Alumni News



1969 - 1980:

Tim Stemper ('69, '70) Congatulations to Tim who recently made this announcement:  Our music group VIVO just won the 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year award from the WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) organization. We feel particularly honored, considering the caliber of fellow nominees from around the state recognized in this category. We just finished recording our second CD of all original compositions. It will be released in the next few weeks! For those of you who may not know....VIVO is comprised of myself and some of Milwaukee's finest musicians: Warren Wiegratz, Pamela Duronio, Duane Stuermer and Brian Dale , who joins us whenever possible. This group is a true pleasure to know and perform with! Thanks to all!

A.J. Cargo ('69. '70) is a first-time grandmother to Sutton Olivia Cargo (born 7/13/11).  She is planning to retire from teaching in June 2013, and currently lives in Oscoda, MI.  
Ceci Broussard ('71, '72) will celebrate her 40th year of teaching dance in 2013.  She also produces and performs a show for groups and charities doing ballet, tap and jazz dances plus singing.  Ceci lives in Milwaukee.  

1981 - 1990:

Tim Blotz ('81, '82) recently completed his Master's Degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota.  Tim is currently an anchor and reporter for Fox 9 in Minneapolis, MN. 
Brent Benrud ('83, '84, '85) is a member of the Great Northern Union Men's Chorus, Silver Medalists in the 2011 Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Competition.  Brent lives in St. Paul, MN.  
Steven Haines ('86, '87, '88, '89) is the Executive Director of the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, CA.  The Festival is celebrating their 75th Season, and their opening day was June 24th.  For more information visit
Dani Kuepper (Wallisch) ('88, '89, '90) continues to teach and choreograph in Milwaukee with UW-Milwaukee and Danceworks Performance Company.  She recently collaborated with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Opera Theater, First Stage Children's Theater and the Florentine Opera.  

1991 - 2000:

Adam Theisen ('90, '91, '92) and his wife Annie Hackett own the Kenosha Academy of Dance, Music and Dance - a studio of 500 + students.  For more information visit  
Jay Wilkins ('90, '91, '92, '93) is an ophthalmologist in Beaver Dam, WI - known as the "singing surgeon."  He and his colleague recently reoorded a radio spot for the holidays, and it was the winner of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association 2011 Excellence Award for Most Entertaining Client-Recorded Ad.
Jessica Tyler Wright ('91, '92) was recently in a  national Nexium commercial and is currently a part of the Broadway cast of "War Horse."  

2001 - 2011:

L aura Nelson (Lenius) ('02) got married in June 2011 in Sturgeon Bay, WI.  She is a nurse in the emergency room at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI.  
Ryan Luhrs ('02, ,03)  and his wife Sarah ('03, '04, '06) are moving to Tallahassee, FL this summer.  Ryan is starting a Ph. D. program in Choral Conducting and Music Education at Florida State University.  
Danny Young ('02, '03, '04) just wrapped up a run of playing drums with the Broadway show "Young Frankenstein" on tour through the end of June.  For more information on Danny, visit . 
Blake Nellis ('03, '04) Is producing a new project - "Unrelated" -a live dance performance created by Blake Nellis, which was chosen to be part of the Red Eye Theater's 28th season of New Works in 4 Weeks.  For more information on the project, visit the website.  


John Dobbratz ('07, '08, '09, '10)  graduated in May from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI  with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Music Theatre major and Dance minor. He has accepted a position with the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, TN through December 2012 as a member of their resident actor company.  


Summer Herzfeldt ('09, '10, '11)  and Brian Brammer ('09, '10) are performing this summer at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN.  They perform four times a day from Thursday through Tuesday.  
Tyler Sandblom ('10, '11)  is spending the summer at the Quisisana resort in Maine performing in a Broadway revue and Les Miserables.  


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