Minot Symphony Association names interim president

For Christine Baumann, music is more than a passion, it’s a personal gift that creates community connections.

From Minnesota to Hong Kong, Baumann’s ability to play the viola has opened several doors for performance and leadership.

Recently, the Minot Symphony Association named Baumann as its interim president.

Baumann, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, is excited to uphold the musical legacy and community connection of the Minot Symphony Orchestra.

“I feel really honored and appreciate the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Baumann said. “This is my 19th season playing in a community symphony and it’s something I really appreciate. As part of the leadership, I want to make sure the symphony remains great for the players and the community.”

Prior to accepting the position, Baumann was compelled by the musical direction of MSO maestro Efrain Amaya.

“Maestro Amaya is doing a fantastic job with his programming,” Baumann said. “He continues to pick music that is really fun and very accessible. I believe anybody can come to a concert and have a great time. The symphony has done a wonderful job playing the music that maestro Amaya selects.”

Along with the exciting music program of the MSO, Baumann has a profound appreciation for the Minot community.

“It’s pretty awesome to have members of the Minot Air Force Base volunteer as ushers,” Baumann said. “Their contributions is greatly appreciated. In addition to the Air Force volunteers, student organizations from Minot State University volunteer by passing out treats during intermission. The community enjoys the MSO and plays a big part in making it a success.”

As an experienced orchestra teacher and camp director at the International Music Camp, Baumann looks forward to introducing children and adolescents to the MSO.

For Baumann, sharing the gift of music with children and adolescents is a serious priority.

“Music has always been around me,” Baumann said. “When I was in sixth grade, I remember listening to a girl demonstrate ‘Meet the Flintstones’ on the viola. I really liked the sound of the instrument and believed it would be fun to learn.”

Moving forward, Baumann hopes to sustain the success of former president Julie Rickert while doing her part to help expand the MSA.

“I believe we’ve been moving in a positive direction,” Baumann said. “My goal is to keep things going well for the board and the symphony.”