Biographies


                                                                
Christina Beaupre, Clarinet

Christina Beaupre, a native of the Green Bay area, began playing clarinet at the age of ten. She studied under Dr. Fredrick Schmidt at St. Norbert College where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance. Christina continued her professional studies with Dr. Caroline Hartig at Michigan State University where she earned a Master of Music degree. Before moving back to Wisconsin in 2008, Christina spent two years in Cincinnati, Ohio. During this time she performed with such groups as the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and studied under Jonathan Gunn, the Associate Principal and Eb Clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to maintaining an active performing schedule, Christina is also a dedicated music educator. She has instructed a range of students in ages and abilities as a public school teacher and a private instructor. Her experience also includes serving as a clinician and assisting in band camps within the Midwest. Currently, Christina teaches music in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.


Elsa Knysak, Bassoon
Elsa Knysak is an active musician and professional fundraiser working in the Milwaukee area. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with esteemed professors Kim Walker, David McGill and Arthur Weisberg. During her time there, she played with many regional orchestras, including the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her playing career, she has enjoyed the opportunity to play under several revered conductors, such as Cliff Colnot, Leonard Slatkin, Roberto Abbado and Uriel Segal. After completing her Bachelor’s, she went on to earn her Master's in Arts Administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She worked and volunteered with many area arts organizations, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, First Person Arts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. She currently works in development for the Medical College of Wisconsin, and enjoys playing with various local musical ensembles in her spare time.


Angela Bartosik, Flute
Flutist Angela Bartosik received her Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied with Stephanie Jutt. She has performed in the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, UW-Madison Chamber Orchestra, UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, UW-Madison Opera Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chamber Orchestra and Racine Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Krainz currently serves as principal flutist of the Milwaukee Summer Philharmonia and is a frequent performer at events throughout Milwaukee.


Rita Mitchell, Oboe
Rita Mitchell teaches oboe at Cardinal Stritch University and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She received her bachelor degree in Music performance from Northern Illinois University. While at Northern she studied with Judith Zunamon Lewis (Lyric Opera Chicago) and J. Ricardo Castañeda (Chicago Sinfonietta). Rita Mitchell received her master’s degrees in Chamber Music Performance and Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was a student of Stephen Colburn, former principal oboist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Mitchell was the 2002 winner of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.

Ms. Mitchell is currently principal oboist of the Concord Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic and recently joined the Avec le Bois Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Mitchell is also a medical librarian for Aurora Health Care.



Allison Schweitzer, French Horn

Allison M. Schweitzer is a freelance musician and music teacher from Wauwatosa, WI. She earned her BA in Music from Valparaiso University ('05) where she studied horn with John Schreckengost. She has since studied with Bill Barnewitz and Darcy Hamlin in the Milwaukee area. In 2011 she graduated from Concordia University in Wisconsin with a Master of Church Music degree, emphasis in conducting. 


She plays piano regularly for services at The Congregational Home in Brookfield, and is the choral accompanist at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. She also plays piano for weddings, funerals and other special events on a freelance basis. Allison directs gradeschool and adult handbell choirs at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School in Washington Heights, Milwaukee, and directs three student wind ensembles at Martin Luther High School in Greendale.

Mrs. Schweitzer plays French horn with the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra.

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