Spring 2016 UWSP Student Music Instructors
Katie Anderson (Voice/Clarinet)
Katie Anderson is a fifth year senior graduating this fall with a B.M. in Vocal Performance at UW-Stevens Point. After graduation, she will be attending graduate school to achieve a Master in Music-Voice/Opera Performance. She has been singing in choirs all of her life and playing clarinet for 11 years. In high school, Katie was part of the Concert Choir, Madrigal/Vocal Jazz, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble which went on to tour in New York and Florida, and has been part of the state honors choir and band. At UW-Stevens Point, she studies with Matthew Markham, Ph.D., sings with the Concert Choir and plays in the Wind Ensemble. Katie has had the privilege to receive vocal coaching from guest artists as well as participate in vocal master classes. She has taught voice lessons for two years. This is her first year teaching with Continuing Education. She can't wait to work with new musicians!
Aly Evans (Beginning Piano, 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 opportunity 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.
Alexander Ferkey (Double Bass)
Alexander is a second semester senior at UW-Stevens Point with a major in Music Performance.
Andy Gent (Piano)
Andy Gent is a second semester senior at UW-Stevens Point with a major in Hydrology and has an Associate Degree in Music. He has studied piano for the past 13 years and currently provides private lessons in his home town.
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 Marchel (Viola, Violin) Available starting January 4, 2016
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
Sarah Nelson (Clarinet)
Sarah Nelson is a second semester junior at UW-Stevens Point with a major in Clarinet Performance.
Brenna Ohrmundt (Clarinet/Oboe)
Brenna Ohrmundt is a second semester sophomore at UW-Stevens Point with a major in Music Education-Instrumental.
Minji Olson (Cello)
Minji Olson is a first semester junior at UW-Stevens Point with a major in Performance and Music Education.
Gina Sayler (Voice/Piano)
Gina Sayler is a sophomore studying Music Education for Choral, Instrumental, and General Music at UW-Stevens Point. Her main instruments are voice and percussion, but she has played piano for 11 years. In high school, Gina was involved in many ensembles including marching, pep, concert, and jazz. She was also part of several musical productions including Seussical the Musical and Bye Bye Birdie. For the past five years, she has accompanied and directed a small church choir in her hometown. Gina currently studies voice with Matthew Markham, Ph.D. and percussions with Adam Rappel, Ph.D. She has competed in the state vocal competition NATS and has been casted in UW-Stevens Point's version of the opera Trial by Jury. This is Gina's first year teaching through Continuing Education, and she cannot wait to share her love of music with all developing musicians.
Taylor Schmidt (Flute)
Taylor is a freshman majoring in Music Education with an emphais on voice, but don't let her freshman status scare you away. She brings with her an extensive experience sharing her passion of music with school-age children as a Sunday school teacher and children's choir director. Taylor has earned firsts, seconds and thirds at both district and state Solo and Ensemble. Taylor hopes to continue sharing the beauty of 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/Interpretation major 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.
Marie VonRueden (Violin)
Marie VonRueden is a sophomore at UW-Stevens-Point majoring in Violin Performance. She was brought up with the Suzuki method but quickly graduated into more advanced repertoire. She has had the honor of playing with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the UW-Stevens Point Orchestra, and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Marie has been very active in competitions and has performed in recitals for the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association. Marie states, "Music is a passion of mine and something I love to share with others. I hope to make an impact on the world and bring joy to others through the teaching of music".