Music Lessons For Beginners
Private Lessons, Group Classes, and More
* Please Note – All WCM programs have moved online while physical locations are closed.
At the Conservatory, we aspire to provide an accessible and high-quality music education for all experience levels. Pair up with an expert teacher for a private lesson or play with friends in a group class or Conservatory Prep Program.
New Student Online Lesson Discount
$190 for six 30-minute lessons
Online music lessons use easy-to-use Zoom Video Conferencing and give you access to more than 90 skilled faculty members for any instrument and genre. Join a community of more than 10,000 students and schedule your first lessons today!
What You Can Expect
For Beginning Conservatory Students
Studying at the Conservatory is a great way to improve your music skills while you meet new people! We have a place for singers of every age, ability and musical interest. You can expect:
- Highly qualified teachers who are well versed in teaching various styles of singing
- Solo and group performance opportunities at the Helen Bader Recital Hall and in the community
- An enjoyable learning experience and improved self-confidence
- Expert guidance to improve your technique while studying music chosen to fulfill your personal goals.
- Private Lessons | One-on-one study with a teacher who will help you reach your personal goals.
- Group Classes | Learn alongside fellow students of similar age and skill level. Classes are a great place to start learning a single instrument, a style of music, or music theory.
- Conservatory Prep Package – Suzuki Strings, Band Beginnings & Guitar | This comprehensive package includes a group class, private lesson, and music theory class.
NEW THIS FALL
Smart Start™ Early Childhood Music
This Fall, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music becomes the first institution in the United States to offer Smart Start™, a new and innovative Early Childhood education program that uses musical activities to train fundamental cognitive skills for children ages 0 – 3.
Studies have demonstrated that Smart Start™ helps children achieve growth in vocabulary, pre-reading abilities, and singing ability after their first year, with similar levels of growth in years two and beyond.
For Ages 3 and Up
In addition to individual music lessons and classes, kids & teens can enroll in several comprehensive packages that include a group class, private lesson, and music theory component.
NEW THIS FALL
Jazz & Contemporary Music
The Conservatory’s new Jazz & Contemporary Music offerings will continue to preserve and share the unique heritage of American Jazz — a longstanding WCM tradition — while celebrating its proud heritage that is ever present in the music of today.
Meet Our Teachers
Michael StandalJazz, Latin Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Funk, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Alternative, Pop, Metal, Country, Folk, Fingerstyle Acoustic, Guitar, Jazz & Contemporary Music
- Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance | University of Wisconsin-Parkside
- Joined the WCM team in 2020.
- Enjoys teaching, collaborating, and performing in a variety of different settings.
- Recipient of the Percussive Arts Societies’ Ludwig Industries Scholarship.
- Has been a soloist for the 2018 Wisconsin Days of Percussion.
- Has been a featured recitalist for the BMO noon concert series at UW-Parkside.
- Additionally, Eliana also enjoys teaching through Ravinia’s Reach, Teach, Play program.
- Bachelor of Music, Music Education | Ball State University
- Master of Music (in progress), Performance | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- An Indiana native, Alec previously served as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Education Coordinator, and performed as the 2017 Concerto Soloist with the Music for the Sake of Music Symphony Orchestra.
- Alec has been the Trumpet Teaching Artist for the Music for the Sake of Music summer festival in Green Bay, WI since 2015.
- As a chamber musician, has performed for Classical Music Indy and other music non-profits, and as a lead trumpet player for numerous musicals and shows across Central Indiana.
- Alec has a breadth of experience teaching both in and out of the classroom including traditional public-school ensembles, clinics and masterclasses, general music and PreK
- Currently, Alec performs in the UW-Milwaukee Brass Quintet and with his band Ekruteak.
Yale School of Music
- 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.
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Voice Performance | Roosevelt University (Chicago Musical College)
- Graduate Level Vocal Training | University of Iowa
- Joined the Vocal Arts faculty at the Conservatory in 2017.
- Cross-genre singer that is classically trained, jazz influenced, and soul inspired.
- Has taught private voice to students of all levels for thirty years, which includes more than a decade in New York.
- As a classical singer, Marcya began her career as a soprano and has sung with Lincoln Opera Chicago, the Lyric Theater of Illinois and the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee.
- Has gradually transitioned from singing classical music exclusively to performing an eclectic repertoire of music.
- Marcya has performed alongside a diverse group of critically acclaimed artists such as Simon Estes, Wycliffe Gordon, BeBe Winans, Vanessa Williams, Laurel Masse and Gerald Levert.
- Bachelor of Arts, Music – University of Nebraska-Kearney
- Master of Music – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Director, Education | Chair — Piano
Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Piano Performance | Northwestern University
Master of Music, Piano Performance | Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
- 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.
Chair – Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion
- Bachelor of Science, Music Education | University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
- Master of Music, Trumpet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Joined the Conservatory faculty in 2017.
- Plays with groups such as the Wisconsin and Milwaukee Philharmonics and the Lake County Symphony Orchestra.
- Premiered new music with Present Music and DIY Chamber Ensemble.
- Plays in the pit orchestras of dozens of musicals around Wisconsin.
- Taught master classes throughout the Midwest.
Chief Operations Officer | Piano
- Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude | University of Central Missouri
- Master of Music | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- 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.
- Berklee College of Music
- WCM faculty member since 2005.
- Moved back to his roots in Milwaukee, after 10 years of living in New York and touring and recording with the band ulu.
- Has played and recorded with many bands and artists including De La Buena, Choir Fight, Jamie Breiwick, Steve Peplin, The Static Chicken, Tristan Royalty Squad, The Extra Crispy Brass Band, The Soul Trio, The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Eric Bennet.
Chair – Vocal Arts
- Bachelor of Music, Choral Education | Lawrence University
- Master of Music, Voice Performance | University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Master of Music | Boston University
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music, Music Education | Oberlin Conservatory of Music
- Master of Music, Horn Performance | Cleveland Institute of Music
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music – Eastman School of Music
- Master of Music – The Juilliard School of Music
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance | Lawrence University
- Graduate Studies in Vocal Performance | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- 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.
Dr. Catalin Iacob
Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance | Texas Tech University (May 2020)
- Started studying piano at the age of seven in his native country of Romania, where he pursued intensive music classes all throughout high school.
- Attended an impressive number of national and international piano competitions at that time, and scored in the top three at all of them.
- Dr. Iacob came to the United States in 2013 to continue his education in music by enrolling in a master’s degree program in collaborative piano and chamber music at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, under the coordination of Dr. Ilonka Rus.
- Traveled and performed in the US as well as Europe and South America in countries including Colombia, Romania, Italy, and Germany.
- In 2016, Dr. Iacob started his doctoral degree under the guidance of the well-renowned pianist and pedagogue Dr. William Westney.
- While working on this degree, served as a teaching assistant at the TTU School of Music, and was one of the main piano accompanists for the voice and instrumental departments, chamber groups, and large ensembles.
- Was also the winner of the TTU 2019 Piano Concerto Competition, for which he will be performing Franz Liszt’s “Totentanz” in Fall 2020 with the TTU University Symphony Orchestra.
- Bachelor of Music, Performance | Florida State University
- Master of Music, Performance | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- 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.
- Bachelor of Arts in Music, Magna cum laude – Harvard University
- Master of Music, with highest distinction in Piano Performance – Indiana University
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music, Guitar Performance – Cleveland Institute of Music
- Master of Music, Guitar Performance and Pedagogy – Peabody Institute
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance | St. Olaf College
- Master of Music, Piano Performance/Pedagogy | University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Joins the WCM faculty in 2019 with 18 years of experience teaching private lessons as well as group piano.
- Studied under Catherine Kautsky, Jessica Johnson, and Kenneth Graber.
- Enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels, and her students have regularly participated in WMTA Auditions and the NFMC Festival.
- Former faculty member at community schools in the Boston, MA and Madison, WI areas.
- Has served as an adjudicator for piano festivals and competitions.
- Collaborative pianist for instrumental and vocal soloists and choirs.
- Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
- 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.
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance | Manhattan School of Music
- Master of Music | DePaul University
- Performance Certificate | DePaul University
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music
- Master of Music
- Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance – University of Kansas
- 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.
- Heinzel performs regularly at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Clinic, David Barnette’s Art Gallery, Alexian Village, St. John’s on the Lake and Chai Point.
- Many of his current students participate in annual events such as WSMA, the Federation Festival, Wisconsin Music Teachers Association Auditions and the Wisconsin Conservatory’s Piano Festival.
- In addition, they perform twice every year in fall and spring studio recitals held at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
- His students span a wide range of age, ability and interest.
- Undergraduate Degree, Violin/Baroque Violin | Eastman School of Music & Florida State University
- Masterʼs Degree | University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played in the Strelow String Quartet and studied with Vartan Manoogian.
- Leanne League is the violin and viola professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
- Serves as the associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony and assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
- Has also performed extensively with the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio, and her performances have taken her to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Vienna, Graz, Spoleto, Slovenia, Costa Rica, and throughout the United States. Leanne League
- Was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, where she performed occasionally as concertmaster and principal second violin.
- Played in the Strelow String Quartet and studied with Vartan Manoogian while at UW-Madison.
- Chamber music and orchestral festivals include the Tanglewood Music Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, AIMS in Austria, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
- Bachelor Degree – Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris
- Master Degree – Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris
- Chi Li started playing the violin at 5. and made his debut with l’Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse at the age of 12.
- Since then he has performed across North America, Asia and Europe in prestigious venues such as the Boston Symphony Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Salle Pleyel in Paris.
- Highlights include performances featured as the soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.
- In 2013, Chi became the first Taiwanese violinist to be awarded a prize at the Montreal International Music Competition.
- Major musical influences include Olivier Charlier, Joanna Matkowska, Ikuko Mizuno, Régis Pasquier.
- Joined the first violin section of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2017.
Elizabeth Lieberman holds a MM and is a graduate of Northwestern University and of Northern Illinois University.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts | Carnegie Mellon University
- Master of Music | Yale University
- Artist Diploma | Yale University
- Doctor of Musical Arts | University of Wisconsin – Madison
- 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.
- Piano Pedagogy Professional Training Program – New School for Music Study
- Western Carolina University
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | Lviv National Music Academy
- Master of Music in Violin Performance | Lviv National Music Academy
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music | Indiana University
- Master of Music | University of Michigan
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music, Classical Guitar Performance | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
- Master of Music, Classical Guitar Performance | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
- 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.
Bachelor of Music, Performance, Minor in Piano Pedagogy – Lawrence University
- 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.
- 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 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.
Co-Chair – Strings
- Bachelor of Music | Northern Illinois University
- Master of Music | Northern Illinois University
- Performer’s Certificate | Northern Illinois University
- 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.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music and Theatre | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Master of Music, Opera | University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 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.
- Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
- Bowling Green State University
- Ruben Piirainen is a Milwaukee-based pianist, music director, vocal coach, composer, and local restaurant owner.
- Was on the music staff of the Florentine Opera for six seasons where he coached and accompanied the Studio Artist Program.
- During his time with the Florentine Opera, Ruben was also involved with music preparation for all mainstage productions, played in the pit orchestra, presented a recital of new operatic works at the National Opera Center in New York, and performed solo recitals with opera stars Alyson Cambridge and Noah Stewart.
- He has also worked extensively with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Present Music, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, Theatre Gigante, Sunset Playhouse, Music by the Lake, and Opera for the Young.
- His original one act children’s opera A BUSY BEE was commissioned and premiered by the Florentine, and received subsequent performances by Opera Carolina.
- A Hal Leonard Corporation recording artist, and has been on the faculties of Interlochen Arts Camp, Bluffton University, and Bowling Green State University.
- Has also received commissions for compositions from Skylight Music Theatre and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- Master of Music, Clarinet Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- 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.
- Undergraduate Degree | Ohio State University
- Masters Degree | Music and Community Partnership – University of South Carolina
- Sabrina Raber is a performer, educator, and entrepreneur based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- fellow for the Global Leaders Program, where she earned an Executive Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, Teaching Artistry, and Organizational Management in 2019.
- As a student at the University of South Carolina, Sabrina developed a program entitled, Find Your Beat, a recycled instrumental music education program for underserved children.
- Has performed with ensembles including the Long Bay Symphony, Aiken Symphony, Columbia Choral Society, the Spark Chamber Ensemble, and the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra where she performed as soloist.
- Was a top finalist for the National Flute Association’s C.R.E.A.T.E Entrepreneurship competition, a two-time Masterclass winner of the South Carolina Flute Society Competition, and a winner of the University of South Carolina Concerto Competition.
- Led masterclasses in both the United States and in Chile, where she was a guest artist for the international Peñalolén Flute Festival.
- She has also presented research on the impact of music education on under-resourced children through the use of alternative music education techniques.
- Outside of the music world, Sabrina is an avid photographer, a self-identified foodie, sports fan, and lover of all things wonderful.
Co-Chair – Strings
- 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
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music Education with a Strings Emphasis | Baylor University
- Master of Music in Violin Performance | University of North Carolina
- 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.
Anne Elise Richie
- Florida State University
- Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
- North Carolina School of the Arts
- 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.
- Bachelor of Science, Music Education | Ball State University
- Master of Arts (in progress), Flute Performance | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Spent the past 5+ years teaching woodwind sectionals, flute sectionals, and private flute lessons at a variety of schools in the greater Indianapolis area.
- Has also worked as the Community Programs Assistant for Classical Music Indy 2018-2019, and as Assistant Education Coordinator for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2018.
- Other notable experience includes working in 2017 as Education Intern for Chicago based not-for-profit, Fifth House Ensemble, and acting as inaugural secretary for the Flute Guild at Ball State University in 2017.
- In addition to singing with her band EKRUTEAK, prominent performances include her Summer 2017 performance of Density 21.5 at the Milwaukee Art Museum through the Fresh Inc. Festival.
- During the summer, Jennifer spends her time working as Program Coordinator for Music for the Sake of Music, a music not-for-profit providing free lessons and music ensembles in Green Bay, WI.
- 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
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance | Wheaton College Conservatory of Music | University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Monique joined the Conservatory in 2019, and has been teaching the cello for five years.
- She is a co-founder and member of SistaStrings, a string duo that advocates for diversity in the arts.
- The duo frequently performs and teaches at schools and youth centers.
- A main focus of Monique’s is to help students better express themselves creatively – cultivating one’s own connection with music – and her passion for music helps to motivate and inspire.
- Outside of being an educator and half of SistaStrings, Monique also tours, records and travels with other bands and artists.
- Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance | University of Michigan
- Joined the Conservatory faculty in the Fall of 2019.
- In 2011 she attended the New York String Seminar under the training of Jaime Laredo, and began to think aboutcombining the various bits of her background, and bring all of that diversity into her music.
- As a result of that, Chauntee started the Violin/Cello duo SistaStrings with her sister, and the ladies have performedwith Grammy winning artist Malik Yusef, and have opened for legends like The Roots, Lupe Fiasco, Bone Thugs’N Harmony, Black Violin and the list goes on.
- The ladies collaborate with local artists and perform in schools and churches as well as concert halls and modernvenues.
- Fall of 2018, she joined the Sphinx Virtuosi on a two-month tour that included stops at the Isabella Gardner Museum, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Carnegie Hall among many others.
- Her background in music is mostly classical in training but her diverse social background allowed her to step out of her comfort zone and pursue music in whatever genre speaks to her.
Director, Community Partnerships
- Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
- Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory
- 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.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honors, Guitar Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- 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.
- Bachelor’s in Music Performance | Crane School of Music
- Master’s in Music Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Holds 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, Northern Symphonic Winds, Racine Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Antioch Brass Quintet, and The Big Top Circus Band, 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.
- Does recitals and masterclasses at universities and solos with orchestras in the area, like the Lake County Symphony Orchestra this season.
- Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance and Mathematics | University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Master of Music, Music Performance | Northwestern University
- 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).
- Bachelor of Music Degree (Cum Laude) | Seoul National University
- Master of Music Degree | Boston University
- Doctor of Musical Arts | Boston University
- From professional musical engagements to educational activities and community service at various settings, Haeshin’s international and multi-cultural experience helped her develop a unique insight into the universal value of music education.
- Native of South Korea, she has appeared in solo recitals, concerts, and festivals throughout the US, Russia, UK, Luxemburg, Belgium, Puerto Rico, China, and Korea.
- During the recent seasons she has performed at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (Seoul, Korea), Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Tsai Performance Center (Boston), as well as at Harvard, the Moscow Conservatory, among others.
- Haeshin is the founder and Artistic Director of the Medtner Society of Korea, and joined the Conservatory faculty in the fall of 2019.
- Haeshin’s performance in the 75th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein Piano Recital at Lenox Library (2018) was broadcast on CTSB, the public channel in the Berkshires, MA.
- She won 1st prize at American Protégé Concerto Competition, 1st prize at American Protégé Romantic Music Competition, 2nd prize at Richmond Piano Competition
- As a collaborative pianist, she was granted a fellowship at Garth Newel Music Center with her piano quartet, and recently went on concert tours in Washington, D.C. including the White House Holiday Performance Talent, Ireland, UK, and Spain with Boston College High School Concert Choir.
Chair, Jazz & Contemporary Music
- Bachelor of Music, Emphasis in Jazz Studies | Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
- Performer’s Certificate for Senior Recital
- WCM faculty member since 2016.
- Began playing drums at age eight and has been studying percussion since age nine.
- Currently based in Milwaukee, Mitch is an in-demand performer, active educator, and composer.
- Co-leads tour-de-force fusion group, “Match Stick,” which released a self-titled album in 2019.
- In 2014, Mitch released his debut CD, “FLY!”, which invites listeners on a musical journey of original compositions and out-of-the-box arrangements for 20-piece big band.
- Featured clinician for the 2015 Summerfest Big Band Camp, along with Curt Hanrahan and Mike Steinel.
Conducted masterclasses at UW-Parkside, University of Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Park Tudor School, and Nicolet High School.
- Teaches percussion at several Milwaukee public schools through the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Conservatory Connections program.
- Bachelor of Music | University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Master of Music | Juilliard School
- 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.
Shaddai Amor Solidum
- 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
- 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.
Jeanne Marie Stalteri
- Bachelor of Music, Saxophone Performance | Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
- Bachelor of Music, Music Education | Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
- Joined the Conservatory faculty in the Fall of 2019.
- Worked as an orchestra musician for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines May – August 2018.
- Recorded 2016 CD release “Identity” with the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble, featuring guest artist Troy Roberts.
- Has had the opportunity to play with artists such as Sean Jones, John Clayton, and John Daversa.
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance | Millikin University
- Master of Music | Illinois State University
- Suzuki Training | Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
- 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.
- Bachelor of Music – Eastman School of Music
- Master of Science – Juilliard School
- Doctoral Program – Peabody Conservatory
- 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).
- During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Taylor will make his role debut in the title role in Roméo et Juliette with the Hawaii Opera Theatre.
- He returns to Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland for a role debut as Pollione in Norma, and joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
- Concert engagements include Cassio in Otello with Austin Lyric Opera, and Don José in Carmen with the Plano Symphony Orchestra.
- Notable engagements of recent seasons include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for his house debut with Oper Leipzig, Macduff in Macbeth with New Orleans Opera, a return to Theater und Konzert, St. Gallen for Cavaradossi in Tosca and Walter in Catalani’s Loreley, and a role debut as Calaf in Turandot with Virginia Opera.
- Additional appearances include performances with Theater Würzburg, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Theater Mönchengladbach, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Baltimore Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, and Manitoba Opera, among others.
- Undergraduate Degree | Northern Arizona University
- Master’s Degree, Cello Performance | Chicago College of Performing Arts
- Studied at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under renowned pedagogue and former Suzuki Association of the Americas President, Dr. Tanya Carey.
- Recently completed his training through Book 8 in the Suzuki Method, and looks forward to completing all 10 books in the next year.
- Before moving to Chicago, George completed his undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University under Dr. Mary Ann Ramos.
- As an accomplished performer, has held principal seats in numerous orchestras, including the CCPA Symphony and NAU Symphony Orchestra, as well a cello section member of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.
- He is also a recipient of numerous performing arts awards, including the Nadene Bean Cello Scholarship.
- Enjoys performing and teaching in a variety of styles, and takes special interest in performing contemporary works for the cello.
- He is always looking for new ways to play and teach, and enjoys the fusion of traditional and Suzuki methods, with an additional interest in making contemporary music accessible to beginners.
- His students have won numerous regional competitions, as well as placing in regional and All-State programs.
Chair – Guitar
- Bachelor Degree | Baldwin – Wallace College Conservatory of Music
- Master Degree | Peabody Conservatory of Music of The John Hopkins University
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Rosemary McGee Walzer
- Bachelor of Music | Heidelberg University
- Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Music educator and saxophonist Rosemary McGee Walzer is Director of the UWM Youth Jazz Ensemble, and Director of Bands at Maple Dale Elementary School.
- During her time at UW-Milwaukee, she studied conducting with Dr. John Climer, saxophone with Curt Hanrahan, served as a graduate conducting associate with both the University Band and the Youth Wind Ensemble program, and assisted with the overall administration of the university band program.
- Additionally, she served as music director for Pankratz Arts Exchange in Mount Calvary, WI for five seasons.
- In addition to her regular teaching gigs, Rosemary has served as a guest lecturer, clinician, and music camp instructor.
- Is a regular clinician with the Woody Herman Jazz Festival, and has been invited to work with many instrumental ensembles throughout Southeast Wisconsin.
- As a performer, Rosemary was one of the winners of the Heidelberg University Concerto Competition in 2003, and received the Arthur Bean Award there in 2005.
- Freelances in the Milwaukee area and has been in several instrumental ensembles, including the funk/soul band Montage, the East Side Jazz Orchestra, the Kicks Big Band, and the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra.
- 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
- 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.
- Bachelor of Arts, Flute Performance | Maranatha Baptist University
- Master of Arts (in progress), Flute Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Performer’s Certificate (in progress), Flute Performance | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- From playing in University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s large ensembles, to chamber groups, to teaching all ages of flute students, Willson strives to strike a balance between improving himself as a musician and building up and inspiring those around him.
- Has soloed with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble in 2009, Fond du Lac Symphonic Band in 2014 and the UWM Symphony Orchestra in April of 2019, and will be soloing with the UWM Wind Ensemble in the Fall of 2019.
- Self-taught flutist that had to rely on self-evaluation early in his studies, which enhanced not only his own musicianship, but also his teaching style.
- Began teaching private flute and piano lessons in the Fall of 2013, and regularly teaches in the area, coaches in local high schools and occasionally judges for in-house music festivals.
- Placed first in the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Young Artist competition in 2008 and more recently took runner-up in the UWM Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2018 and first place in the UWM Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition in 2019.
- Bachelor Degree | Michigan State University
- Master Degree, Jazz Studies | Florida State University
- Performs professionally in a wide variety of musical styles, as a leader and as a sideman, on upright bass and electric bass.
- While at Michigan State University, studied with world- renowned bassist, Rodney Whitaker.
- Has also studied classically with the Assistant Principal of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Robert Goodlett, and taught alongside Robert at the Quattro String Academy in Indianapolis, IN.
- Currently serves as the Bass Instructor at Eastern Illinois University.
- As a seasoned teacher, Sam enjoys working with students with experience ranging from beginners to professionals.
• Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance and Pedagogy (in progress) | Northwestern University
• Master of Music, Piano Performance | Yale School of Music
• Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance | Manhattan School of Music
- Known for “great imagination and extraordinary musicality” (Shantou Daily) in his playing, classical pianist Lam Wong made his debut with Liszt: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante at the age of fourteen.
- He has since appeared in concert venues in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chicago and New York, and has also worked with distinguished artists MarcAndré Hamelin, Mikhail Voskresensky, and performed in master classes of Boris Berman, Richard Goode, Robert Levin, Nelita True and Arie Vardi.
- As an avid chamber musician, Wong attended and performed in chamber music festivals including Sarasota Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Manchester Music Festival.
- As an avid chamber musician, Wong attended and performed in chamber music festivals including Sarasota Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Manchester Music Festival.
- Also works closely with the Director of Piano Pedagogy, Dr. Marcia Bosits, at Northwestern University, where he teaches pre-college students from the Northwestern community, conducts lessons for non-major students from the university, and leads group classes at various levels.
- Other pedagogy works also include Piano Clinics (a master class series focusing on solving pianistic problems), and specialty areas in sight-reading, a topic which he presented at the Collegiate Chapter Poster Session at the ISMTA Conference.
Music Education For The Community
Does your school, church, early childhood center, public library, senior center, or community organization have a need for quality music education programs in the Milwaukee area? The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music offers community programs to match your need!