North Shore Music Association Enter


Kate FitzgeraldKate Fitzgerald
NSMA Director

Kate has worked in nonprofit arts administration for 19 years. In 1998 she began working 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, as well as 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.

Kris Garey, Hovland

Kris is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hovland. She is a singing and committee member of the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra. 

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.

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.

  Jane Alexander
  Grand Marais
Jane has been coming to her happy place on the North Shore seasonally for nearly 20 years. She recently retired and she, her husband Chris, and their wheaten terrier, Guster, moved to Grand Marais full time to take advantage of the area’s unique recreational and cultural opportunities. Jane joined the NSMA board because she believes that creating and sharing music is a universal experience that spreads joy and builds community.

Will Moore
Grand Marais

Will hails from St. Cloud, MN and has been living in Cook County and working as the music director at WTIP North Shore Community Radio since 2014. He joined the NSMA board in early 2018. He can often be seen playing bass around the area with  Plucked Up String Band, Mysterious Ways, and other groups.
Calendar of Events
7pm Winter Gathering & Dance feat. the SplinterTones
Winter Gathering & Dance feat. the SplinterTones
Winter Gathering & Dance feat. the SplinterTones
01/19/2019: 7 PM - 10 PM@ Hovland Town Hall
With support from the Opp-Hvidston Foundation, NSMA hosts a winter gathering and dance featuring the tremendously talented, high-octane band the SplinterTones.

Everyone is invited to Hovland Town Hall (4957 East Hwy. 61) to listen to great music, dance, and socialize with friends and neighbors. Come enjoy the light and warmth of community celebration at this dark, cold time of year when we all need it most! There's no admission fee. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
The SplinterTones are a six-piece band who play a zesty mix of tunes in an arrestingly original style. With their rousing rhythmic grooves, vibrant harmonies, and colorful stage presence, the SplinterTones crowd the room and the dance floor with delighted people of all ages. The SplinterTones are: Leah Thomas, accordion and vocals; Rick Brandenburg, drums; Jeff DeShaw, bass and vocals; Max Bichel, violin and vocals; Liz Sivertson, saxophone, clarinet, and vocals; and John Gruber, guitar and vocals.
The Opp-Hvidston Foundation is a small, private family foundation created in 2015 by Patricia Hvidston and Roger Opp. Long-time supporters of the arts, education, housing, and women’s development, Patricia and Roger created the Opp-Hvidston Foundation to help support the community spirit of East Cook County. 
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