Leila Ramagopal Pertl

Brian Pertl

Eli Grover

Credentials

Music Education Curator for Mile of Music, Performing Arts Teacher Appleton Public Montessori, Lawrence Academy of Music harp instructor, Lecturer in Music Education Lawrence University, LU ‚Äė87

My Bio

Her Words: ‚ÄúThe question isn‚Äôt whether you‚Äôre a musician or not. You are. It‚Äôs whether you have taken the time, through layered process, to develop the musical birthright which was yours to begin with.‚ÄĚ – Leila Pertl

Leila Ramagopal Pertl is the Music Education Curator of the Mile of Music Festival. She created the innovative Music curriculum at Next Generation School in Champaign, IL and at Appleton Public Montessori, where music is treated as a core subject; each student taking music class every day and being immersed in drumming, dancing, singing, improvisation, composition, and music theory. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, a Master of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. She is an active presenter and has recently given presentations and teacher workshops for the Illinois Association for Health Physical Education and Dance, Appleton Area School District, WMEA 2012, 2015, and the International Deep Listening Conference 2013, the Appleton Education Foundation, and is a lecturer in Music Education at Lawrence University.

Credentials

Trombonist, didjeridu, and Dean of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, LU ‚Äė86

My Bio

His Words: ‚ÄúThere are fewer bonds more profound than those created through community music-making.‚ÄĚ – Brian Pertl Brian Pertl is the Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory, ethnomusicologist, didjeridu player, and member of the Mile of Music Education Team. Before stepping into the deanship of the Lawrence Conservatory, Brian had a 16-year career at Microsoft in Seattle leading the Media Acquisitions Team. At Lawrence he has launched the 21st Century Musicianship Initiative which focuses on giving aspiring musicians rigorous classical music training seamlessly integrated with the creative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial skills needed to create fulfilling musical lives. He is excited by the boundless artistic potential of the Fox Cities and is committed to building vibrant collaborations between Lawrence and the greater community. His close partnership with Mile of Music is a perfect example of these efforts.

Credentials

Clarinetist, Director of Bands, Einstein Middle School and Classical School, LU ‚Äė11

My Bio

His Words: ‚ÄúLearning music opens worlds for the learner, both inside and out. ¬†That is why I teach it.‚ÄĚ – Eli Grover Eli Grover teaches band and general music in the Appleton Area School District at Einstein Middle School and Classical Charter School.¬† He graduated from Lawrence University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental and General Music Education and he recently received the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) Early Career Educator Award from the Lawrence University Teacher Education Program. ¬†Eli includes body percussion, buckets, plungers, Balinese Gamelan, Jazz Band, and much more into his band and general music to give the students a well-rounded and highly musical experience.

Jaclyn Kottman

Becca Shumann

Marshall Yoes

Credentials

Vocalist, Director of Choirs at Einstein Middle School, Classical School, and Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir, LU ‚Äė12

My Bio

Her Words: ‚ÄúMaking music together connects us more deeply to the core of who we are as individuals and to our shared humanity.‚ÄĚ – Jaclyn Kottman Raised on sweet tea and shape note music, Jaclyn originally hails from Atlanta, GA but is now proud to be part of the Appleton community as a teacher with the Appleton Area School District and the Lawrence Academy of Music’s Girl Choir program. She is a graduate of Lawrence University and in recent years has also taught in Costa Rica and New Zealand. One of Jaclyn’s biggest passions is¬†community singing because whenever we play our ‚Äúbuilt-in instruments‚ÄĚ in a¬†shared space we are building community and affirming the value of each person‚Äôs voice.

Credentials

Trumpeter, Director of Bands, Coleman School District, LU ‚Äė15

My Bio

Becca Shuman graduated from Lawrence University in 2015 with degrees in music education and trumpet performance, and continues to perform with groups such as the Oshkosh Symphony, the Lawrence University bands, and various chamber groups in the Fox Valley. A member of the Music Education Team in 2014, she spent last summer interning with Carnegie Hall’s community and education programs, which fueled her passion for bringing diverse music-making experiences to all types of communities. This fall, she will begin as the director of bands for the Coleman School District in northern Wisconsin, working with students in 5th-12th grades.

Credentials

Freelance trumpeter and composer, LU ‚Äė15

My Bio

His Words: ‚ÄúMusic allows me to express a part of my personality that I have a hard time expressing naturally.‚ÄĚ – Marshall Yoes Marshall Yoes is a trumpet player and composer originally from Gilbert, Arizona. Raised in a family full of musicians, Marshall grew up with music naturally being a huge part of his life. He has been performing in some capacity for the past 8 years, from freelance church gigs to renaissance festivals and recording sessions. While at Lawrence, Marshall studied trumpet with John Daniel and jazz composition with Fred Sturm and Patty Darling, as well as studying psychology in the college. He is currently taking time off to focus on his composing and prepare for applying to graduate school, while still playing around Appleton with the locally infamous nerd- funk band Porky‚Äôs Groove Machine. Having been a part of the MET team for Mile 3, Marshall is incredibly excited to be return for Mile 4, and is looking forward to sharing as much music as he can with as many people as he can.

Adam Korber

Nestor Dominguez

Melissa Fields

Credentials

Music Education and Cello Performance LU’ 18

My Bio

His Words: ‚ÄúTeaching music is the most important thing for me because it gets each one of the learners in touch with who they really are. ¬†It gives them a chance to delve into what makes them an incredible person, and creates a supportive, accepting, and rewarding environment.‚ÄĚ – Adam Korber Adam Korber from Arlington Heights, Illinois is ecstatic about¬†returning to Appleton this summer for his second Mile! ¬†A rising senior at Lawrence University, Adam majors in music education and cello performance. ¬†With cello as his primary instrument, he strives to¬†explore¬†music both in and outside of the western classical realm through¬†small ensemble,¬†large¬†ensemble study, and solo repertoire. ¬†This summer, he will have¬†the privilege to work with Yo-Yo Ma and¬†the musicians of The Silk Road Ensemble at the Global Musician Workshop. ¬†He will also¬†attend InterHarmony Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. ¬†As an educator, Adam teaches cello at the Lawrence University Academy of Music and in the Chicago area. ¬†At the Academy of Music, he has also¬†co-directed the beginning class as a part of¬†String Project and is currently¬†creating¬†the Lawrence Academy Cello Ensemble (to begin in the ’16-’17¬†academic year).¬†He is¬†ready to learn at this year’s Mile and¬†ready to embrace new challenges!¬†Adam comes to Mile of Music with the¬†belief that EVERY¬†human has the right to high quality music education ‚Äď something that the Music¬†Education¬†Team achieves!

Credentials

Trumpeter, Music Teacher, Northwest Middle School, Chicago, LU ‚Äė14

My Bio

His Words: “Receiving a music education allows our young generation to practice¬† creativity- a quality that many employers are now looking for. It is the opposite of what standardized tests do – make our students ‘button pushers”. – Nestor Dominguez Nestor Dominguez, Jr is an energetic, young-hearted music educator born in Guerrero, Mexico. He is an alumn of the Chicago Public Schools, Merit School of Music and Lawrence University Class of 2014. While at Lawrence, he studied instrumental and general music education and trumpet performance. In December of 2013, Mr. Dominguez traveled to Sierra Leone, West Africa to volunteer as a music teacher. During his time there, he taught music lessons to over 300+ children. Upon graduation, he returned to his hometown of Chicago, IL to teach music at Northwest Middle School in the Belmont-Craigin neighborhood. At Northwest, all students are enrolled in general music where their curriculum has included bucket percussion, piano, music theory, score studying and ukulele. Wind band, choir and guitar ensemble are offered as after school options. During his free time he plays trumpet, swims, bikes, and plays Fifa 2016.

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Vocalist, Elementary General Music Teacher, Neenah, and member of newVoices Choir

My Bio

Her Words: ‚ÄúMusic allows children to come together and be part of a shared experience, creating beauty.‚ÄĚ – Melissa Fields Melissa Fields is an elementary general music teacher at Hoover, Taft and Clayton elementary schools in Neenah, Wisconsin. She received her bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Iowa and her master‚Äôs degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. Her master‚Äôs thesis was on ‚ÄúThe Incorporation of Children‚Äôs Picture Books into the Second Grade Music Classroom. ‚ÄĚ She has been teaching for over twenty years and is passionate about her profession. Melissa continues to develop her own musicianship by being a member of newVoices vocal ensemble. Performing and sharing her musical talent with the community is a definite thrill. Melissa believes everyone has a musical ability and it is her delight in inspiring others to be musical.

Sarah Phelps

Kennison Ther

Joseph Connor

Credentials

Elementary General Music Teacher, Badger Elementary, member newVoices vocal ensemble, LU ‚Äė07

My Bio

Her Words: ‚ÄúTeaching music lends strength to voices that may not otherwise be heard.‚ÄĚ – Sarah Phelps I have my mom and dad to thank for the privilege of growing up in a musical family. I was originally inspired to be a music therapist in 8th grade when my choir teacher and I started a program pairing regular education students with special education students in a hands-on music class. That music teacher was the first person to ever believe I had singing ability and she continues to be a mentor to me today. I met my husband and partner in goofiness, Brian, in 2004 and our daughter, Penelope, was born a year ago February. I love my job teaching K-6th grade music in the Appleton school district. I also serve as the alto section leader for the New Voices choir. I am honored to be participating on the Music Education Team again as MoM rolls into Mile 4!

Credentials

Multi-Percussionist, Music Educator, Leader of LU Sambistas, LU ‚Äė16

My Bio

Kennison Ther is from Lake Zurich, Illinois.¬†He¬†is a graduate from Lawrence University and¬†studied Music Education. He is returning for his 3rd Mile this summer.¬†His primary instrument is percussion and was a part of LUPE (Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble) which studied music in classical chamber settings and music from¬†Brazil, Cuba, and Ghana. Kennison had gone and done further study of Brazilian music at the California Brazil Camp and had brought what he had learned to the group at Lawrence. He was one of the student directors that created and lead LUPE’s 2014 PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Conference.)¬†¬†performance with world renowned guest artists. Samba and other Brazilian styles are a passion of his and wants to share this beautiful music and culture with anyone and everyone.¬†He will be student teaching in the Appleton area this fall and is very excited to see where the road will take him on his next adventure.

Credentials

Saxophonist, Music Educator LU ‚Äė16

My Bio

His Words: ‚ÄúPlaying music is a great way to learn things about yourself, and a perfect way to share what you learn with others‚ÄĚ – Joseph Connor Joe Connor is a LU ‚Äô16 graduate of Lawrence University in instrumental music education and saxophone performance. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Joe has performed with the Lawrence, Fox Valley, Oshkosh, and La Crosse symphony orchestras, as well as¬†wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, saxophone quartets, and in other chamber music settings. In the fall of 2014 Joe founded Slipstream, a new music ensemble focused on collaborating with young composers to present new works for saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion. This exciting collaboration has already led to the creation of four new works and recordings in 2015. As an educator, Joe has taught students of all ages privately in the Appleton and Madison areas and been a part of Lawrence‚Äôs Music for All program, focused on bringing music to nontraditional venues and engaging with audience members to bring them closer to the music.

Chris Misch

Sean Goldman

Dan Reifsteck

Credentials

Trombonist/Composer, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music '13

My Bio

His words: “Music allows people to connect and have a shared experience which is a beautiful sentiment. My personal relationship with music acts as a sort of therapy whether it be as a composer, performer, or spectator/fan! If it weren’t for the important music educators that stepped in as role-models and mentors for me, I may not have found a healthy way to channel my emotions and connect with people. I believe it is my responsibility to pay back my mentors through the education of others, so that future generations too, can have a bond through the art/culture/community of music.” – Chris Misch¬†

Currently residing in both the Midwest and New York music scenes, Chris is a young and aspiring trombonist, composer and educator. He recently graduated with a Masters in Music from NYU where he worked closely with prominent artists and educators Alan Ferber and Kenny Werner which heavily influenced both his musical and philosophical thought. 

Misch’s goal is to be able to identify with elements from various artistic categories that are integrated into his compositions and performances. Throughout his career he has shared the stage with such artist as Bobby McFerrin, John and Gerald Clayton, Joel Frahm, Conrad Herwig, Snarky Puppy, Billy Drewes, Kurt Elling, Jim Pugh, Samuel T. Herring, Freddie “Gangsta” Gibbs, Stewart Dempster, Joe Lovano and members of¬†Red Baraat. He has recorded in many different ensembles and projects including The Radiohead Jazz Project, One by the NYChillharmonic, various singles by the band San Fermin, and the Cyborg Orchestra by Joshua Green. Recently Chris released a full length album of original music entitled snapshots. With his NYC based band, he has performed with hip hop artists Elucid, Milo, and Hemlock Ernst. Chris has also performed at a variety of incredible venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End, The Blue Note, and Rockwood.

Originally from Wisconsin, Misch attended Lawrence University for his undergraduate degree. While pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance, he spent my time under the tutelage of Nick Keelan, Fred Sturm, Jose Encarnacion, and Bill Carrothers. Lawrence University provided ample opportunities to attend concerts and master classes presented by performers of the highest caliber including Marshall Gilkes, the Imani Winds, Christian McBride, and Dave King to select a few. Lawrence also provided Chris with insight into a variety of music from cultures around the world with its World Artist Music series. Being exposed to virtuosos from completely unfamiliar music cultures had a deep impact on his harmonic and rhythmic sensibility which led to further pursuits in studying Carnatic music, traditional Brazilian samba, West Ghanaian percussion and Afro-Cuban music including exposure to Bata drumming styles.

Credentials

Multi-percussionist, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music ‚Äė18

My Bio

His Words: ‚ÄúMusic education deepens the mind of both the student and the teacher. You learn new things through teaching and by being taught. Everyone is constantly learning.‚ÄĚ – Sean Goldman Sean Goldman is an upcoming junior at Lawrence University from Milwaukee, WI.¬† While pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion performance, Sean enjoys performing with the various world music and classical music ensembles Lawrence has to offer.¬† He studies under Professor Dane Richeson in hopes of continuing the percussion studios community outreach programs and becoming a freelance and chamber musician.¬† This is his first year as a member of the Mile of Music, Music Education Team and is excited for the experience.

Credentials

Mullti-Percussionist, Singer Songwriter, LU ‚Äė15

My Bio

Dan Reifsteck is excited to join the Mile of Music Education Team!  After graduating from Lawrence University with a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance in June 2015, Dan started the Lawrence Academy Drumming Ensemble for high school and middle school percussionists. In its first year, the group played a diverse collection of music including an arrangement of a Punch Brothers song, Brazilian samba, and even a bucket drumming routine. Dan also values the importance of individualized learning and currently gives private percussion lessons to students through the Academy of Music. Besides his ventures as an educator, Dan also stays busy as a soloist and chamber musician. This past March he was featured as a soloist with the Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble (LUPE).  He also is a cofounder of the new music ensemble, Slipstream, which just finished a tour throughout the Midwest.  He is a member of the new ensemble, LILITH, which recently finished commissioning and performing a collection of pieces relating to body issues and the singer-songwriter collective, Riverbug, which released their debut EP, Riverbug, last June.

Dr. Matthew Ramón Arau

Ella Heiks

Phynix Beringer

Credentials

Lawrence University Assistant Professor of Music, Chair of Music Education and Associate Director of Bands; Faculty member of the American Band College of Sam Houston State University; Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician; Saxophonist; LU ‚Äė97

My Bio

His Words:¬† ‚ÄúWe teach music because we believe that we can make a difference, that we can light a fire, that we can instill knowledge and guide students to achieve their own success, that we can share our love and passion with students, and they, in turn, will be able to spread this passion to others.‚ÄĚ – Dr. Matthew Ram√≥n Arau

Dr. Matthew Ram√≥n Arau is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Chair of Music of Education and Associate Director of Bands at Lawrence University. He gives clinics on leadership, conducting, rehearsing, and the saxophone at conferences around the world, and he is an active guest conductor and performer. One of his messages is the unlimited potential of students to achieve excellence in music and leadership with a combination of passion, disciplined effort, and engaged teaching. He believes that ‚Äúleadership is inspiring and encouraging others to achieve their full potential.” Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Arau taught middle school and high school band in Loveland, Colorado for fifteen years where his concert bands, jazz bands, and marching bands received national critical acclaim. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, Music Performance with an emphasis in jazz studies, and Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Lawrence University, a Master of Science degree in Music Education from Southern Oregon University (American Band College), and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Credentials

MET Kid

My Bio

Ella Heiks recently graduated from Appleton Public Montessori, and she will be a 7th grader at Einstein Middle School in Appleton, WI.¬† She plays cello, ukulele, the spoons, and participates in the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir.¬† She loves jammin’ with her friends and family, and teaching campfire songs.

Credentials

MET Kid

My Bio

Phynix Beringer recently graduated from Appleton Public Montessori, and will be a 7th grader at Valley New School in Appleton, WI. He plays the violin, ukulele, various percussion instruments and sings in a youth choir. He loves all things music and finds and can frequently be found jamming out a rhythm on anything he can find. He has been so inspired by Mile of Music for the past three years and is thrilled to join the education team for Mile 4.