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CSA Teacher Biographies

Community school teachers are divided into different categories according to their level of teaching experience and training. Many are beginners who are in the early stages of training, while others have teaching and/or performance degrees. All student teachers have received at least one faculty recommendation. Faculty members serve as teaching mentors. Call the office at (815) 753-1450 if you have questions about a teacher. Check the list regularly, as new teachers are added throughout the year.

Teachers by Level 

Call for fees for the following faculty:

Orna Arania (voice)
Gregory Barrett (clarinet) 
Greg Beyer (percussion) 
John Fairfield (French horn) 
William Goldenberg (piano) 
Blaise Magniere (violin)

Fees listed under "Faculty" on the Music Lessons fee grid.
Ann Montzka-Smelser (Suzuki violin, violin, viola) 
John Novak (piano, accordion) 
Linc Smelser (cello, ensembles) 
Jui-Ching Wang (piano)

Associate Level (professional teachers, more experienced)
Mark Alletag (clarinet, flute, saxophone)
Garth Anderson (trumpet)
Yuko Asada (Steelband)
Aerie Bernard (clarient, guitar, Group Guitar for Kids)
Kurt Bonamer (tuba, euphonium)
Thomas Cappaert (cello, Suzuki cello) 
Soo-Yon Choi (piano)
Jodeen Coulter (voice, piano)
Ben Crosby (oboe)
Quentin Dover (guitar, guitar classes, Guitar Ensemble) 
Laura Fairfield (French horn)
Brianne Duncan Fiore (voice, theater)  
Cheryl Haines (flute, recorder) 
Lynn Cook Hansen (flute) 
Ke-Yin Kilburn (piano, voice) 
Jaina Krueger (harp, piano, piano class)
Aaron Lenz (banjo, mandolin, ukulele) 
Marilyn Montzka (Suzuki piano)  
Dan Mueller (trombone, tuba, euphonium)
Victoria Peel (Art) 
Georgia Price (piano) 
Laurie Rodriguez (violin, Suzuki violin, early ed classes) 
Eric Schroeder  (guitar, Suzuki guitar, ukulele ensemble)
Michael Swope (trumpet) 
Molin Wang (piano) 
Ben Weaver (percussion) 

Apprentice III Level (recent NIU graduates)
Elizabeth Eastman Becker (cello)
Evan King (saxophone) 
Carolyn Wright (cello)
Ann (Yi-Chu) Chen (piano)

Apprentice II Level (at least two years' teaching experience)
Sam Doran (steel pan)
Alexsandra Hsiao (piano)
Michael McSweeney (drums, percussion, piano)
Danielle Pivonka (piano, violin)
Jacob Slocum (saxophone)
Lei Wang (piano)
Dain Yoon (piano)

Apprentice I Level (early teachers, new to the community school)
Hanna Bingham (violin)
Chantel Davis (violin)
Amelia Harlovic (voice)
Samantha Heinlein (clarinet)
Eric Johnson (drums, guitar, percussion)
Esther Langer (viola, violin) 
Michelle (Hiu Tung) Lo (piano)
Lauren McCombe (harp, piano)
Christopher Monzel (viola, violin)
Alex Paolone (euphonium, trombone, tuba)
Paul Perrilles (drums)
Victoria Pho (oboe, piano)
Ari Norris (Sculpture/Life Drawing)
Alex Rattana (voice)

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