Office location: Center Of The Arts
Phone: (262) 472-1034
B.S. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; M.M., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Prof. Allsen teaches Music History I (Medieval/Renaissance) and several World Music and General Studies courses offered by the Music Department. He has several published musicological articles, editions, and reviews to his credit, and has contributed to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, to its German counterpart Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, and to several other reference works. An active program annotaor, Allsen has written program notes for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and several other orchestras. He has also authored feature articles on local music history for the Wisconsin State Journal. An active performer, he is bass trombonist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and freelances with other classical and jazz ensembles in Wisconsin. Allsen received the College of Arts and Communication Excellence Award for teaching in 1998 and 2005, in 2004 he received the College's Excellence Award for research, and in 2009 he received the College's Excellence Award for academic advising. Since 2001, he has served as an artist-in-residence (sackbut) and music historian at the Madison Early Music Festival.
World of the Arts, Music History I, Survey of World Musics, Survey of African American Music, Survey of Latin American Music, Trombone Choir, Music as a World Phenomenon, Introduction to Classical Music.
Master and Bachelor of Music degrees, Julliard; Doctoral degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Karen Boe, a Minnesota native, was a Willim Petschek scholarship student and teaching fellow in piano at the Juilliard School, where she received her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees. While completing her doctoral degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison under Howard Karp, she also served as a member of the piano faculty. Previous teachers include William Masselos, Leonard Shure, Sophia Rosoff, and Aube Tzerko. Ms. Boe has performed extensively, including solo and collaborative concerts in Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Juilliard Theatre in New York, the Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee, guest recitals at Northwestern University, Luther College, Illinois Wesleyan College, and Oberlin College, and numerous concerts in Spain and France.
Studio Piano, Piano Pedagogy, World of the Arts
BFA University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (String Education); MA Saint Francis Seminary (Pastoral Studies); additional credits in string education from the National String Workshop, the American Suzuki Institute, Cardinal Stritch and Viterbo Universities.
Ms. Chandler joins the faculty of UW-Whitewater in 2009. She began her teaching career in the districts of Racine, Kenosha, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek. For 23 years, she was with the Kettle Moraine School District where she was Director of Orchestras, building the district into one of the finest string programs in the state. Chandler has served as state Secretary, Treasurer and Solo Competition Chair/Co-Chair for the Wisconsin American String Teachers Association. To the Wisconsin School Music Association, she has served on the Honors Orchestra Project - Viola Coach, the Music Selection Committee and is a qualified adjudicator for festivals. She also served two terms as the State Orchestra Chair to Wisconsin Music Educator’s Conference.
Susan holds many awards and honors and currently serves as a Certified Yamaha String Educator to the Yamaha Corporation national string division. In 2008, Susan was named the Wisconsin State Music Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin American String Teacher’s Association, and in 2007 the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Music Teacher of the Year Award, in 2005 Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Music Education Association, in 2003 the Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, in 2001 the Education Award presented by the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra League, in 2000 Award of Distinction: Arts Education, presented by Waukesha Area Arts Alliance and in 1999 the Kettle Moraine Teacher Leadership Award.
String Pedagogy, String Techniques, Elemnetary/Middle School Instrumental Music Methods, Fundamentals of Music, supervising student teachers
Clara Christian is a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University and has performed throughout the US and Canada as well as in St. Petersburg, Russia. She studied piano with Ellen Mack during her Masters work at the Peabody Institute where she received a full assistantship and a Career Development Grant. She has won numerous awards including the Musicians Club of Women Nerenburg Scholarship and a Thaivu Isaak Award.
At Northwestern, Ms. Christian studied piano with Alan Chow and collaborative piano with Elizabeth Buccheri. She received her Bachelors of Music from Wheaton College while studying with Daniel Horn. Ms. Christian has performed in various masterclasses and at festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Orford Music Festival, and Masterworks Festival. A frequent collaborative artist, she has performed with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and she is the rehearsal accompanist for the Chicago Master Singers, directed by Alan Heatherington.
Ms. Christian is also on the faculty of the Northwestern Music Academy. She is a guest lecturer of piano pedagogy at Northwestern University and is regularly invited as a guest speaker for music teachers' associations. She was a presenter at the Music Teachers' National Association 2012 National Conference in New York City.
B.M., M.M., Juilliard School of Music; D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music
MyungHee Chung was born in Korea and began piano when she was four. Four years later, she debuted with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with a Mozart Piano Concerto.
Dr. Chung holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including first prize at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Performer's Competition and the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Her playing has been described as "clean, strong…marked by a bell-like quality that never disappeared even under the severest pressure." Since then, she has performed throughout North America with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as in Europe and Asia. Public radio has also broadcasted her performances.
MyungHee Chung has also been an active chamber musician—not only as part of the Seraphin Piano Trio, but also as a collaborator with many artists such as David Kim, David Taylor, and Alison Balsom. She performs regularly as a member of UW-Whitewater Piano Trio and with other faculty. More recent performances include concerts in Wisconsin and England, as well as the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois and recording all 24 Debussy Preludes.
MyungHee Chung has taught at the Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In August 1995, she joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she is a full Professor and Keyboard coordinator. She has judged many competitions including Missouri Southern International competition and has given master classes in universities in the US and Korea.
Studio Piano, Piano Literature, Accompanying, Chamber Music
Doctor of Philosophy, Communication—University of Missouri
Master of Science, Communication—Illinois State University
Bachelor of Science, Public Relations—Illinois State University
Dr. Michael Dugan, a native of St. Charles, Illinois, has recently been appointed Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Dugan teaches applied trombone, directs the Trombone Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II, and plays in the Whitewater Brass Quintet.
In addition to his teaching duties, Dugan is an active freelance artist in the Upper Midwest. Recent engagements include the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as many fine regional orchestras throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. Other recent performances include the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, Thunder Bay (Ontario) Symphony, Elvis Costello, Audra McDonald, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Mathis, Irish Tenors, and The Four Tops in various capacities. During the summer of 2010, Dugan was faculty member at the 2010 International Trombone Festival at the University of Texas at Austin.
From 2001-2005, Michael was a member of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty. During his tenure with the Band of Liberty, Michael was the featured trombone soloist with the Concert Band, and the Colonial Brass Quintet. His other performance assignments included the Band of Liberty Jazz Ambassadors and Ceremonial Band.
Dugan’s formal education includes a DMA from the University of Minnesota, where he also holds a Master of Music degree. Prior to his study with Tom Ashworth at the University of Minnesota, Dugan received his undergraduate degree from De Paul University in Chicago, where he studied with Mark Fisher, Charles Vernon and Edward Kocher. Other pedagogical influences include Ed Zadrozny, Kari Sundstrom and Doug Wright. Dugan is an Edwards performing artist.
B.M. DePaul University; M.M., D.M.A. Univeristy of Minnesota
Studio Trombone, World of the Arts, Survey of American Jazz, Jazz Ensembles
B.M. Eastman School of Music; M.M. Indiana University; D.M.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Christian K. Ellenwood, Professor of Clarinet, is a passionate recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral clarinetist. Dr. Ellenwood has performed with the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, the San Francisco-based Ives Quartet, the EastWind Quintet, and is frequently heard in live radio broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Ellenwood has presented solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States and Pacific islands of Japan, Guam, and Hawaii. He is principal clarinetist with the Skylight Opera of Milwaukee, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, and Bel Canto of Milwaukee; and he performs frequently with the Milwaukee Ballet, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Opera. His clarinet playing can be heard on the Albany Records release, Music of Chris Theofanidis, and on CD projects produced by UW-Whitewater.
Dr. Ellenwood is committed to the musical and intellectual growth of his students, and the quality of his teaching has earned significant recognition from his students and colleagues, including the W. P. Roseman Award, UW-Whitewater’s highest honor for excellence in teaching, as well as multiple inclusions in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Ellenwood has also received UW-Whitewater’s Outstanding Research Award and the University Faculty/Staff Academic Advising Award. He has held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and New England Music Camp.
Additionally, Dr. Ellenwood is an active composer. His compositions have been performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Costa Rica, and have been broadcast over the Wisconsin and Nebraska Public Radio networks.
He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, where he was an I.U. Fellowship recipient, and the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded Edith Babcock and George Eastman scholarships. Major teachers and pedagogical influences include Kelly Burke, Eli Eban, and Peter Hadcock.
Studio Clarinet, Music Theory, Clarinet Techniques, Clarinet Ensemble
Performers' Certificate and B.M., Crane School of Music, State University of New York College at Potsdam; M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music; D.M. Northwestern University
Robin Fellows is Professor of Flute at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is the principal flutist of The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Woodstock (IL) Mozart Festival Orchestra, and plays second flute and piccolo in the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. He has performed on multiple occasions as a soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble Philomusica and has performed many times on "Live From The Chazen" over Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Fellows previously taught at Tennessee Technological University, Northwestern University and Connecticut College. As a member of the Cumberland Quintet, Fellows performed numerous artist series and at Carnegie Hall, in Brussels, Antwerp and Amsterdam, and on their first CD recording. He was previously a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and United States Coast Guard Band and has performed with various other orchestras including the Skylight Opera of Milwaukee, Bel Canto of Milwaukee, the Nashville and the Madison Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Fellows has performed at eight National Flute Association Conventions and judged many N.F.A. competitions. He has presented numerous recitals and master classes at Universities across the country. Dr. Fellows's flute teachers include Walfrid Kujala, Maurice Sharp, Joseph Mariano and Donald Macdonald. He has published articles in The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk and has recorded for Marc Records and Audio for the Arts. He can be heard as principal flutist on three CDs with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and on his solo disc entitled 20th Century Music for Flute which received excellent reviews.
Studio Flute, Flute Techniques, Flute Choir, Introduction to Classical Music, Introduction to Music Theory
Jane Riegel Ferencz is Associate Professor of Music History and adjunct faculty in the Department of Women's Studies. She has presented papers at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Haydn Society, and a number of other organizations. Her musicological research interests are diverse, ranging from late 18th and early 19th century orchestral and chamber music to American music of the 20th century. Current projects include a book chronicling the musicians of the WPA Federal Dance Project, as well as a biography of the American pianist-composer-arranger Genevieve Pitot. Her most recent presentation (July 2013) was at the Song, Stage and Screen VIII conference at London's Royal Central College of Drama and Speech.
Dr. Ferencz is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the American String Teachers Association, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Cello Society. She has chaired the SAM Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award Committee and served as secretary of the AMS Midwest Chapter (2009-2011). She has been active in a number of campus initiatives focused on intentional teaching and assessment.
At UWW, Dr. Ferencz teaches Music History courses, World of the Arts, and Women in Music. She has also participated in several Travel Study courses, taking students to Italy and France.
Awards: UW-W Everett Long Award for the Advancement of General Education (2012); College of Arts and Communication Teaching Award (2009); nominee for the W.P. Roseman Teaching Award (2009); UW-W LEARN Center Teaching Scholar (2002-2003); UW-W Excellence Award for Instructional Academic Staff (2002)
B.M. DePauw University (Cello Performance); M.M. Kent State University (Cello Performance); M.A. Kent State University (Musicology); Ph.D. UW-Madison (Historical Musicology); additional doctoral study at Indiana University-Bloomington
B.M., B.M.E., Ohio State University; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University
A published author, composer, and arranger, Dr. Ferencz performs weekly as solo pianist at The Fireside restaurant in Fort Atkinson. He edited The Broadway Sound: The Autobiography and Selected Essays of Robert Russell Bennett (U. of Rochester Press, 1999) and is recognized internationally as the leading authority on Bennett's career. Publications also include six entries in the latest New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and piano-vocal selections from recent Broadway musicals Wicked, Urinetown, and Avenue Q (Hal Leonard). He has received both the campus's Roseman Award for teaching excellence and its Faculty Research Award.
Music Theory, Aural Skills, Arranging
Education: MS, Guidance and Counseling, UW-Whitewater 1984
Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certifications: National Certified Counselor, EMDR Certified Therapist, Brainspotting Certified Therapist.
Clinical Areas of Interest: Neurobiology of Trauma and Healing in the context of Clinical Attunement and Resourcing. Ongoing consultation and training.
Interests: Travel, reading, horses and learning
Favorite Word: Grace
Favorite Saying: "The sun will come up tomorrow." Joe Fouts
B.A., Macalester College; M.M., Boston University; D.M., Indiana University
Robert Gehrenbeck is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he conducts the UW-W Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and opera and musical theatre productions. Since 2008 Gehrenbeck has served as Artistic Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, whose 2010 performance of Bach's St. John Passion was praised as "superbly disciplined, of beautifully balanced sonority" and "a remarkably consistent, coherent, and artistically splendid achievement." Choirs under Gehrenbeck's direction have performed throughout the upper Midwest and in Europe. As a singer, Gehrenbeck has appeared with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Boston's Cantata Singers, New York State Baroque, Pittsburgh's Bach and the Baroque, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Dr. Gehrenbeck earned degrees at Macalester College (B.A.), Boston University (M.M.) and Indiana University (D.M.), with additional studies at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany. His doctoral dissertation on contemporary British composer Giles Swayne received the 2007 Julius Herford Prize from the American Choral Directors Association.
Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Choral Conducting, Opera, Musical Theatre, Applied Voice
I love telling a story. I love being the first to tell everyone the news.
I have experience with most forms of journalism and teaching students about producing stories in traditional and modern formats.
Technology is changing how we tell stories and I embrace the potential that brings to journalism. I love what I do and I love sharing my enthusiasm for storytelling.
I believe in setting goals, setting a strategy and measuring success.
During my work on a graduate degree in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater I completed a thesis about media convergence in small and medium markets.
I created a new position at a Janesville media company leading convergence of a radio and newspaper newsroom and new media efforts for both newsrooms.
I am now the managing editor of the leading news websites in Madison, Wis. I oversee a staff of editors, research new media strategies and technologies, lead social networking strategy, coordinate special projects and prepare the newsroom for major shifts in news philosophy to coincide with new technologies.
As a college instructor I teach students online about the unique and ever-changing business of running a news website, including design, measuring audience, mobile, social media, comment moderation and using content management systems.
I also worked with the communications department on revising the journalism curriculum to reflect changes in technology and to position students for the tomorrow's jobs.
I believe in giving students the knowledge they need to succeed and opportunities to learn from their own failure and success.
As a native of the Milwaukee area, Suzanne Geoffrey has played both oboe and English horn with many southeastern Wisconsin orchestras. Currently, Suzanne is principal oboe of the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Waukesha Symphony), the Kenosha Symphony, the Racine Symphony, the Manitowoc Symphony, the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. She also plays English horn in the Festival City Symphony.
The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra toured The Netherlands in 2002. One of the highlights for Suzanne was performing live on the radio from the Concertgebow in Amsterdam. The tour consisted of several performances in 13th to 17th century cathedrals throughout Holland and The Netherlands, along with the live radio performance. Suzanne can be heard on the three professional recordings of the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra: Old Wine in New Bottles, Wind Consorts, and World Wind.
Suzanne has been featured as a soloist on oboe performing Haydn’s Concerto for Oboe with the University Community Orchestra in Milwaukee, and with the Manitowoc Symphony in a performance of J.S. Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin and in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds. She has performed J.S. Bach's Concerto for Oboe d'Amore and Orchestra with the Racine Symphony Orchestra. As an English horn soloist, she has performed Aaron Copland’s Quiet City with both the Wisconsin Philharmonic and the Manitowoc Symphony and Jan Sibelius’ Swan of Tuonela with the Festival City Symphony and the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Suzanne's current faculty appointments include Beloit College, Carroll University, and two University of Wisconsin schools – Whitewater and Parkside. She is in demand as a clinician throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and maintains a private studio for students of all levels. Suzanne is also active as a chamber musician, performing with the Spring City Winds (resident faculty woodwind trio/quintet at Carroll University) and the Great Lakes Wind Quintet.
Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and attended the University of Arizona on a Fellowship for her Master of Music degree in oboe performance.
B.S. University of Akron; M.M., D.M.A. The Ohio State University
Dr. Frank Hanson teaches UW-Whitewater's talented undergraduate and graduate trumpet students, assisting them to develop performance and musicianship skills for careers as professional performers and teachers. In addition, he conducts the UW-Whitewater Trumpet Ensemble and UWW Brass Choir, performs with the Whitewater Brass Quintet, and teaches courses in brass literature and brass pedagogy, and general studies.
Dr. Hanson is an active orchestral musician, recitalist, chamber musician, and clinician. He has appeared frequently as soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in works by Tartini, Torelli, Copland, Shostakovich, Haydn, Barber, and Sallinen, and performs frequently on Wisconsin Public Radio broadcast recitals with the Whitewater Brass Quintet and others, and on Wisconsin Public Television broadcasts with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Trumpet of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Hanson performed with the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestras, and with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria.
Applied Trumpet; Brass Instrument Techniques; Brass Ensembles; Trumpet Ensemble; Trumpet Pedagogy and Literature, Introduction to Classical Music
Director: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Warhawk Marching Band
B.M.E. Central Michigan University; M.M. Northwestern University; Ph.D. Northwestern University
Glenn C. Hayes is the Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin -Whitewater. Under his guidance, the UW-W band program has received regional and national acclaim for excellence in performance both in the concert hall and on the marching field. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed by invitation at conventions of the College Band Directors National Conference and the Music Educators National Conference, and has been critically acclaimed by prominent composers and guest conductors. Through numerous presentations, Dr. Hayes has acquired a national leadership role in the area of band literature and integrative teaching. In 1996, he gave a clinic at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic to over 500 conductors from around the world. He founded the B-Lit (Band Literature and Integrative Teaching) web site which serves as a resource for ideas and lesson plans on integrative teaching for band directors. Dr. Hayes was recently appointed to the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Committee.
Director of Bands, Basic and Advanced Conducting, Secondary Instrumental Methods, Student Teacher Supervision, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Warhawk Marching Band
B.A. Middlebury College; M.M. Florida International University; Ph.D. University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Jeff Herriot studied composition with Cort Lippe at the University of Buffalo, from which he received the Ph.D. in 2003. Jeff previously completed the M.M. in composition at Florida International University in Miami, where he studied with Orlando Jacito Garcia and Fredrick Kaufman. Jeff's works have been performed and commissioned by ensembles and players including Michael Lowenstern, Guido Arbonelli, Arraymusic, The Syracuse Society for New Music, The Glass Orchestra, and Champ d'Action, and have been heard at a number of different festivals and venues.
Technology for Music Educators; Composition; MIDI Technology; Fundamentals of Audio Production; Advanced Audio Techniques; Introduction to Multimedia; Multimedia Production II: Communication and Local Media; Sonict New Music Ensemble
B.M.E. Belarusian State Pedagogical University; M.E., University of Oklahoma; PhD in Music Education, University of Florida
Alena Holmes teaches Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School Music Methods, and Pedagogy and Practice for Teaching General Music K-12. Originally from Belarus, Alena Holmes started her career in her native country where she taught elementary classroom music, solfege and piano skills, worked as a musician and singer with popular bands and concert organizations and had numerous appearances on popular Belarusian TV and radio shows. She then worked as a singer, musician and teacher in China, Bahrain and Italy. During her studies at the University of Florida, she taught Music in the Elementary Classroom and Fundamentals in Arts and Humanities courses. At the same time, she taught in the Florida public schools and ran her own innovative piano/solfege studio. Her instruction at the University of Florida landed her in 2006 the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education. In 1993, while she was a student teacher at the Belarusian State Pedagogical University in Minsk, Belarus she was awarded the Best Music Teacher’s Award. Ms. Holmes is increasingly active in presenting research papers and conducting workshops at music education conferences. She has presented at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Malaysia and Italy, Hawaii International conference on Arts and Humanities, Regional and National conferences of College Music Society, 18th International Kodaly Symposium and a Symposium on Assessment in Music Education.
Early Childhood Music Methods, Pedagogy and Practice for Teaching General Music K-12, Elementary/Middle School Music Methods, Students Teacher and Field Study Supervision, Music as a World Phenomenon.
Celebrated Polish-born soprano Brygida Bziukiewicz has impressed audiences as a soprano of ethereal beauty in stunning performances in cities around the world. Her many operatic starring roles have included Pamina in the 'Magic Flute' with the Milwaukee Opera; Violetta in 'La Traviata', in Klagenfurt, Austria; Gretel in 'Hansel and Gretel'; the triple lead of Olympia, Giuletta, and Antonia in 'Tales of Hoffmann' with the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago; Michaela in 'Carmen'; and Mimi in 'La Boheme' with Lincoln Opera. She has also sung the soprano leading roles of Gilda in 'Rigoletto', Donna Anna in 'Don Giovanni', Cio-Cio San in 'Madam Butterfly', Lucia in 'Lucia di Lammermoor', and Rosina in 'Barber of Seville' at opera houses in Italy, Poland, Turkey, Cairo, as well as in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Toledo.
Ms. Bziukiewicz has performed solo recitals for European and American television and radio and had her Orchestra Hall, Chicago debut in 1996 accompanied on piano by Daniel Barenboim. She has performed the soprano part in Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with the State Symphony Orchestra in Istanbul, Turkey; the Rockford Symphony; the Chicago Youth Symphony in Orchestra Hall, Chicago; the Binghamton Symphony in New York; and the Toledo Symphony in Toledo, Ohio.
Ms. Bziukiewicz received her Masters degree in Vocal Performance and degrees in Music Theory and Piano Performance from the Frederick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland and has won numerous awards and prizes including those of the Mac Allister Singing Competition and the Polish Vocal Literature Singing Competition and was a Young Talent National winner in the Polish National Radio Competition. Equipped with this training, she has taken her passion for her heritage and has proudly promoted Polish music and culture for over fifteen years. Ms. Bziukiewicz has participated in master classes at Indiana University with Carlos Montane, Lyric Opera of Chicago with Bruno Bartoletti and the Metropolitan Opera of New York with Craig Rutenberg. In addition to her extensive performing career, she is also a co-founder and the general director of La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy where, during the summer, she teaches voice and coaches students in concert performance. Ms. Bziukiewicz also maintains a private studio and has taught students from the USA as well as abroad.
Studio Voice; Voice Class
Barbara Z. Johnson was recently awarded her Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. She is a polymath who holds a B.A. in Philosophy (with a minor in Classical Studies) from St. Olaf College. She also has a B.S. in Computer Science (math minor) and an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from the University of Minnesota and spent a year mucking around the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.Her research interests lie in user-created digital media and computational artifacts associated with MMOGs and virtual worlds. She is interested in the ways participants develop specialized literacies and identities through informal learning in complex learning ecologies and in high-interest, low-stakes environments. She is interested in the ways virtual identities and behaviors aid in the transformation of real world identities and practices, especially in how success in virtual Pro-Am communities opens up “possibility spaces” among teens and college students as they envision their potential adult identities. She is currently working with Dr. Elisabeth Hayes from Arizona State University and Dr. Elisabeth King from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater on how digital media creation for computer games impacts the technological identity of participants. She has also worked with Dr. Constance Steinkuehler on how computer game modification communities apprentice participants in computational literacy and software development practices.She seeks to deconstruct interest-driven informal learning occasioned by high-end computer gaming practices in order to understand and advance instructional designs for learning and assessment. To that end, she is currently constructing a framework of subject domains and types of understandings associated with financial literacy learning in virtual economies.When not engaged in studying informal learning in MMOGs and virtual worlds, Barbara lives in them as a Jedi Master, attempting to dispense wisdom to new padawans. A good reason there is for hair lacking on Yoda’s head.
James Kates is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at UW-Whitewater. He teaches courses in media history and law, digital journalism, writing, reporting and editing. He earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and joined the UWW faculty in 2007. Trained as a historian, his research specialty is the role of writers and editors in social movements, particularly natural-resources conservation in the early 20th century. His book, "Planning a Wilderness," was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2001. Dr. Kates has 25 years of experience as an editor at metropolitan newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
B.M. Lawrence Conservatory; M.M. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Linda Kimball is instructor of horn at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and is currently principal horn in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and a associate principal horn of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Kimball holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence Conservatory and Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has performed as soloist on several occasions with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Whitewater Brass Quintet since its inception in 1983. She is a founding member of the Artemis Horn Quartet, performing at International Horn Society Workshops and on Wisconsin Public Radio broadcast recitals. She is also a member of UW-Madison's Wingra Woodwind Quintet.
Ann is a dynamic change-agent in public relations. She believes innovation and progressive thinking are keys to survival in today’s competitive global PR environment. Her 25+ years in military public affairs, national security and international settings leverage her civilian and educational experiences. She describes herself in broad terms as a “relationship-builder,” referring to her extensive work in media relations, internal communications, social media, community relations, international public affairs and congressional relations.
- Universal Accreditation in Public Relations - Military Communications (APR+M)
- Crisis Communication
- International Public Affairs
- National Security Studies
- Social Media Strategist
- US Air Force Reserve officer, currently rank of Colonel at Pentagon
- College PR Instructor, Crisis Comm Workshop Facilitator
- Media Trainer, Seasoned journalist, editor
- Senior Public Relations Counselor with BVK
Dr. Kate Ksobiech is on the faculty in the Communication Department. Her expertise is in health communication, quantitiative research methods, audience analysis, intervention design and implemention, substance abuse risk reduction, and community-based participatory research.
B.M. The Florida State University; M.M. UW-Madison
Leanne is associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Her performances include chamber music and orchestral performances in Italy, Austria, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, and Slovenia, and cities throughout North America. From 1996-1999, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida where she performed as concertmaster and principal second violin. She earned her M.M. in performance from UW-Madison, studying with Vartan Manoogian and holding an assistantship at UW as a violinist in the Strelow String Quartet. Her undergraduate studies were completed at The Florida State University and Eastman School of Music. On the Baroque violin, Leanne has studied with Karen Clarke and has performed with Nicholas McGegan, Max von Egmont, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, and the Madison Bach Musicians.
Leanne League, winner of WiASTA's Outstanding Teacher of the Year award
Studio Violin, Studio Viola
BA-Music Education Luther College; MM-Voice Performance University of Nebraska-Lincoln; DM-Voice Performance The Florida State University
Baritone Brian Leeper is Voice Area Coordinator at UW-Whitewater. In demand as a soloist and clinician, he has presented master classes and recitals at numerous Universities across the United States. Frequently appearing as soloist in Oratorio and Opera, Mr. Leeper has performed over twenty major roles with opera companies in the US and abroad. He made his New York City debut performing the role of Dulcamara in Donezetti's L'Elisir d'Amore at CAMI Hall.
Since beginning teaching at UW-Whitewater, he has been featured as soloist in Wisconsin area performances of The Verdi Requiem, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Rutter's Mass of the Children and five performances of Handel's Messiah. Mr. Leeper is currently on the voice faculty and director of the Studio Program at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, and was previously on the voice faculty of Operafestival di Roma, in Rome, Italy. Brian holds degrees from Luther College and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently completing the DM in Voice Performance from the Florida State University. He has studied voice with Roy Delp, Yvonne Ciannella, David Judisch, Harold Stark & Richard Grace.
Voice Area Coordinator, Studio Voice, Opera Workshop, Vocal Pedagogy
Classical Guitar Ensemble Director
B.A. Carthage College; M.M. University of Wisconsin-Madison
George Lindquist has been one of the foremost teachers of classical guitar in Wisconsin for more than 25 years. Teaching at UW-Whitewater since 1995, he gives private instruction in classical guitar and directs the guitar ensemble and teaches a guitar class. Well known as a performer on both the guitar and the lute, he has been a member of several ensembles, including a classical guitar trio, a flute and guitar duo, and a guitar and harpsichord duo. He has performed at a variety of venues throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. He has also given many performances in the public schools sponsored by Young Audiences of Wisconsin. Mr. Lindquist received the M.M. from UW-Madison and a B.A. from Carthage College in both Music and Business Administration. He is one of the guitarists featured on the CD ?Milwaukee Guitar: Strictly Solo? and can be heard on recordings with the Master Singers of Milwaukee and the Festival Choir of Madison.
Studio Guitar; Folk Guitar
"I try to cultivate an environment that promotes critical thinking and the practical application of knowledge."
Fundamentals of Audio Production, Radio Practicum, Introduction to Mass Communication, Fundamentals of Human Communication, Travel Study
Teaching at UWW since 2000
More than 15 years of sound reinforcement experience working with both local and national touring musicians and performers
Engineered and produced a variety of albums for regional bands
UW-Whitewater M.S. Mass Communication
UW-Whitewater B.A. Psychology
Areas of Research/Expertise
Radio Broadcasting,Music Recording, Photography
Bachelor of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Master's Degree and Professional Studies Degree, Manhattan School of Music
Carol Rossing (bassoon/contrabassoon) is a native of Portage, WI. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Richard Lottridge and a Master's Degree and Professional Studies Degree in Bassoon Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with David Carroll and Frank Morelli, respectively.
Carol is currently the principal bassoonist in the Oshkosh Symphony and in the Beloit/Janesville Symphony, and is the contrabassoonist in the Madison Symphony. In addition, she has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Green Bay Symphony, the Fox Valley Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony, the Waukesha Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Carol also has vast chamber music experience, having played with numerous woodwind quintets, trios, and chamber ensembles over the years.
In addition to teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Carol is also on the faculty at Beloit College and maintains a private teaching studio.
B.M. New England Conservatory of Music; M.M. Eastman School of Music; Auditor Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris; Performer's Certificate Eastman School of Music; DMA Eastman School of Music.
Saxophone professor Matthew Sintchak joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the fall of 2001. Sintchak has given saxophone performances and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Japan and has performed with the Hartford Symphony, the Portland Symphony (Maine), the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble on two tours of Japan. He is a regular member of the Ancia Saxophone Quartet (based in Minneapolis), Duo Nouveau (saxophone and guitar), and the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble. An avid supporter of contemporary music, he has commissioned and premiered over 20 compositions by numerous composers including Pulitzer-prize winner John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, Lawrence Fritts, Mark Engebretson, Michael Colgrass, and Yoshihisa Hirano. His primary teachers have been Kenneth Radnofsky, Ramon Ricker, George Garzone, and Claude Delangle. He has recorded for the Innova and Southport labels. Education: B.M. New England Conservatory of Music; M.M. Eastman School of Music; Auditor Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris; Performer's Certificate Eastman School of Music; DMA Eastman School of Music.
Studio Saxophone, Saxophone Techniques, Jazz Lab Combos, Saxophone Quartets/Ensemble, Music Improvisation, Survey of American Jazz, Sonict New Music Ensemble
Jazz Labs Director
BM Music Performance, University of Iowa; MM Improvisation, University of Michigan
Bradley Townsend holds a Masters of Music Degree in Improvisation from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Diana Gannett. Since graduating from Michigan in 2005, Brad has been teaching both jazz and classical double bass. In addition to his private bass studio in the Madison area, he has also been teaching music at UW- Platteville since 2005. Brad is also an avid jazz and classical performer. In addition to playing with many notable touring artists, he has played with the Rountree Ensemble, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. His most recent honors include an invitation to perform at the Spark Festival of Electronic Music in the Twin Cities and a feature in Jazziz magazine of his University of Michigan jazz trio. He is currently performing as a member of a number of musical ensembles including Cashew, Executive Tea Set, and Arp of the Covenant, whose first CD was recently reviewed on All About Jazz.
Studio Bass, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Labs
B.M.E., M.M.E., D.M.A. (in progress) University of Wisconsin-Madison
John Tuinstra holds BM and MM degrees in Music Education and a DMA in Tuba Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with minors in Music Education and Conducting He began his association with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Music in 1984 and currently serves as Assistant Director of Bands and instructor of euphonium and tuba at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Since joining the faculty at UWW, he has taught courses in music education, music appreciation, interdisciplinary arts appreciation and brass pedagogy. He is Principal Tuba with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, and is a member of the Willson Tuba Quartet. He performs with various orchestras including the Madison, Beloit-Janesville, Rockford and Dubuque Symphonies.
Concert Band, Applied Tuba and Euphonium, Low Brass Techniques, World of the Arts
Vocal Jazz director
B.M.E. Bethel University-Minnesota; M.M. St. Cloud State University-Minnesota; Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Professor VanAlstine joined the faculty at UW-Whitewater in 2011. She was Instructor of Record at the University of Minnesota for music methods coursework for elementary classroom teachers, and also taught collegiate Class Piano, Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, and Concert Choir at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota. The bulk of her career, however, has focused on high school choral music education. She taught high school and middle school choral music, Music Appreciation, and voice lessons for 17 years, including 2 years at Black Forest Academy in southwestern Germany. In addition to her teaching duties, she has traveled and performed with Evangelion, a professional choir based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on semi-annual tours to Ukraine. She has also directed the Sanctuary Choir at First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Minnesota for 16 years. In 2011, she joined the Bel Canto chorus of Milwaukee. VanAlstine has published in Gopher Notes, the Minnesota publication for MENC: National Association for Music Education. She has also presented at Minnesota Music Educators Association Conferences (MENC), Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) for the “Big Ten,” and Internationalizing the College Campus Conferences at the University of Minnesota (ICC).
Vocal Jazz, Women’s Chorale, Choral Methods, Class Voice, Music Methods for Classroom Teachers, student teacher supervision.
My education experience is as follows:
BS (accounting) University of Central Florida
MA (communication) University of Central Florida
PhD(communication) Kent State
I have been at UW-W since 2002
Cello Ensemble Director
Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Theory and a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from Oklahoma State University.
Benjamin Whitcomb, cellist and music theorist, has earned a national reputation as a performer and teacher of music. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year. He appears regularly on the "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen" concert series broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. He collaborates with pianist Vincent de Vries in frequent recitals around the country and overseas, and he is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. He performs concertos with local orchestras, and he has also been a member of several orchestras in Texas and Wisconsin, including serving as Associate Principal Cello of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has produced several CDs of his recordings, including his release of solo cello works by Bach and Gabrielli on the MSR Classics label.
Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at high schools and summer camps, including the National String Workshop, and universities throughout the country. His book, The Advancing Cellist’s Handbook, has received rave reviews from the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. He is a contributing author to Sharpen Your String Technique and Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra. He has published several articles on cello and on music theory, and has presented papers numerous national and international conferences as well. He is also a reviewer for the American String Teacher journal. He is past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association, and currently serves as Secretary for the organization as a whole. Dr. Whitcomb served as chair of the instrumental faculty at the La Musica Lirica music festival in Nova Feltria, Italy, from 2004 to 2006.
Dr. Whitcomb is Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, where he has received recognition for his teaching, research, and service. Also at UW-Whitewater, he initiated and continues to coordinate the Theory/History Colloquium speaker series, the Musical Mosaics Faculty Concert Series, the Chancellor’s Quartet program, and the Summer String Camp. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University, and he has studied with Phyllis Young, George Neikrug, and Evan Tonsing.
Personal website: www.benjaminwhitcomb.com
Whitewater Orchestra: http://www.uww.edu/cac/music/orchestra/
Studio Cello, Aural Skills I & II, Counterpoint, Form & Analysis
B.M. and B.M.E. Central Michigan University; M.M. Rice University
Senior Lecturer of Music, Tobie Wilkinson has been a member of the music faculty since 2002. Since his appointment, the percussion studio has become a thriving and vibrant place to train young percussionists using the "total percussion" model, and is a respected member of the percussive community. In addition to concerts every semester on the UWW campus, the UWW Percussion Ensemble has performed at the WSMA State Music Conference, and at the Wisconsin PAS "Day of Percussion".
Active as a free-lance performer, Mr. Wilkinson has performed with the Bel Canto Chorus Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Racine Symphony, and the Waukesha Symphony. He has also performed with the Madison Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at UW-Whitewater, he was Principal Percussionist with the Greater Lansing Symphony, and Principal Timpanist with the West Shore Symphony, and Orchestra X in Houston, TX. Mr. Wilkinson was also a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and Charles Dutoit. In addition, Mr. Wilkinson has performed with touring Broadway companies, and pop artists for special events.
Equally active as a chamber musician, Mr. Wilkinson performs on faculty recitals and is co-founder of the UW-Whitewater new music ensemble, SONICT. The UW-Whitewater Percussion Ensemble also performs on many SONICT concerts under his direction.
In his role as Assistant Marching Band Director, Mr. Wilkinson works closely with the percussion section as instructor and arranger. He also adjudicates marching bands, and has worked with numerous high school percussion sections across the Midwest. Mr. Wilkinson also serves as a judge for solo/ensemble festivals in Wisconsin.
Dedicated to teaching young musicians, Mr. Wilkinson has hosted Percussion Camp every summer since his appointment in 2002. Percussion Camp enjoys a superb reputation as an outstanding educational and performance experience designed solely for young percussionists. Mr. Wilkinson is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Federation of Musicians. He is currently the Vice President/President-elect for the Wisconsin Chapter of PAS, and has served as director of the Wisconsin PAS Collegiate All-Star Percussion Ensemble.
Studio percussion; Percussion Techniques; Percussion Literature and Pedagogy; UW-W Percussion Ensemble, Sonict New Music Ensemble; Assistant Director of the Warhawk Marching Band.