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About Us 2020-07-29T16:12:46-05:00

Our orchestra performers are community members who love music.


The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program (IOSP), as a nonprofit, provides opportunities to hear, learn and perform orchestral music for the youth and adults in Itasca County.

Tammy Mattonen
Executive Director

Keith Swanson
Symphony Conductor

Read Keith Swanson’s Bio

Lois Bendix


Pedro Oviedo

PEDRO OVIEDO, is a Paraguayan Violist and Orchestra Conductor, with vast experience in music education and string pedagogy.
Mr. Oviedo is the former conductor of the All-University String Orchestra at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and has previously been on the podium conducting the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Juvenil Curanilahue (Chile), VerArte Music Camp Orchestra (Peru), and the Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra.
As a violist, he has played with a number of professional orchestras. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Oviedo is a prize winner of a number of competitions, and has recently been invited to collaborate with musicians of the Oakwood Chamber players in Madison WI, and Chamber Music at the Barn in Wichita, KS.
Mr. Oviedo received his BM in Viola Performance from Wichita State University while performing with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Bloomfield String Quartet, and Masters degrees in Viola performance and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Passionate about the transformative impact of music in society, he is a member of the prestigious Global Leaders Program, pursuing an executive graduate certificate focused on building and cultivating skills in social service, innovation, pedagogy, organizational management, and entrepreneurship.

Elise Campbell
Cello and Bass

Elise Campbell received her Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a major in Music, from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Kindergarten/Elementary Education from UMD, and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin Superior. Ms. Campbell is currently a second grade teacher at Van Dyke Elementary in Coleraine. In addition to her extensive elementary school teaching experience, Ms. Campbell has taught cello and piano through her own teaching studio, and as faculty at the Lowell Music Magnet School and the John Duss Conservatory. Ms. Campbell also taught classroom music, conducted choirs, delivered piano instruction and produced all-school music revues at the Holy Rosary and St. John’s Elementary Schools in Duluth. Ms. Campbell has also performed with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Itasca Symphony Orchestra and many other community groups.

Kristina Bock
Violin and Viola

Kristina Bock is a graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth, having received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Kristina grew up as a Suzuki violin student, and has completed Suzuki training for Books 1, 2 and 3 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Her primary teachers were Rudy Perrault and Pat D’Ercole. Kristina is a passionate violin and viola instructor, and has experience teaching group lessons, chamber groups and private lessons to students of all ages. She has performed with the UMD Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra and Trampled by Turtles, and is currently performing for various community events and with the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra.   

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Katie Marshall

Jesse Davis
Vice President

Cathy Shields

Luke Francisco

Tom Nelson

Dr. Rebecca Kuntz

Christa Berg

Myrna Peterson

Cindy Aultman

Gary Bordner

Job Posting
Sarah Kowitz will be relocating to Iowa at the conclusion of the school year. We are now accepting applications for the Director of String Instruction. You can find the job description in the link below.

Director of String Instruction Job Posting