Music Lessons at Normandale

For those interested in music lessons, CAS offers applied music lessons with select instructors teaching a variety of instruments for those of all ages wishing to study music. See below for a list of teachers.

Angela Anderson, Oboe
MM, Oboe Performance, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
BA, Music, Luther College, Decorah, IA

Diane Loudon, Cello
MM, Cello Performance, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
BM, Cello Performance, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Diane Loudon earned her Bachelor and Master of Music Cello Performance from the University of Illinois – Urbana. She was a full merit based scholarship recipient for the duration of her studies under the tutelage of Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Diane began teaching cello privately while still in high school, accepting overflow students from the studio of her own private cello teacher. While in college, Ms. Loudon studied pedagogy extensively and continued to teach privately. Ms. Loudon has been in demand to teach beginner cello courses and orchestra sectionals throughout Minnesota school districts including Edina Public Schools for a number of years. Along with her quartet, the Rosewood String Quartet, Diane has conducted outreach programs and delivered presentations to encourage participation in the performing arts in Bloomington, Moundsview, and Hasting to name a few. Many of Diane’s students fill leadership roles in their school orchestras, earning the principal cellist seat. Diane’s students are frequently featured as soloist with their school orchestras. Other student accomplishments include earning best of site at Solo and Ensemble and String Fest, and successfully auditioning for placement with Minnesota Youth Symphonies and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Many students gain a position with the top orchestras in MYS and GTCYS and also hold principal chair positions. Her students have had numerous competition successes and have gained acceptance to esteemed University and College music programs, including Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Diane offers many performance opportunities, hosting multiple studio recitals each year. Students also enjoy collaborating with peers in cello quartets and large cello ensembles as part of their studies, playing a wide range of genres from classical to rock to pop. In addition to a dedication to teaching, Ms. Loudon enjoys an active performing career as both soloist and chamber musician. She has held several orchestral posts throughout the United States.
 
Elizabeth Loudon, Viola/Violin

MM, Performance, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
BM, Performance, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Elizabeth Loudon has taught violin and viola for over 20 years.  She has studied with Roland Vamos, Richard Marshall, Catherine Tait, Guillermo Perich, Heidi Castleman and Morris Collier.  An active freelance player, she has performed with such groups as the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre Orchestra, Minnetonka Chorale Orchestra, Philomusica Chamber Orchestra, viola soloist with the St. Olaf Choir, Wooddale Church Orchestra, Mt. Olivet Orchestra, L. A. Philharmonic, Springfield (IL) Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera (IL), Urbana-Champaign Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, Lincoln (NE) Symphony, and Nebraska Chamber Orchestra.  She has also soloed with the Metropolitan Symphony, Bloomington Symphony and the Hastings Symphony (NE).  Currently, she is principal violist with the Rochester Symphony and a founding member of the Rosewood String Quartet.  Her students perform in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and the Minnesota All State Orchestra.  Many of her students have continued their music education through college.  She is trained in the Suzuki Violin method.

Ben Parke, Brass Instruments
MM, Performance, University of Minnesota

Ben Parke is a noted area pedagogue and trumpet player, owner of Minneapolis School of Brass, and founder of No Limits Brass Ensemble (see below). Ben founded his first brass choir his sophomore year of college in conjunction with fellow music majors. As leader of the ensemble, he was responsible for concert scheduling, repertoire selection, and member recruitment. While studying for his Masters in Trumpet Performance at the University of Minnesota, Ben had the privilege to play in the University of Minnesota Brass Choir under the direction of David Baldwin. As a teacher, Ben's students regularly participate in area youth orchestras and honor bands. In addition, he is in the process of publishing a series of method books for brass instruments outlining the pedagogical theories he has developed over many years of teaching. No Limits Brass Choir is sponsored by Minneapolis School of Brass. For information about lessons and summer programs available for Jr. and Sr. High School students contact Ben at nolimits@minneapolisbrass.com.

Brian Stevens, Piano/Percussion

Brian Stevens is an accomplished musical performer, educator, and composer in the Twin Cities.  Being born into a musical family (both parents were/are teachers), he has performed solo and with groups since childhood.  He has been featured on many live performances, CD albums, and TV shows/commercials.  With multiple college degrees in music, he has taught professionally for over 20 years. Piano is his first instrument, but he has also explored and performed on many other instruments playing many different styles of music.  He is trained to teach all instruments, but prefers to teach piano and percussion as he performs on those the most.

About No Limits Brass Ensemble

With a motto of "Higher, Faster, Louder," No Limits seeks to bust through the barriers many young brass players encounter in ensembles where the opportunity to play for longer periods at a wide variety of volume levels is limited. In No Limits, fortissimo really IS fortissimo! No Limits provides ensemble members with rewarding challenges not typically found in other ensembles.

No Limits was founded by noted area pedagogue and trumpet player Ben Parke, owner of Minneapolis School of Brass. While studying for his Masters in Trumpet Performance at the University of Minnesota, Ben had the privilege to play in the University of Minnesota Brass Choir under the direction of David Baldwin.  Ben's students regularly participate in area youth orchestras and honor bands.  For information about summer and school-year programs available for Jr. and Sr. High School students, contact Ben at nolimits@minneapolisbrass.com.