Wisconsin conservatory of music

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What song is written in those musical notes on the I-794 ramp?

Published July 1, 2019

Recently, my friend Meaghan Heinrich - of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music - asked if I knew what the song was engraved into a concrete wall at the I-794 freeway ramp just outside the Summerfest grounds. I said, I didn't know it, but maybe if she hummed it for me...

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Fox and Branch offer "Jug Band Jamboree" day camp

Published June 10, 2015

Dave Fox and Will Branch have been a musical duo and "jug band" called Fox & Branch for two decades, bringing joyful sounds to grown ups and children. For the first time this July, they will offer a day camp for kids at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

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Urban Spelunking: Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Published June 3, 2015

Though one of Milwaukee's most recognizable and historic Prospect Avenue mansions was erected as a home for a wealthy industrialist, it wasn't long before sweet melodies filled the air in the sprawling building ... and continue to do so a century later.

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Llanas headlines Conservatory's Festival of Trees & Music

Published Oct. 28, 2014

Iconic American singer, acoustic guitarist and songwriter Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) is one of 11 highly anticipated acts set to headline during the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's 11-day Festival of Trees & Music Nov. 13-23.

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Young pianists hope to find keys to victory in locally hosted competition

Published June 5, 2014

The summer music festival season is just about to begin, with all sorts of assorted music and sound erupting from seemingly every stage and street in the city. There's a different kind of musical event, however, coming to Milwaukee this weekend, one that carries with it national recognition, prestige and high stakes - as well as big money - tension: the PianoArts North American Piano Competition.

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Jazz pianist Mark Davis educates in class and on stage

Published March 6, 2014

For the past 22 years, jazz pianist Mark Davis has been doing his part to bring a love of jazz to people. When he's not teaching and guiding future jazz artists at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, he's playing jazz piano concerts across the state - such as an upcoming show this Sunday afternoon at Ascension Lutheran Church - giving audiences a different type of lesson in jazz appreciation.

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Milwaukee jazz ensemble to compete in NYC

Published Jan. 25, 2013

The Batterman Ensemble of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's Jazz Institute has been selected as a finalist to compete in the Charles Mingus High School Jazz Competition in New York City. A concert will be held to help raise funds for the trip.

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Open jams let musicians stretch out

Published Nov. 12, 2012

Jam sessions are a great way for musicians to learn improvisation and meet kindred spirits. Local guitarist Michael Hecker shares his favorite weekly jam sessions with OnMilwaukee.com.

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High school musicians win awards

Published Jan. 25, 2011

Seven of the numerous local high school students that took part in the Civic Music Association's competition weekend on Jan. 22-23 earned spots in the prestigious CMA High School Showcase that helped close out the musical event at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music on Milwaukee's East Side on Sunday. Some also won scholarships.

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Conservatory library drenched by flooding

Published July 29, 2010

Earlier this week there was news that a number of local bands were hit by the flooding last week when their practice spaces were inundated with water. Turns out that the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music also got wet.

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Piano lessons provide more than music instruction

Published May 6, 2009

Thinking about signing up your kid for piano lessons? Jennette Cable of J.S. Cable Music Studios and Christina Fordham from the White House of Music think that's a great idea. Here's a list of local music studios and a few tips for the parents of young people who want to tickle the ivories.