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Abbie Eads

Conductor & Cellist

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About
Abbie

“... her professionalism, preparation, and thorough understanding of each instrument or voice makes performing with her as easy as it can be - freeing each performer up to be able to add the extra artistic quality that brings magic to a performance.”

-Laura Loge, soprano

"Conductor Abbie Eads has the rare ability to guide her ensemble with clarity, consistency, and confidence. Only several measures into a piece, a player knows they are working with an exceptional conductor; one who shows clear cues and gestures without fanfare, fuss, or error. Her hands convey exactly what needs to be “said”, allowing musicians to focus on making music. What a gift!  It is a total joy to play under Abbie Eads’ direction."

-Jane Sandstrom, flute

A “versatile and passionate musician”, Abbie Eads captivates audiences on stages throughout the country as both conductor and cellist. Currently Conductor-in-Residence of the NW Edvard Grieg Society, Abbie “brings out the best from all those under her baton” and “is clearly passionate in communicating the intention of the composer.” Known for being “perfectly supportive” and “a true collaborator”, Abbie has garnered the respect of conductors, singers, and instrumentalists throughout the world.

This 2023-24 season she will be conducting and performing cello in collaboration with various ensembles including the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Western Plains Opera, Minot Chamber Chorale, Dakota Pro Musica, and the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society. Her current work as Development Officer for the Minot State University Foundation provides her a unique opportunity to inspire more people to become supporters of the arts.
 
Previously Abbie was the Director of Music and Liturgy at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Parish and Director of Orchestras and Adjunct Professor at Pierce College in Puyallup, WA. During her studies in Seattle, she was conductor of the University of Washington Campus Philharmonia Orchestras and Assistant Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra as Graduate Assistant.

Eads holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Washington under the tutelage of Seattle Symphony Conductor Emeritus Ludovic Morlot and David A. Rahbee. Abbie received a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Minot State University where she studied cello with Erik Anderson. As a cellist, Eads was a soloist with the Minot Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their 2014 MSO Concerto Competition. She has also been accepted to perform and study at numerous music festivals across the country, including the International Conducting Workshop & Festival (Bulgaria & Ukraine), the Catskill High Peaks Festival (New York) led by Yehuda Hanani and the Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra (Maine).

2023-24 Season Events

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Community

Rocks

Community Rocks, Inc.

Saturday, August 23, 2023

7:00pm | MSU Summer Theater

Minot, ND

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Considering

Matthew Shepard

Minot Chamber Chorale | Dakota Pro Musica

Thursday, October 5, 2023

7:00pm | First Lutheran Church

Minot, ND

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Defiant Requiem:

Verdi at Terezín

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony 

Friday, October 20, 2023

7:00pm | Belle Mehus Auditorium

Bismarck, ND

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Renaissance

Feast

Minot Chamber Chorale

Friday, December 1, 2023

7:00pm | The Depot

Minot, ND

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Holiday

Magic

Minot Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, December 9, 2023

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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Community

Rocks

Community Rocks, Inc.

Saturday, February 16, 2024

7:00pm | The Grand Hotel

Minot, ND

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The Hunchback

of Notre Dame

Western Plains Opera Company

Saturday, April 13, 2024

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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Magic City

Choral Festival

Minot Chamber Chorale | Voices of Note

Sunday, May 5, 2024

3:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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Norwegian

Reinvention

Northwest Edvard Grieg Society

Saturday, June 8, 2024

7:30pm | Kenworthy Performing Arts Center

Moscow, ID

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Death of

Meriwether Lewis

Dakota Pro Musica

Friday, June 14, 2024

6:00pm | Huckleberry House at The Landing

Bismarck, ND

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A Tribute to

Taylor Swift

Candlelight Concert | Fever

Friday, July 26, 2024

7 & 9pm | Russell Reid Auditorium

Bismarck, ND

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Carmen

by Georges Bizet

Western Plains Opera Company

Friday, September 8, 2023

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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Considering

Matthew Shepard

Minot Chamber Chorale | Dakota Pro Musica

Friday, October 6, 2023

7:00pm | Trinity Lutheran Church

Bismarck, ND

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Defiant Requiem:

Verdi at Terezín

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony

Saturday, October 21, 2023

7:00pm | Belle Mehus Auditorium

Bismarck, ND

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Renaissance

Feast

Minot Chamber Chorale

Saturday, December 2, 2023

7:00pm | The Depot

Minot, ND

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Lessons &

Carols

The Heritage Singers of Minot

Sunday, December 10, 2023

4:00pm | First Lutheran Church

Minot, ND

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A Cry

for Freedom

Minot Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March16, 2024

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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Our Town

by Aaron Copland

Minot Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, April 27, 2024

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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My Favorite

Things

Dakota Pro Musica

Saturday, May 11, 2024

5:00pm | First Lutheran Church

Minot, ND

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Norwegian

Reinvention

Northwest Edvard Grieg Society

Sunday, June 9, 2024

3:00pm | The Seasons

Yakima, WA

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Death of

Meriwether Lewis

Dakota Pro Musica

Saturday, June 15, 2024

3:00pm | Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Washburn, ND

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A Tribute to

Coldplay on Strings

Candlelight Concert | Fever

Thursday, August 15, 2024

7 & 9pm | Russell Reid Auditorium

Bismarck, ND

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Carmen

by Georges Bizet

Western Plains Opera Company

Saturday, September 9, 2023

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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Considering

Matthew Shepard

Bemidji Symphony | MCC | Dakota Pro Musica

Sunday, October 8, 2023

3:00pm | Bemidji High School

Bemidji, MN

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Nutcracker:

Dying Swan

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet

Friday, November 24, 2023

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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Handel's

Messiah

The Community of the Minot Area

Sunday, December 3, 2023

4:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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The Orchestra

Rocks

Minot Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, February 3, 2024

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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The Hunchback

of Notre Dame

Western Plains Opera Company

Friday, April 12, 2024

7:00pm | Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Minot, ND

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Spring

Concert

Voices of Note

Sunday, April 28, 2024

3:00pm | First Lutheran Church

Minot, ND

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My Favorite

Things

Dakota Pro Musica

Sunday, May 12, 2024

3:00pm | Trinity Lutheran Church

Bismarck, ND

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Norwegian

Reinvention

Northwest Edvard Grieg Society

Monday, June 10, 2024

7:00pm | First Free Methodist Church

Seattle, WA

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Death of

Meriwether Lewis

Dakota Pro Musica

Sunday, June 16, 2024

3:00pm | Bismarck Public Library

Bismarck, ND

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