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.


Juliana Mesa Jaramillo, Membership Coordinator

E-mail Phone (608) 960-9068

Colombian bassoonist Juliana Mesa Jaramillo is currently the WYSO Music Makers Membership Coordinator and a Bassoonist in Black Marigold Wind Quintet. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Bassoon Performance at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a University Fellow, and Teaching Assistant and the winner of the 2016 Irving Shain Woodwind/Piano Competition.

Juliana was Principal bassoon at the EAFIT Symphony Orchestra for five years in Medellin-Colombia and the bassoon instructor at the Medellin Philharmonic Academy for three years. On top of her orchestral activities, she has performed as a soloist and recitalist in her native Colombia as well as around the USA. She is a passionate pedagogue as well as a fervent advocate of bringing music to places where it is usually not present. Juliana Mesa Jaramillo was a beneficiary of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia International Award for Colombian Artists “Becas de circulación internacional para músicos, agrupaciones e investigadores musicales – II Ciclo -Estímulos 2017.”

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 also performs with the Madison Bach Musicians, and serves as the Artist-in-Residence for Geneva Campus Church.



Ariel Garcia, Violin/Viola Instructor

Violist Ariel Garcia was born and raised in Chicago’s La Villita neighborhood where at the age of eight, he began his formal training on the violin. Ariel holds degrees from the DePaul University School of Music and the University of Nebraska Glenn Korff School of Music. He has had extensive performance experience with orchestras such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Music of the Americas Ensemble (MAE), a Chicago based group consisting of classically trained Latino musicians. In addition to serving Chicago’s Latino neighborhoods, the MAE strives to promote classical music written by composers of the Americas. Ariel is currently a second year doctoral student at UW-Madison.



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 of Music degree in viola performance from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. After graduation Ria stayed in Chicago where she performed frequently with the Civic orchestra, as well as the Northbrook, Rockford, and Quad City symphonies. In addition to her career as a performer, Ria is a Suzuki-certified violin and viola teacher. While in Chicago, she taught private lessons, group classes, and chamber music across the city and was a part-owner of the South Side Suzuki Cooperative- a collective of teachers providing music education to students in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Ria is excited to be starting the next chapter of her Midwestern journey in Madison, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Music Makers family.

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 Instructor of Jazz Guitar at UW-Madison.


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