UW-Waukesha Music Groups to Perform May 12

By UW-Waukesha

WAUKESHA – The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Concert Choir, Windy Hill Handbell Choir and Windy Hill Brass Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on campus.

UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha. Tickets are $5 for general admission.

The Concert Choir and Windy Hill Handbell Choir are both directed by Assistant Professor Nancy Van Brunt. Lecturer Jennifer Nicolosi will accompany the choirs on piano. The Windy Hill Brass Quartet is led by Professor Craig Hurst.

Selections from the groups, which feature student and community members, will include “God Only Knows,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “A Taste of New Orleans” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Van Brunt holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory, a master’s degree in choral conducting and a doctor of philosophy in music theory with a minor in vocal performance, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began her teaching career with the UW Colleges in 1980 at UW-Fond du Lac, also teaching at UW-Fox Valley and UW-Washington County before joining the faculty at UW-Waukesha in 1999. She teaches freshman and sophomore music theory and aural skills, handbell choir and vocal jazz ensemble at UW Waukesha. Van Brunt has served as choir director and director of music ministries for churches in Waupun and Beaver Dam, respectively, and as director and conductor of the Beaver Dam Oratorio Society, a community chorus of 40 voices. A long-time member and soloist with the Green Lake Festival Choir, she has also performed with the Master Singers of Milwaukee and served as their assistant conductor. 

Nicolosi is a 2012 graduate of UW-Milwaukee, where she earned a master’s degree in collaborative piano. She earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from UW-Milwaukee in 2010, double majoring in collaborative piano and voice and graduating with high honors. Nicolosi has recently served as rehearsal accompanist and as the main keyboard player in performance for UW-Waukesha's 2011 production of “Urinetown,” the 2010 production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and the 2009 production of “Working.” She was the transcriber, music arranger and accompanist for dance pieces in the 2009 and 2010 Art to Art Show at Dance Works in Milwaukee. She has performed numerous student recitals at UW-Milwaukee and tutored class piano and music theory there as an undergraduate student.  Nicolosi currently teaches at UW-Waukesha and UW-Fond du Lac and teaches private piano and voice lessons in her studio.

Hurst has been a member of the University of Wisconsin Colleges music faculty since January of 1993. Along with his teaching duties at UW-Waukesha, since June of 2004 Hurst has served as chairman of the UW Colleges Department of Music, overseeing the work of music faculty and students on all 13 of the UW Colleges campuses. Hurst holds a bachelor of music degree from Boise State University, a master of music education degree from North Texas State University, and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of North Texas. At North Texas, Hurst studied conducting with Robert Winslow and trumpet with John J. Haynie and Leonard A. Candelaria. Hurst has been active in the greater Waukesha/Milwaukee area as a performer on trumpet with the Milwaukee Police Band, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra and The Milwaukee Stadpfiefer. Presently, Hurst most often performs with the Waukesha-based Jazz Express Big Band, the Waukesha Park, Recreation and Forestry Band, the Windy Hill Brass and ‘Fessor Hurst and His Windy Hill Wizzards Ragtime and Jazz Orchestra. Hurst is an active member of professional organizations, and has performed regularly with All Wisconsin Brass Faculty Ensemble at conferences of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. Hurst’s scholarly interests are in interdisciplinary studies linking jazz other art forms and the role of music as a vehicle for protest, propaganda and politics.

Windy Hill Handbell Choir

Carol Cantrall                         

Linda Carlson                        

Alison Forystek                                  

Susan Krivichi                        

Christina Kuring                                  

Nancy Loomis                          

Jennifer Madej                                   

Chris Matthews                                  

Diana Matthew

Rhonda Matthias

Barbara Nickels

Jennifer Nicolosi

Damien Russell

Lynda Scharnick

Karen Vaklyes

Nancy Van Brunt


Concert Choir


Gail Gardner                                      

Noel Menning                                    

Felicia Nelson                                    

Deanna Schneider                              

Rosa Snyder

Gianna Tarantino                                           


Lauren Angles

Nickie Davis

Corrina Iacon

Neysha Rosa


Isaiah Gorski

Isaiah Hall

Nathan Muro  

William Rech

Tyler Salzbrun

Ethan Soderberg        


Jensen Rolli                                                    

Gavin Snyder 


Windy Hill Brass Quartet

Brett Meyer, trumpet             

Sandy Roop Frisque, horn

Craig Hurst, trumpet              

David Jensen, trombone



UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.

In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Starting this fall, UW-Waukesha is offering the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, a bachelor’s degree that can be earned at UW-Waukesha in collaboration with UW-Parkside. The degree is conferred by UW Colleges. Classes are taught by faculty from both UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside.

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Andy Turner