Piano Faculty in St. Cloud


 

Dr. Paul Wirth – Artistic Director

Piano – Teacher of Young Artists

Artistic Director, Dr. Paul Wirth, is a prominent figure in our national piano teaching community. His unique combination of masterful performing and teaching, along with a sense of humor and unassuming personality have made him a much sought-after featured artist in concerts, master classes, fundraisers, conventions, special events, and lecture series.

With his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Temple University, and his Master and Doctorate degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University, he co-founded and is now the Artistic Director of the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Central Minnesota Music School) in St. Cloud, MN, a bustling performing arts center with over 300 students taught by a faculty of twenty.

Chosen as the 2004-05 Teacher of the Year by Thursday Musical, he has taught numerous first prize-winning students of regional, national and international competitions – with thirty of his pre-college students having performed over seventy solo performances with orchestra, including numerous appearances with the Minnesota and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras. In addition to his presentations at conventions and conferences, including the 2007 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and statewide conventions in Minnesota, Iowa and Texas, Dr. Wirth’s GRAVI-DVD – a cutting edge DVD on teaching piano technique to children – is now being distributed nationally and internationally. His masterclasses, most recently at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Division, are always well received, and his presentations, drawing upon 30 years as a pre-college specialist teaching advanced concepts to 4 -18 year olds, often elicit further engagements. He is also an avid supporter of young performers, having co-founded the Salon se Lève concert series in Minneapolis and the nationally recognized Young Artist World Piano Festival at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.

Dr. Wirth maintains three studios: at the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in St. Cloud, MN, at the Schmitt Music Center in Roseville, MN, and at his home in St. Joseph, MN where he lives with his wife and greatest support, Kathy Wirth.

Christopher Goering – Executive Director

Piano, Composition, Improv & Arranging, Jam Band

Christopher Goering received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition and completed his Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from St. Cloud State University at the age of 22. He enjoys composing new solo and duet music for the piano, as well as making his own arrangements of pop and rock songs. He encourages musical experimentation and creativity in his students. Lesson time often incorporates composition and improvisation. Christopher has the unique experience of teaching at the school where he was once a student. He began piano lessons at age 6 with his mother, Maria Goering in Clearwater. He has also studied with Dr. Ann DuHamel, Dr. James Dennihan, and Dr. Paul Wirth at the Wirth Center while in highschool and through college. Christopher currently lives in Holdingford with his wife and daughters.

Caitlin Brutger

Piano

Caitlin began taking piano lessons at the age of 4, after convincing her teacher that she could sit still for an entire lesson. Caitlin grew up outside of Annapolis, MD where she was a student of JoAnna Washburn, graduate of the Peabody Institute and student of Dr. Leon Fleisher, through which she shares a direct student/teacher line to Beethoven. Caitlin became a student at Dr. Wirth’s studio after moving to central Minnesota in 2004. After that she went on to the University of Puget Sound where she studied with grammy-nominated pianist Dr. Duane Hulbert, and in 2011 graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a B.A. in Studio Art and minors in Music and Literary Studies. There, she was a student of Dr. Shannon Loehrke, section leader in the Women’s Choir, and performed in piano Master Class with Christopher O’Riley. Caitlin recently returned from serving as Assistant Director of the CSB/SJU study abroad program in Japan, and continues to play and record music with Dr. Mike Opitz of the College of Saint Benedict.

Jennifer Harris

Piano and Voice

Jennifer Harris has been a full time private piano instructor in Illinois for over 18 years. She moved to the Saint Cloud area to be near family. She is excited to teach piano and voice at the Wirth Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Music Education from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. She focused on piano, voice, and general music in her degree and teaching experience.

Jennifer loves teaching music students. She finds out how to motivate each student knowing age appropriate tools and literature. Her teaching approach is balanced with technique skills, core method literature, performance literature, and piano theory. Composition, aural skills, and harmonization basics are included in the core curriculum. Popular and sacred music is added based on student interest. Jennifer designed a beginner voice curriculum that will encourage correct technique and a lovely lyrical sound. Jennifer and her husband Dan have 3 children.

Angela Ringsmuth

Piano, Jam Band 101

Raised in a family who values and surrounds themselves in music, Angela began taking piano lessons at age 7. Her musical aptitude was quickly evident and she began taking lessons with Dr. Paul Wirth at age 12. Three years later, she had her first encounter with Dr. Wirth’s Piano Camp. Angela fell in love with the camaraderie and support of being surrounded by music-making peers. She attended the camp through age 18, and the following two summers, helped run the camp as they transitioned to a new location at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In the summer of 2008, Angela returned to camp as a counselor to a new generation of musicians and found much joy in this experience.

Angela also enjoyed participating in the Music Listening Contest, put on by Minnesota Public Radio, for three years in high school. Her team advanced to the state level each year, winning second place in 2000. She participated in various piano performance competitions, winning the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra’s competition and playing the 2nd and 3rd movements of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Angela served as a piano teacher at WCPA from 2000-2002, and again since January 2008. While living and working in Ecuador during the 2005-2006 school year, she taught music and keyboarding skills to students. Angela is (again) studying with Dr. Wirth and finding an ever-increasing appreciation for his passion and skill in music. She has a passion for working with young musicians, and hopes to instill in them a love for music and a firm grounding in technique and music-making ability.

Tanya Rupp

Piano

Tanya Rupp received her B.A. in Music and Classics at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. She has always had a passion for teaching and playing music. Tanya began studying piano at the age of 7 and saxophone at the age of 10. She has studied with Carlotta Ohm at Martin Luther College, Esther Wang and Yumiko Oshima-Ryan at Gustavus, and with Dr. Paul Wirth at the Wirth Center. While at Gustavus, she was a member of the Gustavus Saxophone Quartet and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and had the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally. Tanya has experience accompanying for choirs, vocal soloists, and instrumentalists. She has taught piano in Madelia and Mankato, MN as well as in the Piano Lab at Gustavus. She joined the Wirth Center community in 2011.

Emily Schmidt

Piano and also Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, and Early Childhood Music Classes!

Emily Schmidt was born in Saint Cloud and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies, concentration in voice, at the College of Saint Benedict. Her mother was a major musical influence as she incorporated music and song into all of Emily’s childhood. Emily took viola lessons for six years beginning in 5th grade, guitar lessons in high school, piano and sang alto in Chamber Choir during her college career; a combo that trained her ear for harmony and her heart for musical teamwork. She is a patient and caring teacher, helping her students tackle challenging pieces little by little in manageable steps. Emily plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, and viola, but her favorite instrument is the voice. She lives in Saint Joseph, but you will be more likely to find her on an exploring adventure with her young daughter, Brooke.

Piano Faculty at Brooklyn Center Schmitt Music


 

Dr. June Chang

Piano

June Chang received her undergraduate degree at National Taiwan Normal University in music performance and education. After teaching music class in middle school for one year, she came to the United States studying her master’s degree with Antonio Pompa-Baldi at Cleveland Institute of Music. Then she went on to attend University of Minnesota for her doctoral degree with Alexander Braginsky. At this time, she was awarded the Teaching Assistantship to teach class piano at the college level.

June has won several piano competitions in Taiwan including Kawai Piano Competition, Taichung City Piano Competition, and Vienna Piano Competition. Her recent performances including recitals at the University of Minnesota, Schumann Concerto for the Schumann Festival in Sundin Music Hall, and Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” for Minnesota Public Radio. With the passion for music and teaching, June is pleased to join the faculty and will be continuing her study with Dr. Paul Wirth.

Kim Lange

Piano

Kim Lange received the B.A and M.M. degrees with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Paul Freed. She has 26 years of teaching experience, including teaching at the Crystal Free Church School of Music, the Northwestern College Academy of Music and the Northwestern College Piano Institutes.

Kim has studied the Suzuki approach with Maria Rantapaa and the Taubman Technique with Teresa Dybvig. She also has had extensive training in early childhood music, including the Yamaha, Musikgarten and Musical Trolley programs. Her teaching experience has included students of all ages, including both gifted students and students with disabilities.

She is an active member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, the St. Paul Piano Teachers Association and Minnesota Music Teachers Forum, and has attended numerous workshops, master classes and institutes. A lifelong learner, she continues her piano studies with Dr. Paul Wirth. Kim resides in Crystal, MN with her husband who is her greatest support, Dr. Richard Lange.

Dance Faculty and Body Training, St. Cloud


 

Alexandra Hawkins

Dance, Ballet

Alexandra Hawkins, is a resident of St.Cloud, who is currently being trained under Mrs. Laura C. Centrella Greenwell who is an American Ballet Theater certified teacher and has trained at Butler Univerity . Alexandra is also being trained under Jeffery Hankinson who was a ballet master at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and Deborah Nettell who trained at Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Aments from Romania.

Alexandra has performed in several Nutcrackers performances. She has also performed repertoire from Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, and Paquita. Alexandra enjoys choreographing her own pieces and her choreography has been selected to be performed twice . Once in the fine Arts council of St.Micheal-Albertville Spring Variety Show and an award ceremony.
Alexandra has had the privilege  of training under many talented professionals including Ms.Karen Paulson-Rivet from Saint Paul City Ballet; Mr.Luke Tucker who received his training under Ms. Anna Penny who was a graduate of the Choreographic College of Ballet; Ms. Kimberly Norberg who holds a BFA in dance and Marcia Keegan who has trained under Rosslea Hightower and Hy Somer. In addition Alexandra has participated in training by the following guests:  Mrs. Stephanie Heston  former principle dancer with Eglevsky Ballet; Mr. Casey Juul who was a dancer with Continental Ballet, and Carol Roderick who is an instructor, coach , and trainer for professional companies in the United States, Japan, and Europe.
It is Alexandra’s wish to encourage others in their love of ballet and to provide a fun, stress free environment. She likes to focus on proper placement and muscle engagement during class.

Danielle Moriarty

Dance, Youth Dance and Ballet, Early Childhood Education

Ms. Moriarty started dancing at the age of 4 years through high school with Charleen Knorrs School of Dance, and the Stroia Ballet Company. She is a Graduate of Presentation College, a liberal arts school in Aberdeen, SD where she obtained a degree in Dance Education. She has been a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and Dance Masters. Her studio studies have been with the Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, Zenon, Ballet Arts of Minnesota, Anderson’s Performing Arts, Carole Bradley Dance, and St Paul City Ballet where she had taught for two years. Her first job in teaching dance was for the Milaca Community Ed, and Aberdeen Summer Arts Program. She has choreographed a number of local pageants and musicals for the Braham Community Arts Theater. She has taught at The Wirth Center for the Performing Arts since 2009. She is the Director of C. P. Arts in Cold Spring where she offers classes through ROCORI Com. Ed.

Ms. Moriarty has instructed hundreds of dancers over the past several decades, inspiring and educating throughout central and east central Minnesota. Some of her students have since opened dance studios, teach, and have performed with companies from Minnesota to Paris. She has had a number of students attend the Perpich Arts High School of Minneapolis in which auditions were required. “What an honor it is to inspire and educate so many beautiful and talented students!”

Jessie Sandoval

Yoga Instructor

Music and the arts have always been a passion for Jessie. She grew up playing piano and singing in church and went on to pursue a Liberal Studies Major and Music Minor from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University.  She and her husband encourage their three children (who are all in classes at the Wirth Center) in their pursuit of music and the arts. While Jessie did not pursue music as a profession, she transitioned her love for music into her interest in yoga, dance and other forms of fitness.

At the Wirth Center, Jessie is eager to share how Yoga can offer a wide range of benefits to performers – instrumentalist and dancers alike. Some of the benefits include: balance, confidence, flexibility, improved lung capacity, posture improvement, stamina, strength/muscle toning, and stress relief. Through her teaching, Jessie aims to provide an opportunity for students to practice stillness and learn to observe their inner self through physical postures, breath work and meditation. She encourages students to cultivate compassion for who they are as individuals.

Jessie is certified through Yoga Alliance having completed a 1 year, 300 hour level training. She will start her 500 hour level training with Yoga North in Duluth, MN in October of 2017. Jessie has over 12 years of teaching experience to a diverse population. She currently teaches classes at several private and corporate locations in the St Cloud, MN area. Jessie has facilitated classes for corporate, gym and studio settings as well as specialty yoga classes for athletes, seniors, children, and pre/post-natal yoga. Her experience also includes teaching private yoga sessions and creating yoga workshops and retreats. She has assisted in training yoga instructors and currently presents at various professional conferences – offering pre-conference workshops on wellness and yoga classes. Jessie owns and operates her own health and wellness business – JS Wellness LLC. She provides worksite wellness consulting, health coaching and yoga services to companies, organizations and individuals.

 

Early Childhood Music & Movement, St. Cloud


 

Emily Schmidt

Early Childhood Music Classes, and also Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, and Voice!

Emily Schmidt was born in Saint Cloud and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies, concentration in voice, at the College of Saint Benedict. Her mother was a major musical influence as she incorporated music and song into all of Emily’s childhood. Emily took viola lessons for six years beginning in 5th grade, guitar lessons in high school, piano and sang alto in Chamber Choir during her college career; a combo that trained her ear for harmony and her heart for musical teamwork. She is a patient and caring teacher, helping her students tackle challenging pieces little by little in manageable steps. Emily plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, and viola, but her favorite instrument is the voice. She lives in Saint Joseph, but you will be more likely to find her on an exploring adventure with her young daughter, Brooke.

Flute/Woodwinds Faculty, St. Cloud


 

Diane Laurence

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Woodwinds, Brass

Diane Laurence began playing flute at the age of ten, and fell in love with music very early on in her studies. She began learning how to play a variety of other instruments in high school, and decided to follow her dream of studying music in college. Diane has a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Music Education from Winona State University, and she also holds a State of Minnesota teaching license. Diane has performed with numerous musical groups throughout her musical career, and always looks forward to playing with many more groups in the future.

Diane has taught many students throughout her musical experience, and greatly enjoys working with both individual students as well as small and large groups. She has an interest in many different types of instrumental music groups, including solo work, chamber groups, pit orchestras, and even marching band. Diane loves to share her talent, knowledge, and insights with her students, and strives to achieve a positive learning environment with all students. She appreciates watching her students learn, grow, and succeed in their studies as they discover their own paths into the world of music.

 

Guitar, St. Cloud


 

Mark Hasbrouck

Guitar, School of Rock

Mark Hasbrouck (Hazzy) was born in 1963, in Olivia , Minn. By the time he was seven he had lived in Marshall and Fargo before his family moved to Champlin in 1972. He graduated from Anoka High School in 1982.

Hazzy started playing music as a youngster on his grandmother’s organ, sitting at the keyboard improvising. Around age 14, he started fooling around on his dad’s four-string ukulele. By the time he was 16, he finally took up the guitar. His teacher, Randy Berg, got him excited about playing guitar which fueled the desire to learn and play well. Hazzy said that during those first months, he would go home after school, lock himself in his room and just play his dad’s old Sear’s classical guitar for five to six hours every day for the next five or six months. His influences in those early days included the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Segovia, John McLaughlin and others.

One of Hazzy’s favorite things about teaching is when he sees the excitement on a student’s face when they “get it” for the first time and realize at that very moment, they are learning something new and making progress. He also feels it’s very important for a student to have fun while learning. If they are only practicing because someone told them they have to, something is wrong. Mark likes to figure out what the student’s musical influences and interests are and incorporate that into the learning experience making it fun for them. He also integrates music theory and musical concepts that help them understand how the fretboard of a guitar works so that what they are doing makes sense to them.

One of the highlights of Mark’s summers for the past years has been working as an instructor at the School of Rock summer camp. Hazzy plays in a few local bands such as Blimp (a tribute to the music of Led Zeppelin), & Stearns County Pachanga Society. He graduated from St. Cloud State in the spring of 2007 with a degree in Elective Studies, with an emphasis on Music and Special Education. In addition to teaching guitar at WCPA and playing in gigs around town, he works at the St. Cloud Children’s Home as a counselor.

Emily Schmidt

Guitar, Ukulele, and also Piano, Voice, and Early Childhood Music Classes!

Emily Schmidt was born in Saint Cloud and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies, concentration in voice, at the College of Saint Benedict. Her mother was a major musical influence as she incorporated music and song into all of Emily’s childhood. Emily took viola lessons for six years beginning in 5th grade, guitar lessons in high school, piano and sang alto in Chamber Choir during her college career; a combo that trained her ear for harmony and her heart for musical teamwork. She is a patient and caring teacher, helping her students tackle challenging pieces little by little in manageable steps. Emily plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, and viola, but her favorite instrument is the voice. She lives in Saint Joseph, but you will be more likely to find her on an exploring adventure with her young daughter, Brooke.

Carrie Schneider

Guitar, Ukulele

Carrie Schneider is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from Minnesota. As a lover of all genres of music, her wildly unique style spans from classic and elegant Americana, to dark and thoughtful electronic-dream-pop.

Carrie got her start in the music industry as an intern for Rockhouse Studios in Saint Joseph, MN, under the guidance of Jeff Engholm. It was there she harvested her love for audio production and sound engineering while working with and observing industry professionals like Nicholas David (of The Voice), Teague Alexy (Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank), Molly Dean, Collective Unconscious, and The Vees. In 2006, Schneider moved to Chicago to join the band Lindbergh, during that time she toured the country and played extensively at some of Chicago’s premier venues. In 2009 she moved back to her home in Minnesota and continues to work as a performer, producer, songwriter, and teacher. One of the most important things she has learned throughout her musical adventures and experiences is to treat your craft with respect. Harvest your talents by feeding them passion, creativity, tremendous effort.

As a teacher, Schneider loves to connect with people of all ages through music. She believes anything is possible with hard work, patience, and a smile, and she loves to break the rules and get creative once in a while – however, “In order to break the rules, we must learn them first.”

Marco Vendrame

Guitar, Bass Guitar, School of Rock

He started Classical Guitar at 10 years old, at the age of 17 he shifted to Electric Guitar. In February 2010, he took the degree at the “Lizard Modern Music Academy” which is one of the most recognized Italian music schools, with Honors in the Rock-Blues course. He had private lessons and clinics with: Steve Vai (whom he played with on stage), Ritchie Kotzen, Stef Burns, Guthrie Govan, Steve Lukather, Tuck Andress…and many others. Marco played with many different bands in his career, performing thousands of concerts in Italy and Europe. He wrote as a freelance in the “Chitarre” magazine, the most important Italian magazine that talks about Guitars and music.

In Italy he taught music in the Institute of Music Pedemontana (Aviano-Budoia), Zoppola Music School (Zoppola) and music director/teacher at Varmo Music School (Udine). He also has taught guitar in Porcia, San Quirino, at Play School Of Music (Pordenone), and at the Lizard Modern Music Academy Schools. In the fall of 2013, he created his personal project that brought him into the studio to record his first LP named, “For My Light” that was released in the winter of 2014. Marco’s goals with his students is to have them feel the passion of music with their instruments and enjoy learning the songs they love to hear, but not forgetting the importance of music theory and harmony.

Percussion, St. Cloud


 

Karin Rau

Percussion, West African drumming, West African dance, Zimbabwe Marimba Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Summer Drum Circles

Karin attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN to study percussion and music education.  She played in the Concordia band, Percussion ensemble, Marimba choir, Javanese Gamelan ensemble, West African Drumming ensemble, and was principal timpanist in the Concordia Orchestra.  She has also played percussion in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Symphony Orchestra.  She has a Masters of Ethnomusicology from Liberty University that has allowed her to conduct research in musics from cultures all around the world.  She has studied drumming and dance in Ghana and Guinea, studied Indian tabla, is a certified drum circle facilitator, and holds a World Music Pedagogy certificate from Smithsonian Folkways.

Karin taught classroom music, directed elementary choirs, percussion ensembles, and African drumming ensembles in Minnesota public schools for five years.  Building instruments like deerskin frame drums and Zimbabwe-style marimbas, swimming with the Master’s swim team, and spending time with her husband and daughter are her favorite hobbies.

At the Wirth Center, Karin teaches percussion, West African dance, West African drumming, Zimbabwe Marimba Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Summer Drum Circles

Jon Schulte

Drumset

Jon is from St. Joseph, born the youngest of 4 children.  From early on he gained musical inspiration from his mother and her piano  playing.  Jon started lessons at 6 years old on piano and he added guitar in his high school years.  These days he is known mostly for
his drumming.  Jon currently plays drums in 4 local bands and every weekend will find him on the road bringing his music to the community.  His favorite styles of music are rock and funk and he loves to highlight the building block fundamentals in modern music that the students can relate to and enjoy to play.

Strings – Violin, Viola, Cello, Acoustic Bass, in St. Cloud


 

Sarah Dahl

Violin, Viola

Sarah has been a violinist in the St. Cloud and surrounding area since she was 14, when she joined the St Cloud Symphony. She also performed with them as a soloist as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. She has played in orchestras from California to Washington DC, and has appeared live on MPR. She has studied at St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota and continuously seeks new avenues of learning. Sarah has been teaching for many years now and loves to be part of young minds absorbing music! Sarah is available to teach violin and viola.

Joseph Finstrom

Cello, Acoustic Upright Bass, Electric Bass

Joe started playing cello at age eleven and electric bass shortly after. He played through junior high and high school in orchestra and jazz band. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. There he studied cello with Jim Jacobson, electric and upright bass with Adam Linz, and composition with Carol Barnett. As a musician and teacher Joe strives for balance and authenticity, and as a trained audio engineer he has an ear for both. He believes, like many others, that music is meant to be enjoyed. Learning about music and becoming a musician is about more than notes on a page; it’s about discovering the joy of the time in between them.

Voice, St. Cloud


 

Maria Baumann

Voice

Maria Baumann is studying music at the College of Saint Benedict (Class of 2018), in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Education.  Having grown up in a musical family, she has a broad base of knowledge and eclectic musical tastes, ranging from classical to more popular genres of voice, piano, and guitar.  She is a current student of Dr. Marcie Givens and a soprano in the Chamber Choir at Saint Benedict’s.  She is a patient and passionate teacher, and strives to make her curriculum fun yet challenging for her students.

Dr. Marcie Givens

Voice

Marcie Hagen Givens, soprano, is an active recitalist and concert performer and has appeared on the operatic stage. Her concert appearances include the Minnesota Center Chorale, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and Deo Cantamus (Plymouth, MN). Her concert credits also include J.S. Bach’s Passion according to St. John with Weston Noble and the Luther College Symphony, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Symphony, the premiere performances of David Evan Thomas’ Seasons of the Spirit with the Pastiche ensemble, and Libby Larsen’s Songs from Letters with the SCSU Wind Ensemble as a featured performance for the CBDNA convention, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In March 2007 she performed the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s Within the Circles of Our Lives with the SCSU Wind Ensemble at the American Bandmasters Association Convention at Cal Poly University and at UCLA. She has performed with such regional opera companies as the Pine Mountain Music Festival (Michigan), the Dorian Opera Theatre (Iowa) and the Illinois Opera Theatre.

Jennifer Harris

Voice and Piano

Jennifer Harris has been a full time private piano instructor in Illinois for over 18 years. She moved to the Saint Cloud area to be near family. She is excited to teach piano and voice at the Wirth Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Music Education from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. She focused on piano, voice, and general music in her degree and teaching experience.

Jennifer loves teaching music students. She finds out how to motivate each student knowing age appropriate tools and literature. Her teaching approach is balanced with technique skills, core method literature, performance literature, and piano theory. Composition, aural skills, and harmonization basics are included in the core curriculum. Popular and sacred music is added based on student interest. Jennifer designed a beginner voice curriculum that will encourage correct technique and a lovely lyrical sound. Jennifer and her husband Dan have 3 children.

Jeremiah Krueger

Voice

Jeremiah Krueger is currently in his 4th year at Saint Cloud State University in pursuit of a Bachelor degree in Music Education, with a vocal emphasis. He is also in his 4th year studying Counter-Tenor as a student of Dr. Hugh Givens. Having grown up in a very musical family of 7, Jeremiah was very active in many performing ensembles such as high school Concert Choir, Pop Singers, Church Choir, and Minnesota All-State Men’s Chorus. He also studied voice privately at Bel Canto Studio for two years with Maria Williams Kennedy. Jeremiah currently sings with SCSU Concert Choir, SCSU Chamber Singers, the Chancel Choir at Messiah Church along with holding 2 internship positions with Cantabile Girls Choir and Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota

With experience in musical styles including Classical, Choral, Pop, and Broadway, Jeremiah is very passionate about the art of music and sharing the joy of it with his students.

Emily Schmidt

Voice, and also Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, and Early Childhood Music Classes!

Emily Schmidt was born in Saint Cloud and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies, concentration in voice, at the College of Saint Benedict. Her mother was a major musical influence as she incorporated music and song into all of Emily’s childhood. Emily took viola lessons for six years beginning in 5th grade, guitar lessons in high school, piano and sang alto in Chamber Choir during her college career; a combo that trained her ear for harmony and her heart for musical teamwork. She is a patient and caring teacher, helping her students tackle challenging pieces little by little in manageable steps. Emily plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, and viola, but her favorite instrument is the voice. She lives in Saint Joseph, but you will be more likely to find her on an exploring adventure with her young daughter, Brooke.