Ava Brewster, flute
Ava Brewster is the flute instructor at the NDSU Music Academy. She is a senior majoring in General Music and Neuroscience, and this is her second year teaching at the Academy. She is from Moorhead, MN, and has played the flute for 11 years. She loves playing the flute and strives to help young players develop the ability to express themselves musically.
Seth Schaefer, percussion and bass
Seth Schaefer is a recent graduate of NDSU and got his degree in music education while studying percussion and jazz bass. He has been teaching at the academy for 2 years and just started a position as long-term orchestral assistant sub at Cheney Middle School. Outside of teaching and practicing, Seth loves collecting comic books, playing Magic: The Gathering, and finding ways to make his favorite meals vegan. Seth's passions for music and teaching were ignited by his high school band director and was deepened through his time at NDSU. He loves teaching because he wants every student to have a chance to love music and be able to express themselves in a way that words can't.
Erin Renner, violin and viola
Erin Renner is from Fargo, ND, and holds a B.A. degree in music from NDSU. She got her start in music when she was growing up, playing old-time and bluegrass fiddle, guitar, and banjo. While at NDSU, Erin studied violin and viola, playing a range of orchestra, chamber, and solo works. She enjoys teaching lessons at the Music Academy because it allows her to help students enjoy playing their instruments, explore their interests in music, discover new musical styles, and achieve their musical goals.
Cameron Solberg, oboe
Cameron Solberg grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and is gaining her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education at North Dakota State University. She studies oboe under Philip McKenzie and studied under Jennifer Peterson prior to college.
Cameron has obtained a variety of performing and teaching opportunities while studying at NDSU. These experiences include playing in the NDSU Wind Symphony, NDSU Woodwind Quintet, NDSU Gold Star Marching Band, NDSU Jazz Ensemble, NDSU Saxophone Quartet, and various chamber ensembles for NDSU’s operas and choirs. She has also earned the title as a finalist in the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and competed in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition.
While performing is a large passion for Cameron, she also enjoys sharing her knowledge and appreciation for music through teaching. In addition to teaching private oboe lessons for the NDSU Music Academy, she has also volunteered as a camp counselor for the Bemidji MusiCamp.
Onna Scheuer, piano and ukulele
Onna Scheuer has been teaching at the NDSU Music Academy since the Spring of 2020. She grew up in Bismarck, ND, and is currently a third-year student at NDSU. Onna is a double major in Psychology and Music and is going to pursue a master's degree in Music Therapy after graduating in the Spring of 2022. Onna has always been passionate about music and has played piano since age 7 years old. She likes to sing as well as write her own music, and she also plays guitar, percussion, and the flute. Teaching has been an amazing experience because she enjoys connecting with her students through music and seeing them become musicians as they progress in their lessons.
Isaac Homuth, trumpet and Piano
Isaac Homuth is currently an instrumental music education major at North Dakota State University. He graduated from high school just across the river at Moorhead High, so he has been around the FM area his entire life. Being the principal trumpet player in the NDSU Wind Symphony, split-lead trumpet player in the NDSU Jazz Ensemble, section leader in the Gold Star Marching Band, and the leader of the Gold Star Brass Quintet, he loves being a leader and helping others achieve their goals. Trumpet is his true passion and he wants to share it with as many people as possible. Besides music, Isaac also enjoys disc golf, chess, table tennis, watching movies, and cooking.
Lilliana Ash, piano and Voice
Lilliana is a freshman attending NDSU and is currently a Bachelor's of Science major in Vocal Music with a minor Psychology, in hopes on becoming a Music Therapist. Music has always played an important role in Lilliana's life ever since she was younger. She started singing and playing the piano, and it was just a talent that she loved because it made her feel relaxed and happy. As she got older she started singing the National Anthem at basketball games, and would also have special music prepared for coronation and often would be singing on the worship team, and you could also always catch Lilliana playing preludes before special events as well.
Nick Lero, alto saxophone and baritone saxophone
Nick is an NDSU student working towards a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education, as well as a minor in Vocal Music Education. The moment music became his love, he recalls, is when his 2nd grade teacher (Mr. Rodman) taught the class "Yellow Submarine" by The Beatles. When not doing anything musical, he likes playing basketball, reading the classics, and playing with his cat, Mimi.
Ciara Spade, ukulele and voice
Ciara is currently a student pursuing a General Music degree through NDSU. Though her primary instrument is voice, she loves the ukulele because of its whimsical sound and its potential for self-accompaniment. She enjoys teaching because there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student finally grasp a concept and take pride in their hard work. In her free time, Ciara can be found reading fantasy novels, doing puzzles, and cuddling with her cats.
Jared Hartl, tuba
Jared Hartl is from New Rockford, ND, and currently a senior Instrumental Music Education major at NDSU. He has been playing tuba for 9 years and has also played euphonium and bass trombone during his time at college. Jared has studied under Dr. Joel Pugh of UND and Connor Challey and Douglas Neill of NDSU. His favorite genres to play include marches, jazz standards, chamber music, and polkas! Jared hopes to pass on his love for all things tuba while teaching at the NDSU Music Academy.
Aubrey Spangelo, piano and percussion
Aubrey Spangelo is an Instrumental Music Education major at North Dakota State University. Originally from Mandan, North Dakota, Aubrey has been a student of music for 10 years studying piano and percussion. In her free time Aubrey loves to bake various treats, read fiction novels, and listen to educational podcasts. She is excited for this opportunity to start teaching at the music academy to connect with people through music and help support them on their musical journeys.
Lauren Sampson, piano and clarinet
Edmore, ND native Lauren Sampson is a recent NDSU graduate with Bachelors of Science degrees in math and music. While at NDSU, she played soprano and bass clarinets in the NDSU Wind Symphony and clarinet ensembles, bass drum in the Gold Star Marching Band, and participated in the percussion ensemble. She has been playing piano for 17 years and clarinet for 14. In her free time, Lauren enjoys playing board games and video games with friends, hiking, and curling. She cannot wait to share her passion of music and performing with new students!
Alejandro Lopez Ochoa, piano and percussion
Alejandro Lopez is currently an International student from Honduras, doing a Major in Music performance at North Dakota State University. He has played percussion for nine years and piano for three years and is part of many ensembles at NDSU, like, Wind Symphony, Jazz ensemble, Percussion ensemble, Gold star Marching band. Alejandro worked as a music teacher in Honduras for two years and one year as a volunteer. He also enjoys teaching and sharing music in all ways possible.
Jessica Livdahl, voice
Jessica Livdahl is a soprano from Fargo, North Dakota. She is in her third year pursuing a vocal performance degree at NDSU, and this is her first semester teaching at the NDSU Music Academy. She is a member of the NDSU Concert Choir with which she has performed as a soloist in the Messiah, as well as the Madrigal Singers. She is also very interested in opera, and is an active participant in both the NDSU Opera program and the FM Opera chorus. Jessica has a passion for performing vocal music, but also enjoys working with younger singers to help them grow as musicians. She hopes to assist her students in sharing their music with the world.
Tyler Hills, guitar
Kenzie Johnson, trombone and cello
Joshua Sperr, horn