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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
James A. Holtz
President, Data Financial, Inc.
Managing Director, Co-COO of Equities, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Second Vice Chair
Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Vice President, Legal Counsel, Johnson Financial Group
Ulrich Broeckel, M.D.
Physician, Medical College of Wisconsin
Manager, External Communication, Rockwell Automation
Accountant, Alan Giuffre, SC, Inc.
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Milwaukee Bucks
Chancellor, Herzing University
Retired, Herzing University
Trent M. Johnson
Attorney, Foley & Lardner
Assistant Vice President, Digital Marketing, Park Bank
Gregory S. Marcus
President, Marcus Corporation
Richard M. Phalen
Executive Director, Hear Wisconsin
Faculty, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Kurt J. Thomas
SVP Chief Human Resources Officer, MGIC
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.
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 has advise 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.
Chief Financial 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.
Assistant to the President and Associate, Student Services
Associate, Student Services
Associate, Student Services
Shalisa Kline Ugaz
Vice President, 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.
Director, Conservatory Connections
Amanda Smith joined the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music as Director of Conservatory Connections in July 2016. Most recently 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. Previously, Amanda 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 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 the Milwaukee and Washington, DC, areas.
Faculty, Violin, Suzuki, Suzuki Coordinator
Gretchen Grube 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!
WCM faculty member since 1977. B.M, M.M. with high honors, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Mueller’s principal teachers were James Yoghourtjian, John Holmquist and Gilbert Biberian. Mr. Mueller specializes in teaching students at all levels who seek to establish a sound technical and musical foundation. In addition to his private teaching Mr. Mueller coaches the Telemann Classical Guitar Quartet and conducts a highly successful series of performance classes for students enrolled in his studio. Mr. Mueller is a former member of the WCM Classical Guitar Quartet and the Viennese Guitar Duo. He currently performs as a soloist playing on historic instruments.
Julie Bamberger Roubik
Faculty, Violin & Viola, Suzuki
WCM faculty member since 2009. B.M. summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and M.M. from the HARTT School of Music, both in viola performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Viola teachers include Roland Vamos, Korey Konkol, Victoria Chiang, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet. An active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin (SAW), she has studied Suzuki pedagogy, in both violin and viola, with Teri and David Einfeldt, Nancy Lokken, Mark Bjork, Carrie Reuning, Susan Kempter, Betsy Stuen-Walker and Dr. Julia Hardie. Ms. Bamberger Roubik was the violinist for Jane Seymour's Hollywood Star party and a back up musician for artists such as Brad Little, Lorna Luft, Rita Coolidge, Keiko Matsui and Philip Dizack. She is a regular member of the Kenosha, Racine and Festival City Symphonies. Ms. Bamberger Roubik was a recipient of the 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher scholarship, the 2013 American Suzuki Institute teacher scholarship, and is a past recipient of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee award for musical achievement in the community. Students of Julie’s have won awards from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Scholarships, the Racine Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Janet Ruggieri Viola Scholarship, the Wisconsin State Music Association and have been accepted into the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In addition to teaching, Ms. Bamberger Roubik blogs for www.violinist.com, and was invited to write for The Strad magazine.
Julie has been the "star" of stage, screen and radio. She appeared in the locally-filmed movie, "Major League", was a regular cast member on the show "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and a recent contestant on the NPR quiz show Ask Me Another.
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.
Chair, Piano Department, General Music
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.
Chair, Early Childhood, 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.
Chair, Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Department
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Orlando Pimentel began his musical training in Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras, also known as “El Sistema”. From 1989 to 2009, he was a member of the “Simon Bolivar” Symphony Orchestra and performed with such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sergiu Comissiona, Gustavo Dudamel, Eduardo Mata, Sergei Senkov, among others. Orlando Pimentel has participated in master classes held by Luis Rossi, Anthony Pay, Walter Boeykens, Kalman Berkes, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Michel Lethiec, Mario Frogionni, Walter Seyfarth, Judit Jaimes and Raquel Adonaylo. In 1988, together with three other colleagues, he formed the Caracas Clarinet Quartet (1996 National Artist Award: Best Classical Ensemble), a chamber ensemble that has performed throughout Venezuela, as well as in China, Europe, South America, and The United States of America. The Caracas Clarinet Quartet released three CD’s: “Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas” (1995), “Aires Tropicales” (1997) with guest artist Paquito D’Rivera, and “Suelos” (2007) with guest artists Anat Cohen, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Jorge Glem. As part of this ensemble Mr. Pimentel has shared the stage with world renowned artists such as Manhattan Transfer, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Anat Cohen, Fred Mills, among others. Orlando Pimentel performs regularly with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Chorus, Fox Valley Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Racine Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, and Festival City Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pimentel has been invited to perform as part of the 2015 and 2016 Sphinx Symphony Orchestra Competition. Mr. Pimentel has also performed with the “Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society” Summer Festival in Madison, as well as the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green, WI. Mr. Pimentel received his Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying under the tutelage of Todd Levy. Most currently he has been appointed as Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Department Chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Chair, Guitar Department
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.
Shalisa Kline Ugaz
Chair, String Department, Violin
Shalisa Kline Ugaz joined the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Senior Management Team as the new Vice President of Education. Previously, Shalisa 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, and also the director of Alegre Strings for the Merit School of Music of Chicago. 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. In 1997, she founded the Alegre Strings program, which has provided string instruction for hundreds of children in the Latino neighborhoods of Chicago, and has performed with them at many venues locally, nationally and were internationally recognized at the Suzuki Method World Convention in Matsumoto, Japan. She was recently 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.
Rebecca Renee Winnie
Chair, Vocal Arts, Choral Arts
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.
MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT STAFF
Adam Shafer joined the WCM Development 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.
As manager of development in charge of grants, Adam works closely with local, state, and national foundations, government agencies, and corporate foundations. Other portions of his role at the Conservatory include Board Liaison and Jazz Festival Manager.
Robyn K. Wilkinson
After graduating from UW-Stevens Point in 2003 with a BA in Arts Management, Robyn pursued professional marketing internships with Lexington Children’s Theatre (Lexington, KY), American Folklore Theatre (Fish Creek, WI), and Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC). In 2006, she returned briefly to her hometown to work for SpotLight On Kids & footlights productions before accepting a position with the Schauer Arts & Activities Center in Hartford, WI. For more than nine years, Robyn served as the Schauer Center’s Director of Marketing, coordinating the promotion of their annual Performing Arts Series, Schooltime Matinees, School of the Arts, outreach activities, fundraising campaigns, and art gallery exhibitions. Prior to joining the Conservatory staff in September 2016, Robyn worked as the Marketing Coordinator for Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Center.
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.
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.