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Arts & Culture Outreach Music Faculty

Tom Bjoraker (Percussion)

Tom Bjoraker is a percussion student at UW-Stevens Point, studying percussion performance. Bjoraker’s former teachers include Vicki Jenks, director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s percussion ensemble as well as Tom Ross, the current associate lecturer for percussion at UW-Madison. Bjoraker has been studying with Robert Rosen and Ryan Korb since the fall of 2008. During his studies, he has been instructed in mallet percussion, hand drums, and drum set. Bjoraker currently performs regularly with the UW-Stevens Point Orchestra and Jazz Combos, and has performed with the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble.

Debra Keil (Voice and Piano)

Debra Keil is a Wisconsin native who has recently returned to the Midwest from Colorado. She is an experienced Voice and Piano Performer and Instructor. Debra has taught middle school, high school, gifted and talented students and college levels as well as privately from her home and at various studios for over 25 yrs. Debra graduated from Viterbo University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education K-12 and Voice. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Debra loves to work one-on-one with students providing them with sound fundamentals. She has worked with students starting voice at age 60 - beginning to match pitches as well as all ages from young pianists to retirees who always wanted to learn to sing. Students apply their knowledge to their chosen area of musical interests for a safe and solid performance learning experience with lots of fun. Appreciation for a variety of student learning types helps Debra to continually strive to reach all students. 

Tom McComb (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica)

Tom McComb earned his BM in Music Education and MS in Natural Resources from UW-Stevens Point. Tom specializes in Jazz and Brazilian music. He performs solo, with his own quartet and with many other ensembles in the central Wisconsin area. Tom McComb also teaches at UWSP's Camp COFAC, an annual summer music camp for high school students.

Michelle Peterson (Voice) summer only

Michelle holds a MA in Music Performance and Composition, Classical Voice from New York University. Michelle offers voice lessons in a variety of genres including opera, musical theater, classical, and jazz. She teaches students at all levels from beginners to advanced in a supportive environment. Michelle has sung in concert, opera and recital throughout New York City including performances at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and in Live from Lincoln Center productions broadcast on PBS. Michelle is only available for lessons during the summer months.

Nicole Schroeder (Violin)

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Literature from UW-Stevens Point in 2010. She has taught violin lessons for Arts & Culture Outreach since 2007. She is a member of the American String Teachers' Association (ASTA). She is a violinist in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra (CWSO).

Katie Victory (Cello)

Katie earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from UW-Stevens Point in 2013. She has been teaching lessons since 2008 and enjoys teaching cello to students of all ages and abilities. She continues to learn new and creative ways to teach techniques and loves sharing her knowledge and passion for cello with her students. She is currently a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra cello section and plays along with other local musicians for weddings and events.