Woodwind & Brass Lessons At The Conservatory

Woodwinds & Brass

Woodwind & Brass Lessons At The Conservatory

Wisconsin’s Top Woodwind & Brass Program

Woodwind and brass players of all ages can achieve their musical goals at the Conservatory. Our world-class faculty approach each student as a unique individual, whether teaching a beginner the fundamentals of technique, sound production, and note-reading, or instructing an experienced player in style, interpretation, and historical perspective.


Ages: All Ages
Locations: Bayside/Fox Point, Downtown Milwaukee, Brookfield



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Woodwind & Brass Lessons At The Conservatory

What You Can Expect

Conservatory faculty have extensive experience instructing beginners in the fundamentals of correct technique, note reading and basic theory, as well as instructing advanced students in interpretive strategies and stylistic awareness. When taking woodwind and brass lessons at the Conservatory you can expect:

  • Expert guidance to help build and maintain proper technique.
  • Solo and group performance opportunities at the Helen Bader Recital Hall and in the community.
  • Students between the ages of 9-14 can participate in Band Beginnings for a comprehensive music education.
  • An enjoyable learning experience and improved self-confidence through playing.
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New Student Private Lesson Discount

$185 for six 30-minute lessons

Thinking about learning to play a woodwind or brass instrument? Enjoy the comfort and ease of learning with a private lesson at a great price. Get six 30-minute lessons for only $185!


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Woodwind & Brass Studies At The Conservatory

Conservatory Prep Package

Private lessons and Music Theory classes are available to register online individually. Conservatory Prep packages (private lessons, group class, music theory class) are not available to for online registration. Please call Student Services at 414-276- to register for your package. Our Band Beginnings package options are for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet/Trombone, and Percussion.


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Music Theory Classes

Open for Woodwind & Brass Students

Create compositions, learn basic piano skills, and better understand the music that you create with our new Music Theory classes – now available for all ages.

Music Theory Classes can be taken individually or bundled with a private lesson and group class (Conservatory Prep package), for a comprehensive musical experience.

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New For Woodwind & Brass Students

Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program

The Royal Conservatory of Music Program is available to all students enrolled in private lessons, from beginner to advanced levels of study. Over half a million students worldwide participate in this program which meets the highest standards in music education and assessment.

Register by calling Student Services at (414) 276 – 5760 or ask your private lesson teacher for more information.

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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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Woodwind & Brass Faculty

Meet Our Teachers


Adam Fisher

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.

Aaron Gardner


  • 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.

Samantha Haake


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


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

Darcy Hamlin


  • 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.

Meaghan Heinrich

Chamber Music Manager


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


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

William Helmers


  • 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.

Andrew Jackson


  • 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.

Eric Jacobson


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


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

Johnny Padilla


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

Orlando Pimentel


  • 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.

Jennifer Rodriguez


  • 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.

Emmy Rozanski


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Trombone Performance | Arizona State University


  • Emmy Rozanski is an enthusiastic music educator and active freelance trombonist in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas.
  • Adjunct music faculty at Alverno College, teaching artist for Sistema Ravinia, and low brass instructor at Highland Park High School.
  • Traveled to El Salvador in the summers of 2019 and 2018 as a teaching artist with MusAid, leading classes in technique and ensemble skills, as well as teaching private lessons.
  • Currently the principal trombonist for the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra (Skokie, IL) and has recently performed with the International Women’s Music Festival Orchestra (Madison) Summit Brass (Denver), the Powder River Symphony (Wyoming), and the Billings Symphony (Montana).
  • Toured Switzerland performing with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble.
  • She is researching motivation and growth mindset as they pertain to musicians and educators and presented on these topics at the 2019 International Trombone Festival and International Women’s Brass Conference.
  • As part of her doctoral project she wrote and illustrated a children’s book about the trombone, Mr. Fitch Joins the Band.

Joshua Sevigny


  • 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.

Dana Sherman


  • 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).

Michael Terrasi


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


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

Jeremiah Willson


  • 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.