Rose Rydberg holds both a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While at UNO, Rose studied violin with Judy Divis and Ruth Meints, and clarinet with Cynthia Nichols. Through her career she has taught band, orchestra, and music technology. Currently, Rose splits her time teaching orchestra between McMillan Magnet Middle School and Omaha North High School.

Rose spends a great deal of time as an educator in the community, as well. Her educational outreach in the community includes time spent as a private violin/viola instructor, sectional coach for the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, and as an

adjudicator for several music contests. Rose has also coordinated and organized the UNO String Olympics for the past 12 years. In addition, she performs regularly with Orchestra Omaha and in pit orchestras for community theaters.



Axelle Verboon started playing piano when she was 8 and added viola at the age of 15. She earned her degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. For the last 5 years, she has been a music educator in the Omaha Public Schools where she teaches elementary orchestra.

Axelle is the violist for Metropolitan String quartet and plays regularly for her church. She has performed with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, University of Nebraska at Omaha Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, and teaches private viola and piano lessons. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing with her dog Winifred.


With over 20 years professional experience, Mindy Zimmerman has performed for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Omaha Community Playhouse, The Rose Theater, Chanticleer Theater, Bellevue Little Theater, PART, Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, and is principle cellist for the Metropolitan String Quartet.

As a clinician and adjudicator, she has worked with Music For All’s Honor’s Orchestra of America, Nebraska Music Educator’s All-State Orchestra, Omaha Music Teachers Association, and UNO String Olympics.

During the day, Mindy is the Director of Orchestras at Omaha South High Magnet School, where she has been teaching since 2001. In addition to instructing the music theory and AP Music Theory programs, maintains a small private studio for cello at Sharon North Jones Studio.

Mindy earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where studied cello under Dr. David Low. She also has 30 master degree hours in History and studied in London in 2008.