RenegadeEnsemble has performed a large variety of modern music, including such 20th century staples as “Ballet Mécanique,” “In C,” and “Sextet.” Stationed in the Twin Cities of Minnesota,
RenegadeEnsemble is made up of practicing professional musicians devoted to the promotion of contemporary music. Founded in 2004, RenegadeEnsemble originated as a choral ensemble at the University of Minnesota and gradually evolved into a mostly-instrumental chamber ensemble. They have performed a large variety of modern music, including such 20th century staples as “Ballet Mécanique,” “In C,” and “Sextet,” and the ensemble performed in the 2008 Spark Festival, titled “Art and Commitment,” on the University of Minnesota campus alongside renowned composer/performance artist Pauline Oliveros.


Current Performers

Alyssa2 smallAlyssa Anderson • voice/percussion/keyboard

Alyssa Anderson sings, plays, and hits things with RenegadeEnsemble and has been doing so since the very first concert. She is also the artistic director of La Bonne Chanson, a collective of professional musicians in the Twin Cities dedicated to the art of the song recital.





Stanley H Rothrock II • conductor/keyboardStan small

A conductor whose interests lie in contemporary music, Dr. Stanley H. Rothrock, II has conducted both instrumental and choral ensembles in cities throughout the United States and Europe. Rothrock received his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009 where he studied with Professors Kathy Romey, and Matthew Mehaffey. During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rothrock also studied with Professor Thomas Lancaster and further supplemented his education by completing an intensive study of conducting and counterpoint at L’Ecole Normal de Musique in Paris, France through the European American Music Alliance. In addition to his academic studies, Mr. Rothrock claims artistic directorship of RenegadeEnsemble, a mixed contemporary music ensemble devoted to performing the music of living composers. This ensemble was created by Dr. Rothrock in 2004, and continues to grow and thrive in the Twin Cities. Through this ensemble, Stan has collaborated with prominent contemporary composers, such as Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, and many others. Dr. Rothrock continues to work and perform in the Twin Cities area where he can be found directing choirs and teaching private students at Macalester-Plymouth United Church and at Inver Hills Community College.


Justin Staebell* • voice

3881eeaBaritone Justin Staebell has earned a Bachelors of Vocal Performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance at Arizona State University and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. Justin has also been seen on the concert stage performing as a baritone soloist for the Brahms Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Mozart Requiem, St. John Passion, Dubois Seven Last words of Christ, and Bach Magnificat, and has been a guest artist with the Arizona Bach Festival, ASU Symphony Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale, Oratory of Minneapolis and the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.  Operatic roles include the title role in Tartuffe, Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Dr. Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd), Pustraplk (Šarlatán), the 2nd Man in Armor (Die Zauberflöte), Escamillo (Carmen), the Father (Hansel & Gretel),  Tonio (Pagliacci) and Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana). Justin has worked with the Arizona Opera company as well as the Minnesota Opera and Center City Opera. He is a two-time recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions Four City District Encouragement Award and is a voice teacher at the Mount Olivet School of Music and Inver Hills Community College as well as a section leader and soloist at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.


Derek Thorsteinsson* • trumpet

DerekDerek Thorsteinsson is a freelance trumpet performer and teacher in the Twin Cities area, having recently completed his Masters of Music at the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Dr. David Baldwin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, where he studied with Alan Ehnes and Joel Brennan. He has had the good fortune to work in lessons and masterclasses with Bobby Shew, Ronald Romm, Greg Gisbert, Ed Bach, and Karen Donnelly, among others.
Derek has performed in a wide array of styles, from jazz combos and big bands to symphony orchestras. Professional experience includes work with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Oratorio Society.


Joshua Weinberg* • flute
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Joshua Weinberg made his first solo debut performing Katherine Hoover’s “Kokopeli” on
the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul in April 2011 as part of Minnesota Public Radio’s “Varsity” contest. Now enthusiastically engaged in new music, Joshua has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) during their week long residency at St. Olaf. He was also an active member of St. Olaf’s new music society MusikaNova, premiering works by student composers as well as his own compositions.
As an active soloist, Joshua performed as a guest soloist for the executive committee of
Minnesota Public Radio. He recently recorded, edited, and distributed a fundraising CD entitled Dreams and Meditations to raise money for an international tour to Spain, Italy, and France with the St. Olaf Band. Joshua has appeared as soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra, the St. Olaf Band, the Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra, and the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. In March 2015, Joshua took 1st Prize in the Schubert Club 2015 Collegiate/Graduate Woodwind and Brass competition in St. Paul, Minnesota.
As an ensemble musician, Joshua was principal flute of the St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Olaf Band. He has also played principal with the Sewanee Symphony, Birch Creek Symphony, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony (GTCYS) and Mankato Area Youth Symphony. With GTCYS and the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association (MMEA) All-State Orchestra, he played in a side-by-side with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Joshua completed his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Flute Performance in May 2015 at
St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, under the tutelage of Dr. Catherine Ramirez.



Current Board of Directors

Stanley H. Rothrock, II

Artistic Director, stan@renegadeensemble.org

Alyssa Anderson

Assistant to the Director

Matthew Benson

Treasurer, matt@renegadeensemble.org

MattMatt Bensonhew Benson is a Certified Public Accountant and a lay musician with a passion for the Twin Cities art scene, to which he’s thrilled to give back through working with RenegadeEnsemble. Matt works as a special project-oriented accountant at Target Corporation by day and by night spends as much time as he can taking in every piece of theater, art, and music he can find.





Interested in becoming a board member?

Contact the Artistic Director at stan@renegadeensemble.org.



All photos on this website were created by Paul Wegner


Former Performers

Erik Barsness • percussion

David Birrow • percussion

Zachary Crockett • voice/percussion/flute/keyboard

Solange Guillaume • piano

Kyle Hutchins • saxophone

Matthew McCright • piano

Adam Rappel • percussion

Christopher Raddatz • clarinet

Paul Schimming • clarinet


Former Board Members

Alyssa Anderson Assistant to the Director

Katherine Bergman • Secretary

Solange Guillaume • Assistant to the Director

Ted Moore Marketing/PR

Rand Park Marketing/PR



[*–this photo taken independently by musician]