Conservatory Connections


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Does your school, church, early childhood center, public library, senior center, or community organization have a need for quality music education programs? The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is uniquely positioned to meet your organization’s music education needs.

Conservatory Connections programs inspire, energize, and generate lifelong learners through curriculum-based music instruction. Innovative programs are designed in collaboration with each partner and instructors are carefully matched to fit your specific need.

Connections-MusicCounts-1150x400Music Counts provides a creative, engaging, curriculum-based general music education. Developed by our team of music specialists to address national and state standards, Music Counts aims to give every child a lifelong love of music.

This hands-on, performance-based approach addresses six main areas: singing, playing instruments, reading and notating music, creativity and composition, listening and responding, and connection to culture and other art forms.

Music Counts is available to public, private, charter, and choice schools as a fully integrated school music program or as a supplement to existing programs.

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Students learn general music concepts and discover African, Cuban, Haitian, and various cultural traditions through our rhythm and world music residencies.

Rhythm residencies focus on general music concepts and incorporate body percussion and instrumental exploration through bucket drumming.

World Music residencies focus on the folkloric music of the African diaspora in the Caribbean using African drums.

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World-class educators are available for private and group instruction in your school or community. Lesson schedules are planned in collaboration with your organization and instructors are chosen based on the needs and abilities of your students.

Programs Include
Piano | Voice | Percussion | Guitar | Strings | Brass Woodwinds | Jazz | Rock | Suzuki | Songwriting | Theory

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Connections-EnsemblePrograms-800x475Help your students build team and social skills by collaborating with classmates and making new friends through music. Conservatory faculty direct ensemble students in choir, band, orchestra, jazz combos, rock bands, and chamber music. Programs include classroom instruction, rehearsal, and public performance opportunities.

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Students learn violin, viola, and cello using the Suzuki Method.  The method treats music education in the same way that people learn to speak their native language; through listening, imitation, and repetition in a positive, nurturing learning environment with active parental participation.

All students will develop a solid technical foundation, tone, and musicianship skills with our highly trained Suzuki teachers.

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Current Community Partners Include

Alexian Village
Ascension Lutheran
Avalon Square
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Boys & Girls Club (81st Street, Fitzsimonds, Gaenslen, Lincoln, MCA, & more)
Brookfield Academy (Primary & Middle)
Darrell Lynn Hines Academy
Discovery World
Holy Family Parish School
Institute of Technology & Academics
Learn Thru Play Family Child Care Home
Malaika Early Learning Center
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Catholic Home
Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School
Milwaukee Jewish Day School
Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Public Museum
MPS (ALBA School, Hawley Environmental, Milwaukee School of Languages, Morse Middle, Riverside University High School, & more)
Nativity Jesuit Middle School
Next Door Foundation
Rocketship Southside Community Prep
Sharon Lynn Wilson Center
Shorewood Public Library
St. Bruno Parish School
St. John’s on the Lake
– and more!

General Music Faculty

Elise Pennington

Chair — Early Childhood and General Music

Chair — Early Childhood and General Music

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


Teresa Drews

Chair — Piano

Chair — Piano

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

Elise Pennington

Chair — Early Childhood and General Music

Chair — Early Childhood and General Music

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

Dana Carlson

Choir, Voice, General Music

Choir, Voice, General Music

Dana Carlson, soprano, has sung with 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 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). Other operatic experience includes opera scene work as Blanche (A Streetcar Named Desire), both the First and Second Ladies (Die Zauberflöte), and Beth (Little Women), as well as worked with Fresco Opera Theatre as a cast member of their latest garage opera The Ugly Duckling as a “mean girl” in a 1980’s inspired community outreach and engagement tour.

An active competition participant, Ms. Carlson has won prizes from South Dakota NATS, both South Dakota and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, and has been both regional and national finalists for Music Teachers National Association. Most recently, Ms. Carlson received 1st Place and 2nd Place awards in classical voice and musical theatre respectively, in this spring’s South Dakota NATS Competition, and was awarded 2nd Place and National Alternate for the West-Central Division Music Teachers National Association competition in January of 2017.

Busy on-stage and in the classroom, Ms. Carlson has experience teaching at the middle school, high school, collegiate, and adult levels in the choral rehearsal, classroom, and private lesson environments. Working with a variety of genres at all levels, Ms. Carlson strives to create a learning environment that is positive, individualized, challenging, and engaging.

Ms. Carlson received her Master of Music from the University of South Dakota in Vocal Performance, and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance.

Chris Crain

Vocal Arts, General Music

Vocal Arts, General Music

Chris Crain is a Singer, Songwriter and multifaceted Musician. Born in Chicago, raised in Lumberton, Ms and now residing in Milwaukee , Chris’ musical birthright was just the foundation of a greater platform. Although he was brought up in a family of musicians and has played an instrument since the age of 7, it was just the beginning of a passion for sharing music in various forms and venues.

With over 20 years of experience in music, which includes roles as an educator, producer, music director, and facilitator; he has developed an arsenal of skills which he displays on diverse platforms. With an extensive resume that consists of 6 albums, 2 WAMI’s for Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Year and plethora of performances that has taken him all across the county, Chris is clearly no stranger to producing quality and impressionable music. He takes great pride in developing the way people listen to music, the way it makes them feel and how it affects community.

Chris Crain has dedicated his greatest passion to making everything and everyone around him better, including himself. Born with a special birth defect called Brachial Plexus, he’s determined to show the world that even when your journey is an expected hard and long road, the only thing that will keep you from your dreams is you. In 2012, Chris developed The Better Project Awareness Foundation Inc. in hopes of raising awareness of the birth injury Brachial Plexus Palsy. The foundation uses the art of music as it’s platform to promote a clear message of hope, perseverance, love and self worth. The Better Project Awareness Foundation Inc. sponsors a free music program during the summer for kids ages 6-16 giving the children learn piano, drums and guitar.

In all of his work, Chris’s work centers around a common theme, his passion for using his music to make a change is prevalent in every lyric, rhythm and note. His favorite quote summarizes his position on life, work and the community, “If it doesn’t make a difference, it doesn’t make sense".

Kate Craney-Welch

General Music

General Music

Kathryn Craney-Welch, MT-BC: Ms. Craney-Welch holds her degree from the University of Evansville (Indiana). Since beginning her professional practice, she has worked with older adults – concentrating on those with memory impairments (Alzheimer's and other dementias). In addition to her work with older adults, she has had the opportunity to speak to many different groups including cardiac rehab, breast cancer support, and Parkinson support groups on the effects of music, and how music can be used as an effective tool. In addition, Ms. Craney-Welch has also taught general music to elementary students and provided music as a tool for children and adults with cognitive disabilities. Currently, in addition to her work with older adults, Ms. Craney-Welch is performing with the adult choir at her church, and is teaching music therapy coursework at Carroll University.

Marcya Daneille

Voice, General Music, Jazz Institute

Voice, General Music, Jazz Institute

Classically trained, jazz influenced and soul inspired, Marcya Daneille is a graduate of Roosevelt University where she received her vocal training at the prestigious Chicago Musical College, (currently known as the Chicago College of Performing Arts), after which she continued graduate level vocal training at the University of Iowa. Marcya 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. Gradually Marcya 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.

April Dannelly-Schenck

Cello, Suzuki, General Music

Cello, Suzuki, General Music

April Dannelly-Schenck is a private cello teacher and performer who moved to the Milwaukee area from St. Louis, MO.  Mrs. Dannelly-Schenck has been teaching cello since 2006, and recently completed her training through Book 5 of the Suzuki method.  While living in St. Louis, she taught private instruction in cello at Lindenwood University, and private cello lessons from her home and at the Community Music School of Webster Groves.  As a teacher, April believes that her mission is to help every student create joy through music, both in their own life as well as the lives of their family and community.

April has always been an active chamber musician and orchestral performer.  She is currently the assistant principal cellist in the Menomonee Falls Symphony, and a regular substitute cellist with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Festival City Symphony, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra.  In St. Louis, April served as the principal cellist in the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and as a section cellist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.  Being drawn to string quartet music, she was a member of the Dorian Quartet, with whom she performed in the Oberlin Honors Recital in 2006.  The following year the quartet was selected to showcase the Oberlin Conservatory in a recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  The Dorian Quartet was honored to be chosen as semi-finalists in the Plowman Chamber Competition, and also received Honorable Mention in the Ohio String Teacher’s Association Chamber Competition.

Having a passion for both music performance and music academia, Mrs. Dannelly-Schenck received a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance with a music theory minor from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and then went on to complete Master’s degrees in cello performance (MM) and in music theory (MA) from UW-Madison.  Throughout her three years at UW, she taught Aural Skills and Theory as a teaching assistant for the freshman music theory course.  She taught upper level Music Theory during her years as a professor at Lindenwood University.

Andrea DeGreiff-Beisser

Piano, General Music

Piano, General Music

WCM faculty member since 2002. M.M, UW-Milwaukee; B.A. in Music, University of Nebraska-Kearney. Mrs. DeGreiff-Beisser’s broad training includes studies in accompanying for instrumental and vocal ensembles and soloists. At age 13 she 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. As a recitalist, she has appeared at the University of Nebraska and at the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango Concert Hall and Olav Roots Auditorium in Bogota, Colombia, several opera productions with the UWM voice students, as well as several voice faculty recitals here at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She has studied under Harold Martina, Blanca Uribe, James Cook, Jeffrey Peterson, Katjia Phillambaum and Judit Jaimes.

Luis Fernandez

Violin and Viola, General Music

Violin and Viola, General Music

Luis Fernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he began violin studies through the El Sistema music program. He earned the Master of Music degree at the University of Florida, where he served as first violin of the Nuevo Mundo quartet-in-residence. Most recently Luis studied at the University of Miami, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental performance.

Luis was a long-time member of South Beach Chamber Ensemble and the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. Most recently he was a member of Amarillo Symphony and the Associate Concertmaster of Lubbock Symphony.

He served as the music teacher at Valencia Elementary School, where he instituted an after-school strings program. He was also Director of the Violin Program at St. Philip’s School, and served on the faculty of the Community Arts Program and Greater Miami Youth Symphony. In 2013 Luis was appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Florida. He has been on the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp faculty since 2008.

Adam Fisher

Trumpet, General Music

Trumpet, General Music

After moving to Milwaukee in 2013 to pursue his MM in Trumpet Performance at UW-Milwaukee, Adam Fisher has been in demand as a freelance trumpet player and educator. He 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, Adam has played in area big bands and in the horn section for Milwaukee-based bands. Adam is an active recitalist, having played programs around Southeastern Wisconsin, and a strong proponent of new music. As part of DIY Chamber music, Adam has played premiers of new works, many penned by Milwaukee based composers. Mr. Fisher is also passionate about education. He has taught master classes throughout the state, and has recently been on the marching band staff for high schools throughout Wisconsin and Ohio. Adam has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the UW-La Crosse and a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from UW-Milwaukee. His teachers include Tom Brown, J. Thomas Seddon IV, and Kevin Hartman.

Meaghan Heinrich

Chair — Woodwind, Brass & Percussion, Oboe, Early Childhood, General Music

Chair — Woodwind, Brass & Percussion, Oboe, Early Childhood, General Music

Meaghan Heinrich is Chair of the Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Department at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, where she teaches oboe, early childhood music, and K-5 general music classes. Prior to coming to the Conservatory, she was Manager of Learning Programs and Community Engagement for The Cleveland Orchestra, where she continues to present guest workshops and pre-concert lectures.  In her previous position as Education Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Heinrich spearheaded the development and implementation of a strategic plan for new education programs, including the creation of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Ms. Heinrich holds degrees in oboe performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BM) and Rice University (MM).  As an oboist, she spent four years (two as Co-Artistic Director) touring nationally with the multi-disciplinary ensemble Tales & Scales, including appearances on family concerts with the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Louisville Orchestra.  She performs regularly with orchestras in the greater Milwaukee area, and is a frequent guest speaker for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” pre-concert talks.

Sarah Henrich

Voice, Choir, General Music

Voice, Choir, General Music

Sarah Zietlow Henrich holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College and a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa. At The University of Iowa, Sarah held a teaching assistantship, working as an accompanist and as a guest conductor for The University Choir and Women’s Choir. She was also Vocal Music Director for The University of Iowa’s Summer Rep Program.

Sarah has directed various youth and adult choirs in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Colorado. She was previously an Associate Director of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir. At The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, she has held positions as Vocal Department Chair, Vocal Teacher, General Music Teacher, and Choral Teacher. In 2015, Sarah organized The Art Song Festival, an international festival for student and professional singers. She also serves as a CD reviewer for the Choral Journal, the international journal of the American Choral Directors Association.

A soprano, Sarah has performed recitals in the Milwaukee area and has sung as a chorister with the Professional Core of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Canticum Novum, and Bel Canto Chorus. She freelances as an accompanist, as well as a clinician and conductor for adult and children’s choirs.

Eric Jacobson

Trumpet, Jazz Institute, General Music

Trumpet, Jazz Institute, General Music

WCM faculty member since 2008.

As a performer, teacher and clinician Eric Jacobson is in high demand. Eric has performed with Grammy© Award Winners Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Brian Lynch, Tito Puente Jr. and Eric Benet. Eric 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.

As a Music Major he studied Trumpet at UW-Whitewater from 1993-1997 with Dr. Frank Hanson, and Jazz Director Steve Wiest. Eric continues to work on his craft and has had the privilege to Study with;  Brian Lynch, Alex Norris, Ryan Kisor, and Wynton Marsalis.

Eric 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.

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.The Jazz Institute of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has been gaining a national reputation in recent years due in large part to the tireless efforts of trumpeter Eric Jacobson.Served for several years as the Chair of Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion. teaches Materials of Jazz as part of the Honors Program curriculum, and directs our award-winning Batterman Ensemble who recently won Best Small group in DownBeat Magazine.Eric has also been busy in the recording studio. He recently recorded for Johannes Wallmann "The Sweet Minute Big Band" and  Willy Porter’s CD Human Kindness. Watch for Eric's latest CD as a leader, Discover, to be released under Brian Lynch's jazz label Holistic MusicWorks.

 

Eric has been fortunate enough to perform and study with well-known artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Jim Rotondi, Tim Hagans, Tito Puente, Joan Rivers, Eric Benet, Mayer Hawthorne, Robert Randolph, and Wynton Marsalis. Eric has toured throughout the world with Kings Go Forth who was featured in Time Magazine as being "2011's Best Soul Band".

 

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.  Eric released his second album in 2011 entitled "Two A.M.” and his 2012 release Combinations – Live at the Jazz Estate features Brian Lynch and piano legend Barry Velleman. Eric was recently recognized in Jazzscope Magazine by David Hoffman as "having a gorgeous round sound on both the trumpet and flugelhorn" and being "on his way to being a jazz giant."

Chris Misch-Bloxdorf

Trombone, General Music

Trombone, General Music

Currently residing in both the Midwest and New York music scenes, Chris is a highly in demand trombonist, composer, and educator who believes in the progression of music and education as a platform to connect with audiences.  Chris’s unique musical approach comes from a fervent belief that genre should be a fluid concept that draws influence from a multitude of varying artists and cultures.

Originally from Wisconsin, he attended Lawrence University where he received a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance in 2013. Chris spent his time at Lawrence under the incredible tutelage of Professors Nick Keelan, Fred Sturm, Jose Encarnacion, and Bill Carrothers. Graduating from New York University in 2015 where he received a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies, he was fortunate to have been able to closely work with prominent artists and educators Alan Ferber, Joe Lovano, Dave Pietro, Billy Drummond, Billy Drewes, Lenny Pickett, and Kenny Werner, which heavily influenced both his musical and philosophical thought.

While in New York, Chris was provided the opportunity to perform at iconic venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rockwood, Shapeshifter Lab, The Knitting Factory, National Sawdust, and the Blue Note. He was also fortunate enough to perform at the Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Nublu Jazz Festival and New York’s CMJ festival. Throughout his life he has performed/recorded with Milo, Bobby McFerrin, Gerald and John Clayton, The NYChillharmonic, San Fermin, Allen Tate, Sam Herring (Hemlock Ernst), Stefon Harris, Joel Frahm, Jim Pugh, Art Baron, Josh Green’s Cyborg Orchestra, etc.

Since moving to Milwaukee in August of 2016 Chris has been working on a commissioned big band arrangement project of the music of saxophonist Loren Stillman. He is also working on several new projects in collaboration with the makers guild/music label Ruby Yacht.

John Padilla

Saxaphone, General Music

Orlando Pimentel

Clarinet, Early Childhood

Clarinet, Early Childhood

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Orlando Pimentel began his musical training in Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras, also known as “El Sistema”. From 1989 to 2009, he was a member of the “Simon Bolivar” Symphony Orchestra and performed with such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sergiu Comissiona, Gustavo Dudamel, Eduardo Mata, Sergei Senkov, among others. Orlando Pimentel has participated in master classes held by Luis Rossi, Anthony Pay, Walter Boeykens, Kalman Berkes, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Michel Lethiec, Mario Frogionni, Walter Seyfarth, Judit Jaimes and Raquel Adonaylo. In 1988, together with three other colleagues, he formed the Caracas Clarinet Quartet (1996 National Artist Award: Best Classical Ensemble), a chamber ensemble that has performed throughout Venezuela, as well as in China, Europe, South America, and The United States of America. The Caracas Clarinet Quartet released three CD’s: “Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas” (1995), “Aires Tropicales” (1997) with guest artist Paquito D’Rivera, and “Suelos” (2007) with guest artists Anat Cohen, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Jorge Glem. As part of this ensemble Mr. Pimentel has shared the stage with world renowned artists such as Manhattan Transfer, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Anat Cohen, Fred Mills, among others. Orlando Pimentel performs regularly with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Chorus, Fox Valley Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Racine Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, and Festival City Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pimentel has been invited to perform as part of the 2015 and 2016 Sphinx Symphony Orchestra Competition. Mr. Pimentel has also performed with the “Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society” Summer Festival in Madison, as well as the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green, WI. Mr. Pimentel received his Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying under the tutelage of Todd Levy. Most currently he was appointed Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Department Chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Anna Rasmussen

Violin, Suzuki, Early Childhood

Violin, Suzuki, Early Childhood

Anna Rasmussen is an active chamber and orchestral musician and has been a Suzuki teacher since 2007. She has played with several orchestras in Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas, including Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and Waco Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Rasmussen loves the collaboration of chamber music. She was the first violinist in the Spiritoso Quartet, has played in several chamber ensembles with other faculty members of the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT, and regularly performs with her husband, Charlie. She has recorded tracks for Paul Bogaev, and, as a member of the Spiritoso Quartet, she premiered a string quartet by Elise Grant in 2015.

Ms. Rasmussen received her Master’s in Violin Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University. Her violin teachers include Fabian Lopez, Eka Gogichashvili, and Julia Hardie. She has done Suzuki Teacher Training with Julia Hardie, Mark Mutter, and long-term training with Allen Lieb at the School for Strings in New York City. She has taught at Suzuki, traditional, and El Sistema-inspired schools in Wisconsin, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Texas.

Charlie Rasmussen

Cello, Suzuki, General Music

Cello, Suzuki, General Music

Charlie Rasmussen enjoys an active career as both a modern and Baroque cellist and as a teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Rasmussen was previously on faculty at the Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, CT where he taught private and group cello lessons, musicianship classes, and coached chamber ensembles. Mr. Rasmussen strives to help his students develop a lifelong passion for music and cello playing.

Mr. Rasmussen holds a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), where he was a graduate assistant and studied with Dr. Alexander Ezerman. He also received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from UNCG. Before his studies at UNCG, Mr. Rasmussen graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in music from Luther College where he studied with Dr. Eric Kutz. Mr. Rasmussen studied the Suzuki Method with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver, and he is trained to teach Books 1-10 through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Mr. Rasmussen performed as cellist in the Spiritoso Quartet from 2015-2016 and the Immer String Quartet while he was a student at UNCG. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Rasmussen has served as a principal cellist of the Danville Symphony Orchestra (VA), University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and the Luther College Philharmonia. He has also performed with the Fayetteville and Norwalk Symphonies. An advocate of new music, Mr. Rasmussen performed in the premiere of Alejandro Rutty’s Cantabile Hop at the 2012 North Carolina Music Teacher’s Association in Chapel Hill and premiered a string quartet by Elise Grant in 2015. He has recorded for Grammy Award-winning Broadway and film composer Paul Bogaev.

As a Baroque cellist, Mr. Rasmussen has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival with the New York Continuo Collective and with American Bach Soloists where he participated in the Academy program. Mr. Rasmussen has soloed with Greensboro Early Music and presented solo recitals through the Seabury Academy of the Arts in Norwalk, CT. He attended Phoebe Carrai’s Baroque Cello Bootcamp and the Magnolia Institute where he studied with Brent Wissick. He currently performs in the Vitali Ensemble with Baroque Guitarist Meredith Connie.

Lynn Roginske

Early Childhood, Piano

Early Childhood, Piano

WCM faculty member since 1975. B.M. Wisconsin College-Conservatory; M. M. Wisconsin Conservatory of Music; D.P.I. Certification in Music and Choral Education, Alverno College. Jazz piano and composition studies under Tony King, Martha Artis, Eddie Baker and David Hazeltine. Ms. Roginske is in demand throughout Wisconsin as a piano soloist and with her jazz trio. She regularly performs on the Family Concert series at the Conservatory. In addition to her work at the Conservatory, Ms. Roginske works as a Music/Adaptive Music Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools and has taught at Alverno College.

Natalie Stawarski

Violin and Viola, Suzuki, General Music

Violin and Viola, Suzuki, General Music

Natalie Stawarski is from Downers Grove, Illinois where she began playing violin at the age of 9 through her elementary school music program. She has gained a Bachelor of Music from Millikin University, where she studied under Georgia Hornbacker, and then went to study with Dr. Sarah Gentry at Illinois State university while pursuing a master’s degree. Natalie furthered her education by going to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she became trained in Suzuki up to book 8 under Vera McCoy Sulentic, and continued studying violin under Dr. Lenora Anop. Natalie has participated and performed in various classical, bluegrass, and free improv ensembles, as well as doing work within the recording studio at Millikin University. Natalie has also performed at the International Chamber Music Festival in Kyustendil, Bulgaria.

Emily Watson-Stodola

Viola and Violin, Suzuki, General Music

Viola and Violin, Suzuki, General Music

Mrs. Stodola started as a Suzuki violin instructor in Lubbock, Texas in 2002 after receiving short-term training at the American Suzuki Institute from Nancy Lokken. Inspired to learn more, Mrs. Stodola received a MME with an emphasis in Suzuki violin from the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point. During her time in Stevens Point she worked with Professor Pat D'Ercole, and was awarded the Margery Aber Talent Education Scholarship for two consecutive years. After completing her degree, she pursued Sonata Repertoire training with Tom Wermuth, and Suzuki Early Childhood Education with ECE pioneer, Dorothy Jones.

Mrs. Stodola has taught Suzuki violin in Milwaukee since 2005. She has taught independently and on the faculties of North Shore Suzuki Strings and Barcel Suzuki String Academy. Most recently, she joined the Conservatory Suzuki faculty in August of 2014. Mrs. Stodola has been a clinician at workshops throughout Wisconsin, and served as interim faculty for the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She maintains involvement with the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin where in 2010, she served as organizational chairperson for their biennial workshop.

Mrs. Stodola holds a MM in violin performance from Texas Tech University studying under John Gilbert, and a BM in violin performance from the University of Minnesota studying with Sally O'Reilly. She also studied with Jerome Franke of the Milwaukee Symphony and Klara Fenyo-Bahcall, professor of violin at UW-Oshkosh. An avid performer, she served as concertmaster of the Green Bay Civic Symphony from 2007-2011, and is now currently a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic

Nathan Wesselowski

Voice, General Music, Musical Theater, Early Childhood

Voice, General Music, Musical Theater, Early Childhood

WCM faculty member since 2010. Nathan is a proud member of AEA (Actor’s Equity Association) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists). He 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, Ash Lawn Highland Summer Festival, The National Opera Company, Mill Mountain Theatre, The Fireside, In Tandem Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Bialystock & Bloom, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Promethius Trio, and Danceworks. Nathan is also a composer, his works include the musical he wrote with Mondy Carter, A TWISTED CAROL, which performed to a sold out run with In Tandem Theatre in 2015, EURYDICE a song cycle for 2 sopranos which was performed on Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Eurydice Festival and he serves as an At Large Board Member and Education and Outreach chair for Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Board of Directors. Nathan received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, and his Master of Music in Voice Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, OH.

Annemarie Weyer

General Music

General Music

Annemarie Weyer has 15 years of experience in K-8 General Music teaching.  She earned her BME at UW-Eau Claire and completed her Kodaly Certificate and Masters in Music Education at Silver Lake College. She has worked for the Milwaukee Children's Choir as an associate director and taught for Silver Lake College's Music for Tots program.  Mrs. Weyer loves singing, playing the piano, and being with children.   She has held office positions in the Wisconsin chapter for Kodaly music education, AWAKE.  Mrs. Weyer lives in Oak Creek with her husband and twin baby daughters.

Foundational Support Provided By

Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Bader Philanthropies
Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation
Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust
Milwaukee Arts Board
Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation
Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation
Green Bay Packers Foundation
Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
Park Bank Foundation
Evan & Marian Helfaer Foundation
Wal-Mart Community Foundation
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s Heart of Canal Street

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