Conductor:

PAUL NIEMISTO, associate professor of music at St. Olaf College, teaches low brass instruments, conducts the Trombone Choir, the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and the Norseman Band, and teaches courses in music education. He has been at St. Olaf since 1977. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to St. Olaf, he taught public school instrumental music in Nova Scotia, Canada, and played with the CBC Halifax Orchestra.

He is founder and director of the Ameriikan Poijat (Boys of America) Finnish American Brass Ensemble, which has toured in the United States, Canada, and the Nordic countries. He is also founder and conductor of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, a community symphony orchestra based in Northfield, celebrating its 21st aniversary this year.

Since 1980, Niemisto has been traveling regularly to Finland, where he has taught at the Lieksa International Brass Week, Klemetti Institute Summer Youth Orchestra Course in Orivesi, cheif conductor and conducting instructor at STM Summer Wind Orchestra Institute, and has given courses at many Finnish conservatories. He was a Fullbright Senior Research Fellow in Finland during the spring of 1999. In 2000 he was a Fulbright research scholar at the Finnish War Archives and Helsinki University Library.