Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra

Craig Randal Johnson, Artistic Director

MM Reading Session at South View

Schedule, Location, and Repertoire Information

Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Edina High School, Orchestra Room

Reading Sessions, Winter and Spring 2019:

Repertoire for reading sessions beginning February 2 may include:
Bartok: Two Pictures, Op. 10
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Bloch: Schelomo
Debussy: La Mer
Mozart: Symphony No. 25

Other and additional works TBA

Winter and Spring 2019 Dates:
January 5 (Rehearsal for January 20 concert)
January 12 (Rehearsal for January 20 concert)
January 19 (Rehearsal for January 20 concert)
January 20: CONCERT at 3:00 PM/ Normandale Lutheran Church
February 2
February 16
March 2
March 16
March 30

April: To be Announced

NOTE: The calendar could change if rehearsal venues are not available.

Music parts availability: Selections are generally available online at the free site IMSLP. For some works hard published copies are available, and printouts from IMSLP and other sources can be mailed out or passed out. Parts are sent by email to those attending the reading sessions, ahead of time.

Message from the Artistic Director, Craig Randal Johnson

It seems like yesterday when Minnehaha Music held its first orchestral reading session in fall 2013. Now entering its sixth season, the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra has played through 90 selections from the orchestral repertoire, including several full symphonies, tone poems, overtures, concertos, opera arias and other works. Upwards of 150 musicians have participated in reading sessions and have played four public concerts and events.

The orchestra ‘reads’ through a selection over a course of two to three reading rehearsals, typically every other Saturday morning, and then moves on to other selections. Unique in the Twin Cities, this format affords musicians the opportunity to hone their skills and acquaint themselves with important music.

Our annual spring gathering at the Edina Country Club celebrates the musicians of our group and features chamber music played by orchestra members. Minnehaha Music supporters and friends attended our recent gathering on May 6, 2018, applauding the young and very up-and-coming Archer Brown, violin soloist.

The success and impact of Minnehaha Music is evident, as Hilary Santoni was honored for her engagement with Minnehaha Music by the Edina Community Foundation as its 2017 ‘Volunteer of the Year’, at the Edina mayor’s awards banquet last April. Congratulations Hilary! In November 2017 Music Director Craig Randal Johnson was decorated by the Ambassador of Finland in Washington D.C., as a 'Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland', for his long-standing contributions to Finnish culture as conductor and pianist.

Our upcoming yearly public concert will be on January 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM, at Normandale Lutheran Church in Edina.
The concert will feature Archer Brown, Violin Soloist, playing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3. Also on the program is the Grieg 'Peer Gynt Suite No 1', The Rimsky-Korsakov 'Russian Easter Overture', and a wonderful late romantic symphony by the important Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja.

We once again thank the many musicians who have been playing with Minnehaha Music, and also thank our generous donors who enable us to print and rent music, pay for facilities and miscellaneous expenses. Minnehaha Music continues to grow in quality. We plan to continue developing our orchestra and expand outreach programs during the coming year.

All best wishes,
Craig Randal Johnson
Artistic Director

Musician Participation

Musicians, regardless of age or background, are welcome to play with the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra. Participants are expected to read and play the repertoire selections, albeit not necessarily at the highest level of capability. Indeed, one purpose of this orchestra is to enable musicians to improve their skill set and play at a higher level. There is no official audition procedure, yet wind and brass players interested in playing should contact Craig Randal Johnson in advance, to learn what playing spots may be available, and to learn what expectations are for their instrument. The orchestra welcomes string players at any time.

The orchestra partially functions on a rotation basis, thereby allowing musicians to occasionally skip a reading session and permitting others to play. Persons who regularly play with the orchestra will have greater long term opportunities to play other functions presented by Minnehaha Music, as well as avail themselves of concerto reading possibilities with the Repertory Orchestra.

Contact Artistic Director Craig Randal Johnson if you wish to play!

E-mail: crjmhahamusic@gmail.com

Phone: 612-804-9679


Edina High School: 6754 Valley View Rd, Edina, MN 55439

Google map From Highway 62/ Crosstown take the Tracy Ave. exit. Turn south. At the round-about proceed straight through and up the hill. Bear right at the stop sign at the top of the hill. Edina High School will be on your right. Proceed to the second entrance (also the entrance for Valley View Middle School) and enter door 3 for the Edina Performing Arts Center. The Orchestra room is straight down the hallway and on the left. Look for posted signs.

South View Middle School: 4725 South View Lane, Edina, MN 55424

Google map From Highway 100 going southbound exit at Benton Ave, cross over Highway 100 and turn left onto the service road. Turn right onto Southview Lane.

From Highway 100 going north exit at W. 50th St., and turn back south along the east Frontage Road (Willson Rd, Normandale Rd). Turn left onto Southview Lane. Free parking is available in the Center/Green Parking Lot (located on South View Lane in between the Middle School and the Edina Community Center). Enter door 7 for Dragseth Auditorium or the Orchestra Room.

“...the conductor Craig Randal Johnson brought out the darkness in the music, kept the score and the singers well balanced, and made the climaxes pay off.”

'Opera' Magazine, London