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Noteworthy Summer Camps

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Middle Level Band Camp


Make it a noteworthy summer!

The Wausau Conservatory of Music is offering 12 popular and affordable camps Summer of 2018 for pre-school through high school age students.  Camp registration is now open!

Want to try a new instrument? Flexible lesson times to fit your summer plans are offered by 20 faculty artists in voice, strings, band instruments, guitar and percussion. We can even arrange a demonstration lesson to help make your decision easier. Lessons start as early as three years of age but adults are encouraged to explore lessons too!

Teaming up with the Conservatory to offer financial assistance this summer are two new donors: The Frank Brenton Music Scholarship Fund and a grant from the Clyde F. Schueter Foundation. Application in is available on our website.   Students may want to also check with their music departments or apply for the Leadership Grants through your high school.

Rock Camp

Funding for summer camps is also provided through two grants:   Community Arts Grants Awarded by the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin and a Creation and Presentation Program grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Learn More ~ Camps Registration


  • Broadway and Movies Singing Camp, June 11-15 M-F 1-3:30 pm
  • Bucket Drumming Camp,  June 18 – 22 M-F 10-11:30 am
  • Central Wisconsin Percussion Camp,  June 18-22 M-F 12-2 pm
  • Kids on Keys: Introduction to Piano, June 19-29 M-Th
  • Middle Level Band Camp, June 18-22 M-F 1-5 pm, Concert Friday at 5 pm
  • String Orchestra Chamber Camp,  July 9-13 M-F 12:30-4:30 pm Concert Friday at 5 pm
  • Jazz Improvisation Camp, July 16-19 M-Th from 10 am to noon
  • Rock Camp,  July 16-20, 2018 M-F 1-4 pm Concert Friday at 5 pm
  • Piano Camp,  July 23-27 M-F 12:30-3:30 pm  Concert Friday at 4 pm
  • Musical Theatre VOCAL Camp for Tweens, July 30-August 3 M-F 9 am to 12:30 pm, Concert Friday at 1 pm
  • Musical Theatre VOICE Camp,  August 6-10 M-F 9 am-1 pm Concert Friday at 1 pm
  • Music Explorers Camp August 6-10 M-F two classes

Musical Hash raises $18,000

Mark Ratke performing “I am What I Am”

Musical Hash ~ Una Notte Bella raises $18,000

Halle Fischer

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the youth of the Wausau Conservatory of Music in our 36th Annual Una Notte Bella event on Friday, March 2!  This year’s event raised $18,000 to support the school’s scholarship program.  Each year the Conservatory awards over $42,000 in financial scholarships for students who otherwise could not afford attending the Conservatory.

We would like to thank Sandy Heywood and Lucy Clancy for chairing this year’s event.  The highlight of the evening was the student performers from the Wausau Area Chamber Ensemble directed by Patrick Langer, and members of the Musical Theatre VOCAL  Camp directed by Lynn Riska.  Bravo students!


WAYS Chamber Orchestra

Meeghan Roesler

Thank you Chamber Orchestra

Musical Theatre VOCAL Camp performers

Allie Weaver

Natalie Levy

Lindsey Smith

Abe Akey

Clear Sound Concert

Thank you to WCM alum Jenna McGiven (she studied with Tom McComb) for putting together this event!

Join us at the Polack Inn Bar and Grill in Wausau on Saturday, February 17th, as we raise some money for kids to take music lessons at the Wausau Conservatory of Music!

We have 5 excellent artists performing!

Linus and the Lute (Americana/Bluegrass)
Old Wolves (Folk/Blues)
Michael Str!ke (Eclectic Folk Rock)
Snacktime (Punk/Rock)
Warship (Rock n’ Roll)

Bands will be rocking the Pollack Inn stage from 9 pm until we can’t rock no more!

We’ll have prizes from: Inner Sleeve Records,  Rib Mountain Taphouse,
Jerry’s Music, Weinbrenner Shoes and Wausau on the Water

FREE! But a suggested donation of $5-10 is appreciated with all proceeds going to the Wausau Conservatory of Music!



Thank you again to our donors and sponsors!

Jerry’s Music
Condor Coffee
Rib Mountain Taphouse
Weinbrenner Shoes
Inner Sleeve Records
Wausau on the Water

It’s Real, by Linus and the Lute
5 track album



Antigo Flute Choir visits the Conservatory





The Antigo Flute choir under the direction of Mr. Jeff Dewey recently enjoyed their annual field trip to Wausau for a flute choir clinic with Dr. Jacob Roseman work with the students before heading out to dinner together.

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


Frank Brenton Memorial Band Fund

Mr. Brenton taught at Wausau East High School from 1970 to 1988.

Newly Scholarship Fund Established

Frank “Les” Brenton (1925-2017) taught band in the Wausau School District for 27 years from 1953 to his retirement in 1979. Besides starting thousands of students on band instruments in elementary schools, he also taught at Horace Mann and John Muir, and eighteen years at Wausau East High School.   Mr. Brenton instilled his love of music in his students and encouraged them to do their best.

Mr Brenton conducting East Band

The Frank Brenton Memorial Band Fund is open to any student in the greater Wausau area to study a band instrument at the Wausau Conservatory of Music (WCM). WCM or area music teachers can recommend a student for a scholarship to study in private lessons, in one of our wind/brass ensembles or summer middle school band camp.

An initial donation to start the fund was made by David and Darlene Lee in honor of their friend and former colleague.

We invite former students, colleagues and friends of Mr. Brenton to make a donation or consider a yearly pledge to his memorial fund to honor a wonderful person who touched so many young lives.

If you would like to contribute contact Paula Webb Clark (former student of Mr. Brenton 1975-1979) phone:  715.845.6279 x105

Several Individuals have already pledged multiple year giving for this fund.