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.
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)
Aerie Bernard (clarient, guitar, Group Guitar for Kids)
Kurt Bonamer (tuba, euphonium)
Thomas Cappaert (cello, Suzuki cello) 
Soo-Yon Choi (piano)
Lynn Cook Hansen (flute) 
Jodeen Coulter (voice, piano) 
Quentin Dover (guitar, guitar classes, Guitar Ensemble) 
Laura Fairfield (French horn) 
Cheryl Haines (flute, recorder) 
Ke-Yin Kilburn (piano, voice) 
Jaina Krueger (harp, piano, piano class)
Aaron Lenz (banjo, mandolin) 
Marilyn Montzka (Suzuki piano)  
Dan Mueller (trombone, tuba, euphonium)
Anthony Perrella Jr. (Electronic Music) 
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) 
Yurong "Ria" Yang (piano)

Apprentice II Level (at least two years' teaching experience)

Huixin Chen (piano)
Ryan Chamberlain (bass)
Andy Czarnecki (guitar)
Li-Hsuan Hsu (art classes)
Alexis Lamb (percussion, guitar, electric bass)
Yajing Li (piano)
Alex Rolfe (percussion)
Jacob Slocum (saxophone)
Carolyn Snyder (violin, viola)

Apprentice I Level (early teachers, new to the community school)
Hanna Bingham (violin)
Kelsey Chelberg (viola, violin)
Sam Doran (steel pan)
Brady Gaskin (trumpet)
Brittani Moore (voice)
Danielle Pivonka (piano, violin)
Lauren Robak (clarinet)
Carolyn Wright (cello)