Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Outstanding Alumni - Orchestra


Outstanding AlumniGlen Everhart

Freelance Professional Musician

Often heard on Minnesota Public Radio, he graduated from St. Cloud State University in the fall of 1979. There he saw other singer guitarists playing in local clubs and coffeehouses. Looking easier and more fun than washing dishes, Glen learned enough songs to get hired and play the St. Cloud "circuit". He did that for five years while earning his bachelor of science degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education, then took a job in the little town of Cold Spring as the elementary music teacher.

The musical life of Glen Everhart started on the swing set in the back yard when he was five years old, singing the Beatles songs he heard on the radio When he was seven, the Sunday school teacher heard him sing and made him sing a solo in the church program, which led to duets with his sister (while he strummed the three chords he knew on the ukulele) when he was ten. Then, in junior high, Glen discovered that girls liked guys who could sing, so he began to take it more seriously. “Choir was the greatest thing that ever happened to gave me my friends, my love for music, and an identity” says Everhart. By the time he finished high school, there was no doubt that Glen Everhart wanted to be a singer. “I started teaching myself the guitar when I was fifteen, and started performing with it (rather poorly) six months later.


Barbara FloodingBarbara Flooding

Orchestra Conductor

Currently teaching orchestra at Valley View Middle School in Edina. Her teaching career began at St. Cloud Apollo High sSchool and North Junior High School, where she directed the Apollo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia, as well as two junior high orchestras.

Under her direction the Apollo Symphony appeared in New York's Carnegie Hall Youth Debut Music Series and at several conventions of the Minnesota Music Educators Association. While in the St. Cloud area she was a violinist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the Amadeus Chamber Symphony. She presently is the conductor of Concertino, an orchestra in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) organization and a member of Allegro Sinfonia, a Twin Cities based orchestra.

Ms. Flooding holds a Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from St. Cloud State where she studied under Ching-Hsin Hsu, and a Master's degree in String Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Outstanding AlumniChristina Seaborn

Freelance Professional Musician

Expert at fiddling and jazz improvisation, Cristina holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Conducting for Orchestra, from St. Cloud State University.

Cristina is a violinist and fiddler with over thirty years of experience. In symphonies, quartets, jazz ensembles, and folk/rock bands, her musical background includes influences in classical, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, and Texas swing fiddle.

Previous performance groups include the Fullerton Symphony, Ketchikan Symphony, Black Hills Symphony, Juneau Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony, Windy Ridge (bluegrass fiddle), á la Modal (ethnic & jazz), Underground Jazz String Quartet (viola), Temple of Rhythm (reggae keyboards), South Plains Playboys (Texas swing), Flying T Chuckwagon (country), The CounterPlayers, (original, folk, rock, jazz, blues, reggae, bluegrass, new age), Fort Hays Wranglers (Western), Chinook (folk), The Sweet Potato (jazz string quartet on viola), and Ring of Kerry (Celtic).


Outstanding AlumniLisa Sheppley

Director of Education, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Lisa Sheppley graduated from SCSU in 1992 with a degree in trumpet performance.  She also holds masters degrees in trumpet performance and music history from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore Maryland.

She has been with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1997 where she was named Director of Education in 2002.  The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra serves over 50,000 students annually and programs thirty-two concerts each season for children pre-kindergarten through grade eight.


Outstanding AlumniMary Weeks

Massachusetts American String Teachers Association 2004 Orchestra Director of The Year

Mary Weeks has taught in the Melrose Public Schools since 1976. In addition to her full-time teaching schedule, she has served on the Arts Advisory Council at the Department of Education, was the viola coach of the National High School Honors Orchestra and is the personnel manager of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra.

She has earned music degrees at St. Cloud State University and her graduate studies with Francis Tursi at the Eastman School of Music and Vincent Mauricci of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Allissa Bottke

Allissa Bottke, violist, BS graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1997 and has been teaching in Atlanta GA ever since. She has a high school orchestra, went on to receive her masters in viola and is performing in her community orchestra

Julie Nagle

Julie Nagle (and former Miss Teen USA from North Dakota), violinist studied with Dr. Marion Judish at St. Cloud State University, went on to Hollywood and is playing in a Hollywood orchestra and making childrens videos with dance and music. She was also Miss North Dakota for the 1997 Miss Teen USA Pageant in South Padre Island, Texas.

Ann Sorensen

Mrs. Sorensen is currently an adjunct instructor at Louisiana Tech University where she is the orchestra director and studio strings instructor. She is also an instructor of Music Appreciation at Delta Community College in Monroe, LA. Mrs. Sorensen currently performs as a violinist in the Louisiana Tech Faculty Piano Trio, The Monroe Symphony, and the Rapides Symphony. She holds degrees from St. Cloud State University (BA
1987) and Ball State University (MA 1992).

Bert Strassberg

Bert Strassberg, violinist, BM has one of the top orchestra programs in the state: Eden Prairie High School. He has two orchestras there: the full symphony and a chamber orchestra that is performed without a conductor. They have won numerous awards throughout the state, and have performed regularly at the MMEA convention.

Sarah Snyder

Sarah Snyder, violinist, BM, received her masters from Chicago University, and has been concertmaster for a community symphony in the Chicago area for five years.

Robert Whitney

Bob Whitney, violinist and oboist. received his masters degree in conducting in 1997 from St. Cloud State University. He has been conducting the Wilmar Symphony until he retired two years ago.

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