Music & More Concert series ...

...continues on Thursday, June 28th at 12 o'clock noon in the air-conditioned sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. in Racine.

A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit local agencies. Check out the full schedule here.  And to see the program for June 28th, click on "Week Four" below.

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  • Fumi Nakayama and Annli Nakayama

    Fumi earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano and Harpsichord from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and Master of Music in Piano and Early Music/Harpsichord from Indiana University where she was the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Rudolph Ganz Memorial Award, and the Willi Aple Scholarship Award.  Currently, Fumi is an adjunct faculty member of the Carthage Music Department as well as Associate Lecturer at UW-Parkside.  She is a Julliard School Dalcroze Institute certified instructor of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and often gives demonstrations and lectures to music teachers and students in the Midwest.  She frequently performs as a member of Cecilia Trio, and also collaborates with greater Milwaukee and Chicago area artists.

    Annli is a recent graduate of the Prairie School, graduating with honors as a recipient of the Prairie French Award, recipient of the Prairie Medallion for Academic Excellence, and National Merit Scholar.  She has been playing the violin since she was four years old and  began voice lessons at age 10, though she has been singing for as long as she can remember.  She currently studies violin with Ann Heide, and voice with Christine Flasch.  Annli has extensively participated in her school's orchestra, choir, and theatre programs over the years and intends to continue performing in college.  When she's not singing or playing the violin, piano, drums, or guitar, she loves photography, reading, and spending time outdoors.  She is very excited to begin the next chapter of her life at Yale University in the fall, and would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.

  • Martha Fergus, Frank Suetholz and Anna Kojovic

    Martha began playing flute in elementary school and had her first lesson with Frank Suetholz in December of 1971.  She has been a member of the Milwaukee Concert Band for almost 25 years.  Besides performing with the band, she also performs in a wide variety of  ensembles in SE Wisconsin as well as with the Parkside Community Orchestra in Kenosha. In addition to playing flute, Martha taught mathematics in the Kenosha Unified School District for 36 years before retiring in 2013.

    Frank is a flutist and a charter member of the National Flute Association.  He taught in the Racine Unified School instrumental music department for over 30 years and served numerous schools during that time.  A student of New York flutist Samuel Baron, he holds a B.S. degree in Music Education, and a Masters degree in Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  Frank has performed in many area orchestras, as a free-lancer, and as a chamber   musician in and around Southeastern Wisconsin, as well as other venues across the country.    Formerly long-time principal flute of the Racine Symphony, Frank retired from his symphony commitments after the 2008 summer season; he still maintains a private studio in his Racine home.

    Anna is a pianist who earned her BA at UW-Parkside while studying with Dr. James McKeever and MM in Piano Performance at Cardinal Stritch University while studying with Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak.  She served as a staff accompanist at UW-Parkside, UW-Milwaukee and as the Director of the Community Piano Program at Carthage College.  In 2012 she brought the prestigious Music Development Program Examinations to Southeastern Wisconsin and has served as the Center Representative.  Anna performs as a collaborative artist throughout Southeastern    Wisconsin.  She is one of the founding members of the Muzika Piano Trio as well as a performing member of the MacDowell Club of Milwaukee.  In 2015, Anna traveled to Ireland with the Muzika Trio premiering works of contemporary Irish composer Martin O’Leary.  Anna also serves as the pianist/organist at the Olympia Brown United Universalist Church, while maintaining a growing teaching studio at the Lakeshore Conservatory and Schmitt Music, both in Racine.

  • Jillian Bruss, Carol Thiel and Anne Van Duesen

    Jillian has performed both here and abroad in concert, opera and oratorio.  Locally, she has performed with the many groups including the Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Choral Artists, MYSO, Waukesha Choral Union, and Milwaukee Chamber Choir.  Jill performed a concert tour through Norway and Denmark, home of her grandfathers’, which led to a recording, Voyage.   As an administrator, she has worked for MRA-The Management Assoc., Milwaukee Opera Theater and her home church, First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa.  Besides private students, Jill has taught at UW-Parkside, Pius XI H.S, and now at Carroll University.  Her Bachelor’s is from UW-Stevens Point and she holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois.

    Carol has a background in classical music, specifically opera, which began in her high school days.  She has sung with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Skylight Opera, and more recently with the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee for a number of seasons.  She now sings with the Master Singers of Milwaukee.  While the opportunity of singing and performing are wonderful aspects of being involved with the musical groups, it’s the valued friendships that she has had the pleasure of acquiring throughout the years that has made it most fulfilling.  She has also been blessed to be able to pursue her musical delights while raising two boys and working full-time with her loving husband of 31 years, Bob.

    Anne is a pianist, accompanist and music director in and around Milwaukee.  She has worked with many professional and community organizations, including Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Ballet, In Tandem, Off the Wall and Waukesha Civic.  Favorite projects include:  Powder Her Face, Tosca, The Snow Dragon, El Cimarron, Three Postcards and Sunday in the Park with George.  Upcoming projects    include: School House Rock and Les Miserables.  During the day, she is the Director of  Liturgical Music at St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners.  She fills her free time coaching and accompanying singers and instrumentalists of all ages.