Peter J. Durow, Artistic Director
Peter J. Durow is a conductor and composer working in the field of music education. He is currently employed by ISD 279 Osseo Area Schools and in 2016, began his tenure as the Artistic Director of From Age to Age, a chamber choir of young professionals based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Peter lives with his wife Jodi, and their two children in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Dr. Durow received training in music education and choral conducting at Bethany Lutheran College (A.A.), Augsburg College (B.M.), Butler University (M.M.) and Florida State University (Ph.D.). He has taught at the secondary and University levels and has worked as a church musician in Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, Florida, New York and Missouri. Dr. Durow has served on the music faculties of St. Cloud State University (2016-17), Southeast Missouri State University (2011-15), Stetson University (2009-11) and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music (2008-09).
An active composer and arranger of choral music, Peter’s music has been described as containing richly diverse musical textures (Heritage Music Press); intelligibility with substance, and accessibility without any feeling of compromise (MusicSpoke). Peter has won awards with the San Francisco Choral Artists and the Longfellow Chorus of Portland, Maine. His music has been commissioned for premiere performances in Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 2017 National ACDA Conference and the 2018 ACDA-MN State 4-5-6 Girls’ Honor Choir.
Peter’s compositions and arrangements are published in the Henry Leck Choral Series and Rodney Eichenberger Choral Series with Colla Voce Music, LLC; the Peter J. Durow Choral Series with Heritage Music Press and MusicSpoke. Additional titles will soon be available with VocalEssence Music Press in the Graphite Marketplace and Sacred Music Press.
Chelsea Knutson, Soprano
Chelsea Knutson was born and raised in Bemidji, MN. She is a 2017 graduate of Bemidji State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She is currently employed at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, MN. Her career goal is to work with animals in "Rescue, rehabilitate, and release" programs. Chelsea was a member of BSU's Bemidji Choir for five years and Chamber Singers for three years. She also served as the Madrigal Dinner Manager for the Bemidji Choir for two years. Chelsea has been involved in music since grade school, being a part of many choirs, small ensembles, show choirs, musicals, operas, and Madrigal dinners. "The music department has been my second home for many years and has always been very important to me. I'm thankful to have this opportunity to sing with the incredibly talented members of From Age to Age."
Koreann Martin, Soprano
Koreann Martin is a 2008 High School graduate from Brainerd, MN and is returning for her 7th season with From Age to Age. Along with singing in many choirs throughout the years, she has also been a prolific vocal and instrumental accompanist as well as composer and performer. She obtained her professional music degree from The School for Music Vocations in Creston, IA and currently teaches private music lessons within the metro area. When she isn't nannying or working at the bookstore she enjoys traveling, reading, painting and watching a good documentary. Her aspirations are to one day establish a facility that pairs art, dance and music to offer therapeutic classes for adults and children with disabilities. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to share music making with this wonderful group and to perform for the humble listener.
Allyssa Mattson, Soprano
Allyssa is an active small town girl from Stanchfield, MN who grew up with a close family on the lake. She attended Concordia College, Moorhead pursuing a vocal performance degree. Allyssa currently works with Kindergarten and is going back to school to move into the world of education. Her biggest passion is music and singing. "Choir has a special place in my heart. Being a part of From Age To Age has brought me back to beautiful memories and feelings you get singing with a talented group of people. I believe music has a place for every part of life. I hope that everyone who takes a listen to our sound grasps the emotion and that it brings healing, joy, or whatever it is they need in their life."
Kate ringdal, Alto
Kate graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she sang with the University Singers, Chamber Singers, and UMD Vocal Jazz. She now lives in St. Paul with her husband Nate and their ridiculously sweet greyhound-pitbull mix, Rosie. Kate likes hiking, cooking, all things coffee, writing, and - of course - making music with great people!
Lisa Streckert, Alto
After developing her love of music through piano, flute, and voice lessons, and the MN Opera's "Project Opera" youth program, Lisa went on to receive her B.A. in Music from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where she was involved in choir, band, and vocal jazz ensemble. She currently lives in West St. Paul and is an administrative assistant at a Christian high school. Lisa keeps busy by singing with From Age to Age (now in her fourth season) and her church worship band, reading and writing in coffee shops, and daydreaming about living in England again.
Alex Ferderer, Tenor
Alex Ferderer was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in Vocal Music Education. During his career in Duluth, he sang with the UMD University Singers and the vocal jazz group, Lake Effect. Currently, Alex teaches choir at a high school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Alex joined From Age to Age in 2012 and had really enjoyed his time in the group. “Singing with From Age to Age has been one of the biggest opportunities for me to grow as a musician. I can honestly say that this group has become my second family.”
Raymond Finzel, Tenor
Raymond is a computer creative with a musical passion. He currently lives, works, and performs in Minneapolis, but Morris, Minnesota and the rolling plains are his root. He has sung with the Valparaiso University Chorale, under Dr. Christopher Cock, and with the Valparaiso University Bach Choir under the same direction. Since living in Minneapolis, From Age to Age has been his musical home.
Elijah Johnson, Tenor
Elijah Johnson was born and raised in Brainerd, MN. He sang under the direction of Brian Stubbs in high school. He then attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he sang under the direction of Michael Smith and Dr. Rene Clausen. He was also involved in various student led chamber choirs, Vocal Jazz, and sang at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Fargo, ND. After college he taught for a few years in Southwest MN, and now is a teacher in the Eastern Carver County School District where he works at Chaska Middle School East and Chanhassen High School as a Choir Director and Theater Director. He first heard From Age To Age back in 2010 and is excited to be singing with them now in his second season.
Zaq Swank, Tenor
Zaq Swank has been singing in From Age to Age since 2008. Having grown up in Saint Cloud, he resides in Bemidji, as he is currently finishing his vocal music education degree at BSU. Zaq is an award winning choral composer and songwriter. In addition to singing in the Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers, he has served as Tenor Section Leader, as well as student director of both Chamber Singers and the men’s choir.
Zaq follows several sports teams obsessively. He loves to travel, especially without a GPS. He’s always looking for new places to find the best vegan food, and loves animals, particularly cats. Zaq considers himself NOT a music nerd, but a music enthusiast.
Zaq has valued his tenure with From Age to Age, and hopes to sing and influence the identity of the group for a long time to come. “From Age to Age has given me a wonderful opportunity to perform challenging, high level music. One of the things we strive for that is most important to me is that we introduce our audience to music they may not have heard before, because there is a lot of great music that deserves to be performed, and it gives us a chance to distinguish ourselves as an ensemble. I love the thrill of being on stage, and feel very lucky to be surrounded with the talented musicians in From Age to Age. I sing every concert like it’s my last.”
Nathan Ringdal, Bass
Nate is a Vocal Music Education grad from UMD who was heavily involved with Vocal Jazz and University singers. Now he lives in Saint Paul and teaches elementary music at North Metro Flex Academy in North Saint Paul.