Artistic Director Rick Kvam holds music degrees from Harvard and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Rick founded the Rochester Men’s Capella in 1982, the Choral Arts Ensemble in 1985, and the Honors Choirs of SE Minnesota in 1992. He has won the Sally Ordway Award for arts initiative, the Mayor’s Award for artistic excellence, and recently was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Married to accompanist Jan Kvam for 28 years, he has also worked for nearly 25 years as an emergency medicine physician at OMC hospital.
Daughter of a choir director and organist, CAE accompanist Jan Kvam has been active as an accompanist for soloists and ensembles her entire adult life, and has taught piano privately for many years. Jan holds a degree in piano performance from Bethel College in St Paul.