Instruments of the Wind and Brass family can be found on stage with the symphony orchestra, marching in a parade on the 4th of July, swinging on the bandstand and making music in schools everyday. The possibilities are endless not the least of which is a lifetime of joyful music making. When you study a wind instrument you develop team skills, cooperative sensibilities and an appetite for excellence. Whether you are 9 or 89 you can begin or continue your wind instrument studies at the Conservatory.
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Instruments & Disciplines Offered
Bassoon · Clarinet · Drumset · English Horn · Euphonium · Flute · French Horn · Hand Drums · Mallet Instruments · Marimba · Oboe · Piccolo · Saxophone · Trumpet · Trombone · Tuba · Vibraphone
Woodwind & Brass: Classical · Jazz · Contemporary
Percussion: African Percussion · Afro-Caribbean Drumming · Classical · Orchestral Percussion
Tuition for private instruction ranges from $32-$35 per 30-minute lesson, $48-$52.50 for a 45-minute lesson, or $64-$70 for 60-minute lessons. View a full list of policies and student benefits here.
Winds & Brass Ensembles
Participating in an ensemble is one of the most rewarding experiences a musician can have. Ensemble players enjoy collaboration with colleagues while playing an independent part and exploring new repertoire. The Conservatory’s program is open to string, piano, guitar, woodwind and brass players of all ages and levels.
- Supercharge your musical development
- Experience a rich and varied ensemble repertoire
- Make friends to last a lifetime!
- Ensembles receive weekly coachings and have the opportunity to perform regularly in both informal settings and at the beautiful Helen Bader Recital Hall.
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Winds & Brass Faculty
The Conservatory offers a highly accomplished faculty, most with advanced degrees, who can be seen performing professionally throughout the Upper Midwest. The faculty has extensive experience instructing beginners in the fundamentals of correct technique, note reading and basic theory as well as instructing advanced students in interpretive strategies, stylistic awareness and the historical perspective necessary for artist-level performance.
Jennifer Bouton Schaub
Jennifer Bouton Schaub 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. From 2014-16, Ms. Schaub performed as Acting Second Flute with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has also performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Akron Symphony, Albany Symphony, and has 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. In 2012, she was a prizewinner in the International Piccolo Artist Competition at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Ms. Schaub received a Master of Music degree and Certificate in Advanced Flute Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. Her teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Marina Piccinini, and Pamela Endsley. Ms. Schaub is 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).
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.
Greg has been teaching since 1996. Greg attended UWM, where he studied trumpet with Wayne Cook and Dennis Najoom and was a member of the Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and lead trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble. Greg maintains a busy freelance schedule playing all types of music, He has performed with Aretha Franklin, Clyde Stubblefield, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Noel Gallagher, Ray De La Paz, Tony Vega, and many more. Greg is a member of the bands Nabori (Salsa) Hot Sauce (Rock, Funk, R&B) and The Groove Hogs, a blues band with whom he has performed all across the US and recorded the CD Blue Rhythms, White Lies. He has been the featured soloist with several local youth orchestras and bands. Greg has performed for the Skylight Musical Theater, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. In addition, Greg has written and performed music for a number of television and radio commercials. Greg is married to Sharie Garcia, Band Director at Milwaukee High School Of The Arts, and is the proud father of two boys Greg Jr. and Marty.
He works with students of all ages and abilities and places particular emphasis on appropriate warm-up techniques, good practice habits, and making music fun.
Saxophone, Flute, Jazz Institute
WCM faculty member since 2005. Aaron Gardner is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. After 10 years living in New York touring and recording with the band ulu, Aaron moved back to his roots in Milwaukee. Since then he 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.
Darcy Hamlin has held the 3rd Horn position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2003 and is the founder of the Milwaukee Brass Quintet. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, she held the Principal Horn title with both the Akron and Canton Symphonies, and also freelanced with the Cleveland Orchestra, The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and The Cleveland Pops Orchestra. A passionate educator, Ms. Hamlin’s students have attended prestigious conservatories and won positions in professional orchestras. Her hobbies include reading, drawing, walking, yoga, crossword puzzles and word games. Ms. Hamlin lives in Milwaukee with her husband, writer and editor David Lewellen, and their two children, Benjamin and Sophie.
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.
WCM faculty member beginning in the fall of 2011. M.M. Performance UW- Milwaukee, B.M. Performance-Florida State University. Andrew Jackson currently performs with the Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Racine symphonies and has performed with orchestras throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, Florida, and Georgia. In 2007 he performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica UANL in Monterrey, Mexico and later with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan on their Midwest tour. A long time member of the Tallahassee Winds, he joined them on their 2004 tour to Australia. Mr. Jackson studied with Jeffrey Keesecker and Theodore Soluri.
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."
Emma Koi maintains an eclectic career as an orchestral, chamber and collaborative flutist. She is an alum of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Principal Flute of the Festival City Symphony, Third Flute/Piccolo with the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a frequent substitute musician with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has worked under the batons of conductors Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Sweden, and Ricardo Muti, among others.
An active chamber musician and collaborative flutist, Ms. Koi is an alum of the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music and the Bowdoin Institute of Chamber Music. She has performed locally with Milwaukee Musaik, Frankly Music, Access Contemporary Music for Doors Open Milwaukee, and on recital projects with Milwaukee area chamber musicians. She enjoys a regular schedule of collaborative projects, and has worked with Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space Dance Company, and in collaboration with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne. She is the founder of Cadance Collective, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble based in Milwaukee.
In demand as a teacher and clinician, Ms. Koi has served as a coach for youth band and orchestra programs throughout the country and was on the faculty at the Festival of Youth Orchestras and Choirs in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011. She has served on the faculty at Mount Mary University, and is currently on the faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Koi holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and degrees in music (BA) and dance (BFA) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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.
Saxaphone, General Music
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.
Saxophone, Jazz Institute
WCM faculty member since 2012. B.F.A. summa cum laude in Jazz Studies and Multiple Woodwinds from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Eric performs and teaches extensively throughout the Midwest, giving clinics and lessons, as well as playing clubs and festivals. He has had the good fortune of performing and recording with nationally recognized jazz artists such as Brian Lynch, Dan Trudell, Francois Moutin, Tom Garling, Mark Johnson, John Fedchock, David Hazeltine, and Manty Ellis. Eric is also a member of the Conservatory's jazz sextet We Six. His debut CD, Combinations-Live at the Jazz Estate, was released in 2013 on the Hollistic MusicWorks record label. www.ericschoor.com