High School Directors

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Nicholas Gaudette

Virtuosic bass pioneer Nicholas Gaudette picked up a cello and tuned it as a bass at the age of 5 and has continued playing classical and non-classical music ever since. After completing a Bachelors and Masters in Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nick helped form the chamber music fiddle project called The Orange Mighty Trio, where he plays bass mostly with the bow, treating the instrument like a large violin. The Trio has performed across the country including both coasts ranging from Seattle to L.A. to NYC in addition to writing scores for multiple indie films and commercials. The trio still performs regularly to this day in regional venues.

As a performer, Nick is an active bass player who has performed with the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Theater Latte Da, The Children's Theater, The South Dakota Symphony, as well as various other groups across the mid-west. He is also a progressive composer writing works for the Trio, local modern dance companies, the Macalaster big band, as well as writing and co-directing the eclectic new-age ensembles called the Cherry Spoon Collective. He was a recipient of the 416 Club Commissions by the Cedar Cultural Center as well as a State Arts Board Artists Initiative grant.

Originally a part time educator and full time performer, Nick was given the opportunity to head the music department at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA) where he set an intense high school musical arts curriculum on aspiring 21st century artists in grades 9-12. While at SPCPA, Nick returned to get his MN teaching licence along with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mankato State University. Shortly after receiving his official teaching credentials, Nick took the position at Edina High School where he resides today. As the conductor of Sinfonia, Varsity, and Concert Orchestra, Nick has recorded with the EHS Chamber Orchestra in Studio M at MPR and has traveled with the EHS symphony orchestra on an international tour to the Western Caribbean. He is also a recipient of the Edina Education Fund grants for classroom teachers.

“Edina is a great community to thrive artistically. The students are so eager to learn, and their ability is top notch. I look forward every year to the performance opportunities that we collectively share. I believe that being an educator (in music) is a great way that I can stay true to my craft as an artist. I have to be honest in the classroom with open ears, listening to their stories and their interests. I feel lucky everyday because I get to perform with this amazing group multiple times a year. They (the orch students of EHS) give me hope for the future of the arts!!!”


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Kristine Wiese

Mrs. Wiese is a  graduate of Luther College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music Education. She started her teaching career in Sycamore Illinois where she was the sole Orchestra Director for grades 4-6 at six different schools. In 1992, she migrated north to St. Louis Park Minnesota where she also taught 4-12 orchestra. After the program grew in numbers, she taught 7-12 orchestra at the St. Louis Park Junior and Senior High Schools. While in SLP, Mrs. Wiese  founded the Grades 4-12 District Orchestra Festival, and the St. Louis Park High School Chamber Orchestra. She was also an IB Program Steering Committee Member.

In addition to her early years in the classroom, Mrs. Wiese has remained involved in other orchestral activities. Since 1989, she has taught private string lessons, teaching students from ages 5 – 18 violin, viola and piano. She has also been on the Steering Committee for the MNSOTA Middle Level Honors Orchestra since it was founded, in 2000. During an 18-year sabbatical from public teaching to be a stay-at-home mother, her commitment to her private students and to the MNSOTA Honors Orchestra remained. Mrs. Wiese was honored to have been selected to receive the 2016 MNSOTA Community Service Award.

In addition to her public-school experience, Mrs. Wiese comes with  adjudication experience from GTCYS chair placement auditions, and multiple adjudication experiences at Minnetonka, Edina and Robbinsdale Middle Schools and High Schools. She has also  been involved with GTCYS as a sectional coach with the Concert and Concertino Orchestras, as well as the Summer Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mrs. Wiese is the director of the Repertory and Chamber Orchestras at Edina High Schools.

She  currently reside in Minnetonka with my husband and four children children who range from 12 to 19 years in age.