Jeanette Burianek – Violin

Jeanette Burianek joined EMSO in 2017. She plays a Caprice Deluxe Cleveland violin, 2003. Jeanette works as a paraprofessional at Liberty Ridge Elementary. She has also been an instructor for the Color Guard at East Ridge High School since 2013. She grew up in Woodbury, MN and currently lives in St. Paul. She spent five

Karl Ruesterholz – Violin

Karl Ruesterholz joined EMSO in 2017.  He plays a Steiniger violin. Karl grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon, and now lives in Stillwater, MN. When Karl is not working for Delta as an airport ramp agent, he spends his time fishing, hiking, flying planes, and of course, playing music.

Betsy VanScoy – Violin

Betsy VanScoy joined EMSO in 2017. She plays a Karl Knilling Violin. Betsy was 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.

Angie Newgren – Violin

Angie Newgren joined EMSO in 2014. She plays on a 1901 Joseph Collingwood violin. 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

Deb Benson – Violin

Deb first played violin with the 3M Symphony Orchestra during high school in the mid-1970s. Her father was a retired 3M employee.  She grew up in North St. Paul, and is currently residing in Savage. After about a 25 year hiatus that included college (Concordia, Moorhead – BA Elementary Education), teaching, marriage, three kids, and

Betsy Lake – Violin

Betsy Lake joined EMSO in 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