Angie Newgren – Violin
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. Angie plays on a 1901 Joseph Collingwood 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 a Senior Human Resources Representative at Waterous Company; she dusted off her instrument again about 12 years ago and rejoined EMSO as a violinist.  She also serves as the orchestra’s librarian.  Residing in Savage, Deb also enjoys playing bells with her church bell choir.

Betsy – Violin
Year Joined: 2012


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 returned to her classical roots. She does volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, the Minnesota Land Trust, and Belwin Conservancy. Find her outside hiking, birding or on a horse.

Don – Violin
Year Joined: 2010


Don is a  writer, and lives with his wife near Marine on St. Croix. He was a charter member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (forerunner of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies) and was in the first class of string players to graduate from Wayzata High School. As an undergraduate he played in the Stanford University Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Sandor Salgo. He has also performed as a folk musician and fiddler, including 18 seasons at Aamodt’s Apple Farm in Stillwater. His books include The Magic Box, a summary of 50 years of violin playing and teaching, and Shimmering Blue Line, a collaboration with landscape artist James Wilcox Dimmers that portrays the St. Croix River in essays, paintings, and music. He has taught private violin lessons for over 30 years.