Orchestra Member and Staff Information Page:

updated July 11, 2017

Note to the Musicians:

We're updating our records and contact information. If you haven't already done so, please fill out this form.

Also note that all performances and related rehearsals through the 2017-2018 Season are included here.

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Recordings, slideshows, some videos, and other information for recent performances.

2017 Fall Concerts:

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:00 PM, Chetek Lutheran Church, Chetek
5:00 PM sound check call

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4:00 PM, Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake
3:00 PM sound check call


Location -- Bethany Lutheran Church
Time -- 2:00pm-5:00pm

  • Sunday, October 1, 2017
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017


  • Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
  • Symphony no.5 - Mendelssohn
  • Marimba Concerto - Rosauro
  • Crown Imperial March - Walton


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Violin I
Michael Elling – Ladysmith
Robin Fossum – Chetek
Don Weibel – Chippewa Falls
Michelle Hestekin – Eau Claire
Karla Hegde – Eau Claire
Linda Cook – Springbrook

Violin II
Carol McDowall – Spooner
Erin Smetko – Rice Lake
Ann Hansen – Bloomer
Miriam Michealson – Trego
Emily Kormann – Exeland
Nolan Miller – Spooner
Promise Svendsen – Rice Lake

Kurt Hoesly – Ladysmith
Beth Good – Gordon
Marit Aaseng – Minneapolis

Peter Neal – Birchwood
Susan Halderman – Eau Claire
Kim Schulze – Bloomer
Nora Moss - Spooner

Tracy Pachan – Winter
Gene Prigge – Rice Lake

ebecca Burmesch – Osseo
Vanessa Loe – Ladysmith
Nora Moss - Spooner
Ruth Aaseng - Rice Lake

Monika Audette – Rice Lake
Maggie Paucek – Luck

Nancy Keeler - Cumberland
Vicky West - Turtle Lake

French Horn
Michael Barone – Eau Claire
Linda Carpenter – New Auburn

Kevin Masters - Chetek
Tom Kutrieb - Chetek

Todd Pickett – Eau Claire
Dave Bucher – Rice Lake
Mark Rutherford – Rice Lake

Jim Hurst - Rice Lake

Norm Yamada – Barron
Colleen Masters – Chetek
Phil Miller – Spooner
Alana Laufman – Rice Lake

2018 RCS "Home Grown" Concert:

Sunday February 11, 2018, 4:00 PM, Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake

Featuring Robin Fossum, Peter Neal, and Alana Laufmann
performing Beethoven Piano Trio in Bb Major, op. 97 “Archduke”

2018 Spring Concerts:

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:00 PM, Augustana Lutheran Church, Cumberland
5:00 PM sound check call

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 4:00 PM, Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake
3:00 PM sound check call


Location -- Bethany Lutheran Church
Time -- 2:00pm-5:00pm

  • Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Sunday, March 18, 2018

Artistic Director notes:

Executive Director notes:

Personnel Director notes:

Board President notes:

State of the Red Cedar Symphony
Fall 2017

As we approach the first performance of the 2017-2018 season, it serves us well to look back on the significant changes of the last few years and take stock of our current position and our vision of the future.

Briefly stated: The last few years have presented us with many difficult problems, significant changes, and daunting challenges. But we have survived and are now thriving as a remarkable and outstanding community orchestra. Yes, we've come a long way. The state of our orchestra is strong and our future looks bright and full of opportunity.

Allow me a few words about this transformation:

A few years ago, the state of the orchestra was not very pretty to the point that cancellation of a concert series and perhaps a concert season was imminent. Our financial reserves were depleted and the moral of the orchestra was low. We were without an Artistic Director and Executive Director.

Today, things are much improved. Persistence, patience, and outstanding concert performances have rewarded us with better finances, new Artistic Director, new Executive Director, good concert attendance, and generous donors. We are on an upward trajectory.

Some details:

In the fall of 2016, we left UW-BC as our primary venue and are now pleased to be hosted by Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake and use their facilities as our primary venue. This venue change has proven to be quite satisfactory.

Our current financial model requires $8,000 give or take a little to produce each concert series or approximately $16,000 per a concert season of two concert series. The financial goal set by the Board is to have sufficient funds in reserve to produce at least one concert season should the regional economy decline with attendant reductions in our revenues. We have met that goal and, in fact, we almost have sufficient funds in reserve to produce two concert seasons.

Last season, our Fall concert expenses were $8,220 and the gate receipts and advertising income totaled $6,500. Our Spring concert expenses were $7,974 and the gate receipts and advertising income totaled $5,011. The Summer concert expenses totaled $841. Non-concert related expenses amounted to $1806. We received a total of $13,182 in donations including a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board of $2,000. We ended the season with a $5,797 surplus.

Our primary venue change worked out quite well for the 2016-2017 season; we are continuing the arrangement with Bethany Lutheran Church for the current season. But the primary venue change was not without some difficulties. While at UW-BC, we used their percussion instruments for our concerts. After our departure from UW-BC, they were no longer available to us and we had some difficulties meeting the percussion needs for our concerts.

The Board addressed this problem and in the 2016 launched a Percussion Fund with the goal of raising the funds to purchase our own percussion equipment. The Percussion fund has been surprisingly successful. We have raised approximately $8,586 and purchased $7,000 in percussion equipment including orchestra bells, base drum, snare drum, cymbals, xylophone, and needed subsidiary equipment—mallets, stands, etc. The xylophone was acquired with a $3,000 grant from 3M, Cumberland. We also refurbished Bethany's timpani with new heads and made the necessary repair and adjustments to their instruments. Our percussion inventory is not complete but, as you see, it is coming along nicely. We will continue to promote the Percussion Fund and work to complete outfitting our percussion section.

One beneficial aspect of our departure from the UW-BC venues is the ability to schedule our performance seasons well in advance of the performances. While at UW-BC, our performance schedule had to wait until all the UW-BC activities were scheduled sometimes leaving us with just a short time between being granted a performance schedule and the actual performance. Now we can schedule performances and develop concert repertoire well in advance. Our goal is to schedule performances at least one and ideally two performance seasons in advance.

Yes, the state of our orchestra is strong and our future looks bright and full of opportunity.

Finally, I would like to thank each and every musician, staff, Board member, donor, and patron for your dedication to the Red Cedar Symphony.

If you have questions, concerns, or want more detail about the State of the Red Cedar Symphony, don't hesitate to contact me directly and I'll be pleased to help.

Earl L Cook
Board President
Red Cedar Symphony