Caitlynn Acy - Symphonic Band

Caitlynn Acy ‘15, Symphonic Band teacher-conductor, is a native of Sheboygan Falls, WI and a graduate of Lawrence University with degrees in flute performance and instrumental music education. After graduating, Mrs. Acy taught high school band in Oklahoma City, OK for two years before moving back to her home state. In 2017, she started her current position in the Appleton Area School District where she is the band teacher at Madison Middle School, Foster Elementary School, and Richmond Elementary School.

Mrs. Acy is a board member of the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association, an organization that provides professional development for band teachers as well as various learning and performance opportunities for young musicians around the state. She also serves as the flute coach at the Lakeland University Summer Music Camp. Mrs. Acy continues to perform on her flute with VENTO Winds, a professional-level, audition-only wind band based in Northeast Wisconsin. She lives in Appleton with her husband and miniature schnauzer, Kona.

I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana - Balinese Gamelan

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.

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 Kodály 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 Kodály 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.

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.

Karen Bruno - Bel Canto Girl Choir

A woman with dark brown, curly hair smiles at the camera.Karen Bruno, who teaches the Bel Canto singers, is the artistic director of the Girl Choir program.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, a teaching certificate from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music, and her 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.

Mari Card - Allegretto Girl Choir

Mari Card, who teaches Allegretto singers, graduated from Carthage College in 2012 with a major in music and emphases in piano pedagogy, choral music education, and general music education. She taught elementary music for the DC Everest School District for seven years. While teaching, Mrs. Card completed Level 1 of the World Music Drumming teacher training (which includes the basics of African and Caribbean drumming, singing, and moving) and completed Orff-Schulwerk teacher training.  Mrs. Card is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and she serves as the vice-president for the North Central Wisconsin Orff chapter. Mrs. Card grew up in the Appleton area and participated in Girl Choir from 2003-2008. She is excited to teach Allegretto next year!

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.

Jaclyn Kottman '12 - Arioso Girl Choir

Jaclyn Kottman, who teaches Arioso singersis 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), and the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. She is the recipient of Lawrence University’s Pi Kappa Lambda Award for excellence in music education as well as WCDA’s Outstanding Young Choral Director Award.

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 co-teaches a Lawrence class in recorder and guitar methods for music education majors and has been a guest lecturer at UW-Stevens Point. Merrifield holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and teaching certification and Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Kodály 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 Kodály 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.

Marie Putman - Cantabile Girl Choir

Head shot of smiling teach in a coral top behind a gray background.Marie Putman, who teaches Cantabile singers, is a graduate of the Girl Choir program and a current choral music educator in the Appleton Area School District at Appleton North High School and Wilson Middle School. 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).

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

Mr. Ross currently works as a clinician and guest conductor with 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, 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.

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 Kodály 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.