Artistic Director – Dr. Axel Theimer

Dr. Axel Theimer (born March 10, 1946) is a conductor, composer, singer, author and Professor Emeritus of Music at the College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University (CSB/SJU) in Minnesota. After a teaching career of 52 years at St. John’s and St. Ben’s he retired in the spring of 2021. He is founder and past director of the professional a cappella choir Kantorei (Minneapolis / Saint Paul), co-founder and past director of the National Catholic Youth Choir and founder/artistic director of the Amadeus Chamber Symphony. At CSB/SJU, he conducted the SJU Men’s Chorus, founded the CSB/SJU Chamber Choir as well as the All College Choir and taught voice, vocal pedagogy, diction and choral conducting/techniques. He served on the faculty and as executive director of the VoiceCare Network until the summer of 2021. He is an acknowledged expert on healthy vocal production for solo and choral singing, and the effect of conducting gesture on vocalists and instrumentalists. His choirs are known and praised for their particularly warm, natural, expressive and efficient sound.


Marion Judish, Violin, Concertmaster
Kristen Bauer, Violin
Laura Dahl, Violin
Laura Wolfram, Violin
Dianne Brady, Violin
Rachel Tisdale, Violin
Dan Larson, Violin, Principal
Jeanie Schoephoerster, Violin
Tamara Bottle, Violin
Shigeyuki Yachi, Violin
Cecilia Diffley, Viola, Principal
Jim Johnson, Viola/Violin
Carter Scheele, Viola
Kathryn Weinmann, Viola
Bryant Julstrom, Cello, Principal
Steven Eckblad, Cello
Thea Stockinger, Cello
Fr. William Skudlarek, OSB, Cello
Patrick Dinndorf, Bass


Elizabeth Eickhoff, Flute
Kris Boyle, Flute/Piccolo
Rachel Tessier, Oboe
Rachel Kohler, Oboe
Tom Gaetz, Clarinet
Katie Johnson, Clarinet
Maia Hamann, Bassoon
Richard Witteman, Trumpet
Sean Jacobson, Trumpet
Jacob Ford, Trumpet
Terri Deming, French horn
Susan Bjorstrom, French horn
David Gouker, French horn
Brian Campbell, Trombone
Mark Kiminski, Timpani/Percussion