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Camille Hunt

Locally recognized vocalist Camille Hunt has been singing for over 25 years. Her style of training was developed through her experiences as a young singer. Over the years she’s studied with various vocal teachers and coaches and has continued to develop a unique training style that’s suitable for the amateur or professional. She has experience in working with choirs, ensembles, as well as individuals. Camille understands the importance of music in life and wants to offer training to those who want to expand their musical ability. She’s performed nationally at various venues throughout the years and has sung several genres of music including gospel, jazz, r&b, pop, classical and rock. She brings her unique ability to teach, train and inspire vocal musicians to do their very best.

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Devin Drobka

Devin Drobka, a Native of Milwaukee, has been playing drums for the past 21 years.  Devin holds a BFA in Jazz Percussion Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.  While in Boston Devin had the chance to play with Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Dave Santoro, Ed Tomassi, Steve Slagle, Ken Cervenka, Cecil McBee, and Fred Hersch.  After graduating Devin played with world renowned saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi for 3 years.  Devin moved to New York City to hone his craft in 2010.  While there he had the chance to play with Ben Monder, John McNeil, Jorge Roeder, Dan Blake, Jake Henry, Curtis MacDonald, Kyle Nasser, Joe Martin and Tadataka Unno.  Currently Devin is keeping a busy playing/touring/teaching schedule in the Midwest and East Coast.

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Emily Zimmer

Emily Zimmer has been performing and recording locally, nationally, and internationally since 2001. She has an Associate Degree in Music Occupations from Milwaukee Area Technical College, and a Bachelor Degree in Music with a Business Emphasis from Carroll University. In college, she studied jazz and classical guitar techniques, as well as music theory, composition, improvisation, and more. Emily teaches a wide variety of musical styles including-but not limited to-pop, rock, blues, r&b, jazz, and classical. She welcomes students of various skill levels, and provides a positive learning experience.

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Evan Paydon

Evan plays electric and upright bass, and teaches bass and adaptive music lessons. He received his B.A. in Psychology from UW-Milwaukee which allowed him to work for 6 years as a behavioral therapist treating autism. While at UWM, Evan also studied and played jazz, and is currently an understudy of the legendary Bill “The Buddha” Dickens. Evan performs professionally in numerous groups both regionally and nationally, applying his skills and experience to a variety of genres including, but not limited to: jazz, blues, gypsy jazz, rock, pop, R&B, soul, neo soul, urban jazz, latin, funk, reggae, avant garde and improv. Evan has recording credits on over a dozen albums and in 2013 was a featured performer at MKE Bass Day. Evan’s relationship with music is significantly informed by improvisation. He believes it is the responsibility of a musician to become an open window through which this language can pass, and to understand music as the contribution of an articulate dialog to a greater conversation, the topic of which is betterment of self and community. (www.evanpaydon.com)

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Isaiah Joshua

Isaiah Joshua (born Isaiah Adams) is one of the first recipients of the Jazz Studies degree from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. A multi instrumentalist, Isaiah has established careers as both a saxophonist and a pianist in Milwaukee. He performs in venues across the city with several different groups ranging from rock and jazz to reggae and fusion. Isaiah has been teaching for 4 years and has extensive experience with students with special needs.

 

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Janet O’Mahony

Janet Marie O’Mahony is an American vocalist known for her interpretations of R & B, Blues, Jazz and Folk classics. It’s an artist’s sound that will set them apart, and Janet demonstrates power, passion and grace all wrapped up into one voice. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Central Florida in her teens. While attending college in Gainesville at the University of FL, Janet took center stage. Her first band opened for Grand Funk Railroad and since 1987, she has toured throughout the United States and abroad. She has shared the stage with numerous headline acts, some including Bo Diddley, Paul Schaffer & CBS’s Late Night Band, Kenny Rogers, Ben E. King, and The Coasters. Janet’s dynamic and soulful voice along with an engaging stage presence has made her in constant demand for live performances all over the world. She has sailed the seven seas as a headliner and with bands for Princess, Norwegian, and Cunard Cruise Lines.

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Jason Goldsmith

From an early age, Jason Goldsmith, a fourth generation musician, was surrounded by a variety of musical styles, ranging from Bluegrass to Dixieland. Although Jason dabbled with numerous instruments throughout his formative years, he decided to focus his energies on a Saxophone Performance degree from UW-Whitewater, during an era in which the institution was rich with jazz performance opportunities.
Mentored by Grammy nominated jazz trombonist and arranger Steve Weist, Goldsmith was given numerous opportunities to perform with and learn from such artists as Rick Margitza, Brad Lehli, James Moody, and Bob Mintzer, to name just a few. While at Whitewater, Jason also performed at the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, respectively.
In 2003, Goldsmith moved to Milwaukee, where he has continued to be a freelance musician, playing in such Milwaukee bands as Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns, The Booze Brothers, The North Coast Orchestra, and Velocity, of which he is currently the musical director.
Besides also having played with most of the jazz musicians in Milwaukee at one time or another, Jason has the unique distinction of having performed at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center, respectively, with Polka Hall of Famer, Steve Meisner. As of 2013, of the over 20 recordings Goldsmith has appeared on, one of the most unique to date, might be the 78 record of cornetist and Bix Beiderbecke officianato, Andy Schumm.
Jason is currently a teacher with MYSO’s jazz studies program.

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Jonathan Landis

Jonathan Landis received his early training at the Wisconsin Conservatory and the String Academy of Wisconsin under the instruction of Mimi Zweig. This training was augmented by intensive summer training at Indiana Univeristy and the National Orchestral Institute of Maryland. He received a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his teachers include Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, Yuri Beliavsky, and Jerry Homer. He has performed with many area professional orchestras including Racine, Kenosha, Wauksesha and Festival City Symphony Orchestras as well as recording with Rick Forkes on the CD Suitable for Framing. Jonathan also plays the electric violin in a band with heavy metal musicians. He teaches the Suzuki Method to younger children as well as older beginning adults and is eager to share his love of the violin and viola with students. Currently, he is studying Bach masterpieces and partitas. He is an active performer and loves to practice a few hours a day. His influences in his playing are Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, David Oistrakh, Fritz Kreisler, Joshua Bell, and Itzhak Perlman.

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Neil Davis

Currently part of Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Studies faculty, Neil helped launch its Guitar Ensemble in 2012. Neil has taught guitar privately in the Milwaukee area for over 11 years.   Neil is a professional jazz artist, performing in the Neil Davis Quartet and the Davis/Peplin Duo and at popular venues and music festivals including the Jazz Estate, East Town Market, Summerfest,  and others.  Neil is the co-founder of Milwaukee Jazz Vision.  He is also an accompanist for the UWM dance department

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Patrick Reinholz

Patrick is a versatile cellist collaborating frequently with other musicians, artists, dancers, and even spoken word artists. He frequently performs a variety of music including classical, new music, jazz, and rock. Improvisation also plays a very large role in Patrick’s music. Notable collaborations include working with famed New York dancer Sally Gross on a minimalist dance film, contributed original music to choreography by Li Chiao-Ping, and performing frequently with the electroacoustic ensemble The Weather Duo. He has premiered chamber music by composers Steven Lewis and Filippo Santoro. Patrick has also played a very active role in the formation and performances of the new music ensemble Downbeat Means Attack and the Jazz/Avant Garde group Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps. Patrick holds a degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he studied cello at with Uri Vardi.

 

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Sarah Zawadiwski

Sarah Zawadiwsky is a woodwind performer and music educator in the greater Milwaukee area. A resident of the city her entire life, she studied woodwind performance and music education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – concluding her studies in May of 2013. During her time at UWM, she actively performed as a member of the saxophone, clarinet, oboe and bassoon studios, taught her own studio of 10-15 woodwind students, and studied instrumental education with a focus on beginning band.
Teaching has always been a passion that Sarah has actively pursued since she was in high school. She has taught private lessons, chamber ensembles, marching band, musical theater, and sixth through twelfth grade band classes in her student teaching segment. Teaching beginning band quickly became Sarah’s passion in education; she took time out of her schedule in college to take extra classes on instruments and music fundamentals that would make her an effective beginning music teacher for students on any instrument. Currently, her private lesson studio consists of middle school musicians that play oboe, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and trombone.
While teaching, Sarah has also followed many performing opportunities. As a woodwind specialist, she often performs in pit ensembles for musicals in the Milwaukee area. Mostly recently, she played oboe and English Horn for a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Hartford, WI and bassoon for a production of “Oliver!” in Waukesha, WI. For the past year, Sarah has also played oboe for the Knightwind Ensemble – the premiere wind ensemble in Milwaukee. She will also be serving as a saxophone player in the newly formed Greenfield Concert Band, and looks forward to finding many more shows and ensembles to play in and conduct. Sarah looks forward to building her career as a performer and music educator in the Milwaukee area to serve the community that has already given so much to her.