It’s Actually Not So Easy to Explain…

Conventional orchestra concerts generally contain three pieces of music: an overture, a concerto, and a symphony. The East Metro Symphony Orchestra almost never performs conventional concerts, so when it’s time to explain exactly what is going to happen at our performances, especially in a more unusual program – such as our upcoming Celebration of Finnish […]

A Celebration of Finnish Folk Music

It all started with a guy named Bud People often wonder how some of our more unusually collaborative programs come into being.  As we make the final touches on our upcoming Celebration of Finnish Music, there is a tale to tell about how the idea of creating a program as part of an international celebration […]

The Boy with the Shiny “Kay” Cello

or, the serendipity of programming for a community orchestra Reconnecting I first laid eyes on Gary Stucka at my first rehearsal of the Park View School Orchestra, in my hometown of Morton Grove, Illinois.  I was in fourth grade, and had just recently begun to study the violin (a full year after others had begun […]

Deb – Violin

Deb – Violin Year Joined: mid 1970’s Human Resources Deb first played violin with the 3M orchestra during high school in the mid 70’s – her father a retired 3M employee.  After about a 25 year hiatus that included college (Concordia, Moorhead – BA Elementary Education), teaching, marriage, 3 kids, and now 20 years as […]

Jim – Trumpet

Jim – Trumpet Year Joined: 1967 Retired Jim is a retired 3M Engineer and manager.  Jim has been an active volunteer, musician and trumpet player his entire life and has played in or plays in the South Dakota Symphony, the 3M/EMSO beginning in 1967 with his wife Karen, various community bands, church ensembles, the Encore Wind […]

Jim – French Horn

Jim – French Horn Year Joined: 1963 Retired James Cheeseman was principal horn in the University of Wisconsin Concert Band for 4-years (even though he was a Chemical Engineering student earning a B.S. degree at the time) and has been playing in the 3M Club Symphony/EMSO since joining the orchestra in 1963. Jim is a retired 33-year 3M employee […]

Tabitha – Bassoon

Tabitha – Bassoon Year Joined: 2013 Chemist Tabitha has been playing bassoon since 1995, and played clarinet for three years prior.  She performed in several bands and orchestras in Maryland throughout high school and college.  She has degrees in chemistry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and UC Berkeley.  In 2010 she moved to Minnesota to […]

Betsy – Violin

Betsy – Violin Year Joined: 2012 Retired Betsy started violin lessons in the 4th grade and continued through college as a member of the UMass Symphony. The 1960’s Boston folk scene lured her away and she traded her violin for a guitar. After more than forty years and a long career teaching elementary school she has […]

Richard – Cello

Richard – Cello Year Joined: 2010 Computer Systems EMSO is a marvelous community orchestra that features artistic collaborations with a number of Twin City organizations. Although my performance experience over the years has been in percussion, playing in a variety of wind ensembles, orchestras, jazz bands, pit bands, (even RnR bands but don’t tell!), playing cello […]

Megan – Flute

Megan – Flute Year Joined: 2005 Occupational Therapist Megan is principal flutist with EMSO, and has been a member of the orchestra for ten years. She enjoys all kinds of music, but her current favorite is music from France. Active in the orchestra, a quartet, a woodwind quintet and occasional duos, music is an important part of her […]