North Shore Music Association Enter


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 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 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

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 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 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.  
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.
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.
Calendar of Events
7pm Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me
Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me
Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me
02/22/2020: 7 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Dylan Fresco's performance "The Holocaust and Me" is the story of how Dylan came to realize the impact of the Holocaust on his family and his own life, despite his being born decades after it happened. The performance includes music accompanied by guitar and sung in Ladino, a language based on medieval Spanish and Hebrew that is spoken by many Sephardic Jews. Dylan will facilitate a critical reflection period afterward.


About Dylan: Dylan Fresco is a musician and theater artist who works as a writer, performer, and educator with a diverse array of communities and arts partners. His work takes place in theaters, classrooms, community centers, and even on neighborhood sidewalks. A graduate of Carleton College and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Dylan has created solo performances that have been sold-out hits at Fringe Festivals across the country. He has written songs and helped create plays in the Twin Cities with Upstream Arts and Children’s Theatre Company, and he's worked in partnership with multiple organizations serving people with disabilities. He recently helped lead the creation of the original play “Birds Sing Differently Here," which premiered at the Guthrie Theater, in collaboration with a group of Iraqi-Americans and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Dylan's work has received support from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, Springboard for the Arts, the Arts on Chicago Initiative, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the MN State Arts Board.


Tickets for the event are $10 adults, $5 youth, for sale in advance at (no fees, search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") and at the door on the night of the show, starting at 6 pm. 

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