Board & Staff

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

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

  • Tami Schwerin, MoneyGram International*
    President
  • Cathy Schmidt, Surfacequest*
    Past President
  • Douglas Parish, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
    Vice President & Treasurer
  • Stephanie Fox, Thomson Reuters
    Secretary

DIRECTORS

  • J. C. Beckstrand, Willis Towers Watson
  • Jeff Benjamin, Schwan’s
  • Sally Consolati, U.S. Bank
  • Carolyn Egeberg, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
  • Andrew Eklund, Ciceron*
  • Hyun Mee Graves, General Mills
  • Jennifer Hellman, Goff Public Relations*
  • Maurice Holloman, IMRIS
  • Julia Jenson, Catholic Charities*
  • Carl Crosby Lehmann, St. Olaf College
  • Laura Newinski, KPMG
  • Bonnie Turpin, Berman Consulting Corp.
  • Ernest van Panhuys, Cargill Inc.
  • Sharna A. Wahlgren, Attorney*
  • Karin Wentz, Attorney
  • David Zoll, Lockridge Grindal Nauen

*GTCYS alumni

Artistic Staff


Mark Russell Smith

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

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 »


Kent Musser

Kent Musser, Sinfonia Conductor

kent@gtcys.org

Mr. Musser has taught orchestra at Stillwater Junior High School since 2001 and 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 »


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Dan Mollick, Concertino Conductor

dan@gtcys.org

Mr. Mollick has taught a wide range of ages from elementary to high school including Minneapolis Schools, Bloomington Schools, Manhattan Beach Schools, and Minnetonka Schools. He currently teaches orchestra at Valley View Middle School in Edina and frequently performs in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra cello section. Read More »


Barb Flooding

Barbara Flooding, Camerata Conductor

barbara@gtcys.org

Ms. Flooding recently retired as orchestra teacher at Valley View Middle School in Edina. Her teaching career began at St. Cloud Apollo High School and North Junior High School, where she directed the Apollo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia, as well as two junior high orchestras. Read More »


Ben Klemme

Dr. Benjamin Klemme, Concert Orchestra Conductor

benjamin@gtcys.org

Dr. Klemme maintains an active career as a conductor and educator, combining his work as GTCYS’ Concert Orchestra Conductor and his role as Associate Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, a position that includes leadership of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles. Read More »


Gary Wolfman

Gary Wolfman, Philharmonic Conductor

gary@gtcys.org

Mr. Wolfman joined GTCYS as a conductor in 2012. Before arriving in the Twin Cities, Mr. Wolfman was the Music Director for the youth symphony program of the Fox Valley Symphony located in Appleton, WI. For many years, Mr. Wolfman taught hundreds of students in the orchestra programs at Appleton North and West High Schools, where he was the recipient of the High School Educator of the Year for the school district. Read More »

 

Administrative Staff


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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

Miranda Bryan, Program Manager

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 »


Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke, Program Assistant & Social Media Specialist

sarah@gtcys.org
651.602.6803

Sarah’s role focuses on assisting the Program Manager through student registration details, including tracking tuition and enrollment, scheduling auditions, managing database details, and additional administrative duties in GTCYS’ office. She also maintains GTCYS social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Read More »


Jeni Gregory

Jeni Gregory, Development & Communications Manager

jeni@gtcys.org
651.602.6808

Jeni is responsible for the coordination of annual fund activities and special events to support GTCYS’ fundraising goals. She also coordinates communication materials and promotional activities to convey GTCYS’ mission and increase the organization’s visibility. Read More »


Rachel Katkar

Rachel Katkar, Community Engagement Coordinator

rachel@gtcys.org
651.602.6806

Rachel Katkar has a Master of Arts in Education degree and specializes in music, science and student leadership programs. Since 2006, Rachel worked with students at Hamline University, Saint Paul Public Schools, the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Read More »


Steve Savre

Steve Savre, Librarian

steve@gtcys.org
651.602.6804

Steve’s extensive knowledge of orchestral music and strong interest in music education serve him well as GTCYS’ Librarian, a post he has held since 1991. Read More »


 

Ruth Watkins

Ruth Watkins, Director of Development

ruth@gtcys.org
651.602.6805

As Director of Development, Ruth is responsible for helping to build and expand a donor base of individual support and volunteerism from our families, alumni, and interested community members to insure GTCYS’ sustainable future. Ruth works closely with the administrative team to build a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. Read More »

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