Together In Hope Project

Board Members

Gary Aamodt

Gary Aamodt


Gary Aamodt has had a life-long commitment to choral music. For many years, he was an active participant in community and church choirs, as both soloist and ensemble singer. In college and graduate school, he sang in the St. Olaf Choir and the Yale Russian Chorus. He knows that music has a transformative power to move people to new understanding and action.

After teaching philosophy at Yale University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gary co-founded A-R Editions, Inc., a publisher of historical musicology. In 1979, his company invented the world’s first computerized system for setting music. Years later, Gary created MusicNotes, the world’s largest online library of digital sheet music. From 1992-95 Gary served as President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress, Publishers. In retirement, he has been an active real estate investor and has served on several nonprofit boards. Gary is especially grateful that he has had the privilege of commissioning several significant musical compositions for choir and orchestra.

Gary holds degrees from St. Olaf College and Yale University.

Celia Ellingson

Celia Ellingson


An amateur musician who plays five instruments, Celia Ellingson founded the Together In Hope Project with Gary Aamodt. The organization grew out of their efforts to make a difference in the world through music.

Celia has had a successful business career as a marketer, consultant, and philanthropy executive. She spent many years with Arthur Andersen as a marketer and business consultant in the areas of strategy and organizational change. After leaving Andersen in 2001, Celia helped build a management consulting practice for a regional CPA firm before launching her own consulting business in 2006. From 2011-2017 Celia led philanthropic strategy development and organizational ramp-up of a major new US grantmaking organization.

Celia holds a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in History and Child Psychology and a Masters’ in Library Science from the University of Minnesota.

Board of Directors

Together In Hope Project is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation and 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors composed of Gary Aamodt, Celia Ellingson and Diane Shelgren.

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P.O. Box 398094
Minneapolis, MN 55439