WYSO Music Makers Staff

Erin Barnard, Program Director

Erin Barnard is a music educator and violinist/violist who has been teaching private lessons and working with ensembles since 2002. She specializes in middle school string instruction both privately and in public schools. Erin plays viola and violin and graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music in 2006. She completed her Masters of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. Erin has her National Board Certification, a Wisconsin Master Teaching License and was a Kohl Fellow for 2017. She has played in several groups locally and currently plays fiddle in the band Soggy Prairie.


Maggie Schenk, Membership Coordinator

Maggie Schenk, Music Makers Membership Coordinator, is a musician, theater artist, and community health advocate.

Maggie grew up in Madison, played flute in WYSO for 8 years, and graduated from St Olaf College with a BA in Music. At St Olaf, Maggie founded and led a music education program called Musical Connections that created opportunities for college music students to hone their teaching skills, while providing affordable private music lessons for elementary school children in the community. Since college, Maggie has worked with Urban Arts Academy in Minneapolis, MN; the Madison Metropolitan School District; and Access Community Health Centers. Maggie speaks Spanish and is currently working to become a certified medical interpreter.

Maggie currently performs with the East Side Acoustic Ensemble and with Fermat’s Last Theater.

Maggie is passionate about working at the intersection of the arts, education, and community building, and is honored to become part of the WYSO Music Makers community through the role of Membership Coordinator.

Paran Amirinazari, Violin Instructor

Currently pursuing her Doctorate at UW-Madison, Paran Amirinazari is a violinist whose teachers have included Soh-Hyun Altino and Felicia Moye. An avid chamber musician, she is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Willy Street Chamber Players and a former member of the Hunt String Quartet. While studying to receive her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Career Skills at the University of Nevada-Reno, she was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. Since moving to Madison in 2013, Paran has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section, Concertmaster of the Middleton Community Orchestra, and has performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from her time at UW-Madison have included being a winner of UW Madison’s concerto competition, and playing alongside the Pro Arte Quartet for Live at the Chazen’s Mendelssohn’s String Octet broadcast. A native of Boston, MA, Paran holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Mr. James Buswell IV. Outside the classical realm, she has collaborated with various rock bands and has toured with Ian Anderson (from Jethro Tull), Larkin Grimm, and Beat Circus. Following her undergraduate degree, Paran lived in the Boston area as a freelance musician and private teacher, during which time she found the passion for teaching and performing that drove her to pursue her graduate degrees.

Micah Behr, Piano Instructor 

Micah Behr received his DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied viola with Sally Chisholm and collaborative piano with Martha Fischer. He has performed viola at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Young Artist program in the UK, and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and was a staff accompanist for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. He maintains a string and piano studio in Madison, Wisconsin, where he performs with the Madison Bach Musicians and the Stoughton Chamber Music Festival. He also composes music and serves as the Artist-in-Residence for Geneva Campus Church.




Shannon Farley, Violin Instructor

Shannon Farley has taught violin and viola privately since 2002, and holds a M.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied violin with Professor Tyrone Greive. As an undergraduate, Shannon studied visual arts and violin performance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she studied violin with Professor Mark Bjork and viola with Minnesota Orchestra violist Tom Turner. Shannon is trained in Suzuki Viola books 1-7 and Suzuki Violin books 1-8. In addition to teaching, Shannon plays in a variety of local and regional music ensembles including: the Dubuque Symphony, La Crosse Symphony, Fresco Opera, and LunArt Music Festival and The Underground Chamber Collective of Madison.


Ina Georgieva, Violin and Viola Instructor

Bulgarian-born violist Ina Georgieva holds B.M. degrees in viola performance from both the National Academy of Music (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt (Weimar, Germany); and M.M. in viola performance from Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, USA). While pursuing her undergraduate studies, Ina was a member of New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria) and completed an internship with the orchestra at Theater Erfurt (Erfurt, Germany). Prior to moving to the USA, Ina was a member of the Sofia State Opera and Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Ina is trained in the Paul Rolland method and is a certified Suzuki violin and viola teacher and early music education instructor. Currently, Ina is a member of Madison Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches violin and viola at Farley’s House of Pianos and Bearclaw String Academy, and is a chamber music coach at WYSO.



Bonnie Greene, Violin and piano instructor

Ms.Greene, violinist, has enjoyed a long and varied career as performer, teacher, composer, arranger. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, majoring in violin and organ, with extensive graduate work at UW-Madison and IU Bloomington in violin pedagogy and public school orchestra. Greene has a long history of writing and arranging materials for private studio, strings festivals, and middle and high school orchestras. She is currently publishing materials to be used to supplement method books, allowing all instruments to focus on melodies as well as ensemble parts. She has been recognized for her many years of public school teaching in urban settings, her work with disadvantaged students, and her use of musically and culturally diverse repertoire. Her printed and digital music for string teachers is available at ONE WORLD STRINGS. For 20 years she was active in the Milwaukee (WI) area as a free-lance violinist and teacher, in both private and public schools. She founded and directed a community orchestra for young people. Maintaining a lifetime interest in various musical styles, she has written music for young string players and student orchestras, using classical, world-folk, and jazz idioms. Greene maintains a private studio for violin, viola, and piano in Madison (WI).
In 2006 Greene founded a non-profit to make quality music study available to children whose families cannot support the cost of lessons.

Paul Hastil, Keyboard Instructor

Keyboardist/composer Paul Hastil is active in the Madison area as both a performer and teacher. He is an annual participant in the Isthmus Jazz Festival, in the “Jazz at Five” series, and has performed throughout the Midwest as a leader and sideman. In addition to being a member of the New Breed, Paul is the music director for vocalist Gerri DiMaggio. He has performed with her with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, at the Telluride Jazz Festival, and at the 2008 Montova Music Festival in Montova, Italy. He has performed with jazz legends Archie Shepp, Sheila Jordan and Frank Morgan.


Ria Hodgson, Violin Instructor

A native of central Texas, violist Ria Hodgson began violin lessons at the age of 6 through the Suzuki Method and continued through her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University where she studied violin and viola. In 2015 she earned a Master’s degree in viola performance from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Currently Ria plays with several orchestras throughout the Midwest and can be heard most frequently as the violist of the Tuuli Quartet, a touring ensemble that promotes the music of contemporary and classical composers. A passionate advocate for music education, Ria is also a Suzuki-certified violin and viola teacher. In addition to maintaining a private studio in Madison, WI she frequently coaches student chamber music ensembles and orchestra sectionals. This summer she will be a clinician at UW Summer Music Clinic (WI), and Superior String Alliance Summer Camp (MI)



Louka Patenaude, Guitar Instructor

Louka Patenaude, a veteran of the Madison music scene, is a performing guitarist, teacher, recording studio artist, songwriter and composer. As a professional teacher, his career goes back almost 20 years. He has appeared on many recordings and has toured throughout the Midwest, Europe and Pacific Asia.While studying anthropology at UW-Madison (B.S., 2000), Patenaude studied guitar and music theory with Roger Brotherhood and jazz performance in Professor Richard Davis’s Black Music Ensemble. During this time he began teaching and performing professionally with many of Madison’s best jazz artists, and is currently a Lecturer of Jazz Guitar at UW-Madison.

Laurie Riss, Cello Instructor

Laurie has been playing and teaching in the Madison area for 29 years. Currently, she plays cello in the Madison Symphony and various smaller groups. She also plays bass in the Ladies Must Swing gig band and other jazz combos. Teaching has always been a   passion of hers and she even traveled to Haiti to teach at summer camps.





Jeff Stanek, Piano Instructor

Jeff Stanek teaches and plays piano extensively in the Madison area. As a classical and improvisatory pianist, he works regularly with dancers in the UW Dance Department and at Monona Academy of Dance, accompanying students at the UW School of Music, and as a church musician at Lakeview Moravian Church, in addition to doing occasional solo performances and appearing on programs like the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival and Present Music. He is a graduate of UW-Madison (MM, Piano Pedagogy and Performance) and Indiana University (BM, Music Composition), and a past music theory TA at both schools, as well as a past fellow of The MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

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