Pat Boser attended Dickinson State University as a music major with an emphasis in pipe organ and tenor sax. She then graduated from Texas Women's University with a music therapy major and psychology minor. From 1966 to 1983 she taught music therapy at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center. Pat has taught piano and organ lessons at St. John Nepomuk Elementary School in Lastrup and St. Michael's Elementary in Buckman and now at Holy Trinity School in Pierz. Pat is the church organist at St. John's in Lastrup and plays for area weddings.
A native of Kentwood, LA, Greg has extensive experience playing in all types of bands. Majoring in theater, Greg pursued a career in the retail music industry but now focuses completely on teaching and recording. He records various styles of music from rock, pop, blues, and Latin. Greg is available to teach guitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, and recording using Pro Tools. Greg enjoys listening to and teaching all types of music from blues to Bach.
Kathryn Pederson, B.S., attended Hamline University in St. Paul and received her degree from Mankato College to teach K-12 music. In addition, she has completed graduate courses at St. Cloud State University. She has taught vocal music in the Pierz Public Schools and at the Central Minnesota School of Music in St. Cloud. Presently she also maintains a private studio in her home.
John has studied percussion with Bruce Pederson, Gene Koshinski at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Dr. Terry Vermillion at St. Cloud State University. He currently drums with The Sweet Papa Dave Band, a blues band out of St. Cloud. John has taught percussion privately on and off for about 7 years. John also has years of experience playing with several area bands.
Pamela Wolters, M.A., is a specialist in theory and composition. She is available to teach voice, guitar, piano, band instruments, theory and composition. She also teaches K-6 music at the Swanville Public Schools. She also served as Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church in Brookings, South Dakota.
Bobbi French has a B.A. in music education from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. She has studied and performed on violin, voice and piano since her youth and has over 35 years’ experience as a private teacher on both instruments as well as experience conducting church and community choirs. Most recently she lived in East Central Minnesota where, in addition to her private studio work, she served as the music director for annual school/community musicals. Bobbi’s goal is to teach students of all ages and ability levels to appreciate and create beauty in the world through music. Whether or not music becomes a life-long pursuit, she firmly believes that early exposure to music makes for more respectful and responsible citizens of our world—people who are more sensitive to others and more attuned to wonder and beauty all around us. Bobbi is available to teach violin, viola and piano. Her lessons emphasize music theory, instrument technique, note-reading and sight-reading, ear training and musical expression.
Originally from Willmar, Teri competed for six years in the Midwest Amateur Gymnastics Association. She has taught all ages groups from 18 months through middle school and has served as the head gymnastics coach at the Little Falls Middle School. Teri also has a strong musical education background as well. Teri lives in St. Cloud with her husband and three sons.
Amanda comes to the Music Center from St. Cloud. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a BA degree in music. Her primary instruments are clarinet and cello, although she is also qualified to teach piano, all woodwinds and strings. Amanda also teaches in the St. Cloud area and performs for various theater and musical groups in that area.
Kevin Stueven, B.S., is a professional woodwind instrumentalist (primarily clarinet and saxophone), music and theatre educator, clinician, composer, actor, and theater director. He is very active in regional performing groups. Kevin is available to teach all levels of woodwinds, and beginning and intermediate band instruments and piano lessons. He is also available to teach composition and theater courses.
DR. EDWARD TURLEY
Dr. Edward Turley holds the degree of doctor of musical arts from the University of Colorado. He is a professor of piano and is in the Music Department for the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. He is active throughout the Upper Midwest as recitalist, soloist, accompanist, clinician and adjudicator and has been featured in a number of Twin Cities concert series as well as on Minnesota Public Radio.
JOAN A. WINGERT
Joan A. Wingert has an MA in Liturgical Studies (music emphasis) from St. John’s School of Theology, Collegeville, MN and a BA in Music Education (K-12) from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. She served 28 years as Director of Music & Liturgy for churches in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Topeka and Atchison, KS, Little Falls and Upsala, MN. For the same 28 years she’s been an instructor of voice, piano and guitar, including owning and operating her own music studio, Note Bene, in Upsala since 2003. She’s been a conference presenter and conference music director for The Heartland Conference (Kansas City) as well as other area and diocesan courses/workshops. She is the composer and vocalist for the CD, Sow the Wind; Riepp, the Whirlwind about Benedicta Riepp, OSB, the founder of the Benedictine order of nuns in the United States (buried at St. Benedict’s Monatery, St. Joseph,MN). Joan also serves at the Liturgist for the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.
Jordan Welinski started playing guitar at the age of 12 under Greg Langlois. In his studies he spent time learning the theory behind playing and teaching techniques. Jordan’s goal is to get into the music industry, so he dedicates hours to his craft. Jordan comes highly recommended because of his knowledge, experience, and dedication. Jordan is available to teach guitar.
Sarah has been a violinist in the St. Cloud and surrounding area since she was 14, when she joined the St Cloud Symphony. She also performed with them as a soloist as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. She has played in orchestras from California to Washington DC, and has appeared live on MPR. She has studied at St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota and continuously seeks new avenues of learning. Sarah has been teaching for almost 5 years now and loves to be part of young minds absorbing music! She has a young son named Oliver who is almost 3. Sarah is available to teach violin and viola.
Jenna Miller studied voice and cello at Grove City College, a private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. She has lived in central MN for nine years and has performed with various groups in the area, including the St. Cloud Symphony, Water Into Wine (a Catholic liturgical band), the Legacy Chorale, and as a soloist with the Great River Strings. She currently serves as principal cello of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. Her family also leads the worship music twice a month at St. James Catholic Church, Randall. Jenna feels that all people can be stirred and shaped in positive ways by musical exposure and training. In her teaching, she believes in building a solid technical foundation, and in fostering creativity and musical success by incorporating various approaches to learning to play the cello.
Rob Clemons coordinates the URock Against Violence program through St. Francis Music Center. This program offers music coaching and instruction to middle school and high school-aged children, along with skills to enhance success at home, at school and in the community. Rob first became involved with music through his children, who take lessons at St. Francis Music Center. While he does not have a music background himself, he has come to appreciate the tremendous value of music and of the music center through his children’s experiences. Rob holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Cloud State University and has been working with kids and families for 10 years. He and his wife Ruth have three children.
Sister Adela Gross, Clerical
Sister Bernice Rieland, Clerical