Music Faculty

Music And Teaching Talent


Emily_Davis_soprano_.jpgEMILY DAVIS, M.M.

Soprano Emily Davis recently joined the voice faculty at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis. teaching applied vocal lessons, lyric diction, vocal pedagogy and opera workshop. Davis holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern Illinois University where she performed two full roles: the Wife in Richard Wargo’s "The Music Shop" and Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus." In addition, Davis was featured as a soprano soloist in numerous concert, oratorio and choral settings. While completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Luther College, Davis sang the world premier of the soprano solo in Stephen Paulus’ Luther Mass at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minn. Along with her work as a classical singer and educator, Davis has experience in musical theater performance and pedagogy, choral music education and church music. Teachers and coaches of note include Dr. Jeanine Wagner, Dr. David Dillard, Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, Dr. Margret Simmons, Dr. Jessica Paul and Tim Fink.


Sandy Eithun.jpgSandra Eithun, M.M.Ed

Sandra Eithun is a graduate of Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI, with an emphasis in the Kodály teaching method, keyboard, and flute.  She is married, has four grown children, and currently resides in New London, WI, where she has been serving as Director of Music Ministry at First Congregational United Church of Christ since 1992.  At her church, Sandra is the director of three handbell choirs, serves as choral accompanist, and organist/keyboardist.  She is the director of the Silver Lake College Handbell Ensemble, is an active member of the Handbell Musicians of America, and has served on their Area VII Board of Directors.  She has been commissioned to write music for many events and for numerous individual handbell ensembles. She has over 300 pieces for handbells in publication as well as several sacred keyboard books and teaching collections for the incorporation of handbells in the music classroom.  In 2013, Sandra had the honor of working with Doc Severinsen and the Fox Valley Symphony as handbells were a part of his holiday show, “Jingle Bell Doc” at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.


Bill_Hampton.jpgDR. BILL HAMPTON, D.O., FACOEP, M.M., B.A.

Dr. Hampton has been adjunct faculty for trumpet performance at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc since fall 2014. 

Hampton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in honoribus in trumpet performance degree from Northern State University where he studied with Jay Coble. He completed a Master of Music degree from Appalachian State University, where he studied and served as a graduate assistant under the instruction of Joe Phelps. While at Appalachian State, he authored two trumpet method books: "High Brass Methods: A 7-Week Course for Trumpet" and "Major & Minor Sound Exercises in All Keys."

Following graduate school, Hampton matriculated to medical school in the Chicago area where he continued to perform with various orchestras, brass ensembles and as a trumpet soloist. He was the brass ensemble director for Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church for five years. He also played repiano cornet with the North American Brass Band Association’s six-time National Champion Illinois Brass Band. While living in the Chicago area, he performed at the Bristol Renaissance Festival, the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Hampton was a soloist for Holy Family Memorial’s Music from the Heart and presently plays trumpet with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed as a soloist with the Silver Lake Wind Ensemble.

Hampton is an emergency physician at Holy Family Memorial. He also is clinical assistant professor in emergency medicine and clinical assistant professor of ssteopathic manipulative medicine for the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Ill. He lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of emergency medicine topics for diverse audiences.

In addition to his music activities, Hampton teaches yoga. He is married with four children — the oldest in college and the youngest twin pre-schoolers.

Ken_Harned.jpgKEN HARNED, D.A.

Dr. Ken Harned is the new director of choral activities at Silver Lake College. He conducts the Silver Lake Chorale and Concert Choir in addition to teaching conducting, sight-singing, applied voice and choral music education courses. Ken has more than 10 years of experience teaching high school vocal and instrumental music in the public schools. Previous university experience includes teaching positions at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, St. Charles Community College, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University, Master’s Degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, and Doctor of Arts in Conducting from Ball State University. Harned is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education. He travels throughout the country as an adjudicator, clinician and conductor, and recently worked with the Disney Performing Arts program at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.


Monica Hrudik, M.M.

Monica Hrudik earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  

She currently plays violin in both the Manitowoc and Sheboygan symphony orchestras, and serves on the board of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.  Hrudik has performed with the Sault Symphony Orchestra, the Belmont University Orchestra, and the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra.  She has more than 15 years experience playing professionally in various classical and jazz ensembles, as well as doing demo work in the studio.

While in Nashville, she taught orchestra in the Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville State Community College, and held a private studio. Currently, in addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Silver Lake College, she also teaches music in the Manitowoc Public School District.


Ron_Rivero-1.jpgRON RIVERO, D.M.A.

Dr. Ron Rivero is director of instrumental studies at Silver Lake College where he conducts the Wind Ensemble. 

He is excited to be launching the new Mid-West Honor Band Festival and the Manitowoc Youth Wind Ensemble at the college.

 Dr. Rivero recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. 

He holds a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

Dr. Rivero was appointed assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble for the 2014-15 season and reappointed associate conductor for the 2015-16 season.

He has studied with master wind conducting pedagogues, Gary Green, Eric Rombach-Kendall and Glenn Price.

Dr. Rivero served as director of bands and orchestras at South Dade High School, a new magnet performing arts academy in Miami, Fla. In only two years, he tripled enrollment and completely overhauled the curriculum, creating one of the most comprehensive and competitive music programs in Florida.

He continues to serve as an adjudicator and guest clinician across the United States and Europe. Performing diverse works ranging from Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” to most recently Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, “Double Sextet.” His doctoral dissertation revolved around Philip Glass’ “Glassworks” and how it helped bridge classical and popular music.

Dr. Rivero has served as principal oboist with several ensembles including performances in the United States, Italy, Austria and Singapore.

He is a member of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Conductors Guild and the National Association for Music Education.

Dr. Rivero is located in Room 122 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance.  You may reach Dr. Rivero by phone (920-686-6185) or by e-mail


Diana Shapiro, D.M.A.

Dr. Diana Shapiro joined us as a piano faculty at Silver Lake College in 2012. Previously, she has served on the faculty of Maranatha College, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Dr. Shapiro received her DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Collins Distinguished Fellow. She also holds a Masters of Music and Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Longy School of Music. Her teachers include Victor Rosenbaum, Martha Fischer, Irina Berkovich and legendary Israeli duo, Tamir-Eden.

As a part of the Piano Duo Varshavski-Shapiro (, she won first prizes at numerous National and International Competitions in Poland, Italy, Israel and Czech Republic. In the United States, the duo became a winner of Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition, was awarded a Career Grant from “Salon de Virtuousi” and most recently won the Astral Artists’ National Auditions. These successes led to a series of solo and festival appearances across three continents. Dr. Shapiro appeared with a number of leading instrumentalists in Israel and the USA, as well as singers of the New Israeli Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. A number of her appearances in different settings were broadcast on radio and TV worldwide.

Dr. Shapiro presented her research at the National and the Great Lakes Conferences of the College Music Society and ISMTA.

Contact Diana Shapiro, D.M.A.



Stanislava Varshavski was born in Kharkov, Ukraine. A young piano prodigy, she had her orchestral debut at the age of 8. After receiving her initial musical training in the Ukraine, Stanislava proceeded with her studies at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy in Israel. In1998, she established the Varshavski-Shapiro Piano Duo with her colleague, Diana Shapiro. Within a few years the duo won first prizes at a series of international competitions, leading to a set of appearances across three continents. After studying under the legendary Israeli duo, Tamir-Eden, and professor Victor Rosenbaum in Boston, Varshavski received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied under professor Martha Fischer. In addition to her collaborations with leading instrumentalists, Varshavski also pursues an active piano education career. Currently, she is a piano faculty member at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc and Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago.


Sister Marella Wagner, M.M.

Sister Marella Wagner is professor emeritus in music and recently celebrated her 50th year of service at Silver Lake College. Sister Marella received her Bachelor of Music degree from Silver Lake College and her Master of music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

She began serving as a full-time faculty member at Silver Lake College in 1966 and went on to become chair of the Faculty Development Committee, coordinator of the college's Division of Arts and Sciences, and chair of the Department of Music.

Sister Marella is a member of the international, national and Midwest Kodály associations. In addition, she has written about music for numerous publications, and has studied and given presentations about music in various places both in the United States and other countries.

Her major performance instrument is piano, and she served as organist at Silver Lake for many years.

Contact Sister Marella Wagner, M.M.


Rachel Ware Carlton, D.M.A.

Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, director of graduate music and assistant dean of the School of Liberal Arts, is an award-winning soprano who has performed on the operatic and concert stage.  She received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Luther College.  Dr. Ware Carlton has taught vocalists at the collegiate, secondary and elementary levels.  Her articles on vocal pedagogy, private studio management and other topics have appeared in national publications.  

Prior to joining the faculty at Silver Lake College, Dr. Ware Carlton taught at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus. The courses she taught included: Applied Voice, 20th Century Music History, Class Voice, and Introduction to Opera.  At Silver Lake College, she teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Diction, Vocal Literature, and Opera Workshop.

Dr. Ware Carlton conducted a major survey of vocal pedagogues to assess the current use of science and imagery in vocal studios, and published her findings in the Journal of Singing. She has presented these findings at the CMS National Convention, the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, the Voice Foundation’s 40th Annual Symposium, and at the Phenomenon of Singing Symposium held in Newfoundland, Canada.

Dr. Ware Carlton is a licensed Andover Educator and teaches the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body.”  She is available for lessons and workshops in body mapping for both vocalists and instrumentalists. 

Contact Rachel Ware Carlton



Trombonist and music educator Dr. Benjamin Yates teaches low brass at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc.. Yates also teaches low brass at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. At Luther, his responsibilities include teaching low brass lessons, coaching brass chamber music, conducting large brass ensembles, advising the student-run athletic pep band and performing with the Luther College Faculty Brass Quintet. 

As an active soloist, Yates performs and presents master classes at high schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States. He also has presented trombone clinics in numerous states and countries including Austria, Brazil and Japan. Previously, he was appointed visiting low brass sabbatical replacement at Luther College and earlier taught band at the Calamus-Wheatland Community Schools.

Yates performs regularly with Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin area symphonies, bands and chamber ensembles, including the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, Rochester Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota, Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra in Illinois, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa, and the Tromboneota Trombone Quartet in Iowa. Previously, Yates performed with the Urbana Pops Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Artists of Champaign, Ill.

Students of Benjamin Yates have continued their education in trombone and euphonium performance at nationally recognized graduate music programs, becoming successful professional musicians and music educators throughout the United States and world.

Yates earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2016. He holds the Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and earned his Bachelor of Arts at Luther College. His teachers include Dr. David Gier, Dr. Jonathan Allen, Dr. John Rapson, Elliot Chasanov, Dr. Michael Smith, Bard Mackey and Roger Rocco.

Sister Lorna Zemke, D.M.A.

Dr. Lorna Zemke is professor emeritus at Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, Wis.  An experienced teacher at all levels, Sister Lorna has taught graduate and undergraduate courses, presented workshops, clinics, demonstrations and lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad for many years. Sister Lorna initiated a “Music for Tots” program at Silver Lake College, classes for children from birth through age five. The Tots program enrolls approximately 200 children each semester.  

In 1986, Sister Lorna developed the well-known program, “Lovenotes: Music for the Unborn,” that teaches expectant parents how they can use music as a bonding language with their unborn babies. The “Lovenotes”  program  was published in English and in Korean. Sister Lorna has received outstanding honors for her service and leadership in the field of music education. She has published many articles and books on a variety of topics in music education.

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Lynne Zimmerman received both her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education with Kodály emphasis from Silver Lake College. Her master’s thesis, “A Descriptive Study of the Relationship Between Language Reading Proficiency and the Age At Which Music Lessons Are Begun,” was published in ERIC’s online database. She has taught general and choral music at every level from kindergarten through high school. Currently, she teaches K-4 general music in Plymouth, Wis., maintains a private voice and piano studio, and directs the Traditional and Concert choirs at the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church. Her community involvement includes: accompanying students at district and state music festivals, and she has been involved in a number of musical theater productions. She has been teaching online classes for Silver Lake’s Graduate Music Program since 2009.