Meet Our Instructors

Meet our Instructors

 Gretchen Porish-Piano
Gretchen was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from St. Cloud State University with majors in Vocal Music and German and has been teaching piano for over 25 years.  She has held church musician positions in Michigan and South Dakota. Gretchen enjoys helping students experience the gift of music.


 Linda Rich-Piano
Linda has enjoyed teaching piano students of all ages over the past 25 years in the St. Louis, Chicago and Kansas City areas. A graduate of Greenville College (Illinois) in Music Education, she has also accompanied various choirs, solos and ensembles. Linda is looking forward to helping Farmington area students discover the joy of music expression through the piano and to develop lifetime skills for learning.


Mike Welsh-Guitar
Mike has been playing guitar for 50 years and has been teaching with the Music Academy since the program began in 2008. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Family Education, both from the University of Minnesota. Most of his career has been spent in providing education and support to parents and children, but he enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate guitar students to appreciate the gift of music.


Ann Bur-Violin
 
Ann is a graduate of Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and has 15 years of music teaching experience.  She is a certified Suzuki teacher for books 1-4 and offers a mix of Suzuki and traditional methods.  Ann performs with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company.


Krissy Bergmark-Percussion
 
Krissy is currently a teacher and performer in the Twin Cities Area.  She received her Master’s Degree in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Fernando Meza and directed the U of M Steel Band. Krissy teaches percussion ensemble and marching percussion at Lakeville South High School, and marching percussion at Blaine High School, in addition to teaching private lessons out of her home in South Minneapolis.  She also directs DrumHeart, a women’s drumming ensemble based through the Women’s Drum Center in St. Paul. As a graduate of Northern Illinois University and a student of Greg Beyer and Robert Chappell, Krissy has had the opportunity to travel to India to study tabla drumming through the Undergraduate Opportunities in Artistry and Research Grant, as well as perform at several of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventions.


 
Greg Lewis-Brass
Greg has been a professional musician for over 30 years throughout the Twin Cities area and takes teaching as seriously as performing.  He brings a wealth of experience to his students and is able to teach trumpet, cornet, French horn, baritone, tuba and trombone.  Skills will be improved in the areas of physical, technical and creative aspects of your instrument.