Emily recently graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Art's in Music Performance and Theology. She performed with the orchestra, wind ensemble, and percussion ensemble there for four years. In 2011, she spent 5 months in Australia studying abroad. Currently, she is studying at Saint Cloud State University for her Master's degree in Criminal Justice as a future career path. However, she could not give up her love of music and is a happy member of the Saint Cloud Symphony.
Walt Boyd is a percussionist, composer and media artist based in St. Cloud Minnesota. He grew up in the greater Seattle Washington area where he developed a healthy interest in music at an early age. As a young musician, he dabbled in a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, flute and oboe. He finally settled into percussion at the age of 12 and has been playing ever since. Walt holds a B.A. degree in Music Composition and New Media from St. Cloud State University and is currently earning his M.A. in Sonic Arts from the University of Rome (Tor Vergata). He has studied percussion with Dr. Terry Vermillion and Erik Barsness and composition/new media with Dr. Scott Miller andDr. Melissa Krause. In 2012, he was a recipient of the David Swenson Percussion Scholarship which he used to participate in summer studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Walt has performed with a variety of ensembles including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and G.R.E.A.T. Theater Productions in the historical Paramount Theater, St. Cloud, MN. He has been in numerous rock, pop, jazz and wind bands and is currently working on a studio project with Seattle guitarist Dom Feiler.
In addition to studies in music, Walt has developed an interest in video production and experimental multimedia performance. From this interest has bloomed I/O Studios which has afforded new opportunities for Walt to create and explore within the digital realm. His studio offers a variety of services including private studio lessons, original multimedia compositions and audio editing.
Jeremy Schreifels currently lives in St. Joseph, MN while composing, arranging, show designing, drill writing, private teaching, recording, and performing throughout the upper Midwest. Since graduating from St. Cloud State University Jeremy has performed with the likes of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps, Paramount Theatre Arts productions, and Merce Cunningham’s “OCEAN” in the Quarry. Jeremy also performs with MN bands Mad Purple and the Greg Michael’s Band. He is also a sought after drummer for many local worship bands. Jeremy has worked with and been coached by Dr. Terry Vermillion, Dr. Scott Miller, Dr. Melissa Krause, Dr. Jan Vicar, Ladislav Bilan, Nancy Zeltsman, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Jeremy Sandoval, Rebecca Kite, and Matt Wilson.
Through Jeremy’s teaching, composing, and arranging endeavors he has earned an endorsement as part of Vic Firth’s Education Team as a private drum teacher as well as a marching percussion specialist. Jeremy composes, arranges and designs for multiple winter drumline and summer marching bands throughout the year. He focuses on ensemble development and providing a challenging yet rewarding experience for the students in each of the groups he writes and teaches with. Jeremy has once again been included on Volume III of FloorTracks, a company dedicated to providing original and high quality music for gymnastics floor routines.
Most recently, Jeremy and two colleagues Jeffery Vigness and Derrick Raiter from St. Cloud State have formed the percussion/new music group, RSVP. The ensemble was created to explore new music in percussion and strings focused on educating students on the compositional and improvisational process and performance practices for the small ensemble.
Jeremy is a past recipient of the prestigious David Swenson Memorial Scholarship from St. Cloud State University. He is an active member of the American Composer’s Forum (ACF), Minnesota Percussion Association, Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.