Richard Chandler performs on bassoon and contrabassoon, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, and recorders. As a composer, his works have been performed by the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble, in faculty recitals at SCSU and CSB-SJU and in recitals in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and greater Minnesota.
His dedication fanfare was performed as part of the dedication ceremony of the St. Cloud Public Library.
Richard began his music performance degree at St. Johns University and the College of St. Benedict and completed his BA music degree at St. Cloud State University in 2012. In 2015, he earned his Master's degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy from the Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis. He is certified as a Myers-Briggs® Master Practitioner through CAPT.com. Richard does career consulting, executive and life coaching and couples counseling from his counseling office in the Lake George area of St. Cloud. He is in his 7th year of performing with the SCSO on contrabassoon, bassoon and alto saxophone.
The first time she heard Sousa's "Stars and Stripes," Lani Willis wanted to play the piccolo. She got her wish in her school band many years later, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music from Luther College and a master of music degree in flute performance from the University of Hawaii.. Lani has played piccolo with SCSO since 2002. Lani is Minnesota Opera’s marketing and communications director and has served on several boards, including the City of Minneapolis Arts Commission. She has written about classical music for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and has also performed as a vocalist. She is a 2005 alum of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Arts Journalism Institute, a 2007 American Marshall Memorial Fellow and a 2011 recipient of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty award. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Joel, daughter Naia and son Milo.
Justin Windschitl, bassoon, is an attorney and works for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In addition to serving as a freelance musician in the Twin Cities, Justin has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Eastern Philharmonic, and as principal bassoon of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Justin is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly with the Pavia Winds (www.paviawinds.com) and in collaboration with musicians from the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras. His primary bassoon instructors include Mark Kelley and Norbert Nielubowski, both members of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Brendon Bushman Brendon Bushman is a freelance musician & teacher living in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is currently principal oboist of the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra, adjunct oboe instructor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, & maintains a private studio in St. Cloud. Having taught privately since 2001, his students have made district and state level honor bands in Georgia, Texas, & South Carolina, & gone on to study music at colleges such as Florida State University and Louisiana State University.
Mr. Bushman received his Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, and studied oboe and studio art at Indiana University Bloomington. His primary teachers include Rebecca Henderson, Nicholas Daniel, Theodore Baskin, & Anne Leek.
Brendon has performed with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SC), Union Symphony Orchestra (NC), and around central Texas including the Round Rock, Brazos Valley, Temple, & San Angelo Symphonies. In Atlanta, he performed with the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, Capitol City Opera, the New Atlanta Philharmonic, & toured with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. A dedicated chamber musician, Brendon has worked with the Highland 5 Quintet, Mercury Season, Charlotte based Out of Bounds Ensemble, and the Georgia Chamber Winds, including the latter’s 2009 Albany Records CD release, Music from Paris.
Brendon lives in St. Cloud with his wife Catharine, daughters Emmaline & Zadie, and their dog Kona. When not making reeds or changing diapers, Brendon enjoys running, hiking, good coffee, & cooking.
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.
Peggy Doerrie serves as Principal Flutist with the St. Cloud Symphony (since 1990) and Northern Symphony (since 2003) and has been featured as concerto soloist with both orchestras. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Cornell College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Flute Performance from the University of Minnesota. Solo recital work with Thursday Musical, Schubert Club, Hauenstein Series, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, American Swedish Institute and Benefit Recitals. Chamber playing has included Lametti Chamber Winds (quintet), Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater, Riverside Theater, Flute Choir Tour to France, Kenwood Trio, Northern Star Flute and Guitar, Windsong Duo (flute & harp), and FluteSpiration Quartet (four flutes). She is active as a flute instructor, chamber and liturgical musician. Peggy has served on the Board of Directors of both the Upper Midwest Flute Association and Thursday Musical.
Rich Manik - is a freelance musician and recording artist living in the Twin Cities area since 1988. He currently performs on saxophones, flutes, clarinets and keyboard with many local and national artists in a variety of musical styles from symphonic to contemporary popular music. Rich has performed with, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Kenny Rodgers, Clark Terry, Lou Rawls and Jack McDuff. Rich has extensive experience performing in and touring with productions of, The 1940’s Radio Hour and A Little Night Music. Recent performance experiences have included performances with the George Maurer Jazz Group, the St. Paul City Ballet, the Minneapolis based band Synergy and the St. Cloud Symphony. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University and The Institute for Production and Recording in Minneapolis, MN., Rich has earned a B.M. in Jazz Performance from Duquesne University and a Masters of Music Degree from Boston University.
Emma Plehal, bassoonist, is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Minnesota. Emma is the principal bassoonist of The Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra, a substitute member of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Mankato Symphony Orchestra, and plays bassoon and contrabassoon with Lakes Area Music Festival. She is an active freelance bassoonist in the Twin Cities area and especially enjoys playing contrabassoon. Emma has served as a mentor for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony and worked on the administrative staff of Madeline Island Music Camp.
Emma is originally from the Washington D.C. area, where she maintained a private bassoon studio, performed with the Fairfax Wind Symphony, and assisted with many music programs in Fairfax County Schools. She completed her undergraduate degree at Furman University and her Masters degree at The University of Minnesota. Emma's primary teachers have included Norbert Nielubowski, Charles Ullery, Ann Shoemaker, and Ryan Romine.