Grace Notes Classical Trio is a local Minnesota ensemble that caters to both the Twin Cities and Brainerd Lakes areas. Originally from Brainerd, MN, the trio now has members living in both Minneapolis and Brainerd, and is delighted to be able to offer trio music in both cities.
Minnesota born and raised, we are a family trio that began playing together in 2003. Our love for trio music and the joy of playing together led us to found Grace Notes Classical Trio, and we have been playing together ever since!
Our most popular ensembles are:
Brianna Jensen, cello & piano
Brianna is a 2010 graduate of the College of St. Benedict. She was principal cellist in the CSB/SJU orchestra from 2009–10, and performed with the ensemble for four years under the direction of David Arnott. Brianna studied cello with Lucia Magney as an undergraduate student, as well as piano – her instrument since the age of four – with Dr. Jim Dennihan.
Brianna has been a part of various chamber ensembles, performing in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, and Brainerd Lakes areas on both piano and cello. Most notably, she has performed with the Minnesota Ballet, the Lakes Area Music Festival, and the Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota. She has played professionally for weddings and other events since the age of 13, and is an active liturgical musician.
Brianna currently resides in Minneapolis and is a 2nd grade teacher at a Spanish immersion school in Minneapolis.
Kärsten Jensen, flute
Kärsten began studying Suzuki flute with Susie Kuniyoshi at age 5 after seeing a video production of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, and since has studied with Immanuel Davis, Nadine Hur, Linda Neilson-Korducki, and Melissa Krause. Kärsten has also studied the Alexander Technique with Tully Hall since 2009. Kärsten continued her music studies at the University of Minnesota School of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music in flute performance as well as a minor in French studies.
Kärsten has performed with Encore Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Luckhardt, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Freed, and the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra under Clinton Smith. Kärsten has also performed in the Lakes Area Music Festival since 2009, collaborating with artists including Sarah Hicks, Scott Yoo, Roma Duncan, Greg Milliren, Wendy Williams, and Marlene Pauley. She has performed as a soloist in master classes for internationally renowned artists including Pedro de Alcantara, Gro Sandvik, Mimi Stillman and James Hall. An active liturgical musician in the Twin Cities and Brainerd Lakes areas, Kärsten has performed and collaborated with Marty Haugen, Rob Glover, and Fr. Michael Joncas and appeared as a guest musician at St. Therese Catholic Church in Deephaven, MN. Kärsten has enjoyed performing with her mom and sister in Grace Notes Classical Trio since 2003. Kärsten currently works in loan support at Venture Bank in Bloomington, and manages the volunteer program for the Minnesota Orchestra.
Sandy Larson-Jensen, violin
Sandy has enjoyed playing with her daughters in Grace Notes Classical Trio since 2003. She is also an active member of both the Heartland Symphony Orchestra and Trillium Strings Trio in the Brainerd Lakes area.
Sandy has previously played with The Lakes Area Music Festival, The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, the St. Paul Civic Symphony, and Brightwood String Quartet. She is an active liturgical musician and enjoys playing for various churches in both the Brainerd Lakes and Twin Cities areas.
In addition to music, Sandy has spent her career in education and media technology, and currently teaches in the Brainerd School District. She also directs the Focus for Success program at Cedarbrook Center in Baxter.