Steve Staruch

Host, Classical Music
Minnesota Public Radio

Steve Staruch can be heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio from 3:00-7:00 pm on weekdays (M-F), including hosting Thursday's Regional Spotlight and Friday Favorites. Steve presented a variety of radio programs on WCAL (Northfield MN) where he created the immensely popular call-in program, and WXXI (Rochester NY) prior to joining the staff of MPR in 2004. Steve also enjoys work as a freelance tenor and a violist. Steve and his wife, Naomi, enjoy traveling, gardening and hosting dinner parties.

Steve Staruch Feature Archive

Kevin Ramach
Kevin Ramach is the President and the General Director of the Minnesota Opera. His theatrical playlist is filled with high operatic drama. (07/08/2014)
John Gilbert and Francesca Tortorello
John Gilbert and Francesca Tortorello tell the story of finding the long-lost Barber Violin Sonata. (07/03/2014)
Ancia Saxophone Quartet
The Ancia Saxophone Quartet performs an early work of Arvo Part in this week's Regional Spotlight. (07/03/2014)
Carol Rudie is a docent at The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) and has chosen a playlist that is as colorful as the Russian art she loves. (07/01/2014)
No viola jokes, please! The Minnesota Orchestra has a new violist. Gareth Zehngut spoke with Steve Staruch about the stress of the audition process, and how he chose the "humble, yet dark-sounding" viola. (06/27/2014)
Copland's Old American Songs get a spectacular performance with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and pianist Warren Jones in this week's Regional Spotlight. (06/26/2014)
Anna Sattler could have had a job in Florida, but she chose Minnesota instead. A school guidance counselor, Sattler likes Minnesota and loves Classical MPR. Sattler is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans. (06/24/2014)
Ten years ago this May, the Dale Warland Singers gave their final performance. Today's Regional Spotlight is as much a celebration as it is a remembrance. (06/19/2014)
Frank Tenczar, a retired IT guy, loves to watch the deer go by at his lake place up north while listening to Mahler. (06/17/2014)
Young music students from throughout the region participated in the 2014 High School Honor Band this past April. Highlights from that concert are in this week's Regional Spotlight. (06/12/2014)
Software engineer by day and successful composer by night, Chris Gennaula tells stories with wit and a smile. (06/10/2014)
The Apollo Male Chorus knows how to swing! Joined by the George Maurer Group, the Apollo guys present "De-Lovely" this weekend. Steve Staruch welcomed both groups into the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio for a preview. (06/05/2014)
The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, led by Clinton Smith, performs the Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 by Maurice Ravel in this week's Regional Spotlight. (06/05/2014)
As a kid in his native Mexico Alberto Fierro learned how to play LPs on the family hi-fi. So began a life-long love of classical music. Fierro is Steve Staruch's guest this week on Music with Minnesotans. (06/03/2014)
The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota concludes its season this coming weekend with a performance of Paul Schoenfield's "Sparks of Glory." Steve Staruch spoke with Shoenfield about the piece as it is about to receive its regional premiere. (05/30/2014)