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, going to the the movies 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

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.


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.