I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana - Balinese Gamelan Ensemble

smiling gamelan teacher with red and gold instrumentI Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana is an internationally esteemed performer, teacher, and composer of Balinese instrumental music

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. Dewa has taught at the Çudamani Summer Institute for Music and Dance in Bali and has had private students from the U.S., Canada, Australia, 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 Balinese gamelan 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

smiling teacher holding violinJanet 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 living in Appleton, Ms. Bond Sutter has been involved in various musical endeavors in the Fox Valley and the Door Peninsula.  She continues to be a member of the Fox Valley Symphony since 1991, serving as Concertmaster for eighteen seasons.  She also participates in several outreach programs for the Symphony, including Artistic Adventures and coaching for the Youth Orchestras. 
Formerly she was Principal 2nd Violin of the Green Bay Symphony, Director of "Chamber Music at the Clearing" for seven summers, and a member for 33 summers of Door County's Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra.

Carrie Lane Gruselle Gray - Chamber Ensembles

head shot of smiling teacher wearing black and silver on grey backgroundCarrie Lane Gruselle Gray, Chamber Music Ensembles coordinator, is recently retired from teaching strings for the Appleton Area School District in Appleton, Wisconsin. Actively involved with the Wisconsin MEA Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project, she is also past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers Association  and former lead teacher for the Lawrence University String Project. She is string editor for FJH Music Company, and co-author of the new FJH Method Book: Measures of Success for Strings. Her arrangements and compositions for young string players are studied and performed regularly worldwide.

Ms. Gruselle holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from UW-Eau Claire and a Masters of Music Education with Suzuki Emphasis from UW-Stevens Point.

Martin O'Donnell '08 - Symphonic Band

smiling teacher in blue oxford shirt against white backgroundMartin 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, president, 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. 

Michael Ross - Wind Ensemble

head shot of conductor with tuxedo shirt, jacket, and black bow tieMichael Ross, is the conductor of the Academy Wind Ensemble, a position he has held for more than a decade. Recently retired from the Appleton Area School District, Ross is teaching music classes at the Renaissance School for the Arts at Appleton West High School and the Badger Bucket Brigade at Badger Elementary in the Appleton school district.

In 2005 he was appointed the conductor of the Green Bay Youth Symphony, now the Youth Symphony at St. Norbert College, a position he currently holds. Ross has served as the President of the Wisconsin Percussive Arts Society and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Ross was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) in 1999 and has been a member of the National Band Association.

Michael Ross has worked as a clinician and guest conductor at high school and middle school bands and percussion sections throughout Wisconsin and Michigan. He held the position of timpanist of the Green Bay Symphony for 39 years and played percussion in the Chicago Civic Orchestra and performed as an extra in percussion with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Michigan University and his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University where he studied conducting with Dr. Mallory Thompson and Dr. Stephen Petersen.

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