As a collaborative cellist, Alicia enjoys seeking out opportunities to work with artists of different mediums. Currently creating original works as a founding member of Cadance Collective, she works with dancers and musicians to pursue an entirely new creative process. She has also found a niche in the theater world, now having performed in three very different productions of An Iliad, the retelling of Homer's epic through one Poet and one Muse. She performed opposite James DeVita as the Poet at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the spring of 2014, and at American Players Theatre during their 2015 season. Most recently, Alicia was thrilled to work with Emily Trask as the Poet at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in 2018. Alicia most recently performed in Songs for Nobodies at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the fall of 2018.
Alicia has recorded for Will Phalen and can be heard on his album, The Dirt and the Air and the Grass. Currently, Alicia and composer Sean Neukom are in the post-production stages of several recording projects for NeuKraft Records, based in Pittsburgh, PA.
Alicia began playing cello at the age of 10 with the public school music program in her hometown of Mequon, WI, and continued her studies in middle school and high school with Greg Mathews of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Alicia earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities under the tutelage of Tanya Remenikova in 2004, and her Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007, where she studied with Stephen Geber.
Upon her return to Milwaukee, Alicia served as cellist in the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music at UW - Milwaukee, where she graduated with a performance certificate in chamber music under Stefan Kartman in 2013. During this time she also worked closely with Dr. Bernard Zinck and members of the Arianna String Quartet. While at UWM, she and her colleague, violinist Megan Buschkopf, won the 2013 Concerto Competition playing the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. Megan and Alicia are founding members of the Riso Quartet, a Milwaukee-based piano quartet.
Alicia is a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and often plays with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, the Racine Symphony Orchestra, and Festival City Symphony. She has also performed several times with both Roger Hodgson of Supertramp and with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Alicia also performs as a core member and soloist with Camerata Milwaukee, a local baroque ensemble. Breaking the mold of string ensembles, Alicia also performed with the Monarch Ensemble, a woodwind trio plus cello.
Alicia enjoyed teaching cello at Hartford Union High School, and also served as adjunct faculty at Alverno College, where her duties included teaching cello, chamber music, and various music history and theory courses. She has also taught for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Waukesha String Academie, and at Homestead High School, Donges Bay Elementary School, and Wilson Elementary School as a mentor to small ensembles and cello sectionals.
Also an early music enthusiast, Alicia learned to play the viola da gamba back when she attended Interlochen Arts Camp, and continued playing while at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she also played baroque cello. She served for three years on the executive committee on the board of directors for Milwaukee based organization Early Music Now. She still plays gamba in her free time.