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.
Hon Ki Cheung
Garrett Pierce Passer
Olga Frayman, Soprano
Olga Frayman has been singing all her life. At the age of nine, she was accepted into the prestigious youth chorale of the Kiev Opera House where she was fortunate to participate in many productions. Since moving to the US, Olga has been performing with Minnesota Choral Theater, a St. Cloud State-based choir. In addition to participating in a number of musical theater productions in the Twin Cities, Olga has a band with her husband and performs around the country. This is Olga's second season with From Age to Age, and she is excited to share the music with her friends and followers.
Chelsea Knutson, Soprano
Chelsea Knutson has been a member of From Age to Age since 2017. She 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. 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. I look forward to working with everyone!"
Jennifer Turner, Soprano
Jennifer Turner, in From Age to Age since 2007, is one of its founding members. At Bemidji State University, she studied Design Technology with a minor in Art and Music. Jennifer sang in the Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. P. Bradley Logan and performed several Madrigal Dinners in both high school and college. In addition to From Age to Age’s program schedule, Jennifer has served as a section leader at the Cathedral of St. Paul and also in the choirs at St. Olaf Catholic Church where From Age to Age is currently in residence. “I’m passionate about choral ensemble music, its ability to move the heart and bring people together. From Age to Age’s mission has always been to inspire people and enrich communities, and I’m blessed to be a part of that.”
NikkiLee Nolden, Alto
NikkiLee is a graduate from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance. She was in the Bemidji Choir and the BSU Chamber singers under the direction of Dr. Dwight Jilek and served as “Queen” in the annual Madrigal Dinners in 2016. She has had several roles in the Bemidji State Opera theatre under the direction of Dr. Cory Renbarger.
She enjoys spending time with her dog, Charlie, and her two cats, Jordin and Mac. She also enjoys photography and spending time with family and friends. Currently, she teaches music at Schoolcraft Learning Community in Bemidji, MN.
Lisa Streckert, Alto
Lisa received 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. After school she enjoys teaching voice lessons and assisting with the chapel band. Lisa keeps busy by singing with From Age to Age (now in her fifth season) and her church worship band, reading and writing in coffee shops, and planning her next European adventure.
Ben Brunnette, Tenor
Ben Brunnette is thrilled to join the ranks of From Age To Age and add his passion for small group singing to this wonderful chorus. Born and raised in Cottage Grove, MN, Mr. Brunnette dabbled in nearly every visual and performing art until finally cultivating a love for classical music during his undergraduate career. He has performed solo and choral work with Minnesota Opera, Opera Cleveland, Florentine Opera, The Grant Park Chorus, Chicago Opera Playhouse, Constellation Men's Ensemble, and many others.
Mr. Brunnette holds his Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and Bachelor of Music from the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. In his free time, Ben enjoys podcasts, cooking, practicing and advocating for inclusion, equity, and belonging (work in progress), and gardening with his husband, Brandon.
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 third season.
Garrett Pierce Passer, Tenor
Having graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth holding a Bachelor of Arts (voice emphasis) paired with a minor in Theatre, Garrett often jokes to whomever asks, “Oh, me? I attended college with the focus of having to work two jobs after graduating.” This perspective came to fruition amid the 6+ years spent as an undergrad after abandoning his original plan to pursue a restricting Vocal Performance degree. Instead, Garrett willfully welcomed a legitimate dedication to becoming as well-rounded as possible in an array of performance avenues, including: large & chamber choral ensembles, opera studio, solo voice, vocal jazz ensemble, musical theatre, costume construction/design, hair/makeup design, and dance. To be cheeky, Garrett likes to categorize this particular career path under the self-proclaimed “Auxiliary Performance” degree. Having relocated to Minneapolis in April of last year, Garrett feels right at home contributing his voice in the tenor section of From Age to Age.
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.”
Alex Buchanan, Bass
Alex grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, and began his musical journey at St. Paul Lutheran. He graduated from Winona State University, singing and acting as co-director in Hear & Now pop a cappella group, as well as singing in the concert choir. Alex spends his days working as a software developer, but is happy to have a musical home in FATA. Residing in St. Paul, he can usually be found spending quality time with friends, or hanging out with his girlfriend, Olivia, and cat, Maxine.
Alex Ferderer, Bass
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.”
Kyle Lamb, Bass
Kyle Lamb graduated in 2015 with a BA in Music Studies from Saint John’s University, and then volunteered full-time at the St. Cloud Children’s Home, a residential mental health facility for students ages 8 – 18. Though enjoyable and fulfilling, Kyle felt a strong pull back to music. Working as a substitute teacher at Albany Middle and High Schools, he is finishing his BS in Music Education from St. Cloud State University, and hopes to teach middle or high school choir in rural Central Minnesota after graduating in the spring of 2019.
Josh LaGrave, Bass
Josh LaGrave holds an undergraduate degree in Music (B.A.) from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. A native Minnesotan, Josh grew up in Moorhead singing with the Red River Boy’s Choir before moving to Stillwater, MN. There he was surrounded by encouraging music teachers and sang under Dr. Erik Christiansen, son of Paul J. Christiansen. Instilled with a love of choir, he returned to Moorhead to study chorale music and sang with The Concordia Choir, under conductor/composer Dr. Rene Clausen, and multiple student-led ensembles.
Since 2005 Josh has toured with groups throughout the upper mid-west and eastern United States, and in South Korea. He has performed with The King’s Singers, The Rolling Stones, the Incheon City Chorale, and EHWA Women’s University Chamber Chorale, and sung with various ensembles in the Twin Cities: Valley Chamber Chorale, VocalEssence, MPLS imPulse, Pop-Up Choir of Minnesota to name a few. He has interned with Classical Minnesota Public Radio, worked for numerous arts organization in the Twin Cities including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has served on grant review panels for Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.
Josh currently lives in Stillwater, MN and is the Concert Administrator/Office Assistant at Madeline Island Chamber Music, an intensive summer chamber music program for advanced string and woodwind students. In addition, he is the Vice-President and former grant manager for St. Croix Valley Chamber Chorale based in Stillwater. When time permits Josh enjoys cycling, cooking/baking, researching woodworking, planning trips to Germany and South Korea, and dreaming of once again adopting one of human’s best friends. A dog. He means a dog.
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.
Robert Schlidt, Bass
Bobby Schlidt is originally from Milwaukee, WI but spent most of his life in Hartford, WI. He attended UW-Eau Claire with majors in Choral Music Education, Instrumental Music Education (bassoon emphasis), and a minor in piano. Bobby has been involved in many aspects of music and theater: director, actor, choreographer, pit instrumentalist, and show designer. He directed OutLoud!, the small ensemble from the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus for twelve years. Currently Bobby is in his 12th year as choral director at Centennial High School in Circle Pines, where he directs Varsity Choir (Freshmen TB), Una Voce (auditioned SSA), Ovation! (auditioned SATB “pop” choir), RoMANcers (upper level TTBB), co-directs Concert Choir, and teaches voice lessons. He is thrilled to be joining this wonderful ensemble that pushes him to be a better musician and person.