Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra


Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra reading sessions are open to musicians of all ages who can negotiate the music we play. Perfection is not expected, but players should be proficient on their instrument and have experience playing with an orchestral ensemble. A primary purpose of the reading sessions is to expose musicians to material they don’t know, and to offer an opportunity to improve and enjoy music they already have played.

String players can contact Craig Randal Johnson in advance, or simply show up ready to play! Wind and brass players, please contact Craig before coming to a rehearsal in order to learn if space is available.

Craig Randal Johnson can be reached by email at: crjmhahamusic@gmail.com

Upcoming Reading Sessions

Join us this fall!

The Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra’s 2022-2023 reading sessions begin on Saturday, September 10. Then every other Saturday through December 3.

Reading sessions resume once again on January 7, 2023 on a bi-weekly basis through March, with two final sessions in April.

Sessions are held at Edina High School from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Reading Session Dates for Autumn 2022:
  • September 10
    • Verdi: La Forza del Destino Overture
    • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43
  • September 24
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
    • Elgar: Cockaigne Overture
  • October 8
    • Lully, Jean Baptiste: Le bourgeois gentilhomme, LWV 43
    • Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 “Linz”
  • October 22
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3

Additional repertoire will be added as it becomes available.

Music parts availability: Selections are generally available online at the free site IMSLP. For some works hard published copies are available, and printouts from IMSLP and other sources can be mailed out or passed out. Parts are sent by email to those attending the reading sessions, ahead of time.


The Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra entered its seventh season as the Twin Cities’ go-to orchestra for reading symphonic repertoire in Fall 2019.  The 2019-2020 season was cut short by the pandemic. Fortunately the Orchestra played its annual concert in January 2020, shortly before the pandemic arrived.  The orchestra has grown both in size and quality, and in the number of musicians who participate.  Often 35-45 musicians participate in any given reading session.  To date the orchestra has played through circa 120 musical selections including several large symphonies and orchestral tone poems. I’ve received considerable feedback from several musicians who tell me that their instrumental playing and music reading skills have improved because of the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra. Our mission to probe into the symphonic repertoire and engage musicians is definitely succeeding!

I am grateful to Bob Fried for his work on the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra website since our inception. Bob has handed off the website duties to others, but continues to be involved as an advisor to the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra. We truly value his vast experience and knowledge.

I personally miss the contact with musicians, friends, new and old faces who play our reading sessions.  I hope and trust that folks who have played with our orchestra are safe and staying healthy during this difficult time.   Once the pandemic has passed, if you are interested in playing at Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra reading sessions please contact me at the email address below.

All best wishes,


Musician Participation

Musicians of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to play with the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra. There is no official audition procedure, but wind and brass players interested in playing should contact Craig Randal Johnson in advance to discuss available parts and expectations for their instrument. The orchestra welcomes string players at any time.

The orchestra partially functions on a rotation basis, allowing musicians to skip an occasional reading session and permitting others to play. Musicians who regularly play with the orchestra will have greater opportunities in the longer term, including performance and concerto reading possibilities with the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra.

Contact Artistic Director Craig Randal Johnson if you wish to play!

E-mail: crjmhahamusic@gmail.com
Phone: 612-804-9679

Season repertoire through 2022

Directions to Edina High School:

From Highway 62/ Crosstown take the Tracy Ave. exit. Turn south. At the round-about proceed straight through and up the hill. Bear right at the stop sign at the top of the hill. Edina High School will be on your right. Proceed to the far entrance (at the Edina High School sign) and drive down the hill.   You will see Door 5 on the right, which is the main entrance. Park and go in Door 5. The orchestra room is up one floor; take either the steps or the nearby elevator. Turn right from the steps, or left from the elevator, go a short distance down the hall and through the brown doors on the right.   You will be at the orchestra room.