Local Student Participates in Bemidji State University’s Annual Madrigal Dinners

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University’s Madrigal Dinners, a yuletide tradition that celebrated its 43rd birthday this December, ran for five performances on campus between Dec. 2-10.

The dinners are an annual musical dinner production of music and skits, recreating the atmosphere of a renaissance feast once held in English castles, bringing to life the regal pageantry and ceremonial pomp of merrie olde England.

The evening features music from the Royal Court, minstrels, beggars, cellar keepers, recorders, and a masque presented by the king’s players, all while guests enjoy a five-course dinner.

Former BSU student Liz Macgregor wrote this year’s masque, which explored love, adventure, and fun during the 16th century Renaissance.

The cast for Bemidji State’s 2011 Madrigal Dinners production is listed below, by home town.


Bemidji |56601| Rachel Munson, sophomore, history


Atwater |56209| Luke Maurer, freshman, biology

Oakdale |551289| Jesse Villarreal, senior, theatre

Rosemount |55068| Tanner Little, sophomore, chemistry

Park Rapids |56470| Alana McKeever, freshman, undecided


Bemidji |56601|Jessie Fischer, soprano, senior, section leader, music

Bemidji |56601|Ann Tjader, soprano, freshman, business administration

Bemidji |56601|Tony Tammaro, tenor

Bemidji |56601|Erik Bergsven, tenor, manager, senior, music

Bemidji |56601|Steven Mayer, tenor,

Bemidji |56601|Mallary Herbert, alto, junior, business administration


Badger |56714| Amber Joel, soprano, junior, music education

Badger |56714| Kyle Meier, bass, senior, business administration

Bakus |56435| Rachel Johnson, alto, freshman, social work

Battle Lake |56515| Marc Seabrook, tenor, sophomore music education

Elk River |55330| Bob Boland, bass, junior, mass communication

Merrifield |56465| Paul Richard, bass, freshman, music education

Browns Valley |56219| Joe Colago, tenor, section leader, sophomore, music education

Coon Rapids |55433| Jess Jacobson, soprano, vice president, senior, music education

Coon Rapids |55433| Anna DeJong, alto, section leader, junior, music education

Deerwood |56444| Lauren Skarloken, alto, junior, music

Eagan |55123| Eric Armbrust, bass, freshman, business administration

Fairbault |55021| Kat Anderson, alto, sophomore, social studies education

Garvin |56132| Melissa Noerenberg, soprano, secretary, junior, biology

Grand Rapids |55744| Miranda Fierek, soprano, senior, music education

Hibbing |55746| Jon Chairavalle, bass

Lester Prairie |55354| Gwen Pelzel, alto, freshman, music education

Lino Lakes |55014| Jessica Meierhofer, alto, sophomore, creative and professional writing

Little Canada |55109| Callie Dunbar, alto, freshman, music

Mankato |56001| Carissa Ries, soprano, ticket manager, senior, design technology

Monticello |55362| Collin Dessellier, tenor, freshman, music

Montevideo |56265| Ann Jo Christians, alto, freshman, elementary education

Montevideo |56265| Elizabeth Albers, alto, sophomore, design technology

New Richard |56072| Emily Light, alto, freshman, undecided

Northfield |55057| Tyler Christenson, bass, sophomore, math

Ortonville |56278| Maggie Ragan, alto, sophomore, music education (56278)

Park Rapids |56470| Charlie Stier, tenor, senior, music education

Paynesville |56362| Cody Lieser, bass, freshman, psychology

Perham |56573| Courtney Guck, alto, sophomore, elementary education

Ray |56669| Shelby Thorstad, soprano, junior, elementary education

Saint Anthony |55421|Sam Lajko, bass, freshman, computer science

Saint Cloud |56304| Zaq Swank, tenor, junior, music education

Saint Paul Park |55071| Deuce Lovelace, bass, senior, music education

Tenstrike |56683| Ruth Woodward, alto, sophomore, music education

Warroad |56763| Daniel Evans, freshman, music education

Zimmerman |55330| Bailey Lore, freshman, music education


Chandler |85226| Emily Cooper, soprano, junior, music education


Lenexa |66216| Amanda Boring, soprano, president, senior, mathematics education


Traverse City |49684| Arlene Cuthrell, alto, junior, mass communication


Lincoln |58504| Alyssa Wagner, alto, madrigal manager, senior, elementary education


DeForest |53532|Jenna Mitchell, soprano, freshman, design technology

Phillips |54555| Alexa Schillinger, soprano, sophomore, biology