Caitlin Race – French Horn

Caitlin Race joined EMSO in 2019. She plays an Elkhart H-Series Conn 8D French Horn. Caitlin grew up in Eagan, MN and currently lives in Stillwater with her partner, Brad, and their two rescue dogs, Carmel and Sofie. She works as a research engineer at 3M. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, cross-country skiing/skijoring (skiing with her

Brittany Wagner – Viola

Brittany joined EMSO in 2018 after a 5 year hiatus from playing viola. Brittany is a geologist-in-training (GIT) for American Engineering Testing.  She grew up in New Berlin, WI and now reside in St Paul. In her free time, Brittany enjoy hiking, biking, and crafting.

Dave Englund – Violin

Dave Englund joined EMSO in the spring of 2018. His violin was made in Germany in 1758. Age doesn’t make a violin good, but Dave appreciates how the centuries of playing contribute to the beautiful, mellow voice if the violin. Dave worked as a Minneapolis. Public Schools music teacher for 31 years, until retiring in 2015.  Most

Barbara Englund – Cello

Barbara Englund joined EMSO in March of 2018. She plays a cello made by Michael Scoggins. Barbara grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, where she started cello at age 7 and trombone at age 9. Her family moved to Edina, MN and she participated in Band and Orchestra in that excellent school system. She has a Bachelor

Kyle Johnson – Viola

Kyle Johnson joined EMSO in 2018, during the orchestra’s 10th anniversary, which also coincided with Kyle’s 10-year anniversary of playing the viola. He joined EMSO because he was going to a college that didn’t have an orchestra and he wanted to keep playing. He will be graduating from college in December 2020 with a AA

Katharine Dooley joined EMSO in 2018.

Katharine currently works in the field of health education.  She grew up in Boston but is currently living in Minneapolis.  She loves indoor rock climbing and traveling.

Stephen Thompson – Cello

Steve joined the EMSO in 2017 as a cellist.  Steve started playing cello about 15 years ago when his 8-year-old daughter started taking violin lessons with the idea that he could keep pace with her as she progressed.  They are both still playing in orchestras (but she is far better than her dad!). Steve is