Our Instructors

Amy Powers
Michael Andrle
Erik Barsness
Ben Bussey
Alexandra Berndt
Joshua Cameron
William Eisenberg
Carol Gilkey
Susan Miranda
James Prindiville
Steve Truran


Amy Powers, Director of Bands

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, Color Guard Instructor

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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Erik Barsness

Erik Barsness, Percussion Instructor


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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Ben Bussey, Trombone Instructor


Ben Bussey is a trombonist, educator, and arranger based in Minneapolis. His accomplishments cover a wide range of music genres and reflect a keen interest in education at all levels of the music business. He encourages students from beginners to adults to cultivate a strong sense of musical and personal self-awareness and self-instruction in a goal-oriented environment.

Ben has performed with some of the region’s top live acts and backed up some of the music industry’s best artists across a variety of styles – Ingrid Jensen (jazz trumpet, Maria Schneider Orchestra), Michael Davis (commercial trombone, Rolling Stones), Oystein Baadsvik (classical/modern tuba), Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Mike Mills (REM), Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion), The New Standards, Belfast Cowboys, McNasty Brass Band, Adam Meckler Orchestra, and many others. His current projects include Jaedyn James and the Hunger (soul/R&B), The Hennepin County Millionaire’s Club (rock/ska), Brass & Bodyworks (New Orleans brass band), and Adam Conrad’s IMPROVESTRA – an improvising orchestra.

As a low brass instructor and clinician with the MacPhail Center for Music, Ben is a leader in the area of online instruction, with hundreds of hours of experience ofering one-on-one lessons, small group rehearsals, and band clinics to students across the state of Minnesota.

As well as teaching at MacPhail, Ben is on the applied faculty of Concordia University St. Paul, the Mt. Olivet School for Music, and Henry Sibley High School. Ben’s private students regularly win positions in regional honor bands and orchestras, college studios, and scholarship programs.

Ben is also a frequent clinician, coach, and adjudicator for the Minnesota Band Directors Association honor bands, the Minnesota Music Educators Association All State bands, and Minnesota State High School League large group, jazz, small ensemble, and solo competitions. His previous experiences as a band director at Anoka High School and Northdale Middle School help guide his instruction in a unique way that equally serves students, directors, and parents.

A Minneapolis native, Ben holds degrees from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (BM Music Ed, 2008) and McNally Smith College of Music (MM Trombone, 2015). He is an avid baseball fan and – along with his bride Katie – may be found in and around Target Field and CHS Field in the spring and summer.

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Alexandra Berndt, Bassoon Instructor


Ali Berndt is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance with a secondary emphasis in music theory at the University of Minnesota. She received her Master of Music with honors in bassoon performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. While living in Boston Ali 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, Ali has also attended the summer music festivals at the Banff Music Centre and Brevard Music Center.

Currently teaching bassoon throughout the Twin Cities, Ali is the bassoon instructor at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI, and was previously the bassoon instructor at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble program in Lenox, MA, and served as a chamber music coach at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA. She has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Wind Ensemble and with the Charles River Wind Ensemble in Boston. As a teacher, Ali tailors lessons to the individual needs of each student, taking into account personal goals and interests. She strives to positively impact her students for their entire lives by sharing a love of music and inspiring a joy of lifelong learning.

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Joshua Cameron, Trumpet Instructor


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

William Eisenberg, French Horn Instructor


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

Carol Gilkey, Flute Instructor


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. She is the first director of flute choirs in the Twin Cities, arranges and publishes flute choir music and flute technique books.

Carol has taught in the public schools of Long Island, DOD school, U of Maryland in Okinawa, and MacPhail. She has presented several times at the National Flute Convention. Degrees earned include a MM from Manhattan School of Music and BM from DePauw University.
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Susan Miranda

Susan Miranda, Oboe Instructor


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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James Prindiville, Saxophone Instructor

James Prindiville earned a BA in Music Performance/Education at St. John’s University, and obtained an MM degree from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with world renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. James has performed a number of times with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the national musical touring company “Chicago,” and has competed in the Coleman Chamber Ensemble competition.

Currently living in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, he works in the realm of a wide variety of music genres, including orchestral engagements, saxophone quartets, solo performances, musical theater pit orchestras, funk/ R&B bands, big bands, and small jazz combo work. He has worked for Carnival Cruise Lines, Theater Latté Da, and the Bloomington and Ashland community theaters, where instrumental doubling on all saxophones, flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, and bassoon. He performs regularly with the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra and at the Basilica of St. Mary.

He maintains a private lesson studio of over 20 students at home, Sibley High School, and Wayzata High School. A number of his students have participated in All State Band and have won first chair placement. Other personal instructors he owes a great debt of musical gratitude include Richard Dirlam, Bruce Thornton, Rita Knuesel, Dean Sorenson, and Craig Kirchhoff.

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James Prindiville

Steve Truran

Steve Truran, Jazz Instructor


Steve Truran has a music degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters in Jazz from Indiana University. He has taught brass to kids ages 5 – 18 in several schools and studios around Minneapolis/St. Paul. He has performed in several big bands, jazz combos, brass groups, orchestras, and theater productions around Minneapolis/St. Paul. He has performed with national artists such as Kurt Elling, Nils Lindberg (arranger for Duke Ellington), and Connie Evingson.

He currently plays in Bend in the River Big Band, Dudley and the DoGooders, Too Darn Hot, and various jazz combos. His day job is the president of Matreks Printing and Mailing and the president of Logos Productions.

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