Music Faculty

Music And Teaching Talent


Damon J. Carlson, M.M.Ed

Damon J. Carlson joined the music faculty at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 2008 where he conducts the Silver Lake Concert Choir and the Silver Lake Chorale. Carlson holds a Master’s Degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. Prior to joining Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Carlson taught middle school and high school choral music in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He co-founded the Silver Lake Children’s Choir in 2012 with music director, Carol Storck.  In addition to his teaching and conducting duties at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Carlson maintains a private voice studio and enjoys choral arranging.

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Jeremiah Eis, M.M

Jeremiah Eis is the Director of Instrumental Music at Silver Lake College and the Director of the Manitowoc Marine Band. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Bachelor of Music degree from St. Norbert College. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc and the United States Army School of Music.
A versatile musician on trombone, euphonium, and tuba, he is currently a Sergeant with the 132nd Army Band, and also performs with the Newtonburg Brass Band, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, St. Norbert Community Band, and the Water's Edge Brass.

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Sandra Eithun, M.M.Ed

Sanrda 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 four handbell choirs, serves as choral accompanist, and organist/keyboardist.  She is the director of the Silver Lake College Handbell Ensemble, 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.


Monica Hrudik, M.M.

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

he currently plays violin in both the Manitowoc and Sheboygan Symphony Orchestras, and serves on the board of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.  Monica has performed with the Sault Symphony Orchestra, the Belmont University Orchestra, and the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra.  She has over 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.


Diana Shapiro, D.M.A.

Dr. Diana Shapiro has joined 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 UW-Madison as a Collins Distinguished Fellow. She also holds MM and BM from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and GPD 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 United States the duo became a winner of Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition, was awarded Career Grant from “Salon de Virtuousi”, and most recently won the Astral Artists’ National Auditions. These successes lead to series of solo and festival appearances across three continents. Diana Shapiro appeared with a number of leading instrumentalists in Israel and the USA, as well as singers of New Israeli Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Number of her appearances in different settings was 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.

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Bob Shebesta, B.M.

Bob Shebesta received his Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Green Bay. He teaches various
guitar playing styles including classical and jazz. Besides his teaching position at Silver Lake
College, he is the Director and certified instructor of the Childbloom Guitar Program
( in De Pere and Appleton, a comprehensive musical education
program for children ages 5-12. He arranges and composes music for guitar and has published
several works for the Childbloom curriculum.
Bob can be heard in settings as diverse as arts festivals, churches, and fine restaurants. He
regularly provides elegant music for wedding ceremonies and dinner parties, performing solo or
accompanying flute, violin, cello or voice. Visit Bob's website at


Sister Marella Wagner, M.M.

Sister Marella Wagner 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 has taught music theory and history during all her years as music faculty at SLC.  Her major performance instrument is piano, and she had been organist at Silver Lake for many years.

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Rachel Ware Carlton, D.M.A.

Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, Assistant Professor of Voice and Interim Director of Graduate Music, 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, IA 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. 

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Sister Lorna Zemke, D.M.A.

Dr. Zemke is Director of the Kodály Programs and Director of Graduate Music Studies at Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI.  An experienced teacher at all levels, Dr. Zemke has taught graduate & undergraduate courses, presented workshops, clinics, demonstrations and lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad for many years. Sr. Lorna initiated a “Music for Tots” program at Silver Lake College, classes for children from birth through age five.  The Tots program enrolls approx. 200 children each semester.  

In 1986, Dr. Zemke 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.   Sr. Lorna Zemke 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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