Let the Music Pay: Music Career Day

Saturday, Feb. 6. | 9a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Online
Beth Giacobassi, bethgiacobassi@gmail.com 


Meet a dozen musicians who have found their niche in the music world as performers, program administrators, librarians, composers/recording artists, conductors, attorneys, military and more! Find inspiration and advice as they discuss their own music career journeys and learn how the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee can help you launch a career that makes the most of your talents and musical interests.

Music Professions Career Panel

Moderated by Beth Giacobassi, Professor of Music–Bassoon, MSO Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Bassoon/Contrabassoon and Kevin Hartman, Professor of Music–Trumpet, Chairman – Department or Music.

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Ned Nagey

Woodwind Repair Technician

Certifications and Awards

Member of NAPBIRT (National Assoc Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians) Master Clinician Guild, 44 years experience repairing and restoring woodwind instruments.  Master Clinician and author of technical trade articles.  Employed by White House of Music, Waukesha.

Josh Guarisco

Band Instrument Repair Technician, White House of Music Store
UWM Alum

I am a motivated and experienced musician. I currently have been working for the last 5 years as a Band Instrument Repair Technician after apprenticing in the repair shop at the White House of Music. I have also, for the last 4 years, been the principle oboist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra.

Terrell Pierce

Operations Manager, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is among the finest orchestras in the nation. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee.

The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform more than 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A pioneer among American orchestras, the MSO has performed world and American premieres of works by John Adams, Roberto Sierra, Phillip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Marc Neikrug, and Matthias Pintscher, as well as garnered national recognition as the first American orchestra to offer live recordings on iTunes. Beginning in 1971, the orchestra’s nationally syndicated radio broadcast series, the longest consecutive-running series of any U.S. orchestra, is heard annually by more than two million listeners on 147 subscriber stations in 38 of the top 100 markets.

The MSO’s standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 30,000 children and their families through its Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, Youth and Teen concerts, Family Series, Adult Lecture Series, and Meet the Music pre-concert talks. Celebrating its 30th year, the nationally-recognized ACE program integrates arts education across all subjects and disciplines, providing opportunities for students when budget cuts may eliminate arts programming. The program provides lesson plans and supporting materials, classroom visits from MSO musician ensembles and artists from local organizations, and an MSO concert tailored to each grade level. In the 2019-20 season, more than 5,700 students and 400 teachers and faculty at 16 Southeastern Wisconsin schools will participate in ACE.

Paul Beck

Associate Librarian, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Concert Librarian for Renee Fleming
Librarian, The Chicago Sinfonietta

Librarian and Music Preparation specialist Paul Beck has had a wide range of professional experience, having started his career as the library fellow for the New World Symphony in 1998.

For two decades Paul was based in New York City where he worked closely with many leading orchestral, educational and opera organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival, The Juilliard School, and the New York Philharmonic.

Currently Paul is the Associate Librarian for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as well as Concert Librarian for Renée Fleming since 2010.

As an engraver Paul has created editions and transpositions which have been performed on world-wide stages by artists such as Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Andrea Bocelli and recently created a critical edition of Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit for Luck’s Music Library.

In addition to his music career, Paul enjoys cooking, wine tasting, and spending time outdoors.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Elliot Unkefer

Music Engraver, Hal Leonard

Elliot Unkefer is a 2009 graduate of UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has worked as a music engraver for the past decade at Hal Leonard LLC, the largest print music publisher in the world, based out of Milwaukee. Engraving, or typesetting, is the act of physically placing the notes on the page to be printed. In the digital age, this is usually accomplished with computer software. The term “engraving” originates from when music was etched into lead plates using a series of punches and carving tools. Typesetting not only requires a possession of musical knowledge, but an eye for layout and detail as well.

John Tanner

President of Tanner-Monagle, Inc.
Composer, Arrange, Recording Engineer

John has scored, arranged and composed music for television, radio, advertising, film, documentaries, symphony orchestras and theatre. He creates original advertising music and sound design for many of the world’s most well-known brands and companies. His music has won numerous international Golden Reel Awards; Telly Awards; national, regional and local American Advertising Federation “Addys”,Silver Microphone, and RAC awards. John has also garnered both Gold and Platinum sales certification for album work as a recording engineer.

Matt Gunderson

Master Sergeant, US Army
Chief Librarian, US Army Field Band
UWM Alum

Matt Gunderson earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the University of South Carolina, followed by graduate work in Music History. He then completed a Master’s of Music in Clarinet Performance at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, while also studying library and information sciences. This past December, he graduated from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Care.
Matt joined the U.S. Army in June of 2006, joining the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command band for two years as a clarinet player. He then auditioned for and won a position as an assistant librarian with The United States Army Field Band, joining that organization in 2009. He was named Chief Librarian in 2014.
Amanda E.B. Collins

Third-year law student at Marquette University
UWM Alum

Professional music experience includes Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Librarian, and founder/owner of Dream City Music LLC.

View more experience by downloading her full resume.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sarah Zawadisky

Instrument Specialist, Milwaukee Public Schools
Woodwind Instructor, White House of Music
3rd Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Blaskapell
UWM Alum

Sarah Zawadiwsky is a Milwaukee musician, teacher, and music education advocate. Since 2017, she has been the Instrument Specialist for Milwaukee Public Schools, where it is her responsibility to make sure the district’s music teachers have what they need in their classrooms for students to be successful. Before Sarah started working for MPS, she was a middle school assistant band director – bringing to life her passion for working with beginning band students. She actively maintains a private woodwind studio, serves on the board of Civic Music Milwaukee, and plays clarinet/bass clarinet in Blaskapelle Milwaukee.

Sarah is a proud UWM alumna and a lifelong Milwaukee area resident. When she is not active in her various musical duties, she gardens, works on restoring her 1890 Riverwest Cottage, and takes too many pictures of her cats.

Carter Simmons

Artistic Director and Conductor, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
Music Director, Festival Symphony Orchestra

Carter Simmons, Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has worked with the musicians and families of the organization since 1992. In addition to leading the artistic and program staff, he is Music Director of MYSO’s Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure, the organization has grown to serve 7,000 students and received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Council on Arts and Humanties. Mr. Simmons is Music Director of Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony, is a Cover Conductor for the Milwaukee Ballet, and has been invited to conduct for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Starry Nights Orchestra featuring artists of the Florentine Opera, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. He has conducted MYSO in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and has accompanied the orchestra for its performances in: New York’s Carnegie Hall, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, Prague’s Dvořák Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Argentina and Uruguay, Ireland, and the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Scott Corley

Assistant Director of Bands, UW-Milwaukee
Music Director, UWM Youth Wind Ensembles

Scott R. Corley is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. In this capacity, he serves as Assistant Director of University Bands and Music Director of the UWM Youth Wind Ensembles program. Dr. Corley is the conductor of the UWM Symphony Band, Youth Wind Ensemble I and Youth Chamber Winds, and directs the leadership of the University (campus) Band and Panther (pep) Band. Dr. Corley’s other duties include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, assisting with the development of the graduate conducting students, and all administrative duties of the University Bands operational area.

Dr. Corley recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Band Conducting. At Iowa, Corley was an Iowa Performance Fellow, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and a staff member of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Prior to his appointment in Milwaukee, Corley earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina (his home state), and taught in the public schools for four years. He was then awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting. At Georgia, Corley studied trumpet with Fred Mills and conducting with all of the school’s ensemble conductors, and was on the staff of the UGA Redcoat Band.

Since moving to Wisconsin in 2002, Dr. Corley has maintained an active schedule of University service, as well as activities off campus. He has been clinician/adjudicator and guest conductor for a number of band festivals and middle/high school honor bands in the region. Dr. Corley’s publication credits include recording projects and contributions to written volumes. He has been a frequent nominee in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” and was awarded Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia in 2002. Dr. Corley maintains active participation in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association (Board of Directors, Wisconsin Chapter), Music Educators National Conference, and other professional music organizations.

As an advocate of new wind band music, and especially that for young/developing ensembles, Dr. Corley is frequently involved in commissioning projects, consortia, and assisted in the organization of CBDNA’s Young Band Composition Competition in 2003 and 2005. Corley has led numerous premiere performances including works by composers Dwayne Milburn, Anthony Suter, and Michael Markowski.

John Climer

John ClimerProfessor of Music and Director of Bands, PSOA/UW-Milwaukee

John Climer is Director of University Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. At UW-Milwaukee, John oversees all aspects of the band program, guides the graduate wind conducting area, and serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, the University’s premiere wind band. Before his appointment in Milwaukee, he served for fourteen years as Director of Bands at Ohio University, where he served as conductor of the Wind Ensemble and New Music Ensemble. As a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Climer has led performances at festivals, universities, and concert venues nationally and internationally including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Eastman School of Music, and the Conservatorio di Musica in Salerno, Italy. Ensembles under his direction have performed for four conferences of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), including the 2013 National Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, five conferences of the Ohio Music Educators Association, the North Dakota Music Educators Association, the Wisconsin State Music Conference, and the Society of Composers Inc. In July of 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble performed for the 16th International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in San Jose, CA.

An avid supporter of new music, Climer has participated in numerous commissioning projects culminating in works by composers Roberto Sierra, Chen Yi, Walter Mays, John Orfe, Robert Rodriguez, Andre Previn, Warren Benson, Akira Miyoshi among others. In addition, the UW-Milwaukee band program has collaborated with renowned composers Joseph Schwantner, Michael Colgrass, John Mackey, Michael Markowski, Mark Camphouse, Jack Stamp, Aaron Perrine, Mark Phillips and Frank Ticheli. In April of 2019, the UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble will give the premiere performance of Roger Zare’s new concerto for oboe and wind ensemble with Katherine Young Steele as the soloist.

John is the recipient of three university teaching awards including the Ohio University College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Music Educator Alumni Award from the University of Akron. He is Past-President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the former Editor of the CBDNA Report. He is a contributing author for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, and his professional memberships include Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the College Band Directors National Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His biography is published in the third edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and in the spring of 2019 he will be inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Climer earned degrees from the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Gary W. Hill and Terence Milligan, and trombone with Edward Zadrozny, Tony Chipurn, and John Leisenring. He has held teaching appointments at Ohio University, the University of North Dakota, Ohio Northern University, and Emory University (Atlanta, GA) where he also served as the conductor of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

Instrument Break-out Session

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Peck School of the Arts faculty musicians will share advice and provide tips on improving your playing skills, instrument care, equipment options, and more.

Please have your instrument available for this session. Faculty will email separate Zoom links based on your selected instrument during registration.

Free registration

Music Career Day is free and open to anyone who is interested in launching a career that makes the most of your talents and musical interests. Please register online to reserve your spot ASAP. Online registrations will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, or until all spots are filled.

Register Now!