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Lara Dietrich, Owner, Brass, Piano, Beginning Woodwinds
Lara Dietrich founded Maestoso in 2013 to serve families in the Twin Cities west metro area. Lara has been teaching music lessons in the Twin Cities since 2006. She has a Bachlor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where she discovered her passion for giving students a strong musical foundation. Lara’s students master all the basics of music, taking what they learn back to their school and community ensembles. When not at Maestoso, Lara can be found singing in the choir at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and playing trombone in the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra.
Andrea has taught for over 18 years as a Suzuki and Traditional violin, viola, cello, and bass instructor. She offers 30, 45 and 60 minute lessons. She has taught all ages, from age 3-70. She holds degrees from St. Olaf and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Andrea specializes in Suzuki instruction. You can find Andrea performing with the Arco String Ensemble and subbing with the MN Opera Orchestra. Contact her with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-968-1276.
Annie Ausen, Horn
Becky Caldwell-Tautges, Woodwinds
Becky Caldwell-Tautges is a certified Music Therapist who has a passion for teaching students in an individualized setting. She has taught music lessons to students ages 10 to 18 in the Twin Cities since 2000, and she has volunteered as a music appreciation teacher in the St. Louis Park schools. In addition to teaching, Becky performs as a bassoonist with the St. Louis Park Community Band.
Bill Lang, Woodwinds
Bill Lang has been performing and teaching music in the Twin Cities for 35 years. He loves working with beginning students, helping them really enjoy music and its process. Students in Bill’s studio learn to appreciate the work and fun of playing an instrument. Bill is an avid jazz musician who performs locally as a soloist and with jazz combos.
Chris Moody, Guitar
Born and raised near London, England, Chris has been playing guitar since age 11. His interest in guitar eventually led him to pursue a degree in music Performance and Composition at Kingston University, in Surrey England, from which he graduated with Honors in 2000. Following this, Chris taught guitar in the British school system for 5 years where he taught students ages 6-18 as well as staging concerts and workshops. Chris moved to the U.S. in 2005 and has since been active as a guitar instructor and performer. Having diverse skills and eclectic tastes, he can perform and teach genres ranging from rock, blues, r&b, funk, jazz, etc. to classical and acoustic styles. Chris is also a registered Suzuki guitar instructor and is now accepting students as young as 4 years.
Dave Mavis, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano
David Merz, Oboe
David Thomas, Percussion
Devin Hill, Guitar
Edith Bohardt, Flute
Edith Bohardt has been a part of the St. Louis Park community for many years as a performer and working in local music stores. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Religion from Augsburg College. Edith spent five seasons with the St. Louis Park community band performing on flute and clarinet. Edith loves working with beginning and advancing flute players, helping them master the instrument in order to enjoy making music.
Jim Hann, Brass
Jim Hann is a Twin Cities musician and teacher of all genres. Jim has performance experience ranging from Rock to Jazz to Orchestral, and he uses this variety to help students succeed as lifelong musicians. As a member of Steeling Dan, a Steely Dan tribute band, Jim gets to collaborate with local rock musicians and perform at venues around Minnesota.
Mara Lane, Voice
Mara’s teaching experience ranges from giving music lessons to private tutoring in music theory, and she is most passionate about studying and teaching voice. Mara graduated summa cum laude with a double major in art history and music from Knox College. During her time at Knox, she studied abroad in Vienna, sang and played piano in multiple ensembles, and wrote an extensive interdisciplinary honors thesis. She now continues her studies in vocal performance in Minneapolis.
Melissa Stoudt, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet
Melissa Stoudt has many talents which include teaching, performing, and composing. Her studies have taken her to Luther College in Iowa, Berklee College of Music in Boston, and the Univeristy of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Locally, she has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center, and the Minnesota Zoo; other performances have taken Melissa to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Boston City Hall. Melissa's students are known for their achievements within their schools and participation in youth orchestras outside of school.
Miryana Moteva, Piano
Michael Hillman, Brass
Michael Hillman has taught trumpet and other brass instruments for 30 years. He received his BA from the University of Nevada and MA from Lehman College, New York under the instruction of Mel Broiles of the Metropolitan Opera. Mike’s playing experience includes almost every style of music, with particular emphasis on jazz, big band, and classical, including orchestras and jazz ensembles in New York, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities. He believes in establishing a firm understanding of brass playing and musical literature of all styles.
Riley Helgeson, Trumpet
Sarah Muellerleile, Piano, Strings
Sarah has over twenty years of strings and piano experience: she has studied strings with Doug Overland (former Principle Second Violin of the Boston Pops and of Golden Strings fame) and Piano with Carol Hokel. She has performed, recorded, and composed original music with numerous local musicians and ensembles. Currently, Sarah plays violin as a permanent member of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and enjoys composing and performing with her bands The Black Widows and Fires of 1918 as well as others. Sarah encourages her students from beginner to adult, to explore the fundamentals of theory and proper technique, providing the tools necessary for them to play pieces that they connect to in order to sustain a lifelong bond with music.
Sten Johnson, Brass
Tom Solac, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
Tom Solac has been teaching private lessons since 1979. He received Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from the University of Minnesota and has directed bands in public and private schools in the Twin Cities and rural Minnesota. Tom believes that music is the ultimate compliment to a strong education. Students who study with Tom will have the opportunity to play music in classical, jazz, pop and world styles. You can also find Tom performing locally as a member of the First John Phillip Sousa Band.
Toyo Lang, Violin and Viola
Toyo Lang has thirty plus years teaching traditional and Suzuki strings in public and private schools. Along with teaching at Maestoso, Toyo also holds a teaching position with the Minnesota Youth Symphony String Studio at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet in Minneapolis. She is a freelance performer on the violin and viola and is an active chamber musician. She is a former board member of the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association. Toyo holds a music education degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.