wellbeing and mindfulness instructor
Mariann Johnson is a wellbeing and mindfulness instructor for the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. She has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for over 25 years and is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor through Brown University’s Mindfulness Center. Since 2012, Mariann has taught mindfulness programs throughout the United States and consulted on the design of mindful leadership and mindfulness-at-work programs in corporate, professional, and academic settings. Before dedicating her professional life to teaching mindfulness, Mariann served as an organization development consultant and mediator, working with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Her writings on mindful leadership have appeared in the Huffington Post and Mindful Magazine.
Cellist Esther Seitz was brought up in a musical home and was immersed in music from a young age. She fell in love with the cello at the age of eight and subsequently began her studies of the instrument. Seitz is now proud to be the third generation of professional musicians in her family. Currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Seitz holds a position as a Rosemary and David Good Fellow with the Minnesota Orchestra.
A passionate chamber musician, Seitz is a founding member of the award-winning Bowery Trio which was formed in New York City in 2019. Their mission is to promote lesser-known works by composers of all races, ethnicities, and gender identities as well as to make music accessible to all. Recently, the Bowery Trio has been awarded multiple grants to support their current projects.
Violinist Emily Switzer is a 2019 graduate of the Yale School of Music and 2017 graduate of Yale University. Former co-concertmaster of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, she is a winner of the 2015 Friends of Music Recital Competition, the 2016 William Waite Competition and a recipient of the 2016 Sharp Prize for Music. She has performed with numerous orchestras including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Lakewood Symphony, Denver Philharmonic, Littleton Symphony and Yale Symphony Orchestra. In January 2022, she performed with the Yale Philharmonia as a winner of the 2019 Woolsey Concerto Competition. Switzer joined the second violin section of the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2019.