Category:Wisconsin Conservatory of Music alumni
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The following 16 pages are in this category, out of 16 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 16 pages are in this category, out of 16 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Liberace – Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist, singer, and actor. A child prodigy and the son of immigrants, Liberace enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the entertainer in the world, with established residencies in Las Vegas. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the sobriquet Mr. Showmanship, Liberace was born in West Allis, Wisconsin. His father, Salvatore Liberace, was an immigrant from Formia and his mother, Frances Zuchowska, was of Polish descent. Liberace was born with a caul, which in some cultures is considered indicative of genius, good luck and he had a twin, who died at birth. Liberaces father played the French horn in bands and movie theaters, while Sam encouraged music in his family, his wife, Frances, believed music lessons and a record player to be unaffordable luxuries. Liberace later stated, My dads love and respect for music created in him a determination to give as his legacy to the world. Liberace began playing the piano at age four, while Sam took his children to concerts to further expose them to music, he was also a taskmaster demanding high standards from the children in both practice and performance. Liberaces prodigious talent was evident from his early years, by age seven, he was capable of memorizing difficult pieces. He studied the technique of the Polish pianist Ignacy Paderewski, at age eight, he met Paderewski backstage after a concert at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. I was intoxicated by the joy I got from the great virtuosos playing and my dreams were filled with fantasies of following his footsteps…Inspired and fired with ambition, I began to practice with a fervor that made my previous interest in the piano look like neglect. Paderewski later became a family friend, the Depression was financially hard on the Liberace family. Liberace concentrated on his playing with the help of music teacher Florence Kelly. He gained experience playing music in theaters, on local radio, for dancing classes, for clubs. In 1934, he played piano with a school group called The Mixers. Liberace also performed in cabarets and strip clubs, though Sam and Frances did not approve, their son was earning a tidy living during hard times. For a while, Liberace adopted the stage name Walter Busterkeys and he also showed an interest in draftsmanship, design, and painting, and became a fastidious dresser and follower of fashion
2. James Chance – James Chance, also known as James White, is an American saxophonist, keyboard player, songwriter and singer. Chance differed from some of his no wave compatriots by possessing a level of musical skill. His music can be described as combining the freeform playing of Ornette Coleman with the funk rhythm of James Brown. Born and raised in Milwaukee and Brookfield, Wisconsin, Chance attended Michigan State University, there, Chance joined a band named Death, which performed covers of the Stooges and the Velvet Underground before moving toward original songs. At the end of 1975, Chance dropped out and moved to New York City after the dissolution of the band and he quickly became active in both the free jazz and no wave punk rock scenes. His first band in New York in 1976 was a quartet with violin, drums. The Contortions reached an audience with their contribution to the Brian Eno-compiled No New York collection of No Wave acts. While Chance was professionally and romantically linked with No Wave musical luminary Lydia Lunch, the duo created seminal No Wave group Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, whom Chance soon left. Chance was noted for engaging in confrontations, from forcing the audience out of their seats and getting in fist fights, his New York City audience. At first this was just an attempt to engage the passive New York audience, in 1979, Chance collaborated with Arto Lindsay, Bradley Field, and George Scott on the soundtrack to Diego Cortezs film Grutzi Elvis. Chances stage and musical persona were finalized by romantic partner and agent Anya Phillips, frictions between Chance and band members eventually led to a breakup of the Contortions in the fall of 1979. The Contortions released one album, Buy in late 1979, and another album, Off White, under the pseudonym James White, Chance re-formed James White and the Blacks with a completely different lineup that appeared on the 1982 album Sax Maniac which was dedicated to Phillips. The group released one album, Melt Yourself Down, a very limited Japanese release. The first version of the Blacks was set up by Joseph Bowie, shortly after, Defunkt emerged from the Blacks. Chance briefly relocated to Paris, returning to New York City in 1983 to record the album James White Presents The Flaming Demonics, in 1987, he contributed saxophone to The False Prophets Implosion album. In 2001, Chance reunited with original Contortions members Jody Harris, Pat Place, original keyboard player Adele Bertei appeared briefly, but bass player George Scott III had died of an accidental drug overdose in 1980 and his slot was filled by Eric Sanko. The reunited group has played twice at the All Tomorrows Parties music festival, Chance has also recorded with Blondie since coming out of his semi-retirement. Tiger Style records released the 4-CD box set retrospective Irresistible Impulse to critical acclaim in 2003, in addition to limited engagements with the original Contortions, Chance has occasionally performed and recorded with the Chicago band Watchers
3. Mark Mallman – Mark Mallman is a Minnesota musician and composer for film. Since 1998, he has released 8 full-length studio albums, The End Is Not The End being his most recent, Mallman graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1991. He studied jazz piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1995, at age 21, Mallman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he studied painting and performance art. Mark Mallman has earned a reputation as one of the Twin Cities must-see live acts and he started his career in the late 1990s with the short-lived band, the Odd, a surprisingly popular postmodern joke on 1970s rock histrionics. His solo debut came in 1998 with the release of The Tourist, the Red Bedroom, his third album, was issued in Spring 2002. It was produced by Radiohead producer Paul Q, the Whos Gonna Save You Now. EP and the live effort Live from First Avenue, Minneapolis were released in 2003, mr. Serious, Mallmans first self-produced album, followed in 2004. It marked his first album for Badman Recording Company, while he tirelessly performed 150 shows per year, Mallman released Between the Devil and Middle C in 2006, and Invincible Criminal in 2009. Invincible Criminal featured a duet with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, after an extensive amount of touring the United States, he spent the first half of 2012 in Los Angeles writing and recording Double Silhouette, which was released later that year. On March 25,2016, Mallman released The End is Not The End, david Bowies Scary Monsters and Super Creeps helped inspire the direction Mallman took with each of the album’s twelve tracks. The theme of life after death and constant rebirth on earth is affirmed throughout the entirety of the album, Mallman created the album after his mother died and he was dealing with depression and anxiety attacks. He says its a meditation on overcoming the roots of despair. In 1999 Mallman performed a 26-hour long song titled Marathon 1, later, in 2004, Mallman’s “Marathon Two” session took place back at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. Seventy-five musicians took turns backing Mallman as he performed one song for two consecutive days, only breaking to go to the bathroom. On October 10,2010, he completed Marathon 3, a 78-hour long song complete with 576 pages of lyrics, during the performance, he injured his left foot. He finished at 10pm on Sunday night by biting into a bouquet of flowers, mayor Chris Coleman declared October 7-10,2010 “Mark Mallman Days” in St. Paul, Minnesota in honor of his creative achievement. The mayors proclamation included the statement “Whereas Mark Mallman is totally AWESOME. ”From September 15 to Sept 22,2012 he endured Marathon IV, Road Rogue, Marathon IV, Road Rogue was the first ever intercontinental mobile musical webcast in the history of the Internet. In addition to the pioneering webcast, Mallman also employed a hacked midi brain controller which enabled him to music with his brainwaves while he was sleeping
4. Wisconsin Conservatory of Music – The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is an independent music school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It teaches classical, jazz, rock, folk, and blues, the two schools merged in 1971. In 1932 the school leased the mansion built in 1903 by industrialist Charles L. McIntosh, the architect was Horatio R. Wilson of Chicago. In 1921 McIntosh sold the house to William Osborne Goodrich, who was married to Marie Best Pabst, the school educates over 1000 students each semester and holds classes in multiple locations throughout Milwaukee County. It employs over 50 teachers and performers, both group classes and individual instruction are available. It has a budget of about $2 million, with 70% of the operating expenses covered by tuition. Noted faculty have included the pianists Adelaide Banaszynski, Ralph Votapek, David Hazeltine, other current and former faculty include Margaret Hawkins, Lee Dougherty, Pearl Brice, Benjamin Verdery, Rebecca Penneys, Tony King and Jessie Hauck
5. Daron Hagen – Daron Aric Hagen is an American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, librettist, and stage director of contemporary classical music and opera. Daron Hagen grew up in New Berlin, a suburb west of Milwaukee, Hagen began composing prolifically in 1974, when his older brother Kevin gave him a recording and score of Benjamin Brittens Billy Budd. He studied piano with Adam Klescewski, and studied composition and conducting at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music while attending Brookfield Central High School, while a student of Rorems at Curtis, he studied piano with Marion Zarsecsna and also studied privately with Lukas Foss. Between 1984 and 1998 Hagen was also a frequent guest at the MacDowell Colony, Hagen served in 2007 as composer in residence at the Music Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts. As artistic director of the Perpetuum Mobile Concerts he premiered compositions by over a hundred American composers on concerts produced in Philadelphia and New York. Hagen made his debut as a stage director for the Skylight Music Theatre with his musical I Hear America Singing, for which he contributed book, lyrics. In spring 2015 he directed his opera A Woman in Morocco for Kentucky Opera, Hagen is married to composer, vocalist, and visual artist Gilda Lyons. They have two children—Atticus and Seamus—and live in Rhinebeck, New York, Hagens music is essentially tonal, though serial, pitch class, and octatonic procedures are customarily utilized for psychologically and emotionally fraught passages. It is notable for its lyricism, but his style defies easy categorization. His music is eclectic, drawing on a variety of styles as diverse as jazz, Broadway, Latin music, Italian verismo. According to Hagen, Polytonality figures prominently in the major operas as a mechanism for manifesting the interaction between characters. Hagen, asked at one point by Bernstein to complete Marc Blitzsteins opera Sacco and Vanzetti, acknowledges a debt to Blitzsteins music, Hagens vocal music is described in The New Grove as the cornerstone of his compositional output. There is the communion of people coming together to commit to undertaking a work of art that is larger than any of us, using his gift for composing vocal lines, produces songs that flow lyrically and illuminate texts with unerring musical and dramatic aim. His scores are full of extensive markings, requiring singers to use variety of color to achieve the emotions inherent in the texts. His operas embrace a broad stylistic spectrum. In Shining Brow Hagens baseline idiom, writes Tom Strini, seems to be modernist-expressionist, tonal and he sets all sorts of influences, from barbershop to ticky-tick dance music against that idiom, to underscore character and crystallize the period. Bandanna is neither fish nor fowl — as fierce as verismo but wrought with infinite care, Hagen, who served his apprenticeship on Broadway, acknowledges that holistically the piece falls between opera and musical theatre. Hagens style encourages audiences to be involved in constructing their own meanings from the richness of the textual and musical cross-references in his work
6. David Hazeltine – David Hazeltine is an American jazz pianist. Hazeltine has been performing professinally since he was thirteen and he did not seriously consider going into music until soon before college. After he entered the world, he was encouraged by Chet Baker. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he studied music with local pianist Will Green and he worked as the house pianist for national acts at the Jazz Gallery and helped retool the Wisconsin Conservatory of Musics jazz program. He has played and recorded with Jon Hendricks, Louis Hayes, although he is a pianist, he feels more influenced by saxophonists, particularly Charlie Parker. Hazeltine is particularly influenced by Parker, Rollins, Bud Powell, of particular note are his arrangements of pop tunes, which appear on most of his albums. In February 2015, Hazeltine launched a jazz piano reharmonization course in which he explains, from the keyboard. The course uses a technique in which a moving score follows his hands as he plays. Your Story with George Mraz The Classic Trio The Classic Trio, Vol
7. David Snell (composer) – David L. Snell was a pianist, conductor, composer and music director. He composed the music for over 170 shorts, series or feature films, david L. Snell was born on 10 September 1897 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He became a pianist, and studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Wisconsin College and he formed his own orchestra, and was the musical director for several stage productions. Snell joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayers music department in 1937, turning out music for a range of films from low-cost B movies to expensive features and he would spend his entire film career with MGM. He was conductor, composer, and music director for MGM for twenty-one years, the work could be high pressure. In November 1938 Franz Waxman had just five days to put together the score for A Christmas Carol so it could be released in time for the holiday season. Snell helped out, writing the opening and closing credit cues, Snell wrote music for many full-length films, shorts and B-movie series such as Dr. Kildare, Maisie and The Thin Man. His songs include Under The Stars, Downstream Drifter, Come Back Little Girl Of Mine, the moody music echoed Christmas carols. David L. Snell died at home in Glendale, California on March 27,1967, Snell is credited as composer in many films, including