Fall 2015 UWSP Student Music Instructors
Katie Evraets (Flute)
Katie Evraets is a second semester sophomore at UW-Stevens Point with a major in elementary education. Past flute teachers include Cathy Perronne of the Sheboygan Symphony. She was involved in Solo and Ensemble from middle school through high school. Katie achieved state level honors at Solo and Ensemble.
Aly Evans (Beginning Piano, Percussion, Voice)
Aly Evans is pursuing degrees in Choral, Instrumental, and General Music Education at UW-Stevens Point. Although she studied piano for many years, her main instruments are voice and percussion. In high school, she participated in as many musical extracurricular activities as she could including pep band, vocal jazz, honors band, WSMA State Honors Choir, and jazz band (where she played bass guitar). One major highlight from her high school career was a trip to Europe with the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music. Currently in her sophomore year, she studies under Mathew Markham, Ph.D. for voice and Adam Rappel, Ph.D. for percussion. She has had the opportunty to participate in master classes, work with guest artists, and grow as a musician in both her areas of study. This year, she took a step outside her comfort zone and signed on to be a teaching artist with the Very Young Composers program. She looks forward to her first year teaching with Continuing Education an is very excited for the opportunity to help develop young musicians.
Ian Johnson (Voice)
Ian Johnson is pursuing a Vocal Performance major and German minor at UW-Stevens Point and currently studies voice under Professor Susan Bender. He had previously studied voice at Shorter University in Rome, GA (2004-2006) and the University of North Texas (2006-2007). He has studied Vocal Pedagogy as well as Latin, Italian, and German diction and is currently working on French. Ian has performed with many honor and all-state choirs and collegiate choirs and is now a member of UW-Stevens Point Concert Choir and Opera Workshop. Ian has also competed in NATS singing competitions. He currently holds the office of treasurer for UW-Stevens Point Opera Club. He enjoys teaching and works to develop a healthy foundation of singing so the student's voice can find its potential.
Arin Lemke (English Horn, Oboe)
Arin is in her third year at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is a Biology major, but music is definitely one of her passions. She began playing oboe 11 years ago. In high school, she was involved in a touring band/choir group that went on tours across the United States. She is a working on completing her music minor this year and has been very involved musically on campus. She has taken lessons and studio, been a part of the Concert Band and Orchestra, and played in a woodwind trio. Arin has also studied reed making and English horn. She looks forward to her first year of teaching with UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education!
Natalie Lirette (Piano)
Natalie Lirette is currently a junior at UW-Stevens Point pursuing a B.S. in Water Resources and Physical Geography. She has had a passion for music for many years, having taken lessons for 14 years. Involved in solo and ensemble through middle and high school as well as numerous other state competitions, her passion for music does not stop there. She played the bassoon in high school for five years as well as having played with the Carroll University Band and the Tulane University Concert Band. With her main love in piano, she studied under Roman Kontorovsky for over 10 years at Hartland Music focusing mainly on classical techniques. Natalie currently plays for the local church Beautiful Savior as well. She enjoys teaching and spreading her passion of music to her students and everyone around her.
Teresita March (Viola, Violin)
Teresita has enjoyed making music since she started Suzuki violin lessons at age six. She also enjoys sharing the great gift of music through teaching and performing. While pursuing a degree in violin, she also is taking the Suzuki Teacher Training courses. Teresita plays violin in many venues including church, fiddle contests, state and local talent shows, wedding ceremonies, fundraisers, receptions, and other special occasions. She loves playing music with her sisters as well as in various ensembles and orchestras including the UW-Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra, Waupaca Area Orchestra, Waupaca Civic Orchestra, and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Teresita enjoys teaching all ages and hopes to have many more students with whom she can share the gift of music. "Teresita is very patient with my seven-year old son. She is positive, effective and fun. Everything I could ask for when working with my son." ~2014 Parent
Amanda Morzewski (Flute)
Amanda Morzewski is a senior at UW-Stevens Point pursuing a degree in Flute Performance and a minor in Spanish. Amanda has been playing flute for 11 years and has always had a passion for music. She played flute and piccolo in the pit orchestra productions of Brigadoon and Hello Dolly and was also a member of the 2010 Wisconsin School Music Association High School Honor's Band and the 2011 National Band Association Honor's Band. She is currently principle flute in the UW-Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra and the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble. Amanda is a strong believer that practice and a little bit of patience are the best tools for success. She looks forward to sharing her passion for excellence in music with her students.
Michael Schnell (Piano, Trumpet)
Michael is a sophomore at UW-Stevens Point and is currently studying Instrumental and General Music Education. Since beginning piano at age eight and trumpet at age 11, music has always been a major aspect of his life. In his hometown during the summer, Michael shares his passion of music with 6-8 grade students by conducting and assisting in the public schools' summer band program. Apart from playing and performing on his two primary instruments, he enjoys studying music history, composing, exploring all musical genres, and learning everything he can about music. He hopes that his students not only learn to appreciate all types of music but most of all have fun. He says, "Music is the gateway to so many new and exciting worlds and experiences. Although I have just begun my musical journey, I am beyond excited to share what I have learned so far with others."
Andrew Sprutta (Guitar)
Andrew has been playing the guitar for eight years and is an Environmental Education/Interpretion major and and Adventure Education minor here at UW-Stevens Point. Within his career in guitar, he has taken lessons from multiple instructors which he believes has contributed to his wide range of playing styles, musical influences, and teaching/learning methods. Before picking up the guitar, Andrew was a practicing pianist with five years of formal piano lessons behind him. Learning to play the piano allowed Andrew to build a platform for his musical passion and talent which he now expresses through both the acoustic and electric guitar.