Who’s Who

Who’s Who

The heart of the Conservatory are our faculty of over 100 teaching artists.  The faculty is supported by a staff administrative, communications and education specialists and by a dedicated Board of Trustees.  We build on the legacy of dedicated and talented musicians who have learned, studied and worked here before us for well over a century.

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James A. Holtz


President, Data Financial, Inc.

Jack Miller

Vice Chair

Managing Director, Co-COO of Equities, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Adam Spector

Second Vice Chair

Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Benjamin Pavlik


Vice President, Legal Counsel, Johnson Financial Group

Ulrich Broeckel, M.D.

Physician, Medical College of Wisconsin

Darice Brown

Manager, External Communication, Rockwell Automation

Alan Giuffre

Accountant, Alan Giuffre, SC, Inc.

Arvind Gopalratnam

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Milwaukee Bucks

Henry Herzing

Chancellor, Herzing University

Suzanne Herzing

Retired, Herzing University

David Hoover

Director, Patina Solutions

Trent M. Johnson

Attorney, Foley & Lardner

Mechelle King

Assistant Vice President, Digital Marketing, Park Bank

Gayelin Littell

Executive Producer, Summerfest

Gregory S. Marcus

President, Marcus Corporation

Judith McGregor


Richard M. Phalen

Executive Director, Hear Wisconsin

Paul Silbergleit

Faculty, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Kurt J. Thomas

SVP Chief Human Resources Officer, MGIC

John Turner


Kimberly R. Walker

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society

Marie Sinco Warren

Applied Faculty, Carroll University
Faculty, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Terrence R. Wilkinson

President, Cramer Coil & Transformer Co., Inc.

Eric Tillich

President, Chief Executive Officer

President, Chief Executive Officer

Eric brings more than 20 years of experience working in an executive leadership capacity at several leading non-profit organizations, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where he increased corporate giving by 25%, doubled contributions to the annual fund, and helped secure numerous seven figure gifts; the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, where under his leadership the organization reached new heights in annual fund contributions and donors; and Marian University where he led the first comprehensive capital campaign raising record amounts.  Recently, Eric has led his own consulting firm where he advised such clients as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, and the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin in strategic planning, fund development, and board capacity.

His extensive experience driving record-setting revenue growth, his expansive leadership expertise and his ability to generate positive change and to build organizational consensus have been trademarks of Eric’s career.  Eric earned his BA from UW-Madison and his MA in Organization, Leadership, and Quality from Marian University.  Eric has served on several non-profit boards in the Milwaukee area including the Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin and Future Milwaukee.


Rachel Fritz

Chief Operations Officer

Chief Operations Officer

Rachel Fritz received a BM from University of Central Missouri, magna cum laude, and a MM from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has served as the Chief Operations Officer at the Conservatory since 2014 and previously managed the Student Services department for four years. Rachel is also a member of the WCM piano faculty, since 2007, specializing in instructing young pianists. Rachel is a certified teaching artist by the International Piano Teaching Federation and Suzuki. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Fritz taught group piano at Des Moines Symphony Academy and maintained a private studios in Lincoln, NE, and Warrensburg, MO. Throughout her teaching career she has been an active member of the Music Teacher National Association and currently serves as Treasurer for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.  Fritz also serves as pianist/organist at Redemption Lutheran Church.

Patrick McCarville

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Marissa Keller

Manager, Student Services

Michelle Nuetzmann

Associate, Student Services


Shalisa Kline Ugaz

Executive Vice President, Advancement and Education

Executive Vice President, Advancement and Education

Before joining the WCM Senior Management team, Shalisa Kline Ugaz served as the Director of Programs at Third Street Music Settlement where she managed and strengthened programs and partnerships for over 5,000 students in 25 sites. While there she also established the Center for Theory and Composition, a flourishing choral program, led renovations to the main school, and established community concerts in significant venues around NYC. Previously, Shalisa served as the artistic director, director of strategic initiatives and community engagement, as well as the director of Alegre Strings for the Merit School of Music of Chicago.  In 1997, she founded the Alegre Strings program, which has provided string instruction for hundreds of children in the Latino neighborhoods of Chicago.  Shalisa performed with Alegre Strings at many venues locally, nationally, and was internationally recognized at the Suzuki Method World Convention in Matsumoto, Japan. She has also served as a national speaker on topics including community engagement, curriculum development, and program design for the League of American Orchestras, American String Teachers Association and for many universities and community music programs nationwide.  She was awarded "50 People That Make Chicago a Better Place" by the Chicago Sun Times and was selected as "Someone You Should Know" by ABC Chicago.

Amanda (Smith) Scampini

Director, Education

Director, Education

Amanda (Smith) Scampini joined the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music as Director of Conservatory Connections in July 2016, becoming the Director of Education in March 2017. Previously, Amanda was a Music Reader Services Librarian for the Library of Congress where she provided music reference to patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). While at NLS, she also assisted with the coordination of national conferences, standardized processes for digitizing braille music, and strategically planned and published blog posts for a Library of Congress blog. She also preformed archival work for the Dance Heritage Coalition in the Library of Congress Music Division, where she processed the American Ballet Theatre Collection. She holds both a master of music degree in music history and literature and a master of library and information science degree from UW-Milwaukee. She earned a bachelor of music degree in music education from Appalachian State University where she concentrated on instrumental education as a trumpet player. As a musician who first started on piano, she has performed on trumpet with various community organizations in the areas where she has lived, including Milwaukee and Washington, DC.

Rebecca Bowen

Manager, Education

Gretchen Grube Rebar

Chair — String Department, Violin

Chair — String Department, Violin

Gretchen Grube Rebar holds a B.M. in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). She recently completed her M.M. in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Ms. Gretchen received her Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) training from Sharon Jones, developer of the SECE curriculum.

Ms. Gretchen was involved in the Very Young Composers Project of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This program teaches music composition to 4th and 5th grade students.  Ms. Gretchen also enjoys playing with her cat, scrapbooking, and eating ice cream!

Mark Davis

Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano

Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano

WCM faculty member since 1992. B.S., with honors, Skidmore College. Mr. Davis is Jazz Institute Chair and a member of the Conservatory’s We Six. His WCM instructors included Adelaide Banaszynski and David Hazeltine. He later studied with jazz legend Barry Harris. He has performed with many jazz luminaries, including Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Vincent Herring, Peter Bernstein, and Frank Morgan. He is also on the faculty of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Cardinal Stritch University, and Alverno College. He has done work for the Hal Leonard Corporation including transcriptions for Miles Davis: Kind of Blue for their Transcribed Score Series and numerous recordings for their Real Book Play-Along Series. Mr. Davis can be heard on the We Six CD Bird Say.

Teresa Drews

Chair — Piano

Chair — Piano

WCM faculty member since 2003, Piano Department chair since 2005. MM in piano performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University; BM cum laude in piano performance, Northwestern University. Member, Pi Kappa Lambda, MTNA, WMTA and MMTA. At the Conservatory, Ms. Drews maintains a large private piano studio and also teaches group piano classes for children through adult. Through Conservatory Connections she has taught general music and piano to students throughout Milwaukee and currently teaches at St. Joseph Academy of Early Learning. An active performer in the Milwaukee area, Ms. Drews often collaborates with WCM faculty and MSO musicians. She also performs annually with the Washington Island Music Festival in Door County. She has studied with Sylvia Wang, Ann Schein and Seth Knopp, and performed in master classes by David Burge and Menahem Pressler. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, she taught piano in Baltimore, Maryland at the Friends School of Baltimore and the Music Workshop.

Gretchen Grube Rebar

Chair — String Department, Violin

Chair — String Department, Violin

Gretchen Grube Rebar holds a B.M. in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). She recently completed her M.M. in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Ms. Gretchen received her Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) training from Sharon Jones, developer of the SECE curriculum.

Ms. Gretchen was involved in the Very Young Composers Project of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This program teaches music composition to 4th and 5th grade students.  Ms. Gretchen also enjoys playing with her cat, scrapbooking, and eating ice cream!

Elise Pennington

Chair — Early Childhood and General Music

Chair — Early Childhood and General Music

WCM faculty member since 2005. B.M. with a minor in psychology, from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. While attending DePauw University she taught preschoolers at the Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Center. Elise has also worked as a music teacher for Little People’s Music, Inc. Elise has received training in the Kodaly Concept, completed coursework at the Community Coordinated Child Care Center and is certified as a lead Early Childhood Teacher. Elise has worked at the Academy of Learning and Leadership for three years as a preschool teacher of two to four year olds. In addition to teaching in the Early Childhood Program at the school she also taught music to children in grades K4-8.

Marija Temo

Chair — Guitar

Chair — Guitar


Classical/Flamenco Guitarist, Flamenco Singer, and Flamenco Dance Coach

Marija Temo, described as a “triple threat”, is widely recognized as a virtuoso classical/flamenco guitarist, flamenco vocalist, conductor, and former dancer.  She has guest appeared with symphony orchestras such as the Baltimore, Calgary, Edmonton, Alexandria, Florida, Hilton Head, and Ocean City Pops Symphonies as a guitar and vocal soloist. Of particular interest are two works for guitar and orchestra written for Ms. Temo by Loris Chobanian entitled, “Tango Fantasy” and “Concierto del Fuego, and Ms. Temo’s vocal performances of “El Amor Brujo”. She has also given numerous solo concerts such as at The First World Guitar Congress, Towson, MD; The Ellnora Guitar Festival, Champaign, IL; the Blossom Music Festival, Cleveland, OH; International Guitar Festivals in Asunción, Paraguay, and Radford, VA; VCU Flamenco Guitar Festival Concert, Richmond, VA; and Classical Guitar Society Series throughout the US and abroad. Unique Performance highlights include: Guest appearances with the Zac Brown Band; Music for GE Capital/Taylor Guitar national television commercial in 2010, which received an award for being top commercial in the industry; Flamenco Documentary, entitled “Sobre Las Olas” (history of flamenco arts in the US); “Fuego Ibérico”, a flamenco musical set in cabaret style centered around Ms. Temo’s talents of Lecuona’s orchestral music blended with flamenco; and feature presentations showcasing Ms. Temo’s talents on PBS television specials in Ohio and Maryland. Ms. Temo continues to be an accompanist for flamenco singers, dancers, and flamenco and ballet dance companies throughout the US. Some artists include: Lola and Carmela Greco, Antonio Vargas, Teo Morca, Manolo Leiva, and The Alberta and Cleveland Ballet Companies. Ms. Temo is known for her educational programs such as “Flamenco Amazement”, and her “Flamenco Communication” Workshop for guitarists, singers, and dancers which was featured for 10 years in the International Festival Flamenco at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and reviewed in magazines such as Flamenco USA, Flamenco International (London, England), and Dance Magazine. Ms. Temo has performed for many dignitaries, such as the former Spanish Ambassador, Don Jaime de Ojeda; the former Crown Prince of Spain; and former Vice President Al Gore. She has received awards and the endorsement of D’Addario Strings. She plays a “Marija Temo” Model flamenco/classical hybrid TM, which she designed with luthier, Tom Rodriguez. In 2012, she was featured in Classical Guitar Magazine’s April issue. Ms. Temo offers numerous workshops throughout the US and abroad, as well as private instruction and lessons on Skype. Ms. Temo received her Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying under Manuel Barrueco, and her Bachelors degree from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, studying under Loris Chobanian. Ms. Temo’s mentors in flamenco are Teo Morca and Manolo Leiva. Visit www.marijatemo.com for more information.


Rebecca Renee Winnie

Vocal Arts; Choir

Vocal Arts; Choir

Rebecca joined the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty in the Fall of 2016 and is charged with developing a comprehensive choral program. Previously, she was the Choir Director at Homestead High School in Mequon, WI, and in three suburban Chicago communities where she directed the curricular choirs, co-curricular ensembles, and musical theatre productions. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Choral and Instrumental Music Education and completed her master's degree in Choral Conducting at the same institution. Ms. Winnie has served the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association in a variety of capacities including guest conducting, chairing special projects, serving as coordinator of Honor Choirs, creating state repertoire lists, writing articles, self-publishing performing editions of historical choral music, presenting state and division convention sessions, and serving on the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Committee which provides professional development to music educators. Ms. Winnie has been awarded the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee Certificate of Excellence in Choral Music Instruction, the Mequon-Thiensville Outstanding Educator Award, and the Herb Kohl Fellowship Award.


Adam Shafer

Director, Development & Marketing

Director, Development & Marketing

Adam Shafer joined the WCM Development & Marketing team in July 2015 after completing his Masters in Vocal Performance at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Shafer studied under Dr. Kurt Ollmann and Dr. David Hoffmann, preparing a masters recital featuring the music of Rameau, Kuula, and Finzi. After receiving a B.A. in Vocal Music Education from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO in 2008, Adam spent five years as Director of Choir and Theatre Education at Salem Community High School in Salem, IL. While at Salem High School, he directed and produced 12 theatrical productions, directed jazz, madrigal, advanced and beginner choirs, and taught courses in Music Technology, Class Piano, Theatre Appreciation, and General Music.

Danielle Wrobleski

Manager, Development

Manager, Development

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Danielle earned her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she was an active performer with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Phrygian Winds Woodwind Quintet. In 2013, she graduated with her Master of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Iowa. Throughout her graduate degree, she assisted in instructing undergraduate flute lessons and performed with numerous orchestral ensembles. With over ten years of customer service experience and eight years of music performance experience, Danielle has most recently worked with West Music Company as a Music Education Customer Service Specialist, assisting music educators and representing the company at multiple events, such as the Iowa Music Educator’s Conference and the National Flute Convention. In her free time Danielle enjoys reading books, perusing antique stores, and playing with her cat.

Don Rebar

Manager, Marketing

Coming soon.


Please contact us 414-276-5760 or via email with any questions.

Our faculty is comprised of performing musicians who possess a wide range of talents and teaching styles, and who are dedicated to providing their students with a varied, unique, and ultimately rewarding learning environment.

Faculty bios can be found on the department pages.

Early Childhood Music
Music Discoveries
Vocal Arts
Woodwinds & Brass

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