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 Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
03/01/2019: 7 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Sones de Mexico Ensemble is the country's premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican 'son', including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. 25 years ago, the group was formed in Chicago to keep the tradition of Mexican 'son' alive in its many regional forms. The two-time Grammy-nominated group has developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes and toured nationally and internationally, including performances at the Getty Museum in L.A., New York's Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

While in Grand Marais, Sones de Mexico will perform an Evening Concert of music and dance for the public at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (51 West 5th St.) on Friday, March 1 at 7 pm. The event is general admission, $15 adults and $5 youth ages 18 and under. General seating. Tickets can be purchased now at www.aca. (no fees), by phone at 218-387-1272, and at the box office on March 1 (opens at 6 pm).

In addition to their evening concert, NSMA will host Sones de Mexico's Music Jam and Dance Class for the general public at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, Feb. 28. $5 per person, all ages. Bring your guitar, fiddle, drums, banjo, flute, voice, your name it, and comfy shoes if you want to dance! No reservations – just drop in.

Also while in Grand Marais, the ensemble will teach a two-day residency at Great Expectations School, with themes including Musical Geography of Mexico, Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting, Danza de Los Viejitos Maskmaking, and Ancient Aztec Dance. 

These activities are funded in part by the Global Awareness Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
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