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Mr. Andersen

My name is Mr. Andersen, but most of my students call me Mr. A. I have taught 5th grade through 12th grade bands, but most of my experience has been with middle school students. I graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Tuba Performance from the University of South Dakota.

I started teaching in the Worthington School District at the middle school in 2002. I had previously taught from 1980 through 1989 at Clark, South Dakota, and from 1989 through 2001 at Canton, South Dakota. Professionally I belong to Minnesota Educators Association (MEA), Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA), and Minnesota Jazz Educators Association (MNJEA).  I play tuba in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and electric bass with the Sioux City Symphony and South Dakota Jazz Orchestra.

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Mrs. Jenson

Hello, I’m Mrs. Jenson.  I started working as a music teacher in Worthington in 1996. I direct fifth grade band and teach 5th grade and 7th grade General Music. I earned my Music Degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Southwest State in Marshall. Teaching music is rewarding and it is exciting to watch students grow in their musicality from year to year.

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Mrs. Loy

Melanie Loy currently teaches 4th grade Orchestra at Prairie Elementary School and directs Varsity Strings and the WHS Orchestra at Worthington High School.  Since coming to Worthington in 2006, Mrs. Loy has guided the 4th-12th grade string program to grow from 90 students to over 300 students now playing orchestra instruments in School District 518.  

Mrs. Loy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  In 1983, she attended the Suzuki International Teachers Conference & Summer School Workshop in Matsumoto, Japan.  In 2008 and 2010, she attended the Ohio State University String Teacher Summer Workshop in Columbus, OH.

In addition to orchestral teaching experiences, Mrs. Loy taught private lessons for ages 4 to adult (violin, viola, cello and bass), directed and choreographed children’s choirs for churches in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon and Florida and also performed on violin with several community orchestras in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon and Florida.  Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2010 through leadership from Melanie Loy, Beth Habicht, Karen Pfeifer and Sue Simonson.

Melanie is the proud parent of three children and blessed with four grandchildren. Phillip earned an Electrical Engineering degree from NDSU.  His wife Maari is a Pharmacist and they have three children – Mabel, Jalen & Toby.  Eric completed a PhD in English from the University of Rochester, New York and works for a company in New York City.  Heather earned a Business and Communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Heather is married to Jonah Oberloh from Worthington who earned his Computer Science degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  They have one son named Hudson.

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Mr. Paulsen

My name is Mr. Paulsen. I graduated from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) on  May 1st, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I am currently teaching 5-8 Orchestra in Worthington, MN. My primary instrument is saxophone and secondary is oboe.

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Ms. Peterson

Hello! My name is Ms. Peterson, and I teach choir and general music at Worthington Middle School. I am originally from the Twin Cities area. I graduated from St. Olaf College in 2021 with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Music Education. I enjoy spending time outdoors, and love a good coffee shop. It is my job to give my students the tools and knowledge to be lifelong musicians!

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