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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. Anderson

My name is Mrs. Anderson.  I grew up in God’s Country, a.k.a, North Dakota. I attended Moorhead State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Classroom Vocal Music Education in 1986. I began my teaching career at Worthington Area Junior High in 1987. I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade choir and ensembles as well as 6th and 7th grade General Music. I was elected teacher of the year in 2000. I love to see my students develop their musical talents and blossom at the high school and beyond.

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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 married to Jon Loy who directs the WHS bands.  They are the proud parents 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 is completing a PhD in English from the University of Rochester in New York.  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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