Academy Faculty and Staff

28 smiling music teachers standing on steps in front of white columns
Academy of Music teachers number approximately 50; most of them hold advanced degrees, certificates or diplomas in music education or pedagogy. Two-thirds of the Academy's teachers hold masters or doctoral degrees; well over half have taught in the Academy for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching, many maintain active performance careers. Lawrence University Conservatory of Music faculty members teach, by audition only, a number of highly motivated and accomplished students. Approximately 20 Conservatory of Music student teachers offer private lessons. They are teachers in training under the supervision of the Academy. Guest teaching artists augment Academy instruction with master classes and recitals.

Administrative Staff

Karen Bruno, Director
Cheryl Boyle, Registrar
Theresa Shifflett, Program and Marketing Assistant

Instrumental Ensembles

I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana, Balinese Gamelan
Janet Bond Sutter, D.Mus.A., Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO)
Carrie Lane Gruselle Gray, M.Mus.Ed., Chamber Music Ensembles
Martin O'Donnell, '08, B.Mus., Symphonic Band
Michael Ross, M.Mus., Wind Ensemble


Karrie Been, M.Mus., Primo Girl Choir
Karen Bruno, M.Mus., Bel Canto Girl Choir
Jaclyn Kottman, '12, B.Mus., Arioso Girl Choir
Marie Putman, B.Mus.Ed., Cantabile Girl Choir
Patricia Merrifield , M.Mus., Ragazze Girl Choir
Cheryl Meyer, B.Mus.Ed., Allegretto Girl Choir
Toni Weijola, '01, M.Mus., Capriccio Girl Choir

Early Childhood Music

Nell Buchman, M.Mus.

Music Enrichment for Students with Special Needs 

Sara Devine, M.S.W., (Music Therapy)

Theory and Aural Skills

Ann Boeckman '79, M.A.

Lawrence Conservatory Faculty

Placement of Academy students with conservatory faculty is by audition only.

Lawrence Student Teachers

Lawrence student teachers are music majors at the Conservatory of Music. All are teachers in training under the supervision of the Academy of Music. Student teachers are recommended by Conservatory faculty and have successfully completed a rigorous pedagogy class.


Keith Dom Powell, M.Mus., French horn
Anne Witherell, Ph.D., low brass
Jeffrey Stannard, D.Mus.A., trumpet (Con. faculty)


Michael Ratsch, '71, M.Mus.


Ann Boeckman '79, M.A.
Nell Buchman, M.Mus.
Anna Reiser, '11, M.Mus.
Michael Rivers, M.Mus.
Larisa Topolkaraeva, D.Mus.A.
Mary Van De Loo, '89, M.Mus.
Catherine Walby, '97, M.Mus.


Philip Baruth, '96, B.Mus., classical guitar
Barbara Beechey, D.Mus.A., viola and violin
Janet Bond Sutter, D. Mus.A., violin
Roza Borisova, D.Mus.A., cello
Caroline Brandenberger, A.B., violin
Kin Chau, M.Mus., viola and violin
Miyoko Grine-Fisher, M.Mus., cello
Nori Kalman, B.Mus., violin
Laura Kenney, M.Mus., cello
Leila Ramagopal Pertl, '87, M.S. (music education), harp
Justyna Lutow-Resch, M.Mus., violin
Yuliya Smead, D.Mus.A., violin
Susan Sullivan, B.Mus., string bass
Carrie Willer, Ph.D., cello


Bethany Abrahamson, '97, B. Mus.
Philip Baruth, '96, B. Mus.
Carol Jegen, '70, M. Mus.
Jaclyn Kottman, '12 B.Mus.
Marie Putman, B.Mus.Ed.


Kelley Carpenter, '89, B.Mus., saxophone
Ramona Emrick, B.S. (music education), saxophone
Suzanne Jordheim, M.Mus., flute
Susan Lawrence McCardell, B.Mus., bassoon
Jon Meyer, D.Mus.A., clarinet
Leslie Outland Michelic, oboe

The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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