BCO Roster

Conductor Ernesto Estigarribia

Hailed for his “expert direction” by the Fanfare magazine, Ernesto Estigarribia is in his third season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Buffalo Community Orchestra. Born and raised in Asunción, Paraguay, Mr. Estigarribia has performed extensively in North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe both as a violist and conductor. With a passion for working with young musicians, he also serves as Artistic Director of the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras (SEMYO) and was recently appointed as the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies’ (GTCYS) Sinfonia East conductor. Mr. Estigarribia is working towards a doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting, studying with Mark Russell Smith at the University of Minnesota where he is a recipient of the James Sample fellowship. At the University, he co-directs Campus Orchestras and serves as Assistant Conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Opera Theater. He also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Buffalo Community Orchestra.

His festival appearances include YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (England), Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (Brazil), Pienza Music Festival (Italy), International Festival Week of St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), and Academia Internacional Teatro del Lago (Chile). In 2016, Ernesto conducted the first recording of the “Concertino for Viola” by Brazilian composer Joao Ripper with violist Korey Konkol. Recent conducting appearances include performances with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Gianni Schicchi and Idomeneo with the University of Minnesota Opera Theater, Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional (Paraguay) as the first Paraguayan guest conductor to appear in the orchestra’s main subscription series.

Upcoming conducting engagements include Orquesta del Centro del Conocimiento (Argentina) and his return to the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso (Paraguay).

In his spare time, Estigarribia enjoys performing chamber music with his colleagues and expanding his vegan cooking repertoire.

See our past conductors


Buffalo Community Orchestra Board:

President: William Tregaskis
Vice President: Jolyn Halvorson
Secretary: Joelle Strandquist
Treasurer: Jeff Burns

Gretchen Katzenberger
Kendall Kubasch
Veronica Lilly
Mary Ellen Lundsten
Thomas Maresh
Yvonne Rammel
Michael Walsh

Concertmaster Lindsey Bordner

Lindsey Bordner, from St. Paul, has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan respectively, in Violin Performance and Chamber Music. With her string quartet Thalia Strings, she has traveled the world performing on cruise ships. In addition to playing with the BCO she enjoys teaching, playing chamber music, and performing with her award-winning bluegrass band "No Man's String Band".

The Orchestra

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    Violin I

    Lindsey Bordner +
    Sarah Braith
    Pepper Clemmensen
    Kari Hartman GM
    Sarah Kremer
    Veronica Lilly
    Leah Nibbe
    Julie Rathmanner
    Eithan Warne

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    Violin II

    Michelle Anderson
    Jess Dahlstrom
    Marilyn Groth
    Mary Ellen Lundsten
    James Lyke
    Aja Majkrzak *
    Sofia Morin
    Hailey Nelson
    Donald Strand
    Joelle Strandquist
    Victoria Van Beusekom
    Dawn Weis

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    Zachary Armstrong *
    Frank Emerick
    Patrick Stonecipher
    Greta Swanson

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    Andrew Burgdorf *
    Jeffrey Burns £
    Linda Emmel ∞
    Eljiah Estes
    Jack Stonecipher
    Erin Walsh

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    String Bass

    Charlie Emerick
    Jonah Forsyth
    Noah Zimmerman

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    Lee Ann Carlsted (piccolo)
    Yvonne Rammel
    Kristi Wagner *

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    Abigail Amundson
    Michael Jeannot *

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    English Horn

    Abigail Amundson

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    Gretchen Katzenberger *
    William Tregaskis 1

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    Tucker Maccallum*

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    Ryan Anselment *
    Ken Ross
    Adam Steinbach

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    Michael Dailey *
    Jackie Kuhns

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    Heather Kurtz
    Larry Marquette *

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    Laura Boillat
    Marshall Carlsted *
    Kendell Kubasch $
    Merijo Strandquist
    Stephanie Friesz

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    French Horn

    Jolyn Halvorson *2
    Thomas Maresh
    Kara Stonecipher
    Michael Walsh

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+ Concertmaster
* Section Principal
£ Treasurer

GM General Manager
$ Finance/Budget Chair
∞ Stage Decorations

1 BCO President
2 BCO Vice President
§ Secretary


Past Conductors

  • 2016 to present

    Ernesto Estigarribia

  • 2015 – 2016

    Lindsay Boyd

  • 2014 – 2015

    Paul McShee

  • 2011 – 2014

    Erik Rohde

  • 2010 – 2011

    Foster Beyers

  • 2009 – 2010

    Steven Eckblad

  • 2006 – 2009

    Peter C. Jacobson

  • 2004 – 2006

    Brendan Caldwell

  • 2002 – 2004

    Nicholas Wallin

  • 2002

    Joseph Schlefke

  • 2001

    Michael Halstenson

  • 1997 – 2001

    John Robert Sall

  • 1995 – 1997

    Mary Roberts Wilson