Mankato Suzuki School of Music
                                                                                        PATTI TRYHUS BIOGRAPHY

Patti Tryhus began teaching at the Mankato Suzuki School in 1979 and has been         
the Director of MSSM since 1982. Patti studied violin at MSU with Marilyn Bos         
and received Suzuki training at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens         
Point Wis. and at numerous conferences and workshops.  She teaches violin, viola 
and fiddle and plays violin with the Mankato  Symphony Orchestra.     


Marilyn Bos is emeritus faculty member, Minnesota State University, Mankato and was concertmaster of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra for many years.  In 2002 she was awarded “Studio Teacher of the Year” by the Minnesota chapter of the American String Teachers Association.  She teaches advanced level viola and violin students and plays violin with the Mankato  Symphony Orchestra.   


Roslyn Sieh received her degree in music education from Wayne State College inWayne, NE.  She has taught 
private piano and voice lessons for more than twenty years.  In addition, she has spent two decades working in
 worship ministry in her church. She is the mother of eleven children and has been homeschooling them 
for the past twenty-four years.  Her children are all active in musical activities in Mankato.  One of her 
sons is a professional violist with the Air Force Strings; another sonis studying recording arts and
 music composition at Indiana University, Bloomington.  Passionate about orchestral music, Roslyn is the 
General Manager for the Mankato Area outh Symphony Orchestra.  She offers a traditional 
approach to piano lessons with lots of positive reinforcement.


Ruth Greve attended MacPhail Conservatory of Music from 1967 to 1970
in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Traditional piano lessons were given at Immanuel Lutheran College
in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and in Greve's home before re-locating to 
Waterville and Mankato, Minnesota.

She began her Suzuki journey in 1986 with the Suzuki School of
Music in Mankato until 2002 when she began lessons in my home
Studio. Greve re-joined the MSSM faculty  Fall of 2012. 


Faith Solano is one of the earliest students of the Mankato Suzuki School of Music. 
She studied under Martha Ryan, Craig Timmerman and Patti Tryhus and graduated 
from the program as a sophomore in high school. Faith was concertmistress and section 
leader numerous times in orchestras in Mankato and in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies,
 and credits her leadership ability to the skills she acquired in the group lesson opportunities in the 
Suzuki Program. Faith received a Presidential Scholarship to attend Wheaton Conservatory of Music. 
She began teaching while a student there,and continued to teach from her home as she entered the 
phase of motherhood. In 2005, when Faith joined the staff at MSSM, she continued her studies at the 
American Suzuki Institute, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where she had attended workshops as a child.
 Faith teaches only part-time at MSSM: beginning students through advanced levels.


Crista began Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 3 in New Ulm, MN. Recently, she completed graduate work at the 
University of Minnesota, in Suzuki Pedagogy where she completed teacher training in all 10 Suzuki Books from 
master teacher, Mark Bjork . Crista also studied music and English at Minnesota State University, where she was a scholarship
 recipient for four years.Currently teaching at the String Academy of Southern Minnesota, The Mankato Suzuki School 
and her own program inWaterville and Waseca, MN, and has previously taught at the New Ulm Suzuki School.
Crista has also taught elementary music at Hanska Charter School, Waseca Sacred Heart Elementary School
 and St. Theodore School in Albert Lea.She has been a member of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra since 1994, 
and can be seen sharing the stage with several regional bands such as Lightning Flats, the Blue Ringers and Church of Cash 
where she sings and plays violin.Crista has coached sectionals with the Upper Midwest String Conference 
and the New Ulm Youth Orchestra Summer Camp and is a member of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota 
as well as the American Suzuki Association.Teachers of influence and study include; Nancy Lokken, Joanne Melvin, 
Mark Bjork, Joanne Bath, Paula Anderson, Marilyn O’Boyle, Adrian Lo, Jim Riccardo and Charles Grey.
In her free time, Crista is also a graphic designer, enjoys biking, running, reading, and gardening. 
She currently resides in rural Waterville with her husband Tom Little.

                                                                                    Shirley Hanneman was first taught by her mother in a Suzuki-like environment. She then took lessons with another                                                                                      continued her studies at Martin Luther College in New Ulm. In Iowa, she continued taking lessons and courses at the                                                                                     University of Iowa. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in the National Music Teacher's Association and                                                                                     co-founded the local Cedar Rapids Music Association. Shirley was adjudicator for many Iowa Music Teacher's                                                                                     competitions and her students regularly won local and state Iowa Music Teachers competitions. One of her students                                                                                     won several Iowa American Miss competitions due in part to her piano playing in the talent portion, as well as                                                                                     placing first runner up in the talent portion of the National American Miss competition. 
                                                                                    Shirley has been a Suzuki teacher for over 30 years and also taught Kindermusik for many years. She was the                                                                                                 organist and choir accompanist at her church in Cedar Rapids. Shirley and her husband recently moved to New                                                                                             Ulm. She is looking forward to teaching at the Mankato Suzuki School!

            Bio for Mary Goedtke, violin teacher, coming soon!!!

                                                                                        Mankato Suzuki School of Music
546 Grant Ave.
North Mankato, MN 56003

Voice Mail: 507-625-3616
Email: musicmankato@gmail.com