Amelia Firnstahl Hemmingsen, Executive Director
Amelia Firnstahl Hemmingsen, Executive Director since June 2016, is the chief administrative and financial officer of MYS. She was raised in the Twin Cities but spent years away from home in Los Angeles, earning degrees in music and English from Azusa Pacific University. She completed a graduate degree program in Arts Management and Business Administration at Claremont Graduate University in 2011. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Amelia has performed choral music and opera in the United States, Europe and Asia. She sang with the Pasadena Master Chorale and was a member of the board of directors. Amelia is thrilled to be able to work with such a well-regarded organization in the Twin Cities, and join the artistic and administrative staff in providing an exceptional experience for MYS students.
For general inquiries and questions related to the administrative policies of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, personnel, or development and fundraising questions please contact Amelia at [email protected].
Ben Hanchett, Development Coordinator
Ben Hanchett, Development Coordinator since August 2016, is responsible for the grants, donations, overall fundraising efforts, and coordinating MYS social media platforms. Raised in Central Illinois, Ben moved to Minnesota to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator through the City of Saint Paul. Prior, he earned his BA degree in Music from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Since moving to the cities, Ben enjoys playing violin in community groups and volunteering at a local dog rescue.
For questions about social media, donating to MYS, sponsorships, grant opportunities, fundraisers, or other ways to support MYS, please contact Ben at [email protected].
Krin McMillen, Operations Manager
Krin joined the MYS staff in June 2017 and is excited to be part of the administrative team for such an outstanding music education program. Krin grew up in Minnesota, and spent her years as a student performing professionally with theatres around the Twin Cities. She graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance from Bethel University in 2015. Krin spent six years working for Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minnesota where she sang, danced, choreographed, and eventually stepped into the full time administrative role of Valleyfair Entertainment Manager, where she served as casting director and manager for all park Entertainment. Krin currently sings with the Minnesota Chorale, and performs professionally with theatres and opera companies around Minneapolis and St. Paul.
For questions related to student policies, rehearsals, tuition, concerts, and auditions, contact Krin at [email protected].
Geneva Gaukel, Communications Coordinator
Geneva Gaukel, Communications Coordinator since January 2020, is responsible for communications, website management, advertising, and volunteer coordination. She graduated from Macalester College in 2019 with majors in Music and Political Science and a minor in German Studies. Her love for the double bass developed while playing in a youth symphony for seven years in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. She is thrilled that music has become such a big part of her life and that it will remain that way!
Volunteering is an excellent way to stay involved in your child’s activities, make new friends and contribute to a wonderful organization! Volunteering duties with the MYS include assisting at rehearsals, chaperoning retreats, concert supervising, mailings and other fun tasks. For more information about volunteering please contact Geneva at [email protected].
Emily Green, Head Librarian
Emily Green, Twin Cities native and MYS alum, joined the MYS staff in October 2019. She recently earned her Bachelor of Music in horn performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she studied with Ellen Dinwiddie Smith and Caroline Lemen. As a horn player, Emily has received numerous awards, including Winner of the 2017 University of Minnesota Bands Concerto Competition and two Third Prize awards in the Mock Orchestral and Mock Service Band Auditions at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference. In addition to her horn studies, Emily has a public and non-profit management minor through the Carlson School of Management and aspires to work in the administrative field of music education. She also works for the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) as their Program Coordinator. In her spare time, Emily enjoys freelancing and playing her horn, watching sports, cooking, exercising, and snuggling with her cat named Simba.
For questions regarding repertoire for the orchestras, lost music, music rental by outside groups or other related items, please contact Emily at [email protected].
For all general questions regarding MYS policies, rehearsals, or programs, please email [email protected], or call 651-699-5811.