Spring 2016 UWSP Faculty Music Instructors
Tom Bjoraker (Percussion)
Tom Bjoraker is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point where he studied 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. He studied locally with Robert Rosen and Ryan Korb. Bjoraker performed with the UW-Stevens Point Orchestra and Jazz Combos and the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble. He teaches mallet percussion, hand drums, and drum set for UW-Stevens Point Arts & Culture Outreach.
Ian Johnson (Voice)
Ian is a recent graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. He received the Eunice DeBaker Music Scholarship in 2013 and Opera ENhancement Scholarship in 2015. He has performed in L'italiana in Algeri, Dido and Aeneas, A Hand of Bridge, and L'enfant et les sortileges.
Joanna Johnson (Violin)
Joanna has a Bachelors of Arts in Music degree (violin concentration) from Crown College in Saint Bonifacius MN. She is currently a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and has previously performed with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, the Crown College Chamber Orchestra, and the Wood County Symphony Orchestra. She is a violinist with MPK Christian Celtic Band. Joanna teaches standard technique/classical as well as Scottish fiddling.
Tom McComb (Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Ukulele)
Tom McComb earned his B.M. in Music Education and M.S. 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.
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.