About Us

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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


Sarah Kowitz
Conductor, violin, viola, cello, bass

Mrs. Kowitz has her undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Luther College in Iowa, and her Music Masters in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy, from the University of Texas, where she wrote her Master’s Report on Twentieth Century Music for Beginning Violin Students. She is originally from Cloquet and recently moved back into the area.

Her experience includes orchestra conducting and chamber music coaching, teaching lessons to students of all ages from beginner to advanced players as both a private teacher and as music faculty at the Carolina Music Academy, the Palmetto Center for the Arts, and the University of Texas Strings Project. Additionally, she served as the Head of the Strings Department and Orchestra Conductor for the Sun Valley Symphony School of Music. Mrs. Kowitz’s primary instrument is violin, but her teaching experience includes viola, cello and bass. You may have recently seen her performing with the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra in Duluth or the Mesabi Orchestra.

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.

Kristin Arntson


Heidi Wick


2017-2018 Board of Directors

Dave Kooda

Katie Marshall
Vice President

Tom Nelson

Shannon Benolken

Cindy Aultman

Dr. Rebecca Kuntz

Brad Johnson

Christa Berg

Joan Foster

Joan Foster

Anissa Grotjohn

Cathy Shields

Amanda Skaudis

Heidi Wick