Popplers Music Lesson Instructors - Popplers Music

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Shelley Bares
Shelley Bares (Voice / Piano)

Shelley grew up in Grand Forks and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and vocal pedagogy from UND in 1976 and completed her master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in 2001. Outside of her music life, Shelley enjoys gardening, time with her kids and grandkids, and being at the lake. In college, Shelley spent two summers studying abroad in Norway!

Spencer Black
Spencer Black (Guitar / Bass Guitar / Piano / Alto Sax)

Spencer grew up in Devils Lake, ND and attended Lake Region State College & the University of North Dakota, studying music education, music theory & composition, and criminal justice. Outside of his music life, Spencer enjoys crocheting. He is also a second degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do!

Mike Blake
Mike Blake (Percussion)

Mike grew up in Marion, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in percussion in 1974 and his master’s degree in 1976. He also studied privately with Marv Dahlgren, principal percussionist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Outside of his music life, Mike enjoys practicing, going to movies, and practicing (no, that’s not a typo!). He was fortunate to receive a donor heart over 25 years ago!

Katie Cermak
Katie Cermak (Flute / Piano)

Katie grew up in Mandan, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where she is studying flute performance. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2023. When not playing flute, Katie loves to go on walks with her dog, Sadie. She apparently likes to get her hands dirty too as she used to work at a hands-on science museum!

Allison Cox
Allison Cox (Piano)

Allison grew up in Park River, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, pursuing a degree in music. She intends to graduate in 2023. Outside of her music life, Allison enjoys riding horses, reading, and spending time with family. That can be a tall task as she has seven siblings and 10 nieces and nephews!

Dawson Domke
Dawson Domke (Trumpet, Horn)

Dawson comes to us from Jamestown, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where he is studying music and history. He plans to graduate sometime in 2021. When he is not making music, Dawson likes to play video games with friends and spend time outdoors. Did you know Dawson also has three pet frogs?? They’re named Frogstakovich, Gregorio, and The Kaiser!

Galina Dordevic
Galina Dordevic (Violin)

Galina grew up in Valjevo, a small town in western Serbia and studied violin at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden, earning her degree in 2019. She is currently a graduate student at the University of North Dakota. Outside of her music life, Galina enjoys painting, dancing, photography, writing, and some kinds of acting. She also speaks Swedish!

Angela Erickson
Angela Erickson (Piano)

Angela grew up in Christine, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, earning her degree in elementary education in 2010. Outside of her music life, Angela enjoys reading, watching movies, playing piano and blogging about entertainment. She was on the news the day she was born, but no one was there to blog about it!

Michael Farrick
Michael Farrick (Double Bass / Bass Guitar)

Michael grew up in Barnesville, MN and currently attends the University of North Dakota, pursuing a degree in music performance. He plans to graduate in 2021. Outside of his music life, Michael enjoys cooking and eating. When he was 5 years old, his family moved from Massachusetts to Minnesota!

Zach Fischer
Zach Fischer (Saxophone, Clarinet)

Zach is a native of Horace, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, where he is studying music education. His plans are to graduate in May of 2022. When he is not making music, Zach enjoys running in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. Zach is also a member of the National Guard’s 188th Army Band, stationed in Fargo, ND!

Josh Gratton
Josh Gratton (Piano / Alto Sax)

Josh grew up in Langdon, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, earning degrees in music and business in 2017. Outside of his music life, Josh enjoys listening to podcasts, spending time with friends and family, and working out. Josh was once chased by a ram in Glacier National Park! Thankfully he wasn’t hurt.

Gabby Halliday
Gabby Halliday (Trombone / Euphonium)

Gabby grew up in Grand Forks and currently attends the University of North Dakota, pursuing a degree in music education. She plans to graduate in 2021. Outside of her music life, Gabby enjoys being outside, spending time with family and friends, and doing yoga. In 2018 she performed with her trombone quartet in Shanghai, China!

Alex Lieb
Alex Lieb (Cello)

Alex grew up in Kearney, NE and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, earning her degree in cello performance in 2018. Outside of her music life, Alex enjoys hiking, traveling, and cycling. Speaking of cycling, she has toured on her bicycle over 2,500 miles in the past five years!

Emily Meissner
Emily Meissner (Piano)

Emily grew up in Mayville, ND and currently attends the University of North Dakota, double majoring in accountancy and music, with an emphasis in piano. She plans to graduate in 2021. Outside of her music life, Emily enjoys equestrian sports, reading, and hanging out with family. She once had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall!

Rachel Agan Muniz
Rachel Agan Muniz (Piano / Guitar)

Rachel hails from Minnetonka, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance after having earned a bachelor’s degree of the same title, both at the University of North Dakota. Outside of her music life, Rachel likes to spend time with her husband, Matt and her two black cats, Pluto and Nyx. She also plays percussion with the North Dakota Klezmer Band!

Angela Schmaltz
Angela Schmaltz (Voice / Piano)

Angela grew up in Devils Lake, ND and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and earned her master’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy in 2016. Outside of her music life, Angela is very into her faith, her family, drinking coffee, and baking! She was once stranded in Iceland, the only place in the world she found a hat to fit her head!

Kalli Sonnenburg
Kalli Sonnenburg (Voice / Piano)

Kalli grew up in the Lakeville/Farmington area of Minnesota but went to school in Minneapolis and West St. Paul. She earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at the University of North Dakota in 2019 and is pursuing her master’s degree in voice pedagogy and vocal performance. She plans to graduate in 2021. Outside of her music life, Kalli enjoys traveling, running, reading, and spending time with her family. Two of her favorite musical theater and CCM performers are Laura Osnes and Shoshana Bean and she has been lucky enough to meet both!

Jenna Tullis
Jenna Tullis Piano

Jenna grew up in Sauk Centre, MN and attended the University of North Dakota, earning degrees in music therapy and piano performance in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in music therapy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Outside of her music life, Jenna enjoys cooking, knitting, and spending time with friends and family, including her Irish twin, who is 364 days younger than her!