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January 2018

Zachary Finnegan named to Conservatory Faculty

Mr. Zachary Finnegan, Trumpet

Mr. Zachary Finnegan has been named Faculty Instructor in Trumpet at the Conservatory.  He currently will graduate in May with a Music Education and Trumpet performance degree, and is currently student teaching at Wausau West.

Zachary has become a leader on the bandstand and an in-demand musician in the central Wisconsin area. Music and spirituality have always been intertwined in his playing due to his upbringing in the church as well as family influence, and he is consistently molding himself into a fine jazz artist due to his various life experiences and exceptional education. His love for music came at a very young age. His father, Joseph Finnegan, instilled a passion for the arts and is a role model for Zach in all facets of life to this day. Zach was an active performer throughout Junior High and High School as he participated in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble at D.C. Everest, numerous pit orchestras, as well as four years in different Wisconsin State Honors groups (band, orchestra and jazz ensemble). A highlight from Zach’s high school experience was getting the honor to play a solo alongside professional musicians Wayne Bergeron and Eric Marienthal at the Shawano Jazz Festival where Zach was awarded the “Outstanding Soloist Award.” In addition, Zach traveled to seven European countries while performing with the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music program at 17 years of age.




Faculty Artist Gala Concert this Sunday

Jacob and Molly Roseman, Joe Finnegan and Kirsten Hornby will perform  Claude Bolling’s Jazz Flute Suite

Faculty Artist Series Concert  January 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Join us for the 37th Faculty Artist Series Concert.  Performers include  Ann Applegate, Dr. Lily Chia Brissman,  Bette Close. Joe Finnegan, Kristen Hornby, Mara Prausa,  Drs. Jacob and Molly Roseman, and Angela Sedrak.

The Concert is free and open to the public.

Open House and Concerts January 28

Wausau Conservatory of Music Concerts and Open House

Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm  


12 Tours, Sample Lessons, Instrument Petting zoo, sample piano lessons

Noon until 2:30 Instrument Petting Zoo – try out a flute, trumpet, trombone, guitar, violin, piano and more.

12:30 pm Wausau Area Youth Symphony under the direction of Patrick Langer

1:30-2:00  Music Explorers Preschooler Class.  This class is a longtime running favorite taught by Ms. Ann Applegate.

2:30 pm Faculty Artist Series Concert with performances by:  Ann Applegate, Dr. Lily Chia Brissman,  Bette Close. Joe Finnegan, Kristen Hornby, Mara Prausa,  Drs. Jacob and Molly Roseman, and Angela Sedrak.

2nd semester begins January 29. Hurry to get your spot for Private Lessons with our 30 teaching artists.

If you can not make the open house, you can register on line for group activities at https://apm.activecommunities.com/wausauconservatory/Activity_Search




Conservatory student Leo Guo headed to Carnegie Hall

Leo Guo to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Wausau Conservatory of music is pleased and proud to announce that Leo Guo, a seventh- grade piano student of the Dr. Lily Chia Brissman studio, will be performing at Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY on February 3, 2018. Leo is a finalist in the 2017-18 Forte International Music Competition, an annual event open to instrumentalists and vocalists of all nationalities ages 4-35.

To reach this final round of competition, Leo performed in the Preliminary Round on December 9, 2017, where he was required to play one original five-minute composition from memory. Upon moving forward, he again competed in the Semi-Final Round on December 10. In this round, he was required to play a piece selected from a list of composers, also five-minute and from memory. For his performance in the Final Round, Leo will be performing the first movement of Sonata in C Major, K. 279, by Mozart.

Leo Guo was also a winner of the junior division of the Forte International President’s Cup Competition in January 2017 and is a recipient of the 2017-18 First Place Merit Scholarship Middle Division at the Wausau Conservatory of Music.




Music Together Family Class starting January 10th

Music Together Family Class

The Wausau Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce enrollment openings for Music Together – an international early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7 – and for their parents, guardians and caregivers. Beginning Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10 am, children may begin enrollment now.

This evidence-based program, taught by Angela Sedrak, offers developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasized and encourages adult involvement. Informal singing, chanting, moving, listening and instrument playing are all part of the programming. The activities are encouraged to continue at home via the CD, songbook, and parent education materials included in the cost of tuition.

Music Together is based on the belief that ALL CHILDREN are musical and that an environment of informal participation should be available to them, rather than just passively consume music through recordings and concerts. Music Together also stresses that parents and caregivers do not have to be skilled musicians to be enthusiastic participants. It’s the activity itself that is more important than getting the notes right.

Enroll in the 10 week Music Together program via the website:  https://apm.activecommunities.com/wausauconservatory/Activity_Search/music-together/1398   or by calling the Wausau Conservatory of Music at 715-845-6279.

Cost for the program is $129 for the first child and $85 for each additional student in the family. Some tuition assistance may be available. Please contact the WCM offices. lasses will take place at the Wausau Conservatory of Music – 404 Seymour Street, Wausau, WI