Staff

Elisa Olson

Executive Director

Elisa originally hails from the beaches of Santa Cruz, California but has lived and worked in New York City, Washington D.C., North Dakota and now resides in Apple Valley, MN. She holds a Bachelor of Music in education from the University of North Dakota and is currently earning her Master's in Arts and Cultural Leadership at the University of Minnesota. Elisa has a broad and diverse background in music, theater, and the management of arts organizations, which include: managing director, company management, production manager, director, union stage manager, theatrical consultant, lighting designer, music teacher and performer. She has managed small regional companies, children’s theater, worked for the John F. Kennedy Center, managed a performance at the White House, and is currently a founding board member of Border CrosSing, a new professional choir in the Twin Cities, whose mission is to integrate historically segregated audiences and musicians in the performance of choral music so that singers and audiences more closely reflect the racial and cultural composition of the Twin Cities.

Aside from her management background, Elisa is also an accomplished singer/performer/educator and has been running her own voice studio High Frequency Vocal Studio in Apple Valley. Her performance credits include musical theater, workshops, song cycles, recitals, and choral master works. She has sung with the San Jose Symphony, been a featured soloist for the Grand Forks Symphony, and was a member of the Grand Forks Master Chorale for three years. Currently, she is an active member of the Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale.

Stefanie Fiser Kleven

Artistic Director

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A native of Denver, Colorado, she is an active conductor, teacher, church musician, and vocalist in the Twin Cities. Stefanie has taught music to people of all ages in various settings and she is especially passionate about sharing with others the joy of singing!

Stefanie is currently the Director of Music at Peace Lutheran Church of Plymouth, where she directs the Adult Choir and the children’s music program. Stefanie also sings with the National Lutheran Choir and spent six summers on staff of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Stefanie holds a BA in Music with a Music History Emphasis, and K-12 Music Certification.

Stefanie and her husband Eric live in Mound and enjoy making food together and traveling.

 

Rebecca Poppke

Assistant Artistic Director

Rebecca Poppke brings more than a decade of experience as a music educator, choir director and vocal coach to her role as Assistant Artistic Director of Twin Cities Girls' Choir.  

Rebecca has sung with the Minnesota Chorale, VocalEssense Chorale, and is a Cathedral Choir soprano and children's music leader with the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mark in Minneapolis. In addition, Rebecca is an instructor at Rogers School of Music, where she teaches piano and vocal students.

Before moving to Minneapolis, Rebecca graduated from the University of Southern Maine School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and directed a high school choir program in central Maine for five years. She is thrilled to be working with this staff and these young people!

Cheryl Peterson-Schurke

Accompanist

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Cheryl Peterson-Schurke is excited to be working with the TCGC as the accompanist. Currently, she also serves as the accompanist for Tartan High School’s choral department and teaches private piano lessons out of her home.

A graduate of St. Olaf College, Cheryl earned a degree in vocal music education and sang in Manitou Singers, Chapel Choir and the St. Olaf Choir. She has served as the musical director for Edgerton Elementary School’s drama productions; directed elementary and middle school church choirs, and taught pre-school music at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. She also sang with the Minnesota Chorale for several years.

Cheryl and her husband are parents to 3 girls and live in Maplewood. She enjoys Nordic skiing with the family, gardening and reading a good book whenever time allows!

Kimberly Peterson

Operations Coordinator

My_Face.jpgA creative maker, Kim brings with her an array of experiences from both nonprofit and for-profit industries. A graduate of Texas Woman's University's prestigious dance program, her graduate research into representation and funding models for the performing arts has reinforced her belief that powerful and engaging experiences with art transform us, our communities, and our society.

Kim has served on ARENA Dances' board of directors and contributed to organizations such as: The Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Soap Factory, Dancing Classrooms Minnesota, The Minnesota Children's Museum, TEDxEdina, the American Cancer Society and Northern Spark. She is excited to continue creating engaging and impactful experiences through art in the public sphere, elevating the dialogue around aesthetics, and encouraging collaborative exploration between artists and organizations.


2018-2019 Board of Directors

  • Susan Clark, President
  • Sandi Sherman, President-Elect
  • Alanna Walen, Vice President
  • Julie Kelly, Treasurer
  • Kathleen Cannon, Secretary
  • Jane Adamson-Waitley
  • Barb Gacek
  • Karleen Kos
  • Carol Lohman
  • Ronna Puck
  • Erin Stiers
  • Meg Swanson
  • Pat Teiken
  • Elisa Olson, ex-officio