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Board & Staff

GTCYS’ skilled Board Members, conductors and administrative staff are dedicated to providing the best experience for young musicians.

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

  • David Zoll, Lockridge Grindal Nauen
    President
  • JC Beckstrand, Willis Towers Watson
    Past President
  • Maurice Holloman, Holloman Consulting Group, LLC.
    Vice President
  • Laura Newinski, KPMG
    Treasurer
  • Matthew Harris, Xcel Energy*
    Secretary

DIRECTORS

  • Heidi Becken, Community Volunteer
  • Michele Belisle, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
  • Colin Dougherty, JCPenney
  • Andrew Eklund, Ciceron*
  • Camille Chang Gilmore, Boston Scientific
  • Patrick Hyatte, Violinist*
  • Julia Jenson, Western National Insurance*
  • Abha Karnick, MCAD*
  • Melissa Meinke Krueger, Ecolab
  • Rich May, Jr., May Advertising and Design, Inc*
  • Adele Suttle, Medtronic
  • Sara Kleinsasser Tan, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
  • Jeff Tuttle, Bellisio Foods
  • Ernest van Panhuys, Cargill Inc.

*GTCYS alumni

Artistic Staff


Mark Russell Smith, Artistic Director & Symphony Conductor

mark@gtcys.org

Whether conducting contemporary masterpieces or bringing fresh insights to the symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven or Brahms, Mr. Smith demonstrates consummate musicianship and enthusiastic commitment to the art of music-making – qualities that have endeared him to audiences and musicians alike. Read More »


Mary Sorlie, Philharmonia East & West Conductor

mary@gtcys.org

As a studio teacher, Ms. Sorlie enjoys teaching violin to students of all ages and abilities. A GTCYS alumna, Ms. Sorlie was awarded the 2011 MNSOTA Master Teacher: Studio Award. She received a Bachelor and Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Minnesota, with additional study at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and at the Oberlin and Brussels Conservatories. Read More »


Ernesto Estigarribia, Sinfonia East & Philharmonic Conductor

ernesto@gtcys.org

Hailed for his “expert direction” by the Fanfare magazine, Paraguayan conductor Ernesto Estigarribia has led Sinfonia East since its inception in the Fall of 2018, and will lead Philharmonic starting in the 2021-22 season. Ernesto also holds the position of Assistant Conductor and Youth Ensembles Music Director of the Quad City Symphony. Read More »


Laura Hebert, Sinfonia West Conductor

laura@gtcys.org

Laura Hebert brings excitement and energy to any arena of teaching. From conducting large groups of students to teaching private lessons, her desire is to bring a love of music to young musicians through a positive learning environment. She strives to equip all students with the tools they need to succeed no matter their age, background, or experience. Read More »


Tamara Gonzalez, Concertino East Conductor

tamara@gtcys.org

Tamara fell in love with the orchestra experience at an early age. As an advanced violin student, she began playing in orchestras in first grade at the D.C Youth Orchestra Program, and has enjoyed the camaraderie and teamwork of ensemble playing ever since. Read More »


Dan Mollick, Concertino West Conductor

dan@gtcys.org

Mr. Mollick has brought an energetic, positive and student-centered teaching philosophy to students of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels during his twenty-year career as a music educator. He has taught in a variety of school districts including Minneapolis, Bloomington, Manhattan Beach (Los Angeles), Minnetonka and currently teaches orchestra at Valley View Middle School in Edina. Read More »


Kent Musser, Camerata Conductor

kent@gtcys.org

Mr. Musser has taught orchestra at Stillwater Area Public Schools since 2001, currently directing four of the eight orchestras at Stillwater High School. He has been an active leader with the district’s renowned music program. His orchestras continue to win numerous awards for their quality and musicianship. Read More »


Mark Gitch, Concert Orchestra Conductor

mgitch@gtcys.org

The Director of Orchestras at Wayzata High School since 2005, Mark Gitch traces his love for orchestral music back to the Mounds View orchestra program and teachers Doug Overland and John Madura. Further encouraged through violin lessons with Mary Horozaniecki, and energized by his time in GTCYS’ Symphony Orchestra under Dr. William LaRue Jones, Mr. Gitch went on to earn degrees in music education from St. Olaf College and the University of St. Thomas. Read More »

Administrative Staff


Megen Balda, Executive Director

megen@gtcys.org
651.602.6802

As GTCYS’ Executive Director, Megen is responsible for the administrative leadership of the organization. Megen works closely with the artistic staff and Board of Directors to ensure that GTCYS’ programs remain vibrant for students, successful, and sustainable. Read More »


Miranda Bryan, Program Director

miranda@gtcys.org
651.602.6807

Miranda is responsible for the overall coordination of GTCYS’ orchestral activities, including rehearsals, concerts, auditions, retreats, and special events. She also manages student leadership and mentoring activities. Read More »


Katie Heilman, Program Assistant

katie@gtcys.org
651.602.6803

Katie assists the Program Director through student registration, scheduling auditions, tracking enrollment details, and other administrative duties. She is a composer and oboist who graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. Read More »


Adam Rappel, Operations Manager

adam@gtcys.org
651.602.6805

Dr. Adam Rappel is the Operations Manager for GTCYS, and in addition to that, he enjoys a versatile free-lance career as a percussionist. As Operations Manager, Adam oversees the logistics of rehearsals, concerts, and the general operations of GTCYS. Read More »


Kelly Turpin, Development Manager

kelly@gtcys.org
651.602.6808

Kelly connects the dots between the GTCYS’ mission and donor, foundation, and community support. Her passion lies in community involvement and teaching empathy through the arts, and strives to incorporate those ideals into her work at every opportunity. Read More »


Morgan May, Communications & Marketing Manager

morgan@gtcys.org
651.602.6816

Morgan shares the stories of GTCYS through a variety of communication channels and marketing initiatives. He also broadens the reach of GTCYS programs through impactful messaging. Read More »


Paul Schimming, Orchestra Librarian

paul@gtcys.org
651.602.6804

Paul assumed the role of the GTCYS librarian in the fall of 2017, bringing a wealth of experience and enthusiasm from a freelance career as a performer, educator, and pedagogue. Read More »


Samuel Phillips, Community Liaison

samuel@gtcys.org
651.602.6806

Samuel is the EDI liaison for GTCYS, where he develops equitable teacher training and development programs, community programming, and builds student recruitment and access pipeline systems for BIPOC students.. Read More »

 

Harmony Staff


Mary Sorlie, Harmony Artistic Director & Lead Violin Instructor

mary@gtcys.org

As a studio teacher, Ms. Sorlie enjoys teaching violin to students of all ages and abilities. A GTCYS alumna, Ms. Sorlie was awarded the 2011 MNSOTA Master Teacher: Studio Award. She received a Bachelor and Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Minnesota, with additional study at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and at the Oberlin and Brussels Conservatories. Read More »


Naomi Schroeter, Harmony Manager & Lead Violin Instructor

naomi@gtcys.org
651.602.6809

Naomi manages GTCYS’ Harmony program, a violin and cello program for 2nd-5th graders at Riverview in the West Side of St. Paul. As Manager, Naomi is responsible for all program logistics, student details, family communications, and community partnerships. Read More »


Olivia Quintanilla, Lead Cello Instructor

 

 

 


Laurie McFaul, Violin Instructor

 

 

 


Jose David Carrillo Siliezar, Violin Instructor

 

 

 


Rosa Thompson-Viera Cello Instructor

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