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.
Evan Wood, guitar
Mr. Wood is guitarist, composer, and a December 2020 NDSU graduate. In his 13+ years of playing guitar, Mr. Wood has had opportunities to perform with a variety of local artists, perform original songs, and write/record full length albums. From blues to rock, classical to musical theatre and jazz to pop; Mr. Wood has had experiences and understandings of all these genres on his instrument.
Evan loves to teach music! He is very open with students and parents to try new things to reach the goals and best outcomes for his students. Evan believes that drive and passion are to be encouraged and nurtured by educators. It keeps people excited to pick up the instrument and it can turn practice into play.
Seth Schaefer, percussion
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.
Matthew Pasch, horn
Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Matthew Pasch is an Instrumental Music Education major with a Computer Science minor at NDSU. He plays the horn in many ensembles at NDSU, and in his free time he likes to play video games and board games. He enjoys teaching music because he likes seeing people succeed in what they are doing, and he can help with that through music.
Isaac Homuth, trumpet
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.
Nicholas Hovey, voice
Nicholas Hovey is a senior vocal music education major at NDSU. Nick is involved in Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Bison Arts singers. In his free time Nick loves to disc golf with friends. He is excited for this opportunity to start teaching at the music academy and share his love of music with young singers around the F-M Area.
Tim Stine, guitar
Guitarist and composer Tim Stine has been an active member of Chicago’s dynamic jazz and improvised music communities since 2008. A native of North Dakota, Stine studied music at Minnesota State University Moorhead and CCM in Cincinnati before moving to Chicago where his highly original compositional style and unique instrumental voice soon became integral features of the city’s renowned progressive music scene. As a bandleader, Stine has focused his energies on two projects in which he plays acoustic guitar: a trio with bassist Anton Hatwich and drummer Frank Rosaly; and a quartet with alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Quin Kirchner. These ensembles specialize in performing and recording Stine’s original material and have released albums on the record labels Astral Spirits (Tim Stine Trio, Trim Stine Trio, 2016) and Clean Feed (Knots, Tim Stine Quartet, 2019). As a sideman, Stine primarily plays electric guitar and has contributed to numerous Chicago-based bands, most notably the Nick Mazzarella Quintet and the Jarod Bufe Quartet. Apart from these working groups, Stine frequently collaborates with some of Chicago’s most celebrated improvisers including drummer Mike Reed, bassists Jason Roebke and Matt Lux, and cornetist Josh Berman.