I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana - Balinese Gamelan Ensemble

I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana is an internationally esteemed performer and teacher of Balinese instrumental music. At Lawrence University, he teaches traditional and contemporary Balinese music repertoire and directs Lawrence’s own Gamelan Cahaya Asri.

Dewa graduated from the Conservatory of Indonesian Musical Arts (SMKI) in 1999, though is primarily trained in the local performing arts of his village of Pengosekan, Bali. He is a founding member of Gamelan Çudamani, one of the premiere gamelan troupes from Bali, and has toured multiple times with Çudamani to the U.S., Canada, Japan, Italy and Greece. Their recent tour of the production “Odalan Bali” won acclaim from critics across the U.S. and Canada.

Dedicated to the continuation of traditional Balinese music education, Dewa has been one of the core teachers of Çudamani’s educational programs for children in Pengosekan. He has played a critical part in supporting the development of the Çudamani Girls’ Gamelan, one of the only ensembles of its kind to offer young girls in Bali the opportunity to learn gamelan music. He also founded a young boys’ gamelan ensemble at Çudamani in 2006. Dewa teaches at the Çudamani Summer Institute for Music and Dance in Bali and has had private students from the U.S., Canada, Japan and the U.K. since 2000. Dewa is sought after for his clear and systematic teaching methods. Since 1998, he has been invited to teach gong kebyar, angklung and gamelan semarandana repertoire to men’s, women’s and children’s gamelans across southern Bali in preparation for their performances at temple ceremonies and festival competitions.

Janet Bond Sutter - Academy String Orchestra

Janet Bond Sutter, violin instructor and conductor of the Academy String Orchestra, is a native of Indiana and holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Memphis. Before moving to Appleton in 1990, she held professional positions as a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of West Berlin, Germany; the East Switzerland Chamber Orchestra; the Memphis Symphony and Opera Orchestras and the Fort Worth Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She has toured with these orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Mexico and China. While in Texas for 11 years, she helped establish an ongoing chamber music society called "The Spectrum," based in Fort Worth.

Since moving to Appleton, Ms. Bond Sutter has been involved in various musical endeavors in the Fox Valley and the Door Peninsula. In addition to teaching violin at the Academy of Music, she is Principal Second Violin of the Green Bay Symphony, as well as continuing to be a member of the Peninsula Music Festival every August since 1981. She was Concertmaster for the Fox Valley Symphony for 18 years and she participated in several educational outreach programs for all of these organizations. Additionally, her teaching activities have included being Director of the "Chamber Music Week at The Clearing" for seven summers.

Carrie Gray - Chamber Ensembles

Martin O'Donnell '08 - Symphonic Band

Martin O’Donnell, Symphonic Band conductor, is a Cleveland, Ohio native and Lawrence University graduate with a degree in instrumental music education. While at Lawrence, he studied trombone performance, orchestral and wind band conducting, brass and trombone ensemble performance, and jazz.

Mr. O'Donnell currently teaches band at Gerritts Middle School in the Kimberly Area School District, where his ensembles consistently receive Superior ratings at Solo Ensemble Festival. In addition to serving as a cooperating teacher for Lawrence University student teachers, he has hosted music education practicum students and rehearsal techniques classes with his middle school bands.  In addition to his work in the schools, Mr. O'Donnell has been the director of the Neenah Community Band since 2010 and is a co-founder, treasurer, and guest conductor of Vento Winds, a professional-level audition-only adult wind band based in Northeast Wisconsin.

A diverse trombone performer, Mr. O’Donnell has performance experience ranging from orchestral to jazz, dixieland to musical theater. He has performed with over a dozen instrumental ensembles in the Fox Valley, the College Band Directors National Association Honors Band, the Wisconsin National Band Association Collegiate All-Star Band, the United States Navy Band, and over a dozen musical theater performances, where he has also served as Music Director. He started the brass quintet that performs annually at Cory Chisel’s “Evening of Holiday Mischief.”

Michael Ross - Wind Ensemble

Michael Ross, Wind Ensemble conductor, is Director of Bands at Appleton West High School. Under his direction, the bands at Appleton West High School have been invited to perform at the Wisconsin State Music Convention in Madison, WI, the International Band Festival in Lucca, Italy and have done concert tours in Italy, Germany, France, England and Greece.

Mr. Ross was appointed conductor of the Green Bay Youth Symphony in the spring of 2005, and Manager of Education Programs of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra in fall of 2011.

Mr. Ross has completed a two-year term as president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) in the summer of 1999 and is a member of the National Band Association (NBA) and Phi Mu Alpha. He has worked with bands and percussion sections throughout Wisconsin and Michigan as a clinician and guest conductor.

Mr. Ross is the Principal Timpanist with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1976. He performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra from 1976 to 1981 and played percussion with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as an extra from 1975 to 1985.

He received a bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University in 1976, and earned a master's degree in music education with an emphasis in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Daniel Reifsteck '15 - Drumming Ensemble

Daniel Reifsteck, Drumming Ensemble instructor, is a native of Aurora, Ill. He graduated from Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance. During his time at Lawrence, he was a member of the 2014 Lawrence University World Percussion Ensembles that won the Percussive Arts Society’s World Percussion Competition and the AfroCuban ensemble that won a Student Downbeat Award for Outstanding Performance in the College Undergraduate Latin Jazz Ensemble category. In the summer of 2014, he was an intern at the Deep Listening Institute led by well-known composer Pauline Oliveros through the Lawrence Conservatory2 Program. In the fall of 2014, he left the country to study tabla drumming in Pune, India under tabla master, Bharat Jangam. Upon his return, Dan co-founded a new music quartet, Slipstream, that blends classical, rock, and jazz traditions. 

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