Music Adjuncts for Private Lessons

Maranatha contracts adjunct music professors for ALL instruments from area universities and symphony orchestras. In addition to Maranatha’s Music Faculty, the following professors have recently or are currently teaching private lessons to Maranatha music students. Maranatha students are also able to take lessons on instruments from qualified adjunct professors not listed below. For any instruments not listed, specialized tutors will be contracted from the professional community as needed.

Piano

June Brus: June Brus, pianist, received her master’s degree in performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was head of the piano department at Carroll University for 12 years. Brus has appeared as soloist with several groups, including the Waukesha Symphony and the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. As the pianist of the Antara Trio, she has toured statewide, recorded on the Orion label, and performed on Wisconsin public radio. As an educator, she frequently presents pedagogy workshops and has adjudicated numerous competitions.

Stanislava Varshavski: Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro began performing as a piano duo in 1998. They combined to win the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in Miami, Fla., in 2005. They also finished first at competitions in Israel, Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Varshavski, born in Ukraine, studied at Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy for Music and Dance, the Longy School of Music in Boston and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Residential Piano Faculty: 

Voice

Tami Cullopy: Tami Cullopy earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and voice performance from Maranatha and an MFA from Bob Jones University. She has been involved in church music and taught in Christian schools for nearly 20 years. Cullopy participated in the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre and was a chorus member and soloist in the Anchorage Symphony Chorus. She and husband Tim have four children.

Brad Smith: Brad Smith received a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Baker University (Kan.) in 1980. He continued his vocal studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional competition on both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Smith has been featured as the tenor soloist in Messiah at Maranatha and has also ministered in music at area churches. He also serves as a soloist and choir member in his local church.

Residential Voice Faculty: 

Violin

Lewis Rosove: Lewis Rosove was assistant principal violinist for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for 22 seasons and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2002. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal State-Northridge, where he was twice a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Rosove co-produced and narrated a five-part series on the complete Beethoven quartet cycle for National Public Radio.

Viola

Lewis Rosove: Lewis Rosove was assistant principal violinist for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for 22 seasons and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2002. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal State-Northridge, where he was twice a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Rosove co-produced and narrated a five-part series on the complete Beethoven quartet cycle for National Public Radio.

Cello

Timothy Hammond: Timothy Hammond earned a bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s at UW-Madison. He won the UW-Oshkosh Concerto Competition in 2003 and 2005 and won music scholarships for three years. Hammond has taught for seven years, including at the Teaching Children the Cello seminar.

Flute

Erin Murphy: Flutist Erin Kendall Murphy frequently performs with orchestras, in chamber music collaborations, and as a soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Murphy holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Doctor of Musical Arts), Northwestern University (Masters of Music with honors), and the University of Michigan (Bachelors of Music, James B. Angell Scholar). In addition, she earned a performance certificate while studying in Kent, England at Trevor Wye’s international flute studio. Erin has performed as a concerto soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (Michigan) and also with the Mode ensemble (Chicago), Isthmus Chamber Orchestra (Wisconsin), Wingra Woodwind Quintet (Wisconsin), and at the National Flute Association Conventions in New Orleans and Chicago. Dr. Murphy has served as the Adjunct Flute Instructor at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin since September 2012. Erin recently released her recording and transcription for flute and keyboard of 17 pieces from Marin Marais’ Suitte d’un Goût Étranger. Visit www.erinkmurphyflute.com for more information.

Clarinet

Bethany Schultz: Bethany Schultz is a native of Tucson, Arizona where she began studying the clarinet at the age of eight. She is currently an adjunct professor of clarinet at Maranatha Baptist University, a founding member of Black Marigold, a woodwind quintet based in Madison, WI, and teaches clarinet and saxophone at Madison Country Day School. In November 2011 Bethany was featured as a guest soloist performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Lake Geneva Symphony where she served as principal clarinetist for five years. As a freelance performer she has played with numerous symphonies and musical theatre companies around Wisconsin. In addition to holding degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison she has had the opportunity to spend time studying at the Belgian Clarinet Academy in Oostende, Belgium. Her principal teachers include Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Linda Bartley. As a teacher, Bethany maintains a large studio of private clarinet and saxophone students of all ages and levels. She has taught as a guest clinician at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic and is regularly sought after to teach masterclasses to high school and middle school students throughout southern Wisconsin.

Oboe

Laura Medisky: Dr. Laura Medisky is a freelance oboist and AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and has performed and taught across the United States and in South America. She is a founding member of Black Marigold, a dynamic wind quintet with a strong following that performs throughout South Central Wisconsin. As a soloist, Medisky has presented artist recitals at the International Double Reed Society conferences at Arizona State University (2011), University of Redlands (2013), and New York University (2014). She is a regular performer for the First Unitarian Society Noon Musicale concert series in Madison, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She also performs regularly in large ensembles such as the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Madison and Dubuque Symphonies. Dr. Medisky has served on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Luther College and Edgewood College, and maintains a large private oboe studio in Madison. She holds oboe performance degrees from UW-Madison, UCLA, and Arizona State University, and earned her Alexander Technique certification from the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique. Dr. Medisky can be heard on the Centaur Records label on her solo CD, “Personalities: 21st-century American Music for Oboe.” For more information, please visit www.lauramedisky.com

Saxophone

Matthew Sintchak: Saxophone professor Matthew Sintchak joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the fall of 2001.  Sintchak has given saxophone performances and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Japan and has performed with the Hartford Symphony, the Portland Symphony (Maine), the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble on two tours of Japan. He is a regular member of the Ancia Saxophone Quartet (based in Minneapolis), Duo Nouveau (saxophone and guitar), and the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble. An avid supporter of contemporary music, he has commissioned and premiered over 20 compositions by numerous composers including Pulitzer-prize winner John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, Lawrence Fritts, Mark Engebretson, Michael Colgrass, and Yoshihisa Hirano. His primary teachers have been Kenneth Radnofsky, Ramon Ricker, George Garzone, and Claude Delangle. He has recorded for the Innova and Southport labels. Education: B.M. New England Conservatory of Music;  M.M. Eastman School of Music; Auditor Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris; Performer’s Certificate Eastman School of Music; DMA Eastman School of Music. Education–B.M. New England Conservatory of Music; M.M. Eastman School of Music; Auditor Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris; Performer’s Certificate Eastman School of Music; DMA Eastman School of Music.

Bassoon

Laura Medisky: Dr. Laura Medisky is a freelance oboist and AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and has performed and taught across the United States and in South America. She is a founding member of Black Marigold, a dynamic wind quintet with a strong following that performs throughout South Central Wisconsin. As a soloist, Medisky has presented artist recitals at the International Double Reed Society conferences at Arizona State University (2011), University of Redlands (2013), and New York University (2014). She is a regular performer for the First Unitarian Society Noon Musicale concert series in Madison, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She also performs regularly in large ensembles such as the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Madison and Dubuque Symphonies. Dr. Medisky has served on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Luther College and Edgewood College, and maintains a large private oboe studio in Madison. She holds oboe performance degrees from UW-Madison, UCLA, and Arizona State University, and earned her Alexander Technique certification from the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique. Dr. Medisky can be heard on the Centaur Records label on her solo CD, “Personalities: 21st-century American Music for Oboe.” For more information, please visit www.lauramedisky.com

Trumpet

Thomas Dvorak: Thomas Dvorak is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as Director of University Bands for 29 years. Dvorak currently serves as Music Director for the wind ensemble program for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has taught or lectured in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, and many European countries. Dvorak is co-author of the Introducing the Trumpet textbook and has written many articles for The Instrumentalist magazine.

Daniel Birnschein:

Horn

Katie Johnson: Katie Johnson is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University and a master’s at Wisconsin. Johnson has performed in several orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. She is a member of the Trio Pastiche chamber ensemble and recently completed a solo recital that featured the demanding contemporary work The Goddess Trilogy.

Trombone

Megumi Kanda: Megumi Kanda is currently Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Kanda began to play the trombone at age 10 and continued her study at the prestigious Toho High School of Music. At age 15, she became the youngest player ever to be named as one of the top 10 trombonists at the Japanese Wind and Percussion Competition. Two years later she won the Grand Prize in the National Competition for Solo Trombone and won best soloist prize upon graduation from Toho. Kanda came to the United States in 1994, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Symphony in 2002, she served as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, faculty member of the Eastman School of Music Community Education Division, and Principal Trombonist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Residential Trombone Faculty: Dr. David Brown

Guitar

Elina Chekan: Elina (Ella) Chekan is currently professor of classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also directs the Suzuki and Pre-College Guitar Program.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Ella graduated from the Belarus Academy of Music in 1999 with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Orchestral Conducting, and Guitar Pedagogy. In the year 2002, she completed her Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Yale University.

Combining active performance and teaching careers, Ella has appeared as a soloist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe and the Caribbean with critical acclaim. In her teaching Mrs. Chekan has extensive knowledge of guitar pedagogy and repertoire, and has experienced first hand different guitar schools of thought. Ella is a certified Suzuki instructor registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  All this experience allows her to find unique approaches and repertoire for each of her students, giving them a solid foundation in technique and musicianship at an early stage.

In her quest for present-day repertoire, Ella has commissioned works from composers such as Jorge Morel, who dedicated to Ms. Chekan his composition “Campanas” published by Mell Bay in “The Magnificent Guitar of Jorge Morel”.

Ella Chekan performs on a Richard Brune guitar.

Harp

Karen Beth Atz:

Percussion

Evan Fisher: