UWSP Music Career Day

 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday, November 21

Join the UWSP Music Department for a virtual career day. Prospective music students will have the opportunity to hear from UWSP music faculty, students, and alumni as they discuss how their time at UWSP helped to prepare them for their career as a musician. Many different career paths will be represented – music education, music performance, arts administration, and more.




 Aly Evans

Aly Evans graduated from Stevens Point in 2018, with certifications in Instrumental, Choral, and General Music. She majored in Percussion and Voice during her time at UWSP, and has had the opportunity to teach a variety of age levels and subjects in her three years as an educator. She has taught elementary music in both a public school and a charter school, 6th and 7th grade beginning orchestra, and this year is taking on the new challenge of teaching Social Emotional Learning on top of virtual music classes. She is excited to share her story with you all!

 Scott Frost

Scott Frost is a 2011 UWSP graduate with degrees in Theatrical Design/Technology, Arts Management and a Vocal music minor. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as an Account Manager at Spotco, one of the leading Broadway advertising agencies in the city. In his free time, he enjoys freelance projects as a producer, designer and content creator with companies both in New York and across the country.

 Dan Gilanyi

Dan Gilanyi is the current band director at West De Pere High School in De Pere, WI, a position he has held since 2014. A 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Mr. Gilanyi studied trumpet under Brent Turney and was active in the wind ensemble, jazz program, as well as a number of small groups. He is an active member of multiple professional music organizations and is actively pursuing his Masters of Music Education (Conducting Emphasis) through UWSP. He is driven by a commitment to excellence in music education and the building of strong communities and positive culture within the music classroom. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, cheering on his favorite sports teams, and trying to chase down his three year old son. He is excited to share the impact UWSP has had on his life both personally and professionally.

 Katie Gillis

I graduated from UWSP in the spring of 2019 with General music and Instrumental music education. While at UWSP I played the oboe in several ensembles and did various gigs around the Stevens Point area. General music was always my passion, and after graduation I moved to the Twin Cities. Landing a job at a Spanish Immersion Elementary School in Spring Lake Park, MN teaching 1st-4th grade music. I never imagined that one day I would be teaching music classes in Spanish, but I loved the challenge and being fully immersed in a culture inclusive environment! This unexpected experience has bloomed a passion for speaking Spanish and teaching students different cultures from around the world. 

After a year living and teaching in Minnesota, I moved back to my hometown, Pulaski, Wi and got a job teaching elementary music in Kaukauna, WI. I currently teach K-4th Grade music and 4k-4th grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). I travel between 4 different schools throughout the week and I love it! The change of environment at the different schools and the different energies from the students makes each day exciting.

 Curtis Hanson

Curtis Hanson is enjoying his second year as the band director for the Loyal School District. He instructs band students in grades 5-12. 

Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2019, Curtis holds degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Music Performance (emphasis in percussion).  While in college he was active in UWSP performing ensembles. He served as percussion instructor for the Chippewa Falls High School Marching Band and the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program. He has performed with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, and the Central Wisconsin Area Community Theatre. 

 Tabitha Hanson

Tabitha Hanson is from Colby, Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (graduated in 2020), and is currently attending her first year in graduate school at Penn State in Oboe Performance. Tabitha holds the position as graduate Teaching Assistant in the Music Department at the school where she plays in their graduate quintet, Centre Winds. She is also a freelance performer, having played in the Marshfield Symphony Orchestra since high school and playing twice in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, as well as various gigs around the Central Wisconsin area and now in Centre County, Pennsylvania. 

 James Kuzmic

James Kuzmic hails from Allenton Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and currently attends school as a graduate employee at the University of Oregon in Multiple Brass Performance. James currently holds the position as Principal Tuba of Orchestra Next, and regularly subs with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, on both tuba and bass trombone. As an active freelancer, James performs regularly with wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, orchestras, pit orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. Composition is also an area of interest, James has conducted the premieres of several works with the UWSP Wind Symphony, Brass Ensemble, UWSP Campus Band and Wasua Symphonic Band. James' love for music also stretches to his teaching, James is commonly asked to give masterclasses at various high schools, middle schools, and at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

 Brenna Ohrmundt

5-12 Band Director ~ Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan

Brenna Ohrmundt (UWSP '18) is currently in her second year at the school district of Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan (Lincoln Schools) where she teaches 5-12 Band, lessons, and 5/6 General Music (and this year Digital Imaging!). Ohrmundt is also a WSMA Adjudicator, freelance arranger, and private teacher. She is currently doing research on social-emotional learning and its potential impact on student musicians and the COVID19 crisis, and developing curriculum for "Beginning Band Boot Camp" to help provide "instrumentless" musical outlets for budding band students. 

During her time at Stevens Point, Ohrmundt was involved in many activities that have greatly influenced her current career path. Most notably are interning with the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Music Department Promotions, volunteering with Very Young Composers, 2017 Conducting Competition, principal clarinetist, and many more! She has received numerous awards during her time at UW-Stevens Point such as the Chancellor's Leadership Award and the University Leadership Award, but is most thankful for the amazing faculty, friends, and memories that she has made during her time as a Pointer! 

Brenna Ohrmundt, after a few years of teaching, hopes to return to the collegiate realm to earn higher degrees in Music Education and Conducting in hopes to become a  professor of music education to inspire future educators, much like the ones at Stevens Point have done for her! 

 Schuyler Pietz

Schuyler Pietz is in her eleventh year total of teaching and tenth year teaching K-6 General Music at Madison Elementary School in Stevens Point, WI.  She is a graduate of Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Choral/General Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in East Asian Studies with a Japanese language minor and will complete her Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this year.  In addition to her work at Madison, Schuyler has served as Chair of the Wisconsin All-State Choirs and has served in the past as the coordinator for the All-State Children’s Choir.  She has been on the Wisconsin Choral Directors’ Association Executive Board and is passionate about culturally responsive teaching and making high quality musical experiences accessible to all students.  Schuyler had the opportunity last year to help create a new curriculum featuring diverse Wisconsin musicians for the Re/sound initiative between the Wisconsin School Music Association and PBS Wisconsin Education.  She is also closely involved with the ArtsCore program at UW-Oshkosh which teaches educators about arts integration and she has presented at several arts integration workshops and seminars.  Locally, Schuyler serves as the musical director for The Playhouse Theatre Group and an instructor for The Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin.  During the summer, she conducts the secondary choir at the Stevens Point Choir Camp and is looking forward to starting a Stevens Point Children’s Choir some time in the next couple of years!

 Mara Prausa

Mara Prausa is an active collaborative pianist, music educator and arts advocate in Central Wisconsin. A product of the UW school system, she received a bachelor's degree in Music (Piano) from UW-Stevens Point and a Master's of Music in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from UW-Milwaukee. Mara currently serves as the Executive Director for Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the 2nd VP for the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras. 

Prior to her appointment with the symphony, Mara was an educator in many different facets of music: Music Appreciation and Class Piano at UW-Stevens Point, private piano and composition at the Wausau Conservatory of Music, World Music at Globe University, and general music at John Muir and Horace Mann Middle Schools.

She highly values music outreach and education programs. She toured inner- city Milwaukee schools with Skylight Opera Company and also travelled throughout the Midwest performing with Opera for the Young. Mara has played for the Milwaukee Ballet Company, numerous choirs and ensembles and regularly accompanies faculty, student, and guest artist recitals at UW-Stevens Point. 

 Wayne Salzmann II

Wayne Salzmann II is a Drummer, Educator, Author, and Composer based in Austin, Texas. He has performed and/or recorded with Steve Miller, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Cross, Bob Schneider, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Mike Stern, Robben Ford, Chris Potter, and many others. He has hundreds of recording credits, including two Billboard no. 1 records, and feature film soundtracks. Salzmann is the Drum Set Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and has given drum clinics and masterclasses worldwide. His book Developing Melodic Language on the Drums has received high acclaim from legendary drummers Peter Erskine, Ed Soph, Carl Allen, John Riley, and from Modern Drummer Magazine. He currently serves as a member of the Drum Set Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. Salzmann is an Artist and Clinician for DW Drums, Pedals, and Hardware, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Drumsticks. 


 Courtney Buss

Courtney Buss is a senior at UWSP studying Choral, General, and Instrumental Music Education. She graduated from Spencer High School in 2017. Her primary instruments are horn and voice. While at UWSP, Courtney has performed with many ensembles and is active in many student organizations. She currently serves as the president of both the National Association for Music Education and Horn Club. 


 Alexis Conkey

Alexis Conkey is a fourth-year Communication major with a Music minor from Beaver Dam, WI. She primarily plays bassoon with a saxophone background, and while she's not a major in the department, she stays heavily involved within it! Alexis is an active ensemble member with the UWSP wind bands and pep band, as well as a current member of Delta Omicron. Her favorite way to stay involved with the department is working with her fellow musicians through photography and videography!

 Brian Cyr

Brian Cyr is from Weston, Wisconsin and received a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Eduction and Percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2020. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Music Education from UWSP where he is the Graduate Music Education Teaching Assistant. Brian also teaches private percussion lessons through Noteworthy Music Studio in Stevens Point. During his time as an undergraduate student, Brian was active in performance ensembles including conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Campus Band. He has performed with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Central Wisconsin Area Community Theatre, and Wausau Community theatre. Brian has been teaching percussion lessons for over three years and has served as the percussion coach for the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program. 

 Sarah Faltz

Sarah Faltz is a 5th year senior Clarinet Performance and Business Administration double major at UWSP. She has been an active performer with the UWSP Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra on both soprano and bass clarinet. Recently, Sarah was the co-recipient of the Alice Peet Faust Concerto Competition at UWSP. She has also been involved with Very Young Composers, Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program, and UWSP's Delta Omicron Chapter. Following graduation in December, Sarah plans on continuing her education in Clarinet Performance for her future goals of teaching at the collegiate level.

 Josh Hazard

Josh Hazard is a fourth-year tenor Voice Performance major. He graduated from Stanley-Boyd High School in 2017, and he plans to attend a graduate program after completing his BM in May of 2021. He is currently the president of Opera Club of UWSP, the secretary of Delta Omicron Alpha Alpha Chapter, and a student facilitator of the Student Coalition for Equity in Music.

 Rachel Jacobson

Rachel Jacobson is a junior studying Instrumental Music Education and Horn Performance! I'm an active member of the UWSP Horn Club, NAfME, and the Very Young Composers Program. When I'm not in the practice room, I love to cook and bake! 

 Tate Rauman

Tate Rauman, is a junior at UWSP. Tate is a Computer Information Systems major with a Music minor for trumpet. Even as a non-major, music has been a huge part of my college experience. I've been involved in lessons, symphonic and jazz bands, and theory and improvisation classes. I'd even say I've made way more friends in the music department than in my major! The program is very flexible and has allowed me to continue my love for music after high school.

 Jane Ryder

Jane Ryder is a senior Instrumental, Choral, and General Music Education Major at UWSP. Her primary instruments are horn and voice. Jane is very excited to student teach this spring! During her time at UWSP, Jane was involved in the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Delta Omicron, Horn Club, and Opera Club. She aspires to teach music to elementary and middle school students. 

 Samantha Weinkoetz

Sami Weinkoetz is a senior clarinetist at UWSP, with a double major in Instrumental Music Education & Clarinet Performance. For the past two years, she has served as the UWSP Symphony Orchestra's principal clarinet as well as co-principal clarinet of the UWSP Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In December 2019, she and her co-principal were named the winners of the Peet Faust Concerto Competition for Mendelssohn's Concert Piece no. 2. Beyond performing, Sami is an active peer educator, member of Delta Omicron, and student moderator of the Student Coalition for Equity in Music.

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