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Music Faculty & Staff

Music Department

PETER ROLLER, Professor of Music, Music Department Chair
          Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
          M.A. Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
          B.A. Music, Grinnell College

With specialization in diverse music cultures, Roller teaches classes on African American and Latin American music, the History of Rock and Roll, and ethnic music of urban areas. A professional guitarist working in many styles, he teaches guitar classes, has performed widely and has a guitar composition featured on Masters of Acoustic Guitar (Narada Records).

Leslie A. Henry, Assistant Professor, Director of Music Therapy
          M.M. with emphasis in Music Therapy, Colorado State University
          B.M. Music Therapy, Alverno College

Leslie has newly joined the college and brings with her 22 years of clinical music therapy experience in the Greater Milwaukee Area at a wide variety of Milwaukee based health community based 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 as a co-chair to the Professional Advocacy Committee. During her 22 year professional tenure, she has taught Creative Music Making, a seminar in understanding sensory processing and the music therapist, supervised nearly 30 clinical practicum students and 8 interns.

Nancy Dexter-Schabow, MMT, MT-BC, WMTR, Assistant Professor of Music, 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 23 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.

MICHAEL KAMENSKI has been a part-time instructor at Alverno for the last 16 years. He has taught orchestra, chorus, various vocal and instrumental ensembles, all levels of music theory, conducting, arranging, 20th / 21st century theory, and music technology.  He also works full-time as the director of liturgy and music at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Milwaukee and is Pastoral Associate there as well.

At Alverno, Mike Kamenski is humbled and honored to have been commissioned to compose the Alverno School Alma Mater. In a collaborative effort with Professor of English Jill Moore who wrote the lyrics, Kamenski and a small committee explored many musical styles, finally choosing a blend of jazzy rhythms and ballad-like melody. 

Following his undergraduate work at UW-Milwaukee in Music Theory and Composition under Dr. John Downey and Professor Yehuda Yannay, Mr. Kamenski received his Master's Degree in symphonic and operatic conducting from the Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland.  He was then appointed Music Director of the Conservatory Orchestra in Warsaw and guest conducted numerous orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic. Locally, Mr. Kamenski has conducted the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra   He has participated in conducting workshops with various conductors including Daniel Barenboim. Currently, he is the Music Director and Conductor of the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held for the last 19 years.

Additionally, he has worked as a Staff Arranger at Hal Leonard Publishing and arranged and orchestrated a symphonic ballet for Les Grands Ballet Canadiens of Montreal. His time is currently rounded out with private teaching and several hobbies including racquetball, golf, and cooking. Kamenski is married to Sherri and they have three sons, Martin, Paul (currently on scholarship to Oxford University for his Ph.D. in atomic physics) and Brian.

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