WE ARE CURIOUS. WHAT IF MUSIC, DANCE, POETRY & FOOD COULD BRING FOLKS TOGETHER?
The Curious Music Collective is committed to "Uplifting Voices of Unity." In fact, that is the name of our current series!
Our performances are truly collaborative. They help artists and audiences explore the joy and value in the varied ancestries and traditions that make up the American story.
The CMC collaborators also do extensive outreach to kids through Lutheran Social Services and the Sioux Falls JDC. Weekly visits lead to a deep rapport, building confidence enough for students to write their own poetry, draw, paint, and express their feelings through music.
THIS is what the Curious Music Collective is all about.
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Our Board is what you might call a "Working Board." It's small but mighty!
Our volunteers do what they do because they really believe in:
The unifying power of the Arts, to reach across all lines that divide us.
The skill and value of our PAID Artist Collaborators
That the Arts can be a lifeline for kids in need of healthy self-expression.
Meet Our Board
Founder & CEO
Dr. Yi-Chun Lin
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Yi-Chun Lin has served as concertmaster of orchestras in New York, Taiwan, and music festivals worldwide. She has performed as soloist with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, and the Akademische Orchester at the Gewanhaus concert hall in Leipzig. Dr. Lin is the Principal Viola at the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and a violin/viola professor at the Augustana University School of Music. With a lifelong passion towards chamber music, she founded the Curious Music Collective, formally known as the Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective, in 2018 in hope of creating a platform to encourage more creative collaborations between artists, to merge different artistic fields, and to make high quality performances more accessible in all corners of the community. She has performed on WQXR radio station in New York and SDPB in Rapid City, won the bronze medal at Fischoff competition, and received chamber music residency from various festivals, such as the Banff Music Festival. With a curious mind, Dr. Lin constantly looks for new dimensions in music and arts to create new possibilities to bring people of differences together..
Laura Engebretson is a data and workflow analyst tenjoys staying active in her community . She can be found in collaborating with nonprofits as she most recently assisted with the planning and creation of a community service project with MIAC (Mid-west Immersive Art Collective) in which she also serves as a board member. Laura is an avid reader who loves traveling and is a seeker of truth and knowledge. She is passionate about archives, curation, and history.
Zach Van Harris, JR
Zach Van Harris JR is co-founder and consultant for GBRTGalaxy Publishing. He is a university scholar, researcher and curator for the South Dakota African American History Museum. He serves on boards for various diversity and inclusion groups in the Sioux Empire community. He is a recent Fellow in multiple leadership programs such as the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute, Sanford Research SURE Internship, and the Citizens Planning Academy to name a few. Zach is a lover of nature and is steadfast about building bridges with people and discovering healthy ways in which everyone can contribute to the diverse ecosystem of South Dakota.
Ellie Davenport is married and a parent to three active teens. When not keeping up with family activities, Ellie works for the fundraising office of South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Ellie’s unofficial title is “Data Wizard” where they manage data pipelines and all manner of behind the scenes tech that works in concert to keep public broadcasting on the air. In their downtime Ellie enjoys spending time with family, cooking and traveling. One of their favorite destinations is spending time in the Black Hills.
Jill Entenman is a life long resident of Sioux Falls and a political science graduate of Augustana University. Her goal is to live a life around the philosophy that "the well being of the people shall be the supreme law." Jill has served on various boards in the community including the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Dow Rummel Village, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and the City of Sioux Falls's Charter Revision Commission. She is a book lover/hoarder who dreams of traveling the world, visiting various historical and ancient sites. You will often find Jill spending time with her greatest passion, her children and grand children.
Jim Entenman is a life long resident of Sioux Falls, receiving education from Washington Senior High School and Northern State University. For the past 46 years, Jim has owned and been involved in J&L Harley-Davidson (Sioux Falls), Big Sioux Power Sports (Sioux Falls), Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson (Watertown) and Harley-Davidson of Fargo (Fargo, ND). He currently serves as the CFO of the family corporation. Jim has a passion for Sioux Falls, having a heart felt belief that Sioux Falls is the center of the universe. In 1996, due to an early loss of a brother, he started Hot Harley Nights. Even though the goal was to fundraise for Make-A-Wish, he was delighted that the event showcased Sioux Falls and the surrounding area! His board services include Make-A-Wish South Dakota & Montana, Emily's Hope, Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (past president), the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Sanford Board of Trustees, the Governor's Tourism Board and the South Dakota Auto Dealers Board (just to name a few!). He is currently serving as president of the Sanford USD Medical Center board. During his brief leisure time, Jim enjoys lake life with his wife (Jill) and family.
Kristen Townsend is the Marketing Director at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith Law Firm. She is also the Theatre Director at Canton Middle and High Schools. She came to the CMC after connected with area musicians as the co-founder of the Immigrant Stories Project. Kristen serves on the Board for the Washington Pavilion of Arts & Sciences and the Levitt at the Falls Marketing Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, writing, and acting with local theatre companies.
Traesha (Trae) Carlisle resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Inspired by her grandparents and growing up involved in the arts, she has a passion for spreading the joy of music, dancing, and theatrical acts to everyone. Being new to the non-profit scene, this is the first board she has served on! When she’s not working, in school, or making the budgets, she enjoys all outdoor activities with her husband, Grady, reading, and spending time with family.
Our next Board Member
This could be you!
Contact us to learn how you can impact the community as a Curious Music Collective volunteer!
The Curious Music Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We appreciate your support in bringing the unifying power of music and culture to our community!