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AUGUST 11, 2016

JAMEY BUENCAMINO is a classical and rock guitarist that has been performing in southeast Wisconsin for over 20 years. He is an experienced guitar instructor who has taught private lessons and classes at Northwestern University, National High School Music Institute (NHSMI), Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and currently is teaching at the Kenosha Conservatory of Music. Jamey has also been involved in various recording projects and had songs aired on local radio stations such as WGTD and WLIP.

RONNIE QUELLA’s early studies in music were here in Racine with Everett Kuiper, Betty Hansen, and Heinz Lutz. She studied music and liberal arts at Marlboro College in Vermont and at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson, New Hampshire. She holds a BFA in piano performance from UW Parkside and a post graduate teacher certification in general and choral music from UW Milwaukee. She has been active in the Racine and Milwaukee communities as an accompanist and ensemble musician. Ronnie is currently the director of music at St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, maintains a private piano studio in her home in West Racine, and also teaches piano lessons at the Prairie School.

TERRI SEITZ is a native of Racine, where she was a piano student of Heinz Lutz. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University and her Master of Music from the University of Michigan. She was also awarded a Rotary Scholarship for postgraduate study in Munich. Terri has served as Director of Piano Studies and Chamber Music at Luzerne Music Center in New York, Instrumental Music Director at Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia, and Piano Instructor at music schools in the Philadelphia and Chicago areas. Currently, Terri is co-music director at St. Lucy Catholic Church and is a piano instructor at The Prairie School.

LYNDA LEE SCHLITZ has been performing with local, state and national acts across the country for nearly 30 years. She performs all types of music, from country to classical and oldies to opera. Her performances have been at all types of venues including small, intimate concerts, professional sports games, state fairs and Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Lynda is a member of and frequent soloist with the Choral Arts Society of Southeastern WI. She performs with Matthew Schroeder as an acoustic duo. She is a member of the variety group, Bobby Way and the Fabulous Wayouts. Lynda gives voice lessons at her home studio in Racine and has been passing on her vast years of vocal performing experience to students of all ages.

MATTHEW SCHROEDER is a Milwaukee based WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) winning guitarist who is equally at home on electric or acoustic guitar. Matt is one of a handful of players to graduate, with honors, from the short lived cooperative program between The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a performance degree in American Finger-Style guitar. Matt is also one of Milwaukee’s prominent guitar educators and serves as Chair of the guitar department at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1992. His debut solo finger-style CD, Signal, was released in 2006. Matt can be seen performing as a soloist, in a duo with vocalist Lynda Lee, and also with the bands Slumpbuster and The Scott Berendt Band. Matt is also a featured instructor on the Hal Leonard DVDs Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine and Rock Guitar Licks Goldmine which were released in Spring 2011. More information at website: www.matthewschroeder.net

AUGUST 4, 2016

“STEMMER TRE” When good friends come together to perform they form Stemmer Tre. (“Three Voices”). Jillian Bruss, Joe Graziano, and Anne Van Deusen have performed together for over 12 years creating concerts that bring their favorite numbers to life on the stage. In this concert, Joe embraces the Italian, whether its opera or torrid street songs, he brings passion and excitement to the stage. Jill explores English literature to find that equivalent passion. Whether poetic or funny, she finds the zeal and intent that only Handel or Bernstein can bring to light. Anne, our orchestra from the piano, adds beauty, support, and fullness to the singers with the perfect blend of dexterity, musicality, and grace. All three perform regularly in the Milwaukee area with many of the performing groups such as Skylight Music, Waukesha Choral Union, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre and In Tandem. They are excited to be a part of the Music and More series 2016!

JILLIAN HANSEN BRUSS Mezzo soprano. Jill has performed with many local groups including the Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Dallas Opera, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Milwaukee Youth Symphony, Waukesha Choral Society, MasterSingers, Bel Canto and Lutheran Acapella. Jill recorded a concert recital called Voyage with Paula Tillen and toured both Norway and Denmark, homelands of her grandfathers. Jillian has taught at UW-Parkside, Pius XI High School and from her private voice studio in Elm Grove. She has performed with colleagues at The Italian Community Center Wednesday Classic Concerts and at Festa Italiana. She will be performing with Joe at the Italian Community Center on August 31st.

JOE GRAZIANO Tenor. Joe has long been a featured performer in the Milwaukee area at such favorite venues as Festa Italiana, the Italian Community Center summer concert series, and Alterra by the Lake. In addition, Joseph has performed oratorio work in the Milwaukee area, including the tenor soloist for Händels Messiah, Dave Brubecks To Hope, and the Bach Magnificat. Joseph has also been a featured soloist throughout the Midwest with such companies as the Milwaukee Florentine, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Madison Repertory Theatre, Antioch Arts Festival, and the Little Rock Symphony.

ANNE VAN DEUSEN 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: Gypsy, Violet and 9 to 5. In addition to working on theatre productions, Anne keeps busy teaching, vocal coaching and accompanying singers and instrumentalists of all ages, and she is the Director of Music at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Greendale.

JACK GRASSEL & JILL JENSEN, partners in marriage and music, have entertained throughout the world since 1998. Together they’ve recorded four CDs. Reviews of Jack and Jill Jazz include: “astonishing virtuosity and deep emotional engagement” and “swinging, tender and often exquisite performances by the very appealing couple”. It’s About the Music garnered three WAMI award nominations: CD of the Year, Traditional Jazz Artists of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 2016 they were nominated: Jazz Artists of the Year. Fans enjoy the loving telepathic interplay between them Visit: www.jackandjilljazz.com/ Jack has been a professional musician for 64 years. His first appearances onstage at age four initiated a career of over 13,000 performances, many with "name" artists including Luciano Pavarotti. He has received numerous awards. In a nationwide poll, the readers of Guitar One Magazine voted him one of the Ten Best Guitarists in America. Mr. Grassel’s 20 recordings, 10 books and instructional DVD have hopefully improved the musical landscape. On the recent CD, JACK 2015, he sings and plays eleven instruments. Visit: www.jackgrassel.com/ Prior to teaming up with Jack, Jill enjoyed a wide-ranging career that included modeling, singing with bands, troupes and choirs, plus acting in plays and narration projects. Today she is seen in commercials including Foreman Grills and as a WGTD Radio Theatre Player. Jack invented a triple-necked instrument (guitar, bass, mandolin) sounding like a full band to compliment Jill’s powerful and soulful vocals. Visit www.jilljensen.com

Today 50% from the sale of the couple's CD's will be donated to Music & More. Their recordings will be on sale for $10 at both exits. Cash, Visa or MasterCard accepted.

JULY 28, 2016

NICK BAROOTIAN, a Racine native, has studied voice with Gregory Berg, former King’s Singers Anthony Holt, and Richard Sjoerdsma. He sang with the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence under Philip Brunnelle during their 40th Anniversary tour of England, and more recently with the Florentine Opera Chorus, for which he has also been engaged as a soloist in summer outreach programs. His stage credits include Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Nick is also a burgeoning conductor and composer. Last year, he appeared as conductor and soloist with Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts, music-directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, and composed original music for the Case High School production he also music-directed, #DarkSideoftheRainbow, with Nancy Gibson. Since 2015, Nick has served as Director of Liturgy and Music for St. Francis Xavier and St. John the Baptist Catholic Parishes in Brighton and Paris, Wisconsin. In 2015, Nick founded the Belle Ensemble, a vocal chamber music group aimed at bringing first class vocal performance to Racine and its neighbors, and at developing collaborations among talented vocal musicians and other artists in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. (Auditions for the coming season take place in early August). Together with the rest of the Belle Ensemble, Nick hopes all of you will enjoy our 2016-2017 concert season. Find out more at facebook.com/BelleEnsemble, or write to belleensembleracine@gmail.com.

FUMI NISHIKIORI NAKAYAMA 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.

NANCY MAIO violin: Versatile is the word that best describes Nancy Maio. Her love for all types of music, coupled with years of experience in the field of entertainment music has honed her skills as a freelance musician and teacher. Ms. Maio, a Milwaukee native, has a B.M. in violin performance from UW Madison and a M.M. in violin performance from Boston University. She has been contracting music since 1992, first with Syrinx Inc., and currently with Elegant Music Services, which provides ensembles in classical, jazz, Celtic, strolling, and mariachi styles. She is active as a violin teacher, and she maintains a studio at the Center for Strings in Wauwatosa, St Jude School, and her home in Racine. She performs with several local orchestras including the Racine Symphony, the Festival City Symphony, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and she is orchestra director at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Ms. Maio plays with the Wise Maids, the Jeff Ward Band, Yole’, and the Encounter Jesus Band and is sought after as an Irish step dance competition musician. She is also an expert strolling musician and service musician.

GARE HOFSTAD, guitar: For more than 30 years Gare Hofstad has played guitar in a variety of styles and genres. While favoring classical, jazz, and blues, he has also performed rock, pop, folk, country, and a variety of ethnic music on both local and national stages. He was educated at U.W. Madison and the Wisconsin College – Conservatory where he received a degree in classical guitar performance. His teacher was James Yoghourijian, a student of Andre Segovia. He learned jazz techniques from guitarist Jack Grassel and studied avant-garde composition with pianist Cecil Taylor. He lives in Wauwatosa, WI where he is a freelance editor for Hal Leonard Publishing as well as an active teacher and performer.

JEFF WARD’s interest in music began at an early age, trained on classical violin, then switching to guitar in his early teens, he learned to sing and play traditional songs of Ireland and Scotland. He founded the Carlisle Folk Music Club on the northern fringe of the English Lake District and the Scottish borders. Many of the top touring Celtic performers of the day sang and played there. Jeff pitched in as a support artist to these great talents and soon built a repertoire and a reputation as a fine Celtic performer in his own right. He was soon on the road singing and playing in folk clubs and concerts, TV and radio, all over England and Scotland. After Jeff relocated to the Midwest, he settled into his music again and was soon performing all over the region, in pubs, clubs, concerts and festivals, including TV and radio. He has performed at some of the most prestigious Irish Festivals throughout the Midwest and beyond. This year, in August, will be his seventeenth consecutive appearance on a main stage at the largest Irish Festival in the world, in Milwaukee, WI. A seasoned performer with 8 CD’s to his credit, Jeff’s music includes a mix of Irish and Scottish ballads and pub songs, and acoustic classic American folk songs that suit a broad palette of people’s musical tastes. Working in collaboration with two other local singer/songwriters, Mark Paffrath and Zach Scot Johnson, this talented trio has performed several live concerts, most recently at the 6th Street Theater in Racine.

JULY 21, 2016

FUMI NISHIKIORI NAKAYAMA 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.

SCOTT COOK Nebraska native Scott Cook is well known as a teacher, chamber and orchestral musician. His was described in the Greenville News as “a cellist who plays with the depth and intensity of Pablo Casals.” As soloist, recitalist and chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed around the world as principal cellist of many orchestras in the Southeast and Wisconsin, as member of the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria and the Grand Teton Festival.He was cellist with the Belle Terre Piano Quartet and the Cezanne String Quartet and has appeared on major recital series in Toronto, Chicago and Milwaukee. He is the artistic director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival Workshop and the director of the international teaching workshop, Teaching Cello To Children at the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scott has taught at virtually every level and in every possible teaching environment: At the college level with positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carthage College, Converse College, Carroll University, Alverno College and Limestone College; at the pre-college level at the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Converse College and the Greenville County Schools in South Carolina.

ANNLI NAKAYAMA is a 16-year-old Racine native who attends The Prairie School. She spent spring semester at the Conserve School in Land O’Lakes, WI. She has been playing the violin since she was four years old, and also plays piano, guitar, and drums. She has been singing for as long as she can remember. She currently studies violin with Ann Heide, and voice with Christine Flasch. Annli participates in her school's orchestra, choir, and theatre programs, and has appeared in several First Stage Children's Theatre productions in Milwaukee. She loves spending time in the outdoors hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and more, and enjoys birding and nature photography.

MICHAEL MUELLER received his B.A. in Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he sang with the U of I Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. In recent years, he has been tenor soloist on several occasions with the Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin. He has performed in productions of Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts and with the Florentine Opera Chorus. He also sang this past year in the inaugural season of the Belle Ensemble. Michael serves as pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Racine, WI and organizer for the Racine Interfaith Coalition.

GREG BERG joined the Carthage College faculty in 1991. He teaches private voice , vocal diction & literature and opera history. Greg also helps to direct the opera program and hosts a daily interview program on WGTD FM 91.1, the local NPR affiliate. He enjoys serving as principal accompanist for the Carthage Choir as well as for students in many of their recitals, juries, and departmental performances. He received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) in 1982 and was named by the faculty as outstanding music major of his class. He went on to earn a master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From there he was privileged to be singer with the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in 1985-86. His awards as a singer include four first-place finishes in state and/or regional NATS competitions, and he was a district winner of the 1984 Metropolitan Opera Audition.

JULY 14, 2016

MITCHELL PROCTOR is an aspiring songwriter who has just finished his final year at a Berklee International Network school in Cleveland Ohio. He has performed in both the Racine and Cleveland areas performing both original pieces and jazz standards. Besides singing, he also plays piano and guitar.

SUZANNE GEOFFREY is a native of the Milwaukee area and has played both oboe and English horn with many southeastern WI orchestras. Currently she is Principal Oboe of the Racine, Kenosha, and Manitowoc Symphonies, the Wisconsin Philharmonic (formerly the Waukesha Symphony), and the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. Suzanne also plays English horn in the Festival City Symphony. Along with maintaining a private studio, she teaches at Carroll University, Beloit College, UW-Whitewater and UW-Parkside. Suzanne is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee and attended the University of Arizona on a Fellowship for her Master of Music degree in oboe performance. Summer of 2015 found Suzanne as the featured soloist in Hummel's Introduction, Theme, and Variations for Oboe, Op. 102 as the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra toured in Italy.

WENDY PROSTEK is a Reading Teacher for Milwaukee Public Schools, and has been an organist at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Greenfield, WI for 17 years. She has also taught piano, accompanied for numerous students, and enjoys performing. She has accompanied for Brookfield Academy Theatre and the West Allis Suburban Singers. Wendy is a graduate of Mount Mary College and completed her Master of Science in Education at Concordia University in Mequon, WI. She also studied piano performance at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.

JULIE TAGGART was born and raised in Green Bay, WI and graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She has lived in Racine for the past 37 years. She has sung with numerous collegiate, community, and church choirs and has been a featured soloist. Julie also has directed choirs in Green Bay, Waukesha, and Racine. Most recently she developed and directed the New Generation Singers, Spirit Singers and Multi Generational Choirs at Trinity United Methodist Church in Racine. She owns her own travel business, Travels by Julie LLC and she and her husband are avid world travelers. Julie also is a 10 year breast cancer survivor.

GINNY TRENDEL, pianist, is a graduate of Carthage College and studied organ with Professor William Roth. She has served as a consultant and workshop leader in the areas of worship, music and the arts on the synod and national level of the Lutheran Church. She is a frequent guest musician for several churches in Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee, and in Florida during the winter months.

JULY 7, 2016

LUKE PATTERSON studies music and literature at Bard College in upstate New York and will graduate in the fall of 2016. In the past he has composed pieces for solo piano and other larger ensembles, while this past year was spent studying Bach. His post-undergrad plans include learning how to cook, as the prospect of continuing his current diet of oatmeal, PB&J, and pasta into his adult life seems somewhat grim!

ZACHARY SCOT JOHNSON is a well-traveled singer/songwriter who has shared the stage with many artists including Shawn Colvin, Noel Paul Stookey from Peter, Paul and Mary, Jane Siberry, The Be Good Tanyas, The Greencards, Peter Mulvey, Willy Porter, Maria Muldaur, Rita Wilson, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Vonda Shepard, James McCartney, Natalia Zukerman and others. His music has brought him to stages of all sizes across the country and onto multiple NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS morning and evening shows. Zach also has a strong internet presence, including a YouTube channel with well over 30 million views, and strong Facebook and Twitter fan-bases. Zach has released four CDs, including 2004’s “Moment of Clarity,” 2008’s “To Whom It May Concern,” 2011’s “Live at the Guild” with longtime collaborators, Mark Paffrath and Jeff Ward, and his newest release, “Sad Songs.” Zach also released a stunning 6 disc, 125 song tribute to the music of Tom Waits. Born and raised in Racine, Zach now resides in Minnesota, with plenty of time spent in his hometown. He graduated in 2006 from Lawrence University in Appleton with a triple major in music performance, theatre arts and psychology. As an actor, he has over 50 regional credits, including national tours and is proud to have founded and run an improvisational comedy group for four years at Lawrence University. Zach’s mastery of many instruments leads to exciting live shows, where he performs on piano, 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, baritone guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, violin, lap steel, harmonicas, octave mandolin, viola, bass, drums, percussion, banjolin, dulcimer, ukulele, pedal steel and more. His repertoire covers a wide range of styles and genres, from folk to jazz, rock to spoken word, blues to pop, country to a cappella, gospel to instrumental and more. He is a member of the Grammy Recording Foundation. His hit YouTube channel, thesongadayproject has Zach bringing a song--either original or cover--from wherever he is and has run for over 1,400 consecutive days, and garnered an astonishing number of loyal viewers. Please be sure to visit him on Facebook as well as at his website www.zacharyscotjohnson.com

MARK PAFFRATH: Award winning singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Mark Paffrath is one of southeast Wisconsin’s premier, enduring, and energetic talents. He is long known to please audiences galore with his endearing manner, self-deprecating humor, as well as with his excellent songwriting and song choices. He’s been performing as a solo act and in groups for more than 25 years. His thoughtfully chosen interpretations and well-crafted original music reflects his history and his aspirations — as much about how the world is, as the way he’d like to see it. Mark has won awards as “Best Folk Artist,” “Best String Player,” “Best Songwriter,” and “Best Male Vocalist” in polls. His 1999 CD “Rainbeat” was named best by Journal Times readers. In 2003, they named him “Best Musician.” He has played in groups like Paffrath & Dykhuis, Marvin & the Dogs, Moulin Rouge, Paffrath & Holly, Big Nick & The Cydecos, and as a trio with Jeff Ward and Zachary Scot Johnson. His CD, “I Like It When Everything’s O.K.” is representative of his live performances and contains many of his original compositions. His CDs are available at his wife’s store in downtown Racine, Funky Hannah’s, or at his website: www.markpaffrath.com

JUNE 30, 2016

RYAN ANDERSEN would like to thank Georgia Hall, First Presbyterian Church, and everyone at Music & More for allowing him to come back and perform for the fourth year in a row. Ryan has been playing cello for 13 years and is currently studying music education at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he will be a senior in the coming fall semester. He will also be student teaching this coming fall, teaching orchestra at Morton High School and Morton Junior High in Morton, IL. Ryan began his cello life under the instruction of Charlene Melzer and Angela Janota at Gifford Elementary School. He then spent 7 years taking private lessons from Martha Veto, and now studies with Dr. Nina Gordon at his university. .

GREG BERG joined the Carthage College faculty in 1991. He teaches private voice , vocal diction & literature and opera history. Greg also helps to direct the opera program and hosts a daily interview program on WGTD FM 91.1, the local NPR affiliate. He enjoys serving as principal accompanist for the Carthage Choir as well as for students in many of their recitals, juries, and departmental performances. He received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) in 1982 and was named by the faculty as outstanding music major of his class. He went on to earn a master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From there he was privileged to be singer with the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in 1985-86. His awards as a singer include four first-place finishes in state and/or regional NATS competitions, and he was a district winner of the 1984 Metropolitan Opera Audition.

KAREN BEAUMONT provided the organ and choral music at St. James Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1988-2011. She now plays regularly at St. John’s Lutheran, St. Francis Church, and the First Unitarian Society in Milwaukee. She received her degree in Music History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ms. Beaumont made her solo debut in New York City at St. Thomas Church in September 1999 and performs regularly in that city as well as other cities in North America and in the UK. She has completed five recordings: two volumes of French Organ Noels, Early Spanish Organ Music, Austrian Organ Music from 1550-1800, selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier, and a world premiere recording in collaboration with Musikverlag Doblinger of Vienna in 2015 of selections from Ein barockes Orgelbuch. She is a piano and organ instructor and also plays the French Horn. More information at karenbeaumontorganist.mysite.com

JENNIFER HANSEN Described as having a regal sound with precise, effortless coloratura, soprano Jennifer Hansen is a multi-faceted vocal artist, most recently appearing as Gwynnie Bradley in the world premiere of Thank You, Next… with Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Highlights from 2015-16 include a recital performance with Grammy-winning contralto Meredith Arwady in Opera for All: A Celebration of Opera’s Astounding Variety; Opera Reimagined: Singed, an improvised opera, as part of the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles; appearances as Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with UWM Opera Theatre; and as a backup singer for the legendary Rolling Stones. Past roles include appearances as Tina (Flight), Soprano 2 (Hydrogen Jukebox), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Celia (Iolanthe), The Girl (26), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and Constance (The Sorcerer). Oratorio credits include Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Bach’s Magnificat and Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate. Ms. Hansen was previously an apprentice artist for Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s 2011-2012 season after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2011 and her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

DAVID RAMSEY JR. a Wisconsin-based composer, earned his B.A. in Music Composition in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where he studied with Dr. James Crowley. His compositions include numerous choral pieces, liturgical works, chamber and symphonic pieces. Several of his short pieces, written for competitions through Vox Novus, have been selected and performed around the world, including cities as far apart as Los Angeles, CA and Bucharest, Romania.

JUNE 23, 2016

I CELLISTI—cello group under the direction of Scott Cook. Nebraska native Scott Cook is well known as a teacher, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. He was described in the Greenville News as “a cellist who plays with the depth and intensity of Pablo Casals.” As soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed around the world as principal cellist of many orchestras in the Southeast and Wisconsin, as member of the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and the Grand Teton Festival. He was cellist with the Belle Terre Piano Quartet and the Cezanne String Quartet and has appeared on major recital series in Toronto, Chicago, and Milwaukee. He is the artistic director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival Workshop and the director of the international teaching workshop, “Teaching Cello to Children” at the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scott has taught at virtually every level and in every possible teaching environment: At the college level with positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carthage College, Converse College, Carroll University, Alverno College, and Limestone College; at the pre-college level at the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Converse College, and the Greenville County Schools in South Carolina.

GWENDOLYN WOLSKI began studying the pipe organ with Dr. Dennis Northway of Grace Episcopal Church of Oak Park, IL when she was ten years old. She did so at the behest of her piano teacher, Dr. Sally Sloane. Dr. Sloane recognized the type of music Gwendolyn enjoyed playing most were traditional four part hymns and anything composed by J.S. Bach, making the organ the perfect fit for her musically. Gwendolyn is now thirteen years old and finds she can finally reach the pedals of the instrument, making the fit between instrument and young musician complete! She is thrilled to perform in First Presbyterian’s Music and More concert series!

CAROLYN WEHNER is a Milwaukee-based pianist and vocalist performing regularly for a variety of audiences throughout Wisconsin and the greater Chicagoland area. Beginning with her first professional appearances as a soprano with Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera Theatre (now Skylight Music Theatre), Carolyn initially pursued a career as a classical vocalist, receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her piano studies began at age five, and along the way she was encouraged to blend the two abilities into the jazz-cabaret singer/pianist niche she now happily occupies, specializing in the music of the Great American Songbook. She has been featured in numerous Chicago Cabaret Professionals performances at the Drury Lane Water Tower Theatre, the Park West Theatre and Davenport’s, and was most recently seen in CCP's "Dream Teams of Song", a tribute to famous songwriting teams at the historic Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre last season about which Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich wrote "so much excellent material so sensitively delivered." Wisconsin appearances include twice-weekly ongoing engagements at The Baker House in Lake Geneva and at The Wisconsin Club in downtown Milwaukee. Carolyn also enjoys teaching and coaching high school vocal music students and is a member of the adjunct voice faculty at Milwaukee’s Pius XI High School. Visit her website, www.pianistvocalist.com, for more info and a calendar of upcoming performances.

JUNE 16, 2016

CORELLI VIOLIN ENSEMBLE is made up of the violin students of Ann Heide. The students range in age from 10-17, with intermediate level and advanced players coming together to have fun playing music. In the ensemble the students don’t feel the pressure of playing solo, they have the freedom to let go and be part of the group. This year the focus of the weekly lessons was on the use of the bow and producing a beautiful ringing tone. The pieces you will be hearing this afternoon were central to the tone project. The Concerto for Two Violins is a staple of the violin repertoire, and a difficult piece to learn with its tricky rhythm and finger patterns. For some of the students this will be their first time performing it, while for the other students, this is their third relearning of the piece. The Bouree and Minuet are in G major which is a ringing key for the violin; when notes are in tune the violin actually will vibrate more. This goal of ringing tone is easier to hear when you can feel it, too. The Jig is a quick piece which requires the students to play in the lower part of the bow. In order to play in that part of the bow they need to relax their bow arm and shoulder, which in turn will help them play with a better tone. The last piece, “Simple Gifts” allows the students to use their whole bow, from tip to the frog.

MUZIKA PIANO TRIO Since 2006, violinist Darlene Rivest, cellist Michele Venturella and pianist Anna Kojovic-Frodl have shared friendship and music-making as the Muzika Piano Trio. They have had the pleasure of entertaining audiences throughout Wisconsin. The trio has performed on several concert series including the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee; Cargill United Methodist Church in Janesville; Music & More in Racine; MacDowell Club of Milwaukee, and the Carthage College Chamber Music Series in Kenosha. In addition to performing standard piano trio repertoire, the Muzika Trio is devoted to the promotion of new music. The trio performed the United States Premiere of Dr. Martin O’Leary’s Bluescape and the World Premiere of O’Leary’s Avanti, which was written and dedicated to the Muzika Piano Trio. They then had the privilege of performing the Irish premiere of Avanti in October of 2014. Additionally they performed the Midwest premiere of Byron Petty's Mythical Moments. Members of the trio are active musicians throughout the greater Milwaukee musical community performing with several area orchestras. They are also active educators having taught students from the beginning level through college level. The Muzika Trio is pleased to be performing with Kenosha area violist Jessica DeBoer. Ms. DeBoer will be performing viola solo repertoire as well as piano quartet works.

JESSICA DEBOER, guest violist, is originally from the Washington, D.C. area, but grew up across the lake in Holland, Michigan. She is a graduate of Hope College (Holland, MI) with a Bachelor’s of Music in Viola Performance. From there she went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her MA in Music Theory. She and her husband moved to Kenosha in 2005 when he took a job as an orchestra teacher with the Kenosha Unified School District. In addition to working with the “Fine Arts at First” music program at First United Methodist Church in Kenosha, Jessica teaches private lessons in viola and violin. She plays viola with the Kenosha Symphony and is also their music librarian, and she performs with other area chamber orchestras. Her string quartet, Preludio Strings, provides special music for weddings and other special events. For more information, please email booking@preludiostrings.com or call Jessica at (262)705-4476. Jessica is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and if she actually has some time left over in the day, she likes to run, read, and cross stitch.

JEANNE SCHERKENBACH is that rare soprano who is at home performing everything from Puccini, Verdi and Wagner to Jerry Herman, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim and has graced musical stages ranging from intimate cabaret to the grandest of Grand Opera. Jeanne began her career as a member of the chorus of New York's world famous Metropolitan Opera and has spent the last seventeen years as a member of the core-chorus at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has appeared as guest soloist with the Racine Symphony Orchestra in Big Band Fantasy, a tribute to USO shows of WWII. No stranger to smaller venues Jeanne has produced and performed concerts on nearly every cabaret stage in the Chicago/Milwaukee area as a member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Her one-woman shows Kate the Great—A Tribute to Kate Smith opened to multiple standing ovations at Chicago’s famed Maxim’s while Treasures from My Trunk was named one of “Chicago's Top Ten Cabaret Shows of the Year” on Cabaret Hotline. Jeanne also performed in the Skylight Cabaret Series with Chicago jazz legend, the late Buddy Charles, in Cheerful Little Earful, the Music of Harry Warren.

ANNE VAN DEUSEN is a freelance pianist, accompanist and music director in the Milwaukee area. She is the Staff Accompanist for the Florentine Opera and Director of Music at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Greendale. Anne has worked with many professional and community organizations, including: Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, In Tandem Theatre, Off the Wall Theatre, Waukesha Civic Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theatre. Accompanying and music-directing credits include: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Oklahoma; Sunday in the Park with George; Elmer Gantry (2012 Grammy Award winner); Aspects of Love; Into the Woods; Sweeney Todd; Gypsy; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and The Girl in the Frame. Anne is actively involved with concerts, competitions, coaching and musical theatre productions at local schools and community groups.

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DARLENE RIVEST is a violinist and violist from the Racine area. She performs in the Racine Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Festival Arts Chamber Orchestra of Kenosha and is the concertmaster of the Southern Lakes Masterpiece Chorale Orchestra and the Milton-Janesville Choral Union Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she performs in the Muzika Piano Trio, the Heide-Rivest Duo, Racine String Quartet, and the Lakeside Strings. As a soloist, she has performed with the Carthage College Chamber Orchestra, the Southern Lakes Masterpiece Chorale Orchestra, the Milton-Janesville Choral Union Orchestra, and the Rock Prairie Chamber Orchestra at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Recent activities include the world premiere of Irish composer Martin O’Leary’s piano trio titled Avanti, a piece written for the Muzika Piano Trio. Darlene received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2004 she completed her Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her performing career, Darlene is an active teacher and clinician. She has presented music clinics with students from throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. Darlene is the conductor of the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic Sinfonia Orchestra in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This is an orchestra of intermediate level string students from throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. Having taught on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Beloit College, and Carthage College, Darlene currently holds the position of Strings Specialist in the Burlington Area School District.

ANN LEMAR HEIDE is an active performer and teacher in Racine and Kenosha. For the past three years she has been a member of the Cecilia Piano Trio and the Heide/Rivest Duo. She has been a member of the Racine Symphony for the past 11 years and was the violin instructor at Carthage College. Ann received her Bachelor’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University and her Master’s degree from Western Illinois University. After graduation, she maintained a large teaching studio of more than 50 students at David Adler Cultural Center in Libertyville, IL for 10 years and held the principal second violin position in the Kenosha Symphony. In 1996, Ms. Heide moved to Appleton to teach at the Lawrence University Arts Academy. She returned a year later to Racine to marry Charles Heide. Currently, Ann is a member of the Racine Symphony Orchestra and maintains a violin studio at her home. When not practicing or teaching, she is spending time with her family, which includes a son, William and daughter, Madeleine.

DANIEL RINGWALT is a 2012 graduate of The Prairie School and a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he studied organ with Jerry Buck, and served as a substitute organist through his high school years. He started piano lessons in early elementary school and studied for several years in Racine with Terri Seitz. Daniel graduated with university honors in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in December of 2015. Currently living and working in Manhattan, Daniel is a software engineer for Google. He still enjoys playing piano in his spare time, and he managed to fit a keyboard into his small city apartment! He is grateful to come back to his hometown and perform again at Music & More.

ANNE MALIN RINGWALT is a writer and musician currently living in Boston. She has performed throughout Boston, NYC, and Miami, most notably through the YoungArts Foundation in 2016 and Rookie Magazine’s celebrity-judged talent show at the New Yorker Festival in 2013. Her musical works, which include three full-length albums and various experimental projects, are available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, and Soundcloud. For more information on her work, please visit annemalinringwalt.tumblr.com.

AMI BOUTERSE has recently performed with Belle Ensemble, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and the Racine Concert Band. At the University of Wisconsin- Parkside, Ami is an Associate Professor of Music where she teaches private voice, Opera Workshop and the latest contemporary a cappella ensemble, Parkside Range. She received voice and opera theater performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Carnegie Mellon University respectively. In addition, Ami earned Level III Certification in Jeanne LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™, which featured contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogical technique at Shenandoah University. Ami also maintains the AB Voice Studio for children and adults at all levels. Visit www.abvoicestudio.com.

EVELYN ALUMBREROS is a gifted young performer who has appeared in opera, short films, musical theater, and a television show called Moochie Kalala Detectives Club produced by Dreaming Tree Films that aired on Chicago 11 PBS in 2015 and was nominated for a Midwest Emmy for Best Children’s Programming. Recent roles include Sprintze in Fiddler on the Roof at Racine Theatre Guild and Jovie in Elf, Jr.with Children’s Theatre Academy. Evelyn attends Wisconsin Connections Academy and enjoys fencing and tap dancing. Visit www.evelynalumbreros.com.

ALEJANDRO ALUMBREROS Born in Spain, Alejandro has performed as both a piano soloist and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists in Europe, the United States and South America. Currently, Alejandro is the Choir Director and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Racine. He is also the Vocal Music Teacher/Choir Director at Wilmot Union High School. Alejandro received his Masters of Music in Piano with an emphasis in vocal and chamber music from Carnegie Mellon University.

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