Kevin F.E. Sütterlin, Music Director
"The Sandra Lemke & Monroe Trout Endowed Maestro" Dr. Kevin F.E. Sütterlin
is an internationally sought-after conductor and pedagogue. A dedicated 21st century musician, Sütterlin is passionate about exploring new, non-traditional forms of musical experience together with the community.
Sütterlin is Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting at Concordia College, where he and his colleagues received the prestigious EMMY award for 2016's nationally broadcast Concordia Christmas Concert productions. He is Music Director and Conductor of The Concordia Orchestra and Concordia Opera.
Further, Sütterlin is founding Co-Music Director of Sinfonietta Memphis
, an ensemble that provides free concerts and educational experiences for Memphis's most diverse communities. The ensemble specializes in historically informed performance practice of Viennese Classical music, and presents it in fresh and innovative ways. Being perhaps the only ensemble in the US with a co-music directorship model, Sinfonietta Memphis's
conductors Mathias Elmer and Kevin Sütterlin proudly represent the orchestra's credo: friendship through music.
Considering himself a "citizen of the world," Sütterlin has been building musical bridges across three different continents, and has led his ensembles on many successful national and international tours. He has performed and taught across the globe including Austria, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States. Recent engagements have brought him to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, Shanghai Conservatory - School of Music, Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara in Romania, Staufen Music Academy in Germany, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. Another highlight of the young conductor's career was his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2011 at age 22.
Sütterlin recently won third prize in the prestigious American Prize in Orchestral Conducting. He is an awardee of the Hirschmann Foundation scholarship of Switzerland, the Hendrickson Fine Arts Grant, the University of Memphis International Research scholarship, and the University of Memphis Creative Achievement Award.
Sütterlin is a strong advocate of new music, and has commissioned and recorded works of numerous living composers, including Rene Clausen, Adam Hochstatter, Paul Cravens, and Doug Harbin, among others. He is one of the leading scholars of the music of American composer Dominick Argento. Sütterlin's recording collaborations include CD and DVD productions such as "René Clausen: The Passion of Jesus Christ" (2016), "Gather Us In O Child Of Peace" (2016), and "From Heaven Above" (2017).
Before joining the faculty at Concordia College in 2016, Sütterlin served The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music as Acting Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra, Acting Music Director of Opera, and Chief Assistant Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.
Sütterlin is very passionate about working with young musicians. He is an internationally sought-after clinician and teacher, and is currently conductor for the Minnesota All-State Symphony Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras. In 2017 he conducted the North Dakota State Orchestra Festival, and in 2018 the Tennessee All-West Symphony Orchestra. He has been on the board of directors of the Zurich Music Association since 2011, organizing training opportunities, workshops, and music festivals for both amateur as well as professional musicians.
Sütterlin received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting as well as his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music where he studied with Maestro Pu-Qi Jiang, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music in Instrumental Conducting from the Hochschule Luzern--Musik in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Yuliya Smead, Concertmaster
Justyna Lutow-Resch, Assistant Concertmaster
Danielle Simandl, Principal Violin 2
Angelica D'Costa, Assistant Principal Violin 2
Janet Bond Sutter
Barbara Beechey, Principal
Renata Hornik, Assistant Principal
Jane Bradshaw Finch
Laura Kenney Henckel, Principal
Charles Stephan, Assistant Principal
Susan Sullivan, Principal
Emmett Jackson, Assistant Principal
Linda Nielsen Korducki, Principal
Beth Kinzel, 2nd
Suzanne Bunker Jordheim, 3rd/Piccolo
Jennifer Hodges Bryan, Principal
Leslie Outland Michelic, 2nd/English Horn
Christopher Zello, Principal
David Bell, 2nd/Eb Clarinet
Penny Paiser Wilson, 3rd/Bass Clarinet
Cody Hunter, Principal
Sharon Peterson, 2nd
Bruce Atwell, Principal
Katherine Ritter, Assistant Principal
Kelly Hoffman, 2nd Horn
Elizabeth Olson, 3rd Horn
Dana Sherman, 4th Horn
Michael Henckel, Principal
Rand Skelton, 2nd
Justin Olson, 3rd
Kyle Samuelson, Principal
Roy Fine, 2nd
Eric Larson, Bass Trombone
Marty Erickson, Principal
Jim Robl, Principal
Scott Elford, Assistant Principal
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Paul Ristau, Principal
Sarah Kiefer, Principal
Alison Attar, Principal
Carrie Willer, Personnel Manager
Sarah Koenigs, Music Librarian
Scott Breyer, Stage Manager
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Section string musicians are listed alphabetically.
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