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.
Tina Lamberts has over 20 years of experience teaching cello. In addition to her private lesson studio, Mrs. Lamberts has taught music at neighborhood outreach centers in Chicago as well as after-school programs in central MN. She been teaching and playing cello in central Minnesota since 2001. Mrs. Lamberts has completed numerous courses in music education, performance and studio teaching at St. Cloud State University, Lipscomb University in Nashville and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2010, Mrs. Lamberts was awarded a Central MN Arts Board Individual Artist Grant to study with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra principal cellist, Berndt Bohman. Mrs. Lamberts and SFMC faculty violinist Sarah Dahl perform regularly with the L’unica Quartet. This ensemble (as a trio) was chosen by Minnesota Public Radio as 2014/2015 Class Notes Artists making presentations in grade schools throughout Minnesota. In addition to local chamber ensembles, chorales and churches, Mrs. Lamberts has performed with ensembles including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra. Mrs. Lamberts is excited to be a part of the SFMC family and is looking forward to working with students in the Little Falls area.
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 almost 40 years of experience as a teacher and director of community ensembles and musicals. Having played violin with several orchestras throughout the Midwest, she presently performs with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. Bobbi’s goal is to teach students of all ages and ability levels to appreciate and create beauty in the world through music. She is available to teach violin, viola, and piano with lessons emphasizing music theory, instrument technique, note-reading and sight-reading, ear training and musical expression. Bobbi is also the music director and conductor of the Saint Francis String Orchestras.
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.
He has been playing the French horn for the past 57 years. He holds a B.A. in music and philosophy from Valparaiso University, and M.A. in music history from the University of Minnesota and MLS in library science from the University of Minnesota. He worked in public, academic and network libraries for more than 40 years. His wide music background includes orchestras, church groups and chamber ensembles in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa and California.
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.
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.
My name is Missy O’Connell and I am very excited to share my passion and love of dance with your child. This is my second year with the St. Francis Music Center and I am very excited to be back . I live in Sartell with my husband and 4 boys. My day job is working at the St. Cloud Family YMCA as a group exercise instructor and at Athlos Academy as a kindergarten teacher. When I’m not teaching, running fitness classes or cheering for my boys and husband on a baseball field I am dancing. I am currently on my third season with a local dance company called Minnesota Dance Ensemble. We are a non-profit dance company specializing in modern and jazz.
Though I have experience in multiple dance disciplines, ultimately what I love to teach is creative dance/movement. During our 8 weeks together your children will explore movement through music, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity. My belief is that dance, in one form or another, is for everyone. I love to tell my friends who don’t think they’re good enough “It doesn’t matter how well you dance, it just matters that you do!”
Hannah has had music in her life as long as she can remember. Both her mother and her grandfather are excellent musicians, so their love of music has passed onto her. She started violin at the age of 7 and piano a year later. Since then, she has played for mass at her church, participated in the MMTA piano competitions, and has taken part in many different orchestras. Currently, she is the concertmaster of the St. Francis Concert Orchestra, a first violinist in the Heartland Symphony Orchestra and is studying violin with SFMC teacher Bobbi French and piano with Becky Nelson. Hannah is considering studying music in college and is enjoying the chance to teach.
Adam comes to the Music Center from St. Cloud where he attended St. Cloud University with an emphasis on piano performance. Since the he has been a professional pianist and piano teacher for over 10 years. He is active in the central Minnesota area as a keyboard player, accompanist, and music teacher. He specialized in all levels of piano, theory and music composition. He also plays bass guitar.
Melissa von Itter
I graduated from Little Falls Community High School. I continued my education at Concordia College in Moorhead, pursuing my Bachelor degree in Music, Music Education. While I was there I had the privilege to perform with the top ensembles of the school, the Concordia Band and Concordia Orchestra, as well as other chamber groups and smaller ensembles. I went on tour internationally with the orchestra the year I graduated to the Holy Land, which is where I began my teaching career. I taught in different cities in the West Bank, including Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus, and I did a year of teaching in Jerusalem. During my stay there, I taught with the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, as a clarinet/saxophone/piano teacher, as well as a small chamber group instructor and a wind band director. I taught concurrently in a program in the Aida Refugee Camp with Musicians Without Borders. I believe it is always important to keep growing and adjusting as a teacher and musician, so I am currently also studying with Dr. Okwabi to continue to develop myself as a musician. As a teacher, I am passionate about incorporating more into lessons than reading music. Students learn in different ways, and music is taught in different ways, and I aim to find the best match for each student. I look forward to sharing my passion with the students and families of my community and am thrilled to be teaching at home again!
Sister Adela Gross
Sister Bernice Rieland