Twin Cities Piano Specialists
Schmitt Music’s piano stores in the Twin Cities are the exclusive home of Steinway & Sons pianos, Steinway-designed Boston and Essex pianos, Kawai acoustic and digital pianos, Lyrica pianos, QRS player technology systems, and Roland and Casio digital pianos. Visit one of Schmitt Music’s Minneapolis and St. Paul area piano stores today, or contact a Piano Specialist to schedule your piano showing today.
As the senior sales person, Denny has a wealth of knowledge about both acoustic and digital pianos and can assist beginners and professionals alike in their instrument selections. He studied and graduated with a degree in music education from the University of Minnesota, taught privately for several years, and played professionally in the area for over 25 years. Denny’s excellent reputation as a knowledgeable, friendly, service-oriented professional has been well-established over his remarkable 38 year career. Trust Denny and Schmitt Music to help you find your perfect instrument!
Mike, a native of Minneapolis, studied classical piano at MacPhail Center for the Arts. In 1984 he joined the piano sales team at Schmitt Music and has since acquired extensive knowledge of acoustic pianos. Mike has also developed expertise in the electronic keyboard and organ areas and often teaches keyboard, synthesizer and digital piano seminars. In addition to the piano, Mike plays trumpet and baritone. His wife is an elementary music teacher and they have two children. Mike is actively involved in the Friends of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, the Minneapolis Breakfast Club, and the Burnsville Rotary Club, and with various high school booster organizations.
Phil has a degree in music education and has taught both publicly and privately. He has a 45 year career in the music business – as a professional drummer around the Twin Cities and as a piano tuner/technician. He also has a long career with Schmitt Music! Phil worked in the sheet music department in the downtown Minneapolis store, taught percussion in the Edina Schmitt Music, and managed Schmitt Music’s Piano Shop for 11 years. He has also sold pianos and keyboards in three different locations. After a 5 1/2 year hiatus from Schmitt Music, Phil has returned to the sales force! His many years of knowledge and experience will help you find the perfect piano.
Born and raised in Eastern Wisconsin, Barbara Ongna loved her piano lessons from the get-go, thanks to skilled and insightful instructors. As soon as she was old enough she was set on the church’s piano bench and assigned the assorted joys of church pianists, including hymn-playing, plunking out choir parts, and following wayward soloists around their time signatures of choice.
Barbara attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa where she learned that “if ya ain’t Dutch, ya ain’t much.” After earning a degree in music education with piano emphasis, Barb started the journey into finding her “perfect job”. On the way she worked as a college recruiter for Northwestern, and taught music in Christian schools in Sioux Falls and Edina (with additional responsibilities as cheerleading sponsor and kindergarten PE teacher to keep her humble).
Sue Freeman Dopp
24 years ago, Sue joined the piano sales staff at Schmitt Music, and then went on to hold several different management positions in the Keyboard Division of Schmitt Music. She is currently a Sales Manager for piano and keyboard sales. She feels her experience in the piano business has provided her with a tremendous education while allowing her to be of service to and advocate for teachers and their students.
Sue has a bachelor’s degree in piano from the University of Minnesota, where she also completed several years of graduate work in Medieval and Renaissance music. Sue began teaching piano in 1970. She has served in many different capacities in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA)-among them Honors Concert Chair, Vice-President for Contest, Contest Judge Coordinator, and for many years as an MMTA Foundation Board Trustee. She served as president of MMTA in 2003-2005.
She presently serves as Minnesota’s State Certification Chair, and President of the MMTA Foundation Board. She is also an active member of Mpls Music Teachers Forum, Thursday Musical, St. Paul Piano Teachers Association, the Schubert Club, and the Frederic Chopin Society of MN.
There is nothing that gives Sue more satisfaction than matching the right piano with the right client!
Mark – husband, father, composer, and performer – has been with Schmitt Music for over thirty years. He has received several awards recognizing his musicianship including an Emmy for a live performance at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN. He has also been mentioned in Music, Inc. magazine as one of the top five piano/keyboard salespersons in the country. Mark is ready to help and promises you a good time!
Nancy began selling pianos as a mid-life change of career. After teaching piano in her home while raising four children, she relished the opportunity to dress for success, get out of the house and talk to adults! Her piano performance degree from Indiana University, a lifetime in church music work, and marriage to a concert piano technician give her a multi-faceted view of the piano world. She is a good listener!
After work hours, Nancy enjoys being with her 4 grandchildren, playing the flute, and exercising.