High Brass Specialist
Ms. Kaitlyn Rian is one of the elementary band teachers in the Mukwonago Area School District. She teaches small group lessons and directs the 5th and 6th grade bands at Rolling Hills, Section, Prairie View and Eagleville elementaries. Ms. Rian is also a brass specialist with the Mukwonago Blue2 Winds, a program that provides extracurricular chamber music opportunities to Mukwonago middle and high school band students. An active trumpet teacher and performer, Ms. Rian plays in the Milwaukee American Legion band and teaches private lessons in the Milwaukee and Waukesha areas.
Ms. Rian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental and General Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with scholastic distinction in May of 2022. During her time at the University, she performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and several different brass chamber ensembles. Having been coached weekly by members of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet during her collegiate career, Ms. Rian has extensive brass quintet knowledge and performance experience. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, and she served on the board for UW-Madison’s collegiate chapter from 2020-2022.
Ms. Rian performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference with the UW-Madison Trumpet Ensemble in 2019, and was a 2020 quarterfinalist and 2021 semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition with the same group. She was a 2020 semi-finalist in the Next Generation Trumpet Competition, and recipient of several scholarships and awards from the Mead-Witter School of Music.
Her primary teachers include Professor Thomas L. Dvorak, Professor Jean Laurenz and Dr. Corey Pompey.