The String Department’s mission is to help students achieve technical proficiency on their instruments. Our experienced faculty work with students on balanced posture, beautiful tone production, accurate intonation, and musicianship skills. At the same time, students master a sequential body of musical repertoire. The string department offers instruction in both solo repertoire and chamber music to beginners through advanced players of all ages.
Our Suzuki Program integrates group lessons and performance with private lessons and parental participation to help young students naturally develop proficiency with their instrument.
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Instruments | Cello · Harp · String Bass · Viola · Violin
Available Disciplines | Classical · Suzuki
* String students ages 10 and under must enroll in the Suzuki program.
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We offer customized instruction whether you’re a beginning Suzuki student, preparing for a youth orchestra audition, or dusting off your instrument after years of inactivity. In addition to classical string training, students can pursue fiddle music or jazz bass.
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Available for brass, orchestral percussion, piano, strings, and woodwinds. Experience a new level of performance. Enroll yourself or your young musician in a Chamber Music Ensemble to explore new repertoire, performance techniques, and a way to make new friends. Ensembles forming throughout the semester. Three years minimum experience on an instrument and good note reading skills required.
Resident faculty ensembles include the classical Prometheus Trio (Margot Schwartz, violin and Scott Tisdel, cello) and the Philomusica string quartet (Alexander “Sascha” Mandl, violin).
The teaching artists for strings are gifted performers and skilled in nurturing students’ musical talents.
Gretchen Grube Rebar
Chair — String Department, Violin, Suzuki
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!
Interim Director, Community Partnerships | Violin, Suzuki
Barbara Schneider received her MM in violin performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied violin with Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and violin pedagogy with respected violin and viola pedagogue Rebecca Henry. She received her BM in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where she studied violin with Klara Fenyo Bahcall, former concertmistress of the Budapest Opera Orchestra. Barbara also spent two summers at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Institute in Maine, and has studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, Cleveland, Mendelssohn, Fine Arts, and Orford String Quartets.
While living in Baltimore, Barbara actively performed both chamber and orchestral repertoire. She was a founding member of the Tempest Trio, and a recipient of the Peabody Development Grant for the trio. Barbara performed on the chamber music series, "Sundays at Three" and also premiered contemporary chamber works on the An Die Musik LIVE! Series. She performed regularly with area orchestras including the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the St. Mary's River Concert Series, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. John's. Barbara was also concertmaster of the Bach Cantata Series, the Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Opera Vivente.
Barbara taught at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland for 16 years. While at Peabody, Barbara taught as adjunct violin faculty in the Conservatory as well as violin and chamber music faculty in the Preparatory Division. She coached advanced chamber music groups in the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, created and coached the Adult Chamber Music Program, and led Suzuki group classes there. Her students have been consistently recognized for their talent. Honors for her students include the Peabody Preparatory Silver and Honors Recitals, principal and concertmaster positions in the Chesapeake Youth Orchestras and Peabody Preparatory's senior orchestra, Junior and Senior All-State Festival Orchestra performances, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Sideby-Side performances, and solo concerto performance with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. Barbara's students have been accepted into major music schools and festivals including the Peabody Institute, the Hartt School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Miami, the Tanglewood Institute, the Indiana University Summer String Institute, the Ithaca Summer Institute, the Summit Music Festival, the Killington Music Festival, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Barbara has also performed educational programs at Maryland schools for the BSO Arts Excel Program and has taught at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Barbara just recently moved back to her hometown of Milwaukee. She began her violin studies here at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music as a child.
Cello, Chamber Music
Susan Babini holds the Dorothea C. Mayer Principal Cello Chair with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Increasingly recognized for her "gorgeous sound," "liquid sense of phrasing" and "arresting performances" (Philadelphia Enquirer) she has also appeared as Guest Principal Cello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
In the role of soloist, Ms. Babini has performed multiple times with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has also soloed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the Princeton Symphony. She gave the East Coast premiere with Symphony in C of Aaron Jay Kernis's Colored Field for Cello and Orchestra. In addition, she has been presented in solo recital by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Recently, Ms. Babini performed as cellist with the Cavani String Quartet on the Detroit Chamber Music Society series and at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she also taught masterclasses in chamber music. A participant of the Marlboro Music Festival, Ms. Babini has toured multiple times on the "Musicians from Marlboro" series. In addition, she has participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Music Festival. Here in Milwaukee she has performed on the Frankly Music series and with the Philomusica String Quartet.
Susan Babini holds a Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School and Bachelor and Master of Chamber Music degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She currently teaches at Northwestern University.
Cello, Suzuki, General Music
April Dannelly-Schenck is a private cello teacher and performer who moved to the Milwaukee area from St. Louis, MO. Mrs. Dannelly-Schenck has been teaching cello since 2006, and recently completed her training through Book 5 of the Suzuki method. While living in St. Louis, she taught private instruction in cello at Lindenwood University, and private cello lessons from her home and at the Community Music School of Webster Groves. As a teacher, April believes that her mission is to help every student create joy through music, both in their own life as well as the lives of their family and community.
April has always been an active chamber musician and orchestral performer. She is currently the assistant principal cellist in the Menomonee Falls Symphony, and a regular substitute cellist with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Festival City Symphony, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra. In St. Louis, April served as the principal cellist in the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and as a section cellist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Being drawn to string quartet music, she was a member of the Dorian Quartet, with whom she performed in the Oberlin Honors Recital in 2006. The following year the quartet was selected to showcase the Oberlin Conservatory in a recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The Dorian Quartet was honored to be chosen as semi-finalists in the Plowman Chamber Competition, and also received Honorable Mention in the Ohio String Teacher’s Association Chamber Competition.
Having a passion for both music performance and music academia, Mrs. Dannelly-Schenck received a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance with a music theory minor from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and then went on to complete Master’s degrees in cello performance (MM) and in music theory (MA) from UW-Madison. Throughout her three years at UW, she taught Aural Skills and Theory as a teaching assistant for the freshman music theory course. She taught upper level Music Theory during her years as a professor at Lindenwood University.
Joanna Grosshans is a regular substitute musician of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has worked closely with musical luminaries such as Cliff Colnot, Riccardo Muti, and Yo-Yo Ma. Native of Chicago, Joanna began her violin studies at age five and was mentored by Sibbi Bernhardsson, formerly of the Pacifica Quartet, at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a full scholarship recipient. She completed her Masters in Music under Bayla Keyes at Boston University. A member of the Conservatory string faculty, Joanna spends her summer as a member of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI.
WCM faculty member since 1971. Phillip Grossman is a retired music veteran of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section, of which he was a member since 1970. He has been a member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty since 1971. His B.M. Violin Performance degree is from Indiana University. Mr. Grossman’s teachers at the University were Josef Gingold, Daniel Guilet and William Primrose.
Bass, Jazz Institute
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. He can be heard on the 2005 We Six CD Bird Say.
Dr. Alexander Mandl
WCM faculty member since 2003. D.M.A., UW-Madison; M.M., Yale University; B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University. Brazilian violinist and conductor, Alexander "Sascha" Mandl has performed worldwide at renowned halls, including Alice Tully, the Memorial of Latin America, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Carnegie Music Hall. He is the Concertmaster of the Kenosha Symphony and the Racine Symphony orchestras, and Assistant Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. A faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Carroll University, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Mandl has also performed and taught extensively at international festivals with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Erick Friedman, Sidney Harth, Aldo Parisot, Joao Carlos Martins and Mathieu Dufour. Educated at Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University and UW-Madison, Dr. Mandl is the recipient of the Ivan Galamian Award, the Carnegie Tradition Award and the Yale Alumni Prize. His primary teachers include Sidney Harth, Erick Friedman and Vartan Manoogian.
WCM faculty member since 2005. Violinist Tatiana Migliaccio was born in the Ukraine and graduated from the Musical College of Ternopil. She later completed study at the Lviv Conservatory with degrees in Master of Chamber Music Performance and Pedagogy. Tatiana began her music career playing in the Lviv Symphony and toured with the orchestra to Poland, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, and Estonia. After coming to the United States in 1994 and initially settling in Illinois, she became a member of numerous orchestras, including the Rockford Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet and the University of Chicago Orchestras. She also taught Suzuki violin at the Rockford College Music Academy. In 2005 Tatiana became a member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty, successively teaching violin, music theory and chamber music to WCM students. Along with her teaching, Tatiana currently plays in the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Green Bay, Kenosha and Festival City Symphony Orchestras. Her musical career was inspired by her wonderful teachers Alexander Tatarinzev, Eleanor Stanlis and Mr. Mark Zinger.
Violin and Viola, Suzuki
Laura Mintz has been a member of the violin faculty at the Conservatory since 2018. Teaching for over 23 years, Laura has taught all levels of students, from beginner Suzuki to advanced college students, in her private studio as well as public and private school settings. Her experience teaching in London allowed her to introduce and adapt the Suzuki method of teaching into several schools with success. She previously served as an assistant at the Meadowmount School of Music. In 1995, Laura was chosen as one of the top young orchestra musicians in the country to perform and record the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall with Isaac Stern and Sir Georg Solti. She has performed in the US and Europe as a member of numerous orchestras including the New World Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival orchestra. Ms. Mintz holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, studying and performing with a wide array of world-class artists and pedagogues including Stephen Shipps, Nelli Shkolnikova, Mimi Zweig, Josef Gingold, Rostislav Dubinsky, and Sidney Weiss. She has undertaken Suzuki teacher training with Judy Offman and others.
“I teach violin because, aside from making beautiful music, I teach my students skills for life. Learning an instrument requires focus, physical skill, patience, and is great for developing the brain. Parents want their children to be involved in challenging activities that help them grow, while kids most enjoy musical activities that are fun, social, and rewarding. I believe a good music teacher or program can make all of this happen.”
WCM faculty since 2012. Kelsey Molinari completed her bachelors and masters of music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. She has participated in numerous music festivals through the world and has performed in famed concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She has worked with some of today’s leading conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel, James Levine, Paavo Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Esa Peka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, among others. During the 2008-2009 season, Kelsey performed as acting substitute principal harpist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Kelsey has performed as guest principal harpist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its tour to Europe in 2011 and tour to Caracas, Venezuela in 2012. Kelsey’s solo performances have drawn critical acclaim. The Chicago Tribune described her as “a splendid harpist.” The Chicago Sun-Times dubbed her an “outstanding soloist.” Kelsey is the principal harpist of several orchestra throughout the Midwest and is an active chamber, orchestral and solo performer and teacher.
Bass, Jazz Institute
WCM faculty member since 1981. Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance. 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. Mr. Paolo can be heard on the CD On the Edge with The Luis Diaz Quintet, WYMS radio sampler CD with Berkeley Fudge on "On a Misty Night" and Jeanne Woodall’s It’s Never too Late. He is currently on faculty teaching Jazz Bass, Theory and Performance at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, private teaching, clinician for the Jazz Experience for Milwaukee Public Schools, and at various colleges.
Violin and Viola, Suzuki, Early Childhood
Anna Rasmussen is an active chamber and orchestral musician and has been a Suzuki teacher since 2007. She has played with several orchestras in Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas, including Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and Waco Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Rasmussen loves the collaboration of chamber music. She was the first violinist in the Spiritoso Quartet, has played in several chamber ensembles with other faculty members of the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT, and regularly performs with her husband, Charlie. She has recorded tracks for Paul Bogaev, and, as a member of the Spiritoso Quartet, she premiered a string quartet by Elise Grant in 2015.
Ms. Rasmussen received her Master’s in Violin Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University. Her violin teachers include Fabian Lopez, Eka Gogichashvili, and Julia Hardie. She has done Suzuki Teacher Training with Julia Hardie, Mark Mutter, and long-term training with Allen Lieb at the School for Strings in New York City. She has taught at Suzuki, traditional, and El Sistema-inspired schools in Wisconsin, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas.
Cello, Suzuki, General Music
Charlie Rasmussen enjoys an active career as both a modern and Baroque cellist and as a teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Rasmussen was previously on faculty at the Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, CT where he taught private and group cello lessons, musicianship classes, and coached chamber ensembles. Mr. Rasmussen strives to help his students develop a lifelong passion for music and cello playing.
Mr. Rasmussen holds a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), where he was a graduate assistant and studied with Dr. Alexander Ezerman. He also received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from UNCG. Before his studies at UNCG, Mr. Rasmussen graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in music from Luther College where he studied with Dr. Eric Kutz. Mr. Rasmussen studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver, and he is trained to teach Books 1-10 through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Mr. Rasmussen performed as cellist in the Spiritoso Quartet from 2015-2016 and the Immer String Quartet while he was a student at UNCG. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Rasmussen has served as a principal cellist of the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA), University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and the Luther College Philharmonia. He has also performed with the Fayetteville and Norwalk Symphonies. An advocate of new music, Mr. Rasmussen performed in the premiere of Alejandro Rutty’s Cantabile Hop at the 2012 North Carolina Music Teacher’s Association in Chapel Hill and premiered a string quartet by Elise Grant in 2015. He has recorded for Grammy Award-winning Broadway and film composer Paul Bogaev.
As a Baroque cellist, Mr. Rasmussen has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival with the New York Continuo Collective and with American Bach Soloists where he participated in the Academy program. Mr. Rasmussen has soloed with Greensboro Early Music and presented solo recitals through the Seabury Academy of the Arts in Norwalk, CT. He attended Phoebe Carrai’s Baroque Cello Bootcamp and the Magnolia Institute where he studied with Brent Wissick. He currently performs in the Vitali Ensemble with Baroque Guitarist Meredith Connie.
Violin, Viola, Chamber Music
Violinist Margot Schwartz is a member of the First Violin section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee, Berkeley, and Oakland East Bay Symphonies. As a chamber musician, Ms. Schwartz has performed extensively on both violin and viola, including at New York’s Bargemusic, and for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, and can be heard on numerous series in the Milwaukee area, including Frankly Music and Present Music. She also performs as a member of the Arcas String Quartet and the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue, ensembles which have both recently been formed with her MSO colleagues.
Ms. Schwartz enjoys teaching privately as well as coaching sectionals and chamber music at many local high schools. In the summers, she performs in the First Violin sections of both the Bellingham (WA) and Peninsula (WI) Music Festivals. She holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, where she was a student of Ani Kavafian; and the Northwestern University School of Music, studying with Roland and Almita Vamos.
Violin, Chamber Music
Since her solo orchestral debut at age 15, Ilana Setapen has been flourishing as a violinist with a powerful and original voice. She is hailed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a violinist with “a sparkling sound” and “the kind of control that puts an audience completely at ease.” She is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
In recent seasons Setapen has had solo performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, Festival City Symphony, the Boca Raton Symphonia, and the Amarillo Symphony, among others. Since winning her job in the Milwaukee Symphony in 2009, she has been offered a solo every season. She held the Assistant Concertmaster position of the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago for 6 years. She is also a favorite guest concertmaster with the Chicago Philharmonic. In recent summers she has made guest appearances at the Olympic Music Festival on Bainbridge Island, and she spent two summers on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center summer festival in Lake Luzerne, New York.
Also a committed chamber musician, Setapen is in demand as a collaborator throughout the midwest. She is a frequent guest on the Frankly Music Series and the Rembrandt Chamber Players of Chicago. She performs as the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue with her colleague Margot Schwartz. Her talent has led her to collaborations with such distinguished artists as Ron Leonard, Lynn Harrell, Toby Appel, Cynthia Phelps, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert DeMaine, Paul Coletti, the Fine Arts Quartet, Stefan Hersh, David Geber, and Joan Tower. Solo and chamber music performances have brought her abroad to China, France, Brazil, Holland, England, Monaco, and Italy.
Courtney Sharp has over 20 years of experience as a cellist. She holds a Masters of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, an Artist’s Diploma from the College of Charleston, and a Bachelors of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music at Case Western Reserve University. She was also a National Finalist at the MTNA competition. Ms. Sharp’s strongest passions include chamber music, orchestral performance, solo playing, and teaching.
Violin and Viola, Suzuki, General Music
Natalie Stawarski is from Downers Grove, Illinois where she began playing violin at the age of 9 through her elementary school music program. She has gained a Bachelor of Music from Millikin University, where she studied under Georgia Hornbacker, and then went to study with Dr. Sarah Gentry at Illinois State university while pursuing a master’s degree. Natalie furthered her education by going to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she became trained in Suzuki up to book 8 under Vera McCoy Sulentic, and continued studying violin under Dr. Lenora Anop. Natalie has participated and performed in various classical, bluegrass, and free improv ensembles, as well as doing work within the recording studio at Millikin University. Natalie has also performed at the International Chamber Music Festival in Kyustendil, Bulgaria.
Violin and Viola, Suzuki, General Music
Mrs. Stodola started as a Suzuki violin instructor in Lubbock, Texas in 2002 after receiving short-term training at the American Suzuki Institute from Nancy Lokken. Inspired to learn more, Mrs. Stodola received a MME with an emphasis in Suzuki violin from the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point. During her time in Stevens Point she worked with Professor Pat D'Ercole, and was awarded the Margery Aber Talent Education Scholarship for two consecutive years. After completing her degree, she pursued Sonata Repertoire training with Tom Wermuth, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with ECE pioneer, Dorothy Jones.
Mrs. Stodola has taught Suzuki violin in Milwaukee since 2005. She has taught independently and on the faculties of North Shore Suzuki Strings and Barcel Suzuki String Academy. Most recently, she joined the Conservatory Suzuki faculty in August of 2014. Mrs. Stodola has been a clinician at workshops throughout Wisconsin, and served as interim faculty for the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She maintains involvement with the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin where in 2010, she served as organizational chairperson for their biennial workshop.
Mrs. Stodola holds a MM in violin performance from Texas Tech University studying under John Gilbert, and a BM in violin performance from the University of Minnesota studying with Sally O'Reilly. She also studied with Jerome Franke of the Milwaukee Symphony and Klara Fenyo-Bahcall, professor of violin at UW-Oshkosh. An avid performer, she served as concertmaster of the Green Bay Civic Symphony from 2007-2011, and is now currently a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic
Viola, Chamber Music
Nicole Sutterfield is the assistant principal violist of the Milwaukee Symphony. A Minnesota native, Ms. Sutterfield has enjoyed a multi-faceted career from the midwest to the Pacific coast. As an orchestral musician, she has been a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Spokane Symphony, as well as principal violist of the Mozart Classical Orchestra of Orange County. She has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, as a backup musician on American Idol, and as special entertainment at the Academy Awards Governors Ball.
A former Miss Minnesota, Nicole used her year of service to champion quality music education, visiting over 20,000 students at 84 schools with a guest artist-in-residence program entitled “Music is Instrumental.” Since then, she has served as a Teaching Artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Manager of Community Engagement Programs at the Colburn Conservatory, and the viola coach for the Spokane Symphony’s Young Musicians Education Programs. She has also participated in Arts Advocacy Days, lobbying for arts funding in both Minnesota and Washington, D.C. Nicole won first place in the Chicago Viola Society competition, was a semifinalist in the international Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition, and received a Non-Finalist Talent Award at the 2007 Miss America Pageant.
Ms. Sutterfield holds a Professional Studies Certificate from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music with a minor in journalism from the University of Minnesota. Prior teachers include Paul Coletti, Korey Konkol, and Alice Preves. Nicole is excited to be living in the midwest once again and looks forward to exploring the greater Milwaukee area with her husband, Matthew, and their son, Gregory.
Cello, Chamber Music
WCM faculty member since 2000. M.M., Cello Performance, Indiana University; B.M., Cello Performance, San Francisco State University. Scott Tisdel has served as Associate Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony and Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra since 1987, and has appeared as soloist with both ensembles. Prior to his arrival in Milwaukee, Mr. Tisdel was Principal Cellist of the Florida Orchestra (Tampa), and a member of both the Oakland and San Jose Symphonies. Mr. Tisdel is a founding member of the Conservatory's resident Prometheus Trio. He performs annually at the Washington Island Music Festival.
Marie Sinco Warren
Marie Sinco Warren is a cellist and teacher with a focus on outreach and youth advocacy. An active chamber musician, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works throughout the country. Mrs. Warren has worked with composers such as Douglas Boyce, Augusta Read Thomas, and Duncan Youngerman, and toured with new music series such as Wireless!, and the North Carolina International Orchestra. Before turning her attention to pedagogy she performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony, as well as regional orchestras such as Winston Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and Green Bay Symphony. Since then she has served with the Greater Milwaukee ‘el Sistema, a full scholarship outreach strings program; she was an Assistant Advocate with the homeless youth shelter, Pathfinders MKE; and as a Resident Advisor with the homeless youth shelter, Covenant House NYC. In addition to her duties at the Wisconsin Conservatory Mrs. Warren is the Applied Cello Professor at Carroll University as well as Adjunct Professor of Cello at Mount Mary University. She holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) from University of South Florida, a Master of Music (M.M.) from Florida State University, and the Professional Artist Certificate (P.A.C.) From University of North Carolina School of the Arts.