Meet Our Faculty, Staff, & Board

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Meet Our Faculty, Staff, & Board

A Team Of Talented Teachers, Musicians, & Adminstrators

The heart of the Conservatory is our faculty, consisting of over 100 teaching artists. We build on the legacy of dedicated and talented musicians who have learned, studied and worked here before us for well over a century.

 

Faculty   Staff

Board of Directors

William Bonifas

Executive Vice President, CBRE

Alan Giuffre

Accountant, Alan Giuffre SC, Inc.

Arvind Gopalratnam

Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Milwaukee Bucks, Executive Director, Milwaukee Bucks Foundation

Henry Herzing

Vice Chair | President, Herzing College, Chancellor Emeritus, Herzing University

Suzanne Herzing

Retired, Herzing University

James A. Holtz

Immediate Past Chair | President, Data Financial, Inc.

David Hoover

Director, Patina Solutions

Trent M. Johnson

Attorney, Foley & Lardner

Ulice Payne Jr.

President, Addison Clifton, LLC

Mason Khan

Global Product Manager, Rockwell Automation

Tom Lacy

Managing Director, Baird

Doug Lady

Senior Vice President, Hal Leonard

Gayelin Littell

Executive Producer, Summerfest

Brian Lynch

Grammy Award-winning Trumpeter, Associate Professor, University of Miami

Ulrich Broeckel, M.D.

Physician, Medical College of Wisconsin

Gregory S. Marcus

President, Marcus Corporation

Judith McGregor

Retired

Jack Miller

Second Vice Chair | Director, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Christopher Nolte

President, Marcus Investments

Benjamin Pavlik

Treasurer | Wealth, Legal, Compliance and Risk Manager, Johnson Bank

Richard M. Phalen

President & CEO, Progressive Development Associates LLC

Kurt J. Thomas

Senior Vice President, MGIC

Eric Tillich

President, Chief Executive Officer

Education

BA from UW-Madison and his MA in Organization, Leadership, and Quality from Marian University

Background

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 has served on several non-profit boards in the Milwaukee area including the Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin and Future Milwaukee.

Kimberly R. Walker

Chief Operations Officer, Boys and Girls Club

Terrence R. Wilkinson

Chair | President, Cramer Coil & Transformer Co., Inc.

Wendell Willis

Executive Director, MPS Foundation


Early Childhood

Natasha Gall

Meaghan Heinrich

Chamber Music Manager

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Oboe Performance | Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Master of Music, Oboe Performance | Rice University

Background

  • Conservatory Faculty since 2015.
  • Teaches private oboe lessons, chamber music, early childhood music, and K4-5th grade general music classes in Milwaukee schools.
  • Freelance oboist in the greater Milwaukee area, performing frequently with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, Festival City Symphony, and Bel Canto.
  • Oboist and Lecturer for the Washington Island Music Festival.
  • Lecturer, teaching artist, and consultant for area arts organizations, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (“Meet the Music” pre-concert talks, the Lullaby Project, and Link Up recorder concerts), PianoArts, and the LunArt Festival.
  • Formerly Manager of Learning Programs and Community Engagement for The Cleveland Orchestra and Education Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
  • Performed for four years (two as Co-Artistic Director) with the multi-disciplinary ensemble Tales & Scales, including appearances with the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Louisville Orchestra.

Elise Pennington

Chair – Early Childhood

Education

Bachelor of Music, Minor in Psychology | DePauw University in Greencastle, IN

Background

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

Orlando Pimentel

Education

  • Master of Music, Clarinet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the WCM Faculty in 2015.
  • Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Orlando Pimentel began his musical training in Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras, also known as “El Sistema”.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Together with three other colleagues, formed the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, a chamber ensemble that has performed throughout Venezuela, as well as in China, Europe, and South America, in addition to winning the 1996 National Artist Award for Best Classical Ensemble, the quartet released three CD’s: Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas,Aires Tropicales, andSuelos.
  • 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.
  • Performed with the “Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society” Summer Festival in Madison, as well as the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green, WI.

Lynn Roginske

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Wisconsin College – Conservatory
  • Master of Music | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
  • Wisconsin D.P.I. Certification in General Music, Adaptive Music, and Choral Education | Alverno College

Background

  • Has been a member of the Piano faculty at the Conservatory for over 30 years.
  • Provides lessons for beginners and continuing students of all ages.
  • Served as the music specialist with Milwaukee Public Schools for 25 years, retiring in 2014.
  • Specializes in songwriting, arranging for choral ensembles, and early childhood education, and enjoys contemporary piano styles including jazz, blues, pop, and rock.
  • Performs for various events throughout Wisconsin, in high demand as both a piano soloist and member of a jazz trio: Recent engagements have included Greendale Gazebo Village Nights, Wilson Center for the Arts, Alexian Village, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, and the Ovation Jewish Home.
  • Stays active in the community by being the Children’s Program Notes Host for the Festival City Symphony.
    Had the great privilege in taking part in summer studies at the KodályMusic Institute, which serves to promote professional development for music educators.

Dana Sherman

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance and Mathematics | University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Master of Music, Music Performance | Northwestern University

Background

  • Started at the Conservatory in the Fall of 2018.
  • Currently Principal Horn of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Third Horn of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and a member of Alloy Horn Quartet.
  • The quartet was Featured Guest Artist at the 2018 International Horn Symposium and featured soloists with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
  • Formerly held positions in Omaha Symphony (Acting Associate Principal Horn) and New Mexico Philharmonic (3rd Horn).
  • Substitute musician with Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony.
  • Served as Brass Instructor and Associate Band Director with the El Sistema inspired program at Ravinia.
  • Taught horn at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Glendale Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
  • Played at several summer music festivals, including Peninsula Music Festival (in Door County, WI), Grand Teton Music Festival (in Jackson Hole, WY), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (Sarasota, FL), and Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO).

Nathan Wesselowski

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance | Baker University, Master of Music
  • Voice Performance | The Cleveland Institute of Music

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2010.
  • Proud member of AEA (Actor’s Equity Association) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists).
  • Has been performing professionally in opera, music theatre, and theatre since 1996.
  • He has sung with Skylight Music Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Opera, Florentine Opera, The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Prometheus Trio, Danceworks, and many more.
  • As a composer, his works include A Twisted Carol, the musical he wrote with Mondy Carter that performed to a sold out run with In Tandem Theatre in 2015, and Eurydice which was performed at Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Eurydice Festival.
  • Serves as an At Large Board Member and Education and Outreach chair for Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Board of Directors.

Guitar

Jack Beyler

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Classical Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Has been a member of the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Classically trained, Jack is an active musician in the area, performing with a variety of groups including Tabula Nova, D’Amato, Triplex, Rocket Paloma, as well as solo.
  • Continues to have opportunities to perform in several Milwaukee festivals such as Summerfest, Summer Solstice, and Chill on the Hill.
  • Taken masterclasses with internationally renowned guitarists such as Marcin Dylla, Michael Partington, Roland Dyens, Edel Munoz, and Isaac Bustos.
  • Studied under Professor Laura Young at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya while living in Barcelona, Spain.

Thomas Clippert

Education

Yale School of Music

Background

  • Studied with Benjamin Verdery while at Yale, and was awarded the Eliot Fisk Guitar Prize.
  • Additional studies include Phillip de Fremery at the Mount Holyoke Guitar Master Class and Patrick Roux at the Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy in Quebec.
  • Has appeared with a variety of ensembles including L’Opera Piccola, Heartland Voices, CUBE, Northwest Chicago String Quartet, Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra, University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, and the George Crumb Project.
  • Has been a featured artist at the Interlochen Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop.
  • Frequently performs as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Chicago area.
  • In addition to his work at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Tom teaches at Oakton Community College, The Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College, and the Chicago High School for the Arts.

Tobias James

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Guitar Performance – Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Master of Music, Guitar Performance and Pedagogy – Peabody Institute

Background

  • Chicago-native that began to play Suzuki classical guitar at age six and Suzuki cello at age eight.
  • Ever since, Tobias has played in halls such as Mixon Hall in Cleveland, OH, Lutkin Hall Evanston, IL, Hatch Recital in Rochester, NY and Comstock Concert Hall in Louisville, KY.
  • Was a prize recipient at Guitar Foundation of America (4th place youth 2012), Indiana International Guitar competition (2nd place youth 2011), All Ohio Stroud Competition (4th place 2014), East Carolina Guitar competition, Louisville Guitar competition and others.
  • In addition to classical guitar, Tobias is also an avid flamenco guitarist that accompanies Peabody Preparatory’s flamenco dance class.
  • He wishes to bring this tradition back into the classical realm by commissioning new pieces that incorporate elements of flamenco as well as performing solo works of flamenco guitarists.
  • Certified to teach Suzuki Guitar Book 1 and 2, and studied teaching under Travis Marcum, Jeremy Osborne, and Matt Hinsley.

Raymond Mueller

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Classical Guitar Performance | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
  • Master of Music, Classical Guitar Performance | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Background

 

  • Has been a member of the Conservatory since 1977, serving as the classical guitar instructor.
  • Teaching the core repertoire, Mr. Mueller focuses on preparing his students for performance at all levels of study.
  • Mueller is currently active as a composer and arranger of music for solo guitar and guitar ensembles.
  • An active soloist and former member of the Viennese Guitar Duo, as well as the WCM Classical Guitar Quartet.
  • Has been giving historical recitals on period guitars based on the original works and repertoire of Sor, Tarrega, Llobet, Barrios, and Segovia since 2004.
  • When not performing, he spends his time coaching various guitar trios and quartets.

Matthew Schroeder

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honors, Guitar Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • WCM Faculty member since 1992.
  • Milwaukee based WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) winning guitarist who is equally at home on acoustic or electric guitar.
  • As a fingerstyle guitarist, Mr. Schroeder studied under John Stropes, and graduated with a performance degree in American fingerstyle guitar.
  • Has performed in America and Canada, been featured on local television and radio, and can be heard on the CD compilation American Finger-Style Guitar circa 1999.
  • Matt is the Artistic Director for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s annual Guitar Weekend Workshop and Interlochen College of Creative Arts’ Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop.
  • Currently performs acoustically as a soloist, in a duo with vocalist Lynda Lee, and with the trio La Guitarra.
  • As a rock guitarist, performed extensively throughout the Midwest with Blackfish, Pet Engine, Steve Grimm and the Thrill Cats, and Jamie Jess, and the WAMI-award winning Barbeez.
  • A featured instructor on the Hal Leonard DVDs Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine and Rock Guitar Licks Goldmine, which were released in Spring 2011.

Carlos Serrano

Education

  • Bachelor Degree, Classical Guitar Performance | Florida International University
  • Master Degree, Classical Guitar Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory faculty in 2018 and brings with him experience from the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee and Vivace Arts Conservatory in Miami, Florida.
  • Prize winner of the 19th Annual Florida International University Concerto Competition, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 South Florida Young Artist Competition.
  • His teachers include Italian guitarist Federico Bonacossa, Turkish guitar composer Mesut Ozgen, Cuban virtuoso Rafael Padron, and guitarist Rene Izquierdo.
  • Has performed in events presented by organizations such as the Miami Classical Guitar Society, Perla de Esperanza Foundation, Marcus Theaters, and the Florida Guitar Foundation.
  • Selected to perform in master classes for esteemed artists such as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Aniello Desiderio, and many others.
  • Participated in the 2018 Camino Arts Guitar Workshop in Carrion de los Condes (Spain) and conducted the 2018 UCC Guitar Festival Orchestra.

Paul Silbergleit

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts | Oberlin College

Background

  • 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.

Michael Standal

Background

  • Has been a member of the Conservatory since 2017 serving as a guitar instructor, and working for the Guitar Prep Program.
  • Teaching for over 33 years, Michael specializes in genres such as jazz, fusion, rock, alternative, and finger-style acoustic.
  • Additionally, emphasizes in music technology, composition, and production.
  • His compositions have been placed in over 1,000 different television shows and films worldwide including American Idol, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, and The Emmy Awards.
  • Corporate music work includes extensive recording and production for Hal Leonard’s play-a-long series, 2018’s “Stronger Together” live music activation for Aurora Health Care and extensive jingle and custom music composition, recording and production.
  • Performed, recorded and composed in an extremely wide variety of genres and styles, including Jazz, Latin Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Funk, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Alternative and Pop and proficient in Metal, Country, Folk, Finger-style Acoustic, Classical and other styles.

Marija Temo

Chair – Guitar

Education

  • Bachelor Degree | Baldwin – Wallace College Conservatory of Music
  • Master Degree | Peabody Conservatory of Music of The John Hopkins University

Background

  • Conservatory faculty since 2015.
  • Widely recognized as a virtuoso classical and flamenco guitarist, vocalist, conductor, and former dancer.
  • Has been featured with the Baltimore and Calgary Symphonies, as well as in guitar festivals in Asunción, Paraguay, New York City, and The GFA International Guitar Festival and Competition.
  • Has had the privilege to perform 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.
  • Had the honor of having two works for guitar and orchestra written for her, Tango Fantasyand Concierto del Fuego, by Loris Chobanian.
  • Other performances include being a guest artist with the Zac Brown Band, providing music for a GE Capital/Taylor Guitar national television commercial, and performing in a flamenco documentary.
  • Knownfor 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.

General Music

Jack Beyler

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Classical Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Has been a member of the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Classically trained, Jack is an active musician in the area, performing with a variety of groups including Tabula Nova, D’Amato, Triplex, Rocket Paloma, as well as solo.
  • Continues to have opportunities to perform in several Milwaukee festivals such as Summerfest, Summer Solstice, and Chill on the Hill.
  • Taken masterclasses with internationally renowned guitarists such as Marcin Dylla, Michael Partington, Roland Dyens, Edel Munoz, and Isaac Bustos.
  • Studied under Professor Laura Young at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya while living in Barcelona, Spain.

Marcya Daneille

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Voice Performance | Roosevelt University (Chicago Musical College)
  • Graduate Level Vocal Training | University of Iowa

Background

  • 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.

Andrea DeGreiff-Beisser

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music – University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Master of Music – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2002.
  • At the age of 13, was chosen to participate in a solo concert with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music in Bogota, Colombia to play the Haydn Concerto in F.
  • DeGreiff-Beisser’s broad training includes studies in accompanying for instrumental and vocal ensembles and soloists.
  • As a recitalist, has appeared at the University of Nebraska, and at the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango Concert Hall and Olav Roots Auditorium in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Has also appeared at several opera productions with the UWM voice students, as well as several voice faculty recitals here at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
  • Studied under Harold Martina, Blanca Uribe, James Cook, Jeffrey Peterson, Katjia Phillambaum and Judit Jaimes.

Drew Donica

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy – Lawrence University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Lawrence University
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy – University of Colorado-Boulder

Background

  • Member of the Piano faculty at the Conservatory since 2015.
  • Has been teaching since 2009, and enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities.
  • Has presented on creativity, studio development, and Recreational Music Making (RMM) for the Music
  • Teachers National Association national conferences (2017 Baltimore, 2016 San Antonio, 2015 Las Vegas).
  • Frequent adjudicator for piano festivals, auditions, and competitions.
  • Board member of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.
  • Active performer, collaborating with WCM faculty, students, and other musicians in the area.

Adam Fisher

Chair – Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education | University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Master of Music, Trumpet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory faculty in 2017.
  • In demand as a freelance trumpet player and educator since moving to Milwaukee in 2013 to pursue his MM in Trumpet Performance at UW-Milwaukee.
  • Played programs around Southeastern Wisconsin as an active recitalist and a strong proponent of new music.
  • Has been heard playing from the pit orchestras of dozens of musicals, and has made appearances playing with the South Shore Chorale and Lakeshore Chorale.
  • As a lead player, has played in area big bands and in the horn section for Milwaukee-based bands.
  • As part of DIY Chamber music, Adam has played premiers of new works, many penned by Milwaukee based composers.
  • Has taught master classes throughout the state, and has recently been on the marching band staff for high schools throughout Wisconsin and Ohio.

Natasha Gall

Joanna Grosshans

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Music | Boston University

Background

  • Member of the Conservatory string faculty since 2017.
  • Began violin studies at the age of five, and was mentored by Sibbi Bernhardsson, formerly of the Pacifica Quartet.
  • Completed Book 1 Suzuki violin certification with Edward Kreitman in July 2018, and will finish certification for Book 2 in January 2019.
  • Serves as a regular substitute musician of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has worked closely with musical luminaries such as Cliff Colnot, Riccardo Muti, and Yo-Yo Ma.
  • Spends her summer as a member of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI.

Meaghan Heinrich

Chamber Music Manager

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Oboe Performance | Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Master of Music, Oboe Performance | Rice University

Background

  • Conservatory Faculty since 2015.
  • Teaches private oboe lessons, chamber music, early childhood music, and K4-5th grade general music classes in Milwaukee schools.
  • Freelance oboist in the greater Milwaukee area, performing frequently with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, Festival City Symphony, and Bel Canto.
  • Oboist and Lecturer for the Washington Island Music Festival.
  • Lecturer, teaching artist, and consultant for area arts organizations, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (“Meet the Music” pre-concert talks, the Lullaby Project, and Link Up recorder concerts), PianoArts, and the LunArt Festival.
  • Formerly Manager of Learning Programs and Community Engagement for The Cleveland Orchestra and Education Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
  • Performed for four years (two as Co-Artistic Director) with the multi-disciplinary ensemble Tales & Scales, including appearances with the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Louisville Orchestra.

Mary Kelly Hutchinson

Background

Bio coming soon!

Eric Jacobson

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Trumpet | University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Background

  • 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 Inspiration which 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.

Tobias James

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Guitar Performance – Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Master of Music, Guitar Performance and Pedagogy – Peabody Institute

Background

  • Chicago-native that began to play Suzuki classical guitar at age six and Suzuki cello at age eight.
  • Ever since, Tobias has played in halls such as Mixon Hall in Cleveland, OH, Lutkin Hall Evanston, IL, Hatch Recital in Rochester, NY and Comstock Concert Hall in Louisville, KY.
  • Was a prize recipient at Guitar Foundation of America (4th place youth 2012), Indiana International Guitar competition (2nd place youth 2011), All Ohio Stroud Competition (4th place 2014), East Carolina Guitar competition, Louisville Guitar competition and others.
  • In addition to classical guitar, Tobias is also an avid flamenco guitarist that accompanies Peabody Preparatory’s flamenco dance class.
  • He wishes to bring this tradition back into the classical realm by commissioning new pieces that incorporate elements of flamenco as well as performing solo works of flamenco guitarists.
  • Certified to teach Suzuki Guitar Book 1 and 2, and studied teaching under Travis Marcum, Jeremy Osborne, and Matt Hinsley.

Hannah Johnson

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory faculty in January 2019.
  • Teaches and plays various styles of music on the drum set, specializing in jazz.
  • Plays with her modern jazz quartet in the Milwaukee area.
  • A featured instructor for the Vic Firth video series “Inside the Teaching Studio” entitled How to Sound Like Elvin Jones.
  • Had the chance to play with musicians such as Leni Stern, Ingrid Jensen, and Jamie Baum.
  • Enjoys teaching the bucket drumming and world percussion classes through the Conservatory Connections program, as well as private percussion lessons.

Cecilio Negron Jr.

Background

  • WCM Conservatory Connections faculty since 2005.
  • Comes from a family of musicians and performers whose lineage can be traced to Puerto Rico and further back to Africa and Spain.
  • During his childhood both his father and uncle played major roles in the Midwest music scene as musicians, promoters and bandleaders, and Cecilio started his music studies at the age of five, at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
  • Studied in the high school music program and learned to read music, music theory, play drum-set and concert percussion, earning him top honors in solo and state competitions.
  • Began playing professionally by the age of 16, and at 21 embarked on his solo career, working to develop himself as an artist and teacher.
  • Started working with Milwaukee Public Theatre in 2000, teaching arts residencies, drumming and touring in several theatre productions.
  • Can now be found performing with many successful local and national acts, and he has an extensive resume of performances at local and national community centers, schools, businesses, arenas, clubs, music venues and private events.
  • Currently designs, manages, and facilitates his own musical ensembles, drumming workshops, drum circles, drum and dance residencies, drum making workshops, educational presentations, and musical performances.

Elizabeth Lieberman

Education

Elizabeth Lieberman holds a MM and is a graduate of Northwestern University and of Northern Illinois University.

Laura Mintz

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Indiana University
  • Master of Music | University of Michigan

Background

  • Instructor at the Conservatory since 2018.
  • Received Suzuki Teacher Training with Mimi Zweig and Judy Offman.
  • Has taught students of all ages and levels for 25 years.
  • Created and directed Suzuki and traditional instrumental programs in schools in New York, Texas, Wisconsin, and London, England.
  • Has enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral violinist and freelance chamber musician, performing in the US and Europe with the New World Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
  • Chosen by Isaac Stern and Sir Georg Solti to perform and record as a member of the Solti Orchestra Project at Carnegie Hall.
  • First prize recipient in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
  • Began playing the violin as a Suzuki student at the age of three.

Katharyn Nelson

Education

Bachelor of Music, Performance, Minor in Piano Pedagogy – Lawrence University

Background

  • Joined the WCM Piano and General Music Faculty in 2018.
  • Earned her Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in the studio of Professor Anthony Padilla, graduating magna cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • A pianist since she was five, she has performed in several competitions and masterclasses, playing for musicians such as internationally-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk and pianist and harpsichordist Lorna Peters.
  • Enjoys exploring the arts of all kinds and holds an additional degree in English.
  • She continues to collaborate with instrumentalists and choirs and is thrilled to be joining the musical community of the Conservatory.

Colin O’Day

Background

  • Milwaukee native Colin O’Day is a freelance performer with performing credits around Wisconsin.
  • Has performed as a substitute and extra percussionist and timpanist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra.
  • An advocate of new music, Colin commissioned and premiered a new work for marimba trio by composer Ivan Trevino in 2014.
  • Serves as Principal Timpanist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Philharmonic, and as Percussionist with the Festival City and Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestras.
  • During the summer, plays with the Northern Sky Theater, a theater company that performs at Peninsula State Park in Door County, WI.
  • Colin also serves as Percussion Instructor at New Berlin West High School and Whitefish Bay High School.

Johnny Padilla

Background

  • Johnny Padilla began his performing career in his native Miami, Florida honing his skills as a studio and jazz musician.
  • He has performed in Europe, South America and throughout the United States.

Talia Pavia

Co-Chair – Strings

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Music | Northern Illinois University
  • Performer’s Certificate | Northern Illinois University

Background

  • Member of the Conservatory String Faculty since 2018
  • Pavia studied with international soloist Shmuel Ashkenasi and trained with the Grammy Award-winning Vermeer Quartet as a member of NIU’s Graduate String Quartet In-Residence
  • Received numerous awards and scholarships, including graduate fellowships, from both the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the NIU Graduate School to pursue violin studies.
  • Currently performs as Associate Principal Second Violin of Camerata Chicago, is on the substitute list for the Minnesota Orchestra, and has touredboth nationally and internationally in chamber music festivals, including the Zeister Musiekdagen Chamber Music Festivalin the Netherlands.
  • As first violinist of the Ethereal Shima Quartet, her chamber music interpretations have been called “remarkably sensitive and mature” by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune.
  • Performance credits include the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (Concertmaster, Emmy Award-winning recording), Chicago’s Symphony Center, and at acclaimed venues throughout the world with renowned artists including the incomparable fiddler Mark O’Connor and jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling.
  • Pavia’s students have won numerous concerto competitions and have gone on to pursue classical and contemporary violin performance at universities such as the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Berklee School of Music.

Elise Pennington

Chair – Early Childhood

Education

Bachelor of Music, Minor in Psychology | DePauw University in Greencastle, IN

Background

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

Orlando Pimentel

Education

  • Master of Music, Clarinet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the WCM Faculty in 2015.
  • Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Orlando Pimentel began his musical training in Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras, also known as “El Sistema”.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Together with three other colleagues, formed the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, a chamber ensemble that has performed throughout Venezuela, as well as in China, Europe, and South America, in addition to winning the 1996 National Artist Award for Best Classical Ensemble, the quartet released three CD’s: Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas,Aires Tropicales, andSuelos.
  • 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.
  • Performed with the “Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society” Summer Festival in Madison, as well as the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green, WI.

Alex Randazzo

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Wide-Range Music Education | Wisconsin Lutheran College

Background

  • Joined the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty in August of 2018.
  • Alex Randazzo holds teaching licenses in Choral Music, Instrumental Music, and General Music, for grades
  • Pre-K through high school.
  • After graduation, he spent a few years gaining experience in each of his license areas.
  • Enjoys his time playing saxophone, guitar, and directing the adult choir at his church.”

Charlie Rasmussen

Co-Chair – Strings

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music | Luther College
  • Master of Music in Cello Performance | University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory | University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy | The University of Denver

Background

  • Suzuki cello instructor at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Trained by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Suzuki Cello Units 1-10, and provides lessons for a full range of students.
  • Studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr.
  • Active as a modern cellist, baroque cellist, and viola da gambist performing with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and Sonata à Quattro.
  • Was the guest artist for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Cello Fest Clinic in May 2018.
  • Has served as the principal cellist with the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA) and the Madison Bach Musicians.
  • Previously performed with the Vitali Ensemble, the New York Continuo Collective, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (CT), and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC).
  • His solo CD, 11 Capricci by Joseph Dall’Abaco,was released by Centaur Records in July 2018.
  • He has recorded tracks for Grammy Award Winning Broadway composer, Paul Bogaev.

Carlos Serrano

Education

  • Bachelor Degree, Classical Guitar Performance | Florida International University
  • Master Degree, Classical Guitar Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory faculty in 2018 and brings with him experience from the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee and Vivace Arts Conservatory in Miami, Florida.
  • Prize winner of the 19th Annual Florida International University Concerto Competition, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 South Florida Young Artist Competition.
  • His teachers include Italian guitarist Federico Bonacossa, Turkish guitar composer Mesut Ozgen, Cuban virtuoso Rafael Padron, and guitarist Rene Izquierdo.
  • Has performed in events presented by organizations such as the Miami Classical Guitar Society, Perla de Esperanza Foundation, Marcus Theaters, and the Florida Guitar Foundation.
  • Selected to perform in master classes for esteemed artists such as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Aniello Desiderio, and many others.
  • Participated in the 2018 Camino Arts Guitar Workshop in Carrion de los Condes (Spain) and conducted the 2018 UCC Guitar Festival Orchestra.

Joshua Sevigny

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Music Performance | Crane School of Music
  • Master’s in Music Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Holds the principal positions with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, and the Lake County Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has also performed with the Southwestern Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Present Music Milwaukee, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, Northern Symphonic Winds, and is on numerous sub lists in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
  • Performs with a number of local jazz and rock groups in the Milwaukee area in addition to running a large, successful low brass studio.
  • Joshua has placed in and won numerous national and international competitions.

Dana Sherman

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance and Mathematics | University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Master of Music, Music Performance | Northwestern University

Background

  • Started at the Conservatory in the Fall of 2018.
  • Currently Principal Horn of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Third Horn of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and a member of Alloy Horn Quartet.
  • The quartet was Featured Guest Artist at the 2018 International Horn Symposium and featured soloists with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
  • Formerly held positions in Omaha Symphony (Acting Associate Principal Horn) and New Mexico Philharmonic (3rd Horn).
  • Substitute musician with Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony.
  • Served as Brass Instructor and Associate Band Director with the El Sistema inspired program at Ravinia.
  • Taught horn at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Glendale Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
  • Played at several summer music festivals, including Peninsula Music Festival (in Door County, WI), Grand Teton Music Festival (in Jackson Hole, WY), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (Sarasota, FL), and Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO).

Mitch Shiner

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Jazz Studies | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Performer’s Certificate for Senior Recital

Background

  • 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.

Natalie Stawarski

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | Millikin University
  • Master of Music | Illinois State University
  • Suzuki Training | Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory Violin faculty in 2017.
  • Studied under Georgia Hornbacker at Millikin University, and Dr. Lenora Anop at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
  • Teaching for 9 years, Natalie became trained in Suzuki violin up to Book 8 under Vera McCoy Sulentic.
  • Had the honor of performing at the International Chamber Music Festival in Kyustendil, Bulgaria in 2014.
  • Has participated and performed in various classical, bluegrass, and free improv ensembles as an active musician, in addition to doing work within the recording studio at Millikin University.

Emily Watson-Stodola

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | University of Minnesota
  • Master of Music in Violin Performance | Texas Tech University
  • Master of Music Education, Suzuki Violin emphasis | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory Suzuki Faculty in 2014.
  • Worked with Professor Pat D’Ercole while at Stevens Point, and was awarded the Margery Aber Talent Education Scholarship for two consecutive years.
  • Pursued Sonata Repertoire training with Tom Wermuth, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with ECE pioneer, Dorothy Jones.
  • Has also studied with Jerome Franke of the Milwaukee Symphony and Klara Fenyo-Bahcall, professor of violin at UW-Oshkosh.
  • Started as a Suzuki violin instructor in Lubbock, Texas in 2002 and has taught Suzuki violin in Milwaukee since 2005, both independently and on the faculties of North Shore Suzuki Strings and Barcel Suzuki String Academy.
  • 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.
  • Maintains involvement with the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin where in 2010, she served as organizational chairperson for their biennial workshop.
  • As an avid performer, has served as concertmaster of the Green Bay Civic Symphony from 2007-2011, and is now currently a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic.

Nathan Wesselowski

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance | Baker University, Master of Music
  • Voice Performance | The Cleveland Institute of Music

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2010.
  • Proud member of AEA (Actor’s Equity Association) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists).
  • Has been performing professionally in opera, music theatre, and theatre since 1996.
  • He has sung with Skylight Music Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Opera, Florentine Opera, The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Prometheus Trio, Danceworks, and many more.
  • As a composer, his works include A Twisted Carol, the musical he wrote with Mondy Carter that performed to a sold out run with In Tandem Theatre in 2015, and Eurydice which was performed at Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Eurydice Festival.
  • Serves as an At Large Board Member and Education and Outreach chair for Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Board of Directors.

Kathryn Zamarron

Piano

Theresa Camilli

Education

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy – Loyola University (New Orleans) | Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Loyola University (New Orleans) | Master of Music in Music Therapy – University of Iowa | Doctorate – University of Oklahoma

Background

  • Board-certified Music Therapist, previously held faculty positions at the University of Northern Iowa as the Coordinator of Group Piano and Graduate Piano Pedagogy.
  • Also taught Applied Piano and Piano Pedagogy courses at the University of South Carolina.
  • Active in both the fields of music education and music therapy, Theresa continues to be invited to present at local, regional, and national conferences.
  • Served as the President of the Iowa’s Northeast Area Music Teachers Association (2014-16), and was the Editor of the Iowa Music Teacher Association’s State Magazine )2010-16).
  • Received the 2011 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy “Best Research Paper” Award for her research: “Parental and Personality Factors that Predict Length of Piano Study.”
  • Has had articles accepted in publications such as the MTNA E-Journal, Clavier Companion, American Music Teacher, and the Music Educators Journal.
  • Enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities in both group and private settings.

Mark Davis

Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano

Education

  • BS, with honors | Skidmore College

Background

  • 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.

Andrea DeGreiff-Beisser

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music – University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Master of Music – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2002.
  • At the age of 13, was chosen to participate in a solo concert with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music in Bogota, Colombia to play the Haydn Concerto in F.
  • DeGreiff-Beisser’s broad training includes studies in accompanying for instrumental and vocal ensembles and soloists.
  • As a recitalist, has appeared at the University of Nebraska, and at the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango Concert Hall and Olav Roots Auditorium in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Has also appeared at several opera productions with the UWM voice students, as well as several voice faculty recitals here at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
  • Studied under Harold Martina, Blanca Uribe, James Cook, Jeffrey Peterson, Katjia Phillambaum and Judit Jaimes.

Maria Valentina Delgado

Education

  • Piano Performance Degree – Escuela de Música Manuel A. Lopez (Venezuela)
  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Background

  • Member of the Piano faculty at the Conservatory since 2010.
  • Teaching since 2001, Maria works with a full range of students from beginner to musicians at the university level.
  • Has taught several individual and group lessons at UWM.
  • Debuted as a soloist at the age of 11 with the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has performed with all the major symphony orchestras and theaters throughout Venezuela.
  • Won first prize in three piano competitions, the Harriet Serr Competition in 1994, the MoisésMoleiro
  • National Competitions in 1996, and the McDowell Club of Milwaukee in 2005.
  • Was awarded the highest honor to a Venezuelan young artist, the Medal of the Third Grade Order, by President Dr. Rafael Caldera in 1997.

Drew Donica

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy – Lawrence University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Lawrence University
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy – University of Colorado-Boulder

Background

  • Member of the Piano faculty at the Conservatory since 2015.
  • Has been teaching since 2009, and enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities.
  • Has presented on creativity, studio development, and Recreational Music Making (RMM) for the Music
  • Teachers National Association national conferences (2017 Baltimore, 2016 San Antonio, 2015 Las Vegas).
  • Frequent adjudicator for piano festivals, auditions, and competitions.
  • Board member of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.
  • Active performer, collaborating with WCM faculty, students, and other musicians in the area.

Teresa Drews

Director, Education | Chair — Piano

Education

Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Piano Performance | Northwestern University

Master of Music, Piano Performance | Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
Background

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2003, Piano Department chair since 2005, Director of Education since 2018.
    Member of Pi Kappa Lambda, MTNA, WMTA and MMTA.
  • In her 23 years of teaching, she has taught group and private piano lessons at the Conservatory, as well as coached chamber music.
  • Through Conservatory Connections she has taught general music and piano to students throughout Milwaukee and most recently taught our Music Counts curriculum 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.
    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.

Rodolfo Faistauer

Education

  • Bachelor of Music – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Master of Music, Piano Performance – Strasbourg Conservatory, France
  • Additional studies completed at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (in progress) – Northwestern University

Background

  • Rodolfo is new to the Conservatory, and has taught private piano lessons for over 10 years.
  • Has played solo and chamber music in Brazil, France, Austria, Germany and the United States.
  • Translated into Portuguese a book of a pupil of Liszt, and worked as researcher for a documentary on German television about the pianist Artur Schnabel.
  • Received artistic advice from international concert pianist Cristina Ortiz.
  • Rodolfo’s major goal is to help his students develop a balanced and free approach to the instrument in which technique and musical understanding are integrated and the sense of curiosity is always nourished.
  • Teaches piano students of all levels, including preparation for competitions and performances.

Rachel Fritz

Chief Operations Officer | Piano

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude | University of Central Missouri
  • Master of Music | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Background

  • She has served as the Chief Operations Officer at the Conservatory since 2014, and previously managed the Student Services department for four years.
  • Has been a member of the WCM Piano Faculty since 2007, specializing in instructing young pianists.
  • A certified teaching artist by the International Piano Teaching Federation.
  • Participant of the 2017 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI).
  • Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Fritz taught group piano at Des Moines Symphony Academy and maintained 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 President for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.
  • Also serves as pianist at Redemption Lutheran Church.

Simone Gheller

Education

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Master of Music, Piano
  • Master of Music, Organ Performance & Organ Composition
  • Master of Music, Music Education
  • Master of Music, Choral Music & Choral Conducting
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, cum laude – Organ & Organ Composition

Background

  • Has participated in many sacred music seminars and organ master classes of M-L Langlais, W. Matesic, K. Schnorr, J. Artigas Pina and others.
  • Studied at Oberlin College with Professor James David Christie and Olivier Latry, where he finished the prestigious Artist Diploma program.
  • Extensive performing history that spans the last 30 years, with concerts in renowned venues in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and the US, among others.
  • Has garnered many prizes, including first prize at the National Italian Organ competition “Citta’ di Viterbo,” first prize and gold medal from the President of Italian Republic at the Giarda National Organ Competition, first prize at the International Organ Competition Vegezzi Bossi, and first prize and audience prize with two special prizes at the International Organ Competition “Grand Prix Andrè Marchal.”
  • Has also recorded four CDs: Fiori Musicali by Girolamo Frescobaldi, The Complete Choral Works with Organ by Alessandro Scarlatti, The Orgelbuchlein by J.S. Bach and Music by Liszt and Reubke.
  • Currently serves as Music Director and Organist at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Oconomowoc, WI, where he’s leading the music ministry playing all masses and organ concerts, and conducting four choirs.

Nansong Huang

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts – Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program
  • Master of Music – Yale School of Music
  • Doctor of Musical Art, in progress – Northwestern University

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory Piano Faculty in the Fall of 2018.
  • Started playing piano at four years old, and was accepted to the middle school attached to The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at the age of ten.
  • Has successfully collaborated with more than 20 orchestras around the world, including the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Russian Symphony Orchestra.
  • An avid chamber musician that has performed works ranging from Franz Schubert to Leonard Bernstein in many prominent venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Peter Jay Sharp Hall.
  • Performed with Lang Lang for UNICEF fundraising and the Beijing Olympic celebration.
  • Also performed for former U.S. Secretary of State Mrs. Hilary Clinton at Beijing Diaoyutai State Guest House during her official diplomatic visit to China.
  • Won 1st prize and the best performance of Tchaikovsky piece award in the 6thInternational Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians in South Korea.
  • 1st Prize winner of the 5thInternational Piano Competition “Dedication to Franz Liszt” in Moscow in 2008.

Stefanie Jacob

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Magna cum laude – Harvard University
  • Master of Music, with highest distinction in Piano Performance – Indiana University

Background

  • WCM Piano faculty member since 1987.
  • Primary areas of focus include educating an array of students, and chamber music.
  • Recipient of the Milwaukee Civic Music Association’s award for Excellence in Studio Teaching.
  • Enjoys being an active musician in the Prometheus Trio, and participating in the Washington Island Music Festival.
  • Made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at age 17, and her Carnegie Hall debut in 1984.
  • Twice awarded Second Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and received Indiana University’s Leo Weiner Prize for Chamber Music.
  • Has soloed with both the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra.
  • Recorded for the Arundax, CRI, Fleur de Son, Equilibrium, and the Wisconsin Conservatory labels.
  • Received WCM’s “Teacher of the Year” honor in 2017.

Kangwoo Jin

Education

  • Bachelor of Music –Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Master of Music – Indiana University
  • Performer Diploma – Indiana University
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance and Pedagogy – UW-Madison School of Music

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory Piano Faculty in 2018.
  • An accomplished pianist concertizing nationally and internationally, including performances in Germany, Italy, China and Korea.
  • Gave his debut concert at the Sejong Arts Center (Seoul, Korea) in 2005, sponsored by the Chosun Daily Newspaper.
  • Has recently given live performances on Wisconsin Public Radio and WORT FM, and was featured on WISC-TV Channel 3000 and the Wisconsin State Journal.
  • Served as an associate instructor, and was a recipient of the J. Battista Scholarship for performance excellence, while at Indiana University.
  • Earned the Collins Distinguished Fellowship for his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Heinzel Kunsmann

Education

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Master of Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance – University of Kansas

Background

  • A piano teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since September 2013, and the Milwaukee High School of the Arts since November 2013.
  • His musical interests have taken him throughout the United States as well as to Europe and Asia.
  • Recent performance appearances have included performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Lakeshore Symphonic Band, and the Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg with the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has also donated his time to help put on musical performances such as “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs at Next Door in Milwaukee.
  • Many of his 40-plus current students participate in events such as WSMA, the Federation Festival, the Wisconsin Conservatory’s Sonata Festival and Milwaukee’s Civic Music Association High School Auditions.
  • In addition, they perform twice every year in fall and spring studio recitals held at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Elizabeth Lieberman

Education

Elizabeth Lieberman holds a MM and is a graduate of Northwestern University and of Northern Illinois University.

Sue Medford

Education

  • Piano Pedagogy Professional Training Program – New School for Music Study
  • Western Carolina University

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2005.
  • While at the New School, studied with founder Frances Clark and co-founder Louise Goss, as well as renowned pedagogue Richard Chronister, composer David Kraehenbuehl, and author and composer Elvina Pearce.
  • After graduating, Ms. Medford became a supervisor in the professional department and served as a clinician in teacher workshops across the US.
    She also taught piano at the New School for Music Study, in Chicago and at an American school in Germany.
  • Was also the National Representative for Summy-Birchard Music Publishing Company.
    She is the founder of Piano Arts, a National Concerto and Solo Competition.
  • Following her move to Milwaukee, was appointed by the Milwaukee Symphony as the Director of Education and Education Concert Manager, positions she held for 23 years.

Katharyn Nelson

Education

Bachelor of Music, Performance, Minor in Piano Pedagogy – Lawrence University

Background

  • Joined the WCM Piano and General Music Faculty in 2018.
  • Earned her Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in the studio of Professor Anthony Padilla, graduating magna cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • A pianist since she was five, she has performed in several competitions and masterclasses, playing for musicians such as internationally-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk and pianist and harpsichordist Lorna Peters.
  • Enjoys exploring the arts of all kinds and holds an additional degree in English.
  • She continues to collaborate with instrumentalists and choirs and is thrilled to be joining the musical community of the Conservatory.

Lynn Roginske

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Wisconsin College – Conservatory
  • Master of Music | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
  • Wisconsin D.P.I. Certification in General Music, Adaptive Music, and Choral Education | Alverno College

Background

  • Has been a member of the Piano faculty at the Conservatory for over 30 years.
  • Provides lessons for beginners and continuing students of all ages.
  • Served as the music specialist with Milwaukee Public Schools for 25 years, retiring in 2014.
  • Specializes in songwriting, arranging for choral ensembles, and early childhood education, and enjoys contemporary piano styles including jazz, blues, pop, and rock.
  • Performs for various events throughout Wisconsin, in high demand as both a piano soloist and member of a jazz trio: Recent engagements have included Greendale Gazebo Village Nights, Wilson Center for the Arts, Alexian Village, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, and the Ovation Jewish Home.
  • Stays active in the community by being the Children’s Program Notes Host for the Festival City Symphony.
    Had the great privilege in taking part in summer studies at the KodályMusic Institute, which serves to promote professional development for music educators.

Curtis Stotlar

Education

  • Bachelor of Music – Eastman School of Music
  • Master of Science – Juilliard School
  • Doctoral Program – Peabody Conservatory

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 1999.
  • Curtis has performed in more than 30 countries, and appeared on national radio and television networks on four continents.
  • Was a featured guest on NBC’s Today, where he performed part of an original piano concerto and was interviewed by Hugh Downs.
  • As winner of the Harriet Hale Woolley Prize for two consecutive years, he studied piano in Europe with Wilhelm Kempff, Robert Casadesus and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and composition with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messaien.
  • Previously taught at Vassar College, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the Juilliard School.
  • His repertoire has included the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven in seven recitals, and Great Music for Piano from Haydn to the Present in twelve.
  • Also performed the complete piano works of Debussy in a series and over twenty all-Chopin programs.
  • Has toured extensively for the State Department and was the first American pianist to play for mixed audiences throughout South Africa.
  • In addition to his musical studies he earned a second Master’s Degree in cinema from the University of Paris (Sorbonne).

Kai-i Tien

Collaborative Pianist

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts – Taipei National University of the Arts
  • Master of Music – Mannes College of Music, New York City
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, concentration in Collaborative Piano – University of Kansas

Background

  • Collaborative pianist for the Milwaukee Children’s Choir since 2015, and has taken part in the choir’s tours in California (2016), the Bahamas (2017) and New York (2018).
  • Served on the piano faculty in the Music Department at Tainan University of Technology, and Tainan Theological College and Seminary in Taiwan before moving to Milwaukee in 2014.
  • Was the pianist of the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2006, and participated in the orchestra’s performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite and Shostokovich’s Fifth Symphony.
  • Trio performance with saxophonist Valerie Vidal and flautist Hyun-Jung Kang was broadcasted on WQAR, New York.
  • Primary teachers and musical influences were Richard Reber, Jacob Lateiner, Robert Koenig and conductor, Nicholas Uljanov.

 

Percussion

Dave Bayles

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Education | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Background

  • 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.

Hannah Johnson

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory faculty in January 2019.
  • Teaches and plays various styles of music on the drum set, specializing in jazz.
  • Plays with her modern jazz quartet in the Milwaukee area.
  • A featured instructor for the Vic Firth video series “Inside the Teaching Studio” entitled How to Sound Like Elvin Jones.
  • Had the chance to play with musicians such as Leni Stern, Ingrid Jensen, and Jamie Baum.
  • Enjoys teaching the bucket drumming and world percussion classes through the Conservatory Connections program, as well as private percussion lessons.

Cecilio Negron Jr.

Background

  • WCM Conservatory Connections faculty since 2005.
  • Comes from a family of musicians and performers whose lineage can be traced to Puerto Rico and further back to Africa and Spain.
  • During his childhood both his father and uncle played major roles in the Midwest music scene as musicians, promoters and bandleaders, and Cecilio started his music studies at the age of five, at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
  • Studied in the high school music program and learned to read music, music theory, play drum-set and concert percussion, earning him top honors in solo and state competitions.
  • Began playing professionally by the age of 16, and at 21 embarked on his solo career, working to develop himself as an artist and teacher.
  • Started working with Milwaukee Public Theatre in 2000, teaching arts residencies, drumming and touring in several theatre productions.
  • Can now be found performing with many successful local and national acts, and he has an extensive resume of performances at local and national community centers, schools, businesses, arenas, clubs, music venues and private events.
  • Currently designs, manages, and facilitates his own musical ensembles, drumming workshops, drum circles, drum and dance residencies, drum making workshops, educational presentations, and musical performances.

Ryan Kahlbaugh

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance | Manhattan School of Music
  • Master of Music | DePaul University
  • Performance Certificate | DePaul University

Background

  • Has been teaching at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 2014.
  • Teaching a wide range of students, special areas of training include concert snare drum, xylophone, marimba, timpani, and drum set.
  • Performs extensively with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with tours to Carnegie Hall, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Began as Principal Percussion of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra in the 2017/18 season.
  • While a student at DePaul University, he participated in the Music Academy of the West festival in Santa Barbara, CA, as well as the Pacific Music Festival held in Sapporo, Japan.
  • He has also recorded percussion and drum set for the Fireside Theater’s (Ft. Atkinson, WI) production of Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, It’s A Wonderful Life, Peter Pan and Sister Act as well as for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of The Color Purple and Dreamgirls.

Colin O’Day

Background

  • Milwaukee native Colin O’Day is a freelance performer with performing credits around Wisconsin.
  • Has performed as a substitute and extra percussionist and timpanist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra.
  • An advocate of new music, Colin commissioned and premiered a new work for marimba trio by composer Ivan Trevino in 2014.
  • Serves as Principal Timpanist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Philharmonic, and as Percussionist with the Festival City and Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestras.
  • During the summer, plays with the Northern Sky Theater, a theater company that performs at Peninsula State Park in Door County, WI.
  • Colin also serves as Percussion Instructor at New Berlin West High School and Whitefish Bay High School.

Mitch Shiner

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Jazz Studies | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Performer’s Certificate for Senior Recital

Background

  • 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.

Strings

Beth Breslin

Education

  • Master of Music | Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Bachelor of Music | Oberlin Conservatory

Background

  • Member of the viola section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Member of the viola section in the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
  • Was a member of the San Antonio Symphony, and is currently a substitute with the Saint Louis Symphony and Houston Symphony.
  • Performs with the 414 Quartet and the Prospect Quartet.
  • Performer at festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, Kneisel Hall, and The Round Top Festival Institute.
  • Has also performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music, National Repertory Orchestra and the New World Symphony.
  • Primary teachers include Robert Vernon (Cleveland) and Peter Slowik (Oberlin).

Joanna Grosshans

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Music | Boston University

Background

  • Member of the Conservatory string faculty since 2017.
  • Began violin studies at the age of five, and was mentored by Sibbi Bernhardsson, formerly of the Pacifica Quartet.
  • Completed Book 1 Suzuki violin certification with Edward Kreitman in July 2018, and will finish certification for Book 2 in January 2019.
  • Serves as a regular substitute musician of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has worked closely with musical luminaries such as Cliff Colnot, Riccardo Muti, and Yo-Yo Ma.
  • Spends her summer as a member of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI.

Jeff Hamann

Education

  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Background

  • 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.

Mary Kelly Hutchinson

Background

Bio coming soon!

Jasmin Jawad

Education

  • Bachelor of Music – Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University
  • Master of Music – Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory Faculty in 2019.
  • Served as Principal Harpist with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
  • Performed at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago with Joshua Bell.
  • Played under the baton of Franz Welser-Most, Michael Stern, Giancarlo Guerrero, Andrea Quinn, and Bramwell Tovey.
  • Traveled to London to research performance related injury prevention techniques for musicians.
  • Taught an orchestral repertoire class to college harp students as the Associate Instructor at Indiana University, and is currently working towards completion of Suzuki certification.

Alexander Mandl

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts | Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master of Music | Yale University
  • Artist Diploma | Yale University
  • Doctor of Musical Arts | University of Wisconsin – Madison

Background

  • Joined the WCM violin and chamber faculty in 2003.
  • Has taught worldwide with 35 years of teaching experience, ranging from beginners to graduate school and professional level musicians.
  • Has performed worldwide in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher, Auditório Manuel de Falla, and Memorial of Latin America.
  • Has shared the stage with eminent artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Mathieu Dufour, Eric Friedman, Sidney Harth, Caio Pagano, Frank Morelli, Wang Jian, Amit Peled, Susan Babini and Aldo Parisot.
  • Has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, recording artist, pedagogue, adjudicator, and conductor.
  • Founding member of the critically acclaimed Philomusica Quartet.
  • Concertmaster of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and Racine Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant
  • Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra/Milwaukee Musaik.
  • Has performed at Chamber Music Milwaukee, Frankly Music, Fine Arts at First, Sunday Live from the Chazen, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series; to name a few.
  • Has appeared under conductors such as Eleazar De Carvalho, Gunther Herbig, Robert Shaw, Claudio Santoro and Isaac Karabtchevsky.
  • Studied with violinists Sidney Harth, Erick Friedman, Robert McDuffie, and Vartan Manoogian; as well as conductors Eleazar de Carvalho, David Stern, David Becker, James Smith; and members of the Tokyo, Yale, and the Paganini string quartet
  • Recipient of the prestigious Ivan Galamian Award, Carnegie Tradition Award, Yale Alumni Prize and the Miles Prize.

Jon McCullough-Benner

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude | University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Background

  • Member of the Conservatory String Faculty since 2018; has been teaching privately for 10 years.
  • Principal bass with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Artist Faculty of double bass at Roosevelt University.
  • Former violinist that has studied many areas of string pedagogy, coming up with a method to train young bassists with a logical progression in music theory training, reading, and overall basic fundamentals that can be applied to any piece of music.
  • Before performing with the MSO, was Principal Bass of the Oregon Symphony, and was involved with the Portland Youth Philharmonic Free Bass Class while living in Portland.
  • Aims to give every player the tools needed to play comfortably and efficiently, which in turn leaves a lot more energy to devote to music making.

Tatiana Migliaccio

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | Lviv National Music Academy
  • Master of Music in Violin Performance | Lviv National Music Academy

Background

  • Joined the Violin faculty of the Conservatory in 2005.
  • Previous teachers include Alexander Tatarinzew, Eleonor Stanlis, and Mark Zinger.
  • Received Suzuki violin training for levels 1-7 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Deerfield Trinity University.
  • An avid musician, Tatiana began her musical career performing in the Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, touring to countries such as Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, and Estonia.
  • Has also performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the American Polish Orchestra, and the Chicago University Orchestra.
  • Had the great privilege in performing with astounding musicians, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, and Doc Severinsen.
  • Has worked with artists such as Rachel Barton Pine, Regina Carter, and Almita Vamos in numerous workshops.
  • Previously taught at the Rockford College Music Academy.

Laura Mintz

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Indiana University
  • Master of Music | University of Michigan

Background

  • Instructor at the Conservatory since 2018.
  • Received Suzuki Teacher Training with Mimi Zweig and Judy Offman.
  • Has taught students of all ages and levels for 25 years.
  • Created and directed Suzuki and traditional instrumental programs in schools in New York, Texas, Wisconsin, and London, England.
  • Has enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral violinist and freelance chamber musician, performing in the US and Europe with the New World Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
  • Chosen by Isaac Stern and Sir Georg Solti to perform and record as a member of the Solti Orchestra Project at Carnegie Hall.
  • First prize recipient in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
  • Began playing the violin as a Suzuki student at the age of three.

Jim Paolo

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Jazz Performance

Background

  • 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.

Talia Pavia

Co-Chair – Strings

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Music | Northern Illinois University
  • Performer’s Certificate | Northern Illinois University

Background

  • Member of the Conservatory String Faculty since 2018
  • Pavia studied with international soloist Shmuel Ashkenasi and trained with the Grammy Award-winning Vermeer Quartet as a member of NIU’s Graduate String Quartet In-Residence
  • Received numerous awards and scholarships, including graduate fellowships, from both the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the NIU Graduate School to pursue violin studies.
  • Currently performs as Associate Principal Second Violin of Camerata Chicago, is on the substitute list for the Minnesota Orchestra, and has touredboth nationally and internationally in chamber music festivals, including the Zeister Musiekdagen Chamber Music Festivalin the Netherlands.
  • As first violinist of the Ethereal Shima Quartet, her chamber music interpretations have been called “remarkably sensitive and mature” by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune.
  • Performance credits include the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (Concertmaster, Emmy Award-winning recording), Chicago’s Symphony Center, and at acclaimed venues throughout the world with renowned artists including the incomparable fiddler Mark O’Connor and jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling.
  • Pavia’s students have won numerous concerto competitions and have gone on to pursue classical and contemporary violin performance at universities such as the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Berklee School of Music.

Charlie Rasmussen

Co-Chair – Strings

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music | Luther College
  • Master of Music in Cello Performance | University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory | University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy | The University of Denver

Background

  • Suzuki cello instructor at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Trained by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Suzuki Cello Units 1-10, and provides lessons for a full range of students.
  • Studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr.
  • Active as a modern cellist, baroque cellist, and viola da gambist performing with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and Sonata à Quattro.
  • Was the guest artist for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Cello Fest Clinic in May 2018.
  • Has served as the principal cellist with the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA) and the Madison Bach Musicians.
  • Previously performed with the Vitali Ensemble, the New York Continuo Collective, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (CT), and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC).
  • His solo CD, 11 Capricci by Joseph Dall’Abaco,was released by Centaur Records in July 2018.
  • He has recorded tracks for Grammy Award Winning Broadway composer, Paul Bogaev.

Anna Rasmussen

Education

  • Bachelor of Music Education with a Strings Emphasis | Baylor University
  • Master of Music in Violin Performance | University of North Carolina

Background

  • Violin and Viola faculty at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Completed Suzuki Teacher Training with Julia Hardie, Mark Mutter, Doris Preucil, Ann Smelser, Nancy Jackson, and Kathleen Spring and Sarah Bylander Montzka, and long-term training with Allen Lieb at the School for Strings in New York City.
  • Over 11 years of teaching experience in Suzuki, traditional, and El Sistema-inspired schools in Wisconsin, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas.
  • Plays Baroque violin in Early Music ensembles in Beloit, Madison, and Milwaukee.
  • Performed in the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
  • In 2016 recorded tracks for Grammy award winning Broadway composer, Paul Bogaev.

Barbara Schneider

Director, Community Partnerships

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory

Background

  • Conservatory violin faculty since 2017.
  • Has studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Orford String Quartets.
  • Coached advanced chamber music groups in the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, created and coached the Adult Chamber Music Program, and led Suzuki group classes while teaching at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore for 16 years.
  • Barbara’s students have been consistently recognized for their talent, being accepted into major music schools and festivals including the Manhattan School of Music, the Ithaca Summer Institute, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.
  • A founding member of the Tempest Trio, and a recipient of the Peabody Development Grant for the trio.
  • Performed regularly with orchestras such as the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has served as the concertmistress of the Bach Cantata Series, the Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Opera Vivente.

Margot Schwartz

Education

  • Yale School of Music
  • Northwestern University School of Music

Background

  • A member of the First Violin section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Summer performances include the First Violin sections of both the Bellingham (WA) and Peninsula (WI) Music Festivals
  • As a chamber musician, she has performed 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.
  • Soloist with the Milwaukee, Berkeley, and Oakland East Bay Symphonies
  • Performs as a member of the Arcas String Quartet and the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue.

Ilana Setapen

Education

  • University of Southern California and at the Colburn Conservatory
  • Master of Music | The Juilliard School

Background

  • Currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has had solo performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, Festival City Symphony, the Boca Raton Symphonia, and the Amarillo Symphony, among others.
  • Frequent guest on the Frankly Music Series and the Rembrandt Chamber Players of Chicago.
  • Collaborated 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.
  • Summer guest appearances include at the Olympic Music Festival on Bainbridge Island, the Luzerne Music Center summer festival in Lake Luzerne, New York.
  • Performs as the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue with her colleague Margot Schwartz.
  • Solo and chamber music performances have brought her abroad to China, France, Brazil, Holland, England, Monaco, and Italy.

Taylor Skiff

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Music | Juilliard School

Background

  • Cello instructor at the Conservatory since 2018.
  • Past cello teachers include Timothy Eddy, Parry Karp, and Uri Vardi.
  • Has been a featured soloist with multiple orchestras, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the  Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
  • In addition to his solo playing, Taylor is an avid orchestral musician, and has performed several times at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
  • Most recent orchestral  appointments include the assistant principal cellist of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (2010-2011), co-principal and section cellist of The Juilliard Orchestra (2013-2015), and co-principal  cellist of The Orchestra Now (2015-2016).
  • Former cellist of the University  of Wisconsin’s Perlman Piano Trio (2010-2013).
  • Has been teaching the cello privately for over a  decade.

Natalie Stawarski

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | Millikin University
  • Master of Music | Illinois State University
  • Suzuki Training | Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory Violin faculty in 2017.
  • Studied under Georgia Hornbacker at Millikin University, and Dr. Lenora Anop at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
  • Teaching for 9 years, Natalie became trained in Suzuki violin up to Book 8 under Vera McCoy Sulentic.
  • Had the honor of performing at the International Chamber Music Festival in Kyustendil, Bulgaria in 2014.
  • Has participated and performed in various classical, bluegrass, and free improv ensembles as an active musician, in addition to doing work within the recording studio at Millikin University.

Emily Watson-Stodola

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | University of Minnesota
  • Master of Music in Violin Performance | Texas Tech University
  • Master of Music Education, Suzuki Violin emphasis | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory Suzuki Faculty in 2014.
  • Worked with Professor Pat D’Ercole while at Stevens Point, and was awarded the Margery Aber Talent Education Scholarship for two consecutive years.
  • Pursued Sonata Repertoire training with Tom Wermuth, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with ECE pioneer, Dorothy Jones.
  • Has also studied with Jerome Franke of the Milwaukee Symphony and Klara Fenyo-Bahcall, professor of violin at UW-Oshkosh.
  • Started as a Suzuki violin instructor in Lubbock, Texas in 2002 and has taught Suzuki violin in Milwaukee since 2005, both independently and on the faculties of North Shore Suzuki Strings and Barcel Suzuki String Academy.
  • 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.
  • Maintains involvement with the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin where in 2010, she served as organizational chairperson for their biennial workshop.
  • As an avid performer, has served as concertmaster of the Green Bay Civic Symphony from 2007-2011, and is now currently a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic.

Woodwinds & Brass

Jennifer Bouton-Schaub

Education

  • Master of Music degree and Certificate in Advanced Flute Studies | Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bachelor of Music degree | Peabody Conservatory

Background

  • Has played flute and piccolo with the Milwaukee Symphony since 2011, and was a member of the Virginia Symphony for three seasons prior to her appointment with the MSO.
  • Has performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Akron Symphony, and Albany Symphony.
  • Participated in numerous American and international festivals, including the National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, Arizona Music Festival, AIMS Summer Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria; and the Internationale Meisterkurze für Musik in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Prizewinner in the International Piccolo Artist Competition at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, NV in 2012.
  • A regular contributor to Flute Talk Magazine, and recently assisted with the publication of the revised edition of Jeanne Baxtresser’s classic book, Orchestral Excerpts for Flute (Presser).
  • Her teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Marina Piccinini, and Pamela Endsley.

Adam Fisher

Chair – Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education | University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Master of Music, Trumpet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory faculty in 2017.
  • In demand as a freelance trumpet player and educator since moving to Milwaukee in 2013 to pursue his MM in Trumpet Performance at UW-Milwaukee.
  • Played programs around Southeastern Wisconsin as an active recitalist and a strong proponent of new music.
  • Has been heard playing from the pit orchestras of dozens of musicals, and has made appearances playing with the South Shore Chorale and Lakeshore Chorale.
  • As a lead player, has played in area big bands and in the horn section for Milwaukee-based bands.
  • As part of DIY Chamber music, Adam has played premiers of new works, many penned by Milwaukee based composers.
  • Has taught master classes throughout the state, and has recently been on the marching band staff for high schools throughout Wisconsin and Ohio.

Aaron Gardner

Education

  • Berklee College of Music

Background

  • 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.

Samantha Haake

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts – Augustana College
  • Master of Music – University of Wisconsin
  • Performer’s Certificate – University of Wisconsin

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory Faculty in 2019.
  • Winner of the 2015 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Concerto Competition.
  • Performed in a masterclass with Mimi Stillman in the fall of 2015.
  • Has performed with multiple chamber ensembles across the Midwest.
  • Frequent performances with Present Music – Milwaukee as part of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee flute ensemble,
  • Premiered two new works at the Fresh Inc. Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the summer of 2019.

Darcy Hamlin

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education | Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Master of Music, Horn Performance | Cleveland Institute of Music

Background

  • Has served on the horn faculty of the Conservatory since 2017.
  • For over 30 years, she has taught a wide range of students from beginners to professionals that have gone on to attend prestigious universities and win positions in professional orchestras.
  • Featured as a concerto soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, she has also held the 3rdHorn position since 2003, and is the founder of the Milwaukee Brass Quintet.
  • Principal Horn with both the Akron and Canton Symphonies in Ohio,and Associate Principal Horn with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.
  • In addition to serving as Principal Horn for three summers with the Breckenridge Musical Festival, she has toured Asia with the Cincinnati Pops, as well as Europe with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Meaghan Heinrich

Chamber Music Manager

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Oboe Performance | Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Master of Music, Oboe Performance | Rice University

Background

  • Conservatory Faculty since 2015.
  • Teaches private oboe lessons, chamber music, early childhood music, and K4-5th grade general music classes in Milwaukee schools.
  • Freelance oboist in the greater Milwaukee area, performing frequently with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, Festival City Symphony, and Bel Canto.
  • Oboist and Lecturer for the Washington Island Music Festival.
  • Lecturer, teaching artist, and consultant for area arts organizations, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (“Meet the Music” pre-concert talks, the Lullaby Project, and Link Up recorder concerts), PianoArts, and the LunArt Festival.
  • Formerly Manager of Learning Programs and Community Engagement for The Cleveland Orchestra and Education Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
  • Performed for four years (two as Co-Artistic Director) with the multi-disciplinary ensemble Tales & Scales, including appearances with the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Louisville Orchestra.

William Helmers

Education

  • Bachelor of Music – Eastman School of Music
  • Master of Music – The Juilliard School of Music

Background

  • Re-joined the Conservatory Faculty in 2019, and has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony since 1980.
  • Has worked with many other orchestras, including Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Cleveland, Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Opera and Rochester.
  • Has also been a member of the contemporary ensemble Present Music since the group’s inception.
  • As a founding member of Musaik, a consortium of Milwaukee musicians, attends the Washington Island Music Festival in the summers.
  • Gave the North American premiere of John Adams’ clarinet concerto, Gnarly Buttons,with the composer conducting, and the world premiere of James Grant’s Concerto for Bass Clarinet.
  • Numerous premiere recordings of solo and chamber music, including compositions by Roberto Sierra, James Grant, Kamran Ince, Jerome Kitzke, and others.
  • Has been a member of the Portland-based Westwood Wind Quintet, participating in many of their recordings for Crystal Records.
  • Recently, William has enjoyed regular engagements with the Little Lake Stompers, a traditional jazz group.

Andrew Jackson

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Performance | Florida State University
  • Master of Music, Performance | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Background

  • Started at the Conservatory in the fall of 2011.
  • Currently performs with the Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Racine symphonies and has performed with orchestras throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, Florida, and Georgia.
  • A long-time member of the Tallahassee Winds, he joined them on their 2004 tour to Australia.
  • In 2007, he performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica UANL in Monterrey, Mexico and later with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan on their Midwest tour.
  • Studied with Jeffrey Keesecker and Theodore Soluri.

Eric Jacobson

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Trumpet | University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Background

  • 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 Inspiration which 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.

Johnny Padilla

Background

  • Johnny Padilla began his performing career in his native Miami, Florida honing his skills as a studio and jazz musician.
  • He has performed in Europe, South America and throughout the United States.

Orlando Pimentel

Education

  • Master of Music, Clarinet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the WCM Faculty in 2015.
  • Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Orlando Pimentel began his musical training in Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras, also known as “El Sistema”.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Together with three other colleagues, formed the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, a chamber ensemble that has performed throughout Venezuela, as well as in China, Europe, and South America, in addition to winning the 1996 National Artist Award for Best Classical Ensemble, the quartet released three CD’s: Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas,Aires Tropicales, andSuelos.
  • 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.
  • Performed with the “Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society” Summer Festival in Madison, as well as the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green, WI.

Joshua Sevigny

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Music Performance | Crane School of Music
  • Master’s in Music Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Holds the principal positions with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, and the Lake County Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has also performed with the Southwestern Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Present Music Milwaukee, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, Northern Symphonic Winds, and is on numerous sub lists in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
  • Performs with a number of local jazz and rock groups in the Milwaukee area in addition to running a large, successful low brass studio.
  • Joshua has placed in and won numerous national and international competitions.

Dana Sherman

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance and Mathematics | University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Master of Music, Music Performance | Northwestern University

Background

  • Started at the Conservatory in the Fall of 2018.
  • Currently Principal Horn of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Third Horn of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and a member of Alloy Horn Quartet.
  • The quartet was Featured Guest Artist at the 2018 International Horn Symposium and featured soloists with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
  • Formerly held positions in Omaha Symphony (Acting Associate Principal Horn) and New Mexico Philharmonic (3rd Horn).
  • Substitute musician with Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony.
  • Served as Brass Instructor and Associate Band Director with the El Sistema inspired program at Ravinia.
  • Taught horn at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, Glendale Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
  • Played at several summer music festivals, including Peninsula Music Festival (in Door County, WI), Grand Teton Music Festival (in Jackson Hole, WY), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (Sarasota, FL), and Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO).

Michael Terrasi

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Master of Music | San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Background

  • Joined the WCM Faculty in 2017.
  • Currently a freelance trumpet player based in the Milwaukee area.
  • Appears as a substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the San Francisco Opera, the Stockton Symphony and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.
  • While at both the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studied with Michael Miller, Michael Sachs and Adam Luftman.
  • Has taught students ranging from middle school to high school aged, in all settings from one on one lessons to sectionals and ensemble coaching.

Vocal Arts

Jean Broekhuizen

Education

  • Bachelor of Music – University of Arizona
  • Master of Music – University of Michigan

Background

  • Studied as a Professional Studies student at the Manhattan School of Music with Trish McCaffrey, with whom she still continues to work.
  • Her education was furthered as a young artist with the Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Skylight Opera Theater.
  • Studied with Robert Swensen while at Arizona, and Shirley Verrett, Freda Herseth and Martin Katz while in Michigan.
  • A National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City in 2005, as well as the winner of the Wisconsin district and Upper Midwest Regional Finalist in that same competition three years in a row (2004-2006).
  • A frequent contest winner, was the recipient of a Study Grant by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Education Fund in the spring of 2007.
  • Has enjoyed an extensive performing career in Germany, where she was a principal singer with the Oper Leipzig from 2008-2015. Prior to that she was a principal singer with the Theater Augsburg (2007-2008).
  • Guest contracts have taken her to the Florentine Opera, Staatstheater Schwerin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Bayreuth Festival , as well as the Little Orchestra Society of New York.
  • During her time in Germany, she maintained a private voice studio in Leipzig, Germany and subsequently in Berlin, Germany, between 2008 and 2017.

Dana Carlson

Coordinator, Vocal Arts | Associate, Education

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance | University of South Dakota

Background

  • Has sung in roles such as Beauty in Vittorio Giannini’s opera Beauty and The Beast, Flora (cover) in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Ms. Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), Dragonfly (L’Enfant et les sortileges), and Nursing Sister (Suor Angelica).
  • Sung with the Fresco Opera Theatre, Red River Lyric Opera, Druid Opera City Workshop, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the University of South Dakota, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
  • An active competition participant that has won prizes from South Dakota NATS, both South Dakota and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, and has been both a regional and national finalist for Music Teachers National Association.
  • Received 1st Place and 2nd Place awards in classical voice and musical theatre respectively at the South Dakota NATS Competition.
  • Awarded 2nd Place and National Alternate for the West-Central Division Music Teachers National Association competition in January of 2017.
  • Experienced teaching at the middle school, high school, collegiate, and adult levels, and in the choral rehearsal, classroom, and private lesson environments.
  • Strives to create a learning environment that is positive, individualized, challenging, and engaging.

Marcya Daneille

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Voice Performance | Roosevelt University (Chicago Musical College)
  • Graduate Level Vocal Training | University of Iowa

Background

  • 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.

Jenny Gettel

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Choral Education | Lawrence University
  • Master of Music, Voice Performance | University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2002.
  • Soprano soloist with the chamber group Great Lakes Baroque.
  • Also served as principal soprano soloist with Ensemble Musical Offering, where she worked with Stanley Ritchie, Marion Verbruggen, Joshua Rifkin, and other Baroque specialists.
  • Has appeared as a soloist with Present Music, Bach Chamber Choir, Racine Symphony, and Skylight Opera, where she performed in a cycle of Monteverdi operas directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
  • A founding member of the a cappella group Polyhymnia, and director of contemporary music at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Mequon.
  • Taught voice at Alverno College, as well as general music at New World Montessori, 81st Street School, and in the Whitefish Bay Public Schools.

Allison Hull

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance | Lawrence University
  • Graduate Studies in Vocal Performance | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Background

  • Served as a young artist for the Skylight, Glimmerglass Opera and Seattle Opera, where she gave a notable performance as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro.
  • A district winner and third place regional award winner at the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
  • Recently appeared as Jane in Thank you, Next, Alto Soloist in Songs from the Uproar, Historian in Clara and Alto Soloist in The Poe Requiem.
  • Performed solos from Schubert’s Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria, John Rutter’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Pauken Messe, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
  • Sang the first full US performance of Carl Jenkin’s Mass for the Armed Man at St. John’s Cathedral in Milwaukee.
  • Member of the voice faculties of Carthage College and Parkside University, where she teaches both classical and music theater students of all ages and abilities.

Phillip Pearl

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music and Theatre | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master of Music, Opera | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 1994.
  • Studied with Karlos Moser, Kammersanger Jean Cox, Anna Reynolds, Mimmi Fulmer, Lenore Lynde Horsman and Richard Winter.
  • One of only eleven people chosen nationwide to participate in “Masterclasses in the Art of Singing Wagner.”
  • Has sung major operatic and oratorio roles throughout Wisconsin, and has recorded for Wisconsin Public Radio and The Symposium for Church Composers.
  • Directing credits include extensive work with children’s theatre and many opera company productions.

Molly Pufall-Brown

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music | Millikin University School of Music
  • Master of Music | Northern Illinois University

Background

  • 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.

Anne Elise Richie

Education

  • Florida State University
  • Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
  • North Carolina School of the Arts

Background

  • WCM Vocal Arts Faculty since 2014.
  • A Metropolitan Opera District Winner, Dr. Richie studied and toured in Italy, France and Germany.
  • Has sung principal roles in Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance, and 1776, in addition to many concert appearances.
  • Taught and performed in Jacksonville, Florida for nine years, after singing four seasons with the New York City Opera Chorus.
  • Positions included Head of Vocal Studies at the prestigious Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Visiting Professor of Voice at the University of North Florida.
  • Her doctoral treatise “The Professional Female Singer and Career Longevity: Reflections, Choices, and Challenges” was published in 2013 and is available through UMI/Proquest.
  • Richie has taught students age 8-80 and has a special passion for helping aspiring high school seniors prepare for college auditions.

Marlee Sabo

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Oberlin Conservatory
  • Master of Music, with honors | Indiana University
  • Mozarteum University Salzburg
  • Fulbright Scholar Stuttgart, Germany

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 1967, coming to the Conservatory as a member of the College faculty and Performing Artist.
  • Has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician, and is a founding member of the Pro Musica Nova, a group premiering and performing contemporary music.
  • A soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s 4th Symphony; Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer, 1915; Handel’s Messiah; and Greig’s Peer Gynt Suite.
  • Sabo has performed and recorded in Europe, appearing in the Salzburg Festival, Mozart’s Wohnhaus, on German television, and at the Stuttgart Staatstheater.
  • Taught repertoire courses at the Conservatory in the German Lied, French Melodie, Oratorio, Contemporary Music and Opera, along with Phonetics and Chamber Music for Voice and Guitar.
  • Co-founder and chamber musician at the Washington Island Music Festival.
  • She has served as Chairperson of the Voice Department and recently had a Scholarship Fund at the Conservatory established in her honor.

Shaddai Amor Solidum

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Music – Korea National University of Arts
  • Master of Music. Vocal Performance – University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Professional Certificate in Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  • Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts, University of the Philippines

Background

  • Shaddai joined the Vocal Arts Faculty in July 2019.
  • Has appeared in operatic roles such as Mimi in La Bohème at Wisconsin Union Theater, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte in Hong Kong, Rosina in Il Barbiere diSiviglia, and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites.
  • In concerts, she sang as Soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria in Korea and the Philippines.
  • With emphasis on classical voice, Shaddai also teaches voice in different genres such as CCM, Broadway musical, and jazz.

Nathan Wesselowski

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance | Baker University, Master of Music
  • Voice Performance | The Cleveland Institute of Music

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2010.
  • Proud member of AEA (Actor’s Equity Association) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists).
  • Has been performing professionally in opera, music theatre, and theatre since 1996.
  • He has sung with Skylight Music Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Opera, Florentine Opera, The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Prometheus Trio, Danceworks, and many more.
  • As a composer, his works include A Twisted Carol, the musical he wrote with Mondy Carter that performed to a sold out run with In Tandem Theatre in 2015, and Eurydice which was performed at Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Eurydice Festival.
  • Serves as an At Large Board Member and Education and Outreach chair for Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Board of Directors.

Jazz

Dave Bayles

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Education | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Background

  • 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.

Marcya Daneille

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Voice Performance | Roosevelt University (Chicago Musical College)
  • Graduate Level Vocal Training | University of Iowa

Background

  • 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.

Mark Davis

Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano

Education

  • BS, with honors | Skidmore College

Background

  • 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.

Aaron Gardner

Education

  • Berklee College of Music

Background

  • 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.

Jeff Hamann

Education

  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Background

  • 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.

Eric Jacobson

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Trumpet | University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Background

  • 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 Inspiration which 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.

Jim Paolo

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Jazz Performance

Background

  • 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.

Molly Pufall-Brown

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music | Millikin University School of Music
  • Master of Music | Northern Illinois University

Background

  • 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.

Mitch Shiner

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Jazz Studies | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Performer’s Certificate for Senior Recital

Background

  • 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.

Paul Silbergleit

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts | Oberlin College

Background

  • 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.

Chamber Music

Susan Babini

Education

  • Graduate Diploma | The Juilliard School
  • Bachelor of Chamber Music | San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Master of Chamber Music | San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Background

  • Holds the Dorothea C. Mayer Principal Cello Chair with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has appeared as Guest Principal Cello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  • Performed solos with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the Princeton Symphony.
  • Gave the East Coast premiere with Symphony in C of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Colored Field for Cello and Orchestra.
  • Performed as cellist with the Cavani String Quartet on the Detroit Chamber Music Society series and at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
  • While in Milwaukee she has performed on the Frankly Music series and with the Philomusica String Quartet.
  • Participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival

Beth Breslin

Education

  • Master of Music | Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Bachelor of Music | Oberlin Conservatory

Background

  • Member of the viola section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Member of the viola section in the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
  • Was a member of the San Antonio Symphony, and is currently a substitute with the Saint Louis Symphony and Houston Symphony.
  • Performs with the 414 Quartet and the Prospect Quartet.
  • Performer at festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, Kneisel Hall, and The Round Top Festival Institute.
  • Has also performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music, National Repertory Orchestra and the New World Symphony.
  • Primary teachers include Robert Vernon (Cleveland) and Peter Slowik (Oberlin).

Meaghan Heinrich

Chamber Music Manager

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Oboe Performance | Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Master of Music, Oboe Performance | Rice University

Background

  • Conservatory Faculty since 2015.
  • Teaches private oboe lessons, chamber music, early childhood music, and K4-5th grade general music classes in Milwaukee schools.
  • Freelance oboist in the greater Milwaukee area, performing frequently with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, Festival City Symphony, and Bel Canto.
  • Oboist and Lecturer for the Washington Island Music Festival.
  • Lecturer, teaching artist, and consultant for area arts organizations, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (“Meet the Music” pre-concert talks, the Lullaby Project, and Link Up recorder concerts), PianoArts, and the LunArt Festival.
  • Formerly Manager of Learning Programs and Community Engagement for The Cleveland Orchestra and Education Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
  • Performed for four years (two as Co-Artistic Director) with the multi-disciplinary ensemble Tales & Scales, including appearances with the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Louisville Orchestra.

Stefanie Jacob

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Magna cum laude – Harvard University
  • Master of Music, with highest distinction in Piano Performance – Indiana University

Background

  • WCM Piano faculty member since 1987.
  • Primary areas of focus include educating an array of students, and chamber music.
  • Recipient of the Milwaukee Civic Music Association’s award for Excellence in Studio Teaching.
  • Enjoys being an active musician in the Prometheus Trio, and participating in the Washington Island Music Festival.
  • Made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at age 17, and her Carnegie Hall debut in 1984.
  • Twice awarded Second Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and received Indiana University’s Leo Weiner Prize for Chamber Music.
  • Has soloed with both the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra.
  • Recorded for the Arundax, CRI, Fleur de Son, Equilibrium, and the Wisconsin Conservatory labels.
  • Received WCM’s “Teacher of the Year” honor in 2017.

Margot Schwartz

Education

  • Yale School of Music
  • Northwestern University School of Music

Background

  • A member of the First Violin section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Summer performances include the First Violin sections of both the Bellingham (WA) and Peninsula (WI) Music Festivals
  • As a chamber musician, she has performed 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.
  • Soloist with the Milwaukee, Berkeley, and Oakland East Bay Symphonies
  • Performs as a member of the Arcas String Quartet and the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue.

Ilana Setapen

Education

  • University of Southern California and at the Colburn Conservatory
  • Master of Music | The Juilliard School

Background

  • Currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has had solo performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, Festival City Symphony, the Boca Raton Symphonia, and the Amarillo Symphony, among others.
  • Frequent guest on the Frankly Music Series and the Rembrandt Chamber Players of Chicago.
  • Collaborated 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.
  • Summer guest appearances include at the Olympic Music Festival on Bainbridge Island, the Luzerne Music Center summer festival in Lake Luzerne, New York.
  • Performs as the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue with her colleague Margot Schwartz.
  • Solo and chamber music performances have brought her abroad to China, France, Brazil, Holland, England, Monaco, and Italy.


Our Staff

Administrative

Rachel Fritz

Chief Operations Officer | Piano

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude | University of Central Missouri
  • Master of Music | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Background

  • She has served as the Chief Operations Officer at the Conservatory since 2014, and previously managed the Student Services department for four years.
  • Has been a member of the WCM Piano Faculty since 2007, specializing in instructing young pianists.
  • A certified teaching artist by the International Piano Teaching Federation.
  • Participant of the 2017 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI).
  • Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Fritz taught group piano at Des Moines Symphony Academy and maintained 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 President for the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.
  • Also serves as pianist at Redemption Lutheran Church.

Shalisa Kline-Ugaz

Executive Vice President

Background

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.

Eric Tillich

President, Chief Executive Officer

Education

BA from UW-Madison and his MA in Organization, Leadership, and Quality from Marian University

Background

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 has served on several non-profit boards in the Milwaukee area including the Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin and Future Milwaukee.

Education

Rebecca Bowen

Associate Director, Community Parternships

Dana Carlson

Coordinator, Vocal Arts | Associate, Education

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance | University of South Dakota

Background

  • Has sung in roles such as Beauty in Vittorio Giannini’s opera Beauty and The Beast, Flora (cover) in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Ms. Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), Dragonfly (L’Enfant et les sortileges), and Nursing Sister (Suor Angelica).
  • Sung with the Fresco Opera Theatre, Red River Lyric Opera, Druid Opera City Workshop, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the University of South Dakota, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
  • An active competition participant that has won prizes from South Dakota NATS, both South Dakota and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, and has been both a regional and national finalist for Music Teachers National Association.
  • Received 1st Place and 2nd Place awards in classical voice and musical theatre respectively at the South Dakota NATS Competition.
  • Awarded 2nd Place and National Alternate for the West-Central Division Music Teachers National Association competition in January of 2017.
  • Experienced teaching at the middle school, high school, collegiate, and adult levels, and in the choral rehearsal, classroom, and private lesson environments.
  • Strives to create a learning environment that is positive, individualized, challenging, and engaging.

Mark Davis

Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano

Education

  • BS, with honors | Skidmore College

Background

  • 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.

Teresa Drews

Director, Education | Chair — Piano

Education

Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Piano Performance | Northwestern University

Master of Music, Piano Performance | Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
Background

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2003, Piano Department chair since 2005, Director of Education since 2018.
    Member of Pi Kappa Lambda, MTNA, WMTA and MMTA.
  • In her 23 years of teaching, she has taught group and private piano lessons at the Conservatory, as well as coached chamber music.
  • Through Conservatory Connections she has taught general music and piano to students throughout Milwaukee and most recently taught our Music Counts curriculum 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.
    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.

Krystal Esty

Manager, Education

Education

  • BM in Music Education | UW-Whitewater
  • MM | UW-Milwaukee.

Adam Fisher

Chair – Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education | University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Master of Music, Trumpet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Background

  • Joined the Conservatory faculty in 2017.
  • In demand as a freelance trumpet player and educator since moving to Milwaukee in 2013 to pursue his MM in Trumpet Performance at UW-Milwaukee.
  • Played programs around Southeastern Wisconsin as an active recitalist and a strong proponent of new music.
  • Has been heard playing from the pit orchestras of dozens of musicals, and has made appearances playing with the South Shore Chorale and Lakeshore Chorale.
  • As a lead player, has played in area big bands and in the horn section for Milwaukee-based bands.
  • As part of DIY Chamber music, Adam has played premiers of new works, many penned by Milwaukee based composers.
  • Has taught master classes throughout the state, and has recently been on the marching band staff for high schools throughout Wisconsin and Ohio.

Talia Pavia

Co-Chair – Strings

Education

  • Bachelor of Music | Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Music | Northern Illinois University
  • Performer’s Certificate | Northern Illinois University

Background

  • Member of the Conservatory String Faculty since 2018
  • Pavia studied with international soloist Shmuel Ashkenasi and trained with the Grammy Award-winning Vermeer Quartet as a member of NIU’s Graduate String Quartet In-Residence
  • Received numerous awards and scholarships, including graduate fellowships, from both the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the NIU Graduate School to pursue violin studies.
  • Currently performs as Associate Principal Second Violin of Camerata Chicago, is on the substitute list for the Minnesota Orchestra, and has touredboth nationally and internationally in chamber music festivals, including the Zeister Musiekdagen Chamber Music Festivalin the Netherlands.
  • As first violinist of the Ethereal Shima Quartet, her chamber music interpretations have been called “remarkably sensitive and mature” by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune.
  • Performance credits include the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (Concertmaster, Emmy Award-winning recording), Chicago’s Symphony Center, and at acclaimed venues throughout the world with renowned artists including the incomparable fiddler Mark O’Connor and jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling.
  • Pavia’s students have won numerous concerto competitions and have gone on to pursue classical and contemporary violin performance at universities such as the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Berklee School of Music.

Elise Pennington

Chair – Early Childhood

Education

Bachelor of Music, Minor in Psychology | DePauw University in Greencastle, IN

Background

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

Charlie Rasmussen

Co-Chair – Strings

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music | Luther College
  • Master of Music in Cello Performance | University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory | University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy | The University of Denver

Background

  • Suzuki cello instructor at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Trained by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Suzuki Cello Units 1-10, and provides lessons for a full range of students.
  • Studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr.
  • Active as a modern cellist, baroque cellist, and viola da gambist performing with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and Sonata à Quattro.
  • Was the guest artist for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Cello Fest Clinic in May 2018.
  • Has served as the principal cellist with the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA) and the Madison Bach Musicians.
  • Previously performed with the Vitali Ensemble, the New York Continuo Collective, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (CT), and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC).
  • His solo CD, 11 Capricci by Joseph Dall’Abaco,was released by Centaur Records in July 2018.
  • He has recorded tracks for Grammy Award Winning Broadway composer, Paul Bogaev.

Barbara Schneider

Director, Community Partnerships

Education

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory

Background

  • Conservatory violin faculty since 2017.
  • Has studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Orford String Quartets.
  • Coached advanced chamber music groups in the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, created and coached the Adult Chamber Music Program, and led Suzuki group classes while teaching at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore for 16 years.
  • Barbara’s students have been consistently recognized for their talent, being accepted into major music schools and festivals including the Manhattan School of Music, the Ithaca Summer Institute, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.
  • A founding member of the Tempest Trio, and a recipient of the Peabody Development Grant for the trio.
  • Performed regularly with orchestras such as the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has served as the concertmistress of the Bach Cantata Series, the Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Opera Vivente.

Mitch Shiner

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Jazz Studies | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Performer’s Certificate for Senior Recital

Background

  • 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.

Marija Temo

Chair – Guitar

Education

  • Bachelor Degree | Baldwin – Wallace College Conservatory of Music
  • Master Degree | Peabody Conservatory of Music of The John Hopkins University

Background

  • Conservatory faculty since 2015.
  • Widely recognized as a virtuoso classical and flamenco guitarist, vocalist, conductor, and former dancer.
  • Has been featured with the Baltimore and Calgary Symphonies, as well as in guitar festivals in Asunción, Paraguay, New York City, and The GFA International Guitar Festival and Competition.
  • Has had the privilege to perform 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.
  • Had the honor of having two works for guitar and orchestra written for her, Tango Fantasyand Concierto del Fuego, by Loris Chobanian.
  • Other performances include being a guest artist with the Zac Brown Band, providing music for a GE Capital/Taylor Guitar national television commercial, and performing in a flamenco documentary.
  • Knownfor 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.

Student Services

Samuel Doucas

Associate, Student Services

Tia Hankwitz

Manager, Student Services

Nolan Thomas

Associate, Student Services

Marketing & Development

Marina Awes

Associate, Development

Anna Henning

Development Manager

Karen Herzog

Director, Grants and Communication

Background

Grant writing and communications are a second career for Karen, who was a journalist for more than two decades at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Before journalism, there was music. A clarinet opened doors for her as a kid growing up in a small, Iowa town. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology at University of Iowa. She arrived in Milwaukee in summer 1991 after reporting gigs at newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Kentucky. In Milwaukee, she covered K-12 education, food/the local foods movement, public health, higher education, and a wide range of other stories, including major breaking news. She won local, state and national reporting awards, and was part of a national award-winning team of journalists who took on Milwaukee’s infant mortality crisis through a ground-breaking, in-depth series of stories called Empty Cradles. A keen interest in people, connecting the dots, and making a difference are common themes throughout her career.

Donald Rebar

Director, Marketing

Brittany Smith

Associate, Marketing

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