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.


Joan Molloy

Joined EMSO in 2017, serving first as a temporary concert master, and then obtaining the position beginning in the 2017-18 concert year.

Joan plays a 2007 Stephano Gibartoni Violin.

She works as a violinist and violin teacher

She grew up in Oberlin and St Cloud, but now lives in River Falls, WI

She loves to garden, spend time with her dog, and spend time in the woods

Check her full bio for more info.

Jeanette Burianek

Joined EMSO in 2017

Instrument: Jeanette plays a Caprice Deluxe Cleveland violin, 2003

She works as a paraprofessional at East Ridge High School and also is an instructor for their Color Guard

She grew up and continues to reside in Woodbury, MN

Her favorite hobby is marching band


Karl Ruesterholz – Violin

Joined EMSO: 2017

Instrument: Steiniger Violin

Karl grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon, and now lives in Stillwater, MN. When Karl is not working for Delta as an airport ramp agent, he spends his time fishing, hiking, flying planes, and of course, playing music.



Betsy VanScoy

Joined EMSO: 2017

Instrument: Karl Knilling Violin

Betsy Vanscoy, born and raised in Minnesota, grew up in St. Cloud, and currently lives in Eagan. Betsy is a social worker at a skilled nursing facility. When she’s not working or practicing, her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and traveling.

William Chiu

Joined EMSO: 2015

Instrument: Violin

The talented William Chiu grew up in Virginia, MN. He recently moved to Woodbury, MN relocating as a research engineer for 3M.









Angie Newgren – Vio
Year Joined: 2014

Non Profit Management

Angie studied at the University of St. Thomas where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English in 2014, with a minor in music. Through UST, she studied violin under Tamas Strasser (former SPCO violist), Daniel Chong (Parker Quartet violinist), and Lydia Miller (former MN Opera violinist). Angie works for a nonprofit management company in St. Louis Park. When she is not at work or practicing, she is attending concerts, going to a yoga class, or traveling. Angie also serves on the EMSO board and is currently the president. Angie plays on a 1901 Joseph Collingwood violin.