Allison M. Schweitzer (aka Allison Emm) is a horn player, pianist and conductor from Wauwatosa, WI. She began Wisconsin Music Ventures in the summer of 2019 as a way to offer musician friends fun, engaging concert experiences while serving as accessible listening opportunities for her private music students and others who might “find” the live music. Allison has been a part of the 88.9 Radio Milwaukee Education Programming Advisory Task Force, and an educational docent for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She is currently Guitar Festival Consultant for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, works closely with chamber rock duo NINETEEN THIRTEEN as booking support, and has had a number of other consulting/side-gigs related to arts administration. She has been teaching piano and horn lessons privately to students in the area since 2008. She currently plays horn with Avec le Bois wind quintet, freelances as a pianist, and conducts handbells at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church.
Shannon Couillard graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Business and Recording Technology. She is very passionate about music and sound editing, as well as the industry surrounding both. She is the main producer of The Musician’s Venture podcast and has been a member of Allison’s team at Wisconsin Music Ventures since being an intern in early 2020.
Giselle Oliva is an arts administrator and violist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She comes from a colorful musical background having been trained in the classical realm of music first, and later venturing into Mariachi and other traditional Mexican genres. As a violist, she has played in an array of ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras, quartets, Mariachi bands, and contemporary groups. During her time at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, she led a student-run organization called Students For Music (SFM) that produced a yearly Chamber Arts Series featuring world-class musicians: The Branford Marsalis Quartet, Mr. Chair, and Mariachi Herencia de México. SFM emphasized the importance of education in its series by ensuring that workshops and masterclasses were available to students. Giselle joined Wisconsin Music Ventures as the Musician Experience Administrator after graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in May 2020 and interning with WMV prior to graduation. She continues to play with quartets and a new musical project dedicated to her Mexican roots called Dear Dualidad. The mission of WMV resonates with her passion for supporting local musicians and building the independent music scene in different parts of Wisconsin. She is excited about working with a great team of musicians dedicated to forming a community that values Wisconsin music.
Ben Harold joined the Wisconsin Music Ventures team in September 2020. He first came into the WMV sphere through his career as a singer/songwriter in Milwaukee where his band landed a 2020 WAMI nomination for new band of the year. Ben is a multi-instrumentalist who mainly plays electric and acoustic guitar and does his best trying to play harmonica, piano, bass, ukulele, drums (just don’t ask his drummer about that), and just about any other toy he can get his hands on (but he sucks at brass and classical strings). When he’s not hanging with his WMV Patrons you can catch him playing all around Wisconsin solo, as a duo, or with his awesome band. Check him out here if you’re interested.