About Red Cedar Symphony

The Red Cedar Symphony was founded in the fall of 1983 to present symphonic music experiences to the Rice Lake community. In its first season, the orchestra presented two public concerts under the direction of Sister Shirley Wagner.

In 1984 the orchestra engaged the services of Warren Friesen as director and conductor. Under his direction, the orchestra grew numerically, artistically, and financially. During Friesen's tenure, the orchestra was incorporated as a non-profit organization.

During its first three years, the orchestra was graciously supported by the UW-Superior Chamber Orchestra, which helped the RCS "get on its feet" by joining it for dress rehearsals and concerts. After that, the orchestra has been able to recruit and retain local string musicians to fill sections. The orchestra roster currently includes twenty or more area string players. These, together with the wind, brass, and percussion players, make an impressive roster of about forty-five musicians.

RCS musicians come from all over the Northwestern Wisconsin area.

Bethany Lutheran Church hosts the orchestra for rehearsals and performance space.

The Red Cedar Chorus (formerly Community Choir) has joined with the orchestra for a combined program several times. The orchestra's concerts have included programs outside Rice Lake in Spooner, Cumberland, Chetek, Shell Lake, Siren, Ladysmith, Hayward, and Chippewa Falls.

The orchestra has twice featured Ronald McDonald at its children's concerts and was honored to be a part of the world premiere of One Nation, with Pipestone. This work for symphony orchestra, Native American Drum Group, and student string players was composed by Kevin McMullin.

Today, RCS performs six concerts each year, including fall and spring concerts, the annual Music in the Park concert, and the HomeGrown concert, which features chamber music from the area's finest classical musicians.

A concerto competition is held in January every other year, to promote talented local musicians and allow them to perform as soloists with the orchestra.

Board of Directors, Staff, & Committees

Board of Directors

Robin Fossum, President

Norm Yamada, Vice President

Jim Haack, Treasurer

Ann Hansen, Secretary

Earl Cook

Conrad Eastwold

Jim Hurst

Nora Moss

Muryl Olson

Tammy Roberg

Heidi Wise


Artistic Director/Conductor - Adam Bever

Executive Director - Angie Sutliff

Personnel Director - Patty Smith



Publicity Chair  - Ann Hansen

Education Chair  - Nora Moss

Nominating Chair  - Jim Hurst

Graphic Design - Linda Carpenter

Bethany Liason - Tammy Roberg

Artistic Director/Conductor - Adam Bever

Adam in Action

We welcome our new artistic director and conductor, Adam Bever, during the Red Cedar Symphony’s 40th concert year. An accomplished musician, educator, and conductor, he brings more than 20 years of experience to the podium. Bever has a degree in music education from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. He previously served as conductor of the St. Croix Valley Symphony in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Bever conducted his first concert with the Red Cedar Symphony summer concert in August 2023. He lives and works in Rice Lake, where he is the director of the middle school band and the jazz ensemble.

Previous Conductors/Artistic Directors

Sister Shirley Wagner (Inaugural concert)

Warren Friesen

Andrew Johnson

Jonathan Poupore

David Scott

Edward G. Thompson

Thomas W. Howell

Anastasia Traicoff, guest

Josh Aerie

Kurt Hoesly, guest

Aurelien Petilot, guest

Kevin Hoeschen, guest

Kevin Peters

Ivar Lunde


  • Violin 1

    Michael Elling, Concertmaster - Ladysmith
    Robin Fossum - Chetek
    Don Weibel - Chippewa Falls
    Michelle Hestekin - Eau Claire
    Linda Cook - Springbrook
    Lily Forsman - Rice Lake
    Karla Hegde - Eau Claire

  • Violin 2

    Carol McDowall - Trego
    Ann Hansen - New Auburn
    Jennifer Holyer - Birchwood
    Nolan Miller - Spooner
    Christine Kondrasuk - Eau Claire 
    Andrew McInnes - Ashland

  • Viola

    Kurt Hoesly - Ladysmith
    Beth Good - Gordon
    Martha Jacobs - Cameron

  • Cello

    Peter Neal - Rice Lake
    Angie Sutliff - Downsville
    Lauren Cody - Stanley
    Bernadette Wabrowetz - Shell Lake
    Kimberly Schulze - Bloomer
    Beth Thompson - Ridgeland
    Elijah Svendsen - Rice Lake 

  • Bass

    Gene Prigge - Rice Lake
    Jim Wachter - Superior

  • Flute

    Nora Moss - Spooner
    Renee Rademacher - Rice Lake

  • Piccolo

    Krisy Marx - Sarona

  • Oboe

    Rebecca Burmesch - Osseo

  • Clarinet

    Patty Smith - Rice Lake
    Monika Audette – Rice Lake

  • Bass Clarinet

    Zach Bartsch - Prairie Farm

  • Bassoon

    Nancy Keeler - Cumberland
    Vicky West - Turtle Lake

  • French Horn

    Mike Barone - Eau Claire
    Linda Carpenter - New Auburn
    Gail Waldron - Birchwood
    Phil Miller - Spooner

  • Trumpet

    Anastasia Traicoff-Stratioti - Rice Lake
    Bob Thompson - Hayward
    Kent Wabrowetz - Shell Lake

  • Trombone

    Todd Pickett - Eau Claire
    David Bucher - Rice Lake
    Mark Rutherford - Rice Lake

  • Tuba

    Robb Held - Rice Lake

  • Timpani

    Jim Hurst - Rice Lake

  • Percussion

    Nate Oduor - Cumberland
    Peter Wise - Chetek
    Norm Yamada - Barron