Jamie Wheeler – Viola

Joined EMSO: 2017

Jamie Wheeler is currently a Product Development Engineer at 3M. She enjoys orchestra, hiking, Catholic book club, making cool stuff. Jamie grew up in Texas and now lives in St.Paul.

John Anker – Double Bass

Joined EMSO: 2013

John resides in Eagan, and takes a strong interest in music.


Ron Larson

Instrument: German Viola

Joined: 10+ years ago

Retired from 3M

Native to Minnesota, Ron Larson was raised in Minneapolis. He currently resides in Stillwater, enjoying his time after a career with 3M, where he initially joined with EMSO.

With his freedom that comes with retirement, Ron loves to travel, make wine, play and listen to chamber music (he does also play on a 1954 Dahl violin!). You can always catch him at an SPCO concert.



Steve Crooks 

Instrument: Gabbrielli Viola

Year joined: 2016

EMSO Vice President

Steve grew up in Rochester and currently resides in Mahtomedi. Steve works as a Intellectual Property Technical Professional with 3M, and before that he was a research chemist in pharmaceuticals. When Steve is not working, he plays various musical instruments, including bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums (from rock band background). He also like public speaking, painting (acrylics), reading, and studying languages. He is also currently learning some 3D modeling software (Blender) for computer graphics.

Steve plays a copy of a Gabbrielli Viola, and currently uses a hybrid bow (carbon fiber on the inside, pernambuco on the outside).

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 with this organization is the most satisfying and rewarding of my musical experiences. I graduated in music from Northern Illinois and West Virgina universities, was married 33 years, am originally from Illinois, and enjoy time with my adult children, restaurant adventures, BBQs, and music performances of any style.