Meet our Principals
Susan Halderman teaches cello in her studio, The Cello Connection, as well as conducting an adult intermediate level Thursday night orchestra known as The String Connection. She is the cellist in the Chippewa Valley String Quartet and the Clear Water Chamber Players, and also a member of a violin & cello duo, Duo Col legno. She also plays in the ECCo and has a bachelor and master's degree in cello performance.
An accomplished young trumpet player, Stuart Wallace, has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with an impulsive commitment to the music. Stuart started playing the trumpet at 10 and hasn’t had time to look back. He received his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, studying under the renowned trumpet pedagogue, Robert Baca.
While at Eau Claire, Stuart had the privilege of leading the University Symphony Orchestra for 4 years, the Wind Ensemble for 3 years and played lead and section trumpet in Grammy nominated and Downbeat Award winning Jazz Ensemble 1. He has been fortunate to share the stage with great musicians such as; Kenni Holmen, Terrell Stafford, Bobby Sanabria, Connie Evingson, Brian Grivna, Eric Marienthal, Nicholas Payton and countless others.
As a performer, he has won concerto competitions all over the midwest and has been a two time National Trumpet Competition semi-finalist. He works as a classical and commercial player in the Twin Cities and also does session work remotely in his home studio.
Stuart is an active, unique educator. He conducts masterclasses around the midwest and maintains a private studio of trumpet and piano students. He loves watching students grow toward their potential, whether it be in long-term lessons or in a 20 minute master class.
In his spare time, he likes to work on restoring his 1900 Queen Anne and going on adventures with his wife, son and dog. He also enjoys woodworking, audio engineering, and anything outdoors (hiking, camping, singletrack mountain biking, and all the paddlesports.)
December 10th - CONCERT ROSTER
Ryan Poquette - Concertmaster, principal
Molly Malone - Principal
Eva Tibbetts - Principal
Susan Halderman - Principal
James Anderson - Principal
Tim Lane - Principal
Steven Maijala - Principal
Sara Dipiazza - Principal
Kelli Lester - Principal
Ben Mackie - Principal
Stuart Wallace - Principal
Caleb Domeyer - Principal
Nick Junker - Principal
Stas Hable - Principal
Bethany Aberle - Principal
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