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Almut Engelhardt

Faculty Information
Location(s) Randolph Campus, Middle School, Upper School
Title(s) M/US Fine Arts, Private Lesson Supervisor
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Degree(s) B.A. Music, Stattliche Hochschule Fur Musik, Koln, Germany
M.A. Music, Stattliche Hochschule Fur Musik, Koln, Germany
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Almut Engelhardt joined the faculty in 1991 after moving to the United States from Germany, where she played violin with the Cologne Symphony Orchestra. She teaches Beginning Strings, Middle School Orchestra, Upper School Orchestra, Senior Winds, and Senior Strings and supervises the private music lesson program. She enjoys “teaching the kids for seven years in a row, getting to know them, and watching them grow up.” Each year, Engelhardt lets her students choose most of the music they’ll play and together, they work toward an understanding of music that goes beyond technical ability. “The arts,” she says, “now play a more important role than ever. There is more global pressure to do well in terms of grades, but part of what makes you special is that creative sense—your ideas, your innovative thoughts.” Engelhardt earned an M.A. in music performance form the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Music in Cologne, Germany. She performs locally with the Minnesota Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra, and backs up artists including Josh Groban, Prince, the Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles, Mannheim Steamroller, Luciano Pavarotti, and more.

1150 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Goodrich front desk: 651-696-1560 
Goodrich attendance line: 651-696-1414
1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Randolph attendance line: 651-696-1410
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