Popplers Music Lesson Instructors

To inquire about lessons, please call us toll-free at 800-437-1755 or email us at sales@popplersmusic.com.

Douglas Carey - Violin

Douglas Carey is a retired professor of music at the following institutions: Augsburg College, Minneapolis; Golden Valley Lutheran College, St. Bonifacius, MN; and the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He has taught violin at the Grand Forks Christian School, and now teaches violin privately.

Douglas received a BS from the University of North Dakota (voice major, violin minor); an MS from the University of North Dakota (voice major, education minor); and did additional graduate study at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Caleb Fritel - Percussion

Caleb Fritel is Popplers’ current drum teacher. At age 7 he started taking piano lessons and at age 12 he began taking drum lessons. Since then he has studied a multitude of other percussion instruments including marimba, steel pan, and orchestral percussion. He has performed with rock bands, steel drum bands, and percussion ensembles in a variety of settings.

In 2012 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from San Diego State University and is continuing his education at the University of North Dakota, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Performance. Caleb teaches a wide variety of styles from rock to jazz to Latin.

Sarah Harlow - Clarinet, Saxophone

Sarah Harlow is a Band Director at Grand Forks Central High School. She is also the Assistant Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra with the Northern Valley Youth Orchestra, and Lesson Instructor at Popplers Music. She earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree from North Dakota State University in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education. She performs often in the Grand Forks community, including Principal Clarinet with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, the 116 Clarinet Quartet, and the Grand Forks City Band. Sarah currently lives in Grand Forks, ND.

Cory Driscoll

Cory Driscoll is a doctoral student at the University of Arizona pursuing a DMA degree in trumpet performance. Prior to UA Mr. Driscoll attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he received both his Bachelor and Masters degrees in trumpet performance.

While at UND, Mr. Driscoll won numerous awards including, the first ever trumpet studio scholarship in ‘11 and Best Brass Performer in ’08 & ’10. He was also featured as a soloist with many ensembles including: the UND Wind Ensemble, the 12 o’ Clock Jazz Band, the Pride of The North Marching Band, and the UND Trumpet Ensemble.

At the University of Arizona, Mr. Driscoll has been principal trumpet of the UA Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Arizona Symphony Orchestra and lead trumpet with the Studio Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Driscoll is currently a graduate teaching assistant for the UA trumpet studio and has studied trumpet with Professors Edward Reid, Ryan Darke, and Jason Carder, as well as conducting with Gregg Hanson.

Paul Mortenson

Paul has sung in voice seminars at Amherst, MA, under Oren Brown, Professor Emeritus, The Juiliard School, New York, and at the Vocal Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, under Elizabeth Mannion. He has toured professionally with the Norman Luboff Choir in New York and nationally, and has three world premieres to his credit. A veteran of numerous regional solo, stage, and choral performances in Florida and the Upper Midwest, he has also been active as a clinician for voice and music education workshops locally at SPA and UND, at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND, and has presented voice topics at ND Music Teacher conventions, and served as an adjudicator for North Dakota/Minnesota secondary vocal contests. He is an internationally published author on voice and is a contributor to national MENC publications. Since 1984, he has been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and has taught at all levels from kindergarten through undergraduate and adult. Specialties include vocal registration, vocal health, music performance anxiety, preparation of individuals for contests, auditions, and stage roles, and acting training for singers.

Eileen Clark

For a decade, Eileen toured as soloist with Mark Morris Dance Group. She is a member of Toby Twining Music, Voices of Ascension, and a long-time member of Gregg Smith Singers. She has performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Joshua Bell, Carlo Bergonzi, Judy Collins, Danny Elfmann, Renae Flemming, Yo Yo Ma, Leonard Nimoy, Bernadette Peters, Tim Robbins, and others.

The Grand Forks native got her start as a professional singer here in our area with Maury Finney and the Reedsong Music Company "lo ! many years ago". She received a B.M. Vocal Performance and a B.S. ed Elementary Education and Elementary and Secondary Music Ed from UND, and a M.M. Vocal Performance form Syracuse University. She recently returned to Grand Forks and is excited to join Popplers' teaching staff.

Eileen's less musical interests include comparative religion, English history, Neolithic sites, freemasonry, astronomy, yoga, hiking, NHL games, environment and peace concerns, her mom Lil, and dogs.

Matthew Lorenz

Matthew Lorenz is a growing artistic presence in the Grand Forks community and the Midwest at large. A ‘classically trained’ pianist, Matthew informs his performances of contemporary and experimental music with a background in pianistic technique and performance. He is a fifth-year student at UND, studying piano performance with Dr. Nariaki Sugiura as well as a second degree in mathematics. Beginning piano lessons at the age of 9 with Susan Nagel, he was a performer throughout high school in Fargo, North Dakota and won several local and state competitions. While at the University, he has continued to refine his technique through performance and competition: most notably, he has had several recent concerto performances of Franz Liszt’s ‘Totentanz,’ with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. As well, he has received training from a wide variety of pianists, either in a master class setting at the University or elsewhere, playing for artists and professors from all around the world.

Josh Gratton

Joshua Gratton works helping manage the Yamaha line of Acoustic Pianos and Clavinovas at Popplers Music, along with teaching piano at the store. Josh grew up in Langdon, North Dakota and studied at the University of North Dakota where he received a B.A in Music and a B.B.A in Entrepreneurship with a Minor in Economics. Josh has been playing piano and saxophone for 13 years and loves spending time being involved with music. He is very passionate about the music process for all individuals. Music is a part of every person in some way! Working at Popplers Music provides a medium where he can teach and develop musicians of all ages, and help families, individuals, and educators find the perfect piano to fit their needs. In his spare time, he thoroughly enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and being with friends/family.

Angela Dufner

This is Angela Dufner’s second year of teaching lessons. She has been playing piano for over 20 years. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies and reading. During the day she works as an encore coordinator.