Winds and Percussion

AndersonSbwScott Anderson
Assistant Professor— Clarinet
B.M. clarinet performance, Eastman School of Music, a student of Stanley Hasty; M.M. clarinet performance, Northwestern University, a fellowship student of Robert Marcellus: additional study with Leon Russianoff, Rosario Mazzeo, Franklin Cohen, Mitchell Lurie, and Keith Underwood.  Anderson has held the position of Principal Clarinetist in the Honolulu Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, and at a number of summer festival orchestras, including the Carmel Bach Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, and Colorado Music Festival. He was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; while in the Los Angeles area, he also worked frequently as a studio recording musician.  He has recorded on the CRI, Albany, Well-Tempered and Marco Polo labels and performed as concerto soloist at several venues across the United States and in Mexico.  Mr. Anderson taught previously at Grand Valley State University (Michigan), California State University Sacramento, and at the University of California at Berkeley and Davis.  He also currently serves on the summer faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

bradley2Timothy Bradley
Instructor in Music — horn
Hornist Timothy J. Bradley is a versatile performer, educator, and music creator. Raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Tim began playing piano at 3 years old and studying horn at the age of 10. He received his Bachelor of Music in Performance from St. Olaf College (MN) and his Master of Music in Performance from Southern Methodist University (TX) and was a student of Gregory Hustis, Haley Hoops, Herbert Winslow, and Paul Stevens.

Tim is co-founder, artistic performer, staff member, music arranger, and grants manager for The Copper Street Brass Quintet – a full-time brass ensemble based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, he not only performs on horn, but frequently performs on piano and guitar as well.

With The CSBQ, Tim has created over 200 unique arrangements for brass, and is evolving brass repertoire into modern day relevance. He strives to mold music not originally written for brass (i.e. orchestra, piano, voice, jazz combo, rock band, etc.) into artistically entertaining and exceptional arrangements for instrumental performers. This music spans the majority of music history, from Handel to Mozart to Brahms to Shostakovich to Dave Brubeck to Journey to Adele.

Teaching is a large part of Tim’s musical life. Since 2000, he has held an active horn studio of beginners through adults in Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, and Kansas. Tim is a teaching artist in horn at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN, and is instructor of horn at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. In addition to private instruction, he also has over 11 years of masterclass, tutoring, and ensemble coaching experience.

Tim currently serves as 3rd horn of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and South Dakota Symphony, and is in high demand as a horn performer, appearing regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with many different ensembles, including the Malaysian Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, and Santa Fe Symphony orchestras. He has shared the stage with many notable artists including Garrison Keillor, Sarah Chang, Bernadette Peters, and Doc Severinsen.

KClaussenWebKurt Claussen
Instructor in Music — Saxophone

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Kurt Claussen has taught saxophone and band for more than twenty years, working with students at all levels from beginner through adult. Since 1995, he has been a band and woodwind specialist at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. In addition to his school duties, he is adjunct instructor of saxophone at St. Olaf College, and also maintains a select private saxophone studio. Mr. Claussen freelances throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and has appeared as a solo and quartet recitalist and clinician in the US, Canada, Norway and Germany. He holds the performer’s Certificatfrom the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux, France, where he studied with eminent saxophonist and teacher Jean-Marie Londeix. He earned the Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of Minnesota, studying with Ruben Haugen, and the Bachelor of Arts in music education from St. Olaf College.

DaveLive2011BWDavid Hagedorn
Artist in Residence — Percussion and World Music
Director of Jazz Ensembles
Percussion at St. Olaf
David Hagedorn is an Artist in Residence in the Music Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he teaches percussion, jazz studies, and world music. St. Olaf Jazz I received an award for best undergraduate large jazz band in the Downbeat magazine 2011 student music awards.

He received a DMA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music,where his principal teacher was John Beck.  He also holds a MM in Percussion Performance from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Vic Firth, of the Boston Symphony, and a BS in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Marv Dahlgren and Paula Culp, of the Minnesota Orchestra. He attended the Banff Jazz Workshop in 1981 and 1990, studying with vibist Karl Berger, drummers Ed Blackwell, Abraham Adzenyah, and Marvin “Smitty “Smith.

His latest release, Horizon, with pianist Dan Cavanagh, was released in December of 2010. Hagedorn also has an album, Solid/Liquid on the artegra label in SACD format released in October of 2003. He is featured on Songs from the Lonely Avenue by the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and also with pipa artist Gao Hong on Quiet Forest, Flowing Stream. Other albums with local artists includeSubduction the Phil Hey Quartet, live at the Artists Quarter, Where’s When with Pete Whitman’s X-tet, the Out to Lunch Quintet, live at the Artists Quarter, and many recordings with the vocal group Cantus.  He recorded two albums with the George Russell Living Time Orchestra on Blue Note Recordings: the African Game, nominated for a “best big band” Grammy in 1986, and So What.  Tours with George Russell, included concerts at Kool Jazz Festivals in Saratoga Springs, New York and San Diego, California and club appearances at Sweet Basil in New York City and at the African American Cultural Center in Philadelphia. He played vibes and marimba on Twin Cities jazz singer Debbie Duncan’s album, It Must be Christmas on Igmod Recordings. In 1984, he received an honorable mention award from Down Beat magazine for a performance with alto saxophonist Nelson Rangell.

Hagedorn has performed in academic setttings with: David Berkman, Anthony Braxton, Armen Donelian, Gil Evans, Urbie Green, Happy Apple, Thad Jones, Vince Mendoza, Tiger Okoshi, Julian Priester,  Rufus Reid, Clark Terry, Steve Turre, and Kenny Wheeler. He has also performed with Anthony Cox, Bobby Shew, and Roy Hargrove.  He has appeared on the Prairie Home Companion and Good Evening, shows on Minnesota Public Radio, and also at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Jazzfest.

Hagedorn regularly performs in the Twin Cities with groups such as Source Code with Eric Gravatt  (drummer formerly with Weather Report), the Out to Lunch Quintet, the Phil Hey Quartet, Low Blows, Pete Whitman’s X-tet, and JazzMn.

AshleyHallsampleAshley Hall
Instructor in Music — Trumpet
Ashley Hall holds the position of principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and is in constant demand as a solo artist.  Her 2012 solo highlights included touring as a soloist with the Grace Orchestra to New Zealand in February,  playing solo concerts in Seoul, Korea in August, and performing numerous cornet solos with high schools, brass bands and symphony orchestras. Other recent solo performances have included being a featured cornet soloist with St. Mary’s Band Club Brass on the opening gala of the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia, and two solo appearances with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra which earned critical acclaim.

In addition to Ms. Hall’s current orchestral position, she held the position of third trumpet with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra from 2003-2012, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

In the fall of 2007, Ms. Hall released her debut album entitled, “Behold Him”, a collection of hymns for solo trumpet. As a worship artist she has given ministry concerts in the United States, Germany, Korea, Australia, India, Mexico and China. Ms. Hall has also recorded two CD’s with EUROBRASS, “Give Thanks to the Lord”, and “Worthy is the Lord” and has toured Germany with the group for five summers.

Ms. Hall’s passion for making music is paralleled by a dedication and commitment to teaching and arts advocacy. She maintains an active private trumpet studio at her home in Rochester, MN, she gives masterclasses at high schools and universities around the world, and has been on the faculty at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival since the summer of 2012.  While living in Ohio, Ms. Hall was on the faculty at the University of Dayton and was active in educational outreach through the Muse Machine and the Dayton Philharmonic’s SPARK program. “Art and Music: Making the Connection,” a program she developed with her husband trumpeter Nathan Tighe, teaches students about important events in history and how they have influenced the development of art and music.

Ms. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and an artist diploma from the Longy School of Music.

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Instructor in Music — Percussion
Artist in Residence, Philip Hey, drummer and affiliate faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Music, was born in New York City and grew up in Philadelphia. His early years were influenced by the music of the 1960s; his parents had music playing in the home “all the time” and he was fortunate to receive encouragement from his high school band director. Several years of study at the University of Minnesota in American Studies and Afro-American Studies and private study with Edward Blackwell, who defined drumming style in America, led Hey into a career in jazz. Hey has performed in concert, in clubs, on video, on national radio and television. He can be heard on several recordings, most notably Tribute to Mingus, released by the Tom Hubbard Ensemble.

Instructor in Music— Percussion
Paul Hill graduated from the University of MN – Twin Cities in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance, as a student of Fernando Meza.  Since then he has become an active freelance percussionist and teacher in the Twin Cities, and Twin Ports areas.  He is the former Principal Percussionist & Assistant Principal Timpanist of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, as well as having played with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Mill City Summer Opera,  Winnipeg Symphony, and may local theaters including the Guthrie, Children’s Theater, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.  Paul also plays drum set with various local big-bands, and a Radiohead Tribute band.  Paul teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Olaf College, St. Joseph’s School of Music, as well as privately.  Paul has recorded with Michael Colgrass, and Gunther Schuller, Minnesota Opera for the world premiere of Silent Night (2011), and is currently starting up a custom drum, and mallet making business.

Hodelweb11Martin Hodel
Associate Professor of Music — Trumpet
Conductor of the St. Olaf Philharmonia
Concert Archive
Martin Hodel has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in the US and around the world.  During the 2005-06 season he played full time in the trumpet section of the Minnesota Orchestra, with whom he has recorded and plays extra.  As Principal and Solo Trumpet with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Hodel toured the U.S. and Japan, and he has toured coast to coast in America with the Dallas Brass.  He has also shared the stage with jazz artists Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, David Murray, and Jimmy Heath, and has toured Germany with organist Bradley Lehman as part of the Hodel-Lehman Duo.  A CD by the Duo, In Thee is Gladness, recorded in Emden, Germany has been released on Larips Records.  Hodel appears as a soloist on seven other compact discs, has performed live on the nationally-broadcast radio program, A Prairie Home Companion, on Minnesota Public Radio, on public television, and on national broadcasts of the radio programs Sing for Joy and PipeDreams.  Since 1997 he has been the trumpet professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  Hodel holds a doctorate in trumpet performance and a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a master of music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Goshen College.  His teachers have included Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Allen Vizzutti, James Ketch, Raymond Mase, Craig Heitger, David Hickman and Anthony Plog.  On a recent sabbatical, Hodel studied Baroque (natural, valveless) trumpet and 18th-century trumpet literature in Europe with Dr. Edward H. Tarr, the leading expert on early trumpets and trumpet literature.

kelleyMark Kelley
Instructor in Music — Bassoon
Kelley earned a B.M. in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kelley has studied with George Berry, George Goslee, Norman Herzberg, and Gary Echols. A 25-year member of the Minnesota Orchestra, Kelley is currently co-principal bassoonist and has appeared as a soloist on several occasions. He has also been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Company orchestra, and has attended numerous summer music festivals worldwide. He keeps a rigorous performing schedule and maintains a private teaching studio. Kelley has been a member of the St. Olaf music faculty since 1991.

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Instuctor in Music — Trumpet
Charles Lazarus is known for his distinctive blend of lounge/exotica and funk fired jazz. The trumpeter / composer’s eclectic career has been met with acclaim from critics worldwide. Lazarus made his main stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York. He has been a member of the Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Canadian Brass, and currently the Minnesota Orchestra. He has been on the trumpet faculties of Princeton University and St. Olaf College, and has performed and taught master classes in every US state, Canada, South America and throughout Europe and Asia.

Lazarus has performed his own compositions for the Montreal and Ottawa international jazz festivals, live on Radio Canada, for music videos that have aired nationally on Canadian television, and as an opening act for Tony Bennett. He has performed with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, The New York Big Brass, The London Brass, and the Montreal Symphony and has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and the Bach Society among others. He has recorded for television and Imax film scores, as well as major symphony orchestras and numerous classical, pop and jazz ensembles. Lazarus released his debut solo CD, Solo Settings, in 2005 and followed up with a second recording, Zabava, in 2008.

A 2007 winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Lazarus has created and premiered three original orchestra pops programs in recent years: A Night in the Tropics, American Riffs and Fly Me to the Moon: Big Band Love Songs.

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.

Jill Mahr on 2009 June 30Jill Mahr
Instructor in Music — Flute
Conductor of Handbell Choirs
Jill Mahr, holds a B.M. degree in flute performance and music education with a jazz minor from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She earned a M.M. degree in Flute Performance at Northwestern University, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala of the Chicago Symphony. In addition to flute instruction, Ms. Mahr directs the St. Olaf Handbell Choir, the St. Olaf Chapel Ringers, and oversees the direction of the student-led Manitou Handbell Choir.  She is an active member of AGEHR (American Guild of English Handbell Ringers) and is former secretary of Area VII. Ms. Mahr is principal flute in the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and has a private flute studio in her home.

niemistoWeb11Paul Niemisto
Associate Professor of Music — Low Brass
Conductor of Norseman Band
B.M., M.M., University of Michigan, PhD, University of Minnesota. He is Director of the St. Olaf Norseman Band, Trombone Choir, and Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. He has been a member of the Scandinavia Symphony Orchestra of Detroit, Toledo (Ohio)Symphony, Flint (Michigan) Symphony, Las Palmas Opera Festival Orchestra (Spain), Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Canada). Has studied bass trombone with Edward Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony and tuba with Abe Torchinsky at Michigan . In recent years, Niemisto has been a clinician and soloist at festivals in Canada and Scandinavia, and is founder and director of Ameriikan poijat, a Finnish brass band, and the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra. In Minnesota he has been bass trombonist with the Rochester Orchestra, and euphoniumist with the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band. His research interests are centered on historical brass bands and military brass bands of Finland. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar and an American Scandinavian Foundation scholar, studying about early bands in Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia.

CRamirezWebCatherine Ramirez
Assistant Professor of Music — Flute and Theory
Catherine Ramirez earned flute performance degrees at Occidental College (BA), Boccherini Music Institute in Italy (Honors Diploma), Queens College (MA), Yale University School of Music (MM), and Rice University (DMA).  Her teachers include Melissa Colgin-Abeln, Gary Woodward, Marzio Conti, Tara Helen O’Connor, Ransom Wilson and Leone Buyse.

Dr. Ramirez won Second Prize in the Winds Division of the  2013 Città di Padova International Music Competitions and two Third Prizes (Winds and Virtuosity Divisions) at the same competition in 2012 in Italy (the only American to be awarded). She has performed as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician in Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, China, and in the United States.  Dr. Ramirez made her New York recital debut in 2000, and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the Teatro del Giglio in Italy, Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. Garnering audience acclaim at the National Flute Association (NFA) Convention in North Carolina (2011), she was recently showcased at the 2012 NFA Convention in Las Vegas, and performed at the 2013 New Orleans Convention.  Her playing has been broadcast live on Chicago’s classical radio station WFMT, Rice University’s KTRU and Houston’s KUHF “Front Row” Program.

She has been a concerto soloist in the United States, Italy and China.  She performed on Bellini’s La Sonnambula Variations with L’Offerta Musicale Chamber Orchestra of Venice.  Symphonic performances include the El Paso Opera and El Paso Symphony Orchestras, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Rice University Shepherd School Orchestras led by Larry Rachleff.  Pperformances as principal flutist include Mozart’s Don Giovanni with conductor Richard Bado, Lalo Schifrin’s Tangos Concertantes with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and Strauss’ Four Last Songs with soprano Renée Fleming.

Dr. Ramirez is a recent winner of the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize for Best Achievement from Rice University(2010).  As the winner of grants from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust, the Ernst Krenek Society, and philanthropist Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg, she recorded her debut recital CD Transformation, and commissioned and premiered a new flute and piano work entitled Into Utter Forever (2006) by University of Colorado (Boulder) composer Daniel Kellogg.

Dr. Ramirez served as a music panelist for the 2010 Hispanic Career and Education Day held at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston.  Her guest masterclass appearances include Brigham Young University (BYU), University of Utah, New Mexico State University, repeat engagements at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Bowling Green State University, and the University of Central Florida.  She has recently taught masterclasses internationally at the Liceo Musicale Statale di Lucca (Italy), the Middle School of the Shanghai Conservatory (China), the Universidad de Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia), and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Conservatorio de Musica (Bogota, Colombia).

winslowHerbert Winslow
Instructor in Music — Horn
When Herbert Winslow joined the Minnesota Orchestra as associate principal horn in 2005, he already had a long relationship with the Orchestra—he had performed as acting associate principal horn in Sommerfest concerts since 1993 and served in that role throughout the 1994-95 season and on the Orchestra’s 2004 European Tour. He performed Mozart’s Second Horn Concerto in January 2011 as part of the Orchestra’s Mid-Winter Mozart festival. In October 2008 he was featured with Orchestra colleagues in another Mozart work, the Sinfonia concertante. He made an appearance on the Chamber Music at MacPhail series in February 2010, performing Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet.

Prior to taking his position with the Orchestra, Winslow served as principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a post he held from 1981 to 2006. In addition, he spent three summer seasons as principal horn of the Santa Fe Opera and was assistant principal horn of the New Mexico Symphony. While still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, he played with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a substitute and extra musician, serving as assistant principal horn in 1975.

Winslow has performed extensively as a chamber musician; from 2002 to 2004 he played in the Bay Chamber Music Festival’s First Chair All-Stars series in Rockport, Maine, joining principal players from orchestras in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Chicago and Montreal.

In demand as a teacher, Winslow has been an adjunct faculty member of St. Olaf College since 2001 and was an affiliate faculty member of the University of Minnesota from 1989 to 2007. He also was on the faculty of the University of New Mexico from 1977 to 1981. He has presented master classes at colleges and universities across the country, including the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University.

Winslow studied with Ethel Merker at Indiana University and earned a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Mason Jones.

Winslow is a volunteer at Courage Center, where he coaches a power wheelchair soccer team. He lives in Woodbury with his wife and their family.

ZimmermanWeb09Larry Zimmerman
Instructor in Music — Low Brass
Trombonist Larry Zimmerman graduated magna cum laude with a degree in music education from St. Olaf College in 1986, and earned an MM in Trombone Performance from Boston University in 1989. He is a member of the Grammy winning Chestnut Brass Company, and is Principal Trombonist of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. He has performed around Minnesota with many ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Larry is also active in the performance of period brass instruments, including Renaissance sackbuts and 19th Century saxhorns. He enjoys working as a soloist & chamber musician, and has recently presented programs of new music for trombone with piano, organ, tape, film, & other instruments. Larry lives in Minneapolis and is a low brass instructor at St. Olaf College, Bethel University, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the University of St. Thomas.