Congratulations to the
2016-2017 Mentorship Students:

Seamus Hubbard Flynn
Nadine Manske
Nicholas Christenson
Beatrice Peters

About the Program

Each Spring, talented high-school student composers in the greater Twin Cities area will be selected to work with The Schubert Club’s composer-in-residence Edie Hill for the coming academic year. The mentorship includes bi-weekly lessons, four roundtable sessions held at Landmark Center in Saint Paul, and an average of four concerts to be attended by the students. Specific opportunities include:

  • composition, notation, orchestration and the creative process
  • attendance at local performances, rehearsals, and workshops
  • college preparation and career-building opportunities
  • premiere of their work on The Schubert Club’s Courtroom Concert Series by Lux String Quartet
  • one-year membership to the American Composers Forum

The mentorship program is offered free of charge to each selected composer and is sponsored in part by HRK Foundation.

Rules to apply

Eligibility: Applicants should be high school students in grades 10-12 during the 2016-2017 school year. Students should also be aware that in order to take advantage of the opportunities the program has to offer, there is a high time commitment. Students must also be able to provide their own transportation to Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Private lessons take place on Thursday evenings and these dates must be kept open for lessons.

Fees: There is no application fee. The Schubert Club provides this mentorship to the selected apprentices at no charge.

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About Edie Hill

Edie HillFrom solo to orchestra, epigram to epic, Edie Hill’s music unfolds seamlessly in all spaces and idioms. Born in New York City (1962), her works are widely performed in throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in such prestigious and varied venues as Lincoln Center, the LA County Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, Minneapolis’ Walker Arts Center, The Schubert Club, The Cape May Festival (NJ), The Downtown Arts Festival (NYC), Liviu Cultural Center (Romania), Feszek Müvészklub (Budapest), as well as venues in Bangkok (Thailand), Dublin (Ireland), Moscow (Russia), Iceland, Great Britain, Germany, and The Netherlands.

She’s been commissioned and performed by the Arc Duo, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Classical MPR, Cantus, The Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Tantalus Guitar Quartet, Zeitgeist, The Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, members of the Minnesota Orchestra, The Schubert Club, ACDA of Minnesota, flutist Linda Chatterton, and Chamber Music America to name just a few. A three-time McKnight Artist Fellow and two-time Bush Artist Fellow, Hill has received grants and awards from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, Meet The Composer, among others. She has been a guest lecturer at such institutions as Syracuse University, the American Composers Forum, the Iowa Composers Forum Nuts N’ Bolts Festival, Tufts University, the University of Michigan, and Delft University (Netherlands).

Hill earned a B.A. from Bennington College and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. She resides in Minneapolis where she works as a freelance composer and owns Hummingbird Press.

About Lux String Quartet

lux_webLux String Quartet, a Twin Cities-based ensemble of savvy artists established in 2013, strives to communicate their passion for performance as well as for educational and community outreach.  While playing for events, they also prepare classical standards and champion new music in concert.  They desire to explore the boundaries of possibility for the string quartet form.



erika_webErika Blanco holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the University of Minnesota. She studied under the late Stephen Panchaud, assistant concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, before transferring to Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music under Blair String Quartet first violinist Christian Teal.  Most recently, she – herself a product of Shinichi Suzuki’s Mother Tongue philosophy and talent education movement, has studied at the University of Minnesota with Suzuki pioneer Mark Bjork. She is Suzuki violin-registered in volumes 1-10 in addition to enrichment courses; her trainers include Carol Smith, Ronda Cole, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Mary Cay Neal, Nancy Lokken, Brian Lewis, Kathy Wood, Nancy Jackson, and of course, Mark Bjork. Though trained classically, Erika enjoys jammin’, stompin’, and shakin’ in any setting: homegrown folk, fiddlin’, rockin’-and-a-rollin’, salsa, and the new music scene.

sam_webSam Rudy earned his master’s degree in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota. Since then he has been active as a teacher and performer of orchestral, solo, and chamber music across the Midwest. He has served as concertmaster of Orchestra Iowa and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, as well as holding posts with the Quad Cities, Waterloo-Cedar Falls, and La Crosse Symphony Orchestras. He collaborates regularly with contemporary composers, including a commission from Colin Holter of The Senses Tablecloth, a work for violin and piano. As a founding member of both Lux String Quartet and Enkidu string quartet, he has worked with professional as well as student composers to perform new works at the Cedar Cultural Center, University of Minnesota, and the New Horizons Music Festival, including performance in a masterclass for internationally renowned Stanford composer Brian Ferneyhough.

ben_webBenjamin Davis is a Twin Cities based performer, teacher and administrator who has had the privilege of receiving instruction from Korey Konkol, Thomas Turner, Carol Rodland, Roland Vamos, Jonathan Sturm, Charles Miranda and Bruce McLellan.  In addition to a full studio of young violists and violinists, he is a member of the Quad City Symphony and substitute violist for Orchestra Iowa, Des Moines Symphony, South Dakota Symphony and principal substitute for the Mankato Symphony.  As an avid chamber and solo musician, Davis frequently performs works in musical styles ranging from Baroque, rock, Irish fiddle to today’s avant-garde.  He regularly premieres new works for small ensemble and solo viola.  This love of new music stems from his passion for the creative process that was cultivated while studying new music with James Dillon and Noriko Kawai at the University Minnesota.  Most recently, this resulted in the premiere of 6 new works written for Lux String Quartet that were performed in concert and in masterclass with Brian Ferneyhough.  The Contemporary Music Workshop at “The U” allowed him the opportunity to work directly with the Arditti Quartet, Quatuor Diotima and JACK Quartet.

lars_webLars Krogstad Ortiz was born and raised in the Twin Cities. He studied with Brenda Villard and then Tom Rosenberg at the University of Minnesota. As an active performer, he has had many solo and chamber masterclasses with notable musicians such as Janos Starker, Paul Katz of the Cleveland String Quartet, and violinist Gil Shaham. While at the “The U,” he and three friends formed the Cantiamo String Quartet. Over five years, they collaborated with many living composers and premiered several works. He has performed in residence with the Alchemy Project, the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, and the Electric Eyes Festival. After teaching for several years in Denver, Lars recently returned to his hometown where he teaches privately and plays with Lux String Quartet. He recently soloed with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis where he also serves as principal cellist.