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Rosemary Walzer

Director, Youth Jazz Ensemble


MM, Instrumental Conducting, UW-Milwaukee
BM, Music Education, Heidelberg University


Rosemary McGee Walzer is a Lecturer in the University of Wisconsin Colleges Department of Music, where she teaches Jazz History and Appreciation, among other music survey courses and ensembles. Rosemary received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio in 2006 where she studied conducting, music education, and jazz. She also received a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011. During this time, she studied conducting with Dr. John Climer, saxophone with Curt Hanrahan, served as a graduate conducting associate with both the University Band and the Youth Wind Ensemble program, and assisted with the overall administration of the university band program.

Prior to her graduate work, Rosemary also served as the Director of Choral and Instrumental Music at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, WI, where she directed their Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz, and formed an extra-curricular blues band. In addition to her current work with the UW Colleges, she is the music director for the Pankratz Arts Exchange in Mt. Calvary, WI, and maintains a private studio.

Rosemary is also an experienced saxophonist. She was one of the winners of the Heidelberg University Concerto Competition in 2003, and received the Arthur Bean Award there in 2005. She currently freelances in the Milwaukee area and is a member of the several instrumental ensembles, including the funk/soul band Montage, the East Side Jazz Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, which recently released their album, Welcome to Swingsville! in 2017.

Rosemary was named the Director of the Youth Jazz Ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016.