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Alan Borkenhagen was born in Milwaukee. He has studied and plays Piano (both popular and classical), Cello, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Recorder and Guitar. In high school he toured Europe with The Greater Milwaukee Touring Youth Symphony. In England, he received honors in a Piano competition. One of the judges was the Queen’s Pianist. The orchestra placed 1st in a separate competition. He studied music, art, theatre and dance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1983. While there he studied Piano under Dr. Jeffrey Hollander. After graduating he played for dance classes both at the Milwaukee Ballet and UWM. Soon he began playing for the choir of St. Lukes Parish in Brookfield. He did this for 20 years. At the same time, he also played and continues to play for a small Christian Science church in Bay View. For the last three years Berea Lutheran church has hired him to accompany their choir. From 2002 through 2009 he was employed by two schools in the Wauwatosa school system and accompanied choirs there, grades 6 through 12. He played for their performances, competitions, and extracurricular performances. The hardest part of playing for dance classes is sometimes wanting to do the movements with them.
Daniel Boudewyns, pianist, holds a bachelor’s degree from the Arizona State University School of Music. He has served as company pianist for Ballet Arizona, Colorado Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the River North Dance Company. From 1989 through 1997, Boudewyns was on the music staff of the Dance Aspen Summer Festival. In 1998 he joined the staff of Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Johnson, Vermont, and was personally invited by former New York City Ballet star, Jillana, to be part of the inaugural season of the Jillana school in Taos, New Mexico, where he worked for four subsequent seasons. He currently guests each June with the Alwin School of The Dance in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Boudewyns is founder and sole proprietor of “Sky’s the Limit Recordings for Dance” through which he markets his compact discs of beautiful music for ballet class. In 2005, he made his debut as a composer with a score for a children’s ballet, The Princess and The Pea, which was performed by Ballet Pensacola. This was followed in May of 2007 by his second collaborative effort with Bobby Ball and Ballet Pensacola, The Reluctant Pirate. As a music educator, Boudewyns has taught on the faculties of the Barat College Conservatory of Dance, and the University of Wisconsin Dance Department. Boudewyns joined the music staff of the Milwaukee Ballet in 2001 where he has served as pianist for the company and school, and has worked to develop a uniquely creative music curriculum for the students of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.
Nancy Chu has enjoyed music since childhood. She plays the piano, violin, clarinet, saxophone, cello, harp and guitar. She loves playing in bands, ensembles and orchestras, and began accompanying choirs and church services in high school. She has played regularly at church services ever since. After graduating from UW- Madison with a degree in Mathematics, she worked in the IT field for nearly 10 years. Now, as a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom of six, she desires to impart her love of music to her children.She is thrilled to have a daughter interested in ballet, and has been an accompanist for the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy since 2013.
Jane Ciske began her love affair with the piano at age six, and studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory throughout high school. She also studied the bassoon under Professor Thompson at UW-Milwaukee where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Therapy.
Music has played an important role in her adult life from accompanying various operatic concerts, to a gig at Summerfest, as well as a 4 year engagement playing dinner music at the Taste of Italy restaurant in Pewaukee. Jane also sings and plays the guitar, performing at assisted living facilities in the metro area.
Ciske credits her start in accompanying for ballet classes to the late Aviva Sorkin, who mentored her in the techniques of playing for structured classes at her downtown dance studio. She started playing for the Milwaukee Ballet in 1991 and enjoyed watching her daughter dancing in some of those same classes. Jane returned to the ballet in 2012 after a hiatus and she loves working with the staff and children at the Towne Centre branch.
Originally from the Ukraine, Dvoskin earned her Bachelor and Master of Arts degree, with a major in piano and teaching from the Donetsk College of Music in Donetsk, Ukraine. She taught piano, theory of music, and ear training at Dontesk College of Music for more than 20 years prior to coming to the United States. In addition to accompanying Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy classes, Dvoskin currently teaches private piano lessons and is a concert performer at the Jewish Home & Care Center in Milwaukee.
A native of Wisconsin, pianist Joseph Hauer is Artistic Director of the Fox River Chamber Fest and staff pianist for the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy.
Joseph performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician across the country, most recently in Sitka, AK, Milwaukee, WI, Appleton, WI and Valley Cottage, NY. These include solo and collaborative performances at the Sitka Performing Arts Center, Odess Theater, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, Fox River Chamber Fest, Heid Music “Steinway and a Sandwich,” and Young Masters Recital Series. He was formerly an artist-in-residence at the Apollo Music Festival and the Bermuda Piano Festival. He is a substitute pianist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has soloed with the Oberlin Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Joseph served on the Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with Eteri Andjaparidze. His undergraduate studies were with Peter Takács at Oberlin Conservatory. He collaborates with the music program at UWM and accompanies the Lakeshore Chorale in Sheboygan.
When he is not engaged in classical music, he enjoys biking, snowboarding and improvising jazz.
Jessi Kolberg is a well-known musician in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. She graduated with honors from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a music degree in Piano Performance, Vocal Performance, and Church Music. She teaches piano, voice, and violin at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and voice at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. Combined with the students she teaches out of her home, her private lesson studio totals 65+ students. She has been an accompanist for the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy since 2003, the staff accompanist at Alverno College since 2011, the accompanist for the Ozaukee Chorus since 2019, and serves as the organist at Loving Shepherd Lutheran in Brown Deer. She has participated in such well-known groups as the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir and Chamber Choir, the Bel Canto Chorus and Choral Artists, the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has accompanied the Chant Claire chamber choir, the Waukesha Children’s Choir, the West Allis Suburban Singers, and various high schools’ choir concerts and solo/ensemble events. Jessi is currently still a member of the Milwaukee Chamber Choir, the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra, and Canticum Novum, and can also be seen playing violin with the band, The Nightinjails.
Born in Belarus, Alla Levin started studying music at the age of five. The study of music gave her much joy and she knew as a child that the piano was her closest friend and that they would never be apart. Levin completed the College of Music in Smolensk, Russia. For further study, she completed the Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus. Afterwards, she worked as a piano teacher in a School of Music. Levin worked her way up form teacher to chief of the piano department at the school. Many of her students became professional musicians. Along with being a teacher, Ms. Levin also worked as an accompanist to vocal groups, choirs, instrumental ensembles, and soloists. She was also awarded the honor of being named Concertmaster of Superior Rank (highest rank in the former Soviet Union). As an accompanist, she has performed on national television in Moscow.
In 1989, Levin immigrated with her family to the United States. As an accompanist, she worked at a private vocal studio. For five years, she worked as a performer of classical and popular music at the Audubon Court Book Store. Afterwards she began to work as an accompanist at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy at Riverpoint. Recently, Levin has performed at Temples, the JCC, and Joyce Parker Productions. She is currently the Musical Director of the Russian Community Theater. Levin also has her own piano studio and has students of all ages and levels. Every year her students take part in the Wisconsin Dolor Ensemble and usually earn top rank. At the end of each semester her students take part in a recital.
Ms. Levin is very happy that she can live up to her dream as a musician and proud to be a United States citizen since September 1999.
Ruth Lin started piano lessons at the age of 5 years old and has been playing ever since. She currently studies with Stefanie Jacobs at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. In addition to piano, she enjoys performing with her piano trio ensemble as part of the Advanced Chamber Music Institute and accompanying school performances. Other musical talents include playing the violin.
Peggy Lozier has worked as a professional pianist and music director in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas since she graduated with masters’ degrees in piano and choral conducting from UWMilwaukee. She has directed many musical productions, is a church musician, has taught music and dance privately and in the public system, and has served as an accompanist for many dance companies. She first played for Milwaukee Ballet Co. and School in the 1990’s. Since she is also a ballet dancer, she has enjoyed performing on both sides of the piano and is happy to, at this time, be able to spend more time back at Milwaukee Ballet.
Rachel Mehail’s love of music started at the age of seven when she began piano lessons. Rachel took lessons for eleven years and along the way also picked up guitar, clarinet, and saxophone. During her senior year at Dominican High School, she received a starred first at the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) State Music Festival for a piano solo.
Rachel is currently enrolled at Marquette University studying Civil Engineering. At Marquette, Rachel continues to share her passion for music. She was a member of the Marquette Wind Ensemble, playing clarinet, and participated in Pep-Band. She has also played piano for the Marquette Jazz Band.
Rachel joined the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy in 2015 and enjoys playing for the students. She loves being part of a community where music and dance come together as beautiful works that uplift and inspire an audience.
Cynthia Millard is a Wisconsin native who has enjoyed music since childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carroll University in Waukesha as a music major with an emphasis in piano. She considers it an honor to accompany dance classes for Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. She works primarily with the Schauer and Riverpoint branches.
Cynthia accompanies children’s music education programs at the Schauer Arts Center in Hartford and plays for student music competitions. She has a music studio in her Slinger home where she teaches piano and music theory. She is a church musician and a home educator.
Larry, a pianist, composer, arranger and producer from the Milwaukee area, is most widely known for his extensive catalog of arrangements for orchestra, published and distributed through the Hal Leonard Corporation. These have been performed throughout the United States as well as worldwide, including orchestras in Milwaukee, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Belfast, Bremen, Milan, Prague and Slovenia.
In addition to his published works, his commissions have been performed by orchestras in Milwaukee, Phoenix, Chautauqua, Indianapolis and Naples Florida. He has composed film scores for television shows such as ER, Fear Factor and Nightline. He also orchestrated the score for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s most recent production of A Christmas Carol.
As a studio musician, Larry has produced and played on dozens of projects in Chicago, Nashville and here in Milwaukee. In live performance Larry has worked with such notable figures as Bob Hope and Cab Calloway. He currently performs with his own jazz ensemble and in a blues-rock band with his son Andrew.
In the classical field Larry has been studying piano with Samuel Randlett, a retired editor of Clavier Magazine. He especially enjoys working on Russian literature, which is a specialty of Mr. Randlett. He enjoys playing classical music as an accompanist at the Milwaukee Ballet. He first began that role playing for his daughter Allison’s classes when she was a student at the school in the late 90’s. She now teaches ballet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is also Larry’s favorite ballet dancer.
Benjamin Simoens recently graduated from The Juilliard School where he performed the work of Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, José Limon and Alejandro Cerrudo, among others. Simoens spent his summers training at San Francisco Ballet, and was a winner of the National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Dance/Ballet in 2014.
Kate Stocks (BA, MM) is a well-known pianist/accompanist in the Milwaukee area. In her career as a piano teacher, her students have gone on to achieve high scores in piano festivals and audition events. Her performance background includes solo, duo, duet, and ensemble/chamber music playing. Stocks received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Masterʼs of Music degree in Piano Performance from Cardinal Stritch University. In addition to teaching piano privately in her home, Stocks has been on the faculty for the Stritch Music Studios at Cardinal Stritch University. She has been a respected adjudicator for local music festivals and audition events and is a frequent performer in the area. She is also an accompanist for the Dance Department in the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee. In addition to her education as a pianist, Stocks has had over 20 years of training as a classical ballet dancer (and has recently returned to her dance studies). Her position at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy has given her the extremely rewarding experience of merging her two favorite worlds, ballet and piano.
Born in the heart of Europe, Virovitica, Croatia, Bernarda Supan’s roots stem from four generations of business owners and music aficionados and performers. Her graduation recital of the “Hungarian Rhapsody” by Franz Liszt at the Vatroslav Lisinsky Hall was a crowing glory for her very first piano teacher, her mother, her music director, her mentor and all her family. Supan organized the move to the United States for her five member family from Zagreb in the hope of accomplishing the American Dream – “You can get anything if you work hard enough.”
While in the United States, Supan has celebrated many accomplishments. In 2002, she recorded her own CD playing Christmas and Light Classical Music. She has entertained visitors with classical piano music at the legendary Steinway and Sons Hall, Manhattan, New York, through the direction of Betsy Hirsch. She has also performed for guest and visitors of Mason and Hamlin’s Manhattan Showroom, Manhattan, New York.
In Milwaukee, Supan is listed among the exclusive list of registered performers at the Pabst Mansion, the finest Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion in America. She performs premier entertainment for private and classy affairs, including elegant wedding celebrations in the Milwaukee area including at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Supan is also a piano player at the Third Street Pier and at the Geneva National Gold Club in Lake Geneva performing all forms of music from classical to current and performed all forms of music in the Steinway Showcase Casual Concert’s under “Light Classical Piano” at Bradford’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has also taught piano students of all ages, children through adult, beginner through advanced, at Bradford’s and Bradford’s Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has also accompanied students of all ages during practice and annual concerts.
Since 1989, Supan has been an accompanist for all levels of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy classes. In addition, she is a business entrepreneur and has organized a Bon Appetit-type menu that she sells under her own ownership.