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Staff

Kate Fitzgerald
Kate 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 Anderson
Chel Anderson
Hovland, Chairperson, Treasurer

Chel is a longtime member of the Music Association and enthusiastic supporter of its mission. A retired plant ecologist and coauthor of North Shore - A Natural History of Minnesota's Superior Coast, the natural world figures large in her life. Music, singing and dancing are essential parts of her joy of being in the world.

Wayne Russ
Wayne 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.

Tracey Cullen
Tracey Cullen
Grand Marais, Secretary

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.

Greg Tofte
Greg 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.

Cheryl Larson
Cheryl Larson
Grand Marais

Cheryl joined the NSMA Board in 2011 to help support the music scene. A long-time resident of Cook County, she attended and participated in many NSMA performances, workshops, dances, and 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 visual arts, spoken word, music, and dance along the North Shore.

Philis Anderson
Philis 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 Solander
Carl 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.  

Rovena Claxton
Rovena Claxton
Grand Marais

A newcomer to Cook County and owner of a small business specializing in human resource services, Rovena is a former classically trained pianist and violinist with the Golden Valley Community Orchestra. She loves the diversity of the north shore music scene and particularly enjoys making music with Grand Marais' own Borealis Chorale and Orchestra.

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