EMILY DAVIS, M.M.
Soprano Emily Davis is currently Instructor of Music at Silver Lake College, teaching Applied Voice, Singer’s Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, Music Theory and directs the Opera Workshop production every spring, in addition to an active private vocal studio. Her students have received professional contracts with the Skylight Opera Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and KIDS From Wisconsin. Also from her studio, was a first place winner in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) District auditions in both the Classical and Musical Theater divisions.
She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Luther College, where she graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Performing a variety of genres, Davis was featured in several full opera and musical theater roles, and oratorio works. She participated in the Welsey Balk Institute for Opera/Musical Theater singers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and continues to perform solo recitals of operatic, oratorio, musical theater and art song repertoire. Teachers and coaches to note include Connie Haas, Jeanine Wagner, David Dillard, Rachel Ware Carlton, Janna Ernst, Margaret Simmons, Jessica Paul, Tim Fink, and Kevin Smith.
Sandra 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.
DR. BILL HAMPTON, D.O., FACOEP, M.M., B.A.
Dr. Bill 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.
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.
Zachary pulse, M.M.
Zachary Pulse is a performer, teacher and promoter of art music that encompasses a wide range of styles. Pulse also is an avid traveler and strives to connect with audiences across the U.S. and internationally.
While living in Los Angeles, Pulse served as principal oboist of the American Youth Symphony for three seasons. He also has held positions with the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra, the Young Artist's Symphony Orchestra, and the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra.
Pulse was recently hired as adjunct professor of oboe at Silver Lake College. Previously, he taught at Esperanza Azteca Orchestra Los Angeles, an orchestral program that provided children aged 7-17 across L.A.’s eastside with free instruments, individual and group music instruction, and opportunities to perform alongside soloists like Placido Domingo.
As a chamber musician, Pulse pursues multiple projects. With his woodwind quintet, Fiati 5, Pulse has performed throughout Southern Italy and Sarasota, Florida as ensemble-in-residence of Chamber Music Campania. While studying at the University of Southern California, Pulse’s wind sextet, the Cardinal Winds, won the Grand Prize at the 2015 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, Missouri. Recently, he has collaborated with vocalists and commissioned several new chamber works for oboe and voices. In June, his duo for oboe and mezzo-soprano, So Much Hot Air, premiered five works at the San Francisco Center for New Music.
Pulse earned his Master of Music degrees in Oboe Performance and Chamber Music Performance at the University of Michigan under Nancy Ambrose King. While at Michigan, he played principal oboe with the University Symphony Orchestra in the Grammy-nominated recording of Darius Milhaud’s operatic trilogy, L’Orestia d’Eschyle—the premiere recording of the complete work. Pulse currently lives in Madison where he is pursuing his doctoral studies as a graduate school fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studying with Aaron Hill.
When he isn't playing and teaching music, Pulse enjoys camping, backpacking and taking road trips.
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 (www.piano-4-hands.com), 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.
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STANISLAVA VARSHAVSKI, 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.
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.
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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 ZIMMERMANN, M.M.
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.