Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts
Email us at: SEWPA13@gmail.com
About Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts
Founded in 2005 by Kathryn Peperkorn, SEWPA (South East Wisconsin Performing Arts, Inc.) is an organization that serves to foster the Fine Arts through education, audience outreach and performance. Offering opera, dance, choral and instrumental music, SEWPA gives singers of all ages and backgrounds opportunities that will inspire and engage them, directed by some of the most talented professionals in the area. SEWPA provides a safe and encouraging environment that gives each young performer, not only the skills necessary to becoming an artist, but also to become confident young adults. SEWPA also offers opportunities for adults to feed their passion for the Fine Arts and performance. Whether rehearsing or performing, adults involved in SEWPA will serve as mentors to the school and college age youth that are learning alongside them, demonstrating that involvement in the arts can and should be for life.
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Current SEWPA Leadership:
Artistic Director - Brianne Sura earned her Master's Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was awarded the Elizabeth Stoekler Stevens Prize in Lied. She has since performed principal roles with Nashville Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Madison Opera Company, Skylight Opera Theatre, Elgin Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theater, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, Fresco Opera, Music By the Lake, and La Musica Lirica in Urbania, Italy among others. She recently received the graduate of the last decade award from her undergraduate alma mater, Carroll University for her philanthropic and professional achievements and was also the winner of Fresco Opera’s Dueling Divas vocal competition at Edgewood. Brianne is a full time member and outreach soloist with the Milwaukee Florentine Opera chorus and sang in the company’s Grammy award winning recording of “Elmer Gantry” as well as the Grammy nominated recording of “Rio de Sangre”. In addition to working as Artistic Director of SEWPA, Brianne has sung lead roles as well as stage directed productions with the organization. She has past experience as a Voice teacher and Italian Diction teacher at Aurora University, Voice teacher at Waterford High School, and has surpassed a decade of service at First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha as the choral and bell choir director.
SEWPA Board of Directors:
Meg Wolfers, Nancy Anne Davis, Nick Barootian, Winifred Germanotta, and James Schatzman - Artistic Consultant