Lucia Magney, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Lucia Magney is responsible for daily operations, communications, public relations, ticket sales, grant writing and other fund-raising activities. She can also be heard leading the cello section at St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra concerts.
Ms. Magney has been the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra for 17 years. She teaches Cello and String Methods at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University where she has been a faculty member since 1990. Ms. Magney is Assistant Principal Cellist of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Bernard Greenhouse.
In her leisure time Lucia enjoys sailing, kayaking, and relaxing at her cabin up north.
Jill Pattock, Personnel Manager + Principal Clarinet
Dr. Jill Pattock is currently Principal Clarinetist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and freelance musician and teacher in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Prior to her return to Minnesota in 2007, she regularly performed as clarinetist of the Mountain Trio (Clarinet, Viola, and Piano) and as Principal Clarinetist of the Philharmonia of Kansas City. She also appeared often with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and other local ensembles. She was the principal clarinetist of the 2005 Austrian-American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria, and was a member of the clarinet section in the 2004 Las Vegas Music Festival. She has served as co-principal Clarinetist of the Elkhart (IN) Symphony, as a substitute clarinetist with the Kalamazoo (MI) Symphony Orchestra, and was co-principal clarinetist with the St. Cloud (MN) Symphony Orchestra for the 1997-1998 season.
Ms. Pattock received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2005. She holds a master’s degree in clarinet performance from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in music education from St. Cloud State University. She was winner of the St. Cloud State University Sonare Orchestra concerto competition in 1997 and the UMKC Conservatory Concerto Aria competition in 2004.
Dr. Pattock is highly sought-after as a teacher and clinician. Past work has included private lessons, clinics, and classes at the National School of Music in Mexico City, Mexico, Western Michigan University, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, Pittsburg (KS) State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the UMKC Community Music and Dance Academy. Dr. Pattock served as Adjunct Clarinet Instructor at St. Cloud State University for the winter semester, 2009. She has adjudicated for high school statewide solo and ensemble contests in Missouri and Kansas, and has kept a private clarinet studio since 1996. Dr. Pattock has done extensive research on performance anxiety, its affect on musicians, and coping strategies.
Rhonda Johnson, Librarian
In 2013, Rhonda Johnson took on the role of Librarian for the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Rhonda, her husband, John, and her son, Derrick currently perform with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Rhonda is a member of the 2nd violin section, and an active string teacher in the St. Cloud community.
Derrick Johnson, Stage Manager
Derrick Johnson, stage manager and cello section member, has been attending St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra concerts since before he was born. Mom, Rhonda, and Dad, John, have been active members of the violin and viola sections for the past 23 and 25 seasons respectively with the SCSO. Derrick has “grown up” with the symphony; coming to rehearsals with Mom and Dad, attending concerts with Grandma and Grandpa. Mom remembers his tiny fingers plunking on the low keys of the piano before he was even big enough to pull himself up onto the bench. Derrick had his choice of instruments; it was never a question if he was going to play, but which instrument would it be. One evening while Mom and Dad were playing their instruments together, he came carrying an 1/8-size cello asking to play along. Derrick has been studying cello with Suzuki Teacher, Steven Eckblad, for 11 years now – since the age of five.
At the age of ten he performed his first wedding gig in a quartet and started performing with Bobby Vee and The Crickets. The most memorable gig with Bobby and the Crickets was performing at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Derrick had his first recording session at the age of 13 with Bobby Vee and the Vees. Derrick was first introduced to singing while attending rehearsals of Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors. First time around, at age 9, he sang alto in the Shepherd’s Choir, two years later as a tenor, by the third time, he was playing in the cello section.
Like any musician, one instrument is never enough. He branched out and has been playing string bass for nearly six years. Derrick is entering his junior year at Apollo High School and is currently cello section leader of the orchestra and chamber orchestra. He was named to the All-Conference Orchestra as a freshman and sophomore, and has earned Superior ratings at State Contest for solos and ensembles.
For the past four summers Derrick has attended the Upper Midwest String and Chamber Orchestra Conference at the College of St. Benedict and studied string bass under Mark Kausch. Derrick has attended the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for the past three summers. While attending ASI, he studied cello under Elliot Cheney, Carey Cheney, Tim Mutschlecner, and Lawrence Leviton. In his “free time” Derrick runs on the Apollo cross-country team, likes to fish and sets biking goals to reach Alexandria and back by trail.
Laura Dahl, Outreach Coordinator
Laura Lydia Dahl acts as outreach coordinator for the orchestra, coordinating our highly successful “Classics for Kids” program and other forms of community involvement. Laura has played in the St. Cloud Symphony since 2001 as well as other ensembles which has allowed her to explore orchestral, pit theatre, chamber groups, and solo events. She is active with the Amadeus Chamber Symphony, St. John’s Boys’ Choir orchestra, Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra, and the GREAT Theatre pit orchestra. The formation of the L’unica Quartet in 2003 has also been important
to her career, as she began playing viola or violin in the group for public and private events. Laura has participated in the SCSO’s Educational Outreach program since its inception, and also played viola in a trio for MPR’s Class Notes Artists program in the Spring of 2015.
During her music studies with Dr. Marion Judish, Laura also had the honor of playing for master classes taught by the violinists, Midori, Chloe Fedor, and Jesse Mills. She then was accepted into the Lake Tahoe Music Festival in August 2016, a chamber orchestra that performs professionally at parks and resorts around Tahoe, CA. The renowned musicians, Nathan Hughes (oboist) and Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (cellist), were featured soloists and they coached the orchestra throughout the festival.
Laura received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in May of 2016 from St. Cloud State University. Besides music, Laura was interested in American Sign Language, and earned a certificate in Deaf Studies in 2008 at St. Paul College. Personally, Laura is an avid vegan for animals, environment, and health.