Keith Powell - French horn

Keith Powell, French horn instructor, received a B.A. in horn performance from Stony Brook University, NY, and a M.Mus. in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University. He also studied at the University of Wisconsin-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, performs with the Marquette (MI) Symphony, and substitute horn for the Fox Valley Symphony. He was a member of Renaissance City Winds (1982-87) and has performed with orchestras in Pennsylvania: McKeesport, Altoona, Westmoreland; Wisconsin: Oshkosh, Green Bay, Sheboygan; in New York: Chautauqua, Larchmont; and in West Virginia: Wheeling, and others. He has performed with a wide variety of musicians including Lee Tomboulian, Eddy Arnold, The Moody Blues, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Bernadette Peters, Maureen McGovern, Shirley Jones, Art Garfunkel, Vic Ferrari, and Shari Lewis & Lambchop among many others. Mr. Powell is a founding member of the Water Street Chamber Players. Keith loves chamber Music and Opera. 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.

Anne Witherell - Low Brass

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.

Michael Ratsch '71 - Percussion

Michael Ratsch, percussion instructor, 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 with the New Horizons Band. He also maintains a private studio in Kimberly, 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 University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Concert Band and the Appleton City Band, where he is assistant conductor. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association and Percussive Arts Society.

Daniel Reifsteck '15 - Percussion (intern)

Daniel Reifsteck, 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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