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.

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

Joan plays a 2007 Stephano Gibartoni Violin.

Check her bio for more info.

James Slegers joined EMSO in 2016

He works as an electrical engineer at MISO

He grew up in Orange City, IA but now resides in St Paul, MN

He loves bicycling and exploring

Instrument: viola

Jeanette Burianek joined EMSO in 2017

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

Instrument: Jeanette plays a Caprice Deluxe Cleveland violin, 2003

Aaron Ruikka Joined EMSO in the fall of 2015

Works as direct suppport staff at North East Residence

Grew up in Hastings,MN and continues to live in Hastings.

In his free time he enjoys playing video games

Instrument: Viola

Corinne Burrell joined EMSO in 2018

Plays Violin

Works at Minnesota Children’s Museum

Grew up in Moorhead, MN but currently resides in St Paul, MN

Loves reading, hiking and being with friends

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 at Delta as a 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

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

Angie Newgren – Violin
Year Joined: 2014

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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.