Rena Kraut, Director

Rena Kraut is an active freelance performer whose recent work includes concerts with IRIS Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. She plays frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra, including on their historic tour to Cuba. Dr. Kraut is principal clarinetist of the Mill City Summer Opera Orchestra and has held positions with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestras. Dr. Kraut received her D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Burt Hara, and she holds degrees from Rice and Northwestern Universities.

A devoted educator, Dr. Kraut has taught musicians young and old for over 20 years, including beginners, college students, and retirees. She directs the summer music camps at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, is an active clinician, and coaches award-winning chamber ensembles in the Twin Cities. As an admirer of Latin American culture, she has happily co-led teenage student exchanges to Costa Rica and Argentina in addition to travels in Spain and Cuba.

Officers and Board

Rena Kraut, Executive Director
Tim Zavadil, Director of Artistic Operations
Brad Brown, Board Chair
Cynthia Newport, Vice-Chair
Richard Walch, Treasurer
Conor McGill, Secretary
Rick Heydinger
Elizabeth Lorenz-Meyer
Mark Raderstorf
Gary Stevens
Emily Wingfield

Advisory Board

Osmo Vänskä, Music Director, Minnesota Orchestra
Neeta Helms, owner, Classical Movements, Inc.
Libby Larsen, composer; co-founder, American Composer’s Forum
Melissa Kraut, Co-head Cello Department, Cleveland Institute of Music/Sitka International Cello Seminar, Founder and Education Director
Mark Gillespie, Creative Director and General Manager, Youth Orchestra of the Americas
Jessica Lustig, Founding Partner and Managing Director, 21C Media Group
Fernando Meza, Associate Professor of Percussion, University of Minnesota/Coach, Youth Orchestra of the Americas
Nathaniel Zeisler, Director of Community Engagement and Career Development, Colburn School

Brian Newhouse, Minnesota Public Radio
Bruce Falconer, Senior Editor, The American Scholar
Andrew Goldberg, VP Marketing, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Alberto Monserrate, Co-Founder and CEO, New Publica, LLC

Public Affairs
Roberta Braga, Assistant Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center, Atlantic Council
Edythe M. Holbrook, VP and Trustee, National Committee on American Foreign Policy/Founder and President of American Russian Youth Orchestra
David Horwich, Advocacy Campaigns & Philanthropic and Political Counsel, Beyond Advisers

Business Advisors
Joe Arriola, Chairman of Public Health Trust at Jackson Memorial Hospital/former City Manager of Miami
Chris Simpson, CEO, Wenger Corporation
Jorge Giannattasio, Chief of Latin American Operations, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Collin Laverty, Senior Partner, Havana Strategies/President, Cuba Educational Travel

Artistic and Digital Communications
Megan Moore Smith
Randi Yoder, Senior VP and Chief Development Officer, Minnesota Public Radio

2018 Impact Report
Read how CAYO has achieved several milestones in the 2018 Impact Report [PDF].