Our Instructors

 

Joshua Cameron, Trumpet

Amy Powers, Director of Bands

Michael Andrle, Winter Guard, Color Guard, Marching Band

Erik Barsness, Percussion

Ben Bussey, Low Brass

Alexandra Berndt, Bassoon

William Eisenberg, French Horn

Carol Gilkey, Flute

Steve Truran, Trumpet, Jazz Band, Marching Band

Susan Miranda, Oboe

Owen Tucker, Clarinet

Aaron Hedenstrom, Saxophone

Amy Powers, Director of Bands

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Amy has been the Director of Bands at Sibley High School since the fall of 2012. Amy teaches Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band. She also administers the Private Lesson Program at Henry Sibley High School. Amy is an active supporter of the Sibley Band Boosters, Sibley Winter Guard, and Sibley Winter Drumline.Prior to coming to Henry Sibley Amy was a Band Director at Rosemount Middle School, Black Hawk Middle School (Eagan), St. Thomas Academy (Mendota Heights), and Crosswinds Middle School (Woodbury). In addition to serving as a Director of Bands, Amy served as the Orchestra Director at the University of Minnesota at Morris. She has also been active as a Color Guard Instructor and Caption Head for over 20 years, most notably serving the Sound of Sun Prairie (Sun Prairie, WI), Rosemount High School (Rosemount, MN), and Eastview High School (Apple Valley, MN).

Amy is active as a clinician and adjudicator for marching bands and color guards throughout the country. She is a member of several judges associations but devotes the bulk of her judging time to the Central States Judges Association. Amy is a member of the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association and the National Band Association.

Amy is a graduate of Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, WI. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education and her Bachelor’s in Bassoon Performance from the University of Minnesota at Morris. She also holds a Master’s in Education from Saint Mary’s University as well as 40 additional credits from University of St. Thomas and Saint Mary’s University.

During her free time Amy loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves to do interior design, be on the water and foster dogs. Amy lives in Eagan with her husband, Chris, son, Max, daughter, Ellie and dogs: Archie, Cody and Benny.

Amy is honored to part of the Henry Sibley Community.

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Michael Andrle grew up in River Falls, Wisconsin. He marched with the Colts Drum Corps and Minnesota Brass, Inc. playing the mellophone. He attended Drake University and studied dance performance under Sally Alexandra Garfield, a former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Versed with the Limon-Graham techniques, he continued his dance studies after he was accepted in the Dance Composition program at the University of Minnesota. He has also studied at Minnesota Dance Theatre and Zenon Dance Company.

He has choreographed, taught and designed for several summer, winter and fall Minnesota and Wisconsin high school color guard and winter drum line programs.

After graduating from the Drake University Journalism School, Michael moved to Minneapolis and has worked in the advertising agency industry.

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Michael Andrle, Color Guard Instructor

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Erik Barsness, Percussion Instructor

Erik Barsness

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Erik Barsness grew up in the Twin Cities, in Minnesota and started playing percussion when he was 11. He received his Bachelors Degree in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota in 2001 where his teacher was Fernando Meza.

From August 2002 until June 2005 Erik lived in Stockholm, Sweden studying at the Royal College of Music in Sweden. He graduated with his Masters Degree in percussion from the Royal College of Music and received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2002 for these studies. His main teachers in Sweden were Anders Loguin of the percussion ensembles Kroumata and Glorious Percussion, Daniel Kåse, principal percussionist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Roland Johansson, former principal timpanist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

Erik has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Russia as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles. European countries he has performed in included Sweden, Finland, Åland, Estonia, Latvia and Germany. In the United States, he has performed at several Festivals Dancing in Your Head at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Eye and Ear Festival at the Franconia Sculpture Park, the Walleye Art Gallery in Chicago, IL, and Sprauge Hall at Yale University.

Erik is co-director and percussionist with Ensemble 61, a Saint Paul-based contemporary music group and performs frequently with the Minnesota Percussion Trio, CRASH and Janus Percussion. He has been a guest percussionist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the contemporary music ensemble Zeitgeist, Nautilus Music Theater, and Ten Thousand Things Theater.

Erik has received several awards from the American Composers Forum, the Jerome Foundation and was a Fulbright Scholar. Erik maintains an active private studio in the Twin Cities.

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benjamin.bussey@gmail.com

Ben Bussey is a musician, educator, and
arranger based in Minneapolis, MN. His work
on trombone, bass trombone, euphonium,
tuba, and sousaphone cover a wide range of
music genres and reflect a keen interest in
education at all levels of the music business.
His current projects include playing and
writing for Jaedyn James and the Hunger
(Funk/Soul/Love), the Hennepin County
Millionaire’s Club (indie rock ska), Brass &
Bodyworks (NOLA brass band), and the Twin
Cities Symphony. He is also Professor of Low
Brass at Concordia University, St Paul and
serves on the faculty of the MacPhail Center
for Music as a low brass instructor and
ensemble clinician.

Ben is an active coach, clinician, adjudicator, and
guest artist for music programs in the Twin Cities
area, and is a leader in the area of online
instruction statewide. His wide range of teaching
and performing experiences provide a unique lens
for students as they develop their skills as
musicians and self-educators.

A Minneapolis native, Ben holds degrees from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (BMus Music Ed,
2008) and McNally Smith (MM Trombone, 2015, R.I.P.). He is an avid baseball fan and coffee enthusiast.

Interested in learning more? – visit http://www.tromboneben.com

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Ben Bussey, Trombone Instructor

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Alexandra Berndt, Bassoon Instructor

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alexandraberndt2008@u.northwestern.edu

Dr. Alexandra Berndt is an active performer and teacher based in the Twin Cities. She joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and joined the Chione Quintet in 2018. She has served as substitute bassoon with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. In addition to maintaining a large private studio, she also serves as the adjunct bassoon professor at Gustavus Adolphus College and St. Cloud State University.

She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance with a Secondary Emphasis in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. She received her Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. While in Boston, Berndt was a member of the Vento Chiaro Wind Quintet. She received her Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance summa cum laude and with Program Honors in Woodwinds from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. A 2010 Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, Berndt also attended the summer music festivals at the Brevard Music Center and the Banff Music Centre. Her primary teachers include John Miller, Richard Ranti, Suzanne Nelsen, Christopher Millard, Lewis Kirk, and David Seidel.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, cycling, wakeboarding, gardening, and traveling. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their tuxedo cat.

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Joshua Cameron, trumpet, has been teaching lessons to students of various ages and ability levels for nearly 15 years. He currently holds Administrative and Faculty positions at the MacPhail Center for Music and was previously on faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. As an active freelance musician in the Twin Cities, he is comfortable in a wide range of musical styles and plays regularly with local Soul/Funk group High & Mighty. He also frequently plays in local community orchestras and brass ensembles for a variety of concerts and occasions and as a soloist, was selected to perform God Bless America at Target Field during the 2014 Minnesota Twins season.

Previously, Josh had been the principal trumpet of the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra, and was on substitute lists for the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Festival City Symphony, and the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra, as well as various non-professional orchestras in southeastern Wisconsin. He had played with the Esprit de Brass brass quintet, local jazz, R&B, blues, and Latin/salsa bands, and was hired for various studio work in the Milwaukee area. Josh has toured and performed internationally several times with various academic and professional ensembles.

Josh earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from St.Olaf College in 2005 and his Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota in 2007.

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Joshua Cameron, Trumpet Instructor

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William Eisenberg is a horn player from Minnetonka, Minnesota. He has frequently played as a substitute member of the Minnesota Orchestra horn section, as well as traveling with the orchestra during their Common Chords residency in Hibbing, Minnesota. He received a Bachelor’s in Horn Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Roland Pandolfi. At Oberlin, he also played and traveled with the Contemporary Music Ensemble under Tim Weiss.

He received his Master’s in Horn Performance working with William Purvis at the Yale School of Music. William has performed extensively at home and abroad, including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Italy, China, and Singapore.

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William Eisenberg, French Horn Instructor

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Carol Gilkey, Flute Instructor

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Carol Gilkey is an active flute instructor in the Twin Cities and an adjunct flute instructor at Inver Hills and Normandale Community Colleges. She enjoys teaching flute to anyone who wants to learn at any level. Her students have won positions in All State, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and various honor bands. Her students have won or placed in Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, Upper Midwest Flute Association – Laudie Porter, and Young Peoples Symphony Concert Association competitions. She is the first director of flute choirs in the Twin Cities, arranges and publishes flute choir music and flute technique books. She has taught in the public school on Long Island, NY, DOD schools and U of Maryland in Okinawa, and MacPhail. She has presented several times at the National Flute Convention. She is the former principal flute of the Rochester Symphony. Flute performance degrees earned include a MM from Manhattan School of Music and BM from DePauw University. Flute lessons are designed to create flutists that can play independently at their level of interest for a lifetime of enjoyment.
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Susan Miranda, Oboe Instructor

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Susan Miranda is a seasoned oboist. She graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. Susan has attended college for Music Performance at the University of South Dakota and Augustana College.

She has participated in numerous master classes involving John Mack, Daniel Stolper, Linda Strommen, Nicholas Daniel and Daniel Ross. Her performance resume includes various countries across Europe with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Symphonic Band; Dakota Wind Ensemble in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City, Iowa, and principal oboist of the Huron Symphony Orchestra, Huron, South Dakota. She is currently playing principal oboe in the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra and freelancing throughout the Twin Cities.

Susan has been teaching young oboists since she was in high school. Susan currently holds a private studio in addition to holding positions at Modern Day Music and Forte Fine Arts Academy. She has a great passion for music and carries that through to her students.

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Owen Tucker has been studying and performing the clarinet for two decades. He has performed with numerous ensembles over the past fifteen years, including concert bands, big-band jazz, symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, jazz combos, concert quintets, religious service ensembles, funk bands, and more. Owen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Northwestern University in Chicago, where he earned degrees in music performance. Since returning from Chicago, Owen has been teaching in the Twin Cities area for the past seven years, in various capacities, including private lessons at Rosemount HS, Henry-Sibley HS, and Maple Grove HS, as well as after-school jazz band and marching band programs at Rosemount HS and marching band at Maple Grove HS.

Owen believes in a regular and determined approach to improving at the clarinet and music in general, whether your goals are to qualify for contests, prepare for local honor-band or extra-curricular auditions, work toward a college music experience, or simply getting a little better and having more fun playing your instrument. Studying privately is one of the best ways to get more individualized attention and work through all the diverse and exciting aspects of music.

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Steve Truran, Jazz Instructor

Steve Truran

stevetruran1068@gmail.com

Steve Truran has a music degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters in Jazz from Indiana University. He teaches brass, jazz band, and jazz improvisation to students of all ages in several schools and studios around Minneapolis/St. Paul such as Henry Sibley H.S., Simley H.S., St. John the Baptist Catholic School, and St. Agnes Catholic School. He also co-directs five jazz ensembles and one jazz combo.

Steve has performed in several big bands, jazz combos, brass groups, r&b bands, orchestras, theater productions, and even was a Keystone Cop at Valley Fair. He has performed with national artists such as Kurt Elling, Patty Peterson, Nils Lindberg (arranger for Duke Ellington), Connie Evingson, Ed Shaughnessy, and Joel DiBartolo. He currently plays in Bend in the River Big Band, Dudley and the DoGooders, Too Darn Hot, and The Jazz Mentors.

Due to an injury called “Embouchure Dystonia,” Steve has a unique perspective about playing technique. Students learn more than musicality, they receive specific techniques and instructions about how to create a high level of performance on their instruments. He gives them what he calls “10-minutes of boring exercises” where students pay close attention to how their embouchures function and apply specific instructions to make appropriate changes.

Steve can be reached by email at stevetruran1068@gmail.com, cell phone 651-494-8066, or go online at www.TheJazzMentors.com.

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Aaron Hedenstrom, Saxophone Instructor

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aaronhedenstrommusic@gmail.com

Saxophonist and composer Aaron Hedenstrom has been composing, arranging, and performing music professionally for over a decade. Aaron has performed across the United States as a jazz saxophonist, clinician, and composer.

Aaron has received many awards for his compositions and arrangements, including the Herb Alpert ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the Detroit Jazz Festival Composition Contest, Downbeat Awards, the Jazz Education Network Student Composer Showcase, and the BMI Foundation Future Jazz Master scholarship. Aaron has written numerous big band works, string arrangements, small group pieces, and chamber works. Some of his collaborations have included vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Bob Reynolds, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, vocalist Marlene Verplanck, singer/actor Don Most, and acclaimed indie artist S. Carey. Aaron has done MIDI production work for Happy Days actor/musician Don Most for an upcoming performance series. In addition, Aaron has recorded and performed with his own big band, the Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra.

As a saxophone performing artist, Aaron has received numerous Downbeat Awards, including the 2013 Downbeat Award for “Best Graduate Jazz Soloist.” He has been featured as a guest artist by universities such as Wichita State University and Eastern Washington University. Aaron has performed at top-tier jazz venues nationwide including the Dakota Jazz Club, Snug Harbor, the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Scat Jazz Lounge, and others. Aaron performed with the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band for two years and travelled the country with the band.

Aaron has released two small group CDs as a leader, including two on Shifting Paradigm Records (A Moment of Clarity and The Living Sessions) and one self-released big band CD (A Symphonic Jazz Hip-Hop Experience).

For more information and full list of accomplishments, please view Aaron’s Curriculum Vitae and hear his work at http://www.aaronhedenstrommusic.com.

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