Chris Werve (instructor, counselor) graduated from NIU in December 2012 with degrees in jazz studies and music education. He is versatile on all four saxes and has played in many small groups, including his own. While at NIU, he was in the NIU Jazz Ensemble. He has been a musician for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for two summers. He has taught private lessons for seven years and has a classical background in saxophone, as well as in theory and composition. He plays flute, clarinet, piano, and guitar, and composes and arranges his own music. He has been on the staff of the NIU Jazz Camp for the past two years.