Kelley Carpenter '89 - Saxophone

Kelley Carpenter, saxophone instructor, received her Bachelor of Music degree in education from Lawrence University and has been teaching at the Community Music School over 20 years. Currently a band director in the Kimberly Area School District, she also is a member of Wisconsin Symphonic Winds. She teaches saxophone in a fun and positive atmosphere using a variety of teaching techniques and materials to reach every child's learning style and help them succeed to the best of their ability.

Suzanne Jordheim - Flute

Suzanne Jordheim was a winner of the National Flute Association Professional Performers Competition and has performed in recitals at the National Flute Association Convention and Carnegie Recital Hall. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Jordheim was a graduate assistant at Northwestern University where she graduated with a Master of Music degree in flute performance. She has studied flute with Walfrid Kujala, William Bennett, Robert Aiken, and Jean Pierre Rampal.

Ms. Jordheim has performed as soloist with the Oregon, Seattle, Fox Valley, Oshkosh, and Lanzhou-China Symphony orchestras and toured throughout forty-four states as flute soloist with the "Fred Waring Show." She has performed for "Young Audiences," "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Elvehjem" on Wisconsin Public Radio, and in Dave Brubeck's cantata "Beloved Son," which was broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television. Most recently, Ms. Jordheim performed at the Electronic Music Midwest conference as well as for the College Music Society, Great Lakes Region conference.

Since 1993, Ms. Jordheim has taught flute, music education, and conducted the flute choir at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. An active performer and teacher, she has presented numerous flute master classes throughout the Midwest and in China. She has served on the national advisory board of the Gemeinhardt Flute Company and plays flute and piccolo in the Fox Valley Symphony.

Susan Lawrence McCardell - Bassoon

A woman with shoulder-length, wavy hair holds a bassoon and smiles at the camera.Susan Lawrence McCardell, bassoon instructor, received a Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Lawrence University, where she studied bassoon with Fred Schroeder and Carl Rath. Her post-graduate work includes summer studies in Quebec, Canada with Frank Morelli of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Orford Arts Centre and with Stephen Maxym, former principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera, at the Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy. During the summers of 2002 and 2004, Mrs. McCardell was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where she studied with Stéphane Lévesque, principal bassoon of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. McCardell has performed with various orchestras in northeastern Wisconsin, including the Fox Valley Symphony, Civic Symphony of Green Bay, Green Bay Symphony, Oshkosh Symphony, Central Wisconsin Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and she frequently performs as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, including the Water Street Chamber Players, an ensemble of wind quintet and piano formed in 2014.

From 2000 to 2014, she served as lecturer of music at the Lawrence University Conservatory in teaching bassoon techniques to music education majors and, since 2001, has been teaching private bassoon lessons to middle school and high school students in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas. She has coached young woodwind players in various chamber ensembles and enjoys teaching musicians of all ages.

Mrs. McCardell has been teacher of bassoon at the Lawrence Community Music School since the summer of 2009 and teacher of bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay since the fall of 2015.

Leslie Outland Michelic - Oboe

A headshot of a smiling woman with wavy brown hair. She holds an oboe and stands in front of a woodgrain backdrop.Leslie Outland Michelic, oboe instructor, enjoys a fulfilling and varied musical career as artist-teacher of the oboe and English horn. She has served as Principal Oboe of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and solo English horn of the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she holds titled positions in both the Fox Valley Symphony and Oshkosh Symphony orchestras. A founding member of the Water Street Chamber Players, she is also active as a chamber musician and free-lance artist.

As a teacher, she is passionate to empower each student to fully realize their gifts and to develop their own musical voice. She serves as teacher of oboe at the Lawrence Community Music School and instructor of music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers have included Paul Kramer, Howard Niblock, and Ray Still of the Chicago Symphony. She brings all of these important schools of oboe pedagogy to her teaching and performing artistry and melds them to individualize the guidance for each student.

She filled several important roles at the June 2017 convention of the International Double Reed Society. As a performer on English horn, she presented the world premiere of Stephen McCardell’s Poéme and as oboist, joined the Water Street Chamber Players in presenting a convention-opening recital. She also presented a master class for young artists at the convention and served as co-director of the IDRS Teen Camp Adventure. Her future plans include performances of works written for her by composers such as David Canfield, Elaine Fine, and Stephen McCardell.

Samara Morris '21 - Clarinet

A headshot of a smiling woman in concert black holding a clarinet.Samara Morris, clarinet instructor, received a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance and instrumental music education from Lawrence University. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she has contributed to the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, along with multiple chamber groups and solo performances. Past instructors of hers include David Bell, Rose Sperrazza, and Stefan Neubauer. Along with private lessons, she is currently substitute teaching in the Oshkosh Area School District and working freelance performance gigs in the Fox Cities area.

Keith Dom Powell - French Horn

A headshot of a bespectacled man with gray hair and a gray beard.Keith Dom Powell, French horn instructor, received a B.A. in horn performance from Stony Brook University, NY and a M.Mus. in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University. He also studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Hochschule für Musik und Drama in Hannover, Germany.

Mr. Powell has taught at the Community Music School since 2008 and previously at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, and Musik Innovations, Pittsburgh. He is principal horn of the Green Bay City Band, performs with the Marquette (MI) Symphony, and is substitute horn for the Fox Valley Symphony. He was a member of Renaissance City Winds (1982-87) and has performed with orchestras in Pennsylvania: McKeesport, Altoona, Westmoreland; Wisconsin: Oshkosh, Green Bay, Sheboygan; New York: Chautauqua, Larchmont; West Virginia: Wheeling, and others. He has performed with a wide variety of musicians including Lee Tomboulian, Eddy Arnold, The Moody Blues, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Bernadette Peters, Maureen McGovern, Shirley Jones, Art Garfunkel, Vic Ferrari, and Shari Lewis & Lambchop among many others. Mr. Powell is a founding member of the Water Street Chamber Players.

Mr. Powell loves chamber music and opera. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by orchestras and chamber groups in New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, and elsewhere. A member of the International Horn Society, he received the New York Governor's Citation in 1974.

Michael Ratsch '71 - Percussion

A headshot of a man with short, gray-blonde hair. He wears a striped shirt and stands outside in front of lush, green trees.Michael Ratsch, percussion instructor, is a magna cum laude graduate of Lawrence University and holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He taught instrumental music in the public schools for 32 years, the last 30 of which were for the Little Chute Area School District. He currently provides percussion instruction for individuals and with the New Horizons Band. He also maintains a private studio in Kimberly, where he gives lessons on wind instruments to beginning to intermediate level students. He has performed with the Fox Valley Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, Green Lake Music Festival Orchestra, Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Concert Band, and the Appleton City Band, where he is assistant conductor. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, and Percussive Arts Society.

Isaac Schwartz '11 - Trumpet

A headshot of a man with short red-brown hair and freckles. He holds a trumpet and stands outside.Isaac Schwartz is currently the band director at Winneconne Middle School in Winneconne, WI, where he directs the 6th grade band, 7th/8th grade band, jazz band, pep band, modern band, and teaches kindergarten music. Prior to teaching in Winneconne, Isaac taught band in West Fargo, ND for five years and in Clintonville, WI for two years. During his time in Clintonville, Isaac was the trumpet player for the popular variety band Boogie and the Yo-Yo'z. Together with the group he traveled all over Wisconsin as well as into Iowa, Florida, and Arizona, performing over 70 shows each year. Isaac is now a member of Vento Winds, a wind ensemble in Appleton dedicated to high-quality musicianship and music education. Isaac graduated from Lawrence University in 2011 and completed his master’s degree in Music Education from Ithaca College in 2019. He has studied trumpet with John Daniel, Frank Campos, Tom Strait, and Jeremy Brekke. In his spare time he enjoys running, composing, and spending time with his wife, Mary Kate.

Jeffrey Stannard - Trumpet (Conservatory Faculty)

A headshot of a smiling man wearing glasses. He wears a suit and tie.Jeffrey Stannard serves as Associate Dean of the Conservatory, teaches trumpet, and performs with the Lawrence Brass. Dr. Stannard's degrees include the Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from the University of Iowa, the Master of Music with High Honors from the University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.

Before coming to the Lawrence Conservatory, Dr. Stannard served as Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. During his time at Del Mar College, he also served as Applied Music Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Music and Drama. In addition to his teaching and administrative work, he has remained very active as a trumpet performer in a wide variety of styles and genres, including chamber music, orchestral, jazz band, and solo appearances.

Active in numerous organizations, Dr. Stannard is a Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Texas Jazz Festival Society. Other memberships include the College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Anne Witherell - Low Brass

A photo of a smiling woman with short, gray hair and glasses. She's wearing a grey sweatshirt.Anne Witherell, teacher of low brass at the Community Music School since 1991, earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied trombone with Emory Remington. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University and her Wisconsin teaching certification from Lawrence University. She has also studied historical dance with Wendy Hilton and piano with Linda Sparks.  Prior to her position at the Community Music School, Ms. Witherell taught low brass at Stanford University and at UC Santa Cruz. She was also a band director in the Appleton Area School District and in the Mountain View, CA Public Schools. A member of many performing ensembles, opera and symphony orchestras, early music ensembles, and a brass quintet, she is also a member of the International Trombone Association. While director of the Enriched Instrumental Instruction program for minority students, the program won a Presidential Growing Up Taller Award. The Anne Witherell Award was established to provide an annual scholarship for private music lessons. She enjoys accompanying her students and welcomes students of all ages, whether their goal is to contribute to school or community ensembles or to pursue a career in music.