Board of Directors

Ellen Rider

Ellen began her association with Lyra as a musician in the mid to late 80’s and during the same period she began her teaching career as a Spanish instructor at the University of Wisconsin. She currently continues to play oboe with Lyra and many other local early music groups. Ellen is now in her fourth year on Lyra’s board and in her third year as its president.

“I have found that teaching and performing are two very complimentary skills, both involving lively presentations to an audience. As a player I am able to bring a musician’s perspective to many discussions and decisions that the board considers and have greatly enjoyed working with the Lyra staff and board members on many diverse projects. I look forward to being a part of Lyra in several capacities as it enters its fourth decade.”

Bonnie Turpin

Bonnie Turpin has been a supporter of Lyra for many years since she was first introduced to the group by violinist Mary Sorlie. Bonnie is celebrating her third year on the Board and is the current Treasurer. Her musical career began at The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT and continued at Indiana University as a bassoon performance major. Ultimately, she went on to complete her accounting degree at IU and has held finance positions with several companies, including Cummins, Medtronic, and General Mills. Bonnie has been with Berman Consulting Corp. as Controller and now COO for the past 16 years.

Bonnie is in her ninth year of Board service for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS). Her husband, Mark, is an avid fan of anything harpsichord. In her spare time, Bonnie and Mark help keep their daughter’s Kumon Math and Reading Center running smoothly, as well as spending time with their two sons and their wives. Bonnie and her family are excitedly awaiting the birth of their first grandchild in March.

Joan Rabe
Secretary & Rochester Representative

Joan Rabe was an IBM debugger whose career ranged from typewriters to supercomputers. Now retired, she has time to indulge her love of music as an amateur pianist, church choir member, and enthusiastic listener. Married to a rabid J.S. Bach admirer, she’s been to every Bach-significant site in Germany. Joan represents Rochester on Lyra’s Board of Directors.

“I love baroque music, and I love music that is played with heart and skill, so naturally, I love Lyra.”

Nancy Levine

Since the 1980’s, Nancy Levine has been volunteering in her community. With a combined 35 years of board service at The Jewish Community Center of St. Paul, The Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Nancy stepped onto Lyra’s in 2014 offering a good understanding of nonprofit organizations and nonprofit boards.

Nancy is retired from a career in accounting and administration dealing with both the private (insurance) and nonprofit (arts and health organizations) sectors.

Music has always been very important to Nancy’s family. She is grateful for the opportunity to help bring the performances of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra to the community.

Margaret Sullivan

Margaret was first introduced to Lyra a number of years ago by family members, most notably, her then 12 year old son– Lyra’s reputed number one fan and harpsichord enthusiast. Besides being blown away by the repertoire and musicianship, Margaret felt inspired to join the Lyra Board because she wanted to promote an organization that celebrated the music and understood the value of true audience engagement.

Margaret has a long history of civic and arts involvement, having served for years on her neighborhood board, Boy Scout committees, school site councils and special education committees. For over 10 years, she was a performing member of the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company. Degrees in Classical Languages have led to her current position in parent engagement for the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative.

Elizabeth York

Elizabeth York began playing with Lyra in the 2013-2014 season, shortly after moving to Saint Paul. She has a DMA in violin and viola performance from Stony Brook University. She is a busy teacher and performer, and is currently the applied upper strings faculty at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Elizabeth joined the Lyra board in 2016 as the Players’ Representative, representing musician’s interests at board meetings.