About Us

MAVIS KALLESTAD is a Finale clinician/trainer, music engraver and piano accompanist in the Minneapolis area. She has done music engraving for various composers and has edited solos and method books that appear on screen in SmartMusic learning software. Mavis has demonstrated Finale software and has presented clinics for MakeMusic, (the manufacturer of the software),at state MEA conferences in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, North and South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri and Washington. International and regional presentations include the Midwest Band
and Orchestra Clinic, Northwest NAfME, Southwest ACDA and Southwest Summer Music Expo.

As an Adjunct Faculty member at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, since 1996, Mavis has taught regional hands-on Finale workshops and school in-services to over 1,300 musicians and music educators, including workshops at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, IL; the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee, WI; Minnesota Summer Music Technology Symposiums and Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minneapolis, MN; Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE; International Music Camp, Dunseith, ND; and AABACA Music, Minnetonka, MN.

Mavis is a graduate of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND, with a Composite Degree in Music Education. In addition to teaching private piano for ten years, she also worked for nine years in the operations department of the Minnesota Orchestra, one of the premier arts organizations in the Twin Cities metro area. As a performer and teacher, Mavis has worked with a wide variety of musicians and types of music, all of which provide a well rounded approach to educating Finale users.

BUILDING SUCCESSFUL FINALE ‘CHOPS’ Tutorial Book featured in April 2015 School Band and Orchestra Magazine.