Bringing World-Class Home.

Experience classical music in a whole new way. The Shoreline Music Society transforms a concert experience into a conversation among friends. Your ticket brings you an up-close-and-personal experience with the music, Artistic Director Robert Nordling, and Shoreline’s world-class performers. Welcome to the conversation – welcome to the Society. A partnership with you, the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, and Manistee.

Community, In Tune.

Looking for a good educational and team-building opportunity? Shoreline Music Society holds team-building workshops in Manistee and in surrounding areas. Participants are invited to engage with professional musicians from around the world. These workshops strengthen communities; participants will be encouraged to collaborate and communicate in new ways, leading to better work and school environments.

The Team

Robert Nordling

Artistic Director

Robert Nordling serves as the Music Director of the Bandung Philharmonic (Indonesia), the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival (Northern Michigan) and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra (Chicago). Robert has appeared in orchestral performances across the world, and conducts orchestra clinics, music educational workshops and master classes in schools in the USA and abroad. He has served on the music faculty of the Calvin College Music Department and Trinity International University, where he conducted the orchestras and taught in the areas of music history, music appreciation and conducting.

Matt Thomas

Executive Director

Matt Thomas is the executive director of New House Productions, an organization that uses music as an analogy to provide business skills training with an emphasis on collaboration. Matt is a grand-prize winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, and his performance experience ranges from prestigious classical groups like the Boston Symphony to acclaimed pop outfits Mannheim Steamroller and Captain & Tennille. In addition to his work as a performer, he has taught at the University of Miami (FL) and the University of Michigan–Flint. He is currently principal trumpet of the Midland (MI) Symphony, and principal trumpet and director of the Baroque on Beaver Festival, Beaver Island (MI).

Wendy Traschen

Vice President

Wendy Traschen is the strategic account director and principal at B+B Marketing Communications, a global business communications firm, based in Midland, Michigan. There, she pilots creative ideas with resounding drive and passion, the same creative vision she brings to Shoreline Music Society. She also co-owns a wine bar and restaurant.

Lauren Murphy


Lauren Murphy is the principal bassoonist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the contrabassoonist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Lauren has participated in a number of summer music festivals, including Baroque on Beaver, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center Institute and Festival, the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra, the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and the Thy Masterclass Chamber Music Festival in Denmark.

Susannah Thomas


Susannah Thomas is the global Human Resources director for The Dow Chemical Company, advising the CFO, General Counsel, and other c-suite executives on strategic Human Resources matters. With an MBA from Michigan State University in HR and Finance, Susannah has 15 years of management experience.

Sam Griggs

Fund Development Director

Sam Griggs has built a career that connects financial services with fund development consulting. He has served in various fundraising positions with organizations such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and St. John’s University. Sam enjoys being an independent financial advisor and appreciates the opportunity to help clients build wealth and preserve their hard-earned assets. He graduated from Rice University and New England Conservatory and received his MBA from St. John’s University. In his spare time, he plays the tuba with local musical groups, pursues various outdoor activities in sunny South Florida, and spends time with his wife Chelsia and their newborn son, Luke.

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