In 1999, the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association established the Wesley Teply Community Service Award in the Arts. The award, presented at the March concert, serves to recognize people who substantially contribute to the arts in the greater Manitowoc area. The first award was presented to Wesley Teply.
Wesley Teply, received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He served as an active adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. He appeared extensively as a guest soloist with bands and orchestras throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, including the Green Bay Symphony. He also was a frequent recitalist and accompanist, performing several recitals at UW -Green Bay and Lawrence University. He was affiliated with virtually every musical group in the Manitowoc area, including the Monday Music Club, the Manitowoc Symphony, and the LWE.
Mr. Teply was a lecturer in applied piano at UW-Manitowoc and also taught innumerable private students. He was one of the founding members of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association, which was incorporated in 1987, and was the first Vivace level donor to the LWEA, which provided seed money for the association to become established. While a member of the association he served as vice-president and was a prime mover in LWEA fund-raising, including co-ordinating the Alan Bonde concert at the Capitol Civic Centre in 1989.
Sister Cecilia Bryns, earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees from Alverno College, and her Master of Music Degree from DePaul University.
She has brought music into the lives of thousands of students and their families. She has taught at the Holy Family Conservatory of Music for almost forty years, and for several years she also taught music and gave lessons at Silver Lake College. Among the courses she taught were music education, piano pedagogy, harmony, and orchestration.
Sister Cecilia was the choral director at Roncalli High School for four years. She was the choir director of the Men's Choir at St. Boniface Church for over thirty years, and also served as the choir director of the children’s choirs at St. Boniface for many years.
She has accompanied countless Lincoln High School students in their performances at district and state solo and ensemble music competitions. She has helped potential college music majors and minors prepare for their college careers. Through the years, Sister Cecilia has written many recommendations for her students for musical and non-musical endeavors, including applications for Kohl Scholarships and applications to medical school.
Conrad Daellenbach, taught band for twenty-four years in the Manitowoc Public School District, retiring in 1975.
Conrad Daellenbach begin his musical studies at the age of ten, with his father giving him violin lessons. Later he learned to play the trombone in a small beginning band. He performed with the Tri-City Band and a local dance band.
Mr. Daellenbach enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, earning both his Bachelor and Master Degrees in music from UW-Madison. He began his career in music education by teaching band and orchestra for eight years in Barron, Wisconsin, followed by seven years in Rhinelander before coming to Manitowoc. In each of those cities he organized a six-week summer band program. In Manitowoc he established a sixth grade program for beginning band students, meeting with the students in the morning before school. He also initiated a solo and ensemble contest for music students in grades six through nine. As an example of his dedication as a music educator, he spent one period daily in a junior high, giving up his study hall period to do so. When Mr. Daellenbach began teaching in Manitowoc, the high school band was small and performed in class C. The band eventually had to be divided in two because of the number of students enrolled. “Mr. D.” also held technique or lesson classes weekly, and he directed the pep band, organized a dance band, and directed other small ensembles which met outside of regular school hours.
In each of the cities he taught, Mr. Daellenbach also directed church choirs, and in Rhinelander he organized an adult male chorus. In Manitowoc he directed the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc chorus for five years until a full-time music instructor was hired.
While teaching, he furthered his own music education by frequently attending two-week summer band clinics. These clinics were held at different colleges, including the University of Wisconsin, Vandercook College of Music, and the Eastman School of Music. For five summers he was in charge of the trombone sections for both bands and orchestra at UW-Madison summer band clinics.
Mr. Daellenbach performed with the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble for fourteen years as a member of the trombone section. Professor Michael J. Arendt, conductor of the LWE, stated that “Conrad has had a profound impact on so many people during his long career. The number of students he touched, who still have music as an important part of their lives - and many who have become music educators themselves - speaks highly of him as a music educator. I thoroughly enjoyed the many years Conrad performed with the LWE and I treasure the professional relationship that we maintained for so long.”
With a full and rewarding life as a musician and music educator, Mr. Daellenbach finds his ultimate joy is in having three musically talented children, Roberta and Rosemary, who are both music educators, and Charles (Chuck), who is also a music educator and who is a founder of the renowned Canadian Brass.
Karl Miller, was born in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. He began his musical studies on cornet in ninth grade, inspired by band director Clarence Kriesa, a Two Rivers native. In tenth grade his family moved to Madison, where Mr. Miller attended Madison East High School. He became a member of the school band and orchestra, and he joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He also played in a jazz band that was not school-related, but was comprised of student musicians. In eleventh grade he assumed leadership of that student jazz ensemble, booking the band throughout the city and on the UW-Madison campus for the next four years. His other musical activities in Madison included joining the WHA radio station orchestra, performing with several service organizations, and also becoming a member of the city band. After graduation from Madison East, he enrolled at UW-Madison as a music major, joining the UW band and orchestra.
In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and was assigned to an Air Force Band for the first part of his enlistment. He returned to Madison and graduated with departmental honors. After deciding to work with orchestra during his teaching career, he studied violin with Cecil Burleigh. He later received his Master of Music Degree in 1954 from UW-Madison.
From 1949-51 he taught orchestra in the Eau Claire Public School system. He then moved to Manitowoc, where he taught until his retirement in 1987, teaching orchestra, harmony, string technique, and music appreciation in the Manitowoc Public School District. He also organized the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra and conducted it for 3S years. He shared his musical expertise as an ad hoc instrumental instructor at UW-Manitowoc and Silver Lake College. Mr. Miller also scripted and announced the Sunday Symphony program on radio station WOMT. Mr. Miller has served as President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and President of the Manitowoc Civic Music Association.
Mr. Miller is a member of the trumpet section in both the UW Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, joining in 1988, and the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Big Band. He also enjoys listening to symphonic and jazz music. His other interests include sailing and tennis. Karl and his wife Betty reside in Manitowoc. Their family includes son Mark, and son and daughter-in-law Kurt and Kathy and their two daughters, Allison and Lauren.
Jean Wolfmeyer, is well-known throughout the Lakeshore area as a teacher of dance, as owner and director of a private studio in Manitowoc. She teaches tap, ballet, jazz, and ballroom dancing. She is certified by the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters of America. Jean is a member of CNADM, as well as the Dance Masters of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Dance Council. She serves as Regional Director of the World Jazz Dance Congress.
Jean began dancing at the age of four. After high school she went to New York to study with Edna Lucille Baum, who owned and operated the Ballet Book Shop in New York and Chicago, and who was well-known for her training of teachers. Wolfmeyer credits Ms. Baum for instilling qualities in her that have made her a successful teacher. After studying with Ms. Baum, Jean continued her jazz training with the Gus Giordano Dance Center in Evanston, Illinois.
Jean’s credits include choreography for beauty pageants, fashion shows, musical comedies, original dance revues, floor shows, lecture demonstrations, and religious choir work. Her dancers have appeared at the Rahr- West Art Museum, Pinecrest Historical Village, the Senior Center, the Manitowoc Tourism Show, Ethnic Fest, River Walk, at numerous other community events, and at several UW -Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble concerts, most recently dancing to Peter and the Wolf. She has taught teachers at various Dance Masters and National Dance Association conventions in Chicago, Oshkosh, Madison, and DesMoines. And of course, tne of the highlights ofthe Christmas season in Manitowoc for the past 27 years has been her full-length production of The Nutcracker. Jean Wolfmeyer has a Student Dance Company and established a Dance Scholarship Fund in 1984 for students wishing to enter pre-professional training. Since 1984, 112 grants totaling over $56,000 have been given to forty-three young dancers. Many have become professional dancers, here and abroad, and others are college dance majors or studying at performing arts high schools and summer dance programs. Twenty-three alumni of the Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance currently are career dancers in companies in the U.S., and four more will be entering the dance world this year or next. Former students have performed in ballet companies in Milwaukee, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Seattle, with the Rockettes, and on Broadway. Many of her students have been inspired by Jean to also become dance teachers.
Jean has received numerous awards, including the Lakeshore Cultural Award, the YMCA Service to Youth Award, and the Chamber of Commerce’s Joseph Schmitt Award. She is a 1999 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Dance Council. In 2002 Jean received the inaugural Teacher of the Year Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, which was presented to Jean for her exemplary efforts toward emphasizing the importance of pursuing continuing dance education.
Michael J. Arendt, Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc and conductor of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, stated, “Jean has set the standard for dance in the Manitowoc area for many years. The number of her students who have established themselves as professional dancers is impressive. Because of her artistic excellence, she has given Manitowoc an art form that will be appreciated for years to come.”
Jim and Susie Miller, were awarded the Wesley Teply Community Service Award for their joint, as well as separate, contributions to the arts. Jim and Susie met while attending Indiana University. After graduation, they began their teaching careers in Indiana, taught for two years in Illinois, then returned to Indiana where Jim received his master's degree in choral conducting.
Jim and Susie moved to Manitowoc, where Jim began a teaching career in the public school district that continued for 33 years. Although retired from the Manitowoc Public School District, Jim continues in the field of education, currently teaching a Music Literature class at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc. Susie also teaches at UW-Manitowoc. She has directed the campus chorus for several years, and teaches piano as well as voice.
Both of the Millers have been active as accompanists for students in solo/ensemble competitions, and have given private piano and voice lessons to countless students.
Audiences of numerous musical theatrical productions have enjoyed the Millers’ contributions over the years. Jim performed in “Mame,” which the Masquers presented in 1969, and also in “Kismet” and “Anything Goes.” He has served as director for three of their musical productions, “Guys and Dolls,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Jim also had the lead in “Music Man” for the Lakeshore Players, and he and Susie were the two-member cast in “I Do, I Do” at UW-Manitowoc. In addition to his community theater involvement, Jim has directed over twenty productions at Lincoln High School.
Susie has starred in “The King and I” and “My Fair Lady,” both produced by Masquers, and was a cast member in the Little Sandwich Theater’s production of “Nunsense.” She is the director of a special chorus, the Steamboat Belles, which will appear in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: The Broadway Musical,” the Capitol Civic Centre's fund raising musical. The musical, directed by Jim, will be presented in April.
Jim and Susie currently sing with Appleton’s White Heron Choral, and recently co-founded a madrigal-type group in Manitowoc called the Maritime Chamber Ensemble. They have directed church choirs, and also have taught at Lakeland and Silver Lake Colleges. They directed the YMCA Boys Choir for fifteen years.
They have been involved with the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble for many years. For several years the YMCA Boys Choir performed as part of the LWE’s “Festival of Christmas.” The UW-Manitowoc Chorus, directed by Susie, has also sung at many wind ensemble concerts over the years, and Jim and Susie themselves have been featured vocal soloists with the ensemble. In December of 2003 their Maritime Chamber Ensemble sang with the wind ensemble at its “Festival of Christmas” performances.
Jim recently won the Morris Hayes Award for excellence in the choral arts, which is the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association’s highest award. Jim and Susie are members of that organization, as well as VoiceCare Network, and Music Educator’s National Conference. They are the parents of four grown sons.
Kathie is a native of Manitowoc. She is well known in the Manitowoc theatre scene and her extensive resume of service to community organizations is second to none. Kathie has a Radio Marketing Masters Degree and is a senior marketing executive for radio stations WCUB and WLTU. She began her radio career in 1987 as producer of The Breakfast Club, and subsequently became producer and co-host of the WCUB Shopping Show. She has participated in numerous sales seminars and has helped many businesses achieve success. She has been the owner and operator of Kathie’s Stage Door Pub, an Irish styled pub, for the past seventeen years. Kathie's mother, Ella Theresa Mulloy Herzog, was a first generation Irish lass born in Maple Grove, and had great influence in the acquisition of the building in 1975.
Kathie’s involvement in the community has been extensive. She has been a member of the City Hall Development Committee and served on the Manitowoc Re-Development Committee. She has served as a volunteer for the United Way, and been a member of the Board of Directors of the Manitowoc and Calumet County Library. She is a life-long member of the Friends of the Library and a member of the Rahr-West Museum. She is a graduate of the Manitowoc Police Academy, and has served on the fund raising committee for the Domestic Violence Center, as well as being a past board member of the DVC. Kathie has served as president of the Manitowoc City Center, and also has been a Director of the Manitowoc/Two Rivers Chamber of Commerce. She is the co-founder and president of the “Brain Foundation,” organized to promote understanding of mental illness and health. She has been a campaign volunteer for the Cancer Care Center. She is a charter member of NOW (National Organization for Women), and has been a featured speaker for numerous women's groups throughout the years.
Kathie served as a member of the Manitowoc County Board of Supervisors, and as a member and chair of the Manitowoc County Highway Commission, Legislative Review Committee, and is Chair of the Human Service Board.
Kathie has appeared in numerous local productions during the last three and a half decades, including Masquers, the Little Sandwich Theatre, UW-Manitowoc, and her own company, K. B. Productions. She has also directed many shows and revues. She most recently directed the Masquer’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” which was performed at the Captiol Civic Centre. She has served on all committees and held all board positions with Masquers. She is a charter member of the Capitol Civic Centre’s Board of Directors, and was a major fund-raiser for the Society to Preserve the Capitol Civic Centre. She was the producer of “The Final Curtain,” which was the kick-off to the Capitol’s fund-raising, and also the producer of “The Opening Curtain,” which was the first production at the newly renovated Capitol Civic Centre. She was producer and general chair of The Brainstorm Follies, and served as Board Director of the Children’s Center of the Arts. She has been a Heart-a-Rama Producer/Director for 26 years. Kathie is one of the founders of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Irish Fellowship Club.
She was a past winner of the Clipper City Chordsmen’s Harmony Award, and the winner of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award in 2002.
A native of Manitowoc, Kathie is the mother of five children and has eight grandchildren.
Professor Arendt commented that “for many years Kathie Bundy has had an impact on virtually every area of artistic endeavor in the Manitowoc area. From the Masquers to the LWE, Kathie has consistently demonstrated her commitment to this community and the importance of the arts for the aesthetic and cultural well being of our citizens. Without bias, she has worked tirelessly in support of any and all organizations in our community needing her support and encouragement. Because of her many contributions, I can’t think of anyone else more deserving of this award. It will indeed be a pleasure for me to present it to her.”
Dr. S. Lorna Zemke is the eighth recipient of the Wesley Teply Community Service Award in the Arts. The annual award is presented to an area person in the greater Manitowoc area who has made a substantial contribution to the arts. The first award was presented to Wesley Teply in March of 1999.
“Sr. Lorna has been a major force regionally and nationally via her professional work as a teacher, scholar, and musician,” stated Professor Mike Arendt, conductor of the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble. “Her teaching and research in Music Education, particularly in the area of Kodaly Method of Music Education, is remarkable. In addition, her work with music for the pre-born and early childhood has made such a significant positive difference in the lives of so many people in the Lakeshore area. Her service to Silver Lake College has been both long and distinguished, both as a Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department.”
S. Lorna Zemke, an internationally recognized Kodaly music educator, has chaired the Department of Music at Silver Lake College from 1971 to 1994 and has been the primary designer and teacher in the Kodaly programs at Silver Lake. Before beginning her graduate studies at U. S. C. in the mid 1960s, Sr. Lorna was the music specialist at San Roque Elementary School in Santa Barbara, CA, where working with Katinka Daniel, they piloted one of the first Kodaly programs in the U. S. Her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation were among the first Kodaly-related studies published in English. Sections of the dissertation are published under separate titles and form source material in the method still used today.
Under her leadership, the Silver Lake College Department of Music developed the first U. S. undergraduate Kodaly Music Education degree; and 18-credit graduate Kodaly Certificate program; co-operative master’s degree programs with UW-Green Bay, with UIW-Milwaukee, with the University of Oklahoma-Norman, with Webster University, St. Louis, with the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and established a Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodaly Emphasis degree at Silver Lake College.
An experienced teacher at all levels, Dr. Zemke has taught music education for many years. She has presented workshops and clinics at colleges and universities throughout the United States and has demonstrated and lectured at more than 100 professional music education, early childhood, and pre- and peri-natal conferences in the U. S. and abroad.
Sister Lorna Zemke was co-founder of the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America, and later served as president of the same organization, which has the distinction of being the oldest official Kodaly organization in the world. She co-chaired the first national Kodaly Conference and later served as president of the national organization, OAKE; she was among the five Americans invited to Hungary in 1972 to help plan the first International Kodaly Conference.
In 1984, Sister Lorna initiated a “Music for Tots” program at Silver Lake College, which currently has more than 400 children enrolled each semester. In November, 1986, Sister Zemke established classes at Silver Lake College for expectant parents titled Lovenotes.: Music for the Unborn Child. She has presented papers on this program at the National Organization of American Kodaly Educators Conference, at the Early Childhood Seminar of the International Society of Music Educators in Brisbane, Australia, and presented a paper on music as a bonding force between parents and the unborn child at the International Kodaly Symposium in Athens, Greece. Her publication “LOVENOTES: Music for the Unborn” is used throughout the world. The "LOVENOTES" publication with accompanying CD has been translated into Korean. Sr. Zemke is vice-president and charter member of the International Music Society of Prenatal Development and former editor of its quarterly newsletter.
Sister Lorna Zemke has received many honors and awards for her professional service, leadership and performance in the field of music education. Among them are the first national “Outstanding Achievement Award” presented by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators at Philadelphia, and Honorary Life Membership from the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America and the from the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. In 1996 Sr. Lorna received the Distinguished Service Award for meritorious Service and Outstanding Leadership to Music Education in Wisconsin from the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and in October, 2000, she received an “Outstanding Teacher” recognition from the National Association for Music Education. She has also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the National Pastoral Musician’s 2004 Music Educator of the Year Award, and in 2005, the Religious Service Award from the Wisconsin Council of Catholic Women. Dr. Zemke has published many articles and has collaborated on many books in a variety of aspects and levels of music education.
In commenting about Mr. Nelson’s selection as the award recipient, Professor Michael Arendt stated, “Since Glenn and I are both alumni of St. Norbert College, I am so very proud to have a colleague in the area who has contributed so much to music education in Manitowoc County. Having spent thirty-eight years in the Mishicot Public Schools, the number of avocational and professional musicians and music educators he has taught and nurtured is impressive indeed. I have known many of them as students at UW-Manitowoc and as members of the LWE. It will be my pleasure to present this award to Mr. Nelson in recognition of a career in the arts that has touched the lives of so many students and community members alike.”
Glenn Nelson received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from St. Norbert College, and a Master of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has earned credits beyond his degrees from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Mr. Nelson began teaching in Mishicot in 1962. He and his wife Rose have made Mishicot their home since then. In 1988 he was selected Teacher of the Year by the Mishicot High School Staff. He retired from teaching in 2000, after thirty-eight years as an instrumental music instructor for Mishicot Community Schools. There are presently over thirty-five of his former students who have made music their profession.
His professional affiliations include: the Wisconsin Music Educators National Conference, the National Education Association, the Wisconsin Education Association, the Mishicot Education Association, the American Federation of Musicians, and the Wisconsin Bandmasters Association, of which he is a past president. He has served as a low brass clinician for the UWGB Summer Music Clinics, and has been active as a judge for the Wisconsin School Music Association. Glenn spent several years on the WSMA selection committee responsible for selecting music for solo, ensemble and band competitions.
His performing credits include a wide variety of instrumental groups. He has played bass in the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and tuba with the Green Bay Packer Band, He has also performed with the UWGB Communiversity Band, Shrine Circus Band, Gail Shepherdson Dance Band, and the Old Mapleton Circus Band. He has performed in many area dance bands, and played for the Alice in Dairyland Pageant. Glenn is presently performing with two local groups, the Newtonburg Brass Band and the Z-Brass Quintet.
Glenn is a long-time member of the Two Rivers Municipal Band. He played tuba and was assistant conductor for nineteen years. In 1981 he was appointed conductor, and is looking forward to his twenty-seventh year of leading the band in the summer of 2007.
The Mishicot Area Growth and Improvement Committee, M.A.G.I.C., presented Glenn with the GENIE Award for outstanding community service in 1993. He is active as an usher at the Capitol Civic Centre and as a volunteer at the Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry and the Church of Holy Cross.
Paul Stitt, who earned his Masters Degree in Biochemistry, founded Natural Ovens Bakery in 1976 with the goal of producing whole grain breads, bagels and cereals with no artificial additives or appetite stimulants. Barbara Stitt worked as Chief Probation Officer in Ohio until she met and married Paul in 1982 and moved to Wisconsin. For many years the bakery's breads and other products have been delivered to over 1200 supermarkets in the mid-west, and have been shipped to homes and stores in all fifty states. Paul and Barbara have each authored several books on nutrition, including Barbara's Food and Behavior, which describes her 20 years of correcting behavior by correcting body chemistry. Both Paul and Barbara have been guests on national and international radio and television programs, and Barbara testified before the Senate Select Committee on human health.
Beginning in 1997, they instituted a food program in the Appleton, WI Alternative School, with cooks trained in how to purchase, prepare and serve fresh whole foods. Paul and Barbara underwrote the program for five years, and the results relating food to behavior, health and academic ability were so dramatically positive that the Superintendent and School Board required their food service to provide healthier foods to the entire school district.
Paul and Barbara sold Natural Ovens Bakery in 2007 and have retired to Virginia.
While in Manitowoc, Paul and Barbara were very active participants in cultural and civic affairs. They were members of the Capitol Civic Centre and were perpetual sponsors of the Capitol's “Capitol Affairs,” the special annual fund-raising event for the Capitol. They were supporting members of the Rahr-West Museum and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. They were members of the Pinecrest Historical Society, and participated in the parade celebrations of the Civil War, at times with their Belgium horses pulling an antique “water wagon.” Paul and Barbara were members of the Manitowoc Public Library and also the Manitowoc Symphony. Barbara served on the Chamber of Commerce Board for three years, and was the recipient of the Athena Award in 1989. Barbara started the Festival of Flowers in 1987, which included a Garden Fair in June and a Garden Walk of six beautiful gardens the third Saturday in July, which attracted over 500 people. Paul and Barbara also sponsored gardening workshops each year at UW-Manitowoc or at Roorbach’s and Hartman’s Town and Country Greenhouses. The Master Gardeners have continued the Garden Walk every other year, and the annual Garden Fair attracts about 5000 people the second weekend of June every year.
Barbara contacted Mayor Crawford and Terry Growcock, then Chairman of the Chamber Board, regarding the need to have a visitor’s center located near the interstate so travelers could be aware of the area’s attractions. Mayor Crawford later told Barbara that the beautiful airy building that was built as the center was inspired by Natural Ovens Bakery. Barbara served on the board of the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau (MAVCB) for ten years, and was chairman for two of those years. Paul and Barbara hosted many lunches/tours/presentations for the Chamber of Commerce, and Barbara served on the Chamber Board for three years.
Barbara and Paul have been ardent supporters of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble. Barbara commented that “we strongly felt the LWE was as good as anything on Broadway, and loved it from its inception. It was our joy to put a platform for Mike so he didn’t fall off during his vigorous directing” - the wrought iron ‘guard rail’ with the music staff on Professor Arendt’s podium was a gift from the Stitts - “and we purchased several needed instruments for the ensemble in its early days.”
In 1989, Paul and Barbara Stitt enthusiastically embraced a program proposed by Professor Michael Arendt, which would encourage talented young musicians. This program evolved into the Young Artist Competition, which is sponsored by the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and was supported by a grant from Natural Ovens Bakery, Inc. from the competition’s inception in 1989 through 2007.The annual competition attracts talented young musicians from throughout the state of Wisconsin, and has also included students from Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and New York. The winners of the high school and college divisions receive scholarship checks and are also featured soloists in The Winds of March concert with the wind ensemble. During their years of supporting the competition, Paul and Barbara’s contributions to the Young Artist Competition exceeded $40,000, which have provided scholarships to 56 students.
Reflecting on the selection of Paul and Barbara Stitt as this year’s recipients, Professor Michael Arendt stated, “When the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble was still a ‘toddler’ in 1989, Paul and Barbara Stitt recognized the viability of the many programs we were trying to establish. One in particular was our very successful Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association’s Young Artist Competition. Thanks to the Stitts and their support, from the very beginning until 2007, dozens of talented young players, local, state, and out of state, were able to compete for meaningful scholarship prizes and perform with the LWE. I will be forever grateful for the trust Paul and Barbara had in us to create, maintain, and succeed with such an important endeavor. Because of them, this program will continue and flourish. They are indeed deserving of our Community Service Award since our future is in our youth, and they have made a major difference in the lives of so many young musicians.”
"For many years Ron has had a significant impact on the 'arts' community in our area and beyond," says Professor Michael J. Arendt. "His work as an art educator and administrator in the Manitowoc Public Schools as well as his skill as an active painter, has touched the lives of so many people. His recent exhibition at the Rahr-West Museum is yet another example of his many contributions. I'm truly delighted that I will have the opportunity to present our community service award to him."
Mr. Stokes was born in 1932, and was educated in Milwaukee, attending Rufus King High School and UW-Milwaukee, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Art Education. He taught art in Milwaukee Public Schools and in the Manitowoc Public School District for a total of 32 years. From 1970 until his retirement in 1990, he was Art Supervisor in the Manitowoc schools. He helped the Art Department move into the computer era, discipline based art education, and developed an award winning March/Youth Art Month program and exhibit which continues today. In 1970 he introduced a class at Lincoln High School, "The Arts in the 70s," which dealt with all of the arts, inviting musicians, dancers, artists, sculptors, writers, film makers, poets, architects, and others involved in the arts to contribute to the class. This class continued to be part of the curriculum into the 1990s. Mr. Stokes was a John Hays Fellow (Alternate) and a member of the J. Paul Getty DBAE Process Group. He was also the president and is currently treasurer of the Wisconsin Art Education Association. In 1967, he and his wife Dolly began the courthouse Square Art Fair in Manitowoc, an event which was held until the late 1980s.
From 1967 through 1970, he was the Director of Education at the Milwaukee Art Center and Director of a federally funded ESEA program, "Art: A Primary Source to Enrich Social Studies." Mr. Stokes has also been associated with the Rahr-West Art Museum Association and served on the museum's Board of Directors.
Since he retired, Ron has operated Gallery East and has been associated with Nasco International, a manufacturer of educational products and materials. He demonstrates products for teacher groups including the sixteen products he has worked on for Nasco. He also supervises interns and student teachers for UW-Green Bay and UW-Platteville. Ron also is a cultural arts judge for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.
Ron is an avid watercolor painter and occasionally teaches introductory watercolor courses for UW Outreach in northeast Wisconsin. His work focuses on the experimental side of the medium – seeing what can be done with the material. He has a love of large Wisconsin land and seascapes, featuring dramatic skies and warm lights sparking through the darkness. He includes seven stroke figure, standing, walking, or contemplating the world and nature. He states, "There is nothing you canít do with the watercolor medium."
Ron Stokes is a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Green Bay Watercolor Guild, Wisconsin and National Art Education Associations, National Education Association, Wisconsin Education Association, and the Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art.
Ron is married to Maureen ("Dolly"), and their family includes a daughter Patricia and sons Michael and Ronald Jr., who resides in California. Ron describes his five grandchildren in this way: Alyssa, an artist in the bud; Evan, mechanical genius; Morgan, personality plus; Alex ("Ash"), computer whiz; and Ron Alexander, international "guru."
David Bourgeois grew up in Mishicot, Wisconsin, and graduated with honors from Mishicot High School in 1983. He attended UW-Milwaukee on a full music scholarship, studying music, and while in college was an active member and featured soloist of the Opera Theatre program, UW-Milwaukee choir, madrigal and vocal jazz ensembles. He graduated with honors in 1988 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in choral and general music education. He began his teaching career at Sevastopol School in Door County, where he taught for four years. He then moved to Colorado, teaching music at St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colorado.
David moved back to Wisconsin in 1993, and taught music to grades kindergarten through sixth grade at Colby Elementary School. He was then encouraged by his alma mater, Mishicot High School, to head the school’s choral program in grades seven through twelve, a position he held for three years. While he enjoyed teaching the junior and senior high school students, his true teaching passion is working with younger children. He accepted a teaching position in the Manitowoc Public School District in 1996, and for the past seven years has been working at Riverview School, teaching general music to all of Manitowoc’s five year old kindergarten students. David infuses his kindergarten music classes with his own passion for music, including in the curriculum various styles of dance, thousands of memorized lyrics, creative and in-depth classical music units, daily hands-on musical instrument activities including a piano lab, xylophone lab, and an “Instrument of the Day.” He has an extensive personal library of books of children’s musical literature that he sings with his classes throughout the year. His students compose their own music to famous works of art in a simplified version of “Pictures at an Art Museum.” He also has marched with his students as they played accordions in Manitowoc’s Memorial Day parade. For David, music education does not stop in the classroom. He co-teaches a five lesson swimming unit for every kindergarten class that features music and dance in the pool.
Apart from his teaching career, David is well-known in the Lakeshore area and beyond for his many performances in musical theater. He is an accomplished actor, singer and dancer, and has an extensive and impressive performing resume in the arts. He has performed with many organizations, including the Fred Warring U. S. Chorus, Opera Colorado, the Pamiro Opera Company, Peninsula Players, Memories Dinner Theatre in Port Washington, the Little Sandwich Theatre, University Theatre in Sheboygan, Silver Lake College, and numerous leading roles in Masquers of Manitowoc. His three favorite roles have been the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Don Lockwood in Singing in the Rain, and Tony in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, which he performed an amazing eighty-three times.
David has been a featured vocal soloist with UW-Manitowoc’s Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band for many years, and is a member of the LWE’s percussion section, performing on all percussion instruments. He has served both musical organizations for several years in the capacity of vocal coach.
David is also an active composer, and recorded fifteen of his original songs in 2000 on a CD entitled “Music From My Life.” In 2007, he was commissioned by the Rahr West Museum to write the music for the theatrical portrayal of the children’s story, Journey of the Toys, based on the book of the same name written in 1934 by Ruth and William Rahr. In addition to writing the music for the production, David has performed the role of the stork in every performance of the play for the past three years. He received UW-Manitowoc’s Fine Arts Award in Music in 2008 in recognition of his contributions to the arts at UW-Manitowoc and the entire Lakeshore community.
In his spare time, David enjoys running, biking, golfing, learning to play the violin, and gardening. He is currently co-president of the East Wind Garden Club in Cleveland, WI.
Ron Kaminski was born and raised in Manitowoc, attending St. Andrews Elementary School, Washington Junior High, and Lincoln High School, graduating with the class of 1961. His first community project was leading his graduating class as class president in raising the funds necessary for the design and construction of the statue of Abraham Lincoln which stands in the circle drive in front of Lincoln’s tower, as a gift from the class of 1961.
Ron then attended UW-Manitowoc for two years before transferring to UW-Madison, where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965. He earned his Masters Degree in 1966 in Water Resource Management, an interdisciplinary graduate program in Water Resources, Engineering, and Law, and earned his Doctorate of Law degree from UW-Madison in 1969. He then returned to Manitowoc to practice law with the firm of Cashman and Savage. In 1972, he established his own firm, and subsequently Joseph Pozorski, Jr. joined him in the firm. Ron is the senior partner in the firm of Kaminski and Pozorski, concentrating his practice in family law, small corporations, and personal injury litigation. As befitting his interest in Manitowoc’s heritage and history, Ron’s law firm is located in the beautifully restored home of Oscar Richter. And while Ron continues his law practice, he regularly consults with groups interested in community-wide fundraising campaigns and charitable causes.
Over the years Ron has consistently involved in a number of community-wide projects, most significantly the acquisition, funding and restoration of our “jewel of the Lakeshore,” the Capitol Civic Centre. He continued to serve as a member of its Board of Directors until this year, and currently remains a member of the Board of the CCC Endowment Foundation.
Ron also co-chaired the county-wide fundraiser, along with Armond Kueter, to restore the county Normal Teachers’ College on Michigan Avenue into the beautiful home of the Manitowoc County Historical Society. He was also the primary organizer of a local investment group that constructed the original Inn on Maritime Bay in 1985.
Ron has a long history of involvement and promotion of the arts. He founded The Sting’s “Jazz/Arts Festival” which donated 100% of its net proceeds to fund scholarships for local high school students interested in pursuing education in music and the arts. In 1989, Ron moved his Little Sandwich Theatre from the cozy environs of The Sting, which had seating for about twenty-five, to the meticulously restored Historic Forst Inn, where live theater and entertainment presentations continue to entertain audiences. Ron is known not only for his behind the scenes contributions, but also for his numerous on stage roles in countless Lakeshore area theatrical productions.
Ron is always quick to point out that his community involvement has had the much appreciated support of his wife Sharon and his children, twins Kris and Kelsi. He adds that his wife’s talents were primarily responsible for the decorating and renovation needs of his office, the Forst Inn, and his home, the original Charles Spindler home which has been restored to its 1892 grandeur.
While Ron is the recipient this award, he stresses that his success in community-wide projects is due primarily to the efforts of others who share his pride in his home community and all that it has to offer.
Garth Neustadter is an Emmy Award-Winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. He has written feature-length scores for PBS, Warner Bros., and Turner Classic Movies. The Baltimore Sun says of his work, "The guy's a natural, as his soaring theme makes plain." In 2011, Garth became one of the youngest composers to receive a Primetime Emmy Award for his score for the PBS 'American Masters' documentary,"John Muir in the New World." In 2007, Garth was named the First Prize winner of the Turner Classic Movies Film Composers’ Competition. His score was chosen out of a field of over 850 international participants, and judged by Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. He was subsequently commissioned by Warner Bros. and Turner Classic Movies to compose, record, and produce the feature-length score for the film "The White Sister," which premiered on the TCM channel . Neustadter is currently at work composing the soundtrack for a second TCM silent film, “The Circle,” which is scheduled for release in spring 2012. A five-time DownBeat Magazine award winner in the areas of composition, arranging, classical violin performance, and jazz saxophone performance, Neustadter was recently recognized as ASCAP’S 2011 Young Jazz Composer of the Year, appearing in December at the Lincoln Center, New York, performing an original work for soprano saxophone, percussion, and string quartet. His achievements have been profiled in USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, Film Music Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, How to Achieve Success in College, Downbeat Magazine, and National Public Radio. He has received multiple awards from ASCAP, including the Morton Gould Award, Jazz Composer’s Award, and a 2011 film composition fellowship to Aspen, as well as multiple awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs. Most recently, he was awarded 2nd-Prize in the Transatlantyk Film Music Competition (Poland). He received his undergraduate degrees in Violin and Voice performance from Lawrence University, and is pursuing graduate studies at the Yale School of Music where he is Assistant Director of the Yale Jazz Band, a teacher’s assistant in graduate theory, and a music technology assistant. Garth has studied at Yale with Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis, Martin Bresnick, and with Samuel Adler of the Juilliard School. He is currently under commissions by the Rochester Symphony Orchestra for an orchestral work to premiere in June 2012 and the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble for a concert work to premiere during the 2013 concert season. During his high school years, Neustadter was a featured soloist with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and a member of the Lakeshore Big Band. He performed as a member and featured soloist with the Manitowoc Symphony, and was active in band, chorus, and musicals at Manitowoc Lutheran High School.
Neustadter and his parents, Gary and Kristen, have performed as a family trio, “The Garth Neustadter Trio,” for the past 17 years. They have performed extensively throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota and are known for their musical diversity. They have great memories of performing in Manitowoc’s sister city, Kamagawa, from the roof tops of Manitowoc’s city hall and library, and atop St. Patrick day floats! The Neustadter Trio was named winner of the 2010 Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra sponsored “Battle for the Baton.” Kristen has taught instrumental music in the Manitowoc Public School System for over 30 years. She is also an active church organist, accompanist, has a sizable private piano studio, and has managed the booking aspects of the Neustadter Trio. Gary recently retired from teaching for the past 37 years in the Two Rivers Public School District, Neenah High School, and Stevens Point Area Public Schools. Gary continues to give private lessons in the Manitowoc area and perform for wedding ceremonies.
The Neustadters have produced eight CDs which include “The Best of Garth,” “Garth Neustadter Trio,” “ I Believe,” “Classic Encores,” “ O Holy Night,” “Peace on Earth,” “Through the Eyes of Love,” and “John Muir in the New World.”
Barbara Bundy-Jost is the 2013 recipient of the Wesley Teply Community Service Award in the Arts. The award was established in 1999 by the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association to recognize individuals who have substantially contributed to the arts in the greater Manitowoc area. The first award was presented to Wesley Teply, with subsequent awards presented to Sister Cecilia Burns, Conrad Daellenbach, Karl Miller, Jean Wolfmeyer, Jim and Susie Miller, Kathie Bundy, Sr. Dr. Lorna Zemke, Glenn Nelson, Paul and Barbara Stitt, Ron Stokes, David Bourgeois, Ron Kaminski, and the Garth Neustadter Trio, consisting of Garth Neustadter and his parents, Chris and Gary Neustadter
Professor Michael J. Arendt, founder and conductor of the UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, stated that the LWEA’ decision to present the award to Barbara was unanimous. He said, “As an artist and teacher, Barbara Bundy-Jost’s contributions to our area arts community have been extraordinary. Whether in the Manitowoc Public Schools or the Rahr-West, there are very few events or institutions where her impact hasn’t been felt. I’m delighted to be able to present the award to such a deserving person.”
Barbara Bundy-Jost was born and raised in Manitowoc, and has worked with the Manitowoc Public School District, the Rahr-West Art Museum, parents and children of the community for the past twenty-five years. Her formal education includes art studies at UW-Milwaukee from 1976-78, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Silver Lake College in 1986, a Master of Arts degree in Education/Technology from Lesley University in Boston in 2000, International Baccalaureate North America Teacher Training in 2003 in Salt Lake City, and International Baccalaureate Creativity, Action, Service Training in November of 2011 in Portland, Oregon.
From 1986 through 2007, Barbara was an art teacher in the Manitowoc Public School District. She developed curriculum and taught art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, computer-generated graphics, video editing and production, printmaking, jewelry, and crafts to students in grades K-12. From 2000-2007, she was the Visual Arts Department Head in the MPSD, managing the budget and curriculum for K-12 education, and developed, organized and set up annual Youth Art Month displays, billboard competitions, and the Kamogawa Art Exchange. She developed the Art Department focus for goal setting and staff development, interviewed and mentored new art teacher, and acted as liaison between the Administration and the art department staff. She developed EXCEL criteria and programming, and provided parents with information on available programming for children with a variety of artistic abilities beyond the classroom.
Barbara served as the Director of the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc from 2007-2010, developing curriculum and educational programming for the community. She developed and managed the budget, approved purchases, and oversaw personnel in that facility. As Director, she supported and helped develop initiatives such as Sputnikfest, Chairs for Charity, Community Art Exhibits, The Art Doctor, and the development of traditional and digital art programming through the museum’s Art Collection Education Curriculum.
Barbara returned to teaching in the MPSD in 2007, where she continues as an art teacher in grades 10-12, Currently she is a 21st Century Communications and Advanced 21st Century Communications instructor, the International Baccalaureate Visual Art Teacher, and Creativity, Action and Service Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate program.
Barbara describes her days as “filled with activities that inspire community youth to create, contribute and value the world in which they live.” She celebrates the work of area artists, and works diligently promoting art programming for all ages.