• Alan Borkenhagen

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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.

    Emai: aborkenhagen@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Daniel Boudewyns

    Senior Accompanist

    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.

    Email: dboudewyns@milwaukeeballet.org 

  • Cina Chang

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Cina Chang is a graduate from Cardinal Stritch University receiving Bachelor degrees in Piano, Religious Studies, and Political Science. Her passion for community and nonprofit organizations led her to complete her Master’s degree at DePaul University in Public Service with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. She has spent many years in the nonprofit sector working on initiatives focused on health disparities and advocating for marginalized communities.

    Music has always been an integral part of Cina’s life. In addition to being an accompanist for Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, she is also the accompanist at Christ United Methodist Church in Greenfield and serves on the board of Milwaukee Metro Voices.

    Email: cchang@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Nancy Chu

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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.

    Email: nchu@milwaukeeballet.org 

  • Jane Ciske

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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.

    Email: jciske@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Frederick Dickenson

    Part-Time Accompanist

    A Milwaukee native, Frederick Dickenson graduated magna cum laude from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2013 with a B.A. in music theory & composition, music history & literature, and church music. Since graduating, he has worked in the technical documentation field. He has enjoyed playing for the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy and learning about the world of classical dance since 2014.

    Email: fdickenson@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Victoria Dvoskin

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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.

    Email: vdvoskin@milwaukeeballet.org 

  • Theodore Flunker

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Email: tflunker@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Stephanie Funk

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Carroll University in 2001. She has been a choir and elementary general music teacher for the past 16 years and currently has her dream job in the Slinger School District. She serves as a cantor and sub pianist for many churches in the Hartford area. She enjoys acting in community musical theater productions and spending time with her husband and two children.

     

    Email: sfunk@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Joe Hauer

    Part-Time Accompanist

    A native of Wisconsin, pianist Joseph Hauer is Artistic Director of the Fox River Chamber Fest and Artist-in-Residence at the Apollo Music Festival.

    Joseph performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician across the country. Recent engagements include performances with the Windsong Chamber Players of Lake Luzerne both in Lake Luzerne, NY, and in New York City, collaborative recitals in Milwaukee, Dallas, and NYC, and solo and duo performances at the Bermuda Piano Festival. Other venue and series appearances include the Young Masters Recital Series (New York), Odess Theatre (Sitka, AK), and Helen Bader Recital Hall (Milwaukee). He has soloed with the Oberlin Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.

    Joseph served on the Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he also completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with Eteri Andjaparidze. He received a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Takács. He was the Piano Accompanist Assistant at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in 2016, and Piano Accompanist at NYU Steinhardt, Brooklyn College, and the Lucy Moses School from 2014-2016. When he is not engaged in classical music, he enjoys biking and improvising jazz.

     

    Email: jhauer@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Julie Johnson

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Email: jjohnson@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Suzanne Johnson

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Surrounded by an artistic community, Suzanne grew up performing, playing piano, singing, and dancing. Classically trained, she earned a number of gold cup trophies for piano exams in her formative years. She is a studio artist and songwriter, and wrote her first song in high school. Dancing competitively, she also won numerous first place team awards for dancing as well as original choreography. A lifelong learner and local teacher in Fox Point, Suzanne has a love for working with children to combine singing and dancing with piano playing. Passionate about addressing issues of social justice through programs such as Milwaukee Ballet’s Tour de Force, that promotes compassionate art, she will earn her Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Adler University next spring.

    Email: sjohnson@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Jessi Kolberg

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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. She has been an accompanist for Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy since 2003 and for the company since 2014. She is also the staff accompanist at Alverno College and full-time organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Mequon. She has participated in such well-known groups as the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir and Chamber Choir, the Bel Canto Choral Artists, the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Kolberg is currently a member of the Bel Canto Chorus, the Milwaukee Chamber Choir and Canticum Novum.  During the summer months, she fills her time with wedding gigs and teaches private lessons at her home in Wauwatosa, where she lives with her husband and three wiener dogs.

    Email: jkolberg@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Ben Kramer

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Ben Kramer has been playing piano since the age of six under the direction of Alla Levin and has been an accompanist at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy since 2016. He is the winner of the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association piano competition at the Special A Level and has received numerous distinctions from the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs. Ben also plays the clarinet, guitar, theremin, ukulele, and accordion. In addition to being a performer, Kramer is also a composer who enjoys writing and arranging works for various types of ensembles. In 2018, he won the Wisconsin School Music Association Student Composition Project for composition for a vocal ensemble. He has also composed and performed music for the Lake Arts Project, a collaboration with dancers from  Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. As a student at Nicolet High School, Ben is active in theatre and is a member of the school’s wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and chamber choir.

    Email: bkramer@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Alla Levin

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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.

    Email: alevin@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Peggy Lozier

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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.

    Email: plozier@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Rachel Mehail

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Email: rmehail@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Cynthia Millard

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Cynthia Millard is excited to join Milwaukee Ballet School as an accompanist. She is a Wisconsin native who has enjoyed music since childhood. She has accompanied several children’s music education programs at the Schauer Center, including Children’s Choir, Camp Choralation, and Missoula Children’s Theatre. She has also accompanied students in solo and ensemble competitions.

    Cynthia has a music studio in her Slinger home where she teaches piano and music theory. She is a church musician and home schools her children.

    Cynthia studied with Elizabeth Buccheri and Harriet Stengl at North Park University, and later with Dana Chichester at Carroll University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in music with an emphasis in piano.

    Email: cmillard@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Caroline Ray

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Email: cray@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Kate Stocks

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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.

    Email: kstocks@milwaukeeballet.org 

  • Bernarda Supan

    Part-Time Accompanist

    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.

    Email: bsupan@milwaukeeballet.org 

  • Chris Wszalek

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Chris Wszalek loves the piano and he loves computers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from UW-Madison and an Associates in IT Networking from MATC. Wszalek is active in the Milwaukee theater community, providing music for companies such as First Stage Children’s Theater, Windfall Theatre, Shorewood Intermediate School, and Marquette University. Past teaching gigs include piano teacher at Milwaukee High School of the Arts and musical theater accompanist for First Stage’s Summer Academy.

    Email: cwszalek@milwaukeeballet.org

  • Ying Xiao

    Part-Time Accompanist

    Emaill: yxiao@milwaukeeballet.org

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