Maisie Block violin
Maisie grew up in Wayzata, MN, and began studying the violin at the age of four. She took violin lessons at the MacPhail Center for Music, and participated in the Greater Twin Cities’ Youth Symphonies. Maisie received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Since graduation, Maisie has pursued a career in both music performance and education. She has been a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Central City Opera, and the Colorado Ballet. She is currently a regular substitute violinist with the Minnesota Opera, and an occasional substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra. Maisie has also performed in broadway shows at the Guthrie Theater and the Orpheum Theater. She has been teaching private violin lessons since 2006, and enjoys sharing her love for music with younger students.
Maisie really enjoys performing popular music, too. She has played in orchestras that have accompanied Jewel, Idina Menzel, Evanescence, Johnny Mathis, Hugh Jackman, Andrea Bocelli, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. When Maisie is not playing violin, she loves horseback riding, relaxing on Lake Minnetonka, and spending time with her husband, their two sons, and their dog, Rocksy.
David Block violin
A native of Kansas, David began playing violin at the age of 2 as part of a very musical family. His parents and siblings are currently all professional musicians. David has two degrees in music performance. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University and his graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Currently, David performs with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera. He formerly held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. He has also performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, the Spoleto (ITALY) Festival, and the United States Air Force Academy Band. He has also served as guest Concertmaster of the Bozeman, MT and Illinois Symphonies. In his spare time David enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife Maisie and two sons Max and Ace. For information on private violin lessons please visit DavidBlockViolinStudio.com.
Chuck Krenner viola
Violist Chuck Krenner, from Cottage Grove, MN, started playing violin at the age of five. After high school he started studying viola with Thomas Turner, former principal violist of the Minnesota Orchestra. He received his Bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Mark Jackobs of the Cleveland Orchestra, and then continued on to the Professional Studies program with Jeffrey Irvine.
Chuck is Associate Principal Viola of the South Dakota Symphony, a member of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and a violist in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. Chuck has worked as a substitute musician for the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony.
Darin Anderson cello
Darin Anderson grew up in Wayzata, MN and began playing cello at five years old. His early musical education began at the MacPhail Center for Music and he played in the Greater Twin Cities’ Youth Symphonies. He attended the Wayzata school district until age 15 when he left to pursue his musical education in Philadelphia where he studied with Aldo Parisot. Darin attended both the University of Minnesota and Manhattan School of Music.
Darin is a member of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Sinfonia. He also subs with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and is involved with local ballet and theatre productions. In addition he teaches cello, composes and arranges music out of his home studio.
Darin currently lives in Minnetonka with his wife, two daughters and their dog. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey and golf.