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Music Faculty & Staff

Leslie A. Henry
M.M., MT-BC, Assistant Professor, Director of Music Therapy

M.M., with emphasis in Music Therapy, Colorado State University
B.M., Music Therapy, Alverno College

Leslie joined the college as Director of Music Therapy in 2016, bringing clinical music therapy experiences from a wide variety of Milwaukee-based health and community service agencies including: Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Clement Zablocki VA, Seasons Hospice, and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care.  She holds a Fellow designation with the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapists and is involved at the national level with the American Music Therapy Association, Inc. as a Co-chair of the Professional Advocacy Committee.  
Quality music therapy services are in high demand, and she considers working with students a joy and privilege.  Throughout her career, she has taken the opportunity to mentor and teach emerging professionals in clinical and educational settings.  Under her leadership, she promotes the highest quality training standards, integrating a breadth of theory and methods with emerging practices for a well-rounded education with the student at the center of their learning experience.


Rob Collier
Assistant Professor, Music Theory
D.M.A., Composition, University of Maryland
M.M., Theory and Composition, University of Louisville
B.A., Music/Music Technology, Bellarmine University
Rob Collier is a composer and performer originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He writes music that is meditative and hypnotic, utilizing repetition and simple compositional processes as a means of development. Recordings of Rob’s compositions have been released on Capstone Records in the United States, and Unlabel, WM Recordings, and Greed Recordings in Europe. He has collaborated with filmmakers, choreographers, visual artists, producers, and performers in a wide variety of genres. Rob’s music has been choreographed by Alight Dance Theater, the Starr Foster Dance Project, Beth Rodriguez, and the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble. His most recent solo release is Ten Simple Pieces for Piano on Auralgami Sounds.


Nancy Dexter-Schabow
M.MT., MT-BC, WMTR, Assistant Professor, Alverno College Music Therapy Clinic Supervisor

M.MT., Music Therapy, Temple University
B.M., Music Therapy and Piano Pedagogy, Alverno College

With 15+ years of part-time teaching experience at Alverno College, Nancy brings to the classroom her knowledge from ongoing work as a community music therapy clinician. Her clinical work for the past 24 years has focused on providing meaningful music therapy services for persons with autism and developmental disabilities. She has integrated documentation techniques and advocacy work into classroom discussion and assignments, striving to keep students on the cutting edge of a rapidly changing clinical landscape.

Mary A. Jirovec
Adjunct Instructor, Performance Lab and Clarinet

M.S., Music Education, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
B.F.A., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Mary studied 4 years with former Milwaukee Symphony Principal Clarinetist Russell Dagon. She taught in Public Education for 30+ years and is also teaching clarinet and saxophone at the university level. She has travelled extensively overseas in short term missions with music/drama teams and teaching ESL.

Linda Nielsen Korducki
Adjunct Instructor, Music History, Flute, Performance Coordinator

D.M.A., Flute Performance, University of Wisconsin–Madison
M.M., Flute Performance, University of Minnesota
B.F.A., Flute Performance, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Linda Nielsen Korducki, has been a part-time faculty member at Alverno College since 2006, where she teaches flute lessons, music history and conducts the flute ensemble. In addition to her earned degrees, her education includes the completion of Trevor Wye's "Flute Studio," a one-year residential course in Kent, England.

Nielsen currently performs as principal flutist of the Fox Valley and Oshkosh Symphony Orchestras, and was a member of the former Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Bel Canto Chorus, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Pops and Wisconsin Chamber orchestras. She has performed as a soloist with the Fox Valley Symphony, Green Bay Civic Symphony and Concord Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to her active performing career, Nielsen has maintained a private teaching studio in the Milwaukee area for over twenty years and served on the faculty of the International Music Camp from 1991-2005.  She has taught as a guest instructor at the University of Minnesota, UW–Whitewater, UW–Parkside, and is a sought-after clinician at flute festivals and summer music clinics.

Diane Skrobis
Director, Alverno College Chorus

M.S., Music Education, UW–Milwaukee
B.M., Music Education, Alverno College
Kodaly Certificate, Alverno College

Diane is proud to return to her alma mater as choral director. She is the Founder/Director of the Singing Tree - a preschool music and movement program for children and caregivers from birth to age six and the Children's Choir of Waukesha, a choral program featuring four choirs spanning grades 1 through 12. Diane's students frequently audition into regional and national honors choirs. She is also a free lance piano accompanist, vocal coach and church musician.

Mary Stryck
M.S., MT-BC, Adjunct Instructor, Music Therapy

M.S., Community Mental Health, Trinity College of Vermont
B.M., Music Therapy, Alverno College

Mary has served as an adjunct faculty member since 2001.  She brings 30+ years of clinical and administrative experience in music therapy, having worked at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division as a Music Therapist and Rehab Services Coordinator, overseeing rehabilitative services programming, managing a Day Treatment Program, and serving as Music Therapy and Occupational Therapy Internship Director.  She is a member of the Assembly of Delegates for the American Music Therapy Association, has served as Chair of the Association Internship Approval Committee, and was a member of the Education and Clinical Training Advisory Board.  Mary is also a freelance violinist, playing for the Festival City Symphony and other area performing groups, local churches and Festival Masses, weddings, and other celebrations.


Heidi Suprenant
Adjunct Instructor, Music Theory

M.M., Music Composition, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
B.A., Music Education, University of Wisconsin Whitewater
B.S.E., Broad-field Social Studies/History

An adjunct instructor at Alverno College since 2008, Heidi has taught classes in music theory, aural and keyboard skills, music history, contemporary music, and music appreciation.

In addition to teaching, Heidi serves as accompanist for two local congregations and also has experience as a synagogue musician. Her favorite hobby, creative writing, led her to join the Broken Walls Writers' Group, of which she is a long-time member. As a composer, Heidi especially enjoys writing works for voice, piano, and brass.

Other life experiences include a term of service in the U.S. military; after earning her undergraduate degrees, Heidi played horn in the 296 Army Band, stationed near Tokyo, Japan. She currently plays horn with two community bands and the Heritage Brass.

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