Faculty & Staff

Administrative staff

Main office
music@music.wisc.edu
608.263.1900

Dan Cavanagh Director director@music.wisc.edu 608.263.1900
Anne Brutosky Department Administrator administrator@music.wisc.edu 608.263.4734
Martha Fischer Associate Director mafische@wisc.edu 608.263.1911
Wendy Johnson Assistant Director assistantdirector@music.wisc.edu 608.263.4018

Gary Barnes Accountant gary.barnes@wisc.edu 608.263.1901
Ben Bell Bern Music Operations Manager musicoperations@music.wisc.edu 608.263.1893
Dan Brice Instrument Technician dan.brice@wisc.edu 608.263.3096
Harry Browne Videographer htbrowne@wisc.edu
Mike Boman Financial Specialist mboman@wisc.edu
Lance Ketterer Recording Engineer ketterer@wisc.edu 608.263.1888
Baoli Liu Piano Technician baoliliu@wisc.edu 608.263.1887
Erin McInerney Graphic Designer emcinerney2@wisc.edu
Kerry O’Neill Shipping & Mail Associate koneill5@wisc.edu 608.263.2038
Dann Petersen Music Engagement & Outreach Coordinator meo@music.wisc.edu 608.890.1608
Mark Ultsch Piano Repair & Tuning Specialist ultsch@music.wisc.edu 608.263.1887
Diana Wheeler Student Services and Curriculum Manager curriculum@music.wisc.edu
Brittany Wolff HR Generalist 608.890.4760 bwolff5@wisc.edu
Vacant Production Manager/Technical Director
Community Music Lessons Coordinator cml@music.wisc.edu 

Admissions & Advising

James Doing Graduate Admissions Coordinator gradadmissions@music.wisc.edu 608.263.3220
Marina Drake Graduate Student Coordinator msdrake@wisc.edu 608.263.5016
Jared Jellison Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator admissions@music.wisc.edu 608.263.5986
Jessica Johnson Director of Graduate Studies dgs@music.wisc.edu 608.262.9295
Todd Reck Undergraduate Advisor ugradadvisor@music.wisc.edu 608.263.1918

Communications/Media contact

Eric Murtaugh Communications Manager ebmurtaugh@wisc.edu 608.263.5615

Ensemble Coordinators

Ben Dombkowski Ensemble Coordinator ensembles@music.wisc.edu 608.263.1770
Olivia Nelson Ensemble Coordinator ensembles@music.wisc.edu 608.263.1770
Cat Richmond Music Ensemble Librarian 608.265.3266 crichmond3@wisc.edu

Tom Curry

Tom Curry

Teaching Faculty, Tuba and Euphonium

A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Tom Curry has served on the Mead Witter School of Music faculty since 2014. He is currently the tubist in the Wisconsin Brass Quintet.

Daniel Grabois

Daniel Grabois

Professor of Horn

Daniel Grabois plays with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble-in-residence, and teaches a studio of undergraduate and graduate students.

Mark Hetzler

Mark Hetzler

Professor of Trombone

Mark Hetzler began playing his father’s trombone at the age of twelve. He went on to receive a B.M. from Boston University and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Jean Laurenz

Jean Laurenz

Assistant Professor of Trumpet

Jean Laurenz is an eclectic musician who loves variety and collaboration. As a performer, Jean has enjoyed appearances with Adele, The Hanson Brothers, The Boston Pops, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Dan Cavanagh

Dan Cavanagh

Pamela O. Hamel/Music Board of Advisors Chair, Director of the School of Music, Professor of Jazz Studies and Composition

Dan Cavanagh is a composer and pianist who has garnered numerous awards in both areas.

Laura Schwendinger

Laura Schwendinger

Professor of Composition

The first composer to win the Berlin Prize, Laura Schwendinger’s music has been championed by artists Dawn Upshaw, Matt Haimovitz, Miranda Cuckson, and many more.

Mariana Farah

Mariana Farah

Associate Professor & Director of Choral Studies

Born in Brazil, Mariana Farah received her Bachelor of Music from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and her DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Albert Pinsonneault

Albert Pinsonneault

Associate Director of Choral Studies

Albert Pinsonneault is the incoming Associate Director of Choral Studies at UW–Madison. Previously he served as Associate Director of Choral Organizations at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and Director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas.

Corey Pompey

Corey Pompey

Associate Teaching Professor, Associate Director of Bands

Corey Pompey holds the bachelor of science degree in music education and the master of arts degree in music education from The University of Alabama. He earned his doctor of musical arts degree in wind conducting at The University of Texas.

Oriol Sans

Oriol Sans

Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestral Activities

Oriol Sans directs the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, conducts opera productions and teaches graduate students in conducting.

Scott Teeple

Scott Teeple

Professor of Music, Director of Bands

Scott Teeple oversees the UW–Madison Band program, conducts the wind ensemble, and teaches graduate conducting.

Dan Cavanagh

Dan Cavanagh

Pamela O. Hamel/Music Board of Advisors Chair, Director of the School of Music, Professor of Jazz Studies and Composition

Dan Cavanagh is a composer and pianist who has garnered numerous awards in both areas. As a composer he has written or arranged for Latin Grammy-winning AfroBop Alliance, the legendary Patti LaBelle, and a wide range of classical and jazz performers.

Peter Dominguez

Peter Dominguez

Professor of Double Bass and Jazz

Peter Dominguez grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin participating in the Music for Youth Orchestras, and performing with his father, pianist and singer Frank DeMiles.

Matthew Endres

Matthew Endres

Teaching Faculty, Drum Set, Jazz History, and the UW Marching Band Percussion Coordinator

Born in Sauk City, Wisconsin, Matthew Endres is the adjunct professor of drum set and jazz history at the Mead Witter School of Music. In addition, he adjudicates music festivals and competitions extensively throughout the United States.

Mark Hetzler

Mark Hetzler

Professor of Trombone

Mark Hetzler began playing his father’s trombone at the age of twelve. He went on to receive a B.M. from Boston University and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Chad McCullough

Chad McCullough

Lecturer, Jazz Trumpet

Chad McCullough frequently records and tours internationally. Based in Chicago, he is an active composer, performer, and educator.

Louka Patenaude

Louka Patenaude

Lecturer, Jazz Guitar

Louka Patenaude, a veteran of the Madison music scene, is a performing guitarist, teacher, recording studio artist, songwriter and composer. As a professional teacher, his career goes back almost 20 years.

Johannes Wallmann

Johannes Wallmann

Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies

Johannes Wallmann is a veteran of the New York and San Francisco Bay Area jazz scenes, and he has performed extensively as a bandleader and as a sideman in local, national, and international venues.

Martha Fischer

Martha Fischer

Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano, Associate Director

Martha Fischer is professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, where she heads the collaborative piano program.

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, Director of Graduate Studies

Jessica Johnson serves on the piano faculty as Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Director of Graduate Studies.

Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor

Professor of Piano

Hailed by critics as “frighteningly talented” (The New York Times) and “a great pianist” (The Los Angeles Times), Christopher Taylor has distinguished himself throughout his career as an innovative musician with a diverse array of talents and interests.

Johannes Wallmann

Johannes Wallmann

Director of Jazz Studies & Associate Professor of Music

Johannes Wallmann is a pianist and composer, recording artist on Fresh Sound New Talent Records and Shifting Paradigm Records, and Director of Jazz Studies at the School of Music.

Eric Tran

Eric Tran

Lecturer, Piano

Eric Tran (D.M.A.) is a pianist-composer and teacher. He graduated with honors from Stanford University and received his MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis

Assistant Professor of Music Education, Research Associate

Dr. Amy Lewis is the daughter of Jayne McShann Lewis and Bennie Lewis and is the granddaughter of Frances McShann Shelton and jazz pianist Jay McShann.

Jesse Rathgeber

Jesse Rathgeber

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Jesse Rathgeber, Ph.D., has held tenure track positions at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Walter Rich

Walter Rich

Faculty Associate, Music Education Teacher Education Program Coordinator

Dr. Walter Rich holds an undergraduate degree in music education from UW-Madison and a master’s degree in music performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Mr. Arnold Jacobs, legendary principal tuba player of the Chicago Symphony. He earned his PhD in curriculum and instruction at UW-Madison.

Michael Weinstein-Reiman

Michael Weinstein-Reiman

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Michael Weinstein-Reiman is a historian of music theory. His work seeks to elucidate music theory’s role in the history of ideas over the longue durée.

Matt Ambrosio

Matt Ambrosio

Lecturer, Music Theory

Originally from New Rochelle, NY, Matt Ambrosio completed his PhD in Music Theory at UW–Madison, his MA in Music Theory from CUNY Queens College, his MA in Secondary Science Education at American University, and his BA in Music and Physics at the University of Rochester.

Chris Rottmayer

Chris Rottmayer

Lecturer, Music Theory

Chris Rottmayer is a jazz pianist, composer, and jazz vibraphonist living in Madison, Wisconsin. Chris has been a freelance jazz pianist since 1990.

Margaret Butler

Margaret Butler

Associate Professor of Musicology

Margaret Butler’s research focuses on European opera in the eighteenth century and American musical theater. She teaches courses on musical theater and opera, and is an affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program.

Nadia Chana

Nadia Chana

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Nadia Chana’s current research focuses on listening as a critical practice for cultivating deeply felt relationships with a more-than-human world.

Gabrielle Cornish

Gabrielle Cornish

Assistant Professor of Musicology

Gabrielle Cornish’s research broadly considers music and everyday life in the Soviet Union. Her monograph-in-progress, Socialist Noise: Sound and Soviet Identity after Stalin, traces the intersections between music, technology, and the politics of socialist modernity during the Cold War.

John Walsh

John Walsh

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

As an ethnomusicologist, John Walsh is broadly interested in the relationships between music and cities. Specifically, his work explores the music scene as a flexible form of collective expressive culture that articulates relations between sociality, materiality, and aesthetics.

Anthony Di Sanza

Anthony Di Sanza

Professor of Percussion

Anthony Di Sanza, a recognized international performer and educator, has performed, presented master classes, and held residencies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Todd Hammes

Todd Hammes

Teaching Specialist, Percussion

Through his music – a fascinating, eclectic blend of classical, world and improvisational styles – Todd Hammes presents to the world his own unique inner vision of sound and music.

Tom Ross

Tom Ross

Teaching Specialist, Percussion

A native of Wisconsin, Thomas Ross has spent his young career exploring many styles of percussion.

Suzanne Beia

Suzanne Beia

Artist in Residence, Violin

Suzanne Beia is second violinist of the Pro Arte Quartet, artist in residence, and chamber music coach for the School of Music

Javier Calderon

Javier Calderon

Professor of Guitar

When Javier Calderon played his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times called him “…a virtuoso with poetic sensibility.” Since then, many composers have been writing and dedicating guitar concertos and solo pieces to Calderon.

Sally Chisholm

Sally Chisholm

Professor of Viola/Artist in Residence

Sally Chisholm, violist of the Pro Arte Quartet, and Professor of Viola, has had an extensive career in chamber music.

Peter Dominguez

Peter Dominguez

Professor of Double Bass and Jazz

Peter Dominguez grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin participating in the Music for Youth Orchestras, and performing with his father, pianist and singer Frank DeMiles.

Parry Karp

Parry Karp

Professor of Cello, Artist in Residence

Cellist Parry Karp is Artist-in Residence, and the Robert and Linda Graebner Professor of Chamber Music and Cello, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program.

David Perry

David Perry

Professor of Violin, Artist in Residence

Violinist David Perry enjoys an international career as chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Mr. Perry has performed in Carnegie Hall, most of the major cultural centers of North and South America, Europe, and the Far East.

Eugene Purdue

Eugene Purdue

Teaching Faculty, Strings

Eugene Purdue was the founding first violinist of the Thouvenel String Quartet, a group that toured internationally performing in many of the leading concert halls of the United States and Europe.

James Waldo

James Waldo

Lecturer, Cello

Cellist James Waldo is a sought-after chamber musician and recitalist. A regular performer at Midsummer’s Music in Door County, WI, James has appeared in chamber music settings at such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully and Merkin Halls at Lincoln Center.

Johanna Wienholts

Johanna Wienholts

Teaching Faculty, Harp

Johanna Wienholts is a harpist and educator known for her enthusiasm about the harp and all the versatility the instrument offers.

Dawn Dongeun Wohn

Dawn Dongeun Wohn

Teaching Faculty, Violin

Praised as having "a joyful sense of freedom, and a pure, unencumbered tone" by BBC Music Magazine, violinist Dawn Dongeun Wohn has performed in concert halls across five continents including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Sarah Brailey

Sarah Brailey

Teaching Faculty, Voice

GRAMMY Award-winning soprano Sarah Brailey enjoys a versatile career that defies categorization. Praised by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” and by Opera UK for “a sound of remarkable purity,” she is a prolific vocalist, cellist, recording artist, and educator.

Mimmi Fulmer

Mimmi Fulmer

Professor of Voice and Opera

American soprano Mimmi Fulmer performs repertoire ranging from early music to premieres of works written for her. Her distinguished career in new music includes premieres of nine roles in eight operas.

Thomas Kasdorf

Thomas Kasdorf

Teaching Faculty, Vocal Coach
David Ronis

David Ronis

Associate Professor, Director of University Opera

David Ronis, the Karen K. Bishop Director of University Opera, has maintained an active schedule in a multi-faceted career. Previously, he taught at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College/CUNY, Hofstra University, and Wagner College.

Julia Rottmayer

Julia Rottmayer

Teaching Faculty, Voice and Opera

Soprano Julia Rottmayer, faculty associate of voice and opera, is active in the stage, concert, and teaching arenas. Along with her interpretation of standard repertoire, Dr. Rottmayer is an avid performer and champion of contemporary and early music.

Matthew Treviño

Matthew Treviño

Assistant Professor of Voice

Hailed as “a bass of rare talent” (San Francisco Chronicle) possessing a “mellifluous bass that is at once robust and gentle” (Opera Magazine), bass Matthew Treviño is captivating audiences through his work in opera, theater, and the recording arts.

Lindsay Flowers

Lindsay Flowers

Assistant Professor of Oboe

Lindsay Flowers is a member of the Wingra Wind Quintet and guides student-generated community engagement projects. Her background in athletics distinguishes her pedagogical approach in her emphasis on performance visualization, disciplined commitment, and supportive teamwork.

Matthew Koester

Matthew Koester

Teaching Faculty, Classical Saxophone

Celebrated for his “commitment to stellar sound and control” by Quebec’s La Tribune and “gorgeous sonority” by the South Florida Classical Review, saxophonist Matthew Koester enjoys a vibrant career as an educator, chamber musician, and soloist across North America.

Alicia Lee

Alicia Lee

Assistant Professor of Clarinet

Before her appointment at the School of Music, Alicia Lee was a resident of New York City for over a decade where she performed and toured regularly with a variety of groups including The Knights, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, and NOVUS NY.

Conor Nelson

Conor Nelson

Associate Professor of Flute

Praised for his “long-breathed phrases and luscious tone” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Canadian flutist Conor Nelson is established as a leading flutist and pedagogue of his generation.

Marc Vallon

Marc Vallon

Professor of Bassoon

In addition to his teaching responsibilities as Professor of Music, Bassoon, Marc Vallon is bassoonist for the Wingra Wind Quintet in residence at the School of Music.