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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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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
05/11/2019 - 05/12/2019@ Various Locations
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the North Shore Music Association and North Shore Health present Sam Miltich's The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz.

Highlighting cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and sharing his own story, original compositions, and teaching, Sam Miltich inspires hope for increased mental health awareness and destigmatization. Join us for three powerfully moving events that champion understanding for a vulnerable population:

MUSIC-PROCESS WORKSHOP at Grand Marais Public Library (104 2nd Ave. W) – May 11 at 2:30 pm – Sam discusses and demonstrates guitar techniques, talks about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery, and engages in Q&A. Open to the public and free of charge.

EVENING CONCERT at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (417 1st Ave. W, Grand Marais) – May 11 at 7 pm – Sam and performs with his quartet, with an accompanying narrative that highlights the creative and important contributions to society and culture that can be made by individuals with mental illness. Tickets are $15 general admission, for sale at event only. 

TALK at the North Shore Health Multipurpose Room (515 5th Ave. W, Grand Marais, just off the lobby in the new hospital entrance) – May 12 at 2 pm – Sam's talk, focused on hope and recovery, highlights his experience with schizophrenia, as well as the experiences of other accomplished musicians who achieved great personal and professional success while living with mental illness (including Thelonious Monk). Open to the public and free of charge. 

This project is made possible through a grant from Wilderness Health, a Northeast MN and Northwest WI collaborative, leading the transformation for rural health care systems. 
 
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
05/11/2019 - 05/12/2019@ Various Locations
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the North Shore Music Association and North Shore Health present Sam Miltich's The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz.

Highlighting cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and sharing his own story, original compositions, and teaching, Sam Miltich inspires hope for increased mental health awareness and destigmatization. Join us for three powerfully moving events that champion understanding for a vulnerable population:

MUSIC-PROCESS WORKSHOP at Grand Marais Public Library (104 2nd Ave. W) – May 11 at 2:30 pm – Sam discusses and demonstrates guitar techniques, talks about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery, and engages in Q&A. Open to the public and free of charge.

EVENING CONCERT at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (417 1st Ave. W, Grand Marais) – May 11 at 7 pm – Sam and performs with his quartet, with an accompanying narrative that highlights the creative and important contributions to society and culture that can be made by individuals with mental illness. Tickets are $15 general admission, for sale at event only. 

TALK at the North Shore Health Multipurpose Room (515 5th Ave. W, Grand Marais, just off the lobby in the new hospital entrance) – May 12 at 2 pm – Sam's talk, focused on hope and recovery, highlights his experience with schizophrenia, as well as the experiences of other accomplished musicians who achieved great personal and professional success while living with mental illness (including Thelonious Monk). Open to the public and free of charge. 

This project is made possible through a grant from Wilderness Health, a Northeast MN and Northwest WI collaborative, leading the transformation for rural health care systems. 
 
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7pm Sky Blue With Horns
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Sky Blue With Horns
Sky Blue With Horns
05/25/2019: 7 PM@ Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Join us for a concert celebrating the role of horns in the history of jazz, featuring trumpet soloist Tom Pfotenhauer (veteran jazz teacher, UMD Dept. of Music & Jazz Studies Program), backed by local players Eric Anderson on trombone, Erik Hahn on sax and flute, and the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble led by Mike DeBevec. 

The talents of these remarkable regional musicians will be showcased in self-composed horn arrangements and original compositions by Pfotenhauer and DeBevec, as well as favorite jazz standards and jazz/pop fusion tunes (Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chuck Mangione), with six vocalists rounding out the ensemble. 

Tickets are general admission. $15 adults, $5 youth 18 & under. For sale at event only, in lobby, starting at 6:30 pm.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 417 1st Ave. West, Grand Marais. 
 
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