Twin Cities Piano Specialists
Minneapolis – St. Paul Area Piano Sales Team
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, Paul A. Schmitt pianos, QRS player technology systems, and Roland and Casio digital pianos.
Schmitt Music’s piano showrooms in Brooklyn Center and Edina offer a full line of acoustic pianos, player systems, hybrid and digital pianos, and you’ll also find a selection of pianos in our Burnsville location.
Visit one of Schmitt Music’s Minneapolis and St. Paul metro piano stores today, or contact a Piano Specialist to schedule your piano showing! Give us a call or use our Appointment Form to submit an inquiry.
Phone (cell): 612-293-0230
Chris earned his degree in music theory from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and he has several years of experience as a music teacher and composer. After joining the Schmitt Music piano sales team, he quickly became fascinated with the mechanical aspects of piano construction. His passion for learning and understanding the process of making music on many different levels makes him an excellent resource for anyone looking to find their ideal instrument.
Sue Freeman Dopp
Phone (direct): 612-238-9943
Phone (cell): 612-600-3807
Sue joined the piano sales staff at Schmitt Music over 25 years ago, and 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!
Manager, Brooklyn Center
Phone (direct): 763-398-5052
Phone (cell): 612-695-0671
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.
Phone (direct): 763-398-5051
Phone (cell): 612-618-7901
Brian started playing piano at the age of four, and hasn’t stopped since. He graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has a passion for exploring the world of music: performing pieces from different genres, times, and parts of the world, composing with new styles and methods, and playing as many different instruments as he can get his hands on. Brian has performed at many venues, from Orchestra Hall and the Ordway, to Carnigie Hall and more. He’s an Edina band alumnus, and played for many years in GTCYS. Brian joined Schmitt Music to help families find their own adventure through music like the one he has been on!
Phone (direct): 612-238-9942
Phone (cell): 952-500-0865
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. Contact Nancy to set up a showing at Schmitt Music Edina today.
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).