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Meet WIO's Guest Artists


WIO’s Special Guest Conductor,  SALVATORE L. G. TERRASI - May 2024


Mr. Terrasi was appointed assistant professor and Director of Instrumental Music at Cardinal Stritch University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2014, where he created the Stritch Community Orchestra to provide student musicians with an ensemble in which to perform. He continued as the Stritch Orchestra’s music director until the University closed, in the spring of 2023. Currently, he is music director of Command Performance, a professional big band that performs throughout the Milwaukee area.


From 1997 to 2014, he served as Director of Bands at Shorewood (WI) High School, where he directed the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Ensemble and regularly served as orchestra conductor for the school musical. He also taught instrumental music in several Chicago area schools prior to moving to Wisconsin, in 1997. In addition to his experience as an instrumental music educator, Mr. Terrasi is a performer who plays trumpet in Command Performance, principal trumpet in the Concord Chamber Orchestra, E-flat cornet in the Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin (a Civil War-era brass band), and lead trumpet in the Swing of Pearls big band.


Mr. Terrasi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.  He has served as a large-ensemble and solo-and-ensemble adjudicator and clinician, in Illinois and Wisconsin, where he is a certified Master Adjudicator, and has worked as a staff editor and freelance writer for The Instrumentalist magazine.  Mr. Terrasi was inducted into the Wisconsin Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu, in 2007, and the American School Band Directors Association, in 2009, and is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. In 2017, Mr. Terrasi served as co-director of the Intercollegiate Honors Band, at the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter state convention, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Meet our May 2024 Guest Artists, 


Bob Syverson - Trumpet Soloist

Bob has Bachelor of Music, Master of Music degrees, done Doctor of Musical Arts work and taught in both public and private schools at all levels. 

He was a former principal trumpet with the Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA, Symphony Orchestras, and the Concord Chamber Orchestra, WI. Having been a member of the United States Army Band in Washington, D.C. he was also a member of the WI Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In addition to WIO, Bob plays with the Jazz Express big band and the Nordic Brass Quintet. 

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Marianna Malinkine - Piano Soloist Rhapsody in Blue


16-year old Marianna Malinkine has trained as a classical concert pianist for thirteen years. Throughout her experience, she has participated in many competitive and self-indulgent experiences, including Madison Chamber Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble, Federation State, Badger State, school shows, etc. While piano is one of her favorite hobbies, she's tied to the arts through a variety of other reasons: choir, singing, acting, and dance. Between each activity she has found multiple performance opportunities and has grown to love performing in general. She is incredibly excited to share this experience tonight. 

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