The Studio Space Director & Voice- Jodi Ann Curtis is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she holds a Bachelor’s of Music with emphasis in Operatic Performance, and additional studies in vocal pedagogy at Alverno and University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jodi has been a featured guest soloist in NYC with the Baroque Aria Ensemble. In Wisconsin, she has been a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Pops, the Skylight Opera Theatre, and recently she was awarded the People’s Choice at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Jodi has been working with children and adults in voice and personal development for over fifteen years. She is passionate about the preservation and vocal health of the individual while teaching pop, folk, jazz, musical theatre, rock and classical music. She has been a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing since 2008.
Guitar/Bass-Chris Krellwitz has been playing the guitar and studying music for the last 18 years. He has over 11 years of professional teaching and performing experience. Chris is proficient in many styles of music such as jazz, rock, blues, funk, R&B, flamenco, Latin and classical. Aside from being an enthusiastic and reputable teacher, Chris also composes his own music and is a professional performing musician. He formed the band Kinetic in 2006, which is an instrumental rock/jazz fusion quartet that he composes music for. In addition to Kinetic, Chris has played all over Wisconsin and Illinois with groups such as…
The Matt Miller Jazz Trio, Platinum, Miller/Braun Ensemble, Velocity, North Coast Orchestra and Vibe Nation. Check out www.chriskrellwitzguitar.comor music, photos, and more about Chris.
Flute/ Piccolo - Jeani Foster- MSO
assistant principal flutist Jeani Foster has appeared as soloist with
the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and several other
American orchestras. Ms. Foster is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild
Award and the Artists International Distinguished Artist Award. She has
given recitals in Brussels, Belgium and Geneva, Switzerland.
World-premiere performances include David Noon’s Partita, Mark DiPalma’s Duo Concerto, Ronald Foster’s Conversations for Flute and Orchestra, Summertime Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra (after Gershwin), Meditations for Flute and Harp and Normand Lockwood’s Preambles for Solo Flute. Recordings include works by Arthur Foote, Lukas Foss, and Roberto Sierra.
Ms. Foster was on the faculties of The Colorado College, University of Denver, and UW-Parkside. Formerly principal flutist of the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, she has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the Colorado Opera and Ballet orchestras.
Ms. Foster is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music, where she received the Pablo Casals Award for Musical Accomplishment and Human Endeavor. However, her greatest accomplishment and human endeavor is being a parent to her beloved son, Gabriel.
Piano & Music Theory: Jedidiah Wardecke received his Bachelor’s of Music degree in piano performance from Cardinal Stritch University, and is currently attending Stritch, pursuing a Masters of Music in Piano where he is a student of Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak. Jed has performed solo and chamber repertoire around the Milwaukee area. He has performed at the Milwaukee Steinway Gallery, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, and various churches in southeastern Wisconsin. Jed has collaborated on chamber music repertoire with Adrien Zitoun (Cellist, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), Timothy Klabunde (Violinist, MSO), and Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak.
Vocal Workshops- Ms. Jennifer Conrad-Proulx holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. A native of Milwaukee, she received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is an alumni of Pius XI High School, where she began her own vocal study at the age of 14.
Jennifer opened her voice studio in
2001 and has since served on the voice faculty at the All Newton Music School
in Newton, MA and the Community Music School in Buffalo, NY as well as Allen
Hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Her students have
performed in state and honors choirs and have been accepted into performance
groups such as the Wheelock Family Theater (Boston, MA), Boston
Children's Theater (Boston, MA) and Boston Children's Chorus (Boston, MA).
A few students have also had successful bands and recording
Jennifer works with her students to instill a solid vocal technique that may be applied to various styles including opera, musical theater, classical art song, jazz and contemporary music. She also helps students become a more confident performer through performance preparation.
Early Childhood Music Education- Early Childhood Music Education/Classical Guitar/Piano-Robin Wohlfeil is a classical guitarist and pianist with a BA in Music from Carroll University. She is passionate about the value of music education in the lives of children, families and communities. She has been teaching both guitar and piano privately since 2007. She is a licensed Musikgarten teacher and has chosen this program because of the elegantly woven curriculum which provides solid music education through music, movement and fun for parent and child together. She has created and taught introductory guitar classes for adults and children with plans for a Suzuki Guitar program in the future. She has written a music and literature based program for the school age child that blends the concepts of music theory, music history and poetry with song.
Background: Robin did her undergraduate classical guitar studies through Carroll University with Dr. Lawrence McDonald with a special emphasis on pedagogy and the neuro/physical aspects of technique and learning. She is currently studying classical guitar pedagogy and performance with Rene Izquierdo. She studied piano with Shanti Daya during undergraduate work at Carroll University and studies with Marguarita Kontorovaskya privately. Robin is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from Concordia University-Wisconsin, currently holding a supervisory position at the Milwaukee Jewish Home and Care Center. In her spare time she loves to walk, read, cook and spend time with her husband, Gary and their five grown children and their families.