Schubert Club maintains this list of Twin Cities classical music organizations as a community service. Additions and changes are made by request only. For more information and specific performance schedules please contact the respective organization.
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Founded in 1995, Allegro is dedicated to awakening lives through orchestral music. The organization sponsors Allegro Con Brio, which presents historically informed performances. Allegro places a great emphasis on the important role that music can play in people’s lives, partnering with organizations and health care providers that are similarly committed to improving wellness. All concerts are free and open to the public. In addition, Allegro Con Brio serves as the orchestra-in-residence for the Allegro Orchestra Camp, a one-of-a-kind orchestra experience for kids in grades 3-12.
The American (formerly Minnesota) Composers Forum links communities with composers and performers, encouraging the making, playing and enjoyment of new music. ACF sponsors grants, composers-in-residence programs, and performance opportunities for composers throughout the year. Visit the ACF for information on new music in your community.
Founded in 1980, Angelica Cantanti is a youth choir program based in Bloomington, Minnesota that provides opportunities for talented singers to cultivate their musical skills and create beautiful music. Four sequential choir programs provide an opportunity for young people in grades 2-12 to develop their gifts of singing. Angelica Cantanti has performed with many leading ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony, the Dale Warland Singers, St. Olaf Choir, and the Minnesota Chorale, among others. All four choirs maintain individual concert schedules, but perform together in December and May. These concerts are without charge and open to the public.
980 Bellows Street
Saint Paul, MN 55118
A warm, rich sound is the hallmark of the Artaria String Quartet, now in its 29th season. Named after the Italian family that published the premier issues of many of the Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven quartets, Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States. The Boston Globe has described Artaria as “exquisitely balanced and sonorous” and that “their musical understanding was first-rate.”
The Bach Society of Minnesota
1043 Grand Ave. #229
Saint Paul, MN 55105
The Bach Society of Minnesota (BSM) was formed in 1932 by University of Minnesota students wanting to sing the works of J.S. Bach, making it the oldest Bach Society in the U.S. Over the course of its 88-year history, the artistic leadership passed from the University to the broader Minnesota artistic community. BSM has presented approximately 500 concerts, engaged some 10,000 musicians, and served over 150,000 audience members spanning six generations.
The Bakken Trio
Stephanie Arado (violin), Judy Lin (piano), and Mina Fisher (cello) constitute the Bakken Trio, an ensemble that challenges the conventions of a tradition-based form. Known for ambitious yet accessible chamber music, the trio has a history of presenting a breadth of repertoire that combines traditionally standard chamber music with daring twentieth century works. The trio’s mission is to explore and present works by local composers and rarely performed contemporary works in conjunction with standard piano trio literature. Performances take place in Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music in downtown Minneapolis.
This baroque quartet consists of Clea Galhano (recorder), Margaret Humphrey (baroque violin), Rebecca Humphrey (baroque cello), and Barbara Weiss (harpsichord). The group, headquartered in the Twin Cities, performs in festivals and music series around the globe.
The B.S.O. is a community organization dedicated to providing live classical music in and around the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Composed of talented professional and amateur musicians, the B.S.O. gives about four to six concerts per year plus additional appearances with local student groups. Some concerts are free, courtesy of the Local 30-73 of the American Federation of Musicians, the Film Funds Trust Funds, the City of Bloomington, the Bloomington Fine Arts Council, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.
Calliope Women’s Chorus performs music by, for, and about women, celebrating diversity and advocating social justice. They cherish roots and experiences in the lesbian community and welcome women to join in singing with excellence and pride. Calliope Women’s Chorus offers music in support of change towards freedom, justice, and equality. The organization is committed to eliminating racism, ableism, classism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, ageism, and all other forms of oppression. The goal of the Calliope Women’s Chorus is to be open and accessible to all women.
Century Chamber Orchestra
3401 Century Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Conductor: Elliot Wilcox
Chamber Music Minnesota brings eclectic small ensemble music to viewers of community access television. In partnership with other organizations such as Thursday Musical, The Schubert Club, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association of South Bend, Indiana, Chamber Music Minnesota reaches a cultural, ethnic, and economic cross-section of many populations by virtue of the diversity of public access television. CMM produces Music da camera, a television program featuring chamber music for small instrumental and vocal ensembles. This program is carried on local community, educational and government access television channels all over the United States and reaches over 18 million households. Music da camerahas featured artists such as pianist Paul Shaw and the winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, whose entrants come from around the world. Duetto Study Guides, produced by CMM, offer teachers study packages for the Music da camera series.
The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota is comprised of professional musicians drawn largely from the Minnesota Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the faculties of the Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Society presents several formal concerts annually, which are usually presented on Sunday afternoons at the 3M Auditorium of the Minnesota History Center (345 Kellogg Avenue, Saint Paul, MN) and feature renowned guest artists. In addition, Society artists present a number of private home and childrens’ concerts. The overall goal of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota is to nurture audience appreciation for chamber music in its many forms using community outreach, educational presentations, and introductions to the talents and works of emerging young performers and composers.
797 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul 55104
rehearses at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul
This string orchestra with piano and flute rehearses on Monday nights, from September to May for performances at various nursing homes and senior residences. Participants of all ages are welcome.
Since 1984, the volunteer-run Frederic Chopin Society has held a unique place in the musical life of the Twin Cities by offering its only piano recital series. Although the works of Frederic Chopin are presented frequently, the Society regularly honors three centuries of piano literature through the music-making of exceptional emerging artists as well as established veterans of the international concert hall. Concerts take place at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College, Saint Paul.
The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis is a nonprofit community orchestra established in 1952. Its mission is to focus on community enrichment and interaction, drawing players from all walks of life and bringing music to people of all ages and interests.
Consortium Carissimi was founded in 1996 with the intent of uncovering and bringing to modern day ears the long forgotten Italian-Roman sacred and secular music of the 16th and especially the 17th century. Among the various types of music that flourished in Rome during the 17th century, the Oratories of Giacomo Carissimi are perhaps examples of the most outstanding form of composition of that time. Consortium Carissimi proudly takes on his name as a means for performance in both concerts and recordings, education through master classes and academic development in the area of the manuscript transcription and publication.
A non-profit, volunteer community arts organization, the Dakota Valley Symphony (formerly the Dakota Valley Civic Orchestra Association) has served the Twin Cities’ southern metro area since 1986. The organization was created to provide an opportunity for skilled volunteer musicians to join together to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles. The group also provides a forum for aspiring local composers to premiere their work. The symphony is comprised of a 60-member orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a summer pops orchestra, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey.
East Metro Symphony Orchestra Mission is to provide a broad range of educational, multicultural, and inspirational orchestral experiences to East Metro communities. EMSO grew out of the 51+ year history of the 3M Symphony Orchestra, and welcomes all string players, and woodwind, brass and percussion as needed. The hallmark of the work done in educational and performing partnerships, to present the best of what community musicians can be, and to advocate and enhance existing orchestra education programs.
tel: 612.374.4269 (Brian Krysinski)
or 651.698.7710 (Alan Kolderie)
The four members of this ensemble are Brian Krysinski, Alan Kolderie, Ruth Helgeson, and Tim Heitman. The group specializes in early music, particularly for recorders, performing as a trio, quartet, or quintet. The group specializes in early music, particularly for recorders, but also plays music from later eras.
Begun in 1996, Encore strives to exist as a professional-level ensemble to promote band as an art form, as well as to encourage lifelong learning opportunities in music. It provides an opportunity for serious wind players and percussionists from the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area to share in the highest level of musical expression and artistry. As a model group for young musicians, Encore also advocates for music education in schools. Finally, Encore serves as a venue for artistic and professional development among music educators.
Alex Theimer, conductor
1387 North Kent Street
St. Paul, MN 55117
Consisting of some of the most talented interpreters of early music in Minnesota, Ensemble Polaris has been making music since 1997.
Exultate is a chamber choir and orchestra founded in 1996 by Dr. Thomas D. Rossin, conductor, with Dr. Stephen Gabrielsen, accompanist. Exultate is the Twin Cities’ only professional choir with a self-contained orchestra. The group’s normal size is about 42 singers and 22 instrumentalists, expanding once a year to perform and record a major choral-orchestral work.
First Readings Project
Director: David Ostenso Moore
P.O. Box 24814
Minneapolis, MN 55424
The First Readings Project is a professional chamber choir founded to assist composers in the development of new music for vocal ensemble. The group presents a series of public readings of new work and work-in-progress, and produces high-quality recordings for archival or commercial use. Public readings feature conversation between performers, composers, and audience in order to demystify the process of musical composition.
Since 1979, this Minneapolis-based community theatre company has been presenting the works of those eminent Victorians W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Fully staged and with an orchestra of more than twenty, these productions (usually in the Spring) frequently sell out in advance. The company also serves as a resource on Gilbert and Sullivan information.
Golden Valley Orchestra
Music Director: Michal Sobieski
Info: Margaret Knowlton at (763) 541.9251
The Golden Valley Orchestra may be characterized as a “large chamber” or “classical-sized” ensemble of approximately 30 players. Its non-paid performers come from the ranks of both professional and amateur musicians. The GVO has the distinction of becoming the first Twin Cities orchestra – professional or amateur – to produce a series of dedicated television programs for local Twin Cities television.
Celebrating more than 25 years of quality music, Grand Symphonic Winds is dedicated to providing musicians the opportunity to perform music of many periods and styles from all over the world while offering music-lovers throughout the Twin Cities area, nationally, and internationally, a chance to enjoy this same music. Under the leadership of Music Director Dr. Matthew George, GSW continues to grow as one of the most versatile and accomplished civic ensembles in the area.
GTCYS is the nation’s largest youth orchestra organization with eight orchestras serving over 600 young musicians through the 12th grade. The busy concert schedule includes fall, winter and spring concerts for all of the orchestras. GTCYS is committed to training young musicians, nurturing future performers, and developing new audiences.
Under the direction of its founder, Monte Mason, The Gregorian Singers strive to create and present transformational experiences through musical performances grounded in early liturgical music, and provide opportunities for the development and performance of new music. The Gregorian Singers’ repertoire includes chant, early music, shape-note hymns, Norwegian folk-hymns, as well as newly commissioned works. The Gregorian Singers is a tax-exempt Section 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973.
Halama Wind Octet
4100 Raleigh Ave S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Halama Wind Octet is an ensemble of professional musicians whose mission is to provide interesting and engaging concerts, commission new works, and enrich and encourage young musicians. Halama implements a unique mentoring program in Twin Cities area high schools.
J. Michele Edwards, conductor
1844 Rome Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55116
House of Hope Choir School
House of Hope Presbyterian Church
797 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
Founded in 1982, the House of Hope Choir School is open to both members and non-members of the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul. There is no audition and students enter with varying levels of prior musical training, but once they join they embark on a rigorous course of musical study, including rehearsals, voice training, sight-singing and music theory. The opportunities for musical development are tremendous. In return, choristers are held to high musical standards. They are exposed to a demanding repertoire, and they learn to sing at a high level. But the House of Hope Choir School teaches much more than just music. Choir School members learn about commitment, perseverance and teamwork, a set of skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
From the frozen tundra of Minneapolis, ICE is a flexible chamber orchestra dedicated to making the universe safe for new music. Started as Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble in 1993, ICE has been called by the Dallas Morning News “one of the country’s leading advocates of the new in music.” ICE has been guest conducted by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison and has also collaborated with Libby Larsen, LA producer Skip Heller, and the new music quartet Zeitgeist.
Established in 1987, Kantorei is a choral ensemble drawing its members from the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Under the leadership of conductor Axel Theimer, one of Kantorei’s primary goals is to create an ensemble sound that is vocally efficient and healthy. Dr. Theimer is the Executive Director of The VoiceCare Network, an educational organization providing lifespan voice education with the goal of engaging in efficient, expressive singing. Kantorei performs a wide repertoire while specializing in music by 19th and 20th century Central and Western European Composers.
The Kenwood Symphony Orchestra was founded as the Kenwood Chamber Orchestra in 1972 as an adult education class at the Kenwood Community Center. From those humble beginnings, the orchestra quickly grew in membership, ability, and reputation. Over the years, several gifted conductors have graced the podium, including Uri Barnea, Lee Humphries, Jim Riccardo, Jeannine Wager, William Intriligator, Myles Hernandez, Kenneth Freed, and Jeffrey Stirling. Since September 2007, KSO has been under the direction of Yuri Ivan. Based at Washburn High School, KSO is comprised of more than 50 highly accomplished volunteer musicians passionate about playing and sharing great music. KSO is a nonprofit organization financed primarily by members’ dues, financial gifts from friends and supporters, and our annual Masters Concerto and Aria event. Learn more at www.kenwoodsymphonyorchestra.o
Leigh Morris Chorale
Director: Robert Morris
P.O. Box 211006
Eagan, MN 55121-2404
Leigh Morris Chorale, founded in 1993, is Minnesota’s only primarily African American community-based chamber choir committed to the study and performances of concert choral music by black composers. Comprised of approximately 12-18 professional and amateur vocalists from throughout the Twin Cities, the ensemble’s mission is to preserve, perform and educate the broader community about the rich choral repertoire composed by African Americans from the mid-ninteenth century to the present. The ensemble was founded by choral scholar, Dr. Robert L. Morris who is the group’s current artistic director.
Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra
4031 Sheridan Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
This community orchestra, operating since 1980, currently plays under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Stirling. Free performances usually take place in south Minneapolis.
The Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival features an outstanding faculty of artists and teachers who guide gifted high school and college students from around the country through a month of intensive musical study and performance. Open to students of all faiths, the Academy & Festival is committed to strengthening and expanding the Lutheran heritage of excellence in music.
The Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra is the Twin Cities’ only period-instrument orchestra. The ensemble uses historically-restored instruments and studies of Baroque and Classical performance practice to recreate the sounds that Bach and Mozart heard when they wrote their music hundreds of years ago, a very different sound from today’s orchestras. A more intimate tone, richer harmonies, and dancelike rhythms all combine to provide an altogether new approach to old music.
Recognized for expressive singing and inspired programs, Magnum Chorum brings transforming artistry and spirit to a cappella choral music. Founded in the choral tradition of St. Olaf College in 1991, the 60-voice choir presents colorful concerts, commissions and premieres new sacred works, and provides music for worship. The choir also reaches out to under-served communities to offer a message of hope and faith and build community through fellowship and choral music. Magnum Chorum serves as Choir in Residence at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In 2018, Dr. Dwight Jilek was appointed Artistic Director of Magnum Chorum. The name, Magnum Chorum, is intended to convey the importance of the choir in expressing the divine and the infinite through voice, music, and text.
The Metropolitan Boys Choir is an organization of young men from the Minneapolis/Saint Paul twenlve-county Metropolitan area. Founded in 1971 by Music Director Bea Hasselmann, they merit the title “Minnesota’s Young Ambassadors of Song” given to them by the late Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey. The Choir provides high quality musical experiences and education for boys ranging in age from five to eighteen, giving them the opportunity to develop and display their musical talent, stage presence, discipline and self-confidence. The Choir regularly appears in concert halls, churches, convention centers and Senior care centers throughout the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area.
The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a highly regarded Minnesota civic orchestra whose concerts have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and featured on public television. The Star Tribune has described the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra as “the very model of a modern major orchestra — community style.” The mission of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is to serve two populations: its members and its audiences. For its members, the MSO provides an opportunity for skilled volunteer musicians to join together to perform symphonic music of all periods and styles at the highest artistic level. For its audiences, the MSO provides unique access to symphonic music by performing in a variety of neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan area at no charge.
The Minneapolis Trombone Choir has been going strong since 1974. Their annual concert, held the last Sunday in February at Judson Memorial Baptist Church in South Minneapolis, usually has three parts: spiritual music, classical or “serious” music, and jazz and popular music. The group has performed at many special functions. Highlights include performing at Sommerfest at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Lake Harriet Bandshell, the Minnesota State Fair grounds, and the 1994 International Trombone Association workshop held at the University of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Boychoir is an amateur, nondenominational group of metro area boys whose membership represents Minneapolis, Saint Paul and over 30 other Twin City communities. Selected through annual audition and ranging in age from 7-17, boys are placed in one of four ensembles within the organization. Each season the Boychoir presents about 50 concerts for audiences totaling over 25,000 people. The Minnesota Boychoir nurtures the character of boys from all backgrounds by challenging them to master and perform the world’s finest choral music.
The Minnesota Chorale
Hennepin Center for the Arts
528 Hennepin Ave., Suite 407
Minneapolis, MN 55403
tickets for Minnesota Orchestra concerts: 612.371.5656
tickets for SPCO concerts: 651.291.1144
The Minnesota Chorale is a 150-voice symphonic chorus dedicated to performing symphonic choral literature at the highest level of artistic quality. Now in its 24th season, this chorus performs regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and presents annual Bridges outreach concerts and education programs. The Minnesota Chorale can be heard on a new CD -. KOCH International Classics label – performing American composer Charles Wuorinen’s Genesis with the Minnesota Orchestra. Previous CDs recorded with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra include Haydn’s oratorios The Creation and The Seasons.
Minnesota Composers Forum (see American Composers Forum)
Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble (see Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble)
Minnesota Concert Opera
528 Hennepin Ave., Suite 701
Minneapolis, MN 55403
MCO performs full-length operas in concert format using local and guest artists, piano or small orchestra, and an opera chorus, sung in the original language with English surtitles. Produced with minimal sets, costumes or staging, this unique and portable performance style allows MCO to bring world-class opera to Minnesota’s communities, introducing a large variety of opera (and occasionally musical theater) repertoire to all age groups and demographics.
The Minnesota Opera is a professional opera company dedicated to engaging, entertaining and satisfying its audiences and to enriching the cultural life of its community by producing and performing opera at the highest artistic level. Founded in 1963, The Minnesota Opera has built an international reputation for originating opera productions that are seen throughout North America and beyond. The company offers four main-stage productions each season at the Ordway Music Theatre, and an acclaimed educational touring production
The Minnesota Orchestra and Orchestra Hall
Music Director: Osmo Vänskä
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
tickets: 612.371.5656 or toll free at 1.800.292.4141
The Minnesota Orchestra has long been recognized as one of America’s leading symphony orchestras, and according to the New York Times, “The Minnesota is an international orchestra of real acomplishment.” The Minnesota Orchestra has built a heritage of artistic distinction through 100 seasons of eminent musical leadership, artistic innovation and widespread community support.
The Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1993 by Kevin Ford, a cellist and a gay man who had a vision of gays, lesbians, and other queer musicians building community through the performance of classical music. The orchestra has the distinction of being the only queer-affiliated community symphony orchestra in America. Part of the orchestra’s mission is the performance of new music, especially by local or underrepresented composers. The orchestra is composed of professional, semi-professional, and amateur musicians from the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota. In December 2001 The Minnesota Philarmonic Orchestra appointed Joseph Schlefke as its second music director.. The orchestra gives three subscription concerts annually. For more information, visit the orchestra’s website (http://www.mnphil.org/) or call the information line listed above.
Minnesota Public Radio provides classical music and news to listeners throughout Minnesota and neighboring communities. Its Web site offers opportunities to find out about programming, dig deeper into the issues of the day, and learn more about classical music.
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra which produces adventurous and educational family-oriented performances. All Sinfonia-sponsored programs are free to the public and held in centrally located, easily accessible locations. Our targeted audiences are especially innercity youth of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, families with young children, seniors and those with limited financial means.
Minnesota Youth Symphonies
Music Directors: Claudette and Manuel Laureano
790 Cleveland Ave. S., Suite 203
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Founded in 1972, Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) provides the Twin Cities’ most comprehensive opportunities for young people with a love of music to develop their musical abilities, and to learn professional practice and performance standards in ensembles dedicated to artistic achievements at the highest levels. MYS provides comprehensive, affordable music education for children; helps develop life skills through the medium of music; promotes community through music as we gather for rehearsals and concerts; and provides resources to children and families interested in pursuing music.
The Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra is an auditioned, full symphony orchestra, aspiring to musical excellence in rehearsal and performance. Members include professional and amateur musicians who perform at an advanced level. MSO is part of the Music Association of Minnetonka, which strives to be the community destination for all who love music.
The Mirandola Ensemble
The Mirandola Ensemble is a professional choral group specializing in Renaissance and new music for voices.
The Mississippi Valley Orchestra is a civic orchestra whose star is rising. Founded as a chamber group in 1976 by Edward Schlueter in West St. Paul/Mendota Heights, MVO is now a polished symphony orchestra that performs in venues throughout the Twin Cities. The amateur and professional musicians of MVO, along with artistic director Ho-Yin Kwok, prepare four invigorating concerts each year, performing a wide variety of classical music and partnering with soloists and groups from the Minnesota Orchestra, the University of Minnesota, and other local arts and educational organizations. Also, every spring MVO plays one movement of a piano concerto with the winner of the St. Paul Piano Teachers Association concerto competition – often the student’s first experience playing with an orchestra.
MVO has achieved a reputation among its partners and supportive, growing audiences for serious music making, and also for sincere collegiality within the orchestra and its all-volunteer yet professional board of directors. We are proud to be the only community orchestra in the area that charges no dues and whose concerts are all free.
This chamber ensemble is made up of local professional musicians. The Musical Offering began in 1971 as a quintet – for piano, violin, cello, flute, and oboe. In the mid-1980s, the group added four instruments – viola, clarinet, bassoon, and bass – and now play everything from duets to nonets. In four concerts per year, the Offering present an outstanding repertoire of chamber music. They offer rare, and rarely heard, combinations of instruments and sounds, as well as familiar pieces, from the 18th through 21st century chamber music repertoire.
The Music Association of Minnetonka provides choral and orchestral opportunities for musicians of all ages. Its 12 ensembles present 70 public performances each year at convenient locations throughout the western suburbs, Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Music Saint Croix was founded in 2003 by a group of friends – professional musicians looking to create a different, more adventurous classical music experience. Our instruments run the gamut from violin, flute, and piano to harp and heckelphone. Unlike other classical ensembles, MSC is a “do it yourself” organization. All programming, management and musical decisions are carried out by the musicians. We don’t have a ‘Music Director’ and we like it that way.
Music Saint Croix is also set apart by the friendly and casual nature of the concerts themselves. Our concerts are held in the intimate surroundings of the Washington County Historic Courthouse in beautiful downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. Every seat is ideal with great sound and close proximity to the action. After the concert, you can grab a cookie and stay to chat with the performers and other audience members. We’re all friends. You should be too!
Founded by Larry L. Fleming (who retired in 1999), The National Lutheran Choir is comprised of professional choral musicians who perform literature from the entire spectrum of sacred choral works. This raison d’etre is reflected in the choir’s rich and diverse repertoire: from early chant to contemporary “chance” music; from small verse anthems to large works with orchestra; and from complex masterworks to simple folk settings. Selected by audition, the singers represent the various Lutheran Church bodies whose many colleges and universities have provided academic music education. All have received advanced training and most are professionally engaged in music. The National Lutheran Choir gives unprecedented expression and fresh impetus to one of our finest musical traditions.
Nautilus Music Theater
308 Prince St., #250
Saint Paul, MN 55101
The Nautilus Music.Theater is dedicated to the creation, development and production of new operas and other forms of music theater. Our goals include the formation of partnerships between creators, performers and audiences, and the creation of professional training programs for artists. We use music theater as a tool to create enriching experiences for artists and audiences, and to support the individual and collective growth of the human spirit.
Northeast Orchestra of Fridley
conductor: Jeffrey Stirling
1451 Glacier Lane
Fridley MN 55421
tel: Richard Haglund, conductor at 952.381.9692
Paul Tidemann, president at 651.224.3799
Robert Scott, manager at 763.571.3063
The Northeast Orchestra is a group of about 60 members who reside in the Twin Cities metro area and gather to play classical music together. We are not a professional group, but we present a very creditable series of four concerts each year. We rehearse Friday mornings during the school year from 9:30 a.m. to noon at St. William’s Catholic Church, 61st and University in Fridley. Conductor Richard Haglund also conducts the Heartland Symphony in Brainerd and is a guest conductor of many other groups and ensembles. He has been an Associate Conductor of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and was a band director at Wayzata High School. Most of our concerts are held at the Church of St. William. We welcome new string players, especially.
One Voice Mixed Chorus is the Twin Cities’ GLBT community chorus with a mission of “building community and creating social change by raising our voices in song.” One Voice gave its debut concert in 1989, making it one of the first choruses in the country to bring together men and women from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allied communities. Under the direction of Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice is currently 80-voices strong and performs two major concerts per year in addition to 12-15 community performances. One Voice is known for its commitment to musical excellence, diverse repertoire, creative programming, community collaborations, and fabulous choreography!
Oratorio Society of Minnesota
Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, Artistic Director
P.O. Box 131814
Saint Paul, MN 55113
ticket orders: 651.209.6689 or www.ticketworks.com
Now in its 29th year, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota (OSM) is a 60-voice ensemble of experienced singers. Its rich repertoire ranges from oratorios and other large classical works with orchestra to smaller-scale works of various cultures and eras. The regular season offers two performances each of the November and the May programs, as well as one concert in March. In addition OSM, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota School of Music, hosts a summer chorus program which is open to singers from all over the Twin Cities and features an August concert.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Administrative Offices: Landmark Towers, 345 St. Peter St., suite 775, Saint Paul, MN 55105-1419
Ordway Center is a principal performance venue for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Schubert Club and Minnesota Orchestra. In addiition, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts produces theater works including drama, musicals, dance, and music concerts, and also presents educational programs.
O’Rourke’s Feast was founded in 2009, as a folk orchestra specializing in Irish traditional music, much of it from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. O’Rourke’s Feast is a lively seven-piece ensemble featuring three fiddles, two flutes, button accordion, and piano. The group’s repertoire includes dance melodies like jigs and reels, but they also play older melodies from the Irish tradition, including harp tunes, hornpipes, clan marches, and some beautiful old slow airs and songs, along with some original music composed in traditional style. Members include Nathan Gourley, Ann Sandberg, Kathleen Green on fiddle, Amy Shaw and Suzanne Rhees on flute, Paddy O’Brien on button accordion, and Sherry Ladig on keyboards.
Located on the campus of the College of St. Catherine, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium is host to over 200 events each year, from lectures to concerts and performances.
The Rose Ensemble is a 12-member, vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to strengthening the cultural life of its audience through historically informed, educational, dramatic performances of ancient music in striking acoustical settings. The Rose Ensemble’s principal focus is that of music from before 1750, giving special attention to medieval chant and vocal music of the Renaissance, but the group also regularly commissions new works complimentary to early music. Founded in 1996 by artistic director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble has enjoyed a prestigious artist residency at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis since 1997. The ensemble maintains an active schedule filled with both performances and educational programs, having served in residence with such institutions as the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, St. Olaf College and St. John’s University.
The Roseville String Ensemble brings amateur musicians together to perform a broad range of string orchestra repertory. The 40-member community orchestra presents free fall and spring concerts with conductor James Hainlen and an annual Roseville Area Community Carol Sing-along with choral director Joel Johnson. Small groups of players also perform occasionally for community events. Between concerts, RSE offers its members chamber music playing opportunities and professionally coached workshops.
The Sacred Voice is an eight voice choir of four women and four men, with each singer skilled in a cappella choral artistry. The Sacred Voice provides benefit concerts of sacred, a cappella choral music throughout the cities of Minneapolis & Saint Paul, Minnesota, offering diverse styles of musical themes. Concerts are hosted by sponsoring organizations to raise funding and awareness for charitable causes.
The St. Anthony Civic Orchestra is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide continued musical education and performing opportunities for area musicians and to enhance, enrich, and expand the musical experiences available to citizens in the area. It plays a variety of music each season, including classical concerts in fall and spring, Christmas concerts, and summer pops concerts. The orchestra performs at many locations, including the St. Anthony Community Center, St. Anthony High School, retirement and nursing homes, churches, shopping centers, and parks.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s mission is to present a world.class professional chamber orchestra in the Twin Cities, dedicated to superior performances and artistic innovation, for the enrichment of community life and world audiences. Thanks in part to its numerous recordings and tours, the SPCO also ranks in the top echelon of the world’s musical organizations. It presents concerts at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and in numerous churches and synagogues throughout the Twin Cities.
The SPCS, established in 1945, has three fundamental objectives: 1) to provide the community with free classical concerts spanning a wide symphonic repertoire, 2) to offer musical experience and opportunity to the avocational musicians in the area, and 3) to offer a training ground for emerging professional musicians of the area. In 1999, the SPCS officially became Sister Orchestra with the Nagasaki Symphony Orchestra, broadening the scope of the sister city ties between Nagasaki and Saint Paul.
Saint Paul Jewish Community Center Symphony Orchestra
Conductor/Music Director: Amir Kats
Coordinator: Jonathan Gershberg
Saint Paul Jewish Community Center
1375 Saint Paul Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55116
One of the oldest community orchestras in the United States, the St. Paul JCC Symphony Orchestra has a 90+ year tradition of excellence! Our 45-piece, volunteer orchestra practices and performs arrangements selected by director and conductor, Amir Kats, who is beginning his seventh season leading the St. Paul JCC’s Symphony Orchestra. All performances are free and open to the public.
302 Landmark Center
75 West Fifth St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Schubert Club, established in 1882, is a non-profit arts organization that presents eight concert series annually, operates a Museum of Musical Instruments, runs an annual scholarship competition for music students, provides after-school music lessons at the Martin Luther King Center in Saint Paul and the Sabathani Center in Minneapolis, presents master classes, commissions new musical works by American composers, and produces recordings and books. The Museum and the administrative offices are located in the historic Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul.
The Singers, a forty-member ensemble of professional singers, performs a wide-range of choral repertoire, commissioned new works and choral masterpieces. The group, under the direction of Matthew Culloton, includes many of the singers from the now-defunct Dale Warland Singers.
Skylark Opera (formerly North Star Opera)
414 Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Joan Cunningham, Operations Director
Steve Stucki, Artistic Director
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Minnesota’s foremost musical theater, operetta and opera producer features the Upper Midwest’s most talented professional artists in timeless favorites from The Student Prince and Desert Song to La Boheme and Daughter of the Regiment. To ensure accessibility, all performances are in English, presented in smaller venues, and ticket prices are reasonable. Musicians are drawn from the two major orchestras with costumes and staging from the Guthrie Theater and Children’s Theater. The company also offers school programs, special student performances and internships.
South Minneapolis Bassoon Quartet
After 21 years, this light-hearted ensemble whose members always made chamber music fun for the audience held its funeral service and memorial concert in August 2003.
The Summit Hill Brass Quintet has been making music together for over twenty years: from formal concert programs to celebrations of all types, such as weddings, outdoor parties, fund-raisers, and summer-in-the-park events. The ensemble delights in presenting music from an eclectic repertoire, which ranges from Albinoni to Zappa and from renaissance madrigals to ragtime. The quintet is led by David Baldwin, Professor of Trumpet and Coordinator of Brass Instruments at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis.
For more than 120 years, Thursday Musical has been dedicated to presenting fine classical music programs featuring outstanding local musicians and offering educational opportunities to artists and audiences alike. For more informationwww.thursdaymusical.org.
Since its first concert in 1981, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus has built a solid reputation for musical excellence and adventuresome programming. With a total roster of 125 members, the Chorus and its small ensembles present four concerts annually and are also featured at a number of other special appearances, both locally and throughout the nation. Notable events in the history of the TCGMC include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Plymouth Music Series, and Ballet of the Dolls; release of three compact disc recordings; and premieres of more than two dozen commissioned works.
The Twin Cities Opera Guild, Inc., an independent organization, is dedicated to opera education and outreach, both in the schools and for the general public, in the seven-county metropolitan area and throughout the State of Minnesota. The Opera Guild helps finance delightful musical productions staged by students who work on their own sets and costumes and perform as members of the orchestra and cast. We sponsor special student matinees at operas produced by the Minnesota Opera, Skylark Opera, the University of Minnesota School of Music, and other local performing groups. Professional quartets and musicians visit schools for interactive programs with students.
The Twin Cities Women’s Choir is a diverse women’s choir that sings, performs and affirms the voices of women. It is a non-auditioned community choir that draws women from diverse backgrounds to the choral performance experience. Currently 60 women strong from all over the Twin Cities, Wisconsin and southern Minnesota, the choir performs music from all cultures and traditions. We perform two major concerts each year as well as several smaller performances in the community. We commission new music annually. We welcome invitations to sing with other choirs and orchestras.
The Chorale, based in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities, performs a wide variety of repertoire, music from Palestrina and the early church to songs of McCartney and the Beatles. The membership comes from all walks of life and brings a wide variety of previous choral experience to the ensemble. The chorale season begins in September with weekly rehearsals, working towards a major Fall Concert in November. The choir then adjourns until early Jan when practices resume as they prepare for their April Spring Concert.
Founded in 1969 by Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence (formerly known as the Plymouth Music Series) is a highly respected Minnesota arts organization. Its mission is to explore the musical interaction of voices and instruments. In concert performances and recordings, VocalEssence seeks to inspire audiences, performers and composers through innovative programming of music, past and present. VocalEssence has a strong tradition of recording works which have not previously been recorded. They have recorded for RCA Red Seal, Virgin Classics, Angel/EMI and Collins Classics.
One of the country’s most renowned centers for contemporary art. Nine galleries offering rotating exhibitions year-round. Innovative theater, music, dance and film programs as well as classes, workshops and activities especially for families.
The Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra (WCO) is an all-volunteer, non-profit musical group that was organized to raise money for local area food shelves. Their repertoire emphasizes music by the old masters such as Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn, but also includes modern, contemporary and show tunes. The organization includes people of all ages, denominations, races and abilities from all over the greater Twin Cities area, as well as surrounding communities. Over the past 15 years, WCO has contributed over $100,000 for Minnesota foodshelves.
The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra brings together accomplished and passionate musicians to engage the community with enlightening concert presentations. Guided by principles of excellence in performance and organization, members enjoy an environment of fun, trust, honor and exchange.
contact: Steve Staruch
The WolfGang was formed in 1996 as a collaboration to perform music from the Classical Era on classical instruments. Events are held in spaces that are intimate for audiences interested in music composed from 1750 – 1805. As our name suggests, we present music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We also present music by his contemporaries -delightful discoveries. Paul Jacobson (Flute), Stanley King (Oboe), Mary Sorlie (Violin), Steve Staruch (Viola), Laura Handler (Cello) and Gail Olszewski (Fortepiano).
contact: Judith Eisner
3957 12th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
womynperformhers (yes, written in all lower case) presents chamber music by women composers, past and present.
Zeitgeist was founded in 1977 and is dedicated to bringing the best of contemporary music to audiences across the country and around the world. In the course of its 43-year history, Zeitgeist has presented 100 world premieres and collaborated with some of the most exciting and influential composers of our time, including Terry Riley, Harold Budd, John Cage and LaMonte Young. In addition to concert performances, Zeitgeist’s activities include commission programs, workshops, residencies and lecture-demonstrations.