Professional Staff - Sectional Coaches
I - Mary Sorlie is an on-demand freelance performer and
teacher in the Twin Cities and has played with the Lexington
Symphony, Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis Chamber Symphony, Lyra
Concert and Minnesota Sinfonia and Allegro Con Brio. Currently
a conductor with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies,
Ms. Sorlie is a frequent guest conductor and string clinician
in the Midwest and also enjoys teaching students of all ages
and levels of skill in her violin studio. She taught violin
and coached chamber music at Northwestern College for yearly
20 years and was the founder and director of the college's
Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Sorlie received her Bachelor and Master
of Music degrees in violin performance from the University
of Minnesota, with additional study at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory
of Music and at the Oberlin and Brussels Conservatories.
II - Sue Bennefeld is an active freelancer and has performed
with several professional orchestras in the Twin Cities including
the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Family Concerts. She is a
performing violinist in Quartetto Escondido, a string quartet
that has Artistic membership in Thursday Musical. Ms. Bennefeld
is concertmaster of Allegro Sinfonia and is a member of Allegro
Con Brio. She studied with Hermann Straka in high school and
with Richard Massmann and Lea Foli while obtaining a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree in violin performance at the University
of Minnesota. While there she held the concertmaster position
with the orchestra. Ms. Bennefeld has a private violin studio
and has lead the Minnesota Youth Symphonies' String Studio
Program at Anderson Open Schools in Minneapolis.
- Stella Anderson has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra,
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, and Minneapolis
Pops Orchestra. Before moving to the Twin Cities, she served
as principal violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Marion
Symphony Orchestra. Currently Ms. Anderson holds the principal
viola position with Allegro Sinfonia, plays with Allegro Con
Brio and is a founding member of the Sartory String Quartet.
A past president of the Minnesota chapter of the American
String Teachers Association and a recipient of the 1995 Master
Teacher Award, she serves on the faculties of the MacPhail
Center for Music, Macalester College and the Augsburg College
Suzuki Talent Education program. Ms. Anderson is currently
president of the Minnesota Viola Society. She attended the
University of Hawaii and received her B.M.E. degree at Indiana
University where she studied with William Primrose and David
- Mina Fisher began her musical studies in Hershey, PA,
with her parents, both music educators. A graduate of Indiana
University, she studied cello with Janos Starker and Fritz
Magg, and chamber music with William Primrose and David Dawson.
Mina also studied with Andre Navarra in Siena and at the Hochschule
for Musik in Vienna. Previously the principal cellist of the
National Symphony of Costa Rica, and the associate principal
cellist of the New Orleans Philharmonic, she now is a member
of the Minnesota Orchestra. As cellist of the Ensemble Capriccio,
she helped commission over a dozen pieces for string trio,
toured internationally, and recorded four CDs. She joined
the Bakken Trio in 2003.
- Rahn Yanes has held principal bass positions with several
professional orchestras throughout central and northern California,
including the Fresno Philharmonic and the Monterey Symphony.
He also spent several years in Mexico, playing with the National
Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico
City. Mr. Yanes has broad musical interests and performs jazz,
rock'n'roll, bluegrass and tango while continuing to freelance
as a classical bassist. He has been principal bass of Allegro
Sinfonia for several years and is a member of Allegro Con
Brio. Having held teaching positions at the Escuela Nacional
de Musica at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Fresno
State University, Mr. Yanes has also maintained a private
teaching studio throughout his career.
- Merilee Klemp, oboist, is a well-known recitalist, chamber
musician and teacher. She performs with the Minnesota Opera
Orchestra, Vocalessence, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Allegro
Con Brio, as a studio session player, and with major national
tours of musicals such as Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera,
and Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Klemp is an Associate Professor
at Augsburg College where she has served as Chair of the Music
Department (1992-1998). Following graduation from Augsburg
College, she received her M.A. in Musicology from Dr. Susan
McClary at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Klemp's mentor
is Richard Killmer of the Eastman School of Music where she
received the DMA in 2003; additionally, she has studied with
John Mack, Ronald Roseman, Wayne Rapier and John deLancie.
- Matthew Wilson is active as a freelance horn player
in the Twin Cities. He plays regularly with the Minnesota
Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Allegro Con
Brio, and has been a substitute for The Phantom of the Opera
Broadway touring company. Mr. Wilson was principal horn with
the Rochester Orchestra for three years; recently he was a
semi-finalist at the New York Philharmonic horn auditions.
Currently he holds the position of Horn Professor at both
Gustavus Adolphus College and Northwestern College. Mr. Wilson
has taught horn privately since 1992 and has been Horn Instructor
at Rymer-Hadley School of Music, St. Joseph's School of Music,
and the Northwestern Academy of Music. He has also been a
clinician for the Robbinsdale, Anoka, and Woodbury school
districts. Mr. Wilson received his undergraduate degree from
Northwestern College in Roseville, MN and his Masters of Music
degree from the University of Minnesota.
- Matthew Barber, percussionist, has performed extensively
with most of the Twin Cities area's theaters and orchestras.
He was staff percussionist with the Guthrie Theater from 1980-87,
where he also served as music director and assistant conductor.
Mr. Barber played principal percussion with the Duluth-Superior
Symphony Orchestra for two seasons, and is currently principal
percussionist with the Minnesota Opera. He has been playing
extra percussion with the Minnesota Orchestra since 1994.
Mr. Barber received a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion
Performance from the University of Michigan where he studied
with Charles Owen.