of the quintet is a professionally trained musician with many
years of performing experience.
Quintet members have studied with principal players from several
major American symphony orchestras.
– french horn, BM from St. Olaf College and his MM from
the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. His teachers have included
Michael Gast, principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra and
Priscilla McAfee, former principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber
Orchestra, and Allen French. He is a member of the Rochester
Symphony Orchestra, founder and director of the Coristi Horn
Ensemble. Corey is Rochester’s first call horn player
and has played in many area churches. He teaches horn and trumpet.
His name is a pun.
– trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn is an anesthesiologist at
Mayo Clinic with a BM degree from Lawrence University and MD
from the University of Rochester (New York). He is a member
of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and is well known as a performer in the
Rochester area. He is also an accomplished music arranger and
was formerly Instrumental Editor for Jensen Publishing, (now
Hal Leonard). He has numerous published arrangements that have
been performed by the Rochester Symphony as well as jazz artists
Marian McPartland, John Harmon and Chris Vadalla. He has studied
trumpet with Bob Doer of the Minnesota Orchestra, Bob Levy at
Lawrence University and Dennis Najoom, principal trumpet of
the Milwaukee Symphony. He has studied arranging with Fred
Lawrence and Rodney Rodgers at Lawrence as well as attended the
Arrangers Lab at the Eastman School. When not playing trumpet,
sedating patients, or doing medical research he is a gourmet
– Trombone, Registered nurse and Respiratory Therapist at Mayo
Clinic, spent adolescence in Rochester at Central Junior High
(now Dan Abramson Healthy Living Center) and Mayo High school.
Played trombone and string bass in Rochester Symphony during
high school and had privilege to have involvement as Rochester
hosted several notable artists (many now deceased) Victor Borge,
cellist Jacqueline du Pre', Jack Benny, Doc Severinsen. In
another life attended Lawrence University Music conservatory,
studied trombone with father Robert Stroetz, former Philadelphia
principal Henry Charles Smith, Derald De Young, former Minnesota
orchestra principal Steven Zellmer, and couple lessons with
Frank Crisafulli long time former Chicago Symphony trombonist.
Son of trombonist Robert Stroetz, music is in the genes;
unfortunately this gig requires a tux.
||Mark Woeste –
tuba, BM degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He has
performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Austin Symphony,
Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Choral, Minnesota Orchestra,
Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, and Rochester Brassworks. His tuba
teachers include John Smith Principal tuba Oklahoma City Symphony,
Fritz Kaenzig of UNI, Arnold Jacobs principal tuba Chicago Symphony,
Ross Tolbert principal tuba Minnesota Orchestra. He personally
took delivery of his custom built Meinl-Weston tuba from the master craftsman Anton Meinl in
October of 1975 at the German factory. Mark has arranged much
of the MCB repertoire. His life-defining experience has been
catching the world record yellow bass, as recorded at the Freshwater
Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward Wisconsin.
– trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn is a computer programmer
at Mayo Clinic with a BME degree from Indiana University School
of Music and MFA from the University of Minnesota. He studied
with Louis Davidson (deceased), principal trumpet of the Cleveland
Orchestra, William Adam at IU, David Baldwin ot U of M, and
Charles Schlueter former principal trumpet of both the
Minnesota and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Formerly co-principal
trumpet Rochester (MN) Symphony Orchestra. He has attended the
Toronto Trumpet Symposium and performed in master classes for James
Thompson of the Eastman School, and Jens Lindemann of UCLA.
Attracted to shiny objects, he owns a dozen horns and over 40