Holly (Millar) Rognstad is a former "Suzuki kid" who studied the Suzuki repertoire with former Oshkosh Suzuki Music Program director Everett Goodwin. Miss Holly continued her musical development with Yulia Smead of the Lawrence Academy of Music in Appleton. In the 2000s she completed and registered seven units (through Suzuki Volume 7) of violin teacher training at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, studying with such trainers as Nancy Lokken, Ed Kreitman, Edmund Sprunger, and Alice Joy Lewis. She joined the Oshkosh Suzuki Music Program faculty in the fall of 2006, and thus begins her tenth year with the program in 2016-17. Miss Holly has played full time with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a substitute violinist for the Fox Valley Symphony and Oshkosh Symphony orchestras.
Serena Kamps began Suzuki harp studies by video tape with Suzuki harp visionary, Mary Kay Waddington at the age of three. At ten, she began in-person lessons with Elinor Niemisto at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and most recently studied with Ann Lobotzke of Milwaukee, Wisconsin for nine years. While in high school, Serena was the second place winner of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition, earning the honor of soloing with that orchestra. She twice received honorable mention in Milwaukee Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. Serena received her Suzuki Harp Teacher Training for Book 1 from Delaine Fedson and, coming full circle, Book 2 from her first teacher, M.K. Waddington. She is excited to be joining OSMP with eight years previous teaching experience from a private home studio. Having driven four hours one way to lessons during a period of time as a student, Serena is especially delighted to be able to offer young people in the Fox Valley area what she never had growing up—a harp teacher within an hour's drive as well as the opportunity for regular group lessons. Serena holds a Diploma in Harp Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and is principal harpist with Oshkosh Symphony. In addition, she has played with the Wausau and Wood County Symphonies and substituted with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Serena performs regularly in solo recitals and also enjoys performing in chamber ensembles with her five siblings and at her church.
OSMP Cello Instructor
Miyoko Grine-Fisher has been teaching cello for over fifteen years, and has been a faculty member of the Oshkosh Suzuki Music Program since 2016. In addition to her studio teaching, Ms. Grine-Fisher is a lecturer in music at Lawrence University conservatory of Music, a faculty member at the Lawrence Academy of Music, the director of the Academy's Chamber Music Odyssey camp, and the sole proprietor of the Grine-Fisher Cello Studio. Ms. Grine-Fisher was also the cello and bass faculty member at the University Wisconsin Oshkosh from 2014-2016.
Ms. Grine-Fisher is currently the principal cellist and executive director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. She is also a sponsored chair recipient in the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Grine-Fisher graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.M. in cello performance and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory. While attending Oberlin, she studied with Peter Rejto. Ms. Grine-Fisher obtained her masters degree in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Jean-Michel Fonteneau. While attending SFCM, she was a faculty member of the conservatory's outreach program and helped develop a new after-school strings program for inner city schools.
Ms. Grine-Fisher was a scholarship recipient numerous summers at the Meadowmount School of Music (1991, 1993) and the Aspen Music Festival (1994-1998). During recent summers, Ms. Grine-Fisher was a faculty member for Arts Education for Children Group in Maui and Lakeside Strings Association in Michigan.
As both a solo and chamber musician, Ms. Grine-Fisher has been invited to perform in master classes for Steven Isserlis, Stephen Doane, Tanya Carey, Janet Anthony, Bonnie Hampton, Anthony Elliott, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler and Mark Sokol.