Our Staff

Beth Allison
Individual lessons-Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass

Beth is a classically trained violinist turned Irish and Old Time fiddler. She loves all stringed instruments and teaches violin, cello, viola, bass. Beth is a mega-multi-instrumentalist who also plays guitar, mandolin and more! Playing since age 7 and still learning from others, Beth hopes to spark students to practice, perform and find the fun in making music!




Betty Braunstein
Pernambuco Ensemble Director
Co-Executive 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.

Becky Deters 
Individual lessons- violin and viola
Co-Executive Director

Becky started playing the violin at age 6 with the Suzuki Strings program in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She played for 4 years with the All State Orchestra and with the 1992 Iowa Ambassadors of Music. She had Suzuki Book 1 teacher training at UW-Stevens Point and started giving lessons in 1994. In 2003, she had training for Suzuki Books 1-8 at the University of Denver under James Maurer.

In addition to her private studio, Becky has performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Idaho Falls Symphony, the Snake River Chamber Orchestra, and the Aurora Symphony. Locally, she has played with the Big Lake Orchestra and with the Ashland Chamber Music Society’s performances of Handel’s Messiah. She has also enjoyed teaching fiddle classes at Big Top Chautauqua’s Bluegrass camp.
Becky lives in Ashland and is happy to be the wife of Pastor Jim Deters and mom of 3.


Annie Johnson 
Individual lessons -violin

Annie Johnson loves playing the fiddle and making music. She has been playing music for over 20 years and can’t imagine life without having that kind of a creative outlet. Together with her husband, she owns and operates Mule Skinner Horse Logging out of northwest Wisconsin where horses are used to manage their clients’ property and landscaping needs. Annie has 4 children ages 7, 9, 11, and 14 along with 3 dogs, 2 goats, several horses and numerous chickens! When she is not playing tunes on her fiddle, she enjoys reading, watercolor painting, knitting or just being outside with her family and enjoying the great state of Wisconsin.

“I am so thrilled to be a part of NorthWoods Strings! I look forward to sharing my experiences, knowledge, and love of music with my students in an effort to do my part in keeping the musical traditions of our area alive and well!”

Emily Kormann
Individual lessons -violin 
Financial Administrator 

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Emily received a 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 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 continue to be teaching for the program. Emily enjoys teaching music and working with kids of all ages.