Robert Levy

Professor Emeritus from Lawrence University, Robert Levy taught trumpet and was Director of Bands at Lawrence from 1979-2004. He has remained active musically where locally he leads the 18 member Big Band Reunion, a group now in their 21st year and performs with several Fox Valley area groups. Prof. Levy has appeared on more than fifty recordings, several as leader or conductor and performed with leading artists, conductors and ensembles in the U.S. including the National Symphony. His vast experience includes teaching trumpet and working with students from age 9-85. He has given trumpet and brass clinics in nearly every state in the U.S., China, Canada, and in Haiti. He was also been a guest artist-in-residence in Australia and for more than ten years was an Artist/Clinician for the Getsen Brass Instrument company. Since his retirement Robert Levy has focused primarily on composing.

Keith Powell

Keith Powell, French Horn, received a B.A. in French Horn performance from Stony Brook University, NY, and a M.Mus. in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University. He also studied at UW-Milwaukee, and Hochschule für Musik und Drama in Hannover, Germany.
Mr. Powell has taught at the Academy 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, and substitute Horn for the Fox Valley Symphony. He was a member of Renaissance City Winds (1982-87) and has performed with orchestras in McKeesport, Johnstown, Altoona, Westmoreland County, Butler, Oshkosh, Chautauqua, Wheeling, Larchmont and others. He has performed with a wide variety of musicians including Lee Tomboulian, Eddy Arnold, Michael Martin Murphy, The Moody Blues, Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Bernadette Peters, Maureen McGovern, Shirley Jones, Art Garfunkel, Vic Ferrari, and Shari Lewis & Lambchop among many others. 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

Michael Ratsch, percussion, 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 at the New Horizons Band with the Academy of Music. He also maintains a private studio at Appleton Christian School, 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 UW-Fox Valley Concert Band, and the Appleton City Band, where he is assistant conductor. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, and Percussive Arts Society.

Anne Witherell

Anne Witherell, teacher of low brass at the Academy 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 Academy, 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.

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