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Jennifer L

Program Director, Piano Lessons

Jennifer Lohmann teaches piano to all ages and all levels, beginner through advanced.  She has played the piano since she was nine, and has a degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from UWEC as well as a degree in history from Marshall University.  She has won many awards throughout her career in both performance and research, and has performed with multiple orchestras as a featured soloist on piano as well as harpsichord.   Jennifer is a professional musician, and is active in the community and university as a solo performer of piano and harpsichord, accompanist, vocal coach and church musician.  She also teaches several piano classes at UW-Stout.  As a piano teacher, she seeks ways to best meet the unique needs and desires of her students, while simultaneously keeping a focus on developing a healthy piano technique.  She has a particular interest in the history of music, and tries to develop this curiosity in her students so that they can better understand the historical and cultural context of the music they play and experience.  


Victoria S

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Woodwinds, World Flutes, and Improvisation Theory

Victoria Shoemaker received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Illinois), where she studied classical flute and piccolo performance with Kaye Clements and Mary-Christine Stingley. Her other flute instructors include Laurie Lau and Dr. Tim Lane, Professor of Flute at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Victoria Shoemaker received the 2021 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) People's Choice Award for Best Music Teacher in Northwest Wisconsin (as well as nominations in 2018 and 2019). She also received a 2021 "Healing Flute" award from the Native American style Flute Awards.

Victoria also studied bamboo flute performance/flute making with Billy Miller of Windwood Flutes. Presently, she is studying antique and contemporary world flutes and improvisation with Grammy-nominated flutist, Peter Phippen.


Since the release of her debut album, The Witching Hour in 2016, Victoria has continued to perform regularly on world flutes as well as on percussion, saxophone, guitar and vocals in her rock and roll group known as “Virginia Steel”, which performs across Wisconsin and neighboring states.


Dr. Diana C

Voice Lessons

Dr. Diana Cataldi, full lyric soprano, is passionate about helping singers get out of their own way to sing beautifully and efficiently in classical and musical theatre styles. She received her bachelor and master's degrees in voice from CCM and her DMA from The Ohio State University. Diana has performed oratorio and opera with regional orchestras in Ohio and thoroughly enjoys chamber work collaborations with colleagues past and present. Dr. Cataldi taught voice at the college level for seventeen years. Currently, she is in the process of earning her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 


Marcy W

Piano Lessons

Marcy  has a bachelor's degree in music therapy from UW-Eau Claire and has worked as a music therapist and music minister. Marcy designs the lessons specific to each student's goals. She recognizes that piano lessons need to incorporate teaching the value of discipline and hard work while also having fun. She teaches all ages and has a passion for helping her students develop a lasting love of music. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and involved with its local chapter, Chippewa Valley Music Teachers Association.

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Jerod K

Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukulele, Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Composition & Music Theory

Jerod K. is an accomplished musician who has been playing professionally for the past 14 years. His focus has been in jazz, classical, rock, pop, country, and bluegrass. He has performed saxophone, flute, and clarinet in every lower 48 US states, the lower Canadian provinces, and most of Japan. He studied at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City. He is proficient in many instruments including: saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, acoustic/electric guitar, upright/electric bass, ukelele, piccolo, recorder, penny whistle, composition/songwriting, and music theory. His love of music and its instruments is only matched by sharing his knowledge with any and all who would want to learn.

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Dr. Julietta R

Harp Lessons, Voice Lessons, Composition Lessons, and Piano Lessons

Julietta’s doctorate and masters degree is in music composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her second masters degree is in harp from Northern Illinois University where she studied harp with Liz Cifani and received training in Healing Harps from Dr. Ron Price. Julietta is a professional singer/songwriter as well as

classically trained harpist and composer. She has composed an opera, two concertos, and numerous chamber works for harp, voice, piano, and other instruments. Julietta is passionate about the art of teaching and has enjoyed working with a diverse range of students including students with special needs. Her approach is

flexible, assisting students in achieving their individual goals. She has developed a harp curriculum for adult beginners called “Classics at Your Fingertips” and “Technique at Your Fingertips” books 1-5. She has also developed a harp curriculum for children called “Plucky Bunny’s Harp Adventures” books 1-3. In addition to being well grounded in technique, students are encouraged to explore a wide range of repertoires and to create their own music.


Adam T

Guitar Lessons, Bass Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Exploring Music Lessons

Adam has been creating music in the Chippewa Valley for nearly 20 years. He plays in multiple groups spanning all genres. Adam is obsessed with all things music and guitar, and he'd love to share that joy and passion with you! 


Dr. Brian A

Flute Lessons, Violin Lessons

Brian grew up playing violin and flute in Plano, Texas. He went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in flute performance, including a doctorate from the University of Kansas. Brian enjoys performing music from the 18th century to today as a soloist and as Principal Flute of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. He has been teaching students of all ages and abilities for over ten years. As a teacher, Brian helps students achieve their full potential by developing self-sufficient learners and artists. He is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association.


Staš Hable

Percussion Lessons

Staš teaches drumset and percussion and is an Eau Claire native who is fortunate to have been involved in many musical opportunities growing up and while at Memorial High School such as State Honors Band and State Solo Ensemble. He graduated from UWEC with a music liberal arts bachelors degree and emphasis in percussion where he participated in groups such as wind ensemble, jazz, symphony orchestra, BMB, and percussion ensemble. He has performed in the pits of over 2 dozen ECCT and CVTG productions, performs jazz around town, and regularly plays timpani and percussion in the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. He also tours nationally and records with many area bands such as Them Coulee Boys, Elvessa, Naalia, and Raptor Octavius. He previously taught at the Eau Claire Music School where he taught students of many abilities and as young as elementary school age. He believes in framing lessons around the student’s interests as much as he can with the primary goal of finding joy in playing music.


Becky T

Piano Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, Oboe Lessons, Bassoon Lessons

Music has been part of Becky's life for as long as she can remember. She began playing the piano at age 5 and the oboe and clarinet at age 11, adding the bassoon and other woodwind instruments a year later. Becky taught piano and woodwind lessons for seven years at her own studio in Prescott, WI, also teaching piano lessons at the Hastings, MN Veterans Home for three of those years. Becky teaches beginning to advanced piano, oboe, bassoon, and clarinet lessons. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, including adults and students with special needs. Her approach to lessons is tailored to each student's strengths, abilities, and interests.