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Announcing the NEW Wausau Conservatory Choirs!

Announcing the NEW Wausau Conservatory Choirs!

A dynamic new choral program has been launched for the youth of our area by the Wausau Conservatory of Music Choral Department. The Wausau Conservatory Choirs provide new opportunities that help develop a love in choral musicianship not found anywhere else in the area. Along with the joy of singing with others, we offer fun and interactive programming that enhances the experience through music education in vocal technique, music theory, and understanding of multiple types of music. As voice and musical abilities grow, so will confidence, discipline and opportunities to use these skills in other avenues in school and the community!

The choral team led by Dr. Judith Durocher Sidlowski includes:  Mr. Joshua Olson as Artistic Director and director for the Intermezzo Choir and Mrs. Tiffany Bucheger as Assistant Artistic Director and director of the Poco Voce Choir. Both come from the music department in the Merrill School District. Olson graduated in vocal and instrumental music from the musically-renowned Luther College in Iowa. Bucheger graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in general and choral music. Pianist Mr. Michael Fischer, a graduate with a Masters from New England Conservatory will accompany the choirs and teach theory. The region is extremely fortunate to have such talented choral directors.

Through the generosity of a Community Arts Grant from the Community Foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin, these new choral programs are now available to youth grades 3-8 who love to sing in central and northern Wisconsin.

Two ensembles:

Poco Voce: for students 3rd-5th Grades and rehearses Wednesdays from 5-6:30 pm.

Intermezzo: for students 6th-8th grades and rehearses Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m.

 

For placement in one of the choirs, a simple audition is required. No preparation necessary. You will be asked to do some simple listening and singing exercises by the directors to determine voice and ability level to start out.

Auditions will start at 1 p.m. Sept. 23.   Contact the Conservatory to schedule an audition time for your child. 715.845.6279 x0

The semester tuition is $159 per group.   Tuition assistance will be available from a generous donor, allowing more students to partake in this exciting new program!

Early Child Classes Start next week

Music Together  and Music Explorers preschool programs start next week.  They are perfect classes for a parent or caregiver and one or two preschoolers.  There are openings in both classes.

 Music Explorers is taught by Ann Applegate and has been a long running program that is especially designed for future pianists.  The class gives the option of short piano lessons when the students are ready.  The class meets on Friday mornings.

Music Together, an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers – and the adults who love them.  Music Together is an evidence-based, developmentally appropriate  early childhood music program based on the recognition that all  children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a  beat and participate with confidence with early supports in that learning.   Together with parents and/or caregivers, the program provides a rich musical environment in the classroom and adding in musical activities to take home for family participation.   The 10 week Music Together program (Fiddle) is taught by Angela Sedrak at Wausau Conservatory of Music starting Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 10 am – 11 am.   This year’s 10 week classes are:  Fiddle (fall), Drum (spring) Banjo (spring)

 Visit our website under ensembles and classes for more information. 

Register quickly to ensure a space and materials in this fun, enriching class for the family!

 

 

Meet new faculty : Rochelle Pearson and Michael Fischer

WCM is proud to announce that Michael Fischer, piano and Rochelle Pearson, traditional and Suzuki Upper Strings have joined the Conservatory’s faculty.   They both have openings in their studios for the fall semester starting September 4, 2018.  To discuss lessons for yourself or a family member  715-845-6279.

Mrs. Rochelle Pearson,  Faculty Teaching Artist

 

Ms. Pearson and her husband moved to central Wisconsin this summer from the Seattle area where she had a large studio of students.   She is a Certified Suzuki Violin Instructor and has been teaching privately for 30 years, both as a Suzki and Traditional teacher.   She holds a Masters in Music Viola  Performance from the University of Akron and has an extensive performing back ground. She played in the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, which toured S. America, Israel, and Europe, and performed at such venues as Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.   She has been named the Assistant Principal Violist for Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.   Her son Benjamin studies cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

 

 

 

Michael Fischer, Faculty Teaching Artist

Michael Fischer is well known to central Wisconsin as a  minister and a well accomplished pianist, an arranger for Bandstock, a musical director of the Wausau West Pop Show, an accompanist for numerous students and a WSMA Solo and Ensemble judicator as well as a clinician for the Conservatory’s Jazz Festival.    What most people most likely do not know is that Mike is he  holds a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, one of the top piano colleges in the United States.   He also holds a bachelors in piano performance and pedagogy from Drake University.  recently he accepted a full time position at the Conservatory and will teach traditional piano, jazz piano and accompany the Conservatory choirs.     He has three grown children Geoffrey, Amanda and Lucas who have attended UWSP as music majors or music education majors.

Of Note with Jacob Roseman

Dr. Jacob Roseman is celebrating his 19th year with Wausau Conservatory as the teaching and performing artist in flute. His extensive background in music has taken him to Pennsylvania, Florida, Alabama and Wisconsin both as a premier flautist and an instructor. You can learn more about his professional background on the Wausau Conservatory website.

Dr. Roseman’s passion is music – even from a very young age. “I have really never done anything else in the working world – all I wanted to do was play music. I could not think of anything else to do.” It is still all he thinks about and loves on a daily basis.

This passion follows into his personal music collections. He enjoys classical music, especially Baroque and Romantic styles. But, he admits that he also has a side collection of movie soundtracks and classic pop from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Current artists of influence include Jean-Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker in flute, but also vocalist Kathleen Battle and violinist Jascha Heifitz.

Jacob and his wife Molly are regular performers at the Conservatory.

It’s almost difficult for Dr. Roseman to think about anything but music. He looks forward to that “wow” moment when a student taps into a piece of music and captures its true essence, its heart. He shares his passion for music with everyone he works with and teaches, encouraging them to catch the “bug” along with him.

Dr. Roseman does admit to one other appetite in his life. “I love to make desserts, especially baking. If not for music, I would be a pastry chef!”

When asked – if you could rule the world for one day, what would you do? He smiled patiently and said, “I would make sure everyone had the means to make their dreams come true – in music and in life.”

Come visit Dr. Roseman’s studio for flute lessons or to join our high school or adult flute choirs!

Mary Stone

Mary Stone volunteered selling raffles, holding celebrity auction and even a Note Boat Float

Wausau Conservatory of Music lost a longtime friend this spring.   Mary Stone recently passed away near her daughter’s home in Illinois and a celebration of her life was held on June 22 in Wausau.   She and her husband George moved to Wausau for his job at Wausau Insurance. They lived in Wausau for thirty years and her memories she created with her daughters Liz and Jennifer at the Wausau Conservatory were near and dear to their hearts.

Mary spent a great deal of time ensuring that young people have opportunities to develop their talents in music. She was a board member of the Wausau Conservatory of Music, serving as fund raising chair for many years.   She volunteered as chair of Una Notte Bella, the Note Boat Float, and as the raffle coordinator.   Her daughters remembers raffle tickets piled on their dining room table, the sprinklers going off accidentally during the Note Boat Float and dressing up at Art in the Park to lure people to buy Conservatory Funnel Cakes. One of Mary’s most proudest moment came when the Wausau Conservatory of Music’s Volunteer of the Year was established in her name.

Mary is one of hundreds of volunteers that have helped keep the school vibrant in our community, but to us she was one in a million! Thank you Mary!

The family has asked memorials be given to support the Wausau Conservatory of Music as well as the Women’s Community in Wausau.

 

 

 

Catch the “Music Bug”

Catch the “Music Bug” this Summer!

by Dr. Jacob Roseman

Summer is a great time to reflect and enjoy pastimes, especially music. I have been teaching music appreciation courses for the last seven years at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon, and have developed a following, which I would like to extend to the Wausau Conservatory of Music this summer.

As a start, I have proposed two music classes entitled, “Summer’s Greatest Classical Hits” and “Do You Hear What I Hear: A Guide to Understanding Classical Music.” These classes will take place June through July, on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

These mini-courses, a total of three sessions per topic, are a great and fun opportunity to further your listening skills and enjoy some wonderful classical music, as well as meeting others that you may not have a chance to meet in settings such as these.

Most of the classes are built around music videos, which I play clips of in class and then thoroughly discuss. My objective in teaching these courses is to not only introduce classics and further enhance one’s listening, but to also encourage one to attend more concerts due to your renewed appreciation of music – all in all, I want to make classical music contagious to you!

Amidst your busy schedule, I hope you strongly take time to consider taking one, or both, of these short courses to provide some music for your soul and realize what you have potentially missed out on all along. Who knows, you might even become addicted and want to continue further classes in the fall and/or spring. Regardless, I hope to meet you this summer and share my love and passion for music with you!

Two Classes taught by Dr. Jacob Roseman,  Faculty Artist at the Conservatory

Summer’s Great Classical Hits  Sign Up

Summer and music are synonymous, especially music which is more leisurely or light-hearted in nature. Come and join us to explore some of the greatest, and sometimes overlooked, classics which have some sort of connotation with summer. We will explore classics encompassing compositions of Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, De Falla, Rodrigo, and Mendelssohn. And the best part, we are indoors, so no bugs or bug spray needed!

(Mondays, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 6:30-8:00 p.m.)  Cost $49

“Do You Hear What I Hear?: A Guide to Understanding Classical Music   Sign Up

Classical music many times can come across as intimidating or misunderstood, but it does not to be so – it really is beautiful and quite simple music to listen to. Join us to develop listening tools to further enjoy classical music and cultivate a deeper understanding of it – this will not only enhance your listening experience, but will take it to a whole other level. Who knows, you might even become a “classical” music buff by the end of the class!

(Mondays, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.)  Cost $49

 

 

 

 

 

Conservatory Students to perform in Sweeney Todd

Photo by David Junion

Sweeny Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller is being presented by the East End Players. Fri.-Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 1 pm. $12 adults, $10 students, seniors. Purchase tickets at the school office  or at the door at Wausau East.Wausau Conservatory students that are in the show are:

David Livingston, Sweeny Todd                       Photo by: David Junion

Featuring Students of Barbara Lattimer:

David Livingston as Sweeney Todd
Allison Weaver as The Beggar Woman
Halle Fischer as Tobias
Also in the cast are the following WCM Students:
Mark Radtke as The Beedle
Molly Anderson
Shaye Kline
Nick Kline—The Quintet
Sarah Landeau
Mae Sann
Lina Zuchner

And Musical Theatre VOCAL  Camp Students:
Sophie Maas as Mrs. Lovett
Meegahn Roesler as Johanna
Colin Smith as Anthony
Will Holmson as Judge
Olivia Egan—The Quintet
Lily Burgess—The Quintet
Kaitlyn Koehler—The Quintet
Jack Rosemurgy—The Quintet
Alaina Goetsch—The Bird Seller
Brenton Kniess–Fogg
Lauren Hinker
Lindsey Smith

Pit Orchestra
Jayda Newman
Rachel Sauer
Shane Templin
Emelia Edmondson
Ellie Geiger
Thomas Euting
Alec Sauer
Paige Kuphal

 

Pre-order your Roses Now!

Pre-order now for Mother’s Day weekend

Dozens of roses help students.

The Wausau Conservatory of Music’s Annual Mother’s Day Rose Sale is a wonderful way to honor customers, friends, relatives, neighbors, employees and of course mom.  All proceeds from this annual event raises thousands of dollars for youth music scholarships. Reserve your roses today!  The variety “Freedom Roses” are the highest quality roses and grown in South America.  Get a Free Dozen: Buy over 10 dozen,  and we will give you a bonus dozen roses and deliver for free on Friday morning.

Volunteer Bill Owen

Pre-Order your roses today (we have to let the Rose Growers know soon).  Orders will be available for pick up on Friday, May 11 from 9am to 6pm and Saturday, May 12 from 9am to 12pm.  Walk up orders are welcome the day of the sale.

 

Learn More. Order Roses

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

Camps:

  • 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