Professor of Music — Music Education
Berger received a bachelor’s degree Phi Beta Kappa from St. Olaf College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music from the University of Minnesota. Berger is especially interested in contemporary music methods, the child voice, and Garmston and Costa’s Cognitive Coaching. She studied Dalcroze eurhythmics under Robert Abramson of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Berger was named Minnesota Classroom Music Educator of the Year in 1990 and taught in public schools for more than twenty years before joining the St. Olaf College faculty. She chairs the group of music education faculty for the State of Minnesota (MNSMTE), is an active keyboard performer and music education presenter.
Instuctor in Music — Music Education
Instructor in Music, Nancy Lee, holds a B.A. in music education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. She has been at Southwest High School as the Vocal Music Director since the fall of 2000. Ms. Lee has taught in Slinger and Milwaukee, WI, Prior Lake, MN, Trenton, New Jersy, and Farmington, IA.
Instructor in Music — Oboe and Music Education
Dana Maeda, graduated from St. Olaf College with a BM degree in Oboe Performance, Vocal Education and Instrumental Education. She then earned a MA in Education from St. Mary’s University. Her primary oboe teachers include Julie Madura and Rhadames Angelucci. In addition to 25 years as a private instructor, she has previously served on the faculty of Bethel University and Crown College.Dana spent 14 years in the public and private schools teaching band, choir, and classroom music. Her experiences have included instruction at the high school, middle school and elementary levels. The final 9 years were devoted to elementary classroom music instruction with an emphasis on early childhood development. Dana currently performs with the Rochester Orchestra and is a founding member of WindWorks Woodwind Quintet. She is active as a free-lance performer in the Twin City area. Some of the ensembles she has performed with include the Bach Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Arius, Minnetonka Choral Society, Dolce Wind Quintet, and Moody Blues. Dana frequently assumes the coaching/clinician role. These opportunities have included St. Olaf Band Day guest lecturer and soloist, high school master classes on the art of chamber music, judging regional solo/ensemble competitions, and coach for the Minnesota All-State Orchestra woodwind section. In addition to working with the St. Olaf oboe studio, she also coaches chamber ensembles and teaches woodwind methods.
Professor of Music — Composition and Conducting
Conductor of the St. Olaf Band
Mahr holds a B.M. degree in composition and a B.A. degree in music education from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in trombone performance and a D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Iowa. An internationally acclaimed composer, Mahr received the 1991 Ostwald Award in the ABA Band Composition Contest for his composition The Soaring Hawk. He was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1993. Formerly director of bands at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and founding conductor of the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, Mahr is the principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds and is active as a clinician and guest conductor nationally and internationally. Recent commissions have come from the United States Air Force Band, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Bandmasters Association. Over a dozen of his works for band have been published, with many released on compact disc recordings and included on state contest lists. Mahr is the president of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association.