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TEACHERS

Cory Tcheng - Guitar Teacher

From 2006-2009, Mr. Tcheng taught and performed in the Chicago area, teaching at both the Academy of Music and Art and Upbeat School of Music.

Prior to 2006, he taught and performed in Los Angeles and Orange County. While there he taught at the Orange County Music Academy, received his music degree from Fullerton College (studying guitar with L.A. studio guitarist Dr. Joseph Jewell), and performed at various jazz festivals, including a 2005 trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall. Cory has been teaching guitar since 1995, and in that time has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of students of all ages and levels.

Kirstin Roble

Kirstin Roble- vocals and piano

Mezzo Soprano Kirstin Roble hails from Southeastern Minnesota and has recently completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an accomplished performer in opera, musical theatre, and recital. She has performed with several Milwaukee and regional companies, including Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Off the Wall Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, and Opera on Tap- Milwaukee, Hartford Players, Memories Dinner Theatre and Madison Opera. Ms. Roble made her international performing debut in 2011 in Salzburg, Austria with the Franco-American Vocal Academy, singing the role of Zweite Dame in Die Zaüberflöte. Kirstin also has significant choral experience, performing with a number of churches and area choral ensembles as a section leader and chorister including at Immanuel Presbyterian and St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Ms. Roble is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists.)

Zosia Holden

Zosia Holden- vocals and piano

A recent graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a BA in Music History, Zosia Holden teaches from a very diverse musical knowledge base. She was an apprentice with the HHW Vocal Arts Ensemble in Chicago, won the CSO Vocal Arts Competition in 2011, was active in many musicals in college, and performed L'Enfant et les Sortileges in conjunction with the MSO. She is an accomplished blues/jazz pianist and vocalist.

Along with classical voice and piano, she teaches in the rock, blues, jazz, musical theatre, country and folk genres. She also teaches songwriting and improvisation, depending on the interests of each individual student.

Riles Walsh

Riles Walsh - piano and music recording

Mr. Walsh teaches all ages, beginners to advanced students, and tailors lesson plans and curricula to each student's personal goals. He has had many successful students in his 10+ years of teaching experience which included time in South Korea, Louisiana, and California. His classical piano studies date back over 20 years. In 2007, he earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition & Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Since 2005, Riles has engineered a dozen records, working with artists such as John Muther, Scrimshaw, and The Trusty Knife, in addition to producing recordings from his own bands: Farms in Trouble, The Candeliers, and the forthcoming Wavy V. His other interests include cooking, hiking, reading, and chess.

Victor Campbell


Victor Campbell - drums

Victor Campbell received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He has had the opportunity to study with such great drummers as Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Billy Cobham, Roy Haynes, Herman Mathews, John Santos, and Alan Dawson. Victor has performed with Carlos Santana, the Ko-Thi Dance Company, Brian Lynch, Bobby Broom, Melvin Rhyne, Nicholas Payton, Ronald Mulgrew, Wes Anderson, Von Freeman, the Coasters, Drifters, Platters, Tim Ries (saxophonist for the Rolling Stones), Gary Richrath (guitarist for REO Speedwagon), West African drummers Mamady Keita, Chief Bey, and Mor Thiam, among many others.
Victor has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has taught many drum clinics and master classes, including classes at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, the University of Kentucky, Milwaukee Public Schools and the Boy's Club of Milwaukee.

Katie Koester


Katie Koester - Voice / Piano

Soprano Katie Koester is a Milwaukee native who has performed with the Florentine Opera, Skylight Music Theater, and the Eastman Opera Theater. She has also sung as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She recently received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the music honors society Pi Kappa Lambda. She is a member of AGMA.

Logan Penington


Logan Penington - Drums

Logan Penington has been the drummer for Mannheim Steamroller since 2006. He has worked with the Quincy Jones Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Chuck Berry, on Carnival Cruise Lines, and others.

Logan Penington is a Milwaukee based drummer born on March 26th, 1980. Logan began playing piano at age 6, which he picked up quickly coming from parents that are both professional musicians.  At age 8, Logan picked up his first pair of drumsticks and never looked back.  He began taking lessons from the best classical and jazz drummers, as well as studying with the legendary Jim Chapin.  By age 14, Logan was gigging professionally with various jazz and blues acts.

After studying music at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Logan decided to pack up his bags and join Carnival Cruise Lines where he honed his sight reading chops to a high level and became proficient in every single style of music ranging from jazz and afro-cuban, to various types of rock and pop acts.

Samantha Haake


Samantha Haake - Piano, Flute and Voice

Samantha Haake graduated from Augustana College with her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, studying voice and flute. She also holds her Masters of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. An active performer and educator, Samantha plays with the Milwaukee Philharmonic. In additon to her extensive flute studies, Samantha keeps up an active role in the vocal community.

Praneeth Madoori


Praneeth Madoori - Violin and Viola

Praneeth Madoori is a graduate of the Illinois State University studying liberal arts under the instruction of Dr. Sarah Gentry and Dr. Glenn Block. Praneeth has also had the privilege of being a teaching assistant for Illinois State University’s String Project program. This program allowed graduate and undergraduate string players to teach and instruct students around the community who ranged from ages 8-14. These responsibilities included conducting within full orchestral settings, small group pods, and individual private lessons. Praneeth is now continuing his education at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he will be obtaining a master’s degree in music performance with a concentration in string pedagogy.

Nathan Pflughoeft


Nathan Pflughoeft - Guitar

Nathan Pflughoeft has been an instructor at the Wauwatosa School of Music since April of 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree in jazz guitar performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied with Pete Billmann and Don Linke. He performs regularly with various artists in the Milwaukee area, spanning a multitude of genres including jazz, R&B, pop, hip hop, and gospel.

Bryce Ring


Bryce Ring - Drums

Bryce Ring began playing percussion at the age of six when his parents got him a drum kit for Christmas.  Not long after, Bryce started taking private drum lessons and instantly started progressing to play a wide variety of styles on the kit.  Bryce went to study music at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Percussion Performance.  During his time, he studied with Dr. Alex Wier and Tom Wetzel of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

He has been teaching private lessons since 2016 and has worked with several high school percussion programs in the area.  So far, all the groups he’s worked with have received Division I ratings at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble competitions.  He teaches not only drum kit but all aspects of percussion including keyboards and music theory.

Bryce has been playing in the band Bellwether Blues since 2012 and the group continues to play regularly and has two studio albums.  He is always excited about new opportunities and strives to continue to advocate for, teach, and perform music.