Meet Our Directors
Operations Director and Musical Director: Mark Wamma
Mark grew up in Mankato and is a MAYSO alum. He is a 2009 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN where he received a B.A. in Music focusing on violin performance. He has had the privilege to study under Peter McGuire, Brian Buckstead, Jonathan Magness, Lara MacLean, and Marilyn Bos.
He is a prolific teacher, with over forty students including those from Minnesota State University, Mankato; Martin Luther College; the New Ulm Suzuki School; and his private studio. In addition to teaching and conducting, Mark is an active performer. He is the Assistant Principal 2nd violin for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra; a section violinist in the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra; and a substitute player for other regional symphonies. Furthermore, Mark is a founding member of the River Valley String Quartet.
Mark directs the North Star Strings, the Youth Philharmonic and the Chamber Strings.
Executive Director and Musical Director: Dave Stordalen
Dave is a 20-year veteran of public school education in North Dakota and Minnesota. Dave is currently pursuing his doctorate in music and substitute teaching in the region. Dave performs as a freelance musician in the region and holds the position of Trombonist in the Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet and 2nd Trumpet in the Rock/R & B band “Powerhouse". Dave is a 30-year veteran of the Army National Guard and recently retired as Bandmaster of the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band in Rosemount, MN. Dave also serves on the Minnesota Music Educators Association Governing Board as the Music Advocacy Chair.
Dave co-directs the Youth Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and Summer Winds and Jazz along with Financial and Musical Director Will Frame.
Financial and Musical Director: Will Frame
Will is a music educator in the Mankato area for several groups and schools. He is the low brass private lessons Instructor at Bethany Lutheran College, Assistant Director of the Mankato Area 77 Lancers Marching Band, and a Substitute Director for the Manakato Area Public Schools, St. Peter Public Schools, and the MNSU Maverick Machine Marching Band. When not directing, he can be found at The Music Mart, where he has served as the Rental Accounts Manager since 2015. Will is an Alumnus of Rochester Community & Technical College (AFA, 2010), Winona State University (BA, 2013), and Minnesota State University, Mankato (MAT, 2019).
Will co-directs the Youth Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and Summer Winds and Jazz along with Executive and Musical Director, Dave Stordalen.
Youth Winds Director: Dr. Amy K. Roisum Foley
Dr. Roisum Foley has served as the director of MAYWE since its inception in 2016. She is also the Director of the Concert Bands and an Associate Professor of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Dr. Roisum Foley administrates and conducts the Concert Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and conducts and coaches chamber ensembles. Her teaching also includes graduate conducting, undergraduate conducting, and instrumental music education courses. She has served as guest conductor and clinician for honor bands and festivals throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Carolina and Canada. In addition, she advises the MSU chapter of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference and serves of several departmental and university committees.
Dr. Roisum Foley received her BM in music education from St. Olaf College her MA in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas and her PhD in Music Education and Wind Band Conducting from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her major instructors include Maestro Craig Kirchhoff, Dr. Paul Haack and Dr. David Teachout. Prior to attending the University, she served for six years in the Lakeville, MN Public Schools.
Dr. Roisum Foley is the founder of the Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble, a semi-professional volunteer wind ensemble, whose mission is to perform the highest level of wind band and wind ensemble repertoire. Dr. Roisum Foley has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Music Educators Association and the Minnesota Band Directors Association.