Ashely Ng
Ashely Ng
Viola

Dr. Ashley Ng, Minnesota violinist, is a freelance musician and music teacher based in the Twin Cities.

Serving as the Associate Principal Second Violinist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Ashley enjoys performing in orchestral and chamber music ensembles throughout the Midwest.

Ashley is a founding member and marketing director for the 10th Wave Chamber Collective, a new-music ensemble bringing contemporary classical music to a wider audience across the Twin Cities. Ashley is also a founding member of the Stone Arch String Quartet that enjoys performing for weddings and special events.

In addition to performing, Ashley is proud to be a faculty member of the MacPhail Center for Music where she began her musical studies as an 8-year-old. Ashley is involved both as a private teacher as well as working with group classes through MacPhail’s School Partnerships programs.

She helped create an after-school private lesson program at Roseville Area High School in 2017 that provides affordable music lessons as well as scholarship for students in 9th-12th grade. Ashley has also been a faculty member at Yinghua Academy’s Music Conservatory, Roseville Summer Orchestra Camp, and Mounds View Schools Summer Orchestra. Ashley attended The Boston Conservatory (BM ’11), Boston University (MM ’13), and graduated with her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2017. Her former teachers include Young Nam Kim, Lucia Lin, Lynn Chang, and Cheryl Stewart.

Beth Justin
Beth Justin
Vocals & Drum

I am Beth and I am 13 years old and in 7th grade. I love anything to do with music! I sing, move my legs, move my arms. Music calms me when I am unset. Mom found this out early in my life. When I was 9 years old, I met Miss Wu. I just love her so much! She writes song to sing and we dance together. My Spirit rejoices after I have visited with her.

Carlos Anguita
Carlos Anguita
Photography

When I started studying at the University of Puerto Rico, I planned to pursue a career in science. It was at that time that I realized that photography is an amazing tool…for artists, scientists and especially journalists. That is when I decided to enroll in the School of Communications and Journalism at the university. After completing my Bachelor’s degree, I started working in radio and TV, but also did some freelance photography for advertising firms and newspapers. I was then hired as a Staff Photographer for The San Juan Star, a daily, bilingual newspaper. I covered all types of assignments, but mainly focused on entertainment, sports, restaurants, and travel. Five years later I was appointed Photo Editor and two years after that, Photography and Graphics Editor. Besides covering all kinds of assignments, I had the opportunity to design and develop “Scene Magazine,” a Fashion-Entertainment publication that ran in the same newspaper. Four years later I also worked on the “evolution” of that project, “San Juan City Magazine,” a high-end, multi-topic magazine. What I loved most about photojournalism is that I was able to tell a story with my camera and at the same time continually learn new things. After 27 years as a photojournalist and editor, I moved with my wife and son from Puerto Rico to Minnesota. I currently work for Minneapolis Public Schools as an Interpreter for Early Childhood and Special Education. I also teach photography at Jefferson School Community Education Program for adults.

Carolyn Kester
Carolyn Kester
Clarinet & Graphic Design

Carolyn holds degrees in Theatre and Christian Thought, and currently serves as Costume Designer for Bethel University. Originally from Iowa, she moved to Minneapolis 3 years ago with husband Josh, and welcomed baby Simon in August 2020. She connected with Wu and Philip during 2019’s Curse of the Vampire Orchestra, and enjoys any opportunity to merge art and faith– in addition to coffee, drawing, and sci-fi.

Char Hess
Char Hess
2nd Violin

Charlene Hess started playing violin at the young of age 5 when the Suzuki method was first being introduced to American string pedagogy. As she furthered her instruction, she studied at the University of Nebraska with Arnold Schatz, a former student of Ivan Galamian. After high school she went on to study violin as a career and graduated with a B.A. in Violin Performance from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and later received a Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota having studied with world-renowned teachers, Roland and Almita Vamos. She has since performed in the Twin Cities for almost 25 years, free-lancing in a variety of settings with chamber orchestras, string quartets, duos, as well as solo violin. She has performed in parts of Europe and throughout the United States during her career and played in churches and concert halls as well as venues for weddings, receptions, and studio recordings. She also works at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN where she teaches private violin and viola and coaches the string ensemble. She is very grateful to have had music as a career while also being able to have a family. She and her husband live in the city of Minneapolis with their 3 daughters and dog, Percy.

Drew Kinkade
Drew Kinkade
Videography

Drew Kinkade is founder of Flavor World, a Creative Brand operating out of the Twin Cities. They make clothing, videos, music, and visual art. They have recently expanded the brand into a record label, capturing audio and video recordings of many Twin Cities bands performing in the Flavor World studio. Because of Flavor World Records, I have been spending a lot of time around musicians, quickly growing a love for all that music can do for individuals and a community!

Emily Kahnert
Emily Kahnert
Cello

Emily is a cello player, a physical therapist, and a PhD student studying treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders at the University of Minnesota. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota Program in Physical Therapy after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in music from St. Olaf College, and has a passion for treating performing artists. In her free time she enjoys time with her husband and two kids as well as baking and decorating elaborate cakes.

Ferol Jeanne Grode
Ferol Jeanne Grode
Kazoo & Rainstick

Ferol Jeanne Grode is a 26-year-old young lady.  She was born with a chromosome mutation called Partial Trisomy 13.  Ferol loves her brother Kegan and has many wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins and grandparents.  Ferol loves to go to her day program at Chisago Lakes Achievement Center.  She also enjoys horse therapy, music therapy, riding her bike, being on the computer and going on pontoon rides.  Her favorite time is spent with her Aunt Laurie watching Blues Clues.

Ferol has had multiple surgeries to repair her cleft lip and palate, two cranial surgeries, a major jaw surgery and foot repair surgery.  She has regular occurring seizures and is developmentally delayed.

Despite all her disadvantages, Ferol is a very happy, fun loving, try anything kind of person. She loves to laugh and be silly.  Ferol’s family has been very blessed to have such a wonderful person in their lives.  She has shown us that with God, everything is possible and to never give up.

Garrett Young
Garrett Young
Videography

Garrett Young is a photojournalist, videographer and producer.  He has worked in the Twin Cities for over 30 years filming stories for local and national television networks. While he has won multiple awards, he feels he knows a little bit about everything but is an expert in nothing.  Garrett’s favorite stories are about everyday heroes overcoming challenges in their life.

In addition to his film & video projects for non-profits, he is currently filming a documentary about Music Therapy and how it can make a difference for individuals and their families.

Grace Muchahary
Grace Muchahary
Vocals & Promotion

Hi, my name is Grace Koch Muchahary. I am originally from Northeast India. I am a senior at Augsburg University, majoring in Sociology. I love the cause of Light in the Well. it is a very unique opportunity to bring all the love and beautiful stories together through music. I am really excited to work with the “Light in the Well” team!

Ivory Doublette
Ivory Doublette
Vocals & Dance

Ivory Doublette has performed regionally with MainStreet Theatre in Rancho Cucamonga, CA; The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL; and locally with Frank Theater, Jungle Theater, Theater Latté Da, Penumbra Theatre, Ordway Center, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights Center, History Comes to Life, Intermedia Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Old Log Theatre, Nautilus Music-Theater, Interact Theater and Illusion Theatre. Ivory is a Faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music. She also sings with her family’s Gospel Quartet, SeVy (Say-V) sevygospelquartet.com. Ivory has a Bachelors in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is an AEA member.

James Johnson
James Johnson
Piano

James Johnson, born in October 1999 in Maryland, now lives in Elko, Minnesota. He graduated from the Lakeville South High School in 2018.

James was diagnosed with classic autism at age 2. He showed inclination towards music and began taking piano lessons at age 4.  His first teacher identified him as having absolute (perfect) pitch. Even with this ability, James has required many hours of lessons, daily practice, and support to become a public performer.  At age 16, with support, he began volunteering his piano performances at local senior homes and hospitals.  Since completing high school, James has been performing weekly at the MSP airport, senior homes, and on occasion, weddings and special events. His business AbiliKeys in Autism advocates for those like him – on their ABILITIES.

Since 2018, with support, James has also been taking music classes at Normandale Community College. He likes being busy and having a routine.

Jane McMillan
Jane McMillan
Flute & Piccolo

Jane was moved when she first heard about the vision behind Light in the Well: to honor and celebrate the rich stories of individuals who live with a disability. As a pediatric Physical Therapist, she feels grateful to work with amazing children who, along with their loving caregivers, bring such remarkable joy and inspiration to those around them. Jane loves music and plays the flute and piccolo in Light in the Well.

Jeremy Swider
Jeremy Swider
1st Violin

Jeremy Swider is an active violinist in the Twin Cities area. He performs regularly with his wife, violinist and violist Krista Broadway Swider as the Broadway-Swider Duo and in the Sonorous String Quartet. Jeremy and Krista also perform string parts as members of the Americana-Pop band, The Blacksmith’s Daughters, with whom they recently released a Christmas album, Forged at Christmas.

Jeremy has given several recitals with pianist Luke Swanger as the Swider-Swanger Duo. Jeremy can also be heard performing regularly on the worship team at Bethel Christian Fellowship in Saint Paul.

Jeremy Swider has been teaching violin and viola at the MacPhail Center for Music for over 19 years, where he has performed in a number of Spotlight Series concerts and Faculty Recitals. In addition to his private teaching at MacPhail, Jeremy also coordinates the chamber music program there and is the lead teacher for the Adult Chamber Music Camps each summer. Jeremy’s instructors on the violin have included Andrzej Grabiec, Young-Nam Kim, Judith Ingolfssohn, David Russell, Helen Richards, and Mary West.

Julian Malaby
Julian Malaby
String Bass

Julian Malaby is a string bass player, electric bass player, and singer who recently graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Music and Russian Language. Due to his passion for music in any form, Julian was active in concert band, choir, jazz, orchestra, and many more musical scenes at St. Olaf. Having moved properly to Minnesota from California after graduation, Julian began working on the MacPhail Setup team in June and is eager to explore the Minnesota music scene in all capacities. He has always been an avid believer in the power of music to uplift voices, and as such is grateful and excited to participate in Light in the Well!

Kathryn Wehr
Kathryn Wehr
Vocals

Kathryn Wehr is a Catholic creative artist, musician and scholar.  She has recently completed a year-long video collaboration series on a variety of faith and art topics on her YouTube channel (search Kathryn Wehr).  She has recorded three solo albums, the most recent of which is And All the Marys: Women Encountering Christ in the Gospels (2018). Her research specialty is the radio drama of Dorothy L. Sayers and has a forthcoming book about Sayers’ 1940’s radio series The Man Born to be King (IVP Academic, Summer 2022).  She has a PhD in Divinity: Theology, Imagination and the Arts from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Katie Hagaman
Katie Hagaman
Vocals

Katie is a singer and educator who recently graduated from St. Olaf college. She is currently teaching elementary and middle school general music at The World Learner School in Chaska, MN. She has sung in several choirs throughout her life, including the St. Olaf choir for three years. Once she graduated college, she was given the eye-opening opportunity to be the music director for “Camp Under the Starz”, and musical theatre camp for kids with special needs. It was there that she discovered her love of working with the special needs community, and she hopes to continue that work in the future!

Lester Bauer
Lester Bauer
Vocals

Lester is a retired music teacher, a National Behavior trainer and consultant, an active volunteer with Special Olympics and Past President of the Arc of Minnesota and Arc Southeastern Minnesota. He has been a board member of a rural Disability Provider for 17 years and has been a constant advocate for people with disabilities for more than 40 years. His advocacy work has been with local, state and federal legislators in Minnesota and Washington D.C. He was on a number of committees at the Minnesota Department of Human Services and he spent 6 years as a member of the Minnesota State Quality Assurance Council. He is presently a member of the Institute on Community Integration Advisory Counsel at the University of Minnesota.

Liv Peterson
Liv Peterson
Visual Art

My name is Liv Peterson, I am fourteen and I am an eighth grader at south view middle school in Edina, Minnesota. My hobbies are volleyball, playing trumpet, and making art. I make art to inspire people and spread creativity. I feel so honored to be involved in this project!

Madelyn Herbrand
Madelyn Herbrand
Vocals & Promotion

Madelyn Herbrand joined the MacPhail faculty in 2020 as a Music Therapist in the Music Therapy and MacPhail Music for Life™ departments. Madelyn completed her clinical internship at the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota. She has worked in student leadership and has research and clinical experience in a variety of medical settings.

She approaches every opportunity to work with clients through an eclectic lens, striving to use an individual’s strengths to create a safe space that provides structure for success in reaching non-musical goals through music. Madelyn had the opportunity to conduct research on the Medical Oncology/Hematology Unit at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She has presented the results of this study at the American Music Therapy National Conference and published her findings in November 2020. Her research can be found in the Psychology of Music Journal. Madelyn also initiated a project that explored the “musical selves” of all people. She aims to tap into each client’s musical potential to help them reach their individualized goals through music therapy.

She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett
Guitar & Ukulele

Mark Burnett joined MacPhail’s Music Therapy faculty in 2019. His practice and approach to music and music therapy is centered around the individual experience with a focus on happiness.  This requires a large toolkit of skills and methods which produce achievement of goals, objectives, and outcomes. His experience from 30 years of practice informs humble work toward the opportunity for growth, and a compassionate focus toward others.

Foundations of practice come from receiving a degree in music and music therapy from Radford University with board certification / concurrent from 1992. His experience is reinforced through a significant range of specialized training in sensory, neurologic, developmental, educational, behavioral health, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.  Mark’s skills are recognized through national and international presentations in music therapy and performances in various genres of music and theater on bass, euphonium, guitar, piano, trombone and voice. He has composed music for various artists, theater, film, and special education instruction.

His approach is humanistic, often supporting the discovery of music comfortably, with attention to the person and process experience. This approach helps create wonder, potential, and a purposeful result such as learning a lifelong skill through improved attention and sensory regulation; both strengths that go beyond the music and open up new possibilities. Sometimes these experiences translate into learning to walk, or move through music interventions that generalize to everyday skills and activities which can optimize functionality. Frequently music and music therapy sessions involve empowerment through musical communication and expression that connects, develops and validates growth and healing.

Melissa Wenszell
Melissa Wenszell
Vocals & Toy Instruments

Melissa Wenszell Samborski, MacPhail Music Therapy Co-Founder, Senior Music Therapist, joined MacPhail Center for Music in 2001 as a board certified Music Therapist, becoming director in 2008.  She earned a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and earned a Masters degree in Music – Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado State University.  She is a Fellow of The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and a trained neonatal intensive care unit music therapist (NICU-MT).

She has worked as a music therapist in a variety of settings, including health care units, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, schools, camps and correctional facilities.  As a music therapist at MacPhail Melissa works in individual sessions, groups, classes, and partnerships with clients of all ages and diagnoses.  She is experienced in team leadership, curriculum design, program development and supervision.

Melissa is also the clinical director of a university affiliated music therapy internship with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and serves as a practicum supervisor for Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota music therapy students.  Melissa has taught in keyboard, piano, guitar, basic percussion, accordion and vocal performance as adaptive lessons through MacPhail.

Melissa has presented at international, national, state and community conferences and for various community service and health organizations.

Murah Hsiung
Murah Hsiung
Viola

Murah is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota studying Viola Performance, she loves playing in chamber groups with her friends and joining new and innovative music projects. She also spends time working with children and animals, educating children about safely interacting with pets. She’s even gotten involved in veterinary medicine by training as a vet’s assistant. Her goal is to further her education in performance and become a professional violist as well as to complete training in veterinary studies to become a certified veterinary technician.

Nathan Bauer
Nathan Bauer
Dance & Drum

Nathan was born with Down Syndrome in Rochester MN on April 18 th , 1978. He grew up in Zumbrota MN and graduated from High School in 1997.

While in school, Nathan was active in band and choir and continues to enjoy music, dance movies and travel. He took dance lessons for a number of years and was a cast member in a local production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”.

Nathan was a member of the 1st adaptive cheer program in Minnesota that was featured on the Big Ten Network in 2009.

He has been involved in Special Olympics since the age of 8. In 2005 he was named the Special Olympics Minnesota Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.

As a trained Global Messenger for Special Olympics he has given over 100 speeches across Minnesota about his Life with Down syndrome.

He has been an active interviewer for the Quality Assurance Licensing program for group homes in SE Minnesota, and a board member of Arc SE Minnesota.

Advocacy for the disability community has been a big part of his life working with local and national leaders to improve laws and regulations to give opportunities for more independent lives for people with disabilities.

In the last few years he has been writing and publishing poetry with the Cow Tipping Press. CTP gives people with disabilities an opportunity to express feelings and emotions about their lives. He has also been an apprentice and co-teacher for Cow Tipping Press. Recently he has been part of the interview team for new apprentices.

He lives in Richfield MN in a duplex apartment owned by his parents. He enjoys a more independent life with some staff assistance.

Paul Babcock
Paul Babcock
Drumset

Paul Babcock has over 25 years experience teaching percussion/drum set. He enjoys working with students of all backgrounds to discover their passions for music and percussion to see how far they can go on this exciting journey.

Paul developed the MacPhail percussion ensemble Rimshots!, who have performed across the United States and abroad.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Performance at Monmouth College (Illinois), and a Master’s in Music Performance from University of Minnesota.

Philip Shorey
Philip Shorey
Composer, Toy Instruments & Singing Saw

Philip Shorey, graduate of The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, is the composer and conductor of Light in the Well. He has been a composer in Minneapolis with theatre and film since 2003 and he sees himself as an activist for healing the human heart and strides to work his compositions for that purpose. His composition style reflects his classical piano background, traveling puppet show upbringing, and vast globe-trotting. He has traveled the world extensively with his toy theatre and has gained a wide understanding of art, music, culture, and the human condition. 

Shari LAtz Rothman
Shari LAtz Rothman
Harp

A native of Minneapolis, Shari Latz Rothman, harpist, has performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Celtic Thunder, the Los Angeles Master Chorale Sinfonia Orchestra, Josh Groban and Johnny Mathis. She has recorded with Prince, the National Lutheran Choir, and the Los Angeles-based rock band, The Velvet Chain. Shari has taught harp for over 25 years. She is on the faculty of The College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University and MacPhail Center for Music, where she teaches individual lessons in the studio and on Skype, co-directs the Arpeggio Harp Ensemble, and leads a summer harp camp for beginners. Ms. Rothman performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities with choirs, orchestras and chamber music ensembles, as well as at weddings, parties and community events.

Shari holds a Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Michigan and the Master of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Southern California, where she was the recipient of a USC graduate teaching fellowship. Her primary teachers were Lynne Aspnes, Frances Miller and JoAnn Turovsky. Ms. Rothman helped revitalize the Weiger Lepke-Sims Family Sacred Music Award and created the ARCH Award for arrangements and compositions for the harp. She is a past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Harp Society.

Sheryl Sattler
Sheryl Sattler
Bassoon

Playing the bassoon since she was 8, Sheryl’s love of music and the instrument has been a foundational part of her life.

While spending most of her vocational career in healthcare insurance administration, she has been beyond blessed to be part of the Wooddale orchestra for 30 years as well as playing in various ensembles within the Twin Cities. She is so excited to be part of this wonderful experience and tribute!

Thomas M
Thomas M
Website Design

Thomas grew up in Minnesota. He enjoys music and wants to help serve those with disabilities. For this project he is helping to provide a website and technical services.

Tina Bevan
Tina Bevan
Visual Art

Tina Marie Bevan is a professional artist who specializes in portraits and figurative work. Her primary mediums are Pastels, Watercolors and Oils. Inspired by the likes of Mucha, Klimt and a splash of Peter Max; Tina’s unique style is infused with color, flora, fauna with a touch of whimsy. A traveler at heart of both time and place… her desire is to capture the wonders and harmony of the world in her fluid, vibrant artwork. Please check out her website: https://www.tinabevanart.com

 

Yue Wu
Yue Wu
Piano, Toy Piano & Typewriter

Yue Wu is a native of China who has been studying and working in the US in the past 8 years. She has lived in Louisiana, Colorado, and Minnesota, where she met wonderful people who loved her and became her American families. Right now she is working as a board certified music therapist at MacPhail Center for Music, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community music school, while pursuing her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota. Her clinical practice goal is to enrich the lives of individuals with neurological disorders, terminal illnesses, and other medical conditions by building therapeutic relationships through music.

Her dream is to transform healthcare in mainland China by empowering more women and girls to become health practitioners and leaders in this highly male dominated field.

Yuffie Hu
Yuffie Hu
Toy Piano & Vocals

Yuffie Hu joined the MacPhail Music Therapy faculty in 2019. Trained in guitar (acoustic and electric), piano, ukulele, and voice, she completed a clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota and worked with children with ASD at Fraser. She has also worked in higher education and student leadership.

She believes that music is an extremely malleable modality that can provide significant sensory, neurological, and emotional impact on individuals. With her clinical training and experience, Yuffie is committed to helping children, young adolescents, and adults achieve their musical and/or non-musical goals.

She initiated a project on pronunciation guide on Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, three of the most commonly spoken languages in Minnesota other than English, to help staff and faculty members better serve their patients and clients, and to promote diversity of inclusion. She was also involved with Minnesota Chorale, Voices of Hope, and other community musical performances.

She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy Degree from the University of Minnesota.