Two local private music teachers earlier this year traveled on a 15-day music study tour to central Europe.
Kathleen Krull of Spring Lake Park and Carol Andersen of Blaine toured the homes, churches, opera houses and palaces where some of the greats of baroque, classical and romantic music periods lived, worked and performed. The women visited composer burial sites as well.
Among composers Krull and Andersen studied on the trip were Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Haydn, Smetana, Liszt, J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn.
The Minnesota women traveled with 14 music teachers and musicians as part of a music study tour coordinated through Minnesota Music Teachers Association.
The tour was led by professor Carolyn Nordquist through Bethel University in St. Paul and coordinated by Pat Kreuziger, a private music educator in Edina.
The group learned about music history in their travels to Austria (Salzburg, Melk, Vienna, Eisenstadt), Czech Republic (Prague) and the eastern part of Germany (Dresden, Weimer, Buchenwald, Eisenach, Leipzig, Potsdam and Berlin).
This was Andersen’s third such study tour with MMTA and Krull’s first tour with the group.
The purpose of the music study tours is to offer continuing education to music teachers and musicians.
Krull operates a home studio, where she teaches piano, voice and English language learners in her Treble Clef Studio in Spring Lake Park. She is a retired music teacher from Spring Lake Park District 16 schools.
She is a member of Minnesota Education National Conference, National Association for Music Education and Education Minnesota.
Andersen teaches piano, organ and clarinet in her Honor Note Studio of Music in Blaine. She is organist/pianist at Glen Cary Lutheran Church in Ham Lake.
She is a member of Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum, Private Music Teachers Association and North Suburban Concert Band.