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Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is an independent music school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It teaches classical, jazz, rock, folk, and blues and hosts musical concerts throughout the year.[2]

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
1584 North Prospect Avenue
United States
McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion
McIntosh-Goodrich Mansion May10.jpg
The McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion houses the conservatory
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is located in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is located in the United States
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Location1584 North Prospect Avenue
Coordinates43°3′2″N 87°53′33″W / 43.05056°N 87.89250°W / 43.05056; -87.89250Coordinates: 43°3′2″N 87°53′33″W / 43.05056°N 87.89250°W / 43.05056; -87.89250
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference #00001045[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 31, 2000


The school is descended from two music schools, both founded in Milwaukee in 1899: the Wisconsin College of Music, originally located in Mendelssohn Hall across the street from the Central Library, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, originally housed in the Ethical Building on Jefferson Street facing Cathedral Square. The two schools merged in 1971.[3]

In 1932 the school leased the mansion built in 1903 by industrialist Charles L. McIntosh, who owned a controlling interest in the J. I. Case Company. The architect was Horatio R. Wilson of Chicago.[4] In 1921 McIntosh sold the house to William Osborne Goodrich (1863–1956), who was married to Marie Best Pabst (1868–1947),[5] the daughter of Frederick Pabst (1836–1904).[2]


The school educates over 1000 students each semester and holds classes in multiple locations throughout Milwaukee County. It employs over 50 teachers and performers. Both group classes and individual instruction are available. It has an annual budget of about $2 million, with 70% of the operating expenses covered by tuition.[2]

Notable faculty and studentsEdit

Noted faculty have included the pianists David Hazeltine and Berkeley Fudge.[6] Other current and former faculty include Margaret Hawkins, Lee Dougherty, Pearl Brice, Benjamin Verdery, Rebecca Penneys, Tony King, Edward Wise, Jessie Hauck,[3] and Jack Grassel.[7]

Noted students have included pianist Lynne Arriale, bassist Gerald Cannon, conductor Lee Erickson, composer Daron Hagen, pianist David Hazeltine, choreographer Liz Lerman, pianist Liberace, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Wayne Taddey, actor Gene Wilder, and mayor Carl Zeidler.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Mission and History". official Wisconsin Conservatory of Music website. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Wisconsin Conservatory of Music — Celebrating 110 years of musical excellence in 2009-2010" Milwaukee News, November 25, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  4. ^ "Charles L. McIntosh House" (PDF). City of Milwaukee. Fall 1985. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  5. ^ Laurie Arendt (August 2009). "Our founding families: Pabst Family". Greater Milwaukee Today. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Jarenwattananon, Patrick (August 19, 2010). "Who Are The Local Legends Of Jazz". NPR Jazz.
  7. ^ "Reviews and Interviews". Jack Grassel Jill Jensen Jack and Jill Jazz Rock Blues Classical Country Guitar Books CDs Skype Lessons free music info. Retrieved 10 September 2018.