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Corey Torres

Jim Heiks

Stephanie Erin Brill

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Music Education Worshop Artist

My Bio

Jose Corey Torres is a New York native who traveled here in 2008 to attend Lawrence University. After graduating with his Bachelors degree in Gender studies, he’s dedicated his time and energy to youth mentoring, and personal growth. When Corey is not in the community giving back, he spends a great deal of his time working on music with his band Mokumbo. He wrote his first Hip Hop song at the age of 13, since then it’s been a great addition to his everyday routine. Music plays a big role in is his life. It inspires him to inspire others, to learn the art of Hip Hop.

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Music Education Workshop Artist

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His words: “Singing together strengthens the fabric of any community.”


Jim Heiks has been teaching folk songs to students of all ages for over 40 years. He is a founder of the Appleton Boychoir, and former choral director at Appleton East and North High Schools, and has since served as Fine Arts Coordinator for the Appleton Public Schools, as well as adjunct professor of choral music at Lawrence University. He directs the Lawrence Academy of Music Men’s Chorus. In collaboration with Alice Parker, he is the editor of a folk song book series for children published by GIA Music. The first book and CD: “Alice Parker’s Hand Me Down Songs” was published in 2005, and his most recent in 2016,: “Alice Parker’s Hand Me Down Ballads.”

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Music Education Workshop Artist

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Stephanie Brill is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Cedarburg. She has been playing piano for fifteen years, has been writing for eight, and has been singing all her life. At age thirteen Stephanie recorded her first album, Heartbroken Joker, consisting of ten original songs. At age fifteen she recorded a five-song EP titled Save the Day. Throughout her music career she has played shows all around Wisconsin: Cedarburg’s Strawberry Festival, The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI)’s Youth Showcase, Waukesha’s Friday Night Live, Appleton’s Mile of Music, The Miramar Theater, Steelbridge Songfest, Madison’s Union Terrace, Turner Hall, Summerfest’s KNE and U.S. Cellular Stages, and many more. Stephanie was nominated twice for WAMI’s Rising Star award and received both The Madison Area Music Association (MAMA)’s First Chair award as well as the award for Youth Female Vocalist of the Year 2015. Her original music has also placed her in the Wisconsin Singer Songwriter’s Series (WSSS) Contest’s top five two years in a row. Stephanie will be entering her third year of studying Songwriting and Composition at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota this fall.

Sara Devine

Mike Pope

Ken Korber

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Music Education Workshop Artist

My Bio

Her Words: “Music is a unique tool that when utilized in it’s fullest can provide language for those without words, organization within our struggling bodies, a sense of peace within chaotic times (inner and outer) and connection with those around us.”


Sara Devine MT-BC, NMT, LCSW is a board certified music therapist, neurological music therapist and licensed clinical social worker. With more than 15 years of experience working with individuals of all ages and needs, Sara combines her love and the science of music along with her passion of counseling to best meet the needs of the clients that she serves. Sara owns Expressive Therapies that provides Northeast Wisconsin with creative arts therapies and counseling services.

Expressive Therapies is a business that offers individual and group music therapy, art therapy, counseling, adaptive lessons and therapeutic & recreational drum circles.  Expressive Therapies started in 2011 and continues to expand and grow as the community offers wonderful response to these therapeutic arts.  Check out their website for more information: www.expressivetherapies.net.

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Music Education Workshop Artist

My Bio

His Words: “Music is a gift to share with others. Unfortunately, many people do not have access to high-level music education. I believe that by creating a safe space for people to achieve their full potential through music, anyone can then find their voice and become a more confident performer, no matter what style they prefer to play.”


Mike Pope is Founder and Executive Director of Forte Community Music Project. Forte’s mission is to use high-quality music education as a vehicle to unlock the full potential of the communities and singers they serve. Their vision is to see communities where every person has access to freely explore music regardless of their past experience or financial situation. Forte hopes to achieve this vision by taking music into the community, creating pop-up music schools throughout the city, and encouraging everyone to strive for musical excellence.

Born on Chicago’s west side, Mike was fortunate to find music at an early age. Mike later graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, with a Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance. In his spare time, Mike continues to perform and teach voice lessons. His teaching philosophy incorporates a strong foundation in classical voice training and a solid understanding of vocal health and technique as fundamental components for successfully performing. Mike believes anyone can discover their voice and become a more confident performer and singer!

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Music Education Workshop Artist

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Ken Korber is a 2nd-career, published author who has combined the triple benefits of reading, music and health into a multimedia platform of children’s books aimed at bringing a “musical” and “healthy choices” experiences to a younger audience. The Musical Adventures of Grace 4-book series, and the basis of the Mile 5 Workshop “Sidewalk Symphony”, is published by Balboa Press, and is available for a global audience, through Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin translations. 

Sarah Clewett

Tim McIlree

Liam Mayo

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Music Education Workshop Artist

My Bio

Her Words: “Music is freeing, wonderful, beautiful, calm, meditative… it guides you to a space that allows for peace and expression without judgement.”


Sarah is originally from Naperville, IL, and is very excited to be participating as a Mile of Music Education Team Workshop Artist, where she will be focusing on Deep Listening activities. Sarah was inspired by the philosophy and methods behind Deep Listening, created by composer and musician Pauline Oliveros, while completing a Lawrence University sponsored internship last summer at the Center for Deep Listening at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Sarah has promoted Deep Listening awareness at LU and is a co-founder of the active on-campus group, The Deep Listeners of Lawrence University (DLLU). Sarah’s wide variety of music related-interests also includes music therapy, and she has completed an internship at a creative arts therapy institute in Evanston, IL. On campus Sarah has been a member of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, the Lawrence Baroque Ensemble, the Improvisation Group of Lawrence University (IGLU), and several chamber music groups. Sarah is a recent graduate of Lawrence University where she majored in oboe performance and psychology.

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Music Education Workshop Artist

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Pianist, Makaroff Youth Ballet Workshop Artist

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His Words: “My time working with Makaroff Youth Ballet stands out as one of the defining experiences of my life.”


Liam Mayo is a home-schooled 18 year old student from Green Bay. He studies piano with Professor Antony Padilla at Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton. Most recently, he won first place in the Civic Symphony of Green Bay Miroslav Pansky Concerto Competition and the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition. Besides music, Liam has a passion for writing and acting. His latest roles include the Nutcracker Prince with the Makaroff Youth Ballet and Dickon in the Cavalry Players production of the Secret Garden.
 
Liam has been the accompanist for Makaroff Youth Ballet for the past 3 years, where he has accompanied students in class as well as writing original compositions for Makaroff Youth Ballet performances. When asked about his experience at MYB, Liam notes, “Working with the company has taught me so many invaluable lessons, about composition, arrangement, piano technique and general musicianship as well as ballet accompaniment. It has given me in addition a great respect for the blood, sweat and tears that make the beauty of ballet possible; the hard work and dedication
shown by the company astonishes me time and time again. I am honored to have been a part of this, in some small way.” Starting this fall Liam will be attending Bard College. He intends to study piano performance and creative writing, with hopes of accompanying ballet in college and beyond.

Nkauj Suab Nag

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Music Education Workshop Artists

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In June 2016, six local dancers formed Nkauj Suab Nag (which in Hmong means “Sound of the Rain”). By October they were taking first place in local and state competitions and sharing Hmong dance throughout the Fox Cities. 

Members Sheng Xiong (dance coach/ Choreographer/ leader) Nancy Vue, Manie Xiong, Nancy Xiong, Gaolia Lo, and You Lee grew up dancing together from a young age in local Hmong dance groups, and formed Nkauj Suab Nag to continue dancing at a high level as adults. They have become one of the few highly recognized Hmong dance groups in the Fox Cities, having taken 1st place in the Hmong National Labor Day Festivals in Oshkosh and Madison, 2nd place at Wisconsin Hmong New Year in Milwaukee, and 3rd place representing the state of Wisconsin in Hmong International New Year in California and Minnesota Hmong New Year in Minneapolis. These passionate and experienced performers believe in using Hmong dance to teach audiences about Hmong culture and encourage the entire community – especially Hmong youth – to embrace it. As featured performers at a variety of events around the Fox Cities, they are excited to bring this unique art to the Mile!