About Us

For over a quarter century, Midwest Musical Imports has been serving musicians around the world with expertise in a careful and thoughtful manner. Our staff of conservatory trained instrument specialists and highly skilled repair technicians are here to provide you with the care and expertise that comes from years of performing and teaching.  Whether you are interested in choosing an instrument, finding accessories, or simply need a good reed, we’re here to help. Our no pressure approach will keep you informed and make your experience comfortable.

We are committed to keeping our prices competitive–do not hesitate to call and discuss prices with us! We look forward to helping you!

Satisfying the needs of musicians since 1983, Midwest Musical Imports takes pride in providing high quality new and used oboes, bassoons, English horns & oboes d’amore, saxophones, clarinets, and more.

In addition to our instrument inventory, we have a complete selection of canes, reed making tools, accessories, and sheet music.

Instrument Specialists (Sales Staff):

Jessica Nelson, Bassoon Specialist and Manager

Jessica Nelson, Bassoon

Jessica holds a degree in bassoon and piano performance from the University of Minnesota, Morris where she studied bassoon with Russell Peterson. After graduating from UMM, she lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 5 years and studied at the Universidade Livre de Musica with Alexandre Silverio. During this time, she was also bassoonist in the Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio and the Cubatao Symphonic Band.  She has participated in masterclasses and festivals with:  Alfonso Venturieri, Bill Buchman, Oleksiy Tkachuk, Fabio Cury, and Benjamin Coelho. Currently, Jessica is a member of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and the Valley Chamber Players. She maintains a private teaching studio at her home in Minneapolis and also at Cadenza Music in St. Paul.

Katie Bauernfeind, Bassoon Specialist

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A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Katie joins MMI with 13 years of bassoon experience. Katie completed her Master of Music degree and Performer Diploma at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her major teachers include Kathleen McLean, John Miller, and Norbert Nielubowksi. Katie has performed with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and Reimagining Opera for Kids. When Katie doesn’t have a bassoon in her hands, she enjoys reading, cycling and sailing.

 Steven Maijala, Oboe Specialist

Steven Maijala, Oboe

Steven Maijala is oboist and English hornist with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestras, both located in northern Wisconsin. His major teachers include Peter Cooper, Anna Mattix, Christa Garvey, and Leonid Sirotkin. He holds a masters degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and dual bachelors degrees in oboe performance and biology from DePauw University. Steven has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. When he is not making reeds, performing, or helping customers at MMI, Steven is an amateur potter; he also enjoys cooking, cross-country running, and rock climbing.

 Jeff Marshak, Oboe Specialist

Jeff Marshak, Oboe

A native of Dayton, Ohio Jeff comes to MMI with more than 20 years of oboe experience. Jeff maintains an active performance career in and around the Twin Cities. Before arriving in Minnesota, he has performed with the Kentucky Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony and in the Twin Cities performs regularly with the Quad City Symphony, The Duluth Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and currently holds the position of 2nd oboe/English horn with the Minnesota Opera. His performance career has also lead him to fellowships with several summer music festivals including the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Opera Theater and Orchestra festival of Lucca, and the National Orchestral Institute. He also has extensive experience as a pit orchestra musician including performances with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Arnoff Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and Bloomington Civic Theater. Jeff has a BM from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, a MM from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH, a Performance Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a DMA from the University of Minnesota. His primary teachers include Dr. Mark Ostoich, Dwight Parry, Cynthia Koledo-DeAlmeida, and John Snow.

Brandon Wozniak, Saxophone and Clarinet Specialist

Brandon Wozniak, Saxophone

One of Minnesota’s most exciting saxophonists, Brandon returned to the twin cities in 2006 after six years in New York City and a six month stint in Shanghai, China. Wozniak studied music at Indiana University with David Baker and privately with Tom Walsh. Brandon performs regularly with Dave King’s (Bad Plus, Happy Apple drummer) Dave King Trucking Company with saxophonist Chris Speed, the Atlantis Quartet (City Pages Best Jazz Artist 2011, Star Tribune Best Jazz Artist 2012), the great drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner), Bryan Nichols Quintet, Chris Bates Red 5 plus others. Brandon has also performed with singer Nellie McKay, toured with the Tommy Dorsey Jazz Orchestra and shared the stage with organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg.

Tori Okwabi, Clarinet Specialist

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A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Tori joins MMI with more than 20 years of clarinet experience.  Tori is an active teacher, lecturer and performer.  She is currently the adjunct professor of clarinet at St. Cloud State University and she also teaches World Music and History of Contemporary Music at Minneapolis Media Institute.  Tori has been an invited guest artist and lecturer for national and international clarinet and music festivals.  She is currently the principal clarinetist of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Mendota Philharmonic Orchestra and the Edgewood Chamber Orchestra. She received a Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University, a Master of Music from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin.  She has studied under the tutelage of Frank Kowalsky, Elsa-Ludwig-Verdehr, Deborah Bish, Nathan Williams and Linda Bartley.

Instrument Repair Technicians:

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson, Instrument Repair Technician

Eric Anderson graduated with a degree in musical instrument repair in 2005 from Minnesota State College SE tech. He has been repairing wind instruments since, with a primary focus in Bassoon and Oboe. As a member of NAPBIRT, he continues to further the education of his career, by attending annual conferences and sharing knowledge and techniques amongst other technicians in the craft. His support of music on a local and national level is a driving factor for both his professional and personal life.

Matt Reich

Matt Reich, Instrument Repair Technician

Matt Reich is a native of Milbank South Dakota and 1983 graduate of South Dakota State University with a  Music Education Degree. After service in the US Army in 1987, Matt began a career in the music retail industry throughout Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and now Minnesota. Matt graduated from Redwing Technical College (Minnesota State College Southeast Tech) with a Band Instrument Repair Diploma in 1998 and has been behind the bench turning a screwdriver ever since. Matt is a member in good standing of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT).

Ginny Dodge

Ginny Dodge, Instrument Repair Technician

Ginny Dodge grew up in Rochester, New York, studying oboe with Alison Kreiling-Franco and Richard Killmer.  She holds a degree in music from Ithaca College, studying with Paige Morgan. Following undergraduate study, she attended Red Wing’s Band Instrument Repair program in 2012.  Ginny is a NAPBIRT member, where she is on the editorial staff for NAPBIRT’s bimonthly Technicom.  In her free time you can find her perfecting the family pumpkin pie recipe, considering learning to skateboard or trying her hand at folding mediocre origami animals. Relocating to Minneapolis affirms her love for snow, Jucy Lucys and wind chills that momentarily paralyze the windpipe.

 

Caleb Rassmusson

Caleb Rassmusson has been repairing instruments professionally since graduating from Minnesota State College SE Tech in 2013.  After graduation he began working at Coles Music Service in southern New Jersey where he honed skills working with both brass and woodwind instruments.  After two years, he began repairing at Brook Mays in Dallas, Texas. While he still repaired all instruments he focused most of his time on repairing saxophones and clarinets.  In July of 2016 he joined the repair staff at MMI. When he is not repairing instruments you can find him exploring the Twin Cities, tinkering on cars and motorcycles, or belting out Aerosmith at karaoke bars.

 

 

Allen Mannes

Allen Mannes attended Waldorf University and received his B.S. in Music Education in 2011. After teaching beginning band for 3 years he returned to school at Minnesota State College SE Tech to pursue a career in instrument repair. Upon receiving his diploma from SE Tech Allen began his career at Midwest Musical Imports. Allen enjoys learning and is thrilled to be working with the wonderful technicians at MMI. Allen is an avid MPR listener, an enthusiast of random facts, and in his free time is learning how to make trumpet bells.

 

Thanks for the incredible support you and your colleagues serve my students. It really makes an enormous difference for their success in the profession.