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Staff

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
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.
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Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
05/18/2018: 7:30 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Three-time "Best Blues Album" Grammy nominee singer/guitarist Ruthie Foster of Austin Texas has dueted with Bonnie Raitt, performed  with the Allman Brothers, and shared the stage with Susan Tedeschi. She's the recipient of Seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics' Award for "Female Blues Artist of the Year."  

The Philadelphia City Paper writes of Foster, “The energy she brings with just voice and guitar is stunning. Ruthie's drawn comparisons to Ella and Aretha, but musically neither is really close. What she does have in common with Fitzgerald and Franklin is the irresistible blaze – it's impossible to look away, even close the eyes, for one second.” 

Tickets $15 general admission. Advance sales at http://aca.tix.com/ (no fees) and at door night of show (box office opens at 6:30 pm). 

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of  Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds.
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