About Jim

Conducting the UNT Wind Symphony, June 2012Jim Skaleski is a music educator, conductor, woodwind performer, and arts administrator based in Wisconsin. He has been the director of instrumental music at DeForest Area Middle School in DeForest, Wisconsin since 2012. In addition to teaching, Jim completed 6 months of Army training in March 2017. He was formerly the general manager for the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra and assistant conductor for their affiliate community ensemble, the Lake Country Orchestra. Jim also served on the board of directors for the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Skaleski completed his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education (BME) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 and Certificate in Fine Arts Administration in 2010. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (formerly the Music Educators National Conference), Wisconsin Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

As an active performing musician, Mr. Skaleski performs clarinet, saxophone, and flute regularly with various musical organizations including the 132nd Army Band (Madison, Wisconsin), Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Knightwind Ensemble, and Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra. He frequently freelances for various musical functions in Wisconsin. As a vocal music enthusiast, he also sings baritone for the Madison Symphony Chorus.

Jim currently lives in the Madison, Wisconsin area.