Faculty

Mr. Matt Knutson

763.506.7080

matthew.knutson@ahschools.us

Matt Knutson is excited to begin his first year at Champlin Park! His duties include directing the Treble, Varsity, Bel Canto, and Con Brio curricular ensembles. Matt also leads Con Bro, a co-curricular ensemble for young men.

Matt previously served as a vocal music teacher at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley for three years. In addition to directing curricular choirs at Scott Highlands, Matt directed four co-curricular choirs, served as director for two musicals each year, and coached students to state, regional, and national honor choirs. Matt also developed a men’s chorus, musical theatre program, and a cappella groups while serving as the varsity girls tennis coach at Rosemount High School.

Matt is a 2015 graduate of Luther College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. He was an active member of the Luther College Choirs that toured through Italy, South Africa, and Namibia. He was also involved in a cappella groups and the tennis team.

In the summers, Matt is a graduate student in the University of Saint Thomas Masters program in Choral Music Education while also serving as assistant music director for a summer musical theatre program.

Matt is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association and lives near Minneapolis with his wife, Maggie.

Ms. Laura Tempel

763.506.6861

laura.tempel@ahschools.us

Laura is in her nineteenth year as vocal music director at Champlin Park High School where her duties include directing Con Brio, Bel Canto, and select Varsity and Concert Choirs. Laura also serves as the artistic director for Rebelution, the school’s select co-curricular ensemble. Her students have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Edith Copley, Dr. Angela Broeker, Sigrid Johnson, Dr. Axel Theimer, Dr. Lee Nelson, Phil Mattson, Dr. Mary Kay Geston, Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, Jeremy Fox, Dr. Tina Thielen-Gaffey, and Jason Smith. Laura earned her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Education degree from Saint Mary’s University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education with a Choral Conducting emphasis at the University of Saint Thomas.

She was the Vocal Jazz Repertoire and Standards Chair for the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota and served as North Central Jazz Honor Choir coordinator for “A Community That Sings,” the 2010 North Central American Choral Directors Association Division Conference in Minneapolis, with Steve Zegree, Phil Mattson, and The Real Group.

Laura is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and the VoiceCare Network.

The Champlin Park Vocal Music Department also works with Ms. Janeen Hudak-Griepp and Mr. Ken Jenson to offer private voice lessons to students interested in individually pursuing additional vocal education. Learn more on the Private Voice Lessons page.