Roamin’ the land,
riding fine horses
By Kay Tessum Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography
For many years we were moms supporting our kids in the 4-H horse project. As it is in life, the kids moved on, but the horses stayed. It was a pivotal moment for us—ride them or sell them. We chose to ride them.Continue reading →
Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem By Melissa McNallan
It began with coffee and a conversation at Dunn Brothers Coffee on Elton Hills Drive NW. Dr. Christine Beech had an idea for something new to provide Rochester’s evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem: an academically focused forum for women entrepreneurs. She wanted to run that idea by Heather Holmes. Continue reading →
This summer, provide your child with a hands-on arts experience. More and more research is surfacing on the benefits of creating and engaging with art. Art-making opportunities can build skills in self-expression, critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Here are three organizations that open their spaces to kids during the summer to explore a wide variety of art experiences. Continue reading →
Cradle to Career creates access to resources that kids need, when they need them, to be successful from cradle to career. Julie Brock, executive director of the Cradle to Career initiative, says this is done by aligning community resources to shared outcomes, as well as using data to drive the decision-making through the lens of equity. “It takes all of us doing something positive to create a community committed to equitable success of all youth,” Brock states. Continue reading →
Get to know localgolf pro Kari Phenixand learn aboutRochester’s ladies leagues By LuAnn Buechler and Cindy Jo Dickson
“Gentleman Only, Ladies Forbidden” used to be the perception, or myth, of the meaning of the word “golf”. Historically, women might have believed it to be true. However, women’s golf is alive and well in the Rochester area. Continue reading →
Gift of Life Transplant House, a beacon of hope, was established 35 years ago. It serves as a home away from home for approximately 4,500 patients and their caregivers who stay there while going through the transplant journey. They may be receiving or have received a life-saving organ transplant (such as heart, heart-lung, pancreas, liver or kidney), stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant. The house also welcomes patients receiving CAR-T therapy, which is a procedure that helps treat certain types of cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.
We welcome you to Rochester Women Magazine’s artist column, our first in an ongoing series featuring women in the arts. There’s nothing like good music that vibrates your bones, moves your soul, makes your heart beat faster or raises the hair on the back of your neck. This issue’s arts column highlights three must-see female musicians from Rochester who do just that. Check out the local live theatre scene this winter as well.
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HANDBELL CHOIRS HAVE LONG HAD A PLACE IN CHURCH SERVICES OF MANY DENOMINATIONS. The goal of Rochester Area Handbells (rah) is to bring the art of handbell performance out of a church setting and into the greater Rochester community. The ensemble plays music that ranges from classic favorites to contemporary and will be kicking off a concert series in late November.
SETTING THE STAGE RAH is a fairly new ensemble—it officially launched in August 2017. Founder and musical director Paul Kingsbury, who moved to Rochester in 2015, was surprised to learn that there wasn’t a community handbell group in a city this size, especially with so many fantastic choral groups and other music ensembles already in existence. Fast-forward a couple of years, and the groundwork was laid to organize a handbell group.
RAH’s inaugural season was marked with five concerts, including a Christmas concert in the Rochester Public Library auditorium that maxed out room capacity. The city of Rochester also had the good fortune of hosting the 2018 Area 7 Handbell Musicians of America Festival Conference in June, which brought ringers from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Manitoba into the city for three days of ringing and workshops. Along with performing in the massed ringing event, RAH had the honor of opening the festival with a concert and reception.
BRINGING MUSIC OUT OF STUDENT MUSICIANS IS THE PRIVILEGE OF SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA YOUTH ORCHESTRAS’ (SEMYO) CONDUCTORS SARAH GIFFORD AND SUSAN OFTEDAHL. Gifford takes the baton for the philharmonic orchestra while Oftedahl conducts the chamber strings.
Rochester native and Mayo Clinic employee Sarah Gifford started out playing piano. She came to enjoy playing accompaniments with other musicians, rather than doing solo pieces. “My journey with the clarinet was a little more thorny,” she says. While not her first choice of instrument, she stuck with playing and found she enjoyed it. “I love music and playing with a group,” she explains. She also plays clarinet in local ensembles and teaches private lessons.
Susan Oftedahl’s music journey began with her father, a former music college professor. It was his job at Minnesota State University in Mankato that moved her family to Minnesota. He took Oftedahl and her brothers to see a variety of student and professional musical performances. She plays cello in the Rochester Symphony with a cello that was a gift from her father and was made by David Folland, a luthier (a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars) in Northfield. “The enriched sounds deepen my enjoyment of playing,” she says.