Arts & Culture Outreach Music Faculty
Rosalie Gilbert (Harp)
Rosalie Gilbert is an active professional harpist, with over a decade of experience in solo, ensemble, and freelance performance. She has performed in numerous ensembles including the Boulder Philharmonic, Estes Park Oratorio Society, Wyoming
Symphony, Boulder Symphony, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.
Additionally, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in
several states throughout the US including Ohio, Maryland, Maine, Texas, and
Colorado. As a pedagogue, Ms. Gilbert has taught a wide range of
students (ages 5-50+ with varying ability levels). She was the
harp instructor at the Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder, until August of
2011, and maintained a private teaching studio. Ms. Gilbert also
created and taught innovative after school music classes to elementary school
aged children. At the University of Colorado, Ms. Gilbert was the
harp department teaching assistant. Her duties included teaching
private and group harp lessons. Ms. Gilbert received her Bachelor
of Music degree in harp performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music in
2008, and her Master of Music degree at The University of Colorado in
2010. A native of Washington, DC, Rosalie Gilbert is happy to be
living and working in Stevens Point.
Tom McComb (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin)
Tom McComb is a guitarist specializing in Jazz and Brazilian music, and is a
registered Suzuki guitar instructor. He performs solo, with his own quartet and
with many other ensembles in the central Wisconsin area including Fine Line Jazz
Trio. Tom has 30 years of teaching experience. Besides teaching UW-Stevens
Point's jazz guitar majors, he teaches fretted instruments and harmonica for
UW-Stevens Point Arts & Culture Outreach and the Wausau Conservatory of
Music. Tom has a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources and a B.M. in Music
Education, all from UW-Stevens Point.
Alexandria Mueller (Violin, Viola) summer only
Alexandria Mueller holds a BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she majored in music with an emphasis on composition and Suzuki pedagogy. She began studying composition with Dr. Charles Rochester Young in 2007 and has composed extensively for string orchestra, wind band and choir. She ha had works performed by ensembles of all ages and abilities. Mueller received first place in the Kenwood Symphony (Minneapolis, MN) composition contest and won the UW-Stevens Point Music Department’s Wind Ensemble Composition Contest. She has been commissioned by the Stevens Point Area Public School District, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, and the UWSP faculty chamber ensemble Trio Canna. Mueller recently received first place in a regional orchestra composition competition hosted by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and had several of her pieces published. For the past three years, Mueller has served a Teaching Artist in the Very Young Composers’ Project, a project that invites fourth and fifth grade students to create their own music. As a Teaching Artist, Mueller has had the opportunity to collaborate with the creator of the Very Young Composers’ Project, Jon Deak, from the New York Philharmonic. Mueller has training as a Suzuki teacher on both violin and viola. She received her violin teacher training from Pat D'Ercole, Director of the Aber Suzuki Center. Mueller has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and has experience working with students ages 4 through adult.
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 [VanHaren] 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).
Yuanjing Xu (Piano)
Yuanjing (Eugene) Xu is a classic pianist and graduate student studying
Piano Pedagogy at UW-Stevens Point, where he studies with Professor Raffi
Besalyan. Yuanjing won piano competitions for Solo and Double piano concertos
when he was an undergraduate student with a piano performance major in China.
Yuanjing taught many students of different ages during his time as an
undergraduate. His experience and current studies help him to acheive a higher
level for teaching students. Yuanjing is a Chinese painist and is happy to work
with every piano student in the UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education
Karen Zach (Voice)
Karen holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Dominican University in California. She has performed in community choruses, opera productions, and recitals while in California. Karen sang with Vox Caelestis, a semi-professional women’s chorus based near Chicago, Illinois. She studied voice with Cary Cedarblade and Blanche Thebom in California and with Mary Hofer in Wisconsin. Karen is registered Suzuki instructor for Book 1 in voice. At this time, Karen is only available for lessons on Saturday afternoons.