AFA Students

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by Heather MacLaughlin

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Garage Band Final Jam - 7:30pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 7:30pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by Heather MacLaughlin


Concert Band & Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by David Mantini

4th Annual NHCC JazzFest
Featuring Jeff Antoniuk
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178

NHCC Concert Band & Robbinsdale City Band Joint Concert
Wednesday, May 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by David Mantini

Concert Band & Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178



Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by Ryan LaBoy

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 7:30pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by Ryan LaBoy


Monday, December 17, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by Judy Blomgren

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 7:30pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178
Directed by Judy Blomgren


Meet Our Faculty!

  • Krista Costin, Voice

    Krista Costin professional wide shot.

    Having joined the faculty in early 2018, Mezzo-Soprano Krista Costin is a new addition to the music department, teaching Class Voice as well as applied voice lessons. In the Twin Cities, she has appeared with Minnesota Chorale, Consortium Carissimi, SPCO Chorus, Minnesota Beethoven Festival, The Singers, Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Oratory Bach Ensemble, Minnesota Opera, Border CrosSing, and the Motet Choir at House of Hope Presbyterian Church where she serves as soloist and alto section leader. Passionate about new works, she recently premiered 'How to Triumph Like a Girl', a new art song by local composer Tim Takach at SongSLAM in January 2018, winning first place by audience vote. Equally at home with early music, she has sung in numerous Bachakademies in Weimar and Stuttgart, Germany under the direction of Helmuth Rilling, as well as the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival. She holds music degrees from Augsburg College and Indiana University, and, in addition to performing and teaching at North Hennepin, is also an instructor of yoga and meditation.

  • Kevin Hobbs - Music History, Music Theory, Piano

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    Kevin Hobbs is currently on the music faculty at North Hennepin Community College. He also teaches at Mount Calvary Academy of Music and has served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Gustavus Adolphus College.

    Kevin earned his B.M. and M.M. from the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Elisabeth Pridonoff and was the recipient of the CCM Honors Scholarship, the Reeves, Shockett, and McElroy prizes, and the first William Black Memorial Prize. He earned his D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota as a student of Lydia Artymiw and also holds a B.A. (Writing) from Johns Hopkins University.

    His awards include top prizes in the Venetia Hall Piano Competition, the Wyoming Music Club Competition, the Brevard Festival Piano Competition, and the International Young Artists Piano Competition. He has performed at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. as well as internationally in Barcelona, Spain and the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

    Kevin's students have won top prizes in the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, YPSCA, and LaCrosse Symphony Rising Stars piano competitions and have been featured on NPR's "From the Top." His students have been accepted to music programs at the Univ. of Minnesota, the Univ. of Wisconsin, Northwestern Univ., Berklee School of Music, and the Univ. of Cincinnati, CCM.

  • Heather MacLaughlin - Piano, Ear Training

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    Called “…one of the most talented and elegant pianists in the region” (composer David Evan Thomas), Heather MacLaughlin is one of the Twin Cities’ leading collaborative pianists. She comes from a musical family and has made four recordings with her father, tenor Tom MacLaughlin. She has collaborated with Pinchas and Arianna Zukerman, baritone David Malis, and violist Cynthia Phelps among others. MacLaughlin has been heard as both chamber musician and soloist on National and Minnesota Public Radio. She was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and a travel and study grant from the General Mills, Dayton Hudson and Jerome Foundations for travel to Hungary to study and perform the Bartok sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Leslie Shank; the Shank-MacLaughlin Duo released a CD of these works on the Centaur label. Together with her husband, classical guitarist Alan Johnston, she represented Minnesota on the Millennium Series at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University as a student of Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano as a student of Margo Garrett. A former member of the MacPhail Suzuki Talent Education faculty, she currently teaches at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park. MacLaughlin has taught and performed at Suzuki institutes and festivals in Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota and Lima, Peru.

  • Judy Blomgren, Orchestra

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    Judy Blomgren received her Bachelors in Music Education degree in 1976 from Mankato State University and her Masters of Arts in Education from St. Catherines University in 2003. Judy’s teaching career was in the Anoka Hennepin School district at Northdale Middle School, Jackson Middle School and Champlin Park High School. Judy was selected as one of the 20 “TOP” teachers in the Anoka Hennepin District in 2001. She was a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the year in 2003. In 2009 the Champlin Park Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall. Judy is on the board of Thursday Musical, director of the 9/11 Tribute Concert Orchestra, and Orchestra Director at North Hennepin Community College. Judy also serves as Organist at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in East Bethel.

  • Grace Choi - Piano

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    Grace Choi earned her BM in Piano Performance at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea and received a full scholarship to continue her piano studies at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Gabriel Chodos and earned her MM in Piano Performance. She completed her DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota with Lydia Artymiw as a recipient of the Ude (full scholarship) and Centennial Fellowships.

    Grace has performed solo and chamber recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Jordan Hall and Williams Hall in Boston, Ted Mann Concert Hall and Ultan Recital Hall in Minneapolis, and Music Mansion Hall in Providence. She has also appeared in solo recitals at Tongyeong Art Hall at the Tongyeong International Music Festival in Korea and was featured on a live broadcast of Minnesota Public Radio where her performance was heard throughout the state of Minnesota. Grace is currently a member of the music faculty at North Hennepin Community College.

  • Kristian Anderson, Guitar

    Kristian Anderson’s versatility as a musician has resulted in a thriving performing career, covering a wide range of endeavors and accomplishments.

    Upon completing his doctoral degree with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, Kristian returned to his native Minneapolis, MN in 2008, where he has been in demand both in and out of the classical realm.

    A founding member of the Tantalus Quartet, he has performed throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, the GFA Festival, the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, National Polish Radio, and more.

    As a soloist, he is a gold medal winner of several classical guitar competitions and has concertized at festivals and guitar societies throughout the United States.

    As a composer, he has written and arranged several pieces for solo guitar, guitar duo, and guitar quartet. His solo piece “Improvisation” was recently published in Soundboard magazine, and his new quartet “Ignes Fatui” is featured on the latest recording from the Tantalus Quartet.

    Kristian also performs regularly in a variety of different settings outside of classical guitar. Credits include the local Broadway Tour stops of Legally Blonde: The Musical and Matilda, electric guitar with the North Carolina Symphony, and approximately 400 shows a year throughout the Twin Cities as a professional theater musician.

    A passionate educator, Kristian has lectured, adjudicated competitions, and given masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. He has held faculty positions the University of North Texas and Thomas University. His past students have gone on to win competitions and been accepted into the studios at Florida State, Arizona State, the University of North Texas, and McNally Smith College of Music.

    His primary teachers include esteemed pedagogues Bruce Holzman, Frank Koonce, Thomas Johnson, and Alan Johnston. He has also studied under guitar luminaries Oscar Ghiglia, Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, Odair Assad, among many more.

    Kristian currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children. He now heads guitar studies at North Hennepin Community College, offering Applied Guitar Lessons (Fall/Spring/Summer), Class Guitar (Fall/Spring), and the newly created Rock/Punk/Hip-Hop performance class “Garage Band” (Spring only).

  • David Mantini - Band, Music Theory

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    David Mantini is a member of the music faculty at North Hennepin Community College where he directs the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and teaches music theory, instrumental music lessons and is the advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year colleges.

    Mr. Mantini is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet Performance and Anthropology. He attended the University of North Texas and received a Master’s of Music Education with concentrations in Jazz Studies and Music History. While in Texas, Mr. Mantini was a clinician in various schools, and performed as a guest artist with the Dallas Brass. He also toured professionally with the popular Christian band, Truth. After returning to Minnesota, he taught K-8 general music and 5-12 band in various schools, and performed with several bands.

    Mr. Mantini is very active in his church, having served as chair of the Administrative Council, Fun and Funding and the Stewardship committees. He is also a past board member of the Twin Cities Youth Chorale. Currently Mr. Mantini is the president of the Champlin Park Band Association.

    Mr. Mantini performs with the Elk River German Band, directs the Brooklyn United Methodist Big Band and the Brooklyn Community Concert Band. In addition, he free-lances across the Twin Cities and teaches instrumental lessons. He lives in Brooklyn Park with his wife and two sons.

  • Ryan LaBoy, Choir

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    Praised for his collaborative spirit and eclectic music programming, Ryan LaBoy is an active conductor, educator, in the Twin Cities. Most recently, he began his tenure as Choir Director at North Hennepin Community College where he leads both the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Concurrently, he serves as Founding Music Director of ComMUSICation-- an El Sistema-inspired choral youth-development program in St. Paul ( and as Director of Youth Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Beyond the podium, Ryan sings with MPLS (imPulse), and has previously sung with VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Border CrosSing. He has also served as an American delegate at various music programs abroad in Estonia, Iceland, and Ghana. Ryan holds degrees Choral Conducting and Music Education from the University of Minnesota and Westminster Choir College.