Sarah Strand – Violin

Sarah Strand joined EMSO in 2019. Sarah is a clinical research and quality assurance coordinator at Comprehensive Research Group in Minneapolis. She is from Blaine, MN and graduated from Concordia College Moorhead in 2018. Sarah lives with my fiancé Jake Hanson (a fellow EMSO violinist) and their rescue dog Hallie in Northeast Minneapolis. Her hobbies

Phyllis Comstock – Clarinet

Phyllis Comstock joined EMSO in 2016 as 2nd clarinetist, playing on a Buffet R-13 with a Kaspar mouthpiece. Besides orchestral playing, she enjoys wind band and performs with the Encore Wind Ensemble, where she was a founding member in 1996, as well as the Como Pops during the summertime. Phyllis grew up in Chatfield, Minnesota where

Michael Merriman – Cello

Mike started playing with EMSO in 2019 after his cello had been collecting dust for 10 years. It was like riding a bike and before long he was not just playing with the orchestra, but also joined and organized multiple string ensembles to play for fun and at senior living centers. He has an eclectic

Makayla Lakeman – Violin

Makayla Lakeman started playing the violin in 6th grade, and continued playing in numerous orchestras through college. She joined EMSO in 2019 to continue playing after graduation. Makayla graduated with a Masters in Architecture from NDSU and is currently working at an Architecture firm in St. Paul. She grew up in Blaine, MN and since

Kelly Fischer – Violin

Kelly Fischer started playing with EMSO after hearing about the orchestra from a coworker in the winter of 2018. Kelly grew up in Roseville, MN and started playing violin in third grade. She continued to play all through high school and college. Shortly after graduating from the U of M Morris, she landed a job

Janet Eberhart – Violin

Janet Eberhart joined EMSO as a violinist in September of 2019.   She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and studied music at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Janet is a recently retired software engineer.  In her spare time, Janet enjoys outside activities such as biking and cross-country skiing.   She says “EMSO has been such a warm

Jacob Hanson – Violin

Jacob Hanson joined EMSO in 2019. Jake is a research coordinator at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis VA in the department of Neurosurgery working with Parkinsons and Epilepsy patients. Originally from Blaine, MN, Jake graduated from Concordia College Moorhead in 2019. He currently lives in Northeast Minneapolis. His hobbies are walking his dog,