Our Staff

Betty Braunstein
Pernambuco Ensemble Director 

Betty is a freelance flute and recorder player living in Ashland, Wisconsin. She performs regularly with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. She has over 30 years experience teaching as well as planning and providing music for weddings, concert series, and other special events. Betty has taught students at Northland College, Ashland and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She also coaches adult musicians at the annual Woodland Chamber Music Workshop in Tofte, MN. Additionally, her Silver Spruce Duo (harp and flute) performed for Minnesota Public Radio’s Artist-in-Residence 2013/2014 outreach program. Her recording of Rick Sowash’s “Christmas Ceremony” with cellist Josh Aerie is now available on iTunes.
Betty is offering flute/recorder lessons in the Hayward area.

Tom Draughon
Maple Ensemble Director

Tom’s performing and recording career spans over four decades, and he has performance and production credits on over 25 albums. He teaches a variety of instruments and is currently Lecturer of Music at Northland College. He is owner of and executive producer for Heartistry Music, an independent label representing recording artists from northern Wisconsin.

Beth Good
Individual lessons -violin and viola
Spruce Ensemble Director

Beth Good received her undergraduate degree in music from the University of Wisconsin, Superior, and her graduate degree in performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with the internationally acclaimed LaSalle Quartet.  At Cincinnati she was selected to join Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society, and at Superior she received the Lebhauver Scholarship, given to “the outstanding student in the field of music education.” 

As a performer, Beth has been principal violist with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, assistant principal violist with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, has been a member of the a number of other orchestra. She was also a member of the Alegria Trio and the Unstrung Piano Quartet.  

As an instructor, Beth has taught orchestra, string methods classes and general music classes, and has given private violin/viola lessons to students of all ages in Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Washington State.  In addition, she conducted one of the Spokane Youth Symphony’s full orchestras. 


Emily Kormann
Individual lessons -violin 
Executive Director  
Emily recently finished her Bachelor of Arts at UW-Superior, majoring in music with an education emphasis. Piano is her primary instrument and violin her secondary.  She has played violin with the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra and the UW-S Orchestra. Emily also plays mandolin with a local bluegrass band called Northern Crossroads, and regularly plays folk, gospel, and fiddle tunes with her siblings in their family band.
During her high school years Emily was a student member of the NorthWoods String program, taking lessons and playing with the ensembles. She is excited to be back helping with the program. Emily enjoys teaching music and working with kids of all ages.

 

Kevin McMullin    (Kevin isn’t taking new students at this point)
Individual lessons – violin and viola

Kevin started off playing the tuba, which is what he studied at Northwestern University’s Music school with the late Arnold Jacobs, widely considered to be one of the finest music teachers of his time. While he was at music school he noticed that many other musicians had smaller instruments that were much easier to carry around. He began learning the fiddle under the tutelage of some of this country’s great old time players, Mark Gunther and Chirps Smith among them. He is the fiddle player for Duck for the Oyster and Take 3, and has performed with numerous other bands and musicians as well. He is also the composer of One Nation, a piece that NorthWoods Strings helped premier in 2007. You can find out more about him on his web site: www.kevinmcmullin.com