"Setting my mind on a musical instrument was like falling in love. All the world seemed bright and changed." - W. C. Handy
helen forsythe, banjo
Helen Forsythe teaches both clawhammer banjo and Scruggs style bluegrass banjo. She first learned the great art of banjo from lessons at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor, and has honed those skills through many years of jamming and performing. She has played with a number of different ensembles around the area including The Triplets, the Liberty Orchestra, Cannon River Currents, and as a solo performer of bluegrass, folk, and original music. She also works with other Hot Spot resident organization Art Makers as a song writer and performer in mixed media kids shows.
delia kain, violin & fiddle
Delia was drawn to Minnesota 3 years ago to study violin repair at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, and then to Northfield in 2016 to apprentice with master violinmaker David Folland. Delia is continuing to learn to build and repair violin family instruments, and is an avid fiddle player. Starting on violin at age 11, Delia played in orchestras for over a decade, and discovered the wonders of Irish and Old Time fiddle in 2013, as a student of the Florida State University College of Music. She has been teaching both violin and fiddle formally since 2015. With a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Delia exudes an inquisitive lightheartedness that sparks curiosity in her students' approach to music. She teaches musicians of all levels, ages and abilities, but admits to be particularly passionate about starting new violinists and fiddlers with a blank slate.
john potts, guitar & bass
Owner and operator of Evergreen Strings, John Potts also brings to the community his talents for teaching both guitar and bass. John’s easy-going style and deep musical knowledge are a great fit for students of all ages.
Thea Groth, Bassoon
Dr. Thea Groth is a bassoonist, educator, and clinician based in Northfield, MN. Groth is a founding and former member of the Twin Cities based all female woodwind quintet Chione, and the Principal Bassoonist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. Groth lectures and leads workshops teaching injury awareness and prevention based on her dissertation, "Musician's Maintenance: A Scientific Approach to Healthy Practice Techniques for Optimal Performance." Groth has performed on stages throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil and has made numerous freelance appearances with Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Amore Opera, Savannah Philharmonic, Greater Newburgh, Bergen, St. Cloud, and South Dakota Symphony Orchestras. Groth has recorded with The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, and trombone soloist Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, on Passaggi, released on the Naxos Wind Band Classics label.
Groth has served as faculty at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil, and now maintains a private teaching studio in Northfield, MN in addition to teaching at Luther College. As a passionate educator, Groth is both a founder and the executive director of Whole Notes, a nonprofit organization committed to breaking through barriers to provide students access to instrumental music instruction, and bringing high-caliber professional music to small communities outside the metropolitan area. Dr. Groth holds both a BM and DMA from the The Hartt School and a MM from The Manhattan School of Music.