NIU Community School of the Arts - Teacher Biographies

NIU Community School of the Arts Teachers 

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) 
Mary Lynn Doherty (CSA Children's Choir)
John Fairfield (French horn) 
William Goldenberg (piano) 
Blaise Magniere (violin)

Fees listed under "Faculty" on the Music Lessons fee grid.
Kara Eubanks (Suzuki violin, violin)
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)
Yuko Asada (Steelband)
Kurt Bonamer (tuba, euphonium)
Thomas Cappaert (cello, Suzuki cello) 
Soo-Yon Choi (piano)
Lynn Cook (flute) 
Jodeen Coulter (voice, piano) 
Quentin Dover (guitar, guitar classes, ensemble) 
Laura Fairfield (French horn) 
Yukiko Fujimura (piano)
Cheryl Haines (flute, recorder) 
Ke-Yin Kilburn (piano, voice) 
Aaron Lenz (banjo, mandolin) 
Yao "Lina" Lin (piano)  
Marilyn Montzka (Suzuki piano)  
Dan Mueller (trombone, tuba, euphonium)
Victoria Peel (art lessons) 
Georgia Price (piano) 
Laurie Rodriguez (violin, Suzuki violin, early ed classes) 
Eric Schroeder  (guitar, Suzuki guitar, ukulele ensemble)
Kate Swope (french horn)
Michael Swope (trumpet) 
Ben Weaver (percussion) 

Apprentice III Level (recent NIU graduates)
Garth Anderson (trumpet)
Elizabeth Eastman Becker (cello)
Evan King (saxophone) 
Jaina Krueger (harp, piano, piano class)
Ellen Prall (piano)

Apprentice II Level (at least two years' teaching experience)
Huixin Chen (piano)
Khan Cordice (steelpan)
Andy Czarnecki (guitar)
Stepher Eng (oboe and theatre lessons)
Deneisha Goolcharan (steelpan)
Alexis Lamb (percussion, guitar, electric bass)
Wesley Morgan (bass, electric and string)
Alex Rolfe (percussion)
Grace Shanks (voice)
Jacob Slocum (saxophone)
Carolyn Snyder (violin, viola)
Yurong "Ria" Yang (piano)

Apprentice I Level (early teachers, new to the community school)
Brittany Anderson (voice)
Hanna Bingham
Kelsey Chelberg (viola, violin)
Brady Gaskin (trumpet)
Mengfei Han (piano)
Michael McGuan (violin)
Kimberly McShane (trumpet)
Ashley Miceli (clarinet)
Danielle Pivonka (piano, violin)
Lauren Robak (clarinet)
Carolyn Wright (cello)