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Staff

Kate FitzgeraldKate Fitzgerald
NSMA Director


Kate has worked in nonprofit arts administration for 17 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


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
Treasurer


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.


 
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