Caitlynn Acy - Symphonic Band

A headshot of a smiling woman with straight, red-brown hair. She poses with her arms crossed.Caitlynn Acy ‘15, Symphonic Band teacher-conductor, is a native of Sheboygan Falls, WI and a graduate of Lawrence University with degrees in flute performance and instrumental music education. After graduating, Mrs. Acy taught high school band in Oklahoma City, OK for two years before moving back to her home state. In 2017, she started her current position in the Appleton Area School District, where she is the band teacher at Madison Middle School, Foster Elementary School, and Richmond Elementary School.

Mrs. Acy is a board member of the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association, an organization that provides professional development for band teachers as well as various learning and performance opportunities for young musicians around the state. She also serves as the flute coach at the Lakeland University Summer Music Camp. Mrs. Acy continues to perform on her flute with VENTO Winds, a professional-level, audition-only wind band based in Northeast Wisconsin. She lives in Appleton with her husband and miniature schnauzer, Kona.

Corrina Albright - Lawrence Youth String Orchestra

A headshot of a smiling woman with dark, wavy hair standing in front of a colorful mural.Corrina Albright, teacher-conductor of the Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO), spent seven formative years as a student playing viola in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) and is an enthusiastic advocate for the empowering experience youth ensemble training provides for young musicians. Albright holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with George Taylor. She completed Suzuki teacher training for violin at the School for Strings in New York City and received teaching certification from Lawrence University. Albright currently teaches K-6 general music and orchestra at Appleton Public Montessori. She is a member of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA), the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). 

Before returning to her home state of WI in 2016, Albright maintained teaching studios in Croton-on-Hudson, NY and Brooklyn, NY for ten years, where she worked to create a musical learning culture that built and nurtured community through multiple strands of cultural and generational connections/partnerships within her students’ home neighborhoods. In New York City, Albright enjoyed performing viola with such diverse groups and performing artists as the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Alan Ferber Nonet, Sufjian Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, Shakira, and Alexi Murdoch. In Appleton, Albright has performed as a substitute in the viola section of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and formerly coached viola and violin sections for Youth Orchestra and Concert Orchestra of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony. She is an active participant in the music ministry at St. Joseph’s Parish in Appleton.

I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana - Balinese Gamelan

A man with short, black hair the behind a Balinese percussion instrument. He smiles at the camera while holding up a mallet.I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana is an internationally esteemed performer, teacher, and composer of Balinese instrumental music

Dewa graduated from the Conservatory of Indonesian Musical Arts (SMKI) in 1999 though is primarily trained in the local performing arts of his village of Pengosekan, Bali. He is a founding member of Gamelan Çudamani, one of the premiere gamelan troupes from Bali, and has toured multiple times with Çudamani to the U.S., Canada, Japan, Italy and Greece. Their recent tour of the production “Odalan Bali” won acclaim from critics across the U.S. and Canada.

Dedicated to the continuation of traditional Balinese music education, Dewa has been one of the core teachers of Çudamani’s educational programs for children in Pengosekan. He has played a critical part in supporting the development of the Çudamani Girls’ Gamelan, one of the only ensembles of its kind to offer young girls in Bali the opportunity to learn gamelan music. Dewa has taught at the Çudamani Summer Institute for Music and Dance in Bali and has had private students from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, and the U.K. since 2000. Dewa is sought after for his clear and systematic teaching methods. Since 1998, he has been invited to teach Balinese gamelan repertoire to men’s, women’s, and children’s gamelans across southern Bali in preparation for their performances at temple ceremonies and festival competitions.

Karen Bruno - Bel Canto Girl Choir

A headshot of a woman with curly, dark brown hair. She wears a blue sweater. Karen Bruno, who teaches the Bel Canto singers, is the artistic director of the Girl Choir program.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, a teaching certificate from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music, and her Master of Music degree from Boston University. She has taught choral music in the Appleton and Oshkosh school districts and at an international school in Senegal, West Africa. Bruno has helped to teach Lawrence Conservatory music education classes and has served as both cooperating and practicum teacher for students from Lawrence and St. Norbert College. She is currently the director of the Lawrence Community Music School.

Bruno has conducted numerous all-state, honors, and festival choirs, served in a variety of capacities on the boards of the Wisconsin and North Central chapters of the American Choral Directors Association, is a member of the VoiceCare Network, and serves on the committee that teaches the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) instructional model. She is a two-time recipient of Wisconsin Choral Directors Association's Five-Star Award, a recipient of Lawrence University's Pi Kappa Lambda award for excellence in music education, is a Rotary Scholarship Award winner, and was recognized by the Danbury (CT) Music Centre for providing outstanding musical opportunities for youth in the United States. Under her tutelage, Bel Canto was awarded Second Place in the national American Prize competition and has performed, by audition, on state and regional conventions of choral conductors.

Mari Card - Allegretto Girl Choir

A headshot of a smiling woman with light brown, bobbed hair.Mari Card, who teaches Allegretto singers, graduated from Carthage College in 2012 with a major in music and emphases in piano pedagogy, choral music education, and general music education. She taught elementary music for the DC Everest School District for seven years. While teaching, Mrs. Card completed Level 1 of the World Music Drumming teacher training (which includes the basics of African and Caribbean drumming, singing, and moving) and completed Orff-Schulwerk teacher training.  Mrs. Card is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and she serves as the vice-president for the North Central Wisconsin Orff chapter. Mrs. Card grew up in the Appleton area and participated in Girl Choir from 2003-2008. She is excited to teach Allegretto next year!

Carrie Gruselle Gray - Chamber Ensembles

A headshot of a smiling woman with strawberry blonde, chin-length hair.Carrie Gruselle Gray, Chamber Music Ensembles coordinator, is recently retired from teaching strings for the Appleton Area School District in Appleton, Wisconsin. Actively involved with the Wisconsin MEA Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project, she is also past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers Association  and former lead teacher for the Lawrence University String Project. She is string editor for FJH Music Company and co-author of the FJH method book Measures of Success for Strings. Her arrangements and compositions for young string players are studied and performed regularly worldwide.

Mrs. Gray holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from UW-Eau Claire and a Masters of Music Education with Suzuki Emphasis from UW-Stevens Point.

Jaclyn Kottman Hittner '12 - Arioso Girl Choir

A black and white headshot of a smiling woman with shoulder-length, wavy hair.Jaclyn Kottman Hittner, who teaches Ragazze and Arioso singersis an alumna of Lawrence University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in choral and general music education. She also holds a Master of Music degree in music education from Boston University, where her capstone focused on facilitating empowerment through the adolescent female voice change. Before moving to Wisconsin Rapids with her husband and their rescue pup, Louie, Hittner taught choral and general music in Appleton for almost 10 years. Prior to joining the Lawrence Girl Choir teaching staff, she served as a manager and conducting intern with all three middle and high school Girl Choirs. She has been a clinician and guest conductor for festival and honor choirs throughout Wisconsin and currently serves on the board of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) as the chair of the Singing in Wisconsin project. She is also Director of Operations for the Mile of Music Festival's Music Education Team and was a liaison for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive (CLR) Teaching & Learning with the Appleton Area School District. Hittner is a member of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) and an advocate for Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) teaching model. She is the recipient of WCDA’s Outstanding Young Choral Director Award and Lawrence University’s Pi Kappa Lambda Award for excellence in music education.

Sarah Phelps '07 - Primo Girl Choir

A headshot of a smiling woman with wavy, shoulder-length brown hair. She stands outside and wears a formal, white top.Sarah Phelps, who teaches Primo singers, is an alumna of Lawrence University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in choral and general music education. She teaches elementary school music in the Appleton Area School District, where she also serves as an Arts Integration specialist and a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching point person. She enjoys collaborating regularly with Lawrence students as clinicians and student teachers. Previously, she served as the manager for the Intermezzo Girl Choir (now the Capriccio and Arioso choirs). Phelps is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. She is also an advocate for the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance teaching model. She enjoys remaining active in the community by serving as a section leader in the newVoices choral ensemble as well as on the Mile of Music - Music Education Team.

Marie Putman - Cantabile Girl Choir

A photo of a smiling women with short, light brown hair.Marie Putman, who teaches Cantabile singers, is a graduate of the Girl Choir program and a current choral music educator in the Appleton Area School District at Appleton North and West High Schools. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral and General Music Education and a minor in Arts Administration. Putman started her teaching career in Illinois, where she served as her district’s Junior Choral Representative and was recognized as an Emerging Leader. She also sang with the twenty-voice ensemble, Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane. Putman is a member of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Michael Ross - Wind Ensemble

A closeup of a man in a tuxedo looking at the camera. He has a hint of a smile on his face.Michael Ross is the conductor of the Community Music School's Wind Ensemble, a position he has held for more than a decade. Recently retired from the Appleton Area School District, Mr. Ross is currently teaching music classes at the Renaissance School for the Arts at Appleton West High School. In 2005, he was appointed the conductor of the Green Bay Youth Symphony—now the Youth Symphony at St. Norbert College—a position he still holds. Mr. Ross has served as President of the Wisconsin Percussive Arts Society and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) in 1999 and has been a member of the National Band Association.

Mr. Ross currently works as a clinician and guest conductor with high school and middle school bands and percussion sections throughout Wisconsin and Michigan. He held the position of timpanist of the Green Bay Symphony for 39 years, played percussion in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and performed as an extra in percussion with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Michigan University and his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with Dr. Mallory Thompson and Dr. Stephen Petersen.