Barb Englund

Joined EMSO March 2018

Instrument: Cello.  Made by Michael Scoggins

Barbara is a retired music teacher.  She grew up and currently lives in Hudson, Wisconsin.

In her free time, she loves taking care of pets and gardening.

Sam Hall -percussion

Year joined EMSO: 2018

He is working in music education as a songwriter

Sam grew up in Portland, Oregon,  but currently lives in St Paul

His hobbies include coffee, video games, music production, and graphic novels.

His instrument: Objects that make sounds!

Matthew Springer

Joined EMSO in 2017

Instrument: Bassoon

He is currently a student and is living in White Bear Lake.  When he is not playing his bassoon, he enjoys bicycling.


Stephen Thompson

Steve joined the EMSO in 2017 as a cellist.  Steve started playing cello about 15 years ago when his 8 year old daughter started taking violin lessons with this idea that he could keep pace with her as she progressed.  They are both still playing in orchestras (but she is far better than her dad!).

Steve is a geologist/hydrogeologist and spent most of his career working in groundwater protection for the State of Minnesota (DNR and MPCA).  Now he spends his time on his small farm near River Falls, WI.

Activities include woodworking, making maple syrup, bailing hay.  He is slowly restoring an old (1860’s) log home which was one of the first homes in the neighborhood and starting work on a timber frame barn.

Mary Jane Latu

joined Emso during the fall of 2018

Instrument: violin

She currently works at a non-profit as a family and children’s advocate

She grew up in Brooklyn Park, MN, and is now living in the uptown area of Minneapolis.

She loves spending time with family, reading, volunteering, and hiking.