Meet our Staff
Laura Deming, Festival Director
Laura is Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of the Pine Mountain Music Festival and a cellist with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has been the Festival Director of the Green Lake Festival of Music since the fall of 2014.
During sabbatical years she has played Principal Cello with Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, conducted the Northern Michigan University Orchestra and Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra, served as the first Artistic and Executive Director of the PMMF and conducted the ensembles at Cardinal Stritch University where she was the founding cellist of the Clarus Piano Trio with pianist, Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, Music Dept. Chair, and Timothy Klabunde, violinist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Laura graduated from Northwestern University and did post-graduate work at the International Cello Centre in Scotland, studying with Jane Cowan. She has performed chamber music throughout the Midwest and at the Sanibel Festival in FL and was delighted to collaborate with the Bergonzi String Quartet in Schubert’s C Major String Quintet. Laura performed in the piano trio for Second City Guide to the Opera, a collaboration between Lyric Opera of Chicago and Second City.
Barbara Mitchell is a graduate of UW-Stout and worked in the Chicago area for 12 years as a graphic designer. She then went to graduate school at Northern IL University and taught elementary art for 12 years.
Barb now works at Ripon College as an academic support specialist for the Rodman Center for the Arts during the school year. She designs graphics for Art, Music and Theatre productions and assists faculty and students in various tasks.
Barb played clarinet long ago, and still sings alto when time allows, mostly while driving. She’s excited to get involved in the Festival and is looking forward to all the events of the summer as a full-time staff member of the Green Lake Festival of Music. Barb lives in Ripon with her husband, Dan, and son, Garrett.
Grace Sullivan is from Oshkosh, Wisconsin and is completing her freshman year at Ripon College, pursuing business and music — studying cello, piano, and voice. Grace plays with the Ripon College Orchestra and accompanies the Ripon College Chamber Singers rehearsals. She is also the owner of a small arts business in the Fox Valley area, shortly to be renamed Regeneration. Grace is looking forward to working with the Green Lake Festival of Music through the summer of 2017. She and Barb are planning to be a dynamic duo.