Arlys studied flute with Adele Zeitlin of the Minnesota Orchestra, William Hebert of the Cleveland Orchestra, Erich Graf of the Utah Symphony, and Laurel Maurer of the Vermont Virtuosi. Formerly playing second flute/piccolo with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and principal flute in the pit orchestra of the La Crosse Community Theater, she is now a member of the La Crosse Concert Band. She also served as the Executive Director of the United Fund for the Arts and Humanities. Additionally, Arlys was the Assistant Director of Marketing for the Utah Symphony & Opera and a flutist with the Salt Lake Symphony. Earlier, she performed for 25 years with the Blossom Festival Band (Ohio) playing flute with members of the Cleveland Orchestra while serving on the faculty of the Preparatory Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Occasionally, she played principal flute in backup orchestras for rock stars such as The Moody Blues and Yanni. Throughout her music career, Arlys has performed in woodwind quintets and many other chamber music ensembles. Also a pianist, Arlys earned degrees at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland).
Mary Beth has been a faculty member in the La Crosse School District for 29 years. She currently teaches 4th and 5th grade strings at Hintgen, Southern Bluffs, and Spence Elementary Schools. Her previous titles include principal cellist of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra; co-founder of the Riverside Classical Trio; Executive Director of the Hiawatha Valley Chamber Music Festival under the direction of the Artaria Quartet; adjunct cello instructor at both Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse; and private cello instructor. Mary Beth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance and Music Education from Viterbo University. Her teachers include Jennifer Dowdy at Viterbo, Alan Harris at the Aspen Music Festival, and Lowell Creitz of the Pro Arte Quartet, Madison, Wisconsin.
Enhance your celebration with live, elegant music provided by the Musical Offering ensemble of La Crosse. We will work with you to customize our performance to fit your function. Most of all, we are honored to bring music to you and your guests and to be a part of your upcoming life event!
Musical Offering La Crosse performs right here in our hometown Coulee Region. We provide a personal touch with all of our performances ... at weddings, hotels, celebratory/celebrations, spiritual and religious centers, chapels, churches, synagogues, receptions, parties, fundraisers, corporate events, graduations, confirmations, anniversaries, open houses, and holidays. Call and schedule the music that will make your day or gathering even more memorable!!
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We perform within a 75-mile radius of La Crosse and the Coulee Region including Rochester.
Sophie Leppanen, Violin
Mary Weiland, Viola
Mary graduated with a degree in Music Education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, studying viola with Dr. David Phipps. While working towards her Bachelor's Degree, she participated in several ensembles including the UW-La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Hoeschler String Quartet. Additionally, Mary was a soloist with the UW-La Crosse Chamber Orchestra. Mary is playing viola in the pit orchestra of the La Crosse Community Theater. Also a brass player, she is currently the Orchestra Director for the Viroqua Area School District.
Sophie graduated with a degree in violin performance from the Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin. For the past 15 years, she has performed in chamber music groups, orchestras, operas, musicals, pop strings groups, new music groups, Baroque ensembles, and accompanying numerous vocal ensembles. Sophie recently joined the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra earning a position in the first violin section. Employed with Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Sophie, also a soprano, remains connected to music in the community.