Students, community invited to join new string orchestra

David Thompson will be leading the string orchestra. Submitted Photo

Central Lakes College invites string musicians of all ages to join its new Central Lakes String Orchestra.

Rehearsals will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in the Rehearsal Hall, Room E471. All string players, both students and community members, are welcome to join. No audition is required.

Students can register for MUSC 1420, attend the first meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, or email the instructor. Students can also take string lessons by registering for MUSC 1468. Community members can join by attending Wednesday, Sept. 9, or by emailing

David Thompson recently joined the faculty of CLC, where he will teach the string orchestra, woodwind ensemble, string and woodwind lessons, and various music classes. He received his Masters of Music Degree from the University of Northern Iowa after completing his undergraduate degrees in music education and oboe performance at St. Cloud State University.

A native of St. Cloud, Thompson has taught and performed all around Minnesota and Iowa. This season, he will join the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with groups such as the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and Great Theatre Pit Orchestra.


Thompson taught general music and various instrumental ensembles at Sartell Middle School, along with directing the children’s choir at St. Paul’s Church in St. Cloud.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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