Tabitha – Bassoon
Year Joined: 2013


Tabitha has been playing bassoon since 1995, and played clarinet for three years prior.  She performed in several bands and orchestras in Maryland throughout high school and college.  She has degrees in chemistry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and UC Berkeley.  In 2010 she moved to Minnesota to begin work for 3M as a research chemist, and in 2013 began playing in the EMSO bassoon section.  Outside of work and orchestra she is an avid fiber artist and animal lover.

Megan – Flute
Year Joined: 2005
Plays: Haynes flute


Megan is principal flutist with EMSO, and has been a member of the orchestra for ten years. She enjoys all kinds of music, but her current favorite is music from France. Active in the orchestra, a quartet, a woodwind quintet and occasional duos, music is an important part of her life. Before retirement, Megan worked in a school district with children with special needs as an occupational therapist.

Her work helps keeps her young at heart!

Leanne – Oboe


Leanne was raised in Pipestone, Minnesota, and started playing oboe after switching from clarinet in the eighth grade. She earned a B.A. in music education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where she studied oboe with Thomas Tempel and Marilyn Ford, while playing in Concert Band and Orchestra. Upon graduating in 1979, Leanne was asked to join EMSO (formally the 3M Club Symphony Orchestra) and has been a member ever since. She is a member of Key Notes Trio, performing at weddings, private parties and corporate functions, and is a member of Quintessentials Woodwind Quintet. Leanne’s career is in business and she holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has held positions at Fingerhut Corp., Deluxe Corp., Ceridian and is currently employed as a Pricing Manager at Optum.

Patty Cook – Flute

Instrument: A Pearl Elegante Flute


Patty began playing the flute in 5th grade, because her mom suggested the flute sounds “like a bird.” Despite the fact it took a month to master the mouthpiece alone, she has never been sorry for her mother’s early guidance, as she simply loves it. She enjoyed 8 years of private lessons, but then had to limit her musical endeavors in order to attend the medical school at the University of Minnesota and then for her career practicing emergency medicine.

Fortunately semi-retirement 10 years ago gave her more time to devote to music, first joining the South of the River Band in Eagan. But always desiring to play with an orchestra, she began substituting for EMSO in 2000, playing the flute and piccolo. In 2015 she became a full time EMSO members and loves the challenging music and the opportunity to play with this great organization of talented musicians.

In her free time, Patty enjoys kayaking, cross country skiing, woodcarving and cooking.

Kim – Clarinet
Year Joined: 2006

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Kim started playing clarinet in 5th grade and continued through college, briefly studying with former Minnesota Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Cloyd Williams. After taking a long break from music to concentrate on family and work, she joined the Minnesota State Band. She then joined the 3M Symphony Orchestra (now EMSO) as a substitute player, and kept returning to rehearsals and performances until she was allowed to join full-time. In addition to the Minnesota State Band and EMSO, she performs with the Bavarian Musikmeisters. She currently works at 3M. Kim is happily married and has 3 wonderful children.