Denise Piche – Second Violin

My name is Denise Piche’.  I play the violin in the MFSO Second Violin Section.  I just completed my 51st Season with the MFSO!  You say, how can that be possible ─ the MFSO has only been in existence for 24 years!  Prior to moving to Menomonee...

Laura Beltz – Principal Oboe

My name is Laura Beltz and I am principal Oboe for the MFSO. I joined the MFSO in 1998 when the orchestra moved to Menomonee Falls. I started playing piano in 3rd grade. In 4th grade, I added the oboe. I attended Bay View High School, which housed the Visual &...

Jackie Oakes – Principal Cellist

Background Hi! My name is Jackie Oakes and I am the principal cellist.  Music has been a part of me since I could walk and talk.  Growing up in Cudahy, WI,  I was given the choice of a stringed instrument in the 4th grade.  I came home with the...

Kevin Becker – Double Bass

Background My musical background started in grade school with the piano, taking lessons and playing in recitals.  In middle school, after trying several instruments at a music department open house, I decided to start playing the string bass.  Soon after, I...

Robert Barwick – Percussionist

Background I am a West Allis native and have always been interested by the rhythmic sounds made by common household items, such as clocks ticking, the dishwasher going through its cycles, turn signals on his car, and rain falling on the roof or windows. He says that...

Mark Gerard – Principal Trombone

Background I play 1st Trombone with the MFSO.  I’ve been in the orchestra approximately ten years.  I started out subbing on bass trombone, and then officially joined, primarily playing 2nd trombone.  Eventually, I started playing 1st.  My only...