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News Archives

October 2017


Congratulations to Jahlieh Gardipee for being chosen to sing the National Anthem at the Milwaukee Buck's December home game.


September 2017


Congratulations to Lily Fellenz for being cast in the Children's Chorus in Madison Opera's production of "Carmen."


August 2017

Congratulations to Bella Buscemi for being cast as the Drowsy Chaperone in Lake Mills High School's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone."


June 2017

Congratulations to Elena Paul for being chosen to perform in the UW Summer Music Clinic Student Showcase at Mills Hall.


May 2017

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for being cast as Heather McNamara in the Rock River Repertory Theatre's production of "Heathers."


April 2017

Congratulations to my former student, Collin Khamphouy, for being cast in the  Broadway national tour of "Pippin."

Congratulations to Lily Fellenz for being cast in the Children's Theatre of Madison's Summer production of "Shrek, Jr."


March 2017

Congratulations to Kayley Hellenbrand for being accepted into The Children's Theatre of Madison's Summer Stage Acting Academy.

Congratulations to Cathleen Dettmann for being cast in the Ensemble in the Madison Savoyards production of "Primrose, or the Town Time Left Behind."

Congratulations to Fiona Dettmann for being cast in the Ensemble in the Madison Savoyards production of "Primrose, or the Town Time Left Behind."

Congratulations to Brynn Campbell for being cast as Young Frog in the Children's Theatre of Madison's production of "A Year with Frog and Toad."

Congratulations to Elena Paul for advancing to State Solo & Ensemble.

Congratulations to Kristen Geishirt for advancing to State Solo & Ensemble.

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for advancing to State Solo & Ensemble.

Congratulations to Bella Buschemi for advancing to State Solo & Ensemble.

Congratulations to Torri Snortum Haney for advancing to State Solo & Ensemble.


December 2016

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for being cast as Maria in Verona Area Community Theater's production of "West Side Story."


November 2016

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for advancing to Nationals with her musical theatre solo in the Wisconsin Thespian Festival, as well as being granted the highest honor of being awarded the scholarship for her work.  


September 2016

Congratulations to Jillian Robertson for making it into the Middleton Chamber Singers.

Congratulations to Taylor Hause for being cast as Combeferre in Madison Country Day School's production of "Les Miserables."


August 2016

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for being cast as Becky/Molly in the Children's Theatre of Madison production of "American Girl Revue."


June 2016

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for making it into the Tommy Ensemble at the Overture Center.

Congratulations to former student, Kailey Boyle, for being a finalist in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards) sponsored by the Broadway League.

Congratulations to Kristen Geishirt for making it into the Waunakee High School audition jazz choir, the "Kee Notes."


May 2016

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for being cast as Kendra (one of the leading characters) in The House Theatre's production of "13."


April 2016

Congratulations to Kevin Veloso for a great run as Moritz Steifel in UW-Baraboo's production of "Spring Awakening."


March 2016

Congratulations to former student Luke Landgraf for being cast as Earthworm in Grandstreet Theatre's (Montana) professional production of "James and the Giant Peach."


February 2016

Congratulations to Alexis Mast for being cast as Alice in Dalton High School's production of "Alice in Wonderland."


January 2016

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for being cast as JoJo in Middleton Player's production of "Seussical, The Musical."


December 2015

Congratulations to Joelle Frey for being cast as Chutney in Monona High School's production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical."


October 2015

Congratulations to Kristen Geishirt for being chosen as a Wisconsin Ambassador of Music.


September 2015

Congratulations to Kara Sanders for being cast as Princess Winnifred in Lake Mills High School's production of "Once Upon A Mattress."

Congratulations to Kristen Geishirt for being nominated as a member of the Badger Conference Honors Choir.


August 2015

Congratulations to Tiffany Brunhoefer for making it into the ranks of the Madison Symphony Chorus!


April 2015

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for being cast as Flounder in The Palace Theatre's production of "The Little Mermaid."


March 2015

Congratulations to Dallas Newton for being cast in the ensemble of Middleton Players' production of "Miss Saigon."


December 2014

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek for being cast as Maria VonTrapp in West High School's production of "The Sound of Music."

Congratulations to Alexis Mast for being cast as Vivienne Kensington in Dalton's production of "Legally Blonde; the musical."

Congratulations to Max Wolnak for being cast as Admiral Boom in Edgewood High School's production of "Mary Poppins."

Congratulations to Caroline Campos for being cast in the ensemble of Edgewood's production of "Mary Poppins."


November 2014

Congratulations to Collin Khamphouy for being accepted into the prestigious Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts' Jazz Dance program.

Congratulations to Alexis Mast for being accepted as a finalist into the Honors Choir for the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City.


October 2014

Congratulations to Steve Graham for putting on his first house concert (with a guest appearance by Collin Khamphouy).


September 2014

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for being cast as Jane Banks in the Palace Theater's production of "Mary Poppins."

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for advancing to the finals for Overture Center's Rising Stars competition.

Congratulations to Max Wolnak for being cast as the Wolf in Edgewood High School's production of "Into the Woods."

Congratulations to David Holaday for being cast as the Baker in Edgewood High School's production of "Into the Woods."

Congratulations to Faith Holaday for being cast as the Baker's Wife in Edgewood High School's production of "Into the Woods."

Congratulations to Grace Drummond for being cast as Cinderella in Edgewood High School's production of "Into the Woods."


August 2014

Congratulations to Olivia Foght for making it to the callbacks of Overture's Rising Stars competition.


May 2014

Congratulations to David Holaday for being cast as Robert Martin (one of the leads) in "The Drowsy Chaperone" at The House Theater at Edgewood High School.


February 2014

Congratulations to Amy Ruth for being cast as Cassie in Middleton Players Theatre's production of "A Chorus Line."

Congratulations to Krystle Davis for being cast in the ensemble in Middleton Players Theatre's production of "A Chorus Line."

Congratulations to  Reagan Kunesh for being cast as Pepper in Sun Prairie Civic Theater's production of "Annie."

Congratulations to Bethany Reilly for being cast as The Maid/ensemble in Sun Prairie Civic Theater's production of "Annie."

Congratulations to Olivia Larson for being cast in the ensemble with a solo in Sun Prairie Civic Theater's production of "Annie."

Congratulations to Caroline Campos for being cast as Ophelia in Madison Country Day School's production of "Hamlet."


January 2014

Congratulations to Bethany Reilly for being cast as one of the nurses in St. Bernard Player's production of "South Pacific."


December 2013

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek for being cast as the female lead, Belle, in West High School's "Beauty and the Beast."

Congratulations to David Holaday for being cast as the male lead, Bobby, in Edgewood High School's production of "Crazy for You."

Congratulations to Faith Holaday, Jeremiah Eenigenburg, Grace Drummond, and Ben Drummond for being cast in the ensemble in Edgewood High School's production of "Crazy for You."

Congratulations to Katie Masson for being cast as one of the leads in New Glarus High School's production of "School House Rock."



November 2013

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek for a job well done at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions.



October 2013

Congratulations to Kiersten Ott for being cast as Mary Cratchitt in the Children's Theatre of Madison's production of "Christmas Carol."

Congratulations to Jeremiah Eenigenburg for being in cast in the ensemble of "The Giver", produced by Children's Theatre of Madison.



September 2013

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek for signing her first professional contract with the Madison Opera Chorus.

Congratulations to Grace Drummund and Ben Drummund for being accepted into the Edgewood High School Show Choir.



August 2013

Congratulations to Emily Schauer for being cast as Veruca Salt in Sugar River Community Theater's production of "Willy Wonka."



July 2013

Congratulations to Barb Schultz for being accepted into the Yahara River Chorus of Sweet Adelines, as well as qualifying to perform with them in the international competition in Hawaii in November.



June 2013

Congratulations to Jeremiah Eeneginburg for being cast as the lead, Ugly, in CTM's summer production of "Honk, Jr."

Congratulations to Caroline Campos for being chosen as the vocal soloist for the Middle School Summer Music Clinic highlights concert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



May 2013

Congratulations to Bethany Reilly and Michael Hendrickson for being cast in the ensemble of "Iolanthe" with the Madison Savoyards.



April 2013

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek, Katie Masson, and Collin Khamphouy for being nominated for the Carnegie Hall HighSchool Honors Performance Series.



March 2013

Congratulations to Olivia Larson for being cast as Amaryllis in the Middleton High School production of "The Music Man."

Congratulations to Olivia Larson for being cast as Young Cosette in the Middleton Players production of "Les Miserables."

Congratulations to Ben Drummund for being cast in Edgewood High School's Show Choir!

Congratulations to Grace Drummund for being cast in Edgewood High School's Show Choir!



February 2013

Congratulations to Olivia Scott-Lantz for being accepted into the varsity show choir, "Encore", at East High School.

Congratulations to Jeremiah Eenigenburg for being cast as the lead, Harold Hill, in "The Music Man" at Edgewood Middle School.



January 2013

Congratulations to Emily Schauer for being cast as Alice in Oregon Straw Hat Players production of "Alice in Wonderland."

Congratulations to Izzy Scott-Lantz for being cast as Hatta in MadCAP's production of "Wonderland."

Congratulations to Collin Khamphouy and Dana Sheperd for being cast in Monona Grove High School's production of "How To Succeed in Business..."

Congratulations to Dana Sheperd for being cast as Brooke Wyndham in Verona Area Community Theatre's production of "Legally Blonde, The Musical."



December 2012

Congratulations to Olivia Guzman for being cast in Children's Theatre of Madison's production of "Too Many Frogs."

Congratulations to Madeline Westberg for being cast as Sandra in LaFollette's production of "All Shook Up."

Congratulations to Emily Schauer for being cast in Oregon Straw Hat Player's production of "Alice in Wonderland."

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek for being cast in West High School's production of "Singing in the Rain."

Congratulations to Ben Drummund for being cast in Edgewood High School's production of "Guys and Dolls."

Congratulations to Grace Drummund for being cast in Edgewood High School's production of "Guys and Dolls."

Congratulations to all of the students who helped make our annual "Gift of Music: Holiday Cheer" program a huge success!  We had over 115 audience members smiling and singing and enjoying their favorite holiday requests.



November 2012

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek for advancing to the Wisconsin NATS auditions finals!



October 2012

I'm proud of all of my students who sang in the first Gift of Music program of the school year on Oct. 26th at Heritage Monona.  Thank you!

Dana Sheperd will be singing the National Anthem for Monono Grove's play-off football game.



September 2012

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek for being nominated for Carnegie Hall's American High School Honors Performance Series choir.



August 2012

Our fall semester starts August 20th… check out what's still open...



July 2012

Good luck to N.L. at the next national level of the X-Factor competition!   (I don't think I can legally say his name… ah, those contracts!)



June 2012

Congratulations to N.L. for making it past yet another round of the X-Factor competition.  You rocked Rhode Island!



May 2012

Congratulations to Grace Ferencek for being accepted into the Minnesota Opera Summer Camp.


Our studio recital will be June 9th, 2012, 6:30pm at Oakwood Village West Auditorium.  All are welcome!



April 2012

Just in: I will be teaching musical theatre classes again at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic.  This year I will be covering the middle school session.



March 2012

Congratulations, Luke Landgraf, on being accepted to Oklahoma City University, CAP21, and the Atlantic Acting School!


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2009-10 Student Accomplishments  

Community Musical Outreach
Gift of Music Performance, Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, December 2009:
A huge "thank you" to those who braved the bad weather: Maia Brunel-Hamel, Claire Lawrence, Luke Landgraf, Gaia Braman-Wanek, Katie Brown, Mary Binzley, Dana Sheperd, and the "Dads Spectacular"!

School/Community Theatre & Groups

Luke Landgraf. Edgewood HS. Anything Goes. Sir Evelyn Oakliegh.  Tommy Award Best Supporting Actor. Tommy Award Best Musical.
Edgewood HS. A Cappella audition choir.
Badger Conference Honors Choir.
Edgewood HS. Twelve Angry Men. Stage Manager.
Edgewood HS. Show Choir.

Katie Gehrmann.  Edgewood HS. A Cappella audition choir.
Edgewood HS. Anything Goes. Hope. Tommy Award Best Musical.

Jennifer Apfelbach.  West H.S. Guys & Dolls.  Hot Box Girl.

Dana Sheperd. Monona Grove HS. Silver Connection (Varsity) Show Choir.
Monona Grove HS. All Shook Up.  Ensemble.  Tommy Award Best Musical.
MadCAP. Honk! Jr.
Monona Grove HS. Silver Dimension (JV) Showchoir. Featured Soloist.
MadCap. Intervention. Dina.

Kailey Boyle. Children's Theatre of Madison. Nancy Thurow Acting Academy.
CTM. Narnia. Lucy.
CTM. Lily's Purple Plastic Purse. Raphael.
CTM. Christmas Carol. Belle's Child & Miranda Cratchitt.

Sami Elmer.  Induction into International Thespian Society.
Verona Area Community Theatre. Children of Eden. Snake/Storyteller.
Oregon Straw Hat Players. Still Life With Iris. Gretta Good.
Oregon HS. The Crucible. Elizabeth Proctor.
CTM/Four Seasons. Little Women. (ensemble)
Oregon HS. Chicago. ensemble.

Claire Lawrence.  Edgewood HS. Show Choir.

Katie Brown.  Full Scholarship for UW-Summer Music Clinic from Madison Philharmonic Chorus.
Oregon H.S. Chicago.
Madison Opera. High School Internship program participant.

Betsy Kunz.  Memorial H.S. The Wizard of Oz. Featured ensemble.

Mary Binzley.  Winnequah Elementary School. Talent Show performance.

Festival/Contest
Lauren Nelson, Kailey Boyle, Luke Landgraf, Sami Elmer, Katie Brown, and Dana Sheperd.

2008-09 Student Accomplishments  

Community Musical Outreach
Gift of Music Performance, Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, December 2008:
Maia Brunel-Hamel, Lydia Shaw, Jack Boyle, Betsy Kunz, Corinne McKnight, Kailey Boyle, Liz Schultz, Dana Sheperd, Jennifer Apfelbach, Sami Elmer, Katie Brown

School/Community Theatre & Groups
Lydia Shaw. Middleton Performing Arts Center. Wizard of Oz. Mayor Munchkin.

Nathan Fosbinder.  La Follette HS. The Music Man.
Whitewater.  Singing with the Broadway Stars.
Janesville. West Side Story. Tony.
Sun Prairie Civic Theatre. All Shook Up. Dean.

Sami Elmer. Oregon Straw Hat Players. Charlotte's Web.  Stage Manager.

Kailey Boyle. MadCAP's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Veruca Salt.
Children's Theatre of Madison. A Christmas Carol.

Jennifer Apfelbach.  West HS. Into the Woods. Cow/Ensemble.
West HS. Tom Jones.
Four Seasons Theatre. Footloose. Ensemble.

Katie Brown. Madison Youth Choir.

Dana Sheperd.  O'Keeffe Middle School. Into The Woods. Baker's Wife.
MadCAP. Company M.
MadCAP. After Dark cabaret.

Corinne McKnight.  Madison Youth Choir.
PlayTime Production. Snow White. Dwarf.

Ali Towne. Edgewood HS. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Liz Schultz. Verona HS. Rumors.

Sarah Engle. Children's Theatre of Madison. A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim.

Festival/Contest
Advanced to State: Nathan Fosbinder, Sami Elmer, Katie Brown.

2007-08 Student Accomplishments

Community Musical Outreach
Gift of Music Performance, Meriter Retirement Center, December 2007:
Julia Banchik-Lesnick, Autumn Rose Banchik-Lesnick, Alexander Moen, Benjamin Moen, Sarah Engle, Arian Zafari, Kailey Boyle, Lydia Shaw, Mirabel Levine Nathan Fosbinder, Sami Elmer, Jennifer Apfelbach, Debbie Biddle

Professional Theatre
Ellie Schnittman     Young Cosette    Les Miserables               Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre (Chicago area)
Nathan Fosbinder   Jonas                  The Giver                          Brown Ullstrup Productions

School/Community Theatre & Groups
Kailey Boyle             Marta               The Sound of Music          Music Theatre of Madison
                                   Soprano           The Quiltmaker's Gift      MadCap Theatre
                                   Madeline         Madeline's Christmas      MadCap Theatre
Sarah Engle             Gretl                 The Sound of Music          Music Theatre of Madison
                                    Molly                Annie Jr.                             Verona Area Community Theater
                                    Madison Youth Choir member
Atzie Sobotik           Sally                 You're a Good Man Charlie Brown    Queen of Peace School
Nathan Fosbinder   Kurt                 Sound of Music                  Music Theatre of Madison
                                    The Courier    1776                                       Stoughton Village Players
                                    Captain Shang  Mulan Jr.                         Oregon Straw Hat Players
                                    Travis              Footloose                              Four Seasons Youth Theatre
Jennifer Apfelbach   Member of Chorale at West High School
                                     Member of the a cappella Women's Chorus at West High School        
                                     Ensemble        Footloose                            Four Seasons Youth Theatre
Katie Brown              Madrigal Dinner                                        Oregon Middle School
Sami Elmer               Elder                Mulan Jr.                            Oregon Straw Hat Players
                                     Madrigal Dinner                                         Oregon Middle School
                                     Choir/Townsperson      Our Town          Oregon Straw Hat Players
                                     2008 Oregon Middle School 8th Grade Choral Leadership Award
Jack Helmuth          Played piano in the 2nd grade Winter Piano Recital    Elm Lawn Elementary School
Dana Sheperd          Member of O'Keefe Middle School Super Singers

Festival/Contest
WSMA Solo & Ensemble- vocal solos: Nathan Fosbinder, Dana Sheperd, Sami Elmer, Katie Brown.  
All received a "I" rating.