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Staff

Kate FitzgeraldKate Fitzgerald
NSMA Director

For the past 21 years, Kate has worked in nonprofit arts administration. From 1998-99 she worked for the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in Santa Fe, NM. In 2003 she was hired as assistant director of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference and program coordinator for the University of New Mexico’s Department of English. Kate has been the director of the North Shore Music Association since 2010.


 


Board of Directors

Chel AndersonChel Anderson, Hovland
Chairperson, Treasurer

Chel is an ecologist with MN DNR. She has been a board member of NSMA since 1989, serving in a number of positions. She has extensive experience serving other non-profits, as well as NSMA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wayne RussWayne Russ, Grand Marais
Vice Chairperson

Wayne has been a member of NSMA since its inception in 1986, and he was instrumental in assisting with the design and layout of the ACA. He is the driving force behind the annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend, a musician, and a retired wildlife ecologist in the Forest Service.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



Greg TofteGreg Tofte
Tofte

Greg is a life-long resident of Cook County. He has been a supporter of NSMA for many years and joined the NSMA board in 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Charyl LarsenCheryl Larsen
Grand Marais

Cheryl joined the NSMA Board in 2011 to help support the music scene. A long-time resident of Cook County, she has attended and participated in many NSMA performances, workshops, and dances, as well as the Folk Music Festivals on the West End that inspired the creation of the NSMA in the 1980s. Cheryl’s life has been richly enhanced by participating in creative expression through the realms of visual art, spoken word, music, and dance along the North Shore.
 

 

 

 


Philis AndersonPhilis Anderson
Grand Marais 

Philis is the former principal oboist with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. She has played in Grand Marais’ Annual Community Christmas Concerts for 50 years. She enjoys spending her time with her family and also riding and driving her four Norwegian Fjord horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Carl SolanderCarl Solander
Grand Marais

Carl brings years of experience in the music business to the NSMA board. A recent transplant from Ashland, WI, he has been a long-time commuter to host classic country and blues shows on Cook County’s WTIP radio station. He has been involved in radio, music festival and concert promotion, booking, publicity, and emceeing for many decades.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tracy CullenTracey Cullen
Grand Marais

Tracey is a classical archaeologist whose chief interest is the prehistory of Greece and the Aegean islands. She served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Archaeology and Editor-in-Chief of Hesperia, and has participated in fieldwork on Crete, Cyprus, Euboea, and mainland Greece. Now retired, she continues to work on archaeological projects—and loves to sing in the Borealis Chorale.





 

 





 
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Cantus: One Giant Leap
01/11/2020: 7 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming, and riveting performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of “exquisite.” 

 

In 2020, Cantus celebrates its 25th anniversary with One Giant Leap, a new program inspired by the celestial sky, the allure of upward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit, and the striving for excellence through innovation and technology. Structured around the moon landing and the groundwork that was laid to make this historic achievement possible, the poetic arc of the program includes works by Mohammed Fairouz, Franz Schubert, Kenneth Jennings, Byron Adams, David Bowie, Camille Saint-Saëns, Eriks Esenvalds, Z. Randall Stroope, and a piece originally commissioned for Cantus by Sarah Kirkland Snider.

 

Watch a video about One Giant Leap here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=89&v=Qeg62Uk59fg&feature=emb_logo

 

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