Eau Claire Music School Instructors

 

Here at the Eau Claire Music School, dedicated and experienced teachers
make learning an instrument fun.
We cater to a wide variety of instruments and
learning styles. Call today and tell us about your musical goals. We'll match you
with the instructor that best fits your needs.

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SHAWN SMETS
Program Director

 

Shawn is responsible for implementing new programs, organizing events, communicating with our members, and meeting the needs of everyone at the Eau Claire Music School.

Shawn Smets

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Madison in Elementary Education

 

Professional Musician Since 2007

 

Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Percussion, Trumpet, Accordion, and More

 

Interests: Tutor, Coach, Camp Director, Outdoor Enthusiast, and Music Lover

 

 

DANIEL SULLIVAN
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Daniel has been performing throughout the US and Canada since 2003. He teaches piano at Immanuel Lutheran High School and College and general music to grades 1-8 at Messiah Lutheran School.

Dan Sullivan

 

Education: Doctorate from Juilliard in Organ Performance, Master's Degree from Yale in Organ Performance, and Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin Conservatory in Organ Performance and Music Theory

 

Professional Musician Since 2003

 

Instruments: Piano, Organ, Music Theory, Counterpoint

 

Interests: Bible, Family, Nature, and Arranging Music

 

danielsullivanorgan.com

CATHY REITZ
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Cathy can help you realize your voice’s fullest potential, whether you are beginning or advanced. She has decades of experience teaching jazz, classical, musical theater, and solo/ensemble singing. She has taught private lessons, classrooms, and choirs. She performs with the Master Singers of Eau Claire as well as fronts big bands and jazz combos. She also performs in many regional theater productions.

Cathy Reitz

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from St. Norbert College in Music, Master's Degree from UW - LaCrosse in Education, National Board Certified Teacher

 

Professional Musician Since 1973

 

Instruments: Voice

 

Interests: Directing the Chippewa Valley Community Choir; Performing Classical, Big Band, Jazz, and Musical Theater; Enjoying Her Children and Grandchildren; Crafting; and Reading

 

 

JUDY WILLINK
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Judy has taught choir, private voice, piano and general classroom music in public schools for over 30 years. She is a frequent performer in community theater productions around the area, and has appeared professionally on stage. She currently sings in the Master Singers of Eau Claire. Judy performs keyboard and Native American flute for special occasions, festivals, church events, and supper clubs.

Judy Willink

 

Education: Graduate studies at University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri-Kansas City and Bachelor's Degree from UW - Eau Claire in Music Education

 

Professional Musician Since 1972

 

Instruments:  Piano, Voice, and Native American Style Flute

 

Interests: Choral Ensemble Singing, Native American Music, and History Composition

 

BRUCE HERING
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Bruce Hering doesn't FEEL like he's been a music teacher for 30 years, but everyone keeps telling him it's true. His bands have won dozens of regional festival Best Band awards in the Midwest and have been selected seven times to the national jazz festival, Essentially Ellington, in New York City. His students have performed with the Count Basie Band, Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, and many others.

Bruce Hering

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Music Education

 

Professional Musician Since 1980s

 

Instruments:  Trumpet

 

Interests:  North High School Band Director, He lives on Lake Wissota with his wife Jamie and his two dogs Buddy and Mister.

 

 

LUCAS FISCHER
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Primarily a guitarist, Luke also performs on bass and drums. He has worked extensively with benefit concerts. He has performed in many projects as a studio musician at Pine Hollow Audio and several of his own projects like Rhythm Posse, AcoustiHoo, Eggplant Heroes, and Code Blue. With influences from Nine Inch Nails to Django Reinhardt, Luke blends styles in innovative ways.

Lucas Fischer

 

Education: Studied English Literature, Philosophy, and Journalism at University of Minnesota - Duluth and UW - Eau Claire

 

Professional Musician Since 2003

 

Instruments:  Guitar and Bass

 

Interests:  Guitar Building and Repair, Classic Japanese Cinema, Nature, and Learning

 

LUKE OTTO
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Well versed in classical, art song, and musical theater, Luke's energy has dazzled and engaged audiences as well as inspired his students. Luke has taught youth classes on performing, technique, and auditioning. In addition to performing and teaching, Luke has recently begun music directing shows in the Chippewa Valley.

Luke Otto

 

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's degree from UW - Eau Claire in Music & Voice Performance

 

Professional Musician Since 2009

 

Instruments: Voice and Beginning Piano

 

Interests:  Watching Movies and Documentaries, Collecting Vinyl Records, and Drinking Coffee

 

 

AMANDA BRADLEY
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Amanda studied under Dr. Carolyn Britton and has taught private piano lessons to students of all levels since 2006. She especially delights in playing the works of Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Beethoven. Amanda has a strong background in accompanying both instrumentalists and vocalists and loves performing in all types of settings.

Amanda Bradley

 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from
UW - River Falls in Music with an en emphasis on Piano Performance

 

Professional Musician Since 2005

 

Instruments: Piano

 

Interests: Quilting, Music, Dressage, Spending Time with Family and Friends

 

ANNA RYBICKI
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Anna enjoys singing in classical, music theater, jazz, Celtic, and bluegrass styles. She is the lead singer of the Chippewa Skiffle Orchestra and has performed with the Master Singers, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids, University of Michigan's Student Artist Outreach Program, and Just Brewed Jazz. She has taught voice privately, conducted choirs, and led music groups for young children.

Anna Rybicki

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Vocal Performance and Philosophy, Juris Doctor Degree from University of Michigan Law School, Studied Traditional Celtic Singing at University College Cork in Ireland

 

Professional Musician Since 2000

 

Instruments: Voice

 

Interests: Photography, Learning Guitar, and Volunteering

 

 

DAVY SUMNER
Music Lesson Instructor

 

With equal interests in popular and art music, Davy writes for the Arco Sessions. He has played with The Frenettes, The Rattlenecks, Chippewa Valley Symphony, and UWEC Jazz Ensembles and Symphony Orchestra. He studied percussion under Sean Carey, Brian Claxton, and Dr. Jeff Crowell and composition under Drs. Ethan Wickman and Chia-yu Hsu.

Davy Sumner

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Music Composition

 

Professional Musician Since 2004

 

Instruments: Percussion, Composition, Music Arranging, and Music Theory

 

Interests: Music, Music History, Fishing, the Outdoors, and Cooking

 

thefrenettes.bandcamp.com
arcosessions.com

BORA HONG-EVANS
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Bora Hong graduated from the top female music school in Seoul, South Korea in 2008. Along with performing in various musicals, TV shows, and music festivals, Bora has taught saxophone and piano to students of all ages and experience levels in academies throughout South Korea. Since moving to the Chippewa Valley, she has begun breaking into the local music scene sitting in with area groups/musicians as well as playing in the Eau Claire Municipal Band.

Bora Hong-Evans

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from
Dongduk Women’s University in Applied Music

 

Professional Musician Since 2008

 

Instruments: Saxophone and Piano

 

Interests: Music, Teaching, Playing Kubb, Watching the Packers, and Spending Time with Family

 

 

ADDIE STREI
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Addie writes songs, plays guitar, and sings in local indie-rock band Adelyn Rose. She has released an EP and is recording a full length album on which she plays acoustic and electric guitar, piano, clarinet, flute, and sings. As a UW-Eau Claire student, she studied jazz and classical saxophone and winds as well as played in Jazz Ensemble 1 and Symphony Orchestra.

Adelyn Strei

 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Liberal Studies

 

Professional Musician Since 2007

 

Instruments: Guitar, Piano, Voice, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and Songwriting

 

Interests: Writing, Recording, Performing, and Teaching Music

 

www.facebook.com/adelynrose adelynrose.bandcamp.com/album/
adelyn-rose-ep

PAUL BRANDT
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Paul has played with Meridene, Adelyn Rose, The Gentle Guest, and University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Jazz ensembles where he studied jazz piano under Scott Currier.

Paul Brandt

 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Political Science

 

Professional Musician Since 2005

 

Instruments: Piano and Guitar

 

thefrenettes.bandcamp.com

 

JEFF JAWORSKI
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Jeff studied classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin - Waukesha and University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Jeff is a frequent performer around the Chippewa Valley.

Jeff Jaworski

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from UW - Green Bay in Music Applied

 

Professional Musician Since 2004

 

Instruments: Guitar

 

 

ANDREA BLAESER
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Andrea has taught private piano lessons for 13 years. She has worked with students of all ages from preschool through adults. She is the staff accompanist at Hope United Methodist Church and also accompanies at church services and weddings for several other area churches.

Andrea Blaeser

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Elementary/Middle Education

 

Professional Musician Since 1998

 

Instruments: Piano

 

Interests: Music, Reading, Sewing, and Spending Time with Family and Friends

 

 

EMILY WIMMER
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Emily began playing piano at age seven and continues to enjoy the magic music brings to her life. Her sophomore year through senior year of high school she taught piano lessons out of her home to over 15 kids and young adults.

Emily Wimmer

 

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's degree from UW - Eau Claire in Public Relations

 

Professional Musician Since 2008

 

Instruments:  Beginning Piano and Voice

 

Interests:  Traveling, Music, Theater, Learning New Instruments, Crafting, and Socializing with Friends, Family, and Her Cats

 

LAUREN ANDERSON
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Lauren's passion for music can be seen on and off the stage. She has choral, classical, musical theatre, and art song experience. She also performs in Eau Claire community theatre and UW-Eau Claire Opera.

Lauren Anderson

 

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's degree from UW - Eau Claire in Vocal Performance

 

Professional Musician Since 2009

 

Instruments: Voice and Beginning Piano

 

Interests: Yoga, Running, Cooking and Reading

 

 

ELIZABETH HART
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Elizabeth Hart is an accompanist and solo performer in the Chippewa Valley. She teaches high school French for many school districts through CESA 10 and Wisconsin Virtual School.

Elizabeth Hart

 

Education: Doctorate from State University of New York - Buffalo in French, Master's Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Comparative Literature, and Bachelor's Degree from UW - Madison in Music and Piano Performance

 

Professional Musician Since 1988

 

Instruments: Piano

 

Interests: Music, Literature, Education, Foreign Language, Culture, and Her Children

 

LAURIE LAU
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Laurie currently teaches in the Fall Creek School District, directs the Squires Band at Messiah Lutheran School, and teaches piano and flute at Immanuel Lutheran High School and College.

Laura Lau

 

Education: Master's Degree from Ohio State University in Flute Performance and Bachelor's Degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato in Instrumental Music Education

 

Professional Musician Since 1988

 

Instruments: Piano and Flute

 

Interests: Performs with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Trillium Flutes

 

SHARON SEYMOUR
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Sharon has taught general music from elementary through high school, jazz studies, marching band, and music theory in the Fond du Lac and Eau Claire Area School Districts.

Sharon Seymour

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from
UW - Eau Claire in Music Education

 

Professional Musician Since 1973

 

Instruments: Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and Music Theory

 

 

DEAN LANGBY
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Dean has been a cellist in community orchestras since high school, and has played with numerous traveling Broadway shows at the Weidner Center in Green Bay. He has backed up musicians as diverse as Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville and Melissa Manchester. Currently, Dean is a member of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra.

Dean Langby

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from Carleton College in English

 

Professional Musician Since 1983

 

Instruments: Cello and Violin

 

Interests: Gardening, Organizing, Playing Fiddle for Barn Dances, and Home-Schooling One of His Two Daughters

 

 

OLAF LIND
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Olaf began playing violin and viola at age four with the London Suzuki Group in England. His studies continued with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. At 15, he joined the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in Iowa, and spent the last two years of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Olaf has played in the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, numerous string quartets, and improvisational groups spanning rock 'n' roll, blues, and jazz.

Olaf Lind

 

Education: Interlochen Arts Academy, Bachelor’s Degree from UW - Eau Claire in Philosophy

 

Professional Musician Since 1990

 

Instruments: Violin and Viola

 

Interests: Classic British Roadsters, Literature, Film, The Space Between the Notes

 

ZENON WOJCIK
Music Lesson Instructor

 

Born in Hamburg, Germany to Polish refugees, Zenon arrived in the US in 1957. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, as a self-described "child of the 60's". Zenon attended a catholic school where he was introduced to the accordion. He stopped playing after college, but picked it up again around the turn of the century. In 2006, he formed a klezmer band.

Zenon Wojcik

 

Education: Bachelor's Degree from the University of Washington in Prosthetics and Orthotics (Currently working as a certified prosthetist for a private practice in Eau Claire)

 

Professional Musician Since 2003

 

Instruments:  Accordion

 

Interests:  Music, Fishing, Restoring Old Accordions, and Raising Four Children