Michelle A. Kaebisch has been Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) since 2006, and a violinist in the MSO since 1993. She holds a BS degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and taught high school orchestra and beginning strings in the Stoughton Area School District from 1995 to 2006. She has recently been appointed to a conducting position with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Kaebishe's book, “HeartStrings: A Guide to Music Therapy-Informed Engagement for Symphony Orchestras,” published in January of 2012, has been purchased by orchestras and healthcare facilities world-wide, including: Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Arts & Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Most recently she has been a presenter at the 2012 League of American Orchestra’s (LAO) annual conference in Dallas, TX, the 2012 Wisconsin Adult Day Services Annual Conference in Madison, held a webinar presentation for the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, served as the keynote speaker at the May 2013 Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras one-day workshop in Stevens Point, WI, and presented at the Freiburg University Cancer Center in June of 2013.
Ms. Kaebisch is co-chair of the LAO’s national Education & Community Engagement Committee, and a mentor to education directors who are new to the field of arts administration. She remains active with the Wisconsin School Music Association as an adjudicator and member of the adjudication committee, and is a sought after clinician and conductor for various camps, festivals and honors orchestras. Another notable achievement for Ms. Kaebisch was being a nominee for the Disney Hand Teacher of the Year Award for classroom creativity in 2006.
A 30-SECOND INTRODUCTION
A VISION FOR THE MSO
Since joining the MSO's administrative team in 2006, her vision for the Symphony's Education and Community Engagement Programs has significantly elevated these programs, which have received national recognition including the League of American Orchestras / MetLife Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, The National Endowment for the Art's Access to Artistic Excellence Award, and the Johnson & Johnson / Society for the Arts in Healthcare Award.
A DEEP COMMITMENT
Ms. Kaebisch continues to mentor education directors who are new to the field and she is a sought-after clinician and conductor for various music festivals. Most recently, she was chosen to conduct the 2011 Badger Conference Honors Orchestra, where she spent a day in rehearsal and performance with some of the best young musicians in south-central Wisconsin. A participating teacher commented: "Thanks so much for a great day with the honors orchestra!!! Great to watch you work and my students think very highly of the experience with you and their colleagues! ...thanks again for all you did to make Tuesday a success!" Finally, as the MSO's "Educator on Call" Ms. Kaebisch provides free opportunities for students of all ages, frequently traveling to schools and music groups to direct master classes, clinics and sectionals; she truly has a heart for the music students of Wisconsin.