Founding Artist Teachers
Standing left to right: Anne Marie Peterson; Siew Eng Goh.; Benjamin Leon
ANNE MARIE PETERSON grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She began musical studies at Arizona State University before transferring to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to complete her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy. Always an eager student, she earned her Instrumental Music Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with additional studies at Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. For the past 25 years, Ms. Peterson was an orchestra teacher for the School District of Elmbrook. She served two terms as State Chair for Orchestra for the Wisconsin School Music Association and contributed articles to the Wisconsin School Musician. Chamber Music America, the Civic Music Association, the Grammy Signature Gold Organization, and the School District of Elmbrook have recognized Ms. Peterson for her work with young musicians. Ms. Peterson retired from public school service in 2011 and joined the music faculty at Alverno College. In addition to her work with WIO, she is currently a Music Director for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (String Orchestra West). Anne Marie received the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
BENJAMIN LEON recently retired after serving 26 years as Orchestra Director in the Elmbrook School District. Mr. Leon earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from UW-Whitewater and his master’s degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Mr. Leon worked as a substitute teacher in the West Allis School District prior to joining the Elmbrook School District in 1989. Benjamin is still active in the music scene, both as an educator and performer.
“What I’d like to accomplish is to show growth in music … Sometimes people can surprise themselves with what they can do and I’d like to foster that.” – Ben Leon
Senior Music Consultant
SIEW ENG GOH holds a licentiate in Music (Major in Violin and Theory) from the London Royal School of Music. Mrs. Goh has won many first prizes in solo and chamber music competitions. Siew Eng played the violin and viola for the Radio and Television Malaysia and was Concertmaster for the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra. She was on the faculty of the Green Lane Convent School and taught violin and viola in a private studio for 7 years before her immigration to the United States. Mrs. Goh studied the Suzuki Method in England and at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point. Siew Eng joined the West Suburban Suzuki Academy in 1983 and currently maintains a private studio.
KRISTEN TAN graduated from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and Violin Performance. She has taught in the Franklin and West Allis school districts and is currently Orchestra Director at North Middle School in Menomonee Falls. Mrs. Tan also maintains a small private lesson studio.
She has performed as a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic and Concord Chambers orchestras as well as various other small local ensembles. Mrs. Tan also serves as handbell choir director at Forest Park Presbyterian Church in New Berlin.
When not making music, she enjoys traveling with her family around the United States. As a family they have reached their 50th state last summer!
Kristen is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the musicians of WIO. This has been a family affair, and it is her hope that she can persuade a few other family members to join the orchestra on stage in the near future!
Principal 2nd Violin - String Specialist
TOM SPITZ is entering his eighth year as a professional orchestral instructor and twenty-sixth year as a musician; primarily a violinist, he also plays viola, cello, string bass, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, and percussion. After graduating from UW-Milwaukee, Tom spent two years as the Whitewater Unified School District's first fully licensed after-school strings instructor/lead teacher, helping build a program new to the community and school district. Currently, Tom is the beginning orchestra instructor (grades 5 and 6) at Poplar Creek and Ronald Reagan elementary schools in the School District of New Berlin - coincidentally where Tom was raised and attended school. In addition to his educational path, Tom engages in performing and gigging with local orchestras and peers, including but not limited to the Concord Chamber Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, and Kettle Moraine Symphony. Tom is especially excited for and grateful to his students, colleagues, and friends who performed in Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra's inaugural Spring 2016 concert series, and looks forward to working with and alongside them for many years to come!
SARAH OFTEDAHL BIO COMING SOON!
ROBERTA MALLMANN BIO COMING SOON!
Principal Double Bass
JOSHUA KIMBALL is the director of orchestras at Eisenhower High School in New Berlin. Josh has been an educator for 10 years in three different states. In addition to teaching and performing, Josh enjoys playing card games, watching sports, and traveling. In the summer Josh teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and relaxes as much as possible. Josh really enjoys the opportunity to work with the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra and is a vital part of team WIO.