Board

Susan Flygare

Susan Flygare


Blue Cross Blue Shield (Retired)

Susan was thrilled to be introduced to Lyra several years ago by Ellen Rider. The opportunity to be of use to this wonderful and talented group is both humbling and exciting. A lover of music from folk to baroque, Susan recalls her junior high days, living in Massachusetts and taking the train to the Harvard Coop and buying Nonesuch Records featuring Teleman, Vivaldi, Bach, Rameau, and Corrette as well as Dylan, Baez, Ochs, Seeger and others. She still plays them!

A retired health care executive, Susan is taking advantage of her free time advocating for the environment through the Sierra Club NorthStar Chapter, indulging her love for ceramics, traveling, and delighting in her adult children and grandchildren.

Phebe Haugen

Phebe Haugen

Secretary

William Mitchell College of Law (Retired)

Phebe is in her first year as a Lyra Board Member and looks forward to working behind the scenes on behalf of her favorite orchestra. She recently retired after 38 years of teaching at the former William Mitchell College of Law, and she continues to serve on the Ethics Committees of Children’s Hospitals and Hennepin County Medical Center, as she has for many years. Phebe is thrilled and grateful to have been invited to be part of such a wonderful arts organization and hopes to be helpful in this very different kind of community engagement, bringing Lyra to an ever-increasing audience.

Not incidentally, Phebe is looking forward to having more music back in her life.  She adores early music, especially, and continues to regret not having been a more serious student during all those childhood piano lessons.

In her next life, Phebe intends to play the gamba.

Stuart Holland

Stuart Holland


State of Minnesota (Retired)

Newly retired from working for the State of Minnesota, Stuart has been waiting for the right volunteer position to appear. His volunteer responsibilities so far have been: Director of the Minnesota AIDS Massage Project, on the Board/President of the Twin Cities Recorder Guild, on the Board/President of the Minnesota Therapeutic Massage Network, musician with Terra Musicale, and more. With Terra Musicale he is both a recorderist and a counter-tenor.

As a new Board member, he is excited about working with Lyra, having attended concerts for many years.
Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan

President

Parent Engagement, Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative

On a fateful night in the spring of 2010, Margaret’s in-laws invited her son, who loves all things harpsichord and all things baroque, to a Lyra concert for the first time: thus was born “Lyra’s #1 Fan.” It was inevitable that she, too, would be sucked into the warm, welcoming Lyra vortex of fabulous music.

Margaret often spent more time on her music in college and graduate school than on her academic studies, but managed to eke out training and employment in her various fields, including: nonprofit administration, dead languages, public policy, and community engagement. She currently works for the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative and coordinates parent stakeholders.

Her volunteering background includes stints on the board of the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company (where she was a performing member for 15 years), Minneapolis Public Schools Early Intervention and Special Education Advisory Committees, various school site councils, her neighborhood’s revitalization program committee, and the BSA Troop 1 Committee.

“I have found working with Lyra folks to be singularly rewarding,” said Margaret. “I feel honored to be part of such a high quality, vibrant, and fun organization.  Onward and upward!”

Liz Farrell

Liz Farrell

Treasurer

Liz Farrell, board treasurer, joined Lyra in Fall 2023.  She has over 20 years of finance and healthcare experience working at UnitedHealth Group since 2003.  She has a passion for supporting nonprofits and for improving their financial reporting and processes.

Sara Thompson

Sara Thompson

Player’s Representative

Sara Thompson plays modern double bass, Baroque bass, and G violone. She studied at CSU with Dave Potter of the Denver Symphony before transferring to The Juilliard School where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music as a student of Homer Mensch. For two years she was an Ear Training teaching fellow at Juilliard under Rebecca Scott. Further studies as a D.M.A student at Stony Brook University afforded her the remarkable opportunity to study with legendary chamber musician and bassist Julius Levine. Early music studies include classes and ensembles with Arthur Haas of Stony Brook, summer workshops at the International Baroque Institute at Longy and the Bach Ensemble Academy for Early Music in Italy, and lessons with bassist Michael Willens. Sara enjoys playing a wide variety of music, and currently performs with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and Consortium Carissimi. For five years she served on the Lyra Board of Directors. She has been on the faculty of The School for Strings, Hebrew Arts School, Juilliard Pre-College, and the MacPhail Center for Music.

Geoffrey Wilson

Geoffrey Wilson

Cléa Galhano

Cléa Galhano

Internationally renowned Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician.

Among other important music festivals, Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany, Wigmore Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome. Galhano was featured in the Second International Recorder Congress in Leiden, Holland in 2006, at the International Recorder Conference in Montreal in 2007, and at the American Recorder Festival in 2012. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.

Galhano studied at Faculdade Santa Marcelina in Brazil, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands, and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a Fulbright scholarship and support from the Dutch government.

A popular teacher and ensemble director, Galhano regularly conducts workshops across the United States, Europe and Brazil. Currently, Galhano is the Executive Artistic Director of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music and she is on the faculty of Macalester College. Galhano has seven recordings available on Dorian, Ten Thousand Lakes and Eldorado labels.

An advocate of recorder music and educational initiatives, Galhano has served for six years on the national board of the American Recorder Society and has been featured at Suzuki and AOSA conferences. She is also the Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest.

Galhano has obtained numerous grants in Minnesota, including a 2013 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship and Cultural Community Partnership Grant, a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, as well as others. Galhano has been honored as a National Arts Association (distinguished member) of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity.

Staff

Jacques Ogg

Jacques Ogg

Artistic Director

One of the most prominent and influential modern masters of harpsichord and fortepiano, Jacques Ogg performs worldwide as a soloist and continuo player. He was a member of one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, directed by the late Frans Brüggen, and also worked with Baroque orchestras in Salamanca and Sevilla, Spain. Highly sought after as a pedagogue, he is a harpsichord professor at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, one of the world’s foremost institutes for early music. Mr. Ogg co-directs the International Baroque Instrumental Program, an intensive summer music course in the Twin Cities, and has been the artistic director of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra since 2000. His discography includes more than 60 recordings with labels such as Philips, Sony, EMI, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Glossa.

Eva Skanse

Eva Skanse

Executive Director

Eva Skanse received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and received two Masters of Music degrees from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge as the Elise Coolridge Scholar and as a Winds and Brass Fellow. She is a founding member of the Silentwoods Collective in Antrim, NH, the Cincinnati Camerata Baroque in Cincinnati Ohio, Concerto Napoletano in New York, NY and former principal flute of the Queen City Chamber Orchestra. She is the artistic director of the Aurora Ensemble of Boston, MA and is the executive director of Lyra Baroque in Saint Paul, MN. As a music historian, her work has centered around early music from Northern Europe and the link between Scandinavian folk music and the Swedish court.

Melissa Knight Lenzmeier

Melissa Knight Lenzmeier

House Manager

This is Melissa’s second season as house manager for Lyra. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of St. Thomas, where she’s finishing a master’s in special education. Melissa is a special education teacher in the Saint Paul Public Schools and the production manager for The Baroque Room.

Through the musical endeavors of her three sons (two violinists and a cellist), she has the pleasure of being involved with organizations like Lyra, The Baroque Room and Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Her family¹s love of and dedication to music has created a way of life, where music is interlaced throughout every aspect.

Someday, when there are no more children to drive to lessons, she’ll learn to play the cello.

Cassidy Asch

Cassidy Asch

Communications Manager

Cassidy Asch studied music performance at Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts. She plays both modern and baroque cello, as well as viola da gamba. With the discovery of her passion for Early Music starting with Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, she decided to move to one of the epicenters of Early Music – the Twin Cities. Cassidy looks forward to being able to help a great organization that encompasses what she is passionate about, and at the same time learn about the processes of non-profit organizations, as she hopes to one day run her own animal shelter.