Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Outstanding Alumni - Band

Sarah BahauddinOutstanding Alumni

Instructor of Music, Central Washington University and Washington State University

Sarah earned a Bachelors degree in music from SCSU followed by Masters and Doctorate degrees at the University of Washington.

As a free-lance musician in the Seattle and Tacoma areas she has been an oboe coach for the Tacoma Youth Symphonies, on the faculty at the University of Puget Sound for the Community Music Program, and performed with the Bellevue Philharmonic and the Northwest Sinfonietta. Currently, she is busy working at two universities where she teaches a combination of oboe, music theory, and music history.

Outstanding AlumniJohn Froelich

John Froelich, a 1972 graduate of SCSU is a recently retired instrumental music instructor from the Osseo Public Schools where he taught for over 25 years. He is a past president of the Minnesota Music Educators Association. He has been a long time member of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and currently performs with the Lake Wobegon® Brass Band, The Basilica (Minneapolis) Brass, The Paramount Jazz Orchestra and the Riverside Brass Quintet. For seven years he was the conductor of the MMTA 20 Piano Concert at Northrop Auditorium.

John has served as visiting faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College and the College of Saint Benedict. For four years he worked at the Minnesota Department of Education supporting school change and since retirement he has worked as an independent consultant for school improvement as an expert in data, curriculum development, and staff development for No Child Left Behind. John Lives with his wife, Karen, in Dayton, Minnesota.

Michael KlimaOutstanding Alumni

Principal Trumpet, United States Army Field Band

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Klima of the United States Army Field Band graduated from SCSU with a degree in music performance in 1994 and has been with the band since 1999. He is section leader of the trumpet section and frequently serves as a soloist with the band.

In addition to playing with the United State Army Field Band and the United States Army Brass Quintet he has also performed with the Kent Brass Quintet, Great Lakes Brass Quintet, Baltimore Opera, St. Cloud Symphony, and the Springfield Symphony.


Darrin MartinsonOutstanding Alumni

Sartell Middle School Band Director

Darrin Martinson is the 2011 recipient of the Eva Cook Jones Educator of the Year Award. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and current works as band director at Sartell Middle School in Sartell, Minnesota.

The Eva Cook Jones Award honors the first special education teacher at St. Cloud State University Campus lab School. Eva started the first class for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities over fifty-seven year ago on the campus of St. Cloud state and gave them their first opportunity to achieve an education.

Martinson grew up in Paynesville, MN and earned a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from St. Cloud State University in the fall of 1997.

Outstanding AlumniSteve Molloy

Artist in Residence

Steve Molloy graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree and also earned a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Kansas. He is currently Artist in Residence at Missouri Western State University where he teaches applied trumpet. Prior to that he was the studio jazz director at Mid-America Nazarene University. He has been a musician for Walt Disney World and has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as its lead trumpeter and soloist, an engagement which included a six week tour of Japan and two recordings: "Here We Go Again" (Victor Records) and Barry Manilow's "Singin' with the Big Bands" (Arista Records).

Molloy maintains an active free-lancing schedule, performing in a variety of organizations including the Brookside Brass Quintet, the Fountain City Brass Band, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the Kansas City Brassworks, the Trilogy Big Band, the Boulevard Big Band, the Worlds of Fun Powerhose Band, and the Starlight Theater Orchestra. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony and is currently a member of the St. Joseph Symphony. He is a member of the Kansas City Federation of Musicians and the International Trumpet Guild. He is also a member of the Kansas City Federation of Musicians and the International Trumpet Guild.

Jill PattockOutstanding Alumni

Freelance Musician / Teacher

Dr. Jill Pattock, is currently Principal Clarinetist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and freelance musician in the St. Cloud and Twin Cities areas.  Prior to her return to Minnesota in 2007, she regularly performed as clarinetist of the Mountain Trio (Clarinet, Viola, and Piano), the Philharmonia of Kansas City, 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 clinics and classes at 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 is currently 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.

Outstanding AlumniBruce Pearson

Regarded by many as the single most important publication for beginning band instruction, his "Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method" is on music stands all over the world and is now published in English, Chinese, Spanish and Italian.

Following graduation from SCSU in 1964, Pearson spent more than 30 years in elementary, secondary and college classrooms. His work has earned him such prestigious awards as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Directors Clinic Medal of Honor and the 2001 SCSU Distinguished Service to Music Award.

"We ... have the greatest job in the world! We have the privilege of providing inspired influence by helping young people to love music, love learning, love others and love themselves, all while making beautiful music."

St. Cloud State Outlook Magazine Article "Hitting a High Note" - Oct, 2005
2008 Commencement Address

John PerkinsOutstanding Alumni

Assistant Professor of Music, Central Methodist University

John Perkins is Assistant Professor of Music at Central Methodist University, where he teaches studio trumpet and horn, music education, and assists with the bands. Before relocating to Missouri in the Fall of 2004, Dr. Perkins served on the faculties at Shippensburg University (PA), Angelo State University (TX), and The University of Texas as a Graduate Assistant of Trumpet. He also taught in a San Antonio area school district.


Outstanding AlumniRandall Sorensen

Assistant Professor of Music

Randall Sorensen is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Louisiana Tech University. His duties include private lessons for trumpet and horn, teaching music theory, and coordinating the faculty concert series. He holds degrees from St. State University (BA 1988), The University of Wisconsin Madison (M.M 1990), and Ball State University (D.A. 1998). Dr. Sorensen has studied trumpet with Dr. Albert Moore, John Aley, and Paul Everett. Former positions include directing the jazz ensemble and studio trumpet at University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh (1998-2004) and performing with the U.S.
Army Signal Corps Band (1994-1996) and the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, GA (1996-1998).

Jordan Wirth

Acting Principal Percussionist, Toledo Symphobny

St Cloud State University alumnus Jordan Wirth, percussionist, timpanist, and educator is the Acting Principal Percussionist of the Toledo Symphony, Principal Percussionist of the Youngstown Symphony, Principal Timpanist of the Lakeside Symphony, and Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Sheridan College in Wyoming through online lessons.  Since he moved to Ohio he has regularly been invited to play in the peOutstanding Alumnircussion sections of such orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic and the West Virginia Symphony where his performance was lauded as “... Brilliant!”  by the Charleston Gazette

As a soloist, Mr. Wirth has been featured with the Evanston (IL) Symphony playing the critically acclaimed Jennifer Higdon Percussion Concerto, with the St. Cloud (MN) Symphony playing Ney Rosauro’s popular Marimba Concerto, and with the Youngstown (OH) Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto arranged for trash cans as part of an educational series. 

He received his Bachelor of Music degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University in Ohio.  During his education he was a student of Tom Freer, Kevin Watkins, and Terry Vermillion.  He has also done extensive study with Leigh Howard Stevens and Tim Adams.  Jordan has toured with the Cleveland Orchestra and can be heard on the Naxos music label playing with both the Detroit Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic. 

Lori Wooden

Assistant POutstanding Alumnirofessor, Central Oklahoma University

Lori earned a Bachlors degree in music education from SCSU, a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the bassoon teacher, Associate Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Symphonic Band, and Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Central Oklahoma University.

Before coming to Oklahoma, she was the assistant conductor and manager of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Hochstein Music School in Rochester, NY and on the music faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Monroe Community College.

Since 1988 Dr. Wooden has been instructor of bassoon and saxophone at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.

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