Intermediate & Advanced Music Programs

Intermediate and Advanced

Intermediate & Advanced Music Programs

Ensembles, Jazz Institute, Chamber Music

For students with two plus years of experience, playing music with others in an ensemble can be a great way to expand your already extensive musical knowledge. The Conservatory offers advanced programs such as our Honors Jazz Program or our Advanced Chamber Music Institute.

 

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Ensembles

12 years – Adult | Intermediate

Ensembles

Ensembles are a great way to expand your musical skills by playing with others. Students are grouped with others of a similar experience level.

 

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Honors Jazz Program

Grades 6 – 12 | Advanced – Audition Only

Honors Jazz Program

The Conservatory’s Honors Jazz Program is a year-round experience for high school students, including ensembles, jazz theory classes, and more.

 

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Advanced Chamber Music Institute

Grades 9 – 12 | Advanced – Audition Only

Advanced Chamber Music Institute

Students in the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Advanced Chamber Music Institute study with world renowned musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

 

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Private Piano Lesson

Interested in Private Lessons?

$185 for six 30-minute lessons

Private lessons are also available for all of our intermediate and advanced students. Begin your journey with an introductory six-lesson package.

 

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Community Partnerships

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!

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Intermediate & Advanced Faculty

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Susan Babini

Education

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

Background

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

Beth Breslin

Education

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

Background

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

Marcya Daneille

Education

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

Background

  • Joined the Vocal Arts faculty at the Conservatory in 2017.
  • Cross-genre singer that is classically trained, jazz influenced, and soul inspired.
  • Has taught private voice to students of all levels for thirty years, which includes more than a decade in New York.
  • As a classical singer, Marcya began her career as a soprano and has sung with Lincoln Opera Chicago, the Lyric Theater of Illinois and the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee.
  • Has gradually transitioned from singing classical music exclusively to performing an eclectic repertoire of music.
  • Marcya has performed alongside a diverse group of critically acclaimed artists such as Simon Estes, Wycliffe Gordon, BeBe Winans, Vanessa Williams, Laurel Masse and Gerald Levert.

Aaron Gardner

Education

  • Berklee College of Music

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2005.
  • Moved back to his roots in Milwaukee, after 10 years of living in New York and touring and recording with the band ulu.
  • Has played and recorded with many bands and artists including De La Buena, Choir Fight, Jamie Breiwick, Steve Peplin, The Static Chicken, Tristan Royalty Squad, The Extra Crispy Brass Band, The Soul Trio, The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Eric Bennet.

Jeff Hamann

Education

  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 1998.
  • A member of the Conservatory’s We Six jazz sextet, Mr. Hamann attended the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, winning first place in the Jazz Studies Scholarship competition four years in a row.
  • He has worked as a clinician and jazz festival judge in the Milwaukee, Kenosha and Waukesha public schools as well as at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison and UW-Green Bay.
  • Performing with such well-known artists as Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, Steve Allen, and Eric Alexander, he has toured throughout the Midwest and has appeared at Jazz Yantra in Bombay, India.
  • Jeff is also the bassist on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know show, airing Saturdays on Wisconsin Public Radio and broadcast nationally on NPR stations.

Meaghan Heinrich

Chamber Music Manager

Education

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

Background

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

Stefanie Jacob

Education

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

Background

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

Eric Jacobson

Education

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

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2008.
  • Has had the privilege to perform and study with well-known jazz artists such as: David Hazeltine, Jim Rotondi, Tim Hagans, Willie Thomas, Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen.
  • In 2001, Eric released his debut jazz CD entitled Inspiration which features some of Milwaukee’s best jazz musicians as well as New York trumpet sensation and Grammy Award winner Brian Lynch.
  • Toured the world in 2010-2013 with Milwaukee’s local soul band “Kings Go Forth” but now stays a bit closer to home and is a top call trumpeter for high profile gigs in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago and frequently plays with the popular Milwaukee-based Latin band De la Buena.
  • Recorded for Johannes Wallmann “The Sweet Minute Big Band” and Willy Porter’s CD Human Kindness.
  • Since 2010, he has been the trumpeter with the Conservatory’s resident jazz sextet We Six, providing fiery solos and contributing arrangements and original compositions to the band’s repertoire.
  • Directs the WCM Batterman Ensemble that recently went to NYC for the Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival & Competition.

Jim Paolo

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Jazz Performance

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 1981.
  • Regional freelance performer and teacher, as well as leader of his own small ensembles.
  • Has performed with top jazz artists in the United States, including Buddy Montgomery, Melvin Rhyne, Frank Morgan, Berkeley Fudge, David Hazeltine, Brian Lynch, Manty Ellis, Wille Pickens, Ali Ryerson, Greg Abate, Von Freeman, and Henry Johnson.
  • Paolo can be heard on the CD On the Edgewith The Luis Diaz Quintet, WYMS radio sampler CD with Berkeley Fudge On a Misty Night, and Jeanne Woodall’s It’s NeverToo Late.
  • Currently on faculty teaching Jazz Bass, Theory and Performance at the Conservatory, and serves as clinician for the Jazz Experience for Milwaukee Public Schools and at various colleges.

Molly Pufall-Brown

Education

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

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2016.
  • Equally versed in teaching and performing vocal jazz and classical repertoire.
  • Was the Assistant Professor of Music at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin between 2008-2015, directing the Alverno College Choir, Alverno Chamber Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz/Pop Ensemble.
  • Also served as the Audition and Performance Coordinator while at Alverno, in addition to teaching private voice lessons, vocal techniques, voice lab, and various music seminar courses.
  • Currently the Director of Adult Choirs at Unity Lutheran Church (Cross of Life campus) in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
  • Also maintains a performance calendar with recitals and regular appearances with The Marion Consort, a Chicago based professional Early Music vocal ensemble, of which she is a founding member.

Chris Rottmayer

Education

  • Master Degree, Jazz Studies | University of South Florida
  • Doctorate of Musical Arts (second year) | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Background

  • Chris’ latest recording project, entitled Sunday at Pilars, features his quartet and a mix of original jazz compositions and American Popular Song.
  • Chris has been featured on albums by Saxophonists Dan Jordan and Jeff Rupert, and performs as conductor and pianist for The Lennon Sisters.
  • He is a current Walt Disney World cast member, performing with the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.
  • Also serves as the jazz piano instructor at the University of South Florida

Margot Schwartz

Education

  • Yale School of Music
  • Northwestern University School of Music

Background

  • A member of the First Violin section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Summer performances include the First Violin sections of both the Bellingham (WA) and Peninsula (WI) Music Festivals
  • As a chamber musician, she has performed at New York’s Bargemusic, and for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, and can be heard on numerous series in the Milwaukee area, including Frankly Music and Present Music.
  • Soloist with the Milwaukee, Berkeley, and Oakland East Bay Symphonies
  • Performs as a member of the Arcas String Quartet and the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue.

Ilana Setapen

Education

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

Background

  • Currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • Has had solo performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, Festival City Symphony, the Boca Raton Symphonia, and the Amarillo Symphony, among others.
  • Frequent guest on the Frankly Music Series and the Rembrandt Chamber Players of Chicago.
  • Collaborated with such distinguished artists as Ron Leonard, Lynn Harrell, Toby Appel, Cynthia Phelps, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert DeMaine, Paul Coletti, the Fine Arts Quartet, Stefan Hersh, David Geber, and Joan Tower.
  • Summer guest appearances include at the Olympic Music Festival on Bainbridge Island, the Luzerne Music Center summer festival in Lake Luzerne, New York.
  • Performs as the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue with her colleague Margot Schwartz.
  • Solo and chamber music performances have brought her abroad to China, France, Brazil, Holland, England, Monaco, and Italy.

Mitch Shiner

Education

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

Background

  • WCM faculty member since 2016.
  • Began playing drums at age eight and has been studying percussion since age nine.
  • Currently based in Milwaukee, Mitch is an in-demand performer, active educator, and composer.
  • Co-leads tour-de-force fusion group, “Match Stick,” which released a self-titled album in 2019.
  • In 2014, Mitch released his debut CD, “FLY!”, which invites listeners on a musical journey of original compositions and out-of-the-box arrangements for 20-piece big band.
  • Featured clinician for the 2015 Summerfest Big Band Camp, along with Curt Hanrahan and Mike Steinel.
    Conducted masterclasses at UW-Parkside, University of Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Park Tudor School, and Nicolet High School.
  • Teaches percussion at several Milwaukee public schools through the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Conservatory Connections program.

Paul Silbergleit

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts | Oberlin College

Background

  • Member of the WCM faculty since 1996.
  • An accomplished jazz composer as well as performer, Mr. Silbergleit has played clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout the area as both a leader and a sideman.
  • Has performed with a wide array of jazz luminaries such as Melvin Rhyne, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Tierney Sutton, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, and Jack McDuff, to name just a few.
  • Both his 1996 debut CD Silberglicity(on which other Conservatory faculty members are featured) and his 2003 release, My New Attitude, have made it onto the jazz charts with nationwide airplay.
  • A member of the Conservatory’s We Six jazz sextet, he has also worked with institutions like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  • In addition to his performance career, Paul is an active and experienced teacher and clinician, and the author or co-author of numerous widely-distributed instructional materials for Hal Leonard.

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