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administrative staff

Amelia Firnstahl, Executive Director

Amelia Firnstahl, Executive Director since June 2016, is the chief administrative and financial officer of MYS. She was raised in the Twin Cities but spent years away from home in Los Angeles, earning degrees in music and English from Azusa Pacific University. She completed a graduate degree program in Arts Management and Business Administration at Claremont Graduate University in 2011. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Amelia has performed choral music and opera in the United States, Europe and Asia. She sang with the Pasadena Master Chorale and was a member of the board of directors. Amelia is thrilled to be able to work with such a well-regarded organization in the Twin Cities, and join the artistic and administrative staff in providing an exceptional experience for MYS students.

For general inquiries and questions related to the administrative policies of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, personnel, or development and fundraising questions please contact Amelia at afirnstahl@mnyouthsymphonies.org.

Ben Hanchett, Development Coordinator

Ben Hanchett, Development Coordinator since August 2016, is responsible for the grants, donations, overall fundraising efforts, and coordinating MYS social media platforms. Raised in Central Illinois, Ben moved to Minnesota to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator through the City of Saint Paul. Prior, he earned his BA degree in Music from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Since moving to the cities, Ben enjoys playing violin in community groups and volunteering at a local dog rescue.

For questions about social media, donating to MYS, sponsorships, grant opportunities, fundraisers, or other ways to support MYS, please contact Ben at bhanchett@mnyouthsymphonies.org.

Krin McMillen, Operations Manager

Krin joined the MYS staff in June, 2017 and is excited to be part of the administrative team for such an outstanding music education program. Krin grew up in Minnesota, and spent her years as a student performing professionally with theatres around the Twin Cities. She graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance from Bethel University in 2015. Krin spent six years working for Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minnesota where she sang, danced, choreographed, and eventually stepped into the full time administrative role of Valleyfair Entertainment Manager, where she served as casting director and manager for all park Entertainment. Krin currently sings with the Minnesota Chorale, and performs professionally with theatres and opera companies around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

For questions related to student policies, rehearsals, tuition, concerts, and auditions, contact Krin at kmcmillen@mnyouthsymphonies.org.

Emily Bradt, Communications Coordinator

Emily Bradt, Communications Coordinator since August 2017, is responsible for communications, website management, advertising and volunteer coordination. Emily was raised in Madison, WI and spent most weeknights when she was young at a dance class or musical rehearsal. She earned a BA in Arts Management from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in 2016. Through UWSP, she had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad as an intern at the Space Theatre in London. Emily is so excited to be a part of the MYS team!

For questions regarding MYS communications, to report errors on our website, or to learn more about advertising opportunities with MYS, please contact Emily at ebradt@mnyouthsymphonies.org.

Volunteering is an excellent way to stay involved in your child’s activities, make new friends and contribute to a wonderful organization! Volunteering duties with the MYS include assisting at rehearsals, chaperoning retreats, concert supervising, mailings and other fun tasks. For more information about volunteering please contact Emily at ebradt@mnyouthsymphonies.org.

Stuart Sutter, Head Librarian

Stuart Sutter is a native of Appleton, Wisconsin where he began studying the oboe through the Lawrence Arts Academy. He currently sits as second oboe with the St. Cloud Symphony, as well as subbing with various orchestras in the Midwest including the Quad City Symphony and Fox Valley Symphony. Stuart is also an avid teacher and reed maker in and around the Twin Cities. Stuart holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in oboe performance from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and University of Minnesota Twin Cities respectively. His primary teachers have been Leslie Outland Michelic, Dr. Christa Garvey, Dr. Carrie Vecchione, and John Snow. Aside from playing the oboe, Stuart enjoys exercise, cooking and reading.

For questions regarding repertoire for the orchestras, lost music, music rental by outside groups or other related items, please contact Stuart at librarian@mnyouthsymphonies.org.

For all general questions regarding MYS policies, rehearsals, or programs, please email mys@mnyouthsymphonies.org, or call 651-699-5811.