Faculty Profile

J. Michael Allsen, Professor

Office location: Center Of The Arts 2038
Phone: (262) 472-1217
Email: allsenj@uww.edu
Department(s):  Music


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.

Classes Taught

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.

Classes Taught

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.

Classes Taught

String Pedagogy, String Techniques, Elemnetary/Middle School Instrumental Music Methods, Fundamentals of Music, supervising student teachers


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.

Classes Taught

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


Assistant Professor, Michael Dugan, a native of St. Charles, Illinois, joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2009. 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 DePaul 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

Classes Taught

Studio Trombone, 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 Ellenwood, Professor of Clarinet, is a passionate recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral clarinetist, and composer. 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 has composed several works for clarinet, as well as pieces for chamber ensembles, choir, wind ensemble, and strings. His compositions have been performed at prestigious festivals and concert venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, the World Saxophone Congress, ClarinetFest, and the Chamber Music National Festival/Music for All. Recent commissions include a new quintet for clarinet and strings, commissioned by Vandoren for the winner of the 2015 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. His compositions have also been broadcast over Chicago's WFMT and the Wisconsin and Nebraska Public Radio networks.

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.

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.

Classes Taught

Studio Clarinet, Music Theory, Clarinet Techniques, Clarinet Ensemble

Jane Riegel Ferencz is Associate Professor of Music History and serves as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Communication. She has presented papers nationally and internationally 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.

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 several committees for the Society for American Music, and has also 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. 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.

Classes Taught

Music Theory, Aural Skills, Arranging

UW-Whitewater, BBA in Management, minor in Communication

UW-Milwaukee, MA in Communication (emphasis, Organizational Communication)

Academic Staff member at UWW since 2006


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.

Classes Taught

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 trumpet students, assisting them to develop musicianship and performance skills for careers as professional teachers and performers. In addition, he conducts the UW-Whitewater Trumpet Ensemble and UWW Brass Choir and teaches courses in brass technics, brass pedagogy and general studies. Dr. Hanson founded and performs with the Whitewater Brass Quintet, the university’s first faculty chamber ensemble. In addition to teaching, Dr. Hanson has also served the university in administrative roles serving as Music Department chair, Interim Association Dean of the College of the Arts, and as chair of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Hanson is an active orchestral musician, recitalist, chamber musician, and clinician. He has appeared as soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in works by Tartini, Handel, Torelli, Copland, Shostakovich, Haydn, Barber and Sallinen, and has performed 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 and Madison Symphony. He is the Principal Trumpet of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Hanson performed with the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, and Columbus Symphony Orchestras in Ohio, and with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria.

Classes Taught

Applied Trumpet; Brass Instrument Techniques; Brass Ensemble; 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 in his twenty-ninth year as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, University Band and the Warhawk Marching Band. Dr. Hayes' teaching areas include graduate and undergraduate conducting, graduate music education, wind literature, secondary instrumental music methods, student teacher supervision and marching band techniques. His previous teaching positions include Moorhead (MN) State University, Bowling Green (OH) State University, Greater Muskegon (MI) Catholic Schools and Grand Blanc (MI) Community High School.

            Under his guidance, the UW-W band program has received regional, national and international 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 British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, College Band Directors National Conference and the National Association for Music Education. On February 20, 2013, Dr. Hayes led the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance at Carnegie Hall to great acclaim - the first Wisconsin university band to perform in the legendary venue. That performance led to an invited performance at Symphony Center in Chicago as the featured ensemble for the 2014 Chicago International Music Festival. Prominent composers and guest conductors have acclaimed the ensemble for exquisite musical sensitivity. The Warhawk Marching Band has performed eleven times for the Green Bay Packers, three times for the Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day ceremonies and hosts the Wisconsin State Marching Band Championships.

            Dr. Hayes has presented at international, national, regional and state music conferences on topics ranging from ensemble development, sensitivity of performance, literature selection and conducting. He has been an instructor at various workshops and served as a consultant to school districts throughout the Midwest. Dr. Hayes is a Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division and a member of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Committee.      

            Dr. Hayes has guest conducted and adjudicated throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. He has given hundreds of clinics for high school and middle school bands. His primary conducting teachers have been John P. Paynter, Elizabeth A. H. Green and Norman C. Dietz. Dr. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and his graduate degrees from Northwestern University.

Classes Taught

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 Herriott composes music using sounds that gently shift and bend at the edges of perception. His works have been described as “colorful…darkly atmospheric” (New York Times) and “incredibly soft, beautiful, and delicate” (Computer Music Journal). Jeff’s compositions have been supported by commissions from the MATA Festival, the American Composers Forum through the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Imagine Your Parks Program. Jeff is also active as a collaborator in a range of musical styles, including with the sleepy rock/ ambient project Bell Monks; with the heavy metal band Realmbuilder; as a laptop composer/ improviser with Skewed and Such and Sonict; and most recently as a film composer on the 2015 existential horror western, Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell.

Classes Taught

Technology for Music Educators; Music Composition; Electronic Music and Sound Design; Sound and Image; Audio I: Fundamentals of Audio; Audio II: Advanced Audio Techniques; Audio III: Studio Production; 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.

Classes Taught

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.

Classes Taught

Studio Voice; Voice Class

Dr. Jones completed her PhD in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University in August 2013, studying Health Communication and serving as a graduate research and teaching assistant. She received her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 2007 in Public Relations and Rhetorical Advocacy, and in 2009 she received her Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Health Communication and Media Studies. Her research interests include public health communication in marginalized populations, with specific focus on low socio-economic status groups, including the food insecure and those receiving welfare assistance. She is also interested in the evaluation of community-centered health interventions in rural populations.

Representative Publications:

Jones, C. & Dutta, M. (2013). Health inequalities in rural United States: Culture-centered co-constructions with healthcare providers. In M. Dutta & G. Kreps (Eds.), Reducing health disparities: Communication Interventions. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Dutta, M., Jones, C., Borron, A., Anaele, A., Gao, H., & Kandukuri, S. (2013). Voices of Hunger: A culture-centered approach to addressing food insecurity. In M. Dutta & G. Kreps (Eds.), Reducing health disparities: Communication Interventions. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Reimer, T., Jones, C., & Skubisz, C. (in press). Numerical presentation of risk. In K. McComas, H. Cho, & T. Reimer (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Risk Communication. New York: Sage Publications.

Jones, C., Jensen, J. D., Lynam-Scherr, C., Brown, N., & Christy, K. (in press). Variable ordering in the Health Belief Model: Comparing parallel, serial, and moderated mediation models in the evaluation of a flu vaccine campaign. Health Communication.

Dutta, M., Jones, C., & Anaele, A. (2013). Voices of Hunger: Addressing Health Disparities through the Culture-Centered Approach. Journal of Communication, 63(1), 159-180.

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


The exciting musical life of hornist Linda Kimball includes performance, teaching, and arranging/composition. Linda is principal horn of both the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra on several occasions. In addition to her active orchestral career, Linda is involved extensively in chamber music; having been a decades-long member of both the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, and the Artemis Horn Quartet. She is a founding and current member of the Whitewater Brass Quintet.Chamber music performance has taken Linda to Austria, Germany, France, Scotland, Sweden, and all around Wisconsin. Linda recently checked Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 off her “horn bucket list” with performances at John Harbison’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival.

Linda has been the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty hornist since 1984, where she is the creator and artistic director of the annual “Fall Horn Festival” – a daylong extravaganza for horn-players of all ages and abilities. Recent festival themes have included: “The Jazz-tastic Horn,” “The Intergalactic Horn,” “Horns Go Halloween” and most recently “Horn Superheroes!” The lack of excellent music for young horn ensemble prompted Linda to begin writing and arranging; she has over four dozen compositions and arrangements for horn ensemble, ranging from Mozart to Broadway show tunes.

Linda and her UW-W horn students visit music programs around southern Wisconsin to present “The History and the Mystery of the Horn,” playing garden hoses, animal horns, conch shells, and valve-less horns, in addition to their regular horns. The program is designed to be fun, educational, and inspirational.

Classes Taught

Studio Horn

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.

Specialty areas:

Kris Kranenburg is an award-winning copywriter and creative director. She has worked with numerous advertising agencies on clients including M&M/Mars, Cadillac, Kellogg’s, HBO, Oscar Mayer, Kraft, Jack Daniel’s, Campbell’s, and Keebler. Kranenburg received an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication from Roosevelt University and a B.S. in Advertising from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Since coming to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2006, Kranenburg has taught Advertising Campaigns, Advertising Copywriting and Layout, Advanced Advertising Creative, Foundations of Advertising, Publication Layout, Electronic Media Copywriting, and Publication Photography. Kranenburg oversees the Communication Department’s advertising interns and is the advisor for the Whitewater Advertising Association. In her spare time she enjoys doing pro-bono advertising work for churches, schools, and non-profit organizations.

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.

Classes Taught

Studio Violin, Studio Viola


BA-Music Education Luther College; MM-Voice Performance University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Further graduate study towards the DM-Voice Performance The Florida State University


Baritone Brian Leeper teaches studio voice and opera workshop 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 the Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, a five-week summer opera program 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 has done further graduate study towards the DM in Voice Performance from the Florida State University. Brian's teachers include Roy Delp, Yvonne Ciannella, David Judisch, Harold Stark & Richard Grace.

Classes Taught

Studio Voice, Opera Workshop, Men's Chorus

"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

Professional History
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

Director of radio for 91.7FM WSUW
UWW Cycling Club Advisor

Areas of Research/Expertise
Radio Broadcasting,Music Recording, Photography


B i o g r a p h y

Winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, Christopher Ramaekers is currently Principal Conductor of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Chris has been Music Director of the Orchestra of St. Vincent’s and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony and the summer of 2016 marks his seventh season as Director of Orchestras at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine.
As a guest conductor, Chris has appeared with the Skokie Valley Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, the Alice Millar Brass Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Palomar Ensemble, the Chicago Opera Vanguard, and internationally with the Berlin Sinfonietta.
Chris was a 2012-2013 Conducting Fellow with the Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra and a part of the 2013 Emerging Conductors Program with the Peninsula Music Festival. He holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Northwestern University.


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 the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and maintains a private teaching studio.

Classes Taught



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.

Classes Taught

Studio Saxophone, Saxophone Techniques, Jazz Ensemble I, Saxophone Quartets/Ensemble, Survey of American Jazz, Jazz Pedagogy, 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.

Classes Taught

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.

Classes Taught

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).

Classes Taught

Vocal Jazz, Women’s Chorale, Choral Methods, Class Voice, Music Methods for Classroom Teachers, student teacher supervision.

Rhea Vichot graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Comparative Media Studies in 2004. She attended New York University and attained a Masters in Cinema Studies as well as a Graduate Certificate in Culture and Media in 2006. In 2009, Rhea received a Masters in Digital Media from Georgia Institute of Technology. At Annenberg, Rhea has conducted continuing research on Anonymous, along with other online countercultures and their relationships to learning, cultural practices, and political and civic engagement. Her current research interests include global popular culture, online and fan communities, and media criticism. In particular, she is interested in subaltern groups that have been historically linked with either 'hacker' culture or 'deviant' subcultures. Recently, her work has shifted to looking at cross cultural communication between online communities in Japan and the United States as well as looking into media produced by and for the Japanese queer community.

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/

Classes Taught

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. In 2015, Mr. Wilkinson became the Percussion Ensemble director and percussion coach for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.   He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Federation of Musicians. He is currently the President for the Wisconsin Chapter of PAS, and has twice served as director of the Wisconsin PAS Collegiate All-Star Percussion Ensemble.

Classes Taught

Studio Percussion; Percussion Techniques; Percussion Literature and Pedagogy; UW-W Percussion Ensemble, Sonict New Music Ensemble; Associate Director of the Warhawk Marching Band.


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