The Jazz Institute is one of the longest running jazz education programs in the United States and has produced many well-known performers. Jazz Institute faculty members are premiere jazz artists as well as dedicated and accomplished educators who have the expertise to work with middle school, high school, and adult jazz students of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Jazz Combo: Standards
Have fun learning fundamentals of improvisation and accompaniment while you perform standard repertoire as a member of a small jazz group.
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
Mon, Jan 28 – Apr 15 · 5:30-6:25 PM
Jonathan Greenstein · 12 weeks · $245 · McIntosh|Goodrich
Jazz Combo: Blue Note Ensemble
Perform tunes that appeared on classic Blue Note albums of the 1950s and ‘60s. The final performance will take place at the Jazz Estate on 4/16/19 from 6-8pm.
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
Wed, Jan 30 – Apr 17 · 8:00-8:55 PM
Eric Jacobson · 12 weeks · $245 · McIntosh|Goodrich
Jazz Honors Program – Grades 6 – 12
The Jazz Honors Program, part of the Conservatory’s Jazz Institute, is a comprehensive, year-round experience for high school students. The program includes small ensembles, big band, jazz theory classes, private lessons, and summer jazz camp. Students have the opportunity to work with visiting guest artists and to perform in the community.
Admittance into the program is by audition. Auditions for the 2019-2020 academic year will take place on April 7, 2019.
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Tony King Ensemble
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Private Lessons – New Student Discount
$179 for six 30-minute lessons – Satisfaction Guaranteed
Private lessons are ideal for fine tuning your musical skills or beginning to play a new instrument. Start your musical journey today with an introductory six-lesson package – satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!
Wish to speak with someone? Call Student Services at 414-276-5760. Tuition for private instruction ranges from $32-$35 per 30-minute lesson, $48-$52.50 for a 45-minute lesson, or $64-$70 for 60-minute lessons. View a full list of policies and student benefits here.
Jazz Institute Faculty
The teaching artists for jazz are gifted performers and skilled in nurturing students’ musical talents.
Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano
- BS, with honors – Skidmore College
- Mark has taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 1992.
- WCM instructors included Adelaide Banaszynski and David Hazeltine, and he later studied with jazz legend Barry Harris.
- Accomplished pianist and an influential educator whohas performed with jazz luminaries Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Jimmy Heath, Brian Lynch, Charles McPherson, Frank Morgan, and Phil Woods, among others.
- Member of the Conservatory’s jazz sextet, We Six.
- Mark is the author of the Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method.
- On the music faculty of Alverno College and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Percussion, Jazz Institute
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Education – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- WCM Faculty member since 1997.
- Has performed with many well-known artists including Peter Bernstein, Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, David Hazeltine, Vincent Herring, Carolyn Leonhart, Brian Lynch, Joe Magnerelli, Kevin Mahogny, Jack McDuff, Bob Mintzer, Frank Morgan, James Moody, Kim Richmond, Jim Pugh, Steve March-Torme, Melvin Rhyne, Charles McPherson, Terell Stafford, Ernie Watts, Steve Wiest and Phil Woods.
- Dave has appeared in numerous festivals and concert series, including Chicago Jazz Festival, Fox Jazz Fest, Third Ward Jazz Festival, Isthmus Jazz Festival, Trout Art Museum, Jazz in the Park and Jazz at Five (Madison).
- Performs regularly at jazz venues around the Midwest, including The Jazz Estate, Blu, Mason Street Grill, Pete Miller's, Andy's Jazz Club, The Green Mill and The Jazz Showcase.
- In addition to keeping an active performance schedule, Dave is an accomplished educator and clinician, working with band directors throughout the Midwest organizing summer camps and clinics, and giving master classes on jazz, percussion and drum set.
Voice, General Music, Jazz Institute
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Voice Performance - Roosevelt University (Chicago Musical College)
- Master Degree in Voice Performance – University of Iowa
- Joined the Vocal Arts faculty at the Conservatory in 2017.
- Cross-genre singer that is classically trained, jazz influenced, and soul inspired.
- Has taught private voice to students of all levels for thirty years, which includes more than a decade in New York.
- As a classical singer, Marcya began her career as a soprano and has sung with Lincoln Opera Chicago, the Lyric Theater of Illinois and the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee.
- Has gradually transitioned from singing classical music exclusively to performing an eclectic repertoire of music.
- Marcya has performed alongside a diverse group of critically acclaimed artists such as Simon Estes, Wycliffe Gordon, BeBe Winans, Vanessa Williams, Laurel Masse and Gerald Levert.
Saxophone, Flute, Jazz Institute
- Berklee College of Music
- WCM faculty member since 2005.
- Moved back to his roots in Milwaukee, after 10 years of living in New York and touring and recording with the band ulu.
- Has played and recorded with many bands and artists including De La Buena, Choir Fight, Jamie Breiwick, Steve Peplin, The Static Chicken, Tristan Royalty Squad, The Extra Crispy Brass Band, The Soul Trio, The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Eric Bennet.
Saxophone, Jazz Institute
- Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music
- Master of Arts – The City College of New York
- WCM faculty member since 2018.
- Saxophone player, composer and bandleader from Israel, now living in Milwaukee after several years of living and playing in New York City.
- Since his debut album for the famous Spanish record label Fresh Sound : New Talent, Jonathan has been consistently releasing new music in untraditional ways- several video sessions, a mixtape and 2 EPs.
- Greenstein has toured both nationally and internationally and has performed with many of the rising stars of the new Jazz movement, including MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Miguel Zenon, Grammy Award Winner Terri Lynn Carrington, Winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition Jazzman Horn, and many more.
- Jonathan is currently a teaching assistant in the Jazz Department at University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he is pursuing his Doctorate degree.
- Past students of Jonathan have graduated to study at the Thelonious Monk Institute at UCLA, Berklee College of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, University of Colorado Boulder, and more.
Bass, Jazz Institute
- Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
- WCM faculty member since 1998.
- A member of the Conservatory’s We Six jazz sextet, Mr. Hamann attended the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, winning first place in the Jazz Studies Scholarship competition four years in a row.
- He has worked as a clinician and jazz festival judge in the Milwaukee, Kenosha and Waukesha public schools as well as at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison and UW-Green Bay.
- Performing with such well-known artists as Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, Steve Allen, and Eric Alexander, he has toured throughout the Midwest and has appeared at Jazz Yantra in Bombay, India.
- Jeff is also the bassist on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know show, airing Saturdays on Wisconsin Public Radio and broadcast nationally on NPR stations.
Trumpet, Jazz Institute, General Music
- Bachelor of Music, Trumpet – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
- WCM faculty member since 2008.
- Has had the privilege to perform and study with well-known jazz artists such as: David Hazeltine, Jim Rotondi, Tim Hagans, Willie Thomas, Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen.
- In 2001, Eric released his debut jazz CD entitled Inspirationwhich features some of Milwaukee's best jazz musicians as well as New York trumpet sensation and Grammy Award winner Brian Lynch.
- Toured the world in 2010-2013 with Milwaukee’s local soul band "Kings Go Forth" but now stays a bit closer to home and is a top call trumpeter for high profile gigs in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago and frequently plays with the popular Milwaukee-based Latin band De la Buena.
- Recorded for Johannes Wallmann "The Sweet Minute Big Band" and Willy Porter’s CD Human Kindness.
- Since 2010, he has been the trumpeter with the Conservatory's resident jazz sextet We Six, providing fiery solos and contributing arrangements and original compositions to the band's repertoire.
- Directs the WCM Batterman Ensemble that recently went to NYC for the Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival & Competition.
Bass, Jazz Institute
- Bachelor of Music, Jazz Performance
- WCM faculty member since 1981.
- Regional freelance performer and teacher, as well as leader of his own small ensembles.
- Has performed with top jazz artists in the United States, including Buddy Montgomery, Melvin Rhyne, Frank Morgan, Berkeley Fudge, David Hazeltine, Brian Lynch, Manty Ellis, Wille Pickens, Ali Ryerson, Greg Abate, Von Freeman, and Henry Johnson.
- Paolo can be heard on the CD On the Edgewith The Luis Diaz Quintet, WYMS radio sampler CD with Berkeley Fudge On a Misty Night, and Jeanne Woodall’s It’s NeverToo Late.
- Currently on faculty teaching Jazz Bass, Theory and Performance at the Conservatory, and serves as clinician for the Jazz Experience for Milwaukee Public Schools and at various colleges.
Voice, Jazz Institute
- L’Alliance Francaise of Manhattan
- WCM faculty member since 2004.
- Robin studied with Martha Artis (at WCM), Jessie Hauck, and Sylvie Frere.
- A perennial WAMI Award winner, as well as the Shepherd Express’ Best Female Vocalist.
- With Juli Wood, Connie Grauer and Kim Zick (Mrs. Fun), she created The Rhythm Club to perform an eclectic array of jazz, pop, R&B and French songs.
- Robin combines vintage French chansons from the 20s, 30s and 40s with contemporary songs, which she performs each year at Bastille Days in Milwaukee.
- Robin collaborated with Peter Buffett, recording a song for his album, Songs from an East Side Attic.
Voice, Choir, Jazz Institute
- Bachelor of Arts, Music – Millikin University School of Music
- Master of Music – Northern Illinois University
- WCM faculty member since 2016.
- Equally versed in teaching and performing vocal jazz and classical repertoire.
- Was the Assistant Professor of Music at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin between 2008-2015, directing the Alverno College Choir, Alverno Chamber Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz/Pop Ensemble.
- Also served as the Audition and Performance Coordinator while at Alverno, in addition to teaching private voice lessons, vocal techniques, voice lab, and various music seminar courses.
- Currently the Director of Adult Choirs at Unity Lutheran Church (Cross of Life campus) in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
- Also maintains a performance calendar with recitals and regular appearances with The Marion Consort, a Chicago based professional Early Music vocal ensemble, of which she is a founding member.
Coordinator — Percussion | Jazz Institute, General Music
- Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Jazz Studies – Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
- Performer’s Certificate for Senior Recital
- WCM faculty member since 2016.
- Began playing drums at age eight and has been studying percussion since age nine.
- Currently based in Milwaukee, Mitch is an in-demand performer, active educator, and composer.
- Co-leads tour-de-force fusion group, “Match Stick,” which released a self-titled album in 2019.
- In 2014, Mitch released his debut CD, “FLY!”, which invites listeners on a musical journey of original compositions and out-of-the-box arrangements for 20-piece big band.
- Featured clinician for the 2015 Summerfest Big Band Camp, along with Curt Hanrahan and Mike Steinel.
- Conducted masterclasses at UW-Parkside, University of Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Park Tudor School, and Nicolet High School.
- Teaches percussion at several Milwaukee public schools through the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Conservatory Connections program.
Guitar, Jazz Institute
- Bachelor of Arts – Oberlin College
- Member of the WCM faculty since 1996.
- An accomplished jazz composer as well as performer, Mr. Silbergleit has played clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout the area as both a leader and a sideman.
- Has performed with a wide array of jazz luminaries such as Melvin Rhyne, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Tierney Sutton, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, and Jack McDuff, to name just a few.
- Both his 1996 debut CD Silberglicity(on which other Conservatory faculty members are featured) and his 2003 release, My New Attitude, have made it onto the jazz charts with nationwide airplay.
- A member of the Conservatory’s We Six jazz sextet, he has also worked with institutions like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
- In addition to his performance career, Paul is an active and experienced teacher and clinician, and the author or co-author of numerous widely-distributed instructional materials for Hal Leonard.
We Six, the Conservatory’s jazz ensemble-in-residence, offers residencies for public, private, choice, and charter schools, providing an engaging and dynamic educational program for each school’s jazz ensemble. We Six includes six well established and highly effective teaching artists: Dave Bayles, Mark Davis, Jeff Hamann, Eric Jacobson, Eric Schoor, and Paul Silbergleit.
Each member of the group has advanced knowledge and experience in different instruments: piano, saxophone, trumpet, drums, guitar, and bass, which expands the breadth of impact of this program. This unique, education-based side by side program gives students the opportunity to work with some of the finest jazz musicians in the area.
We Six residencies provide students in a school jazz ensemble the opportunity to learn from, work with, and perform alongside a professional jazz ensemble. Members of the ensemble work closely with the school jazz program director as assistants and mentors in the teaching process. They will mentor and teach students in the ensembles as a whole as well as work with individual or small groups of students. We Six will sit in with the ensemble, giving students the opportunity to play alongside professional musicians.
In 2017-18, with the support of Milwaukee Arts Board and the Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation, We Six Residencies took place at four MPS Middle Schools: Golda Meir Middle School, Wedgewood Park Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, and Lincoln Center of the Arts.
2018 Residency Concert Schedule
Golda Meir – January 17, 9:30am – 10:30am (School Auditorium) | May 4, 9:30am – 10:30am (Little Theatre)
Lincoln – January 17, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Theatre) | May 15, 5:00pm – 7:00pm (Parking Lot – “Jazz in the Parking Lot”)
Roosevelt – January 22, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Band Room) | May 14, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (School Auditorium)
Wedgewood – January 29, 2:40pm – 3:40pm (School Auditorium) | May 10, 1:00pm – 2pm (School Auditorium)
The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has one of the longest running jazz education programs in the United States. For over 40 years, it has been a significant presence in the world of jazz and has produced many well-known performers. Well known jazz alumni of the Conservatory include Grammy-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, Lynne Arriale, Gerald Cannon, Dan Nimmer, and Rick Germanson, to name just a few.
Jazz Institute faculty members are premiere jazz performers as well as dedicated and accomplished educators who have the expertise to work with jazz students of all backgrounds and experience levels. Individual instruction, classes in jazz improvisation, straight ahead jazz combos, big band and Latin jazz are all offered. An emphasis is placed on understanding the bebop idiom as well as other historically important styles. Faculty members bring jazz to young people by providing residencies in area schools. WCM Jazz Institute students frequently perform in the community. Recent performances have included Summerfest, the Jazz Estate, and Jazz in the Park. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Master Classes by world renowned performers are regularly offered to our students. Past artists have included Slide Hampton, Charles McPherson, Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Regina Carter, Harry Connick, Jr., and Brian Lynch. The Conservatory’s resident jazz sextet We Six also presents an annual concert series featuring its signature straight-ahead style.
Summer jazz camps are offered for high school and middle school students. Jazz jam sessions, open to high school and adult musicians of all experience levels, take place the second Friday of each month and are free and open to the public. Students have access to the Dorothea Music Library which includes thousands of books, scores, DVDs, and the Ron Cuzner collection of over 10,000 jazz CDs.