SSA Staff

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Lori Hassig
Music

Education:

UW-Platteville

Lori graduated magna cum laude from UW-Platteville with a degree in general music and secondary choral education. She currently teaches K-5 general music at Slinger Elementary and is the musical director for Slinger High School's musicals. She also is a regular vocalist at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend and performs with the Hartford Players.

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Terese Hummel
Music, Theater

Education:

Northern Michigan University; Concordia University Wisconsin

Terese is pleased to be teaching Preschool Music, Musical Theater, and all elements of music and theater for Arts Immersions at our beloved Schauer Center. In the recent past, she has happily teamed up with Lori Hassig to offer summer choral camps, directed the younger Children's Choir, and music-directed for a Rising Stars production. Privately, Terese teaches beginning to intermediate bass

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Joseph Steinbart
Schauer Youth String Orchestra

Education:

University of Louisville; Maranatha Baptist University

Joseph Steinbart is a violist/violinist from Hartland, Wisconsin. The youngest of seven kids, he grew up around music and started violin when he was eight years old. He studied violin for ten years and started playing viola in high school. He loved playing the viola more than the violin and officially switched to viola when he went to college. Joseph attended Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown,

Joseph has taught private and group lessons for the past five years. He loves working with students and is passionate in helping them realize their potential. He actively serves as the music pastor for First Baptist Church of Hartford, Wisconsin where he leads music and directs the choir. In addition, he is a member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony.

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Paul Westfahl
Music

Education:

BA/Music — UW-Parkside
Emphasis on Percussion Performance, Composition & Jazz Studies

Paul Westfahl is an active performer and educator in Southeast Wisconsin. He earned his BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2012 with an emphasis in Percussion Performance, Composition and Jazz Studies. Paul holds a position on the percussion faculty at MSOE and has worked with many Milwaukee organizations including but not limited to The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, UWM Dance

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Allen Russell
Music

Education:

MFA/Music — UW-Milwaukee
Emphasis in String Performance and Pedagogy
 

Allen Russell is a violinist, composer and instructor based in Milwaukee, WI. He began his musical studies on the violin at age 5, and studied at the String Academy of Wisconsin with Mimi Zweig and David Becker before later going on to study with Jerome Franke and Dr. Bernard Zinck. Allen has performed with his Hot Swing quartet Swing Chevron at festivals such as the Midwest

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Therese Burazin
Theater

Education:

UW-Milwaukee

Therese has been a children's theater instructor at the Schauer Arts Center for eight years and is the director of our Schauer Rising Star productions. She has directed countless plays and taught a wide variety of drama classes for the past 30 years. This is Therese’s 23rd Season as Artistic Director for the Milwaukee Youth Theatre. Since she moved to Oshkosh

 

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Naiza Delica Gohr has been surrounded by music and performance since an early age. Her first musical debut was around the age of 6, singing Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid at every family party event. Alongside her brothers, she continued singing and added piano, violin, and theater. Naiza continued her musical studies into college, graduating from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine

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Rachel Ojala Dumke
Circus Arts

Education:

Academy of Movement & Music (Oak Park), Lakeland College, Association of Talent Development

Questioning her future as a ballerina, Rachel was first introduced to unicycling at the age of six at the suggestion of her dance instructors at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois. After her first unicycle class she abruptly stopped following in her older sister’s footsteps and found the confidence to proudly “march to the beat of a different drummer” as her

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Ryan Cappleman
Theater

Education:

BFA/Musical Theatre — UW-Milwaukee

Ryan Cappleman is a performer, choreographer, musician, and teaching artist (affectionately known as Milwaukee's Quadruple Threat). Favorite roles include Pooh Bah (The Hot Mikado), Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz), Woof (Hair) Dancer (Carmina Burana) and four years of Kidswrites at Skylight Music Theater, Young Billy/the Pianist (Billy Bishop Goes to ), Company (Tom Foolery) at Third Avenue Playhouse, and Jake (Waiting...a Song Cycle) Off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater in NYC. As a choreographer, he has earned 3 Footlights Awards for his work on Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, and Pirates of Penzance at Skylight Music Theater. As a musician, Ryan has created many cabaret shows, conducted and played in pit orchestras, and music directed everyone from kids to Broadway veterans. He teaches various aspects of musical theater all over Wisconsin and around the country. Follow him (and more importantly) his dog Dolly on instagram @mkes4threat

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Anna Nowicki
Dance

Education:

Mirror Image; Academy of Dance Arts; Valley Academy for the Arts, Milwaukee Ballet

Anna has been dancing since the age of 3, and started dancing at the Schauer Center in 2010. She’s concurrently pursued further dance education from Academy of Dance Arts, Danceworks, Valley Academy for the Arts, and Milwaukee Ballet. She’s taken an intensive course in the systematic teachings of Vaganova, Anatomy, Kinesiology and developmental movement in children through Valley Academy for

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Hannah Voelkel
Dance, Schauer Irish Dance Troupe

Education:

Homeschooled (Graduated), Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, Kinsella Academy

Hannah has been dancing competitively for over 15 years. She has performed professionally and actively competes at the international level.  Some of her accomplishments include training a junior 8-person mixed ceili team to win 5th overall at the Midwest Regional Championships, taking first place at the Midwest Championships in the set dance category and ranking top 10 in the solo championship

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Autumn Reed
Dance

Education:

Homeschooled (Graduated), Schauer School of the Arts

Autumn started dancing with the Schauer School of the Arts when she was 8 years old. She took ballet for 10 years. At age 11 she started as a teacher's assistant for ballet and tap classes, something she continued to do all the way to age 17. In 2015 she started taking Irish dance, going on to perform with the Schauer Irish Dance Troupe for three years, two of which she spent as Troupe Captain.

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Celeste Kulla
Dance

Education:

UW-Milwaukee, Cashel Dennehy, Kinsella Academy

Celeste started her dancing career with Cashel Dennehy where she very quickly found herself on many competitive solo and team trips around the country and abroad. After many years with Cashel Dennehy, Celeste moved to Kinsella Academy where she spent a few more years dancing until life moved her around the country. After two very serious dancing injuries, Celeste's competitive career was over

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Thecla Harris
Dance

Education:

BA, University of Akron

Thecla moved to the West Bend area in the summer of 2018 after 23 years in New York City. While in New York, Thecla was Artistic Director of PS Broadway® of Rosie's Theater Kids (RTKids), an arts education program providing nearly 1,500 students annually with musical theater training. Thecla still serves as a consultant for RTKids.

Ms. Harris trained professionally with the Cuyahoga

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Holly Heisdorf
Dance

Education:

BA/Dance — University of Iowa
MBA/Finance — Concordia college

Holly Heisdorf was first introduced to dancing at the age of two and a half at Melody in Motion in West Bend. She began her training at Nancy Dianne Studio of Dance at the age of ten and continued through her completion of high school taking classes in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz and Modern dance. During her high school years, she became involved with the studio’s Student Teaching Apprenticeship

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Dani Kuepper
Dance

Education:

MFA/Dance — UW-Milwaukee
BFA/Dance — UW-Milwaukee
Emphasis on Performance and Choreography

Dani Kuepper is excited to join the Schauer Arts Center team as the Education Coordinator! Utilizing decades of experience in the arts, she is inspired to create meaningful, high-quality, inter-disciplinary arts programming for children and adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in her home town. Her career began as a company member of Danceworks resident contemporary dance company, Danceworks

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Elisabeth Roskopf
Dance

Education:

BA/Piano & Minor in Dance  — UW-Eau Claire

Elisabeth Roskopf was born in South Korea and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she began dancing at the age of 6. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire where she earned her BA in Piano and minor in Dance. She is a company member with Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Danceworks Performance MKE, and Wild Space Dance Company. She is currently a guest artist with the Gina Laurenzi

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Black’s Flower Shop (Mary Black & Carley Shipley) — Floral & Greens

 

Terri Feutz — Basketmaking

 

Jess Helmer — Art of Mixology

 

Dana Kleiman — String Art & Fiber Arts

 

Sandy McCambridge — Jewelry & Craft Trends

 

Deb

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A Milwaukee area artist, Jolie Collins draws and paints what catches her fancy, and a variety of subjects have inspired and influenced her art, including dancers, flowers, animals, fruit, non-representational abstracts, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, scripture, photography and printmaking. Jolie’s playful, abstract acrylic works reflect the energy, boldness and vibrancy of color, which she hopes will

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Jeanne Kollmeyer has been making art for several decades and teaching classes for children for the past ten years in the Milwaukee area. She currently works at several art centers as an instructor and has been painting with acrylics since taking class a few years ago. She began her art career as a photographer hand coloring her black and white pictures and then developed an interest in sharing her

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Summer 2021 Classes

Summer Classes Begin June 14

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