Artist-in-Residence: Crocus Hill Trio

March 12, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Crocus Hill Trio has been playing together in the Twin Cities area for 20 years. They have performed at many venues including the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Orchestra Hall, Minnesota Public Radio, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Landmark Center and on local television.

The Crocus Hill Trio is visiting 6 different elementary schools around the metro this March and giving a total of seven performances. The repertoire they will be performing includes that of Antonio Vivaldi, G.F. Handel and folk musician Jay Ungar, most famous for his piece Ashokan Farewell from the PBS documentary The Civil War by Ken Burns.

Members of the Crocus Hill Trio:
  • Anne Strasser: violin, also member of MN Opera Orchestra and works for Target Corporation
  • Janis Weller: flute, also Division Chair of Liberal Arts and faculty member at McNally Smith College of Music
  • Julia Morehouse: cello, also member of Duluth Superior Symphony


School visits

Kaposia Education Center, South Saint Paul

Webster Elementary, North Saint Paul

Garden City Elementary, Brooklyn Center

Valley View Elementary, Columbia Heights

Highland Elementary, Columbia Heights

Birch Lake Elementary, White Bear Lake



About the Artists-in-Residence program this year

Classical MPR is now in its fourth year of welcoming Artists-in-Residence who perform, teach and speak about music during visits to schools throughout the state of Minnesota. The Artists are selected because of the quality of their musicianship and their interest in promoting music education.

This year's residency features four different Artists:

Crocus Hill Trio: Twin Cities area violin, flute, and cello trio that has been performing together for over 20 years.

Summit Hill Brass Quintet: Twin Cities area brass quintet that was founded in 1976.

Minnesota Percussion Trio: Twin Cities area trio that performs eclectic music from around the world on a wide variety of percussion instruments.

Lyz Jaakola: Musician and educator who is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe located outside of Cloquet, MN.

Throughout the month of March 2013 (officially Music in Our Schools Month) these four Artists will visit a total of 24 elementary schools around the Twin Cities metro area to give an educational music performance to the entire student population. The performance includes information about their respective instruments, and the style, technique, history, and traditions related to the music that they present.

These performances are supported by curricular materials designed by Classical MPR's Curriculum Writer that are given to the music teachers in advance for use in their classroom. Students at participating schools receive an MPR-produced compilation CD featuring performances by the artists, allowing students to hear the different approaches and styles of music.

Classical MPR's goal with these artist-in-residence performances is to create authentic and transformative experiences for young pupils that will inspire their creative pursuits, and be a meaningful addition to what they are already learning from their music teachers.

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