The WCCO is northeast Wisconsin's only professional chamber orchestra and is comprised of approximately 40 to 50 players. Works for chamber orchestra are often virtuosic in nature, dynamic and very brilliant. There is also room for great expanse, lyricism and drama. Our repertoire has something to offer every audience member; it spans from the Baroque to Beethoven and Brahms to works of our time. The ensemble may be smaller than a symphony orchestra, but it is every bit as powerful! In short, a performance by the WCCO is everything you want from an orchestra concert, and more.
Born in Chicago, Jeffery Meyer began his musical studies as a pianist, and shortly thereafter continued on to study composition and conducting. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as the Director of Orchestras at the Ithaca College School of Music. Jeff is also the Orchestra Director at LSM Academy and Festival, a summer festival for talented high school musicians. He has appeared with orchestras in the United States and abroad, including ensembles such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonico "Haydn" di Bolzano e Trento. In recent concert seasons, he has been seen conducting, performing as piano soloist and chamber musician, as well as conducting from the keyboard in the United States, Canada, Russia, Italy and Germany.
Called "one of the most interesting and creatively productive conductors working in St. Petersburg" by Sergei Slonimsky, he is an active participant in the music of our time, has collaborated with many composers, and commissioned and premiered many new works. Recently he made his Glinka Hall conducting debut in the final concert of the 43rd St. Petersburg "Musical Spring" International Festival, featuring works by three of St. Petersburg's most prominent composers. He has been featured numerous times as both a conductor and pianist as part of the "Sound Ways" International New Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a pianist, Jeff has been in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and in residence at the Aspen Festival as part of the Furious Band. He performs frequently with percussionist Paul Vaillancourt as part of the piano and percussion duo Strike. He has been broadcast on CBC, has recorded and performed with the Philadelphia Virtuosi (Naxos), and has been heard as a soloist at the Aspen Festival. During the 2001-2002 academic year he lived and studied in Berlin and Leipzig as the recipient of a DAAD grant in music, during which time he wrote incidental music to David Mamet's Duck Variations, which was performed throughout Berlin by the theater group Heimspieltheater. He was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2004 Pedrotti International Competition for Conductors, a finalist in the 2003 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2003 Beethoven Sonata International Piano Competition, Memphis, Tennessee. He was also recently selected to be included in the 60th Anniversary Edition of Who's Who in America.
In addition to performing in masterclasses for such artists as Richard Goode, John Perry, Gyoergy Seboek, Robert McDonald, and Leon Fleischer, he has studied chamber music with Julius Levine, Charles Neidich, and Timothy Eddy. He has worked with conductors such as Gustav Meier, Bridget Reischl, and Robert Spano. Jeff holds degrees in piano as well as composition and completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with Gilbert Kalish at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Jeff is an active adjudicator, guest clinician, and masterclass teacher. He has adjudicated throughout the United States, including Alaska, as well as at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. He has served on the faculties of the Dorian Keyboard Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Marrowstone Music Festival, and LSM Academy and Festival.
Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Brooke Joyce holds degrees in theory/composition from Princeton University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Lawrence University. He attended summer courses with Joan Tower and Magnus Lindberg, and in 1997, he traveled to Wales on a Kittredge Educational Grant to study with Alun Hoddinott. His music has been performed by such ensembles as the Indianapolis Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the San Francisco Youth Symphony, the Brentano Quartet, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Nash Ensemble, and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. In addition to his concert music, Brooke has collaborated on several musical theater works with playwright Frederick Gaines, including Unbekannt, a musical based on the life of the famous Anastasia pretender Anna Anderson, and An Imaginary Line, based on the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Brooke is the recipient of the Joseph Bearns Prize, the Wayne Peterson Prize, the Darius Milhaud Award, and many citations from the National Federation of Music Clubs and ASCAP. Brooke teaches theory, history and composition at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and is a faculty member at The Walden School, a summer music festival for young composers in New Hampshire.
As part of the greater Oshkosh community, the mission of the Water City Chamber Orchestra is to provide a balanced program of orchestral music, support the growth of music education in the Oshkosh area, primarily through the Youth Symphony, and facilitate awareness of the synergy that can exist between music and other forms of art.