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Note: This page, and all related information, rates and linked documents, pertain only to current Stevenson High School students who are enrolled in a Stevenson music course. For all others, please see the PREP page.

All students interested in getting the greatest enjoyment from their involvement in Stevenson’s music ensembles are encouraged to supplement their classroom experience with private music lessons. Enrollment in private lessons greatly enhances individual technique and performance skills, and is strongly recommended by the music faculty. The Music Department has arranged for highly-qualified professional instructors to offer individual lessons at Stevenson before, during, and after the regular school day. These instructors have been carefully chosen based on their teaching experience, education, and performance credentials.

Instructions for Students & Parents

 Please download and read the Music Department Private Music Lesson Guidelines.

• Please print and complete a PML Application Form and turn it in to your music faculty, PREP office, or private teacher any timeYou may also fill out the Private Music Lesson Application online.

 Once a teacher has been assigned, the teacher will contact you to discuss lesson day/time. You will then receive an email from the Stevenson PREP office with online registration instructions.

 Students must register for the full semester (or remainder of semester from start date). Students are strongly encouraged to continue lessons for the full school year.

Registration must be completed and fees paid in full before the first lesson of each semester.


2019-20 Lesson Rates (current SHS students only): 
During School Day                 
Half period: $27
Full period: $54                       

Before/After School 
30-min.: $32
45-min.: $48
60-min.: $64

If you have questions about the program, please contact your student’s band, choir or orchestra teacher.

Private Instructors

Baritone/Tuba

Colleen Bayoneto
No information available

Bass

Phillip Serna
On double bass, Dr. Phillip W. Serna has performed under the baton of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Järvi and David Robertson as a member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Dr. Serna has also performed with the Renovo String Orchestra, the North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony & Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Dr. Serna performs with period-instrument Early Music ensembles including Ars Antigua, the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, Black Tulip, Burning River Baroque, the Callipygian Players, Harmonie, Madison Bach Musicians, New Comma Baroque, the Newberry Consort of Viols, the Secret of the Muses, the Spirit of Gambo - a Chicago Consort of Viols, and many others. In performance, Dr. Serna has appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio and WUIS NPR and can be heard on CD releases from Clarion, Cedille, Soundbyte and Varèse Sarabande Records. Dr. Serna maintains a private teaching studio stretching across the greater Chicago-area where he is instructor of double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University. Here at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, he teaches double bass and viola da gamba, working as Historically-Informed Performance coach for their viol consort and Illinois' first public-school period-instrument Baroque ensemble. Committed to community engagement and educational outreach, Dr. Serna is founder and music director of Viols in Our Schools, an Early Music program whose impact earned him Early Music America’s Outreach Award in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University School of Music where he studied viola da gamba with Newberry Consort founder Mary Springfels. For more information about Dr. Serna, please visit www.phillipwserna.com

Cello

Richard Evans
A native of Seattle, Washington, cellist Richard Evans enjoys a varied career of orchestral playing, chamber music collaboration, and private teaching. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Washington, his Master of Music in Cello performance from Boston University, and has completed all Suzuki teacher training at the Suzuki Institutes of Chicago, the American Suzuki Institute, and Ithaca College Suzuki Institute. His advanced cello performance training was with professionals in direct lineage of Leonard Rose, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Pablo Casals.

A dedicated pedagogue, Richard holds over 20 years of experience teaching cello, music theory, and chamber music to students from age 4 to adults. He has been active in working with students in the youth orchestras of Elgin, Rockford, Wisconsin, and Boston. Richard’s private students have won top prizes in the Rockford Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, have consistently placed in ILMEA orchestras, and have received full university scholarships in music performance.

As a performer, Richard plays regularly with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared in other ensembles including the Chicago West Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has performed concertos with the Rock Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Evergreen Philharmonic, and has also given recitals across the region as soloist, with his trio, the Jane Addams Piano Trio, with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, and with the Chicago Cello Duo, an ensemble he founded with his wife, cellist Sara Sitzer.

Clarinet

Andrew Carpenter
Described as “…an artist of great skill and rare sensitivity,” Andrew Carpenter has performed extensively as a concert saxophonist. He has presented recitals at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church and on Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series broadcast on WFMT-FM, appeared as a soloist with several bands and orchestras and on several Chicago-area new music concerts, and has performed numerous orchestral engagements, including concerts with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and concerts and a recording session with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Carpenter has also performed as a clarinetist in numerous orchestral, musical theater, and chamber music engagements.  Mr. Carpenter is the saxophone instructor at Carthage College and teaches saxophone and clarinet students of all ages. Mr. Carpenter holds a bachelor of music from Ithaca College and a master of music from Northwestern University. His primary saxophone teachers are Dr. Steven Mauk and Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, and his primary clarinet teacher is Leslie Grimm. Visit Mr. Carpenter's website here

Barbara Drapcho
Barbara Drapcho holds both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Northwestern University, where she studied with Russell Dagon. She is a member of Quintet Attacca, Grand Prize Winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Community Outreach Ensemble for Chicago Chamber Musicians and Ensemble-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. As a member of Quintet Attacca, she has performed on New York City’s Schneider Concert Series, the Cranbrook Music Guild in Detroit, and numerous Chicagoland series such as NEIU’s Jewel Box, Lake Forest LyricaRush HourDame Myra Hess, and many live broadcasts on WFMT. She enjoys the role of outreach coordinator with her quintet and has helped write numerous original programs performed in hundreds of schools throughout Chicago and the Midwest. Her chamber music experience outside of Quintet Attacca includes performances with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Pacifica Quartet.  Barbara is also a member of New Philharmonic, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, has performed as a soloist with Chicago Arts Orchestra, and is a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has performed with orchestras throughout Chicago including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as Northwest Indiana, Illinois, and Elgin Symphony Orchestras. Barbara currently is on faculty at the Merit School of Music and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Claire Werling
Claire Werling is an active orchestral clarinetist and teacher in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. Born and raised in Ohio, Claire is currently second clarinet of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the South Bend, Northbrook, Racine, Peoria, Kankakee Valley, and Lima Symphony Orchestras. She has also spent her summers playing with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Marrowstone Music Festival, and Bay View Music Festival. As a teacher, Claire is a woodwind sectional instructor for the Merit School of Music’s Bridges Program where she teaches beginner techniques on clarinet, saxophone, and flute in Chicago Public Schools across the city. Claire has also won the concerto competitions at both Northwestern University and Bowling Green State University where she earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in music performance. Her primary teachers include Steve Cohen, J Lawrie Bloom, and Kevin Schempf. Claire’s approach to teaching clarinet and saxophone is to make the learning process as efficient as possible while providing practice techniques that maximize a student’s independence and awareness of himself or herself. By addressing each student’s individual learning styles, students gain confidence both in recognizing their strengths and overcoming their weaknesses. Claire’s current interests outside of music include crossfit, coffee and random adventures in the city of Chicago and beyond.

Drums/Percussion

Will Cooley
Will Cooley is a percussionist and music educator residing in the Chicagoland area. From 2010-2014, Mr. Cooley served as the Assistant Percussion Director at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas where he was involved in all aspects of the percussion program: marching percussion instructor, percussion ensemble director/arranger, middle school sectional/masterclass instructor and primary lesson teacher. During Cooley’s tenure at Colleyville, the Drumline won numerous first place awards at various area competitions including the Lonestar Classic Drumline Contest, the Tournament of Champions Marching Contest, and the North Texas Colorguard Association Percussion Championships. 

An accomplished orchestral musician, Mr. Cooley has performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Boulder Philharmonic, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a freelance drumset artist, he has performed with a variety of artists including Eric Willis and Freddy Jones and for the nationally-distributed recordings by the Alfred Publishing Company. In addition to Mr. Cooley’s orchestral and drumset experience, he is also a versatile percussionist familiar with contemporary, jazz and world percussion techniques. Mr. Cooley has performed at the 2009 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the 2009 First International Percussion Festival in Costa Rica.

Mr. Cooley holds a Master’s degree in percussion performance from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His primary percussion teachers were Dr. Doug Walter, Dr. Greg Beyer and Robert Chappell. He has also studied with Jim Ross, Christopher Deane and Doug Howard.

Euphonium

Kendra Gohr
Kendra Gohr received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois in 1999.  Then, after teaching elementary and middle school band, she returned to school and earned her Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance from The Pennsylvania State University in May 2005. She has participated in several competitions, including the 2004 International Tuba & Euphonium Conference held in Budapest, Hungary, where she was a semi-finalist in both the euphonium artist and the tuba/euphonium quartet competitions. In the Chicago area, she has performed (as a substitute, member or as a soloist) in numerous ensembles, including the Wheaton and Naperville Municipal Bands, the Northshore Concert Band, the North Suburban Wind Ensemble, the Prairie and Chicago Brass Bands, the Solid Brass, Majestic Brass Quintet and Our Saviour’s Brass.  As part of the Northshore Concert Band, she has served as the Festival of Music Manager since 2006.  Kendra is currently a low brass instructor (euphonium & tuba) at Libertyville High School, Mundelein High School & Stevenson High School.  Kendra lives in Libertyville, Illinois with her husband, Adam, their twelve-year-old son, Owen, and their ten-year-old daughter, Annabelle.

Flute

Jean Bishop
Jean Bishop is the principal flutist of Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestra positions she holds include second flute with Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, principal with Light Opera Works, and principal piccolo of Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Jean has several private flute students and is on the faculty of Judson University. She has performed with many of the Chicago area’s orchestras, including Grant Park Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony and Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Jean holds a B.Mus. degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. She lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and daughter, who are also musicians. 

Nancy Karlin
Nanci Karlin performs throughout the Chicago area and suburbs as a free-lance musician.  Her degrees in Flute Performance are from Indiana University and University of Illinois where she received the John Philip Sousa Award for musicianship. Nanci has been a member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Northbrook Pops Orchestra.  As a private lesson instructor, Nanci focuses on events students have including band music, auditions, and solo & ensemble music. She includes tone production, intonation, and technique to help each student get the most out of their flute experience.  Nanci invites all of her students to participate in a recital at the end of the school year where they can perform a solo or duet and participate in Flute Choir along with her high school students.

Agatha Lee
Agatha Lee has been playing the flute for decades. She holds a degree from the University of Missouri and a masters from Northwestern University. Her long list of accomplishments include having performed with orchestras in Korea and the United States. In addition to being an accomplished flutist, she is an experienced teacher. She currently works at Stevenson and has years of teaching experience. Mrs. Lee is looking forward to sharing her vast knowledge and skill with your students.

French Horn

Jeremiah Frederick
Jeremiah Frederick is currently a horn player in Chicago, holding the positions of Second horn with the Lake Forest and Ars Viva symphonies and Associate Principal horn with the South Bend Symphony. In addition, Jeremiah has played with other fine ensembles including the Lyric Opera, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, the Grant Park, Elgin, Rockford and Omaha Symphonies, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Philly Pops Orchestra in Philadelphia. He enjoys new music performance and to this end has played with contempo at the University of Chicago and on the Chicago Symphony's MusicNow series. As a soloist, Jeremiah was awarded third place in the American Horn Competition in 2001. Solo engagements have included performances of Schumann’s Concertpiece for Four Horns with the Gallay Quartet and Fox Valley Symphony, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Jacob's Concerto For Horn and Strings at Northwestern University.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Frederick is a member of the Über Quartet and the Millar Brass Ensemble. He is also a founding member of Quintet Attacca, a wind quintet and winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition's Grand Prize in 2002. Following this great honor, Quintet Attacca has toured extensively in the Midwest, been an ensemble-in-residence at Italy's Emiglia Romagna Festival and made their New York debut at the Schneider Concert series at New School University. Quintet Attacca is currently in residence at The Music Institute of Chicago and and recently completed an 8-year collaboration with the Chicago Chamber Musicians' Community Engagement Program.

Mr. Frederick is a frequent show performer in Chicago. He has performed the pre-Broadway world premieres of The Addams Family and Big Fish. He has also performed with many Broadway in Chicago and Drury Lane Oakbrook productions, including The Phantom of the Opera, Shrek The Musical, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and Sunset Boulevard.

Jeremiah graduated from Northwestern University in 2000 with a Masters' Degree in horn performance and received his Bachelor's in performance from Lawrence University. His teachers have included Gail Williams, Bill Barnewitz, Dale Clevenger, and James DeCorsey.

Guitar

Julie Goldberg
Julie Goldberg is the first guitarist to earn a doctorate in music performance from Northwestern University, and also holds degrees from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. An Associate Professor at VanderCook College of Music and NorthPark University, Dr. Goldberg directs the popular Chicago Community Classical Guitar
Orchestra, and leads the Annual Day of Guitar Festival. An effective and popular instructor, Julie presents yearly guitar clinics for the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, CPS High-School Guitar Classes, and is a faculty member for the national Teaching Guitar Workshop, sponsored by GAMA. Overseas she has taught master-classes at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hanoi and the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music. She is a frequent adjudicator of guitar contests and competitions, including the Chicago Classical Guitar Society Evaluated Recital and Showcase Competitions and the Society of American Musicians competition. Julie has a passion for teaching all levels of guitarists. Many of her students have won prestigious competitions, earned admissions to the nations best music schools, launched careers in music performance, and obtained high level positions in music education. Dr. Goldberg prepares all her students, no matter their playing level, to become life-long music makers, and to enjoy and express themselves through playing the guitar. In addition to teaching, Julie actively performs as a solo guitarist, and in the Avanti Guitar Trio. Her community outreach performances earned her the honor of being named Guitarist of the Year by Classical Guitar Alive magazine. Dr. Goldberg is the co-author of 100 Classical Guitar Lessons, published by Hal Leonard. Her educational guitar ensemble arrangements are published by Guitar Chamber Music Press and Guitar Class Resources.

Joel Spears
No information available

Eric Sutz
Eric Sutz graduated with a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University. He has been a working musician, arranger, conductor and teacher for almost forty years and supported his DePaul studies through playing a wide variety of engagements and teaching piano and guitar. In addition to playing for singers, production companies and local groups, he also worked as a musical director and conductor for Chicago area theaters and choirs. For fifteen years Eric took part-time and full time jobs as a rehearsal and audition pianist for the Candlelight, Marriot Lincolnshire, Wisdom Bridge and Goodman Theater. Eric taught at Carmel HS as the associate and primary choral director and was the accompanist, rehearsal and solo pianist for the European tour of their concert choir. He has studied classical piano with Eloise Niwa, conducting with Dr.William Huber and Kevin Stites, and jazz piano with Judy Roberts, Howard Levy, Larry Novak, Willie Pickens, John Campbell, Joel Daley, Mike Kocour, and Joan Hickey. He studied the great Chicago boogie and blues artists with Erwin Helfer. He has been an active member of the NSMTA (serving as president from 2006-2008) since 1978. His book: "How to Play and Teach Popular Music Creatively" was published in 1986.  Eric is also on the Music Institute of Chicago faculty where he teaches Piano and Guitar. 

Harp

Michael Maganuco
Michael Maganuco is a Chicago-based harpist and private teacher. His students have performed as members of regional youth orchestras including Chicago Youth Symphony, Midwest Young Artists, and Illinois Music Educators Association. His current orchestral credits include principal harpist of Evanston Symphony, Lakeview Orchestra, Light Opera Works, Dubuque Symphony (IA), and resident harpist for ensembles at DePaul University. Mr. Maganuco earned his Master's degree in music performance from Northwestern University and Bachelor's degree from Boston University.

Lute/Theorbo

Joel Spears
No information available

Oboe

Julie Koscinski
No information available

Piano

Sevgi Giles
Sevgi Giles has appeared in venues throughout America and Europe as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. In 2001 Sevgi was awarded the prize for best performance of a French Suite at the International Bach Competition in Saarbrucken, Germany. Having played most of the major works of Bach, she feels a special affinity for the Baroque master. Sevgi received a Bachelor's degree from the Ankara Conservatory in her native Turkey. As a student she captured all of the top performance awards and concertized extensively throughout the country. She has done graduate work at the University of North Texas and received the Master of Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago. In 2005 Sevgi made her Chicago debut on the Dame Myra Hess Series, broadcast live on WFMT. She also has appeared on the Pianoforte Piano Series in Chicago, at the American Liszt Society Conference in Atlanta, and at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. As a member of the renowned North Texas Wind Symphony, Sevgi recorded four compact discs with that ensemble and also appeared as soloist with them in several premieres by contemporary composers. During the summers she has performed at festivals such as Crested Butte (Colorado), the Eastern Music Festival (North Carolina), the Adamant Music Festival (Vermont) where she studied with pianist Menahem Pressler. She was also accepted into the prestigious Pressler studio at Indiana University’s School of Music, and Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. Sevgi is a devoted teacher and sought-after pedagogue in the Chicago area. In addition to her private studio she is on the artist faculty of Roosevelt University and has also taught at the Metropolis Performing Arts School and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Krissy Han
Krissy Han holds M.M. from Northwestern University and B.M.  from  San Francisco Conservatory of Music in piano performance, studying under James Giles, and Yoshikazu Nagai.  She is an accomplished pianist and an accompanist performing across the country, including Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. She also has been a Finalist and a prize winner at several competitions, including MTAC Concerto Competition. As an accompanist, she has worked for Northwestern University, DePaul University in Chicago, high school and community choirs in California. Currently, she accompanies for church, voice and instrument competitions,  and several concerts.  Ms. Han is also an experienced teacher and has worked with all ages and levels. Her students have accomplished and won prizes from ABRSM piano exams, and MTAC piano competitions.

Deborah Masloski
Deborah Masloski has won competitions both here and abroad and has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Chicago Civic Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, Colorado Springs Orchestra, the UNC Symphony and the Carthage Wind Ensemble. She has performed on WFMT radio as part of the Dame Myra Hess series and is an active chamber musician performing with members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera.  She has been a member of the Testore Trio, the Galliard Trio, the Morgana Quartet and performs with her daughters Michaela and Annamarie Wellems. She has performed at summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the California State University Chamber Music Festival, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and the Okemo Young Artists Festival. A graduate of the Juilliard School she received a masters degree in performance. Her teachers included Nadia Reisenberg, Herbert Stessin, David Dubal and David Diamond. She received her doctoral degree from Northwestern University where her research examined the influence of social and religious trends on the piano literature. While at Northwestern she coached and accompanied the Opera productions and coached Chamber Music as well. Her primary teachers included David Kaiserman, Peter Webster and John Buccheri. Her pedagogy studies were with Francis Larimer. She began her formal training at the Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg Germany. As a recipient of the Presidential and Goodbrod Scholarships, she received a bachelor's degree, (magnum cum laude) from the University of Northern Colorado. An active accompanist in the Chicago area, Ms. Masloski also accompanies for the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago at Ravinia and Northwestern University where she has worked in the studios of Almita and Roland Vamos, Sherill Milnes, Kurt Hanson, Walfrid Kujala, Robert Marcellus and others. Deborah Masloski is a pianist equally devoted to performing and teaching. She is on the Piano Faculty at Carthage College, Northwestern University Academy and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and has held teaching positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago State University, Lake Forest College, the Merit Music School, Jemez Summer Music Camp in New Mexico and has been artist in residence at California State University Chamber Music Festival. In addition she maintains a studio of pre-college pianists. A committed educator, Dr. Masloski founded and directed the Orchestra Program for Skokie school district 73/12 and has been a guest speaker at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development. Dr. Masloski is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, North Shore Music Teachers Association, Chamber Music America, Pi Kappa Lambda and is active as an adjudicator.

Tatiana Naumova
Tatiana Naumova earned a master’s degree in music from Gorky State Conservatory in honor of Glinka. In Russia, she taught piano and music theory at Arhalgelsk Music College, composed music for the Arhalgesk Youth Theater, and taught piano at Gorky Music School. Since moving to the United States in 2001, she has established a diverse and successful career, teaching piano at People’s Music School, Southport Performing Arts Conservatory and many private students. Naumova is an active performer; in 2012, she worked in music preparation with the Lyric Opera of Chicago on works such as Aida, Rinaldo, and Showboat. She performs regularly as a collaborative pianist in a wide variety of styles, including recitals with saxophonist Andrew Carpenter and performances with folk singer Megon McDonough. She also works as a collaborative pianist with Joffrey Theater Academy and Visceral Dance Company, and enjoys performing in musical theater productions. Naumova’s main passion is teaching. Her students frequently perform in recitals, and have successfully participated in the Gilchrist Music Competition. Her creative method combines the best qualities of Russian and American piano pedagogy, so her students can perform expressively in a variety of musical styles and develop a lifelong love of music.

Saxophone

Andrew Carpenter
Described as “…an artist of great skill and rare sensitivity,” Andrew Carpenter has performed extensively as a concert saxophonist. He has presented recitals at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church and on Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series broadcast on WFMT-FM, appeared as a soloist with several bands and orchestras and on several Chicago-area new music concerts, and has performed numerous orchestral engagements, including concerts with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and concerts and a recording session with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Carpenter has also performed as a clarinetist in numerous orchestral, musical theater, and chamber music engagements.  Mr. Carpenter is the saxophone instructor at Carthage College and teaches saxophone and clarinet students of all ages. Mr. Carpenter holds a bachelor of music from Ithaca College and a master of music from Northwestern University. His primary saxophone teachers are Dr. Steven Mauk and Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, and his primary clarinet teacher is Leslie Grimm. Visit Mr. Carpenter's website here

Claire Werling
Claire Werling is an active orchestral clarinetist and teacher in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. Born and raised in Ohio, Claire is currently second clarinet of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the South Bend, Northbrook, Racine, Peoria, Kankakee Valley, and Lima Symphony Orchestras. She has also spent her summers playing with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Marrowstone Music Festival, and Bay View Music Festival. As a teacher, Claire is a woodwind sectional instructor for the Merit School of Music’s Bridges Program where she teaches beginner techniques on clarinet, saxophone, and flute in Chicago Public Schools across the city. Claire has also won the concerto competitions at both Northwestern University and Bowling Green State University where she earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in music performance. Her primary teachers include Steve Cohen, J Lawrie Bloom, and Kevin Schempf. Claire’s approach to teaching clarinet and saxophone is to make the learning process as efficient as possible while providing practice techniques that maximize a student’s independence and awareness of himself or herself. By addressing each student’s individual learning styles, students gain confidence both in recognizing their strengths and overcoming their weaknesses. Claire’s current interests outside of music include crossfit, coffee and random adventures in the city of Chicago and beyond.

Trombone

Colleen Bayoneto
No information available

Trumpet

Sean O’Donnell
Sean O’Donnell is a freelance trumpet player and instructor in the Chicago area. He grew up in San Diego, California and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. He graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2012 with his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance. His instructors include Stephen Burns, Joey Tartell and Frank Glasson. He has been Principal Trumpet of the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago since 2013 and has performed with the Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble, the Wheaton Municipal Band and the North Shore Concert Band. He is also the Brass Coach and a trumpet instructor at Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois. Sean’s hobbies include ice hockey, soccer, weightlifting and Tai Chi.

Viola da Gamba

Phillip Serna
On double bass, Dr. Phillip W. Serna has performed under the baton of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Järvi and David Robertson as a member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Dr. Serna has also performed with the Renovo String Orchestra, the North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony & Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Dr. Serna performs with period-instrument Early Music ensembles including Ars Antigua, the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, Black Tulip, Burning River Baroque, the Callipygian Players, Harmonie, Madison Bach Musicians, New Comma Baroque, the Newberry Consort of Viols, the Secret of the Muses, the Spirit of Gambo - a Chicago Consort of Viols, and many others. In performance, Dr. Serna has appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio and WUIS NPR and can be heard on CD releases from Clarion, Cedille, Soundbyte and Varèse Sarabande Records. Dr. Serna maintains a private teaching studio stretching across the greater Chicago-area where he is instructor of double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University. Here at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, he teaches double bass and viola da gamba, working as Historically-Informed Performance coach for their viol consort and Illinois' first public-school period-instrument Baroque ensemble. Committed to community engagement and educational outreach, Dr. Serna is founder and music director of Viols in Our Schools, an Early Music program whose impact earned him Early Music America’s Outreach Award in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University School of Music where he studied viola da gamba with Newberry Consort founder Mary Springfels. For more information about Dr. Serna, please visit www.phillipwserna.com

Violin/Viola

Renee Henley
Renee Henley is a graduate of Northwestern University with her Bachelor’s Degree (2011) and Masters’ Degree (2013) in Music Performance.  She teaches and performs in the Chicago area on both the violin and viola.  She held the position of Concertmaster with the Lakeview Orchestra for three years, and had the opportunity to perform solos with the orchestra while in that position.  She also plays in the orchestra pit for non-equity musicals around Chicago, most recently with Next to Normal, with the Boho Theater Company.  She has performed as a section violinist in a few regional orchestras, including Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Iowa.  Renee is currently a member of the violin section with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Martina Skalova
Martina Skalova was born in Prague, Czech Republic, and moved to the equally glamorous Sheboygan, Wisconsin at age 7. A classically trained violist, she completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with members of the Pro Arte Quartet, Madison Symphony, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, in addition to graduating with Academic Distinction. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois, obtaining a Master of Music at Roosevelt University, where she studied with members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera. Currently, she is active in the Chicagoland area as a freelance musician and music teacher. She has performed with the National Orchestral Institute, American Chamber Opera, Main Street Opera, Lakeview Symphony, and Muse Quartet.

Voice

Luba Dolgopolsy
Ms. Dolgopolsy is an experienced, versatile, and creative music teacher. She has been teaching in a variety of educational settings for nearly 20 years, and is able to adapt to the specific needs of the student body that she teaches. Ms. Dolgopolsy has years of experience teaching at the university level as well as private and public schools, after school programs, churches, and music schools. She successfully engages her students in the art of musical performance and personal expression through the art of vocal and piano performance, as well as the study of theory, composition, improvisation and carefully selected repertoire.

Jung Kim
Jung Kim has been a member of Chicago Symphony Chorus since 1995. She also is a director of the children's choir, Little ol Korea, presenting Korean Culture by singing and dancing. She also directs the Korean Cultural Center choir as well. She has a lot of voice teaching experience from small children at 8 years old, to adults of 70 years. She has started adjudication at ILMEA of district 1 and 7 since 2015. She graduated from the Art high school in Seoul, Korea with a major in vocals and finished her B.M. degree at North Park University in Chicago with a minor in piano.

Ellen Singer
Mrs. Singer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Illinois, and her Master of Music degree from DePaul University. Mrs. Singer has over twenty years experience teaching private voice lessons as well as choir in the public schools. She has been associated with Stevenson High School since 1995 directing the Madrigal Singers, and has directed the show choir (Syncopation), served as vocal coach for the musical theater class, and assistant directed the Stevenson choirs while serving as a maternity leave substitute teacher. Currently Mrs. Singer serves as the District Eight Chairperson for the Illinois Grade School Music Association which runs Solo and Ensemble contests and Organization contests for band, orchestra and choir in the north and northwest suburbs. In addition, she works as an adjudicator and clinician for middle and high school choirs, and plays flute and piccolo in the Deerfield Community band.