Karrie Been - Primo Girl Choir

head shot of teacher wearing purple top against blue-grey backgroundKarrie Been, who teaches Primo singers, graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and earned her Master of Music degree in music education with a Kodaly emphasis from Silver Lake College. She is currently the general and vocal music instructor at Woodland and Mapleview Intermediate Schools in Kimberly, where she also serves as curriculum coordinator for the district’s general and choral music staff.  Previously, Been taught in Franklin, Wisconsin, where she taught elementary music, middle and high school choirs, and worked as the orchestra conductor for the high school’s musical theatre productions.  She was the founding chair of the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators (AWAKE) Children’s Choir Festival and serves Wisconsin Choral Directors Association as the Refresh Co-Chairperson. She is a member of the Wisconsin School Music Association, American Choral Director’s Association and National Association for Music Education.  She has served Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music and St. Norbert College, working as cooperating teacher and practicum adviser.

Karen Bruno - Bel Canto Girl Choir

teacher conducting choir of girls dressed in concert blackKaren Bruno who teaches the Bel Canto singers, is the artistic director of the Girl Choir program. .  She received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, a teaching certificate from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music, and the Master of Music degree from Boston University. She has taught choral music in the Appleton and Oshkosh school districts and at an international school in Senegal, West Africa. Bruno has helped to teach Lawrence Conservatory music education classes and has served as both cooperating and practicum teacher for students from Lawrence and St. Norbert College.  She is currently the director of the Lawrence Academy of Music.

Bruno has conducted numerous all-state, honors, and festival choirs, served in a variety of capacities on the boards of the Wisconsin and North Central chapters of the American Choral Directors Association, is a member of the VoiceCare Network, and serves on the committee that teaches the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) instructional model.  She is a two-time recipient of Wisconsin Choral Directors Association's Five-Star Award, a recipient of Lawrence University's Pi Kappa Lambda award for excellence in music education, is a Rotary Scholarship Award winner, and was recognized by the Danbury (CT) Music Centre for providing outstanding musical opportunities for youth in the United States.  Under her tutelage, Bel Canto was awarded Second Place in the national American Prize competition and has performed, by audition, on state and regional conventions of choral conductors.

Jaclyn Kottman '12 - Arioso Girl Choir

black and white head shot of smiling teacherJaclyn Kottman, who teaches Arioso singers, is a choral music teacher in the Appleton Area School District at Einstein Middle School and Classical School and voice teacher with the Lawrence Academy of Music. She graduated from Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral and General Music Education and a minor in Religious Studies, and prior to joining the Girl Choir teaching staff served as a manager and conducting intern with all three middle and high school Academy Girl Choirs. Kottman has taught in New Zealand, Costa Rica, Appleton, and Boston. She is a member of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, and is the recipient of Lawrence University’s Pi Kappa Lambda Award for excellence in music education.

Patricia Merrifield - Ragazze Girl Choir

head shot of smiling teacher wearing red top against grey backgroundPatricia Merrifield, who teaches Ragazze singers, teaches elementary general music in the Appleton Area School District and serves Lawrence University's Conservatory frequently as a cooperating teacher. She is currently co-teaching a Lawrence class in recorder and guitar methods for music education majors.  Merrifield holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and teaching certification and Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis from Silver Lake College. Before entering the field of teaching, she worked in orchestra management for the Phoenix and Fairfax (VA) Symphony Orchestras. Merrifield is a past Board member of the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators (AWAKE), has co-chaired the AWAKE Singing Games Festival, and is a member of the Wisconsin School Music Association and Music Educator’s National Conference.

Cheryl Meyer - Allegretto Girl Choir

head shot of smiling teacher wearing glasses against grey backgroundCheryl Meyer, who teaches Allegretto singers, received her Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Madison.  She joined the Academy as a conductor in the Girl Choir Program in 1992, the first full year of the Academy Girl Choir program.  A vocal music specialist with the Appleton Area School District, Meyer is an advocate for the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) teaching model.  She is a frequent cooperating teacher and practicum teacher for Lawrence Conservatory students and is currently co-teaching a class in recorder and guitar methods for music education majors.

As a member of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA), Meyer has conducted Singing in Wisconsin youth choirs, presented sessions and choirs at state conventions and served as Children’s Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair.  She is also a member of the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference (WMEA) and the Organization of Kodaly Educators, serving as a past conductor of the AWAKE Youth Honor Choir.

Marie Putman - Cantabile Girl Choir

head shot of teacher wearing a coral shirt in front of a gray background.Marie Putman, who teaches Cantabile singers, is a graduate of the Girl Choir program, a current choral music educator in the Appleton Area School District at Appleton North High School and Wilson Middle School, and a part-time voice teacher with the Lawrence Academy of Music. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral and General Music Education and a minor in Arts Administration. Putman started her teaching career in Illinois where she served as her district’s Junior Choral Representative and was recognized as an Emerging Leader. She also sang with the twenty-voice ensemble, Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane. Putman is a member of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Toni K. Weijola '01 - Capriccio Girl Choir

head shot of smiling teacher wearing white, standing outside in front of greeneryToni K. Weijola, who teaches Capriccio singers, is an alumna of Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Music degree in choral and general music education and vocal performance. She also holds a Master of Music degree in music education with a Kodály emphasis from Silver Lake College. Weijola is an elementary music teacher with the Appleton Area School District and collaborates regularly with Lawrence as a cooperating teacher for future music educators. A member of Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA), Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) and the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators (AWAKE), she is also an advocate for the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) teaching model. As an active musician and educator in the Fox Valley, she has previously served as conducting intern with the Girl Choir program, taught with the conducting staff of the Appleton Boychoir, conducted private studio instruction in voice, and served as soprano section leader with the newVoices choir. Weijola continues to sing with newVoices and, with her husband, she currently co-leads the music and worship ministry at their church.

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