Planning Committee

Wisconsin Flute Festival Leadership

The Wisconsin Flute Festival committee is made up of members of the Madison Flute Club and volunteers from the UW-Madison Flute Studio. To learn more about the Madison Flute Club, visit

Danielle Breisach
As a Co-Artistic Director of the Madison Flute Choir since 2012, Dr. Breisachfounded the Chamber Ensemble, which gave its debut performance at the National Flute Association’s annual convention in 2014. Additionally, she founded the Middle School and High School Flute Ensembles in 2013, giving young, Madison-area flutists the opportunity to collaborate with one another and gain experience on piccolo, alto flute and bass flute.

Dr. Breisach has taught at Western Michigan University, where she received a BM in Music Education ’07 and MM in Music Performance ’09. She also held the position of Director of the High School Flute Ensembles for the West Michigan Flute Association from 2010-2012.  In addition to teaching privately, Dr. Breisach is adjunct faculty at Middleton High School, Artistic Director for the New Muse Ensemble, Co-Artistic Director for the Madison Flute Club, and on the planning committee for the Wisconsin Flute Festival. She lives in Madison, WI with her husband Jeff and their two dogs and three cats. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to Bay View, MI, kayaking, hiking, and reading.  See:

Berlinda Lopez
Originally from Texas, Berlinda came to Madison on an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship to attend UW-Madison and obtained her DMA in 2004. Asa founding member of the Madison Flute Club she was invited to become the first Artistic Director of the Madison Flute Club during whichshe helped initiate the first Wisconsin Flute Festival, as well as regular Fall and Spring Members Recitals. Currently Co-Artistic Director, Dr. Lopez maintains a private woodwind studio as well as pursuing a variety of hobbies and fulltime employment.

Previously, Berlinda taught woodwinds, music history, theory and composition at Vidal M. Trevino School ofCommunications & Fine Arts, a magnet high school in Laredo TX. She was also the principal flutist of the Laredo Symphony Orchestra. In Madison, Dr. Lopez has taught flute at Edgewood College, UW Student Teaching Division and woodwinds and theory at the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic. She has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, and the Janesville Armory Dinner Theatre. She studied under Stephanie Jutt, Dr. Mary Karen Clardy, Kathleen Chastain, Dr. Myrna Brown and participated in numerous master classes.

Anne Gath: As one of the founding members of the Madison Flute Club, Anne has been playing and enjoying the flute for almost 50 years.  Her love of flute began at age 9, taking lessons from Bonita Boyd of The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Eastman School of Music. She has taught K-6 music and 7-12 Middle and High School band, and is currently customer support and sales lead for a Biotech data management company.

Alissa Karnaky is the president of the Madison Flute Club’s board and works in advancement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters and Science. Alissa joined the Madison Flute Club in 2008 and has served on the WIFF planning committee since 2010. After falling in love with the piccolo at the symphony in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, Alissa began lessons on the flute at age 8. She studied under Lisa Nickl, Rebecca Gilbert and Adeline Tomasone, and attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Betsy Dunne is a retired public school music teacher having taught general music, instrumental and vocal music for 36 years in the Lodi, WI school district.  A flute player since age 8, she has played with the Madison Flute Club Flute Choir and Chamber Ensemble and plays often in church.  She has attended the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland and studied with Lady Jeane Galway and Sir James Galway.

Jennifer Madden works in customer financial services for a national building distributor. Her corporate tenure has focused on continuous improvement, organizational restructure and acquisition integration. She received a Bachelors in Music Therapy and a Masters in Public Administration with a nonprofit concentration. Jennifer joined the Madison Flute Club in 2015 after relocating to Madison from New Jersey. She has been playing the flute for over 30 years.

Linda M. Mintener is an experienced a private flute instructor and performer in the Madison, WI area. She is a cum laude graduate of Indiana University School of Music where she studied flute and piccolo with James Pellerite and Harry Houdeshel, and has also studied with Robert Cole at UW-Madison. Linda has a J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School and recently retired after more than 27years as a tax litigation attorney for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. She has served asLegal Counsel for National Flute Association for the past 13 years. She is a long-time member of and legal advisor for the Madison Flute Club.

Linda organizes and performs in an annual flute concert for the benefit of Chinese children who were orphaned when their parents died of AIDS after contracting the HIV virus from selling their blood. See Chinese Orphans Project.  She also served in the early days of the Peace Corps inGuinea, West Africa, and taught flute in the Lyceé Classique de Musique in Conakry, Guinea.

Melissa Ludois earned a bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bradley University Peoria, Illinois where she studied with Dr. Kyle Dzapo. Mel was a 2005 Bradley Concerto/Aria Winner and was awarded the Sword of Honor from the Woman’s Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. Mel taught K-8 general music at St. Maria Goretti Elementary, Band & Chorus at Spring Harbor MS; after the birth of their son, teaches K-2 Music in Sun Prairie.  She joined the Madison Flute Club in 2007 and has also been a member of the Madison Wind Ensemble and the Middleton Community Orchestra.

Nancy Wunderlin joined the Madison Flute Club in 2014 after moving to the Madison area. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. After holding several computer programming and systems analyst positions she is currently the business manager and owner of a small software company. 

Susan Ketchum helped found the Madison Flute Club in 2002, after a 30-year hiatus from playing her dad’s flute in HS and college. She loves flute choir music and playing alto flute. With a UW-Madison Master’s degree in Quantitative Educational Psychology, Susan continues to work part-time having served in public education, testing, and data analysis much of her professional life. Susan was a founder of A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, participating from 1974 to 1987 until she adopted her daughter. Susan also serves on the MFC Board, the core Wisconsin Flute Festival Planning Team, and is a board member for Living Our Visions, Inc. (LOV-Dane), a local non-profit organization of disabled young adults and their families.



Jeffrey M. Breisach, MBA Arts Administration, Festival Advisor