ms. O’Shaughnessy’s latest career highlights include a solo recital performance with Jonathan Yates, conductor of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra; successfully performing the pants role of Guillot in Offenbach’s rare chamber opera, Le Mariage aux Lanternes, with New York’s Apollo Opera Company; and beautifully singing highlights from Handel’s Messiah with Connecticut’s St. Philip Orchestra. Notable accomplishments of late also include finishing in the semi-finals of Opera Theatre of Connecticut's Amici Competition and starring in Hartford Opera Theater’s premiere of An Accidental Affair. Ms. O’Shaughnessy upcoming engagements are an evening of Italian arias and a new works showcase, both with Twin Cities Opera on Tap.
Ms. O'Shaughnessy is the winner of an Allis Scholarship for Music and finished in the semi-finals for both the Portland Opera's Eleanor Lieber Awards and the Jenny Lind Competition. She has performed numerous roles with companies such as Empire Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Hillhouse Opera Company, and the Schubert Club of Connecticut. Ms. O'Shaughnessy concertizes extensively throughout the Northeast and Midwest and also specializes in singing Irish music for cultural events and private gatherings. She is a graduate of Boston University with a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and received her undergraduate vocal training with a degree in Music Education from St. Olaf College. Ms. O’Shaughnessy completed apprentice programs at OperaWorks in Los Angeles, Intermezzo in Connecticut and at the Wesley Balk Opera Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. She studies voice with Beth Roberts and coaches with Arlene Shrut and Mikhail Hallak.
The Northern Lights String Quartet: Kathryn Christie, violin; Carolyn Liptak, violin; Stella Anderson, viola; David Holmes, cello
Kathryn Christie grew up in Milwaukee. As a teenager she attended the Interlochen National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. Kathryn attended Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied violin with Vartan Manoogian and obtained a bachelor’s degree in violin performance. Kathryn has been a freelance performer in the Twin Cities area for thirty years. Currently, she is a member of the Ariel Trio, formed in 1988, and the Northern Lights String Quartet, formed in 1997. Both groups are longtime members of Thursday Musical. Kathryn began playing viola at the Madeline Island Music Camp in 1998. She maintains a private violin and viola studio in her home, and also teaches for the Early Bird String Academy and Century College.
David Holmes grew up in Texas, but has lived in Minneapolis since 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas (1993). A Suzuki teacher for over 20 years, David has been a guest clinician at over 50 Suzuki institutes across the country and has presented at the Suzuki National Conference twice. As a columnist for the award-winning MNSOTA Journal for the past 10 years, David has published numerous articles on cello teaching. He also has been published in the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) journal. David taught at the Augsburg College Suzuki Talent Education Program from 1994-2014. He currently teaches at the North Star Cello Academy in the twin cities. He was awarded the Master Studio Teacher Award in 2014 from the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA). David is cellist in the Northern Lights String Quartet, is an artist member of Thursday Musical, has been principal cellist of the Minnetonka and Bloomington Symphonies, and has performed with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.