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Department of Music

800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Arts & Communication Center
Elmwood Ave. at
Woodland Ave.
Phone: (920) 424-4224
Fax: (920) 424-1266
Email: music@uwosh.edu

Music Department Chair


Alison Shaw | Chair of Music Department | Percussion

shawa@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7030

About Alison

Dr. Alison Shaw earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Prior to her appointment to The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2004, Dr. Alison Shaw served on the music faculties of Michigan State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Eastern New Mexico University and The Interlochen Center for the Arts. She serves on the summer faculty of the International Music Camp in the International Peace Gardens on the border of North Dakota, USA and Manitoba, Canada, where she has directed the mallet percussion workshop since 2011. Dr. Shaw enjoys an established reputation as a virtuoso percussionist, master teacher and clinician. She has embraced chamber music, orchestral performance and solo artistry, and has distinguished herself as an award-winning soloist and an acclaimed interpreter of new music. She has premiered a combination of over 30 solo and chamber works throughout the United States and Europe, and her solo CD Signs of Intelligent Life is released on the Eroica Classics label. Her 2nd solo CD Cadenza, Fugue and Boogie, is scheduled for release in October 2014 and will include 4 world-premiere recordings. An advocate of contemporary music, she served as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Quorum Chamber Arts Collective, a mixed-instrumentation chamber ensemble. During its 15 years of touring and performing contemporary chamber music, Quorum commissioned 18 new works for its instrumentation, and recorded an award-winning compact disc, Cold Water, Dry Stone-The works of Evan Chambers on the Albany label. Shaw also tours extensively with the percussion/tuba duo, Balance, a collaboration that has produced several commissions for this unique combination in addition to transcriptions of popular and folk music. She has also served as principal percussionist or timpanist with many American orchestras, and currently serves as principal timpanist with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra in Oshkosh. She also tours internationally and records as principal timpanist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Her recordings can be heard on the Eroica Classics, Dorian, Albany, Equilibrium, Mark, BBC and FIM labels. She has served on the International Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Board of Directors and has also served as the Chairperson of PAS College Pedagogy Committee. Prior to her appointment to the PAS board of directors, she served as an associate editor for Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society. Shaw is a performer/endorser for Encore Mallets, and is a clinician and endorser for Sabian Cymbals, Remo and Black Swamp Percussion.

Voice Faculty


Eric Barnum | Director of Choral Activities

barnume@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7006

About Eric

A choral director and composer, Eric William Barnum continues to seek new ground musically. Working with choirs of all types and styles, his collaborative leitmotif endeavors to provide intensely meaningful experiences for singers and audiences.

Barnum holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Boers.  He has an advanced degree in conducting from Minnesota State University, primary study with Dr. David Dickau, as well as BAs in Composition and Vocal Performance from Bemidji State University.  He has frequently appeared as a conductor and clinician across the United States, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative minds in the choral field.

His voice and vision is gaining popularity around the globe with performances from choirs internationally. He continually composes for all choral ensembles, from professional to youth choirs, and has received numerous awards and prestigious grants such as a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship and a McKnight Foundation Grant. He has also held residencies with such ensembles as Choral Arts (Seattle), The Rose Ensemble, Kantorei (Denver), Coro Vocal Artists, as well as with many high schools and collegiate choirs.  “Life Stories,” a CD of his work released in 2014, was a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Performance.

For more information, please visit: www.ericbarnum.com or www.ericwilliambarnum.com

Nathan Krueger | Baritone

kruegern@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-4229

About Nathan

Nathan Krueger, baritone, is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he is coordinator of the voice area and teaches voice and opera. He holds degrees from University of New Mexico (MM), the University of Arizona (DMA), as well as UW Oshkosh (BM).

He has appeared in concert and recital across North America singing a wide variety of repertoire, making his Carnegie Hall debut this past spring as featured soloist on the Vocal Colors program under the direction of Eric Barnum. Recently he was featured with the Belle Ensemble at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival as Uberto in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and appeared as a guest vocalist with the group Pusloptional in recital at Sonoma State University. This past season also included appearances with the the Milwaukee Florentine Opera and the Madison Choral Project.  He was a cast member of the world premiere production of Robert J. Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s opera Sister Carrie at the Florentine Opera and can be heard on the recording that was released on Naxos Records. He has also appeared as concert soloist at the Green Lake Music Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, and at the Token Creek Music Festival. He has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, Santa Fe Opera, Madison Bach Musicians, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Arizona Opera, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Tucson Chamber Artists, and Opera Southwest.

In addition to his busy performance and teaching schedule, Dr. Krueger is an active proponent for arts integration. He worked as a teaching artist in the Tucson Unified School District’s Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) program for five years and serves as the co-principal investigator of the ArtsCore grant at UW Oshkosh. He employs his experience as a teaching artist to create arts integrated professional development for early career teachers of all subjects.

Anna Hersey | Soprano

| (920) 424-3036

About Anna

Hailed by critics as a “force of nature,” soprano Anna Hersey enjoys performing a wide range of vocal repertoire. A native of Minnesota, Dr. Hersey has performed throughout the United States and Europe, appearing with Palm Beach Opera, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Hispanic-American Lyric Theater, Skylark Opera, The Minnesota Opera, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune (at Berkeley Repertory Theater), among others.

A noted expert on Scandinavian vocal literature and diction, Dr. Hersey was a Fulbright Scholar at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music) in Stockholm, where she collaborated with pianist Matti Hirvonen. Dr. Hersey also conducted research at Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (Royal Danish Academy of Music) and Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen), thanks to a post-doctoral fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation.

Dr. Hersey’s articles have been published in the Journal of SingingVOICEPrints, and The Opera Journal, and her translations and transcriptions have been published by Plangere and by Carnegie Hall. Her first book, Scandinavian Song: A Guide to Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Diction and Repertoire was released by Rowman & Littlefield in September 2016. Recent performances have been sponsored by Finlandia Foundation, American Scandinavian Foundation, Sons of Norway, The Lief Eriksson International Festival, and The Grieg Society.

An active pedagogue, Dr. Hersey completed the Vocal Pedagogy Certificate at the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Professor Clifton Ware. She is an active member of professional organizations in her discipline, presenting regularly at regional, national, and international conferences. She is a recent alumna of the NATS Intern Program, which pairs renowned teachers of voice with talented young professionals.

Dr. Hersey holds master’s degrees in performance and musicology from the University of Minnesota, and pursued advanced studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She earned a doctorate from the University of Miami, where she was a Smathers Fellow. Dr. Hersey has taught at Iowa State University, Barry University, Broward College, University of Miami, and Eastern New Mexicco University. Dr. Hersey is Assistant Professor of Voice at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She serves as editor-in-chief of VOICEPrints, the peer-reviewed journal of the New York Singing Teachers Association, and as lecture-recitals editor for the College Music Symposium.

Herb Berendsen | Titan Men’s Choir

About Herb

Herb Berendsen recently retired after teaching 33 years in the public schools. He taught in Mission, South Dakota, Neenah, Ripon, and most recently for 18 years at Oshkosh West High School.

Since 2010, Herb has directed the 75 voice MacDowell Male Chorus of Appleton, WI, he also directs the Titan Men’s Chorus at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and has newly been appointed the director of the Oshkosh Chamber Singers, a 70 voice mixed ensemble. Herb also directs the Joliet Choir in the Green Bay Boy Choir Organization.

Herb is a proud member of the National Association for Music Education as well as the American Choral Director’s Association. Through his involvement in these organizations, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top conductors in the world. For 6 years, Herb chaired the NextDirection project, a vocal music careers conference, which drew students from all over the mid-west.  Herb is also active as an accompanist, clinician, and voice coach.

Herb has been married to his wife Madeline since 1985 and has 3 children: Anna, William, and Madeline Mary, as well as 3 grandkids, Jude, Hazel, and Amos.

Woodwind Faculty


Linda Pereksta | Flute

perekstl@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-4226

About Linda

Linda Pereksta, Associate Professor of Music, teaches Flute, Aural Skills and Chamber Music at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and holds the position of Piccolo with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to coming to Wisconsin, she taught at The University of Mississippi and Tulane University, and had been a member of the Arkansas, Tupelo, and Memphis Symphony Orchestras.  During her time as a tenured member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, she performed in the orchestra’s 2005 joint concert with the New York Philharmonic, playing under the batons of James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin and Lorin Maazel.  She can be heard with the two orchestras on the Nonesuch CD, “Our New Orleans,” accompanying Randy Newman.

An accomplished and highly-regarded performer on historical flutes, Dr. Pereksta has been engaged to perform with such period-instrument ensembles as the Washington Bach Consort, Spire Baroque Orchestra, Madison Bach Musicians, Ensemble Musical Offering, Belle Meade Baroque, Tallahassee Bach Parley, and Baroque Southeast.  She serves on the National Flute Association’s Historical Flutes Committee and is Editor of TRAVERSO, a quarterly newsletter featuring articles about the flute’s history.  She has performed at numerous NFA conventions and regional flute festivals, and has written articles for The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk.  Twice a major prizewinner in the NFA’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition, her doctoral treatise, “Twentieth-Century Compositions for the Baroque Flute,” was a winner of the NFA’s Graduate Research Competition.

Dr. Pereksta earned a BM in Performance (with Honors and Distinction) from The University of Iowa, an MM in Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University, and a DM in Performance with a Certificate in Early Music from Florida State University (where she won a Doctoral Fellowship).  Her primary flute teachers included Betty Bang Mather, Charles DeLaney and Robert Willoughby, and she has had additional Baroque flute studies with Colin St. Martin, Claire Guimond and Rachel Brown.

Laura McLaughlin | Clarinet

mclaughl@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7018

About Laura

Laura McLaughlin is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, and educator. Her playing has been described as “powerful” … “plays with lots of conviction”…“brilliant entertainer” and continues to establish herself as a virtuosic clarinetist.

​Laura serves on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Carroll University music faculties and is a D’Addario Reserve Method Artist. She is a co-founding member of the Chicago-based Pierrot ensemble, Lakeshore Rush. Lakeshore Rush enjoys collaborating with composers to produce new audience-friendly works for Pierrot ensemble. They premiered Cheguamegan: Morgan Falls by Joshua Hintze in their inaugural 2014-2015 season, and this season they will premiere compositions by Jonathan Hannau, Griffin Candey, Laura Schwendinger, and Pierre Jalbert.

Laura is also a member of the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, and has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, Capitol City Band, and The College Light Opera Company. Laura has given performances throughout the U.S., Canada, and Italy, most notably at the International Clarinet Association’s ‘Clarinetfest’, UW-Madison’s George Crumb Festival, and Merit School of Music’s MeritFest at Symphony Center in Chicago.

Laura received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in clarinet performance with a minor in music education. While attending UW-Madison, she was a recipient of the prestigious Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Laura has a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Michigan University. Her primary teachers include Dr. Linda Bartley, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano.

Andrea Gross Hixon | Oboe

grosshia@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-2276

About Andrea

Andrea Gross Hixon began teaching oboe at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the fall of 2012. Dr. Hixon is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and was principal oboist of the Green Bay Symphony for its final ten years. For the past two summers, she has played with the orchestra of the New Hampshire Music Festival in Plymouth, NH, and has also performed in the festival’s Music in the Mountains chamber music series. Additionally, Dr. Hixon has been a member of the Woodstock/Midwest Mozart Festival Orchestra in Woodstock, Illinois for the past eleven years. She also serves on the faculties of St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI) as well as the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and has taught oboe at the University of Memphis and at Lawrence University. She is a frequent performer with the Milwaukee Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, among other groups.

Dr. Hixon has toured and recorded with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra with concerts in France, Italy and the United States, including performances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She was principal oboist of the Eastman Wind Ensemble for two consecutive tours to Japan and Taiwan, and played in the summer opera orchestra for the Schlossfestspiele in Heidelberg, Germany. She has also toured with the American-Russian Young Artists Orchestra, performing in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, and at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dr. Hixon holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Richard Killmer, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison as a student of Marc Fink.  She completed additional studies at the Paris Conservatory where she studied with David Walter.

Carol Rosing | Bassoon

rosingc@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7018

About Carol

Carol Rosing 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 her Master of Music 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 bassoon in the Oshkosh Symphony, contrabassoon in the Madison Symphony, and second bassoon in the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. In addition, she was the principal bassoon in the Beloit Janesville Symphony for 15 years, and has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Racine Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has performed internationally with groups in England, Scotland, Austria, and Italy. Carol also has vast chamber music experience, having performed with numerous woodwind quintets, trios, and chamber ensembles over the years.

Carol currently serves as the Bassoon Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, as well as the Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and the Bassoon Instructor at Beloit College. She also maintains a private teaching studio.

Drew Whiting | Saxophone

whitingd@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-2274

About Drew

Saxophonist Drew Whiting leads a multifaceted career as an educator, performer, and scholar. His diverse musical interests include the standard concert saxophone repertoire, jazz, transcriptions of borrowed works, commissioning new works, and improvisation. Drew is an accomplished chamber musician, having been awarded first place at the 2012 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Cerulean Saxophone Quartet. He currently performs with a variety of ensembles including the Coalescent Quartet, Water City Jazz Orchestra, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing frequently as a solo artist.

Drew has established himself as a champion of new and experimental music, regularly performing works from the 20th and 21st centuries in solo, chamber, and electroacoustic settings. He recently performed at the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Ball State University Festival of New Music, Third Practice Festival, SPLICE Festival and Institute, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, and presented the first ever Performer-Curated Concert at the 2017 SEAMUS Conference. He has worked closely with composers such as Jeff Herriott, Betsy Jolas, Erik Lund, Ed Martin, John Mayrose, and Pauline Oliveros, and has premiered over thirty works by established and emerging composers.

In addition to performing, Drew is a dedicated and vibrant educator. He has presented masterclasses at Grand Valley State University, Illinois State University, Lawrence Conservatory, Ohio State University, and Oklahoma State University. Dr. Whiting serves as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he teaches courses in aural skills, saxophone, chamber music, and co-directs the experimental music ensemble Sounds Like Now.

Drew received his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Michigan State University College of Music where he studied with Joseph Lulloff. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer.

Drew is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Vandoren Regional Artist, exclusively performing on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren woodwind products.

Brass Faculty


Bruce Atwell | Horn

atwell@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-4228

About Bruce

In demand as a horn player throughout the state of Wisconsin, Bruce Atwell has been Professor of horn at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh since 1998. Dr. Atwell also holds positions with the Fox Valley Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Dr. Atwell lived in Cincinnati prior to his appointment and was Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. Dr. Atwell has also held positions with the Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. While he was Principal Horn with the Florida Symphony he was also Visiting Professor of Horn at the University of Florida.

He was acting Fourth Horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra for their 1997 European Tour and in concerts at Carnegie Hall and in Philadelphia. He also performed on an all Wagner CD for Deutsche Grammaphone with Christian Thielemann conducting.

Dr. Atwell has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Cincinnati Chamber orchestra. He has had solo appearances with the Orlando Philharmonic, the Winter Park Bach Festival, the Ensemble for Eighteenth Century Music, the Oshkosh Symphony, and the Fox Valley Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia). His recording “Baroque Music for Horn and Strings” with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic was released in 2012 and has received critical acclaim.  In the summer he performs with the Movere Wind Quintet and Praetorius Brass and is a faculty member at Lutheran Summer Music.

Dr. Atwell earned the Bachelor of Music degree at California State University-Northridge, the Master of Music at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He also holds a Performer’s Certificate in Chamber Music from the Institute for Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His principal horn teachers include Randy Gardner, Robin Graham, Barry Benjamin, Fred Fox, Sinclair Lott, and James Decker.

Marty Robinson | Trumpet | Director of Jazz Ensembles

robinsm@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7015

About Marty

Dr. Marty Robinson, Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, directs the jazz ensembles and teaches jazz history in addition to applied trumpet students. He holds degrees from Lawrence University (B.M. in trumpet performance), the Eastman School of Music (M.M. in jazz studies), and Florida State University (D.M. in composition). Prior to his appointment at Oshkosh for the fall of 2004, Dr. Robinson served for 10 years as Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, where he was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in 2001. Dr. Robinson’s interests cover the broad spectrum of music as a performer, composer, musicologist, and educator.

He is widely regarded throughout the Midwest as equally a jazz and classical trumpeter, both as a soloist and in chamber music settings. He maintains a busy schedule that includes orchestral performances, jazz gigs, brass quintet recitals, big band concerts, touring musical shows, and chamber music performances. He has also released a jazz trumpet CD, “Standards – Vol. 1,” and is active as a jazz pianist and clinician.

He is the composer and trumpeter on numerous recordings that have been aired on national television and radio, including music for HBO’s The Sopranos, ABC’s 20/20, Fox’s NFL Films, PBS’s National Geographic, and CBS’s U.S. Open Tennis Coverage, as well as for national campaigns for NBC’s ER, Hershey’s Chocolate, ADT Security, Gillette, and Burger King. His television music has been heard internationally in Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, among others.

An active and commissioned composer across musical genres, Robinson’s recent works have been performed by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, trumpeter Byron Stripling, saxophonist Joshua Redman, drummer Herlin Riley, and Miss America 2012. Other recent commissions in the contemporary classical realm include works for solo trumpet with organ, wind ensemble, saxophone quartet, a string bass concerto with orchestra, brass quintet, SATB choir, trumpet duet with piano, symphony orchestra, mixed wind chamber ensemble, and marimba. Older major works include his Gloria for mass choir and brass quintet, Allegory of the Cave for wind ensemble, Children of Gebelawi for symphony orchestra, The Uncommon Path for wind ensemble, and a chamber piece for twelve players titled Five Rodin Sculptures. In addition, he has composed four brass quintets, a string quartet, and numerous other chamber works.

He currently arranges jazz ensemble music for trumpeter Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the UNC Jazz Press publishes some of his 120 jazz compositions and arrangements. His original jazz works have been written for trumpeter Claudio Roditi, saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Steve Kuhn, and guitarist Gene Bertoncini. His jazz shuffle, The Art of Lee, was premiered at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and he has had several other recent jazz commissions by high schools and professional big bands. His jazz music is played by both universities and high schools across the country.

Dr. Robinson’s interest in music history has led to scholarly research papers as diverse as Stravinsky and Meter in L’Histoire du Soldat, and Don Redman: The Beginnings of Jazz Arranging. He has also presented scholarly papers on the jazz trumpet solos of Thad Jones as well as Duke Ellington’s Shakespearian works. His expertise as a jazz historian and musicologist led to an appointment on the IAJE Resource Team of Advisors in the area of jazz transcriptions.

Dr. Robinson has been active as a clinician at high schools and universities throughout the Southeast (when living in Florida) and in the Midwest, often featured as guest artist with the ensembles. Since 2000, he has served on the faculty at the Birch Creek Summer Music Academy in Door County, Wisconsin. From 1997 through 2002, he served as a judge for the Great American Jazz Piano Competition held in Jacksonville, FL. He has also been quite active in state and national IAJE functions, including giving clinics, presenting papers, arranging, and performing as a trumpeter. He had the distinct honor of being named as Director of the 2016 Wisconsin High School Honors Jazz Ensemble. His former students have performed professionally with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Elvin Jones, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Jazz Band, the Village Vanguard Band, and the Saturday Night Live Band.

Dylan Chmura-Moore | Trombone | Director of Orchestral Activities

chmuramd@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7011

About Dylan

Dylan Thomas Chmura-Moore, D.M.A., has conducted ensembles of Harvard University, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Northeastern University, Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, and other groups such as Callithumpian Consort, Shivaree Ensemble, The Great White Way, Ip School Orchestra, and the Senior, Junior, and String Orchestras of Luzerne Summer Music Center. Some of the conductors with whom Dr. Chmura-Moore has had the opportunity to intimately observe and work are Pierre Boulez, Robert Page, Larry Rachleff, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Silverstein, and Benjamin Zander.

As trombonist, Dr. Chmura-Moore is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician and has recently performed with Madison Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Dal Niente, Isthmus Brass, and Con Vivo!. Notable international solo appearances include recitals at the Internationale Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Lucerne Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. He can be heard on Mode, Summit, EuroArts, Albany, TZADIK, and the Accentus record label, among others.

Dr. Chmura-Moore was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Wisconsin Madison. He was a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow at the university and focused his studies on the research and performance of newly composed music. His dissertation is titled “Three Essays and an Untitled Recording that Realize the Respective Musical Potential of Heterotopia, Phenomenology, and Beauty as Asunder.” Previously, Dr. Chmura-Moore studied at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts where he received two Master of Music degrees, one in conducting, and the other in trombone. Upon graduation, Dr. Chmura-Moore was awarded academic honors, a distinction in performance, and the Gunther Schuller Medal, the highest honor awarded by the conservatory. Dr. Chmura-Moore received the Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.

For more information about Dr. Chmura-Moore, visit his website: www.dylanchmuramoore.com

Devin Otto | Tuba | Euphonium | Director of Bands

| (920) 424-7031

About Devin

Dr. Devin Otto serves Director of Bands and Instructor of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  He comes to Wisconsin after holding faculty positions at Minot State University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Idaho. Committed to music education at all levels, Dr. Otto is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter in a variety of musical genres.  His ongoing research in the use of improvisational theater games for conducting study resulted in well-received presentations at the 2013 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association and 2015 North Dakota Music Education Association State Conference, and in late 2016 he will teach a 2-day conducting workshop on behalf of the Wisconsin School Music Association.  Other recent engagements as a clinician and presenter include the 2016 conferences of the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee and the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland.

As a low brass player, Otto’s performance credits include the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Idaho/Washington Symphony, Minot Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Columbia Symphony Orchestra, International Brass Quintet, and Bob Curnow Big Band.  He can be heard on the albums The Music of Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays, vol. 2with the Bob Curnow Big Band, and Of Love and Life with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony.  In the marching genre, Otto was a member of two D.C.I. Drum & Bugle Corps, including the 1999 World Champion Blue Devils.

Dr. Otto holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting and Literature degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was a student of Allan McMurray.  He also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University, and he has attended conducting symposiums under many of today’s outstanding wind conductors including H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, Thomas Lee, Richard Floyd, Gary Hill, Mallory Thompson, and Rodney Winther.

String Faculty


Yuliya Smead | Violin

| (920) 424-1220

About Yuliya

Yuliya Smead was born in Ternopil, Ukraine. She began her violin studies at the age of 8 in a specialized music school. As her love of the violin grew, she realized she wanted to make this her career. After passing a rigorous selection process she entered the Ternopil Music College, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, graduating cum laude, and then attended the M. Lysenko National Academy of Music and completed her Master’s in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, again graduating cum laude. She completed her Doctorate in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the same institution, with a full scholarship.

Yuliya is a two time winner of the Ternopil State Young Talent Competition and took second place at Gitaralia Poland.

As a performer, prior to coming to the United States, she was a concertmaster in the Lviv State Chamber Orchestra Trembita, which toured extensively in Germany, Poland, and Ukraine, and was concertmaster of the Leopolis Orchestra which performed regularly in France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Since moving to the USA in 1999 she became concertmaster of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra in 2001, concertmaster of the Fox Valley Symphony in 2007 and assistant concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2001. As an orchestral member she has shared the stage with such notable performers as Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, Robert Spano, as well as many others. She is a frequent performer at the Weidner Center and the Fox Valley Performing Arts Center.

She was also a first violin in the first Ukrainian Chamber Ensemble of Modern Music Cluster, which was a frequent guest at the well known international music festival, Kontrasty. The Cluster also performed in Holland, Poland, Latvia, and throughout Ukraine.

She is a member of the North Shore quartet and the Fox Valley String Quartet, as well as being an organizer and a performer with the Concertmaster Series through the Fox Valley Symphony. Yuliya also performs at the Paine Arts Center with the Oshkosh Symphony Chamber Group. Her performing includes a live public broadcast, “Live from the Chazen,” playing Cesar Franck’s Piano Quintet with Raffi Besalyan and the North Shore Quartet.

She has appeared as a soloist with Lviv State Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopolis  Orchestra, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, and Manitowoc  Symphony Orchestra.

As an educator, Yuliya has over 20 years of teaching experience, 15 of which she has been teaching at the Lawrence Academy of Music. She has been a clinician and has presented Master Classes at regional high schools, and has coached the Lawrence Chamber Music Odyssey and local youth symphonies.

Sharon Tenhundfeld | Viola | Music Business

tenhunds@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-2272

About Sharon

Sharon Tenhundfeld, D.M.A, performs as violist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and teaches Viola and Music Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Dr. Tenhundfeld has previously held the titled position Principal Viola with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has appeared as guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. As chamber musician, Dr. Tenhundfeld has collaborated with many artists and ensembles such as Yo-Yo Ma, James Buswell, Parker String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, rock band Jethro Tull, and was the former violist of the Elan String Quartet. She has also been a member of Boston’s premier new music ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, and can be heard on several of their recordings on Mode Records.

Dr. Tenhundfeld regularly collaborates with artists in dance, theatre, and visual art and collaborations have led her to research the influence dance, theatre, and visual art have on the creativity of musicians. She has recently published her practice method for musicians called Creative Musician: An Artistic Method to Aid the Expressivity of Musicians and presented her research at the American Viola Society. This Fall 2018 she will present her research as a TEDx speaker.

Dr. Tenhundfeld was schooled in the Karen Tuttle technique of viola playing and guides her students to play with comfort, coordination, and balance. Prior to teaching at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Dr. Tenhundfeld was viola faculty at New Music School in Chicago and served as teaching assistant to Carol Rodland at New England Conservatory in Boston. As a music business professional, Dr. Tenhundfeld served as Executive Director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and was previously the Creative Director for the New Music School in Chicago, Artistic Coordinator for the Heifetz International Institute of Music and Artistic Director for Artist Collective and ArtUne Ensemble. Dr. Tenhundfeld’s passion for business is rooted in entrepreneurialism, collaboration, and education.

Dr. Tenhundfeld earned bachelor and master of music degrees in viola performance from New England Conservatory as a student of Carol Rodland and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Sally Chisholm from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow. In addition, she holds a Business Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business and a Music in Education concentration from New England Conservatory. Dr. Tenhundfeld performs on a 1750’s Austrian viola previously owned by Carol Rodland and Lillian Fuchs.

For more information about Dr. Tenhundfeld, visit her websites at www.sharontenhundfeld.com and www.creativemusicianmethod.com.

Katherine Decker | Cello

| (920) 424-2273

About Katherine

Dr. Katherine Decker has enthralled audiences across the country with her “positively delightful” performances” and “intense concentration and confidence” (Fanfare). She made her solo debut with the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and since then, has performed extensively as a solo and chamber artist. Since 2011, Dr. Decker has been a member of the award-winning ensemble, enhakē. This contemporary classical chamber music ensemble has been awarded numerous prizes such as the Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (2009), and First Prize at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition (2008). They have held residencies at the OK Mozart festival (2008-2013), Texas A & M University, University of Costa Rica, Bach Institute of Music (San Jose, Costa Rica), National Superior Institute of Music (Moravia, Costa Rica), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brasil), Federal University of Goias (Brasil), Universidade de Brasilia, Utah State University, and Mesa State College in addition to performances at the Pan-Music Festival at the Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), on the James A. Sclater Chamber Music Series (Mississippi College), the Tallahassee-based Artist Series, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Newman Series, the Appleton Museum Chamber Series (Ocala, FL), and the Friday Musicale concert series (Jacksonville, FL) to name a few. With enhakē, Dr. Katherine Decker has recently released Preparense: the Piazzolla Project on the MSR Classical label to critical acclaim.

Before her time with enhakē, Dr. Decker was a member of the Eppes String Quartet with whom she performed throughout the United States and as a part of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century series in Costa Rica. Dr. Decker has also participated in the Texas Music Festival (Quartet Artist in Residence), the International Festival and Institute at Round Top, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Miami Quartet’s Advanced String Quartet Seminar. Additionally she has performed with numerous orchestras including the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, the Elgin Symphony, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Decker received her MM and DMA from the Florida State University and has studied under Paul Olefsky and Gregory Sauer. Her current projects include a new CD of Piano Trio music entitled, She Persisted, featuring works by living female composers. She was the Assistant Professor of Low Strings at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley from 2012-2017. She is now faculty for Music in the Mountains and serves as Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Gordon Lewis | Double Bass | Jazz Lab Band

| (920) 424-0974

About Gordon

Gordon Lewis joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the Fall of 2018, where he teaches applied double bass, directs the Jazz Lab Band, and teaches courses in Jazz History and Music in Culture.

Lewis is a multi-faceted musician, who is especially adept at performing in both the classical and jazz realms.  As a classical performer, Lewis has performed with orchestras including the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Lewis has also served as Principal Bass with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal Bass with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and as Section Bassist with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. Lewis is also an avid chamber musician and frequently collaborates with his wife, oboist Nora Lewis, on a wide variety of repertoire which includes the oboe and double bass.

As a jazz performer, Lewis has been a dynamic participant in jazz scenes in Kansas, Chicago, Boston, and West Michigan, performing at top clubs including the Green Mill in Chicago, Ryles Jazz Club in Boston, and the Blue Room in Kansas City. Lewis has recorded and performed with the Kalamazoo Jazz Collective, guitarist Wayne Goins, and vocalist Patricia Thompson, among others. In the summer of 2018, Lewis was invited to tour Northern Germany with the Blue Lake Faculty Jazz quartet.

Active as an educator in a variety of contexts, Lewis has served on the faculties of Kansas State University, Washburn University, and Kansas Wesleyan University. For twelve summers Lewis was on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Lewis has served as a clinician and teacher at L’École de Musique Dessaix-Baptiste in Jacmel, Haiti, Western Michigan University’s Summer Seminar, and at the Hastings College Jazz Festival.

Lewis has presented research at the College Music Society International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland and has performed at the International Double Reed conference in Redlands, California. Lewis has also written articles on the bass for The Instrumentalist magazine.

Lewis received his Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. His classical bass teachers include Jeff Bradetich, Donald Palma, and Rob Kassinger and his jazz bass teachers include Cecil McBee and John Lockwood.

Matthew Miller | Guitar

millerma@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7005

About Matthew

Matthew Miller received an Associate of Arts and Science degree from UW Marinette, a Bachelor Degree in Music from UW Whitewater and a Masters Degree in guitar performance from UW Milwaukee.

As a clinician and educator, Matthew has been a guest theory and masterclass performance teacher at UW Waukesha and UW Marinette. He currently teaches guitar at Ripon College and UW Oshkosh.

As a researcher, Matt has worked on guitarist sitting positions, adopting the ergonomic principles of the Alexander Technique to conserve energy. Such efforts have produced two books:

Alexander Technique and the Guitar: A companion booklet for developing posture and fundamental foundations for technique. (2007)

Guitar Performance Technique and Science: Understanding our body and mind. (2008)

Matthew has performed for and received instruction with Ricardo Iznaola, Jorge Morel, Jorge Caballero, Sergio and Odair Assad, Lorenzo Micheli, Martha Masters, William Kanengiser, Jerome Ducharme and Goran Krivokapic. He has had the opportunity to analyze masterclasses conducted by David Russell, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Jason Vieaux to name a few.

Tamara Kazmierczak | Harp

nazet@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7018

About Tammy

Although an accomplished performing harpist and teacher for more than 25 years, Tammy is most proud of her three kids and the hundreds of students she has taught one-on-one through the decades. She holds a fierce belief that everyone of any age can and should become inspired and connected to music for the rest of their lives. Her boundless energy and endless drive have resulted in prolific output throughout her life, and are contagious to all she meets. She sees herself as the Harp Huntress, because if someone so much as glances at a harp, Tammy will have them taking lessons and performing in no time.

In addition to her new role as the Harp Instructor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Tammy offers private and group harp lessons at UWO’s Community Music Conservatory, similar to the small harp program she designed and launched five years ago at no cost for youth in her local public elementary school known as the “Algoma Harp Club” – six weekly sessions for beginners who always wanted to try out a harp. For more info, please email: communityconservatory@uwosh.edu.

Besides teaching, Tammy is especially excited about the new field of healthcare service music offering the benefits of live therapeutic harp in the hospital setting. Recently certified as a Harp Therapist through Bedside HarpÒ she plays on small and mobile therapy harp offering recipients comfort, hope, relaxation and release of emotions wherever they may be – in a chair, in bed, on a gurney, in a hospital room, in a hallway, or in a waiting area – and is excited to offer this new service and integrating this complementary therapy to the region. If not out on a gig, you can probably find Tammy in the middle of one of her many recording projects with various collaborators and producing more music books and CDs (http://www.watercolorharps.com). Her latest recording project is called “Serenata” featuring exquisite harp and violin melodies from around the world.

A native of Chicago, Tammy trained under the great orchestral harpists, beginning study of organ and piano at the age of three. As a teen she toured abroad with the Chicago Youth Symphony, spent summers at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and studied harp performance, production, and music business, graduating with a B.A. in Music Business from DePaul University, Chicago.  She continues to stay current by attending, performing and teaching at annual harp festivals, conferences and events alongside the best harp teachers, performers and innovators in the field from around the world. Tammy’s broad musical interests and experience with all genres will infuse students of every stripe, whether strictly classical or more contemporary and has a large collection of harps ranging from several styles of lap to lever to pedal harps regularly showcasing them with students and colleagues. Tammy offers lessons, recitals, ensemble playing, and performance and recording opportunities for her students, as well as musical field trips, group lessons, workshops and masterclasses. Please visit her website at http://www.46strings.com.

Percussion Faculty


Alison Shaw | Chair of Music Department | Percussion

shawa@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7030

About Alison

Dr. Alison Shaw earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Prior to her appointment to The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2004, Dr. Alison Shaw served on the music faculties of Michigan State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Eastern New Mexico University and The Interlochen Center for the Arts. She serves on the summer faculty of the International Music Camp in the International Peace Gardens on the border of North Dakota, USA and Manitoba, Canada, where she has directed the mallet percussion workshop since 2011. Dr. Shaw enjoys an established reputation as a virtuoso percussionist, master teacher and clinician. She has embraced chamber music, orchestral performance and solo artistry, and has distinguished herself as an award-winning soloist and an acclaimed interpreter of new music. She has premiered a combination of over 30 solo and chamber works throughout the United States and Europe, and her solo CD Signs of Intelligent Life is released on the Eroica Classics label. Her 2nd solo CD Cadenza, Fugue and Boogie, is scheduled for release in October 2014 and will include 4 world-premiere recordings. An advocate of contemporary music, she served as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Quorum Chamber Arts Collective, a mixed-instrumentation chamber ensemble. During its 15 years of touring and performing contemporary chamber music, Quorum commissioned 18 new works for its instrumentation, and recorded an award-winning compact disc, Cold Water, Dry Stone-The works of Evan Chambers on the Albany label. Shaw also tours extensively with the percussion/tuba duo, Balance, a collaboration that has produced several commissions for this unique combination in addition to transcriptions of popular and folk music. She has also served as principal percussionist or timpanist with many American orchestras, and currently serves as principal timpanist with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra in Oshkosh. She also tours internationally and records as principal timpanist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Her recordings can be heard on the Eroica Classics, Dorian, Albany, Equilibrium, Mark, BBC and FIM labels. She has served on the International Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Board of Directors and has also served as the Chairperson of PAS College Pedagogy Committee. Prior to her appointment to the PAS board of directors, she served as an associate editor for Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society. Shaw is a performer/endorser for Encore Mallets, and is a clinician and endorser for Sabian Cymbals, Remo and Black Swamp Percussion.

Elizabeth DeLamater | Percussion| Titan Steel

| (920) 424-7016

About Elizabeth

As a performer, pedagogue, clinician, and researcher, Elizabeth DeLamater is committed to bringing the highest level of percussion performance to students and audiences alike. Elizabeth teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the International Music Camp (International Peace Gardens, North Dakota/Manitoba).  Elizabeth has performed with many classical and contemporary ensembles, including the Madison Symphony, Opera Project Columbus, and the Phoenix Symphony, and frequently performs with Kaganu Percussion and as a soloist, most recently as a guest artist at the 2017 Honduras Internacional Festival de Percussión.

Elizabeth has been fortunate to participate in the world’s panoply of percussion traditions. Her travels include two tours of Japan and multiple trips to Trinidad and Tobago, including performances at the 2000 World Steelband Festival and the 2005 Panorama competition with Phase II Pan Groove.  She traveled to Senegal and The Gambia in 2010 to study Wolof and Malinke drumming, and Ghana in 2016 to study at the Dagara Music Center. Her numerous festival and conference appearances include multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conferences, including the world premiere of Jenny Olivia Johnson’s “COMA: I was in Pink” in 2015.

Elizabeth has extensive experience as a steelband director and arranger for steelbands of all levels.  She has also taught at Youngstown State University, Baldwin Wallace University, Roosevelt University, and North Central College. Her published work can be found in the Instrumentalist, Percussive Notes, and Panpress.

Elizabeth received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University , her Master of Music Performance degree from The Florida State University, and her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Northern Illinois University.

Elizabeth serves on the Percussive Arts Society Diversity Committee. She is a board member of the International Music Camp and a US advocate for Fundación Artes Educativas Coros Y Orquestas de Honduras.

Elizabeth is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Remo and Zildjian.

Marisol Kuborn | Percussion

| (920) 424-7030

About Marisol

Born in Santiago, Chile, Marisol Kuborn received a Bachelors of Music at the University of Chile in Santiago.  She received a Performance Degree from the Conservatory of Music of Quebec-Montreal and a Masters of Music & Artists Performance Degree, where she was awarded the “Prix d’excellence” award.  While studying in Montreal she also received the Orchestral Performance Certificate from the University of Montreal.

Marisol joined the Fox Valley Symphony in 2009 where she also coaches the Youth Orchestra percussion section.  In addition, she performs with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, Oshkosh Symphony and Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.

She has had the opportunity to perform with other orchestras including: Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago; Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile; Orquesta de Cámara de San Luis – Argentina; Orquestre La Chapelle de Montréal, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Orchestra I Musici de Montreal; Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra of Pennsylvania; and Green Bay Symphony.  Some of the choir ensembles she has worked with are: The Chamber Choir of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia; Keystone State Boychoir; The Choral Institute of Green Lake, WI; New Voices, Oshkosh Chamber Singers; South Shore Chorale, Appleton Boychoir to name a few.

Marisol has also played in World Music Ensembles in the US and Canada including, Marian University Steel Band; Titan Steen Band of UW Oshkosh; Island Magic Steel Drum Band; Rant & Rave Festival Steel Band of Wilmington, DE; El Extasis Percussion Ensemble and Brazilian Samba Ensemble Bloco.

In addition to teaching at UW Oshkosh she currently teaches percussion at University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and Silver Lake College.

Piano Faculty


Kirstin Ihde | Class Piano

ihdek@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-1073

About Kirstin

Kirstin Ihde is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches class piano and collaborates frequently with faculty and students in a variety of performance settings. She previously held teaching positions at Edgewood College and the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to joining the faculty at UW Oshkosh, Kirstin served as a pianist for Madison Opera and Fresco Opera. Her passion for art song led her in recent years to the Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival and Songfest, where she worked with world-renowned artists Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Roger Vignoles, Warren Jones, John Musto, Libby Larsen, Gidon Saks, and Christine Brewer. Kirstin’s research includes the unpublished songs of the American composer John Duke in collaboration with the late soprano Karen Bishop. She and Karen can be heard on their recording Songmaking: A Collection of Unpublished Songs by John Duke, and Kirstin is presently finishing an edition of these 25 songs for eventual publication.

Kirstin also collaborates extensively with many instrumentalists, and she has performed with such notable names as Rex Richardson, Tom Hooten, Allen Vizzutti, Oystein Baadsvik, and John Thorne. She is a past winner of the Irving Shain Woodwind and Piano Duo Competition. Kirstin and hornist Katie Johnson-Webb can be heard on their forthcoming album La Loba, a tribute to internationally-acclaimed Norwegian hornist Frøydis Ree Wekre. She and flutist Erin K. Murphy collaborated on their soon-to-be-released album The Inclusive Repertoire: Flute and Piano Duos by Women Composers. Other recent recording projects include collaboration with euphonium player Matthew Mireles on his album Prometheus and with tubist Stephanie Frye on her album Compositions for Tuba by Women Composers.

Kirstin received a DMA in collaborative piano with a minor in opera coaching from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she studied with Professor Martha Fischer. In addition, she holds an MM in piano performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Howard Aibel and Genadi Zagor, and a BA in piano performance from St. Ambrose University, where she studied with Dr. Joan Trapp.

When Kirstin is not busy with her academic year, she has served as the pianist for the Interlochen Trumpet Institute and as a member of the piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In addition, Kirstin maintains a private studio where she teaches students of all ages and abilities and performs frequently as a freelance collaborative pianist. For more information about Kirstin, visit her website: www.kirstinihde.com.

Eli Kalman | Piano

kalmane@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-4220

About Eli

Pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Japan, United States and Canada. Hailing from Romania and Israel, he was the recipient of the Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for Excellence at UW Madison.  Prior to his teaching appointment at UW Oshkosh in 2006, he has held educator positions on the piano faculty at the Center of Arts, Mizra in Israel and previously at the Lyceum of Arts, Baia Mare in Romania.

As a performer, his lifelong passion for chamber music has been featured at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., on “San Francisco Performances” and “Tuesday Evening Concert Series” in Virginia, on the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston, the Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University, the Myra Hess Series in Chicago, in addition to other venues. He was an enthusiastic artist-in-residence at the Chamber Music Festival at Banff, Canada, and a guest artist for five years at the Token Creek Festival directed by celebrated American composer John Harbison.

Solo and chamber appearances have included the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with tubist Marty Erickson, the Krieger String Series at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts with cellist Amit Peled, soloist with the Water City Chamber Orchestra, the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” live on NPR, WFMT in Chicago, Farley’s House of Pianos Series in Madison, and Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. Since 2003, he performs frequently with Pro Arte Quartet’s inspiring cellist Parry Karp from UW Madison in concert series within the University of Wisconsin system and other national venues.

As a recording artist, he offers works for solo piano and cello and piano by Erwin Junger (2001) and Robert Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Rose Mary Harbison (2006) and a CD entitled “The Jewish Soul” with cellist Amit Peled from the Peabody Institute (2009).  His 2015 CD entitled “Homo Ludens” celebrates new piano music by Russian-American composer-pianist and poet Lera Auerbach and his latest recording with violinist Jameson Cooper offers homage to Ottorino Respighi in a CD of his violin and piano works entitled “Nebbie” (2018). A new CD of works for horn, violin and piano in collaboration with hornist Bruce Atwell and violinist Yuliya Smead is planned for its release in late 2019 on Centaur Records.

As a scholar, Dr. Kalman’s research interests focus on neglected repertoire for strings and piano, the compositions of Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti and Israeli composer Erwin Junger, as well as on unpublished chamber works by Ottorino Respighi. His research in the field has led to the world premier publication of Respighi’s first Sonata for violin and piano (1897) published on A-R Editions/Special Publications, 2011.

Dr. Kalman earned his Diploma in Piano Performance from the Academy of Music “G. Dima” in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Music Education


Kenneth L. Liske | Music Education

liske@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7029

About Kenneth

Kenneth Liske – Ph.D., M.M., B.M.; Dr. Liske is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Teacher Education. Presently in his eighteenth year at UW Oshkosh, Dr. Liske’s students have become educational leaders in service throughout Wisconsin and the U.S. Dr. Liske served as president of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) from 2006-2008. He is past chair of the Wisconsin Society for Music Teacher Education, has previously served both as research chair and higher education chair on the WMEA advisory council, and as web developer for the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. At UWO he frequently hosts events of the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodály Educators and North Central Wisconsin Orff. He instructs and helped develop the state’s first university-based add-on teaching licensure programs in general and choral music. He advises UWO’s nationally recognized chapter of NAfME Collegiate. Presently, he is on the leadership team for UWO ArtsCore, a program that brings the best practices of arts-integrated instruction to classroom teachers. Dr. Liske is a site manager for the Wisconsin School Music Association State Music Festival and previously served as Director of Music Education for the Badger State Girl Choir. He is author of Musical Elements: A Classroom Method for Handchimes, published by the Handbell Musicians of America.

Dr. Liske’s experience includes nine years in the public schools of Ohio and Louisiana teaching choral, general, and instrumental music, and specializing at the middle-level. As a public school teacher, Dr. Liske served in leadership capacities in the Ohio Music Education Association. He was artistic and musical director of the Singing Collegians Showchoir of Heidelberg University (Ohio), directed the youth music program at First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, and has been a vocal coach and musical director for high school and community theatre. He was a member of the Toledo Masterworks Chorale.

Dr. Liske’s degrees include the Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Voice from Heidleberg University (Ohio), Master of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and Ph.D. in Music Education and Educational Technology from Louisiana State University. He has contributed to Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Overtones, and Wisconsin School Musician. Dr. Liske has presented scholarship and interest sessions at national and divisional conferences of NAfME, the Society for Music Teacher Education, Technology Institute for Music Educators, the American Music Therapy Association, Midwest Kodály Music Educators Association, and state association conferences. Most recently he was an invited lecturer at the 2016 Seoul National University of Education Conference on Integrated Approaches of Creativity and Character Education, and a presenter at the European Association for Music in Schools/ISME European Regional Conference, Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria. Additional professional affiliations include the College Music Society, election to Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society in Music.

Dr. Liske and spouse Dr. Leigh-Ann Lethco, also a music educator, reside in Oshkosh with their two daughters who are active in a variety of school and youth activities.

Links and Resources…

Dr. Liske’s Class Schedule

Courses Taught:

  • MUSIC 145: Introduction to Music Education
  • MUSIC 180: Guitar Class
  • MUSIC 219: Music & Culture: American Musical Theatre and Movie Musicals
  • MUSIC 319: Music Methods for the Elementary Classroom Teacher
  • MUSIC 384: Teaching and Supervising Elementary General Music
  • MUSIC 385: Choral Methods
  • MUSIC 386: Secondary and Alternative Music Methods
  • MUSIC 388: Choral Rehearsal Techniques
  • SEC ED 367 Clinical Teaching in Music
  • SEC ED 400/401/405: Student Teaching in Music
  • SEC ED 417: AOL General Music Methods, Pedagogy, Techniques
  • SERV CRS 422: AOL Choral Music Methods, Pedagogy, Techniques

Selected Resources:

Leigh-Ann Lethco | Music Education

lethco@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7007

About Leigh-Ann

Ph.D., M.M., B.M.; Music Education; received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education from Ohio University and received her Ph.D. in Music Education, with a minor in wind conducting, from Louisiana State University. At LSU she was a student of James Byo and Frank Wickes. She taught K-12 instrumental and general music for five years in Ohio public schools. There, she directed instrumental ensembles at beginning, middle and high school levels including concert band, marching band, jazz band and chamber ensembles. Her students and ensembles consistently earned superior ratings, premiered new works, and were invited guests at parades and festivals. Many of her former students are successful music teachers at all levels.

Dr. Lethco has served as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for middle and high school bands in WI and other states. She has played trumpet throughout her career in a variety of ensembles including, Heidelberg Brass Band, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, several community bands and Wisconsin Symphonic Winds. She has taught trumpet and many wind instruments.

Dr. Lethco serves as the Chair of the Publications Committee of the Wisconsin School Music Association. She has served on several professional committees at the college and state levels and has presented research at state and national conventions, has published in Contributions to Music Education and Wisconsin School Musician, and has presented at the Wisconsin Music Education Association State Music Conference. In the area of Early Childhood Music, in addition to teaching classes, she has presented sessions at several local conferences. In the community, she volunteers in schools and churches with 4K-12 education and served on the Board of Directors for The Valley Academy for the Arts. She continues to teach school children as a beginning band instructor, high school marching band camp instructor and as the director of the Oshkosh Symphony Philharmonia string ensemble.

Under her direction, the UW Oshkosh Handbell choir has performed many concerts on campus and in the community at schools, churches, nursing homes and the library, often collaborating with ensembles and presenting workshops. They have premiered many works by student composers as well as a faculty composer.

At UW Oshkosh, Dr. Lethco is a Lecturer in Music, having previously taught in the Music Education Department at Baylor University. She has taught instrumental and general music education methods and techniques courses, conducting, music theory, music appreciation and supervises student teachers and clinicians. She has directed the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and the University Handbell Choir.

Current Courses…

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University Handbell Choir

MUSIC 285: Woodwind Techniques

MUSIC 286: Brass Techniques

MUSIC 301: Instrumental Methods

MUSIC 319: Music Methods for Elementary Educators

MUSIC 387/388: Choral/Instrumental Conducting

MUSIC 399: Instrumental Ensemble Lab

SEC ED 367: Clinical Teaching in Music

Instrumental Music Student Teacher Supervision

Music Business


Sharon Tenhundfeld | Viola | Music Business

tenhunds@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-2272

About Sharon

Sharon Tenhundfeld, D.M.A, performs as violist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and teaches Viola and Music Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Dr. Tenhundfeld has previously held the titled position Principal Viola with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has appeared as guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. As chamber musician, Dr. Tenhundfeld has collaborated with many artists and ensembles such as Yo-Yo Ma, James Buswell, Parker String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, rock band Jethro Tull, and was the former violist of the Elan String Quartet. She has also been a member of Boston’s premier new music ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, and can be heard on several of their recordings on Mode Records.

Dr. Tenhundfeld regularly collaborates with artists in dance, theatre, and visual art and collaborations have led her to research the influence dance, theatre, and visual art have on the creativity of musicians. She has recently published her practice method for musicians called Creative Musician: An Artistic Method to Aid the Expressivity of Musicians and presented her research at the American Viola Society. This Fall 2018 she will present her research as a TEDx speaker.

Dr. Tenhundfeld was schooled in the Karen Tuttle technique of viola playing and guides her students to play with comfort, coordination, and balance. Prior to teaching at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Dr. Tenhundfeld was viola faculty at New Music School in Chicago and served as teaching assistant to Carol Rodland at New England Conservatory in Boston. As a music business professional, Dr. Tenhundfeld served as Executive Director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and was previously the Creative Director for the New Music School in Chicago, Artistic Coordinator for the Heifetz International Institute of Music and Artistic Director for Artist Collective and ArtUne Ensemble. Dr. Tenhundfeld’s passion for business is rooted in entrepreneurialism, collaboration, and education.

Dr. Tenhundfeld earned bachelor and master of music degrees in viola performance from New England Conservatory as a student of Carol Rodland and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Sally Chisholm from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow. In addition, she holds a Business Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business and a Music in Education concentration from New England Conservatory. Dr. Tenhundfeld performs on a 1750’s Austrian viola previously owned by Carol Rodland and Lillian Fuchs.

For more information about Dr. Tenhundfeld, visit her websites at www.sharontenhundfeld.com and www.creativemusicianmethod.com.

Recording Technology


Nathan Edwards | Director of Recording Technology

edwardsn@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7034

About Nathan

Nathan Edwards is a recording engineer, musician, and songwriter from Wisconsin. As a UW Oshkosh alumnus, he formerly served as Assistant Professor of Audio Technology in the Digital Arts and Design program at Dakota State University in South Dakota, taught Audio Technology courses at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, Illinois, and served as head recording engineer at Ark Media Group in Menasha, Wisconsin. He also specializes in live music production, digital filmmaking, and electronic music composition.

Professor Edwards has engineered and self-published numerous albums which have won awards including “The Year’s best Tribute EP” for his album, “The Music of Stephen Foster”. He has also presented his original compositions at a number of electro-acoustic conferences and exhibitions across the country. As a musician and songwriter, he has performed on South Dakota Public Radio, the “White Wall Sessions” television program, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

As an instructor, Professor Edwards believes in preparing students for a sustainable career in the music industry by not only instilling knowledge, but also inspiring students to deepen their passion and commitment to their discipline both in and out of the classroom. His areas of focus include real-world application, creative freedom and autonomy, and career guidance. As an active recording engineer and musician, he seeks to inspire students to commit to the intense work and dedication necessary to achieve success.

Professor Edwards earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Recording Technology and Music Business from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and his Master of Music in Electronic Music and New Media Technology from Northern Illinois University.

http://www.naterecording.com

More information about our Music Industry program can be found here.

Composition Faculty


Ed Martin | Electronic Music and Composition

martine@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7027

About Ed

Ed Martin, D.M.A., is Professor of Music at UW Oshkosh where he teaches courses in music theory, aural skills, composition, and electronic music. His musical compositions have been performed throughout the world at events such as the ISCM World New Music Days in Sydney, World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland and Bangkok, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Confluences – Art and Technology at the Edge of the Millennium in Spain, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival Santiago de Chile, and International Computer Music Conferences in Montreal and Athens. In the U.S., his works have been performed at numerous regional and national music festivals and by ensembles such as the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Ear Play, the Empyrean Ensemble, the Synchromy Ensemble, Musical Amoeba, the Bells of the Cascades, and duoARtia. His album of piano compositions performed by pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi titled “Journeys” is released on Ravello Records, and other compositions are recorded on the Mark, Centaur, innova, Emeritus, and SEAMUS labels. His music has received first prize awards in international contests from the Percussive Arts Society, the Electro-Acoustic Miniatures International Contest, the Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize for orchestral music, and Musical Amoeba. His work in music theory includes publications on harmonic progression in the music of contemporary composer Magnus Lindberg and the development of a method for timpani tuning drawing upon techniques for aural skills acquisition in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Alison Shaw.

His dedication to service in his field has resulted in numerous opportunities intended to promote the music of other composers. As Vice-President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, he has overseen multiple projects resulting in commissions, performances, and recordings of new music by Wisconsin composers and has created opportunities for student composers. He was Co-Host of the 2012 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. National Conference and regularly adjudicates local and national student composition contests. Martin holds degrees in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Florida. Visit www.edmartincomposer.com for more information.

John Mayrose | Composition

mayrosej@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-4227

About John

John Mayrose, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music, teaches composition, music theory, and aural skills. His compositions have been performed throughout the world and at festivals including the CBDNA conference, Boston Early Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Slide Factory Festival in the Netherlands by, among others, Michael Mizrahi, Duo 46, Jillon Stoppels Dupree, the New Trombone Collective, Fireworks Ensemble, and Pulsoptional. His music has also been performed by several university ensembles including the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, the IU South Bend Philharmonic, the University of North Carolina Wind Ensemble, and percussion ensembles at Truman State University, the University of Texas, Central Michigan University, the University of Kentucky, and Lawrence University. Mayrose is the recipient of the first place prize in the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ASCAP Plus Award, the Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Prize, and the William Klenz Prize in Composition. His music is recorded on New Amsterdam, Fugufish, and Classic Concert labels.

John Mayrose actively performs new works for classical guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, and guitar and electronics. He is a founding member of Pulsoptional, a new music ensemble and composers collective based in Durham, North Carolina. Recordings by Pulsoptional are on Innova and Fugufish labels.

Mayrose holds degrees from Duke University (Ph.D. Music Composition) and the University of South Carolina (B.M. Guitar Performance). Prior to joining the faculty at UW Oshkosh, he taught at Indiana University South Bend and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Music Composition at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. For more information, visit www.johnmayrose.com.

Musicology


Julia Chybowski | Musicology

chybowsj@uwosh.edu | (920) 424-7028

About Julia

Julia J. Chybowski earned a Ph.D. in music history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where she teaches a wide variety of courses about music history and cultures.  Her research interests include nineteenth-century American popular music and the history of music education.  She engages in both archival work as well as critical race, gender, and class theory and has presented original research at national and international meetings of the Society for American Music, The American Musicological Society, Feminist Theory and Music Conference, and at numerous college campuses and community events.  Her published works can be found in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, Encyclopedia of American Musical Culture, The American Music Research Journal, The Journal of Ethnic History, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and The Journal of the American Musicological Society.  Besides teaching and research, Chybowski’s service to the UWO campus and to the academic field of musicology shows her interest in pedagogy and educational reform.

Ensemble Directors


Eric Barnum, Director of Choral Activities

Herb Berendsen, Titan Men’s Choir

Dylan Chmura-Moore, Director of Orchestral Activities

Elizabeth DeLamater, Titan Steel

Leigh-Ann Lethco, Handbell Choir

Gordon Lewis, Jazz Lab Band

Devin Otto, Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band

Linda Pereksta, Early Music Ensemble

Marty Robinson, Director of Jazz Ensembles

Alison Shaw, Percussion Ensemble

Piano Technician
John Imobersteg

Music Library
TBD

Administrative Staff
Julie Nelson, ADA
Ashley Elmer, USA 2

UW Oshkosh Department of Music
800 Algoma Blvd.
Arts & Communication Center
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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