OUR INSTRUCTORS

Peggy Grinvalsky - Art

Conservatory faculty member since 1997. Peggy is a studio artist focused in drawing and painting, as well as an illustrator who is experienced in all aspects of book illustration and brochure design. Her background includes murals, museum scenic design and large art, illustration and photography. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and worked toward a Masters of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at the University of Americas, Mexico City, Mexico.  

 

Marie Marin - Piano

Conservatory faculty member since 2000. Marie holds a Bachlor degree in Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In college, Marie sang with the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble. Marie has taught elementary music in the public schools of Wisconsin, Minnespta and New Mexico. Marie started teaching piano lessons as the age of fifteen. In addition to teaching at the Conservatory, she accompanies the Campanile Chorus and students of the Lakeland High School Choir. Marie also sings with the Campanile Chorus and Bella Voce. Marie also sings in the Ascension Lutheran Church Choir and occasionally plays the organ or piano for worship services.

 

Carolyn O’ Brien - Piano

Conservatory faculty member since 2013. Carolyn has taught private piano instruction for 18 years. Carolyn has been a church pianist for 17 years. Carolyn has organized and conducted piano camp at Old School After School Care in Rhinelander with the purpose of introducing piano playing and music to the children. Students participated by plaing and singing simple songs, using the piano or homemade rhythm instruments. Carolyn is actively working to become a nationally certified music instructor through MTNA, the Music Teachers National Association. 

 

Laurie Timm - Flute & Voice

Conservatory faculty member since 2009. Laurie teaches Flute and Voice. She studied music, dance and theatre at Rockford College and additional studies at Northern Illinois University. After college, Laurie performed in and choreographed many musicals in local theatre and at neighboring colleges. In Illinois, she sang with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, DuPage Symphony and West Suburban Symphony. She has written and arranged music for both flute and vocals. Laurie currently plays piccolo and flute in the Lakeland Community Concert Band and the Rhinelander Area Community Band. She also sings in the Campanile Chorus, founded and sings in the a cappella group Bella Voce, church choir in Manitowish Waters, and the Hymns & Hyrs in Rhinelander. She has also performed on the Campanile stage in several plays and musicals, as well as three solo concerts.  

 

Darrell Tarnow - Guitar, Mandolin & Banjo

Conservatory faculty member since 2010. Darrell has taught guitar at Beihoff Music, Walker School of Music and the DAL Music Studios.  He plays guitar and sings with a contemporary music group called "Tamarack" led by Greg Thomas at Ascension Lutheran Church in Minocqua.  

 

 

 

Ruth Warbalow - Piano & Voice

Conservatory faculty member since 2011. Ruth graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and from the UW-Whitewater with a Master of Music Education degree. Ruth taught general and vocal music at MHLT Elementary School for thirt-four years and directed a local adult church choir for twenty-six years. A lifelong piano player, Ruth accompanies The Northwoods Hymn Festival, Trillium-a vocal trio, Lakeland Union High School choris and musicals, local soloists, church services, weddings and funerals.

 

Joseph Chopp - Woodwinds, Orchestral Strings & Recorder

A Conservatory faculty member since 2015. Joseph Chopp taught instrumental music in St. Francis and Racine, WI.  He has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Joe is currently a member of the community bands in Rhinelander and Minocqua, and is a published arranger of brass quintet music. He has taught all levels of instrumental music including woodwinds and brass plus beginning strings.

 

Brenda Bant - Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, & Piano

Conservatory faculty member since 2016. Brenda Bant holds a Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education from UW-Stevens Point, and a Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University in LaCrosse. After 33 years of teaching instrumental music, she retired in June of 2016 from AV-W & MHLT Elementary Schools. Brenda specializes in trombone, and has additional training in the instruction of piano. Brenda enjoys playing the Celebration Brass Quintet, the Lakeland Community Concert Band, at her church, in musicals and other outlets of public performance. In her free time, Brenda directs the Hand Bell Choir at Ascension Lutheran Church, and works part time at Lori's Flower Cottage in Woodruff.

 

 

Harold Honing, Photography

A second generation photographer, Howard has studied at Columbia College in Chicago and spent several years working on the City of Chicago press staff. His duties involved covering Mayors Michael Bilandic and Jane Byrne and other political figures. He specializes in photo journalism and product photography, wedding and events.