Wildwood Artist Series


President's Letter

Dear Valued Patrons,

WELCOME to the final show of the 2023-2024 season!

The A Cappella showcase is truly one of those shows that you won’t find anywhere else (that I’m aware of!)  I am truly grateful to Rhiannon O’Connor who does a ton of heavy lifting to produce this show.  And I’m also very grateful to the many singers who will share their talent and hard work with us tonight.

Another person who deserves special recognition is our Theater Manager, Dennis Joslyn.  Dennis juggles multiple requirements and manages many different challenges to make all of our shows go seamlessly.

This show concludes our first season without our beloved founder, Ellie Bruner.  As we continue to evolve to determine the best ways to support our mission, I welcome your comments and feedback on what Wildwood Artist Series means to you.

Thank you so much for supporting music programs in Mahtomedi Public Schools and enjoy the show!

Julie Molitor
President, Wildwood Artist Series

Mahtomedi A Cappella Showcase


Zephyr Express is Mahtomedi High School's auditioned a cappella choir. This extracurricular ensemble was founded by director Chad Garrels in the spring of 2016 for the choir program's Pops Concert to provide an opportunity for advanced music students and has performed intermittently over the last seven years. Numbers for this group have ranged from 16 to 25. The goal for the ensemble, while maintaining plenty of guidance from the director, is for students to take on more ownership of the ensemble and become more active in the planning and organizational processes. The 2023-2024 Zephyr Express roster comprises 19 students in grades 9 through 12


Founded in 2012, The Summit Singers are a Tenor-Bass A Cappella group at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. The group is comprised of individuals who are passionate about excellent music-making and dynamic entertainment.


The Sirens are Macalester College's fem-inclusive A Capella group, and is the second oldest singing group on campus. The Sirens are the only group on campus that performs original arrangements, made by individual group members. All of the songs we perform are arranged by members of Sirens.


Exit 69 is Carleton’s only all-gender a cappella group. We perform arrangements in a variety of musical styles on Carleton’s campus and in the greater Twin Cities area. We are an entirely student-run group, and the songs we perform are primarily arranged by our own members.


The Limestones A Capella is a Tenor-Bass ensemble from St. Olaf founded in 1989. For over thirty years, we have sung and arranged genres such as pop, rock, folk, country, and our original song, Malt-O-Meal!


The Carleton Singing Knights are a collegiate, masculine identifying a cappella group from Northfield, Minnesota. Since 1955, they’ve been singing their way through school at Carleton College, eating cookies at the school’s famous cookie house where they have their practices, and having a rollicking good time along the way.


The Lake Country Chorus is a group of women who gather to participate in the artform known as barbershop music.  Chartered in 1968 as a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization dedicated to performance and education. The Lake Country Chorus meets to create the wonderful sounds of 4-part a cappella harmony.  We leave the piano at home and perform locally with a pitch pipe.  We love to share our songs at senior residences, church services, park performances, and other local events, including collaborating with the North Star chorus, a men’s barber shop group to jointly perform a Christmas concert each year.  We promote and participate in educational programs open to all group that have an interest in learning this artform.  Come join us any Tuesday.


The North Star Barbershop Chorus is the a cappella performing chorus of The Greater St Paul Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  We sing 4 - part harmony arrangements in the barbershop style.  Men of all ages and abilities enjoy singing this unique style of music.

Catering for this evening’s performers was provided by Red Luna Seasons

SNEAK PEAK...Next year's shows to include:

  • Shaun Johnson’s Big Band Experience (from the group Tonic Sol-fa)
  • SimpleGifts Music with Billy McLaughlin

Tickets will go on sale soon!

To purchase tickets or to make a tax-deductible donation visit wildwoodartistseries.com,
scan this QR code or call 612-655-6023.

All concerts (unless otherwise stated) are held in the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center of Mahtomedi High School.  Click an event name for tickets and more information.

The Chautauqua Fine Arts Center provides access for people with disabilities. A ramp is available to the left side of the lobby. Public restrooms are located off the lobby in either direction. Beverages and food are limited to the lobby or high school commons and may not be brought into the Center. Fire codes prohibit seating in the aisles. Our buildings and grounds are smoke free.

About the Wildwood Artist Series

Click here to read about the Wildwood Artist Series and the Wildwood Artist Series Committee.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Wildwood Artist Series committee, contact Julie Molitor at [email protected] to learn more.

The Ellen C. Bruner Professional Performing Arts Residency Program

It is the distinct honor and pleasure for the WAS new administration to rename the Wildwood Artist Series Professional Performing Artist Residency Program to the Ellen C. Bruner Professional Performing Artist Residency Program.

Click here to read more, or to DONATE to the Ellen C. Bruner Professional Performing Artist Residency Program.


Click here to donate, or to see the list of our Donors, all of whom help to make the Wildwood Artist Series possible.


Catering for this evening's performers was provided by Red Luna Seasons Mexican Food