Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra


Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra reading sessions are open to musicians of all ages who can negotiate the music we play. It is not expected that one play the selections perfectly. A primary purpose of the reading sessions is to expose musicians to new material they don’t know, and also give one a chance to improve and enjoy music they already have played. String players either contact Craig Randal Johnson, attend on the recommendation of another musician, or simply show up. Wind and brass players please contact the music director first, in order to learn if space is available.

Craig Randal Johnson can be reached by email at: crjmhahamusic@gmail.com

Upcoming Reading Sessions


February 29

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55.  ‘Eroica’
(last reading of this selection)
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 ‘Haffner’

March 14

Debussy: La mer
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

March 28

Operatic selections

April 4
April 25

April 26
Spring Gathering at ECC 4 – 6pm

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.


Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra is entering its seventh season as the Twin Cities’ go-to orchestra for reading symphonic repertoire. Our 2018-2019 season not only featured a wonderful winter concert, it also held notable reading sessions typically attended by 35 – 45 musicians. The orchestra is growing both in size and quality, and in the number of musicians who participate. To date the orchestra has played through over 100 musical selections including several large symphonies and orchestral tone poems. I’ve received considerable feedback from several musicians who tell me that their instrumental playing and their music reading skills have improved because of the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra. Our mission to probe into the symphonic repertoire and engage musicians is definitely succeeding!

Minnehaha Music heartily welcomes Kelly Carter as new Managing Director for our organization. Kelly has notable business and organizational skills in and out of the non-profit music world. She founded and directed El Sistema Minnesota, enabling inner city youth to learn and play string instruments. Kelly is keenly interested in expanding Minnehaha Music’s outreach to young people as well as the community at large. Kelly is additionally a fine violinist, and has played with the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra since its very first reading session in September, 2013. Welcome Kelly!

Additionally, I am grateful to Bob Fried for his work on the Minnehaha Music website since our inception. Bob will hand off the website duties to others this year, but he will continue to be involved as an advisor to Minnehaha Music. We truly value his vast experience and knowledge.

It is wonderful for me personally to once again see musicians, friends and new faces at our fall reading sessions. If you are interested in playing at Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra reading sessions please contact me at the email address below. We are at Edina High School in the orchestra room most of the time, every other Saturday at 10:00 AM. There is always coffee, fine people and lots of music.

All best wishes,

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.