BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CHRISTINA CHRISTENSEN  VICE PRESIDENT - christina@oopsmn.org  

MEZZO-SOPRANO / PIANO TEACHER / PODCAST HOST / DOG RESCUER / READER

SIDNEY (CHIP) EMERY, JR.  TREASURER  -  chip@oopsmn.org  

PROFESSIONAL INVESTOR / PASSIONATE ABOUT DEVELOPING YOUNG ARTISTS / NO SINGING SKILLS

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TRACEY ENGLEMAN 

SOPRANO / McKNIGHT ARTIST FELLOW / FACULTY AT ST. OLAF COLLEGE 

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SIENA FOREST  PRESIDENT  -  siena@oopsmn.org

SOPRANO / PRODUCER / WRITER / SELF-IMPROVER/ HIKER

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HARVEY McLAIN

CORPORATE LAWYER / REAL ESTATE ENTREPRENEUR / OWNER AT TURTLE BREAD CO. 

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BONDO NYEMBWE

PUBLIC SPEAKER / INFLUENCER / GIVER / READER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AT COLUMBIA HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

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A recipient of the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship for Musicians, Ms.
Engleman has performed operatic roles with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Concert Opera,Skylark Opera, Arbeit Opera, Music by the Lake, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A
particularly gifted performer of 20th century and contemporary music, Ms. Engleman has
performed chamber music with Zeitgeist, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Tanglewood
Music Center and the Boston Symphony and frequently premieres works by living composers.
Her CD Lift me into Heaven Slowly featuring song cycles by Libby Larsen was released by
Innova Records in 2017. Concert engagements include solo performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus, the Valley Chamber Chorale, Minnesota Choral Union, the Cannon Valley Orchestra, and the Rochester Choral Arts.
As a proponent of art song and as a frequent recitalist, she has performed in recital at Orchestra Hall, Hope College, at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National
Convention, Source Song Festival, and as part of the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series.
An alumni of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Art Song Festival of Cleveland, Ms.
Engleman’s awards include Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, 1 st Place winner in the Austin Lyric Opera Young Artist Competition, Finalist in the Sun Valley Opera Competition, recipient of the Minnesota NATS Artist Award, and winner of the Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artist Competition.





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Wisconsin native Christina Christensen has been a proud Minnesotan since 2010 and Twin Cities resident since 2014. An active performer (pre-COVID (and hopefully post)) in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and beyond, Christina is an ardent believer in Opera’s ability to create connection and foster relationships, whether they be between audience and performer, Patron and Artist, colleague and colleague, or as fellow lovers of the same vast and beautiful art form. When Siena asked her to join OOPS, she recognized it as an opportunity to be a catalyst in creating those connections. She is excited to work with OOPS to help reduce the barriers to opportunity and inclusion in Opera for both the Artists and audiences and to create a community dedicated to the stewardship of Opera Arts. When she is not singing (or starting a nonprofit), Christina teaches piano, hosts an opera podcast, fosters Border Collies, and runs the Twin Cities Opera Network. Favorite spots in Minnesota: Taylor’s falls, The Irreverent Bookworm, Patrick’s Bakery and Cafe, and Minnehaha Falls Dog Park.





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With three long running passions in life – a 50+ year romance with his wife Vicki, a yen for building and running technology businesses and a love for classical music - Chip dedicates much of his time and resources to the development of young musicians. After a 10 year stint in the Navy (including gunboats in Vietnam), Chip progressed through management positions in Bendix and Honeywell eventually becoming CEO of MTS Systems in Minneapolis. In 2010 he acquired and grew Supply Chain Services into a top tier North American technology solutions integrator before selling the business in 2020. He recently retired from the board of Allete (NYNEX – ALE) the parent company of Minnesota Power. He chairs the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering Board of Governors, serves as a mentor for charter school principals and is an enthusiastic director of both The MacPhail Center For Music and The Minnesota Opera.





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A recipient of the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship for Musicians, Ms.
Engleman has performed operatic roles with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Concert Opera,Skylark Opera, Arbeit Opera, Music by the Lake, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A
particularly gifted performer of 20th century and contemporary music, Ms. Engleman has
performed chamber music with Zeitgeist, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Tanglewood
Music Center and the Boston Symphony and frequently premieres works by living composers.
Her CD Lift me into Heaven Slowly featuring song cycles by Libby Larsen was released by
Innova Records in 2017. Concert engagements include solo performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus, the Valley Chamber Chorale, Minnesota Choral Union, the Cannon Valley Orchestra, and the Rochester Choral Arts.
As a proponent of art song and as a frequent recitalist, she has performed in recital at Orchestra Hall, Hope College, at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National
Convention, Source Song Festival, and as part of the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series.
An alumni of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Art Song Festival of Cleveland, Ms.
Engleman’s awards include Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, 1 st Place winner in the Austin Lyric Opera Young Artist Competition, Finalist in the Sun Valley Opera Competition, recipient of the Minnesota NATS Artist Award, and winner of the Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artist Competition.





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Harvey McLain was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and spent 3 of his formative preteen years on the family farm in Traverse MN.
He was educated at The U of M in history and economics, followed by Mitchell Law school in St Paul. Harvey practiced law for 2 large corporation as general counsel for more than 2 decades. Currently, he is the owner of Turtle Bread in South Minneapolis.


He fell in love with Opera when he saw the premier of Benjamin Britten’s Prodigal Son at St. Paul's cathedral in London in 1969. He is a reguar opera season ticket holder and is dedicated to bringing new people in to enjoy the experience.


Harvey is widowed with two grown sons.





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With three long running passions in life – a 50+ year romance with his wife Vicki, a yen for building and running technology businesses and a love for classical music - Chip dedicates much of his time and resources to the development of young musicians. After a 10 year stint in the Navy (including gunboats in Vietnam), Chip progressed through management positions in Bendix and Honeywell eventually becoming CEO of MTS Systems in Minneapolis. In 2010 he acquired and grew Supply Chain Services into a top tier North American technology solutions integrator before selling the business in 2020. He recently retired from the board of Allete (NYNEX – ALE) the parent company of Minnesota Power. He chairs the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering Board of Governors, serves as a mentor for charter school principals and is an enthusiastic director of both The MacPhail Center For Music and The Minnesota Opera.