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Minneapolis

Greg Nelson

Cellist

Greg Nelson is Adjunct Instructor of Cello at St. Cloud State University. Greg received his Bachelor of Music in performance from St. Olaf College under the instruction of Dr. David Carter, and his Master of Music in the same field from the University of Minnesota with Professor Tanya Remenikova.  Mr. Nelson has taught at St. Cloud State University for two years and in addition to his duties at the college he maintains a studio of cellists in the Minneapolis area.  He has also been instructor at the Strings and Piano Academy Summer festival at St. Olaf College, and the Chamber Music Midwest festival in New Richmond, WI. 

 

Elise Meichels

Violinist

As a diverse musician, violinist Elise Meichels has appeared in a wide range of venues throughout the world, from Beijing's Central Conservatory as a chamber musician, to a touring orchestral musician throughout Germany, Austria and Spain. Other ensemble appearances have included the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, concerts with the Shepherd School of Music's contemporary ensemble 20/2, performances on Houston's KUHF radio program The Front Row and with the KUHF Houston Public Radio Chamber Players.  An avid orchestral musician and concertmaster of orchestras for a decade, Ms. Meichels has performed with ensembles including the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Minnesota Children's Theater Company, The Guthrie Theater, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, South Dakota Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School of Music's symphony and chamber orchestras as well as principal of the Aspen Music Festival and School's orchestras while attending on full scholarship.

A native of Minneapolis, Ms. Meichels completed a Master's degree at Rice University in 2008, where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Fellowship of Violin award, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She received a Bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a School of Music Scholarship, studying under Vartan Manoogian . Ms. Meichels lives in the Twin Cities with her husband Jeremy and their little dog, Madi, where she teaches at the Augsburg College Suzuki Talent Education Program and performs around the twin cities.

Allison Bengfort

Violinist

Allison Bengfort, violin, studied at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  She has been playing the violin for over fifteen years, and she has served as Concertmaster of youth orchestras in Davenport and Iowa City, IA.  In June 2005, she soloed with the Preucil School of Music’s String Orchestra on their European tour.  During her years at St. Olaf, she has played in string trios, quartets, and piano ensembles.  She is in the first violin section of the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Her international career includes a tour to Spain and Morocco in 2008. She studied with Professor Charles Gray. Currently, Allison is an active performer in Minnesota including recitals, recordings and chamber music concerts. 

Angela Waterman-Hanson

Violinist

Angela Waterman-Hanson completed a doctor of music arts degree in violin performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Sally O'Reilly. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Hanson has a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from St. Olaf College, where she studied with Charles Gray, and a master's degree in violin performance also from the University of Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra (and concertmaster during the 2006-2007 season), Hanson performs often as a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She was recently named the concertmaster for the Dakota Valley Symphony in Burnsville, and also plays regularly with the Mill City String Quartet and the Minnesota Sinfonia. Hanson has performed with many other groups including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Vocal Essence, Kantorei, the South Dakota Symphony, the Wheaton Symphony, and the Chicago Youth Symphony, and has attended the Aspen, Bravo!, and Kent/Blossom Music Festivals. Hanson currently teaches violin lessons in the twin cities area at Bethel University, Grace Free Lutheran Church/Heritage Christian Academy, the Association Free Lutheran Bible School (AFLBS), and at her home in Coon Rapids, where she lives with her husband, Andrew.

Erika Hoogeveen

Violinlist

Erika Hoogeveen received her Master's degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Minnesota, studying with Sally O'Reilly. In 2004, she began a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conjunction with her Master's degree, but after a year put her DMA studies on hold with the arrival of her first child. Erika's Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance was completed at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, studying with Rick Lohmann and Margaret Carpenter. As a winner of Young Artist Competitions for the Cherokee Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony, she had the privilege of soloing with both orchestras. She also performed twice as a soloist with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Erika has participated in the Bravo Music Festival and the Northern Lights Music Festival. A founding member of the Mill City String Quartet, she also regularly performs with the South Dakota Symphony. Other groups she has played with include Kantorei, the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (as associate concertmaster and principal violist), the Sioux City Symphony, and the Cherokee Symphony. Erika has been on the violin faculty of MacPhail Center for the Arts, St. Joseph's School of Music, and Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. Currently, she teaches private lessons in her home in St. Paul where she resides with her husband and two children. 
 

Huldah Niles

Violinist/Violist

Accomplished violinist and violist, Ms. Niles currently plays with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and as Principal 2nd Violin for the Mankato Symphony. She is also a substitute for the Minnesota Orchestra on both violin and viola. Huldah began her music studies on violin at the age of five at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa with Doris Preucil (William Preucil's mother). Through the Preucil School of music, Huldah traveled to Japan with a group of peers from the Cleveland Institute of Music where they played for Dr. Suzuki at his private residence and for the Prince and Princess of Japan in Tokyo. Ms. Niles received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Sally O'Reilly. She has also studied viola with Thomas Turner, Principal Viola of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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