University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Meet the Directors


climer_johnJohn Climer Wind Ensemble Full Bio

John Climer is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Climer oversees all aspects of band ensembles and operations, guides the graduate wind-conducting program, and serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, UWM's premiere wind band.

mark_norman-largeMark Norman Symphony Band, University Band Full Bio

William Obst
, Assistant Conductor, University Band

Chamber Ensembles

Jennifer ClippertJennifer Clippert Woodwinds Full Bio

Flutist Jennifer Clippert’s performance career clearly reflects her passionate knowledge of music from Baroque to present day. Equally comfortable as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, she has performed throughout Chicago with groups such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater and the Chicago Symphony’s MUSICNOW series among others.

Kevin HartmanKevin Hartman Brass Full Bio

Kevin Hartman maintains a very active performance schedule in addition to his teaching duties. He performs frequently with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has played on numerous concerts, recordings and tours with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including two Grammy winning recordings.

Stefan KartmanStefan Kartman Strings Full Bio

Stefan Kartman is currently Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to solo performance, he has performed to critical acclaim as cellist of the Kneisel Trio and the Florestan Duo.

Bernard Zinck Bernard Zinck Strings Full Bio

Bernard Zinck, concert violinist and recording artist,  is currently  Associate Professor of Strings at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

 amandaschoofsAmanda Schoofs Contemporary Full Bio

Amanda Schoofs is a lecturer in composition and theory at UWM. She is a composer, experimental vocalist, and visual artist. Her compositions/painted scores explore the intimate relationship of substance and sound–unveiling extremes in breath/pitch, timbre/color, intensity/hue, text/nonsense, noise, and silence.

thomaswetzelThomas Wetzel Percussion Full Bio





Gloria HansenGloria Hansen Women's Chorus Full Bio

Gloria Hansen is assistant director of the UWM Choirs, where she is conductor of the Women's Chorus and teaches conducting, class voice, choral literature, and diction survey. She also serves as undergraduate advisor for the Department of Music.

Zachary-DurlamZachary Durlam University Choir, Men's Chorus, Concert Chorale Full Bio

As the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Dr. Zachary Durlam leads three choirs and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting.

Musical Theatre

Darci Wutz Musical Theatre

Opera Theatre

Tanya Kruse Ruck  Tanya Kruse Ruck Opera Theatre  Full Bio

Tanya Kruse Ruck, Assistant Professor - Voice,  holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Cum Laude) from Luther College and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Kruse has been on the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2003 and maintains a small private studio out of her home.  


Margery DeutschMargery Deutsch University Community Orchestra (UCO) Full Bio

Professor Emeritus Margery Deutsch was Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1984 - 2012. Under her direction, the orchestra performed at the Chicago Symphony Center, in Madison at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Conference, for the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, and throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.

Jun Kim ConductorJun Kim Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Orchestra Full Bio

As a conductor and violinist, Jun Kim has performed extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. Jun Kim has conducted orchestras such as the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Russia, Pitesti philharmonic and Bacau Philharmonic in Romania, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Radom Chamber Orchestra in Poland, Symphony Orchestra of Elche in Spain, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Duluth Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony Orchestra in USA.