Your Opus Executive Leadership Team

Whether you have questions about events, lessons, billing, or available teaching positions, you’ll find a team member to help you find the answers to your questions and goals quickly!  

Kathy Petersen

Founder, President, & Instructor

Kathy Petersen & student

Kathy Petersen is the president of Opus Music Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Kathy began playing piano in 1986 and teaching piano in 2009. She is currently working towards a certification in Piano Pedagogy in elementary, intermediate, and advanced piano as a student of the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.


Steve Perkins

Events Coordinator & Instructor








Steve Perkins is an accomplished musician and technician who holds his Bachelor of Music from Visible Music College as well as his Associates of Arts in Audio Engineering from San Jacinto College. Steve Interned at the prestigious Sunrise Sound Studios in Houston, a recording home for artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Beyoncé. A skilled Singer/Songwriter, he produced his self titled album “Beautiful Word”.

Steve is married to his beautiful wife Jennifer of 10 years and have one dog and one cat as their children. In his spare time, Steve likes to read comic books, play N64 video games, and take walks with his wife and their black lab Conan. You will also find Steve enjoying culture in big cities, especially the Twin Cities. He is excited to be a part of Opus Music Academy as Steve has a desire to develop musicians while also being a positive influence within the community.

Madeline Baumgart

Vice President and Instructor

Madeline Baumgart is a piano instructor in addition to being the Vice President of Opus Music Academy. After graduating from Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Piano Performance and Music Business, she relocated to Minneapolis to pursue her Master of Music Therapy at Augsburg University.

In her spare time, Madeline loves playing with her cats, Aurora and Anastasia, and hanging out with her nephew Noah. She also loves going on scenic walks, rock climbing, eating chicken nuggets, and reading. Although she misses her family in Tennessee, Madeline is excited to be in Minnesota and see some real snow!

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