Malaki Flynn is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point who is currently studying with guitar and jazz faculty in pursuit of a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance and Jazz Composing and Arranging. Malakai started getting serious about guitar and music at the age of 12 after being inspired by his father to begin to play. At at the age of 14, he started gaining performance experience by playing saxophone, bass guitar, ukulele and piano. John Lennon said, "to love is to car about something." If this definition holds true, then Malakai has a deep love for all that music has to offer himself and others.
Though he is currently studying jazz, Malakai's interests and experience in other styles of music (pop, rock, country, R&B, etc.) are also very relevant to his playing and teaching. Malakai wants to teach his students both about music and the qualities learned from it: hard work, dedication, and teamwork.
Laura Hamilton (Violin, Viola, Piano)
Laura Hamilton is a senior at UW-Stevens Point, currently studying Instrumental Music Education with a Spanish Minor. She has played the violin for 12 years and took lessons from Terry Wilkinson in Eau Claire for six years. Currently, she studies under Professor Steve Bjella. She is an active member in the UWSP Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Along with performing, Laura has been a lessons teacher of a variety of ages for more than three years and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with her students. Along with violin, Laura began teaching herself piano at a very young age from her mother's own beginning piano books. This was an act of stubbornness (she didn't want to take lessons). Since then, she continued her exploration and has currently studied piano at UW-Stevens Point through Piano Class IV (the highest level available to non-majors) With that in mind, it is Laura's goal to help people from any walk of life and share the beauty of music with those who desire it. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” –Plato.
Daniel Janik Jr. (Cello)
Daniel J. Janik Jr. is a junior cello performance major at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. He has privately studied with Dr. Lawrence, the UW-Stevens Point cello professor, since the age of six. He has also studied under other notable cellist such as Scott Tisdel and Peter Thomas of the Milwaukee Symphony, Tom Rosenberg of the University of Minnesota, Jason Duckles of Willamette University, and Adam Brown of the WSMA. Additionally, Daniel Janik has worked under the orchestra direction of Mrs. Ginger Marten of Lincoln High School, Tonu Kalam of the University of North Carolina, and David Becker of the Stevens Point Suzuki Institute. Daniel has participated in the National Music Festival in Maryland, the Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra, and frequently attends the Green Lake Music Festival. He is currently a member of the UWSP Symphony Orchestra and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.
After stubbornly surrendering to pursue the cello at a young age, it slowly evolved into a lifelong companion. Daniel hopes to similarly inspire students of all ages so that they may come to know the privilege of learning an instrument. He hopes to build and construct a confident play style that fosters individuality and technique; as stereotypical as it may sound, Daniel wishes to share the joy of music, playing, and performing.
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 Marchel (Violin, Viola)
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."
Jonathan Smith (Voice, Viola)
Jonathan is a Senior BA Voice major and Theatre minor at UW-Stevens Point. Music has always been a passion in his life but now, it is his passion and career. Jonathan sings and plays viola, violin, guitar and piano at over 20 paid weddings a year. In addition, he composes music and writes original musicals including DMV The Musicial. Jonathan has performed in the UWSP Symphony Orchestra, UWSP Concert Choir, and in over 30 musicals and operas in the last seven years. Lessons with Johnathan are focused on two core principles: beauty and intention. With an extensive background in acting, yet a classically-trained musician, he tries to marry the two worlds of technically-proficient playing and being a versatile vehicle for expression. For both voice and viola lessons, he helps guide the student in how to tell a story with each piece worked on. Whether it is a student's goal to become a professional musician or to be able to sing or play viola well in the comfort of their own bedroom, Jonathan will provide individualized learning for each student in a fun and engaging environment!
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.