Our current Executive Director is Susan Divine. Susan has been our ED since 2012.
My husband, Jim, and our three young children began attending the Festival in 1987. Our kids and now grandchildren come every year and wouldn’t miss it for anything, well, maybe an impending delivery of twins might have kept them away! I started my induction to traditional music in the late 70’s when I attended the Wheatland Music Festival and then lived in Lexington, Kentucky for a couple years. It has been with me ever since. When I retired from Pathways Community Mental Health in 2012, I aspired to find something to do that I love. When the ED job was made known to me at that time, I immediately knew that this is where I belonged in my early retirement. My heart and soul are with the Co-op. I love the people, the music, the mission, the events and the work. I feel fortunate to have a role in preserving the heritage of traditional music, to play along at jam sessions, to be able to listen to countless hours of live music, and to meet and house the impressive roster of talented musicians.
Our new Executive Director will be assuming this lead position following the retirement of Susan in early August 2022. We welcome Terri Bocklund of Marquette to this new role! If you see Terri scurrying around the office, please welcome her with a big Hiawatha “HELLO”! Terri will be learning the ropes with Susan starting on May 23rd.
Terri is a resident of Marquette with deep family roots in the area. She has had a life-long love of traditional music. She grew up in Minnesota in the Twin City suburbs, and studied piano, guitar, and voice as a youngster. She explored songwriting, composing, and arranging at a young age, and has written hundreds of songs as well as works for choirs, classical guitar, and piano. She attended Augsburg University in Minneapolis and earned a Music Therapy degree, and followed that with as Master of Arts at United Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. She worked as a full-time church musician for years, then achieved certification as a K-12 Vocal/General Music Educator. She taught music for 17 years at the high school level, focusing on classroom guitar, classroom piano, music theory, vocal music, and music technology in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. Terri is married to Curt Kowalski, her partner in music and UP adventures, and they perform together as the duo Beechgrove & Blacksmith. The Co-op Board looks forward to Terri and all that she will bring to Hiawatha.