Travis Bruns-Bass

Travis Bruns Joined EMSO on 2018 Currently working as a veterinary anesthetist He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska but currently resides in Woodbury, MN He has many hobbies and interests Instrument: 1986 Polman String bass

Kendall Langsten joined EMSO in 2018.

She works as a veterinarian.

She grew up in Chicago but currently lives in St Paul

She loves doing anything outdoors!  She also has the important role of Personnel Manager for the orchestra.  We keep her busy!

Instrument: Cello


Nahree Ki joined EMSO in 2018.  She currently works in 3M global product marketing.

She grew up in Chicago, IL but currently lives in Columbia Heights, MN

She loves drawing, traveling, reading, and making terrible music puns.  Ask her sometime about riding a camel to work one day.  Maybe she will ride it to a concert sometime!

Instrument: Cello

Sally Browne – Viola

Sally Browne joined the orchestra in 2003 as a violist when it was still the 3M Club Symphony Orchestra. She helped guide the orchestra’s transition to the independent East Metro Symphony Orchestra and has served as its Vice President, President and Past President, and has been a continuous member of the EMSO Board.

Sally’s current role is Director of Organizational Development, in which she focuses on strategic planning, developing ways to advance the orchestra’s capabilities. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature and an MA in Journalism, both from Indiana University.

Jamie Wheeler – Viola

Joined EMSO: 2017

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

Jamie plays a 2001 Eastman Strings viola 900.

John Anker – Double Bass

Joined EMSO: 2008

John, now retired, grew up in Minneapolis but currently resides in Eagan.  He takes a strong interest in music, including orchestras, choirs, and musicals.


Ron Larson

Instrument: German Viola from the 1800s

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, ride BMW vehicles, make wine, play and listen to chamber music (he also plays 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.