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2022 Festival of the Lakes Artist Roster

 

Stephanie Arado, violin

      

       Violinist Stephanie Arado’s career encompasses a wide range of performance and teaching experience.  Ms. Arado is currently the Assistant Professor of violin at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.  She recently completed a year of teaching at the Interlochen Arts Academy, an institution she graduated from in 1982.  She occupied the Loring M. Staples Chair as Assistant Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1991 to 2013.  During the 1995/96 season, Ms. Arado served as Concertmaster of The Colorado Symphony under the baton of Marin Alsop.  She maintains a private teaching studio and is a founding member of the Bakken Trio, a premier chamber music organization in the Twin Cities.  Through her work with the Bakken Trio she has collaborated with many living composers and commissioned numerous chamber compositions.  Ms. Arado continues to serve as a Co-Artistic Director of the Bakken Trio.

       Ms. Arado played her first solo recital at the age of eight.  She went on to debut with the Chicago Symphony as a 12 year old; following that she has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the US, including the Detroit, St. Louis, and Minnesota Orchestras.  As a 21-year-old Ms. Arado was the first American ever invited to play with the European Union Youth Orchestra led by Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein.  She was also invited to perform as a part of the prestigious chamber music festival Musiktreffen in St. Moritz, Switzerland with Paul Tortelier and Yuri Bashmet, two of the most renowned chamber musicians of the century.

       She was born and raised in Chicago.  She began playing the violin at the age of five using the Suzuki method with Sister Mary Ricardo of La Grange.  She was fortunate to have worked with many fine violin pedagogues in her youth including Paul Rolland, Eugene Gratovich and David Cerrone at the famous Meadowmount School.  She spent five summers as a Fellowship student at the Aspen Music School.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music at Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL) studying with Almita and Roland Vamos, and completed her Masters Degree at Juilliard in New York City under the tutelage of Dorothy Delay and Paul Kantor.

   
   

David Auerbach, viola

      Violist David Auerbach has cultivated a fulfilling and varied performing and teaching career since moving to Minnesota in 2007.  He is currently in his fifth one-year position with the Minnesota Orchestra (for the 2021-22 season). David has also been the top substitute with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for many years, and recently performed on several of their livestream chamber music broadcasts. He was previously the principal violist of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and has played regularly with many other local ensembles. David frequently performs elsewhere in the country; he has played several weeks with the Pittsburgh Symphony, including a European tour, and is a regular guest of the Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry. David is an avid chamber musician, and participates annually in the Black Hills Chamber Music Festival (in Rapid City, SD), the Lakes Area Music Festival (in Brainerd, MN), and the Festival of the Lakes (in Alexandria, MN); he has also participated in the chamber music festivals of Skaneateles, Ravinia, Kneisel Hall, Norfolk, and Madeline Island.

       David joined the faculty of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 2012, and also maintains a private teaching studio; during the pandemic, he created an online studio and has worked with many students of all ages and abilities across the country. He has given numerous master classes and coachings at schools and universities in the U.S. and Canada, and is a regular sectionals coach for both of the Twin Cities’ youth symphony programs. David earned a DMA from Stony Brook University, where he was a scholarship student of Katherine Murdock. Additionally, he received a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School, studying with Samuel Rhodes, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with majors in Music Performance (studying with Sally Chisholm) and Molecular Biology. 
 
 

Kate Bae, piano

      

       Described by the New York Concert Review as “a genuinely engaging and musicianly performer,” South Korean pianist Kate Bae maintains a diverse international career as a performer and educator, having appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Asia, Europe, and North America.  She debuted in New York in 2006 with the New York Sinfonietta at the Mozart 25 Piano Concerti Series at the Yamaha Center Piano Salon of Yamaha Artist Service, Inc.  She first appeared as a concerto performer at the age of fifteen with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

       As an educator, Bae currently serves on the piano faculty at Temple College and Texas A&M University - Central Texas.  She has previously taught at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Minnesota - Morris, and University of Mary Hardin - Baylor.  She has been invited to teach and perform at many festivals, including the Pienza Music Festival, Alexandria Festival of the Lakes, Bravo! Summer Music Academy, Grandin Music Festival, and Music 08 Festival.  She is regularly invited to adjudicate competitions and present master classes.

 

       Bae earned a Diploma at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany where she studied piano with James Tocco and chamber music with Walter Levin.  She went on to earn her MM with Mr. Tocco at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  She then earned her DMA at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she studied with Lydia Artymiw.

 

       She resides in Texas with her husband, Alexander Corbett, who serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at Temple College and Texas A&M University - Central Texas.

 
 

Michael Dayton, oboe

       Principal oboe with MN Opera Orchestra and the Duluth Superior Symphony since 2005, Michael Dayton is an active free-lance musician in the Twin Cities performing with many orchestral, ballet, chamber and choral groups in greater Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Mike has also held positions with the South Dakota Symphony and Orquesta Sinfonica de Aguascalientes in Mexico.  He holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Augsburg College (University).  His teachers include Richard Killmer, Merilee Klemp, Steinar Hannevold and Bert Lucarelli.  Mike grew up on a farm in western North Dakota and now resides in Menomonie, Wisconsin with his son. 

   
   

Jennifer Gerth, clarinet

       Principal clarinet of the Duluth-Superior Symphony and an active member of the Twin Cities musical community, Jennifer Gerth performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, Mill City Opera, and the Minnesota Dance Theatre.  Jennifer is on the faculty at the University of Minnesota, the College of St. Benedict and the University of St. Thomas.

 

   
   

Eric Graf, cello

       Eric Graf holds a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Dr. Melissa Kraut.  He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, having studied with Tanya Remenikova.  He has had years of teaching experience and is an avid teacher of all levels.  He taught throughout the Cleveland area prior to moving back to Minnesota, and now teaches students of all levels and ages in the Twin Cities.

       Eric is currently a section cellist in the Duluth Symphony, and is a freelance musician and cello teacher based in the Twin Cities.  Eric was a member of the Lux String Quartet for four seasons.

       In Cleveland, Eric was assistant principal cellist with the Wheeling Symphony, section player in the Lexington Philharmonic, and finished his fourth season as principal cellist of the Mansfield Symphony.  As founding member of the Aceso Quartet, he traveled to Denmark for a chamber music residency at the Hvide Sande Masterclass.  Eric has been a soloist with the Mansfield Symphony, Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, and Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, among others.  Eric loves solo, chamber, and orchestral playing equally, but has a soft spot for chamber music.

   
   

Adam Kuenzel, flute

      Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1990.  He has regularly appeared as soloist with the orchestra, including the world premiere of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s Fantasies for Flute and Orchestra, Il Piffero della Notte, with the composer conducting. 

      In recent years, he has performed Leonard Bernstein’s Halil and the premiere of Manuel Sosa’s Eloquentia: Espacio para Flauta y Orquesta; the latter work, which was written for Kuenzel, garnered the composer a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011.  In 2017, he Kuenzel was selected to premiere Laura Schwendinger’s Aurora for flute and piano, which was commissioned by the National Flute Association for its annual convention, held that year in Minneapolis. 

       Kuenzel has been a guest artist with the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, St. Bart’s Music Festival in the French West Indies and the Oregon Bach Festival.  He has also appeared as guest principal flute with the Boston, Chicago and Dallas symphony orchestras, and with the Seattle Opera.

   
   

Sarah Lewis, cello

 

      Cellist Sarah Lewis has been a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1998.  A Saint Paul native, she started piano lessons at the MacPhail Center for the Arts at the age of three, and holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and the Juilliard School.  Prior to joining the SPCO, Lewis was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (1994–1996), and performed as a substitute musician with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  She has appeared numerous times as soloist with the SPCO focusing on Baroque concerti and developed a children’s program for the SPCO’s Xplorchestra series.

     An avid chamber musician, Lewis has performed solo and chamber recitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Twin Cities, and has been a featured chamber musician at the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes in Minnesota.  Lewis is very active in teaching and coaching around the Twin Cities and adjudicates many youth competitions.

      

   
   

Timothy Lovelace, piano

      Pianist Timothy Lovelace heads the Collaborative Piano program at the University of Minnesota and is an active recitalist, having been featured at Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Cecilia Meireles, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and on chamber music series sponsored by the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minnesota and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  

      As a soloist, he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä.  The roster of internationally-known artists with whom Lovelace has appeared includes Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai, Robert Mann, Charles Neidich, Paquito D’Rivera, and Dawn Upshaw.  For thirteen years, he was a staff pianist at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, where he played in the classes of Barbara Bonney, Christoph Eschenbach, Thomas Hampson, Christa Ludwig and Yo-Yo Ma, among others.  

      A proponent of new music, Lovelace has performed the works of many living composers, and he has presented premieres of works by John Harbison, Osvaldo Golijov, and Libby Larsen.  He has recorded for the Albany, Arabesque, Blue Griffin, Boston Records, MSR and Naxos labels.  His principal teachers were Harold Evans, Gilbert Kalish, Donna Loewy, and Frank Weinstock.

   
   

J. Christopher Marshall, bassoon

     Texas native J. Christopher Marshall, a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1999, earned his master’s degree in bassoon performance at the New England Conservatory of Music.  He holds two undergratuate degrees from Northwestern University: one in bassoon performance and the other in mechanical engineering.  Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Marshall was a member of Florida’s New World Symphony. 

     An active chamber musician, he performs regularly on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Chamber Music series.  He has performed as soloist with the Bloomington and Mankato symphonies.  He has appeared with the Boston Symphony and Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony, and has participated in numerous music festivals, including Tanglewood, Pacific and Spoleto USA.  As a clinician, he has led master classes and sectionals for many universities as well as community and youth orchestras.

     Marshall was a receipiant of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians in 2009.

     An avid Dallas Cowboys fan and triathlete, he lives in Plymouth with his wife Kari, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Director of Artistic Planning, and their sons Robert and Jonathan.

   
   

Colin McGuire, violin

       Growing up in Mankato, MN, Colin McGuire began his study of the violin at the age of 4. He has studied with Patti Tryhus, Marilyn Bos, and his brother Peter McGuire, Second Concertmaster of the Tonnehalle Orchestra Zurich.

       Colin has been fortunate enough to perform in a variety of ensembles and settings.  Formerly a member of the Thunder Bay Symphony, and the Associate Concertmaster of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Colin currently holds a position with the Thüringen Philharmonie in Germany.  Other orchestral opportunities have arisen with the Minnesota Orchestra, Mill City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Music St. Croix, and various other orchestras and ensembles in the region.

       Colin has enjoyed wonderful opportunities to perform and travel as a soloist and chamber musician.  Recently, he has enjoyed the formation of the Hennepin String Quartet along with performances with larger Chamber ensembles, where performances have ranged from German Salon music to a chamber reduction of Mahler Symphony No. 4.

       Colin is also a tennis teaching pro and coach.

   
   

Jill Olson Moser, violin

      

       Violinist Jill Olson Moser performs extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician in the Twin Cities. When not on stage, Jill can be found providing rehabilitation as an occupational and hand therapist, with a special interest in treating musician injuries.

       Prior to her time in the Twin Cities, Jill was the Concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony and the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Orchestra. She was also a member of the Britt Festival and Wintergreen Performing Arts Orchestras in Oregon and Virginia respectively, as well as the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele in Germany.

       Jill is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Her primary teachers include Robert Emile, Catherine Tait, and Jorja Fleezanis. She studied chamber music with members of the American String Quartet and Cleveland Quartet.

       A devoted educator, Jill is on the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College.
   
   

Gail Olszewski, piano

      

       Gail Olszewski has been heard in solo and chamber recitals on piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ, harmonium, celesta and synthesizer in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America and Australia.  She lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where she has a varied free-lance career as a solo and collaborative keyboardist.

      Gail has played harpsichord and organ continuo for such groups as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Phipps Oratorio Society, Minnesota Sinfonia, Minnetonka Chorale and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as a synthesizer player with organizations including the Plymouth Music Series, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Buffalo Gal productions.  She is often sought out as a vocal coach and has performed in concert with many singers in the US and Canada.  She has served as music director, rehearsal and show pianist for Ordway Productions, Nautilus Music Theater, Illusion Theater, Minnesota Opera, Northstar Opera, Opera Twin Cities, and Duluth Festival Opera.  She has coached singers and performed newly-composed art songs as part of the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis.  Gail has participated in the Minnesota Fringe Festival as pianist in choreographer Christopher Yaeger’s “Dance Hall Days” and with the Garden of Song Opera in Gluck’s “Orpheus.”

       Performance highlights include the piano concerto of Clara Schumann with the Minneapolis Philharmonic, harpsichord concerti of J.S. Bach and the “Chamber Concerto” with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  She has presented modern and historical piano recitals in Canberra, Australia, for the Frederick Collection’s concert series in Ashburnham, Mass., and for the Historical Keyboard Society of North America.  In April 2016 she and harpsichordist Layton “Skip” James performed two concerti by Georg Wagenseil (orchestrated by James, and which had not been performed since the late 18th century), with the Dakota Valley Symphony in Burnsville, MN. 

       Gail is a founding member of The WolfGang, dedicated to authentic instrument performance of music from the Classical period.  She is also a member of Duo Tastiera with harpsichordist and composer Asako Hirabayashi, and the chamber group Music St. Croix, based in Stillwater, MN.  Her recording of solo Finnish piano music (played on the Frederick Collection’s 1877 Blüthner piano), ­Northern Lights – Finnish Favorites (Centaur Records) is available for purchase on her website, www.gailpiano.com.  Watch for Gail’s upcoming recording of volumes 1-5 of Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, recorded on an 1886 Chickering grand piano. 

       Gail holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music in Piano Performance from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Music History/Harpsichord Performance from the University of New Hampshire.  She has a private studio where she teaches piano and harpsichord, and coaches singers and instrumentalists.  Gail is a member of the keyboard faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  For more information on Gail Olszewski, please go to www.gailopiano.com.

 

   
   

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn

    

       Ellen Dinwiddie Smith has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1993 and currently serves as third horn.  Smith is Adjunct Professor of Horn at the University of Minnesota and has served as Young-Artist-Program faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest.  Smith was the founding Artistic Director of the Colonial Chamber Series (2006-2017) and organized the Musicians for Tsunami Relief benefit concert (2005) and the Community Emergency Service Benefit Concert (2012), both held at Colonial Church in Edina.

       In 2014, Smith was a featured artist at the Mid-South Horn Workshop in Austin, Texas, and also performed with her colleagues at the Mid-North Horn Workshop at the University of St. Thomas.  She was a featured artist at the 2003 International Horn Society Workshop at Indiana University.  Smith has served as an artist-teacher on the faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and has spent many summers on the faculty of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Littleton, New Hampshire. Smith currently teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artist Summerfest program.

       Smith has performed and toured with the Cleveland Orchestra, and as a guest with the Kennedy Center Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.  As a soloist, she has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra and Mississippi Valley Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed with the Lakes Chamber Music Society in Alexandria, Minnesota, at the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, and collaborated with the Dale Warland Singers in performance and on their CD Britten, Bernstein, et al., as a soloist in Aharon Harlap’s Bat Yiftach (Jephthah’s Daughter).

       She serves on the board of the Twin Cities Horn Club, is a brass sectional leader for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and is a lifetime member of the International Horn Society. 

       Smith is a 1987 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Myron Bloom and was a member of the Curtis Wind Quintet, a top prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music competition.  Prior to studies at Curtis, Smith attended the Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin.  Her teachers included Myron Bloom, Wayne Barrington, Greg Hustis and Michael Hatfield. While still a student at Curtis, she was named third horn of the Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony Orchestra and later joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as co-principal horn. She has performed at the Spoleto USA, Waterloo, Chautauqua, Colorado Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra and Aspen summer music festivals.

 

      

   
   

Sonja Thompson, piano

    

       Sonja Thompson enjoys a varied career as a chamber, church and theater musician, conductor, vocal coach and educator.  Having received her formal education at the University of Minnesota and The Juilliard School, she has spent decades performing, improvising, collaborating and developing new works for the stage, forty years in Church Music, and twenty-seven years in higher education.   

       Performing credits include solo recitals, chamber music and Art Song as well as new music, Music Theater/Opera, and programs that mix genres and styles.  

       Recent projects include La Boheme with Theater Latte Da, Moonlit Walk Home with Nautilus Music Theater, “Transformations,” a collaborative performance combining poetry with paintings by Carolyn Brunelle and music by David Evan Thomas, a recording of piano music by David Evan Thomas, and new works of music theater with Nautilus Music Theater, MN History Theater, Theater Latte Da and other independent collaborators.

   
   

Kirsten Whitson, cello

    

        Cellist Kirsten Whitson performs extensively as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician.  She has played throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and Cuba with Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Norway's Bergen Philharmonic.  She has also performed at the Festival of the Lakes in Alexandria, MN, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN, and with Zeitgeist New Music.

      Kirsten has presented solo cello concerts throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota for over 20 years.  She has been featured on programs broadcast by KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio.  She is passionate about the extensive repertoire available for solo cello and has premiered several commissioned pieces.  Composers Timothy C. Takach, David Evan Thomas, Carl Witt, and Jocelyn Hagen have written music for her.  One of Jocelyn Hagen's pieces for her involved live digital looping.  Kirsten can be heard on Centaur Records, playing chamber music by Louise Farrenc.

       Kirsten received a B.M. and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University, where she studied with Fritz Magg and Janos Starker. While at Indiana University, Kirsten was Fritz Magg’s assistant and won a coveted Performer’s Certificate.

       Kirsten received Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2002 and 2018, a grant from the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers in 2020, a Creative Support Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2021, and was a 2020 McKnight Artist Fellow.  She was selected as a 2022 Resident Artist at Ragdale, supported by the McKnight Foundation.