Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra

Craig Randal Johnson, Artistic Director

MM Reading Session at South View

Update from the Artistic Director

Welcome to Minnehaha Music!
Entering its fifth season, the Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra continues playing works from the enormously rich and extensive orchestral repertoire. The orchestra ‘reads’ through a selection over a course of two to three reading rehearsals, every other Saturday morning, and then moves on to other selections. Since our first reading session in September, 2013, the orchestra has played 60 works by over two dozen composers, affording musicians the opportunity to hone their skills and acquaint themselves with important music they may otherwise miss. This format is unique in the Twin Cities, serving a function in the music community which otherwise is lacking.

The orchestra played its third annual concert on November 13, 2016, featuring the remarkable flamenco dancer Deborah Elias. Spanish and Mediterranean influenced music was highlighted, including works by de Falla, Albéniz, Bizet, Debussy, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.

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 7, 2017, 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 by the Edina Community Foundation as its 2017 ‘Volunteer of the Year’, at the Edina mayor’s awards banquet last April. Congratulations Hilary!

Our next public concert will be held on February 11, 2018, 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon, at Dragseth Auditorium/ South View Middle School in Edina. Concert details will be forthcoming.

I wish to profusely 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

Schedule, Location, and Repertoire Information

Upcoming Minnehaha Music Reading Sessions:
Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
NEW READING LOCATION: Edina High School, Orchestra Room
Reading sessions are moving to Edina High School this Fall.
The February 11, 2018 concert, as well as future concerts, will continue to be held at Dragseth Auditorium/ South View Middle School.

Here are the dates for fall 2017:

September 16

September 30

October 14

October 28

November 4

November 18

December 2 (chamber group possibility)

There is a break for the Christmas season. The next session thereafter will be January 6, 2018. Thereafter: Jan 20, Feb 3, Feb 10-11 Concert activity, Feb 24, March 10, March 24, April 7 and April 28. Changes could occur in winter and spring 2018; repertoire to be announced.

Repertoire for the Fall:
(September 16, 30, October 28)
Borodin:  Prince Igor Overture
Borodin:  In the Steppes of Central Asia
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5/ "Reformation"

(October 14, November 4 and 18)
Elgar: Enigma Variations.
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Overture/. or a different Berlioz overture

Another possibility is the Smetana Bartered Bride Overture. Repertoire selections may change.

Music parts availability: Generally selections are 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.


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 to the right up the hill. Turn right at the top of the hill/ stop sign. The High School will be on your right, past the building. Additional information as to which door to enter etc. will be given out before rehearsals.

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

Google map South View Middle School is located almost directly east of the Edina Community Center building - the old Edina High School - near Benton and Hwy 100. 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 - look to the right.

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 - look to the right. Free parking is available in the Center Parking Lot (located on South View Lane in between the Middle School and the Edina Community Center). Enter door 6 at South View Middle School (Dr. Kenneth A. Dragseth Wing). We will meet in the Orchestra Room - look for directional signs.

“...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