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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 Instrument

Accordion
John Novak

Art
Victoria Peel
Ari Norris  

Banjo
Aaron Lenz 

Bass
Chano Cruz

Cello
Elizabeth Eastman Becker 
Thomas Cappaert 
Linc Smelser 
Carolyn Wright 

Clarinet 
Mark Alletag
Gregory Barrett
Aerie Bernard 

Drumset/Percussion
Greg Beyer
Eric Johnson
Michael McSweeney
Paul Perrilles
Tyler Shields
Ben Weaver 

Euphonium
Kurt Bonamer
Alex Paolone

Flute/Piccolo
Mark Alletag
Cheryl Haines 
Lynn Cook Hansen
Michael Lockler 

French Horn
John Fairfield 
Laura Fairfield  

Guitar
Aerie Bernard
Quentin Dover
Eric Johnson
James Larcom
Michael Lockler
Eric Schroeder 

Harp
Jaina Krueger  
Lauren McCombe

Mandolin
Aaron Lenz 

Oboe
Ben Crosby
Victoria Pho

Piano
Ann (Yi-Chu) Chen
Soo-Yon Choi
Jodeen Coulter 
William Goldenberg
Alexsandra Hsiao
Ke-Yin Kilburn 
Jaina Krueger
James Larcom
Michelle (Hiu Tung) Lo
Lauren McCombe
Michael McSweeney
Marilyn Montzka 
John Novak
Victoria Pho
Danielle Pivonka 
Georgia Price 
Tyler Shields
Jui-Ching Wang
Molin Wang
Claire Wright
Dain Yoon

Recorder
Cheryl Haines 

Saxophone
Mark Alletag
Evan King
Alex Pontious 

Steel Pan
Sam Doran 

Trombone
Alex Paolone

Trumpet
Garth Anderson 
Michael Swope 

Tuba
Kurt Bonamer
Alex Paolone

Ukulele
Aaron Lenz 

Viola
Ann Montzka Smelser
Esther Langer 
Christopher Monzel
Claire Wright

Violin
Hanna Bingham
Chantel Davis
Yuan Gao
Esther Langer 
Blaise Magniere 
Ann Montzka Smelser 
Christopher Monzel
Danielle Pivonka 
Laurie Rodriguez 

Voice
Orna Arania
Jodeen Coulter
Brianne Duncan Fiore
Amelia Harlovic
Ke-Yin Kilburn
James Larcom
Alex Rattana

Teachers by Level 

Faculty
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)  
Victoria Peel (Art) 
Georgia Price (piano) 
Laurie Rodriguez (violin, Suzuki violin, early ed classes) 
Eric Schroeder  (guitar, Suzuki guitar, ukulele ensemble)
Tyler Shields  (drums, piano)
Michael Swope (trumpet) 
Molin Wang (piano) 
Ben Weaver (percussion) 

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

Apprentice II Level (at least two years' teaching experience)
Sam Doran (steel pan)
Yuan Gao (violin)
Alexsandra Hsiao (piano)
James Larcom (voice, guitar, piano)
Michael Lockler (flute, guitar)
Michael McSweeney (drums, percussion, piano)
Danielle Pivonka (piano, violin)
Dain Yoon (piano)

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

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