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.
Kathryn Pederson attended Hamline University in St. Paul and received her B.S. 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. Kathy also is a church musician at First United Church in Little Falls. She has taught at the Music Center for 28 years.
John has a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. He teaches drums, piano, guitar and bass, and also directs the St. Francis Percussion Ensemble. He is a founding member of the St. Cloud, MN, Beatles tribute band, The Revolution 5 and is bassist and vocalist for the Minneapolis, MN, rock band, Capital Sons, whose latest release is 2018’s rose –Colored World. In addition to teaching, John continues to tour extensively and also works as a studio session musician.
Retired from teaching 40 years in public schools, Pamela Wolters has a B.A. in music education and a M.A. in theory and composition. She is available to teach voice, guitar, piano, band instruments, violin, theory and composition. 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 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 and viola 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, BS, is a professional woodwind instrumentalist, (clarinet, saxophone and flute), music and theatre educator, clinician, composer, actor, and director. He is very active in regional performing groups, serving as conductor of the GREAT Theatre orchestra in St. Cloud. Kevin is available to teach all levels of woodwinds, beginning and intermediate band instruments and guitar. He also teaches piano, accordion and composition lessons.
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.
My name is Amanda Lampert and I am very excited to share my love of dance with your child. You may have seen me before, normally behind a camera at St. Francis Music Center events. I am the Multi-Media Graphic/Web Designer and in-house Photographer for the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, so teaching dance will be a fun and different way to use my creativity.
During our eight weeks together your child will explore movement through music, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity.
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.
MELLISSA 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. 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!
KYLE GRAY YOUNG
Kyle Gray Young is originally from the Chicago area where he spent 15 years as a music educator and singer/songwriter. Kyle offers lessons for guitar, bass, songwriting, composition, & arranging. His passion for music and learning comes through in each lesson which helps every student become more self-motivated to practice and have the desire to learn as much as possible about their instrument.
As a performer, Kyle has shared the stage alongside Corky Siegel, James Lee Stanley, & Christian Nesmith, among others. As a recording artist, Kyle's music has been licensed for films and television commercials around the world and his songs receive more than 10,000 plays per month across various streaming platforms online. He has released eight solo albums on his own record label, Gray Cat Records, and is currently working on his ninth.
Sister Adela Gross
Sister Bernice Rieland