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Evelyn Townsend

College Intern - Violin Teacher

Evelyn Townsend is an experienced violinist of 13 years from Charlotte, North Carolina. She began taking both private and group violin lessons at the age of 5 with the Suzuki Violin Method. Evelyn grew up in a musical home and has been surrounded by all types of music throughout her life. This fostered a deep love and joy in music within her and has contributed to her desire to share her music with others. She attended Suzuki Violin Institute at Steven’s Point, WI multiple times and completed the Suzuki Violin Literature during her high school years. Evelyn has performed for numerous galas, fundraisers, weddings, and other events with her two brothers, also violinists. Her ensemble experience includes playing for church worship, in pit orchestras, and numerous symphony orchestras. Most notable, Evelyn traveled in the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra to Carnegie Hall in 2017. Furthermore, Evelyn has earned superior marks at four annual festivals in the Charlotte area. In the college application and audition process, she received generous offers from Furman University, Samford University, Grove City College, and Lawrence University before deciding to attend Wheaton College.

 

As a sophomore in high school, Evelyn began her teaching career in violin and has since taught numerous students in both private and group lessons. She has observed and assisted her private studio teacher from Charlotte teaching lessons of all ages and levels of experience. Additionally, she has extensively researched the benefits of studying music at young ages and the Suzuki Method. Evelyn has assisted music teachers from her high school in choral and orchestral music. 

 

Currently, Evelyn is in her freshman year at Wheaton College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. She studies with Dr. Lee Joiner and participates in the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys playing classical violin literature as well as fiddling, improvising, and jamming with friends. In the future, Evelyn desires to continue teaching violin and playing events while offering her gifts to the community. She hopes to inspire joy in music making in others.

Jeremy Wall

Percussion Instructor

Jeremy graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2017 with a degree in Music Education. Jeremy was fortunate enough to study under William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. While there, he participated in various ensembles including the Marching Illini, Steel Band, and various concert bands and orchestras at the University. In 2015, Jeremy performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Marching Illini. 

Jeremy has been very active in the marching community. He has experience marching in both WGI and DCI. Jeremy marched Green Thunder Percussion from 2011-2013 and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion 2017, where he was center snare in 2013 and 2017. In addition, he performed with the 7-time DCI World Champion, Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014-2016 where he was center snare in 2016. Jeremy is currently a snare instructor for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. 

Jeremy was previously the percussion director at Goshen Community Schools in Goshen, IN. In this role, Jeremy oversaw the percussion section during marching band, percussion sectionals, and percussion ensembles in grades 6-12. Jeremy was the director of Goshen Winter Percussion, who is an Open and World Class finalist concert percussion group that compete in the IPA and WGI circuits. 

Other teaching experience includes University of Illinois, Plainfield North High School, Prairie Central High School, Rolling Meadows High School, and Batavia High School. 

This fall Jeremy will start graduate school at Northern Illinois University in Percussion Performance. 

Jeremy is proudly endorsed by Innovative Percussion

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Max Anliker, piano instructor

An accomplished pianist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and worship leader, Max Anliker is a highly talented and extremely well rounded musician. Max was born and raised in the city of Wheaton, Illinois where he has had the privilege of receiving a classical homeschooled education. 

At age 9, his parents enrolled him in piano lessons at Notable Notes studios. Max gradually discovered his deep passion for music, and he continued his craft throughout high school at Wheaton Academy. Alongside classical piano, Max began pursuing worship leading at Wellspring Alliance church, pop guitar, vocal and choral music, and involvement in musical theatre.

Max has an extensive list of musical accomplishments, including nearly 10 years of piano experience, and 5 years of guitar training including a semester of classical study at Wheaton College. He has completed level 12 of the Achievement in Music program under the Illinois State Music Teacher’s Association, was placed in district and district/state choir in the ILMEA 2017 and 2018 music festivals, was awarded the 2018 Wheaton Academy Senior Choral award, and has received other honors. 

Max currently attends Wheaton College pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in music and Bible/theology. He hopes to one day work in ministry and utilize music as a unifying art form within the church body. He is very excited about partnering with Notable Notes Studios to train young musicians and equip them to get the most out of their developing musical gifts and interests. 

Lynette Zelis

Piano Instructor

Lynette Zelis, owner of Noteable Notes Music Academy, loves teaching piano and learning new music.  She is a frequent performer in the Chicago area playing in chamber ensembles and as a soloist.  She teaches private piano lessons, and maintains studios for 14 other music teachers. 

 

This year, 2019, Lynette will be honored at the music teachers national conference in Spokane, WA as the Illinois State Fellow of the year. 

She is immediate past President of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association and currently serves as the Director-Elect for the East Central Division of MTNA - the Music Teacher's National Association - which includes Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan & Indiana.   Lynette has been teaching piano in Wheaton since 1987.

 

Lynette is permanently certified by the ISMTA & the MTNA.  She is a frequent judge at numerous piano competitions and piano festivals.

 

She was one of only five teachers in the country to win the 2001 Group Piano Teachers Award from the Music Teachers National Association and the National Piano Foundation.

 

Lynette is a member of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association where she has served as the Achievement in Music  (AIM) State Repertoire Chair, AIM Performance Chair, vice president and treasurer for the West Suburban Chapter.  Awarded Member of the Year for ISMTA in 2002.  Lynette was president of the West Suburban Illinois State Music Teachers Association from 2009- 2011.

 

Lynette continues to write new music reviews for the American Music Teacher magazine. 

 

Lynette is a member of the Illinois Music Association - IMA - where she judges at the annual State Olympic competition and participates in the yearly scholarship play-a-thon.  Many of her students have won scholarship monies for college music study.

 

Lynette received her bachelor of music degree from Hope College, MI, in piano performance and pedagogy.  She went on to Northern Illinois University to study with Donald Walker, earning a Masters of Music and a Masters of Arts degree in piano  performance and pedagogy.

This year Noteable Notes and Lynette Zelis was named an education partner with Steinway and Sons enabling our students to play on beautiful Steinway pianos at their lessons!

Mijin Elsner

Piano Instructor

Mijin Elsner has been a piano teacher at Noteable Notes studio from 2004 to present.  She has given private lessons to school age student to senior age group.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience.

 

Milijin graduated from SookMyung University in Seoul, South Korea, where she received her B.A. in Piano.  She studied with Dong Soon Park M.A. (Manhattan School of Music, NY); Young In Lee M.A. (Juliard School of Music, NY).  In the U.S. she studied with Dr. Mary Nelson (PhD Houston University, TX) at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Nicolas Roth (Beethoven Competition winner) at Indiana University.

 

Currently she is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and ISMTA.  In addition, Mijin teaches in her private studio in West Chicago.

 

She is a piano accompanist for her home church (Hanmee Presbyterian Church in Itasca) since 2006, where she is also the director of handbell choir.

 

Education: Associate Degree in Music from Prairie State Community College, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Governors State University, Multi year piano study with Neil Vleugel, former Accompanist Apollo Chorus of Chicago.

 

Teaching Experience: 40+ years as an Independent Piano Teacher at various studios in the Southern and Western Suburbs of Chicago. 4 years at Notable Notes.

 

Practice: Beginner through Advanced.  Student Ages: 7 through Adult

J. Senja Morgan

Voice, Piano Instructor

Senja Morgan had a wonderful upbringing in a multi-generational musical family: singing in the church choir with her mom as organist, and several brothers serving with the men and boys choir in the next town over. She began teaching voice and piano lessons in 1982 in her native state of Massachusetts, and has continued since her move to Wheaton in 1993. Her teaching objective is: “To help students of all ages and abilities develop and express their gifts in music.” 

 

In 2008 she began teaching individuals with special needs through the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, after enrolling her own son (born with Down syndrome) for private percussion lessons. Her experience teaching students with various diagnoses such as autism, visual and hearing impairment has enriched her overall teaching style since then, as she works intently to discover and harness each student’s own particular style of learning.

 

In the musical theater world, Senja has served as musical director, accompanist, vocal coach and actress. Notable roles were “Mabel” in “Pirates of Penzance,” “Cinderella” in “Into the Woods,” and the “Piano-Playing Nun” in “Nunsense.” She has coached teens and adults who have landed major roles in local school and community productions.

 

Senja has been a soprano soloist in concert and church events, including a three-week tour of the Orient. She has served as soloist and music director for choral residencies at six cathedrals in the UK including Durham, Salisbury and Wells Cathedral. A choir trip of singers from St. Mark’s Church (Geneva IL) is planned for Ely Cathedral in July 2020.

 

She has served as music director previously in four churches and is currently on staff as Associate Worship Director at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. She maintains a private music studio, and continues to teach piano and voice lessons for students with disabilities through WDSRA. She is a past member of ISMTA, with renewal planned in 2018.

 

Senja received both her Bachelor of Music (1983), and Master of Sacred Music (1987) degrees from Boston University, with studies in voice, music education, choral conducting, piano, organ, and a professional music teaching certificate. She studied Alexander Technique, and choral conducting with Dr. James Jordan at Westminster Choir College, and recently did a private study on “the anatomy of a melody” with choral composer Alice Parker.

 

Practice:

Voice students- beginner through advanced, age 13 through adult.

Piano students- beginner through intermediate, age 8 through adult.

Students with special needs on voice or piano, age 8 through adult.

 

Individual coaching sessions or group lessons are available. Prefers hour-long lesson for ongoing voice students.

Alina Sutterlin

Piano Instructor

Alina Sutterlin studied piano performance and pedagogy at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In Klaipeda, Lithuania, she worked as a piano teacher for six years at E. Balsys music school, which is a school for gifted children. Since 1997, she has been teaching piano privately in the U.S.

Alina’s piano teaching style includes a combination of traditional Russian piano method along with American piano teaching. She is patient and knows how to make the learning process easy and enjoyable, yet her teaching is still very professional. She works hard to bring out the best of her students’ talents and abilities.

Lisa Baker

Guitar Instructor

Shredding the ‘blonde from California’ stereotype Lisa Baker smartens up the image of the female guitarist.  Lisa is the first female to graduate Northern Illinois University with a Masters in Guitar (2011).  She also holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara California.  Her 2002 release CD, Song For A New Day, Baker takes on multiple roles, including those of producer, composer, singer and guitarist.  She is uniquely gifted in her ability to improvise alongside Grammy winning Oteil Burbride and Victor Wooten as well as Derico Watson (SMV), Regi, Wooten (Victor Wooten) and Joseph Wooten (Steve Miller) putting her in a category all on her own.  But, what stands out is her ability to fuse guitar prowess with original singer-songwriter compositions. She currently lives in Wheaton Illinois.  You will find her performing clinics and performances with Award Winning/Grammy Nominated Bassist/Producer Bill ‘The Buddha’ Dickens and festivals with her own band.  Lisa is an avid educator, teaching guitar, ukulele and lecturing on women in the music business for over 22 years.  Please check out LisaBakerMusic.com for more information.

Adam Stevens

Low Brass Instructor

Adam is a freelance teacher and performer in the Chicago area who is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Iowa. Currently, he is working to finish his dissertation with an emphasis on musician’s health and is planning his final DMA recital for Fall of 2018. In addition to his work at University of Iowa, Adam is planning a recital tour for the Fall where he will be performing and presenting masterclasses at University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Ohio Northern University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Valparaiso University.

 

Adam holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from University of Iowa. While pursuing his education, he has held positions with the St. Louis Philharmonic, St. Louis Brass Band, and the Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Additionally, he has performed with the award winning Iowa Tuba and Euphonium Quartet, Old Capital Quintet, and many other diverse ensembles.

 

In addition to performing, Adam is also experienced in wind conducting, which was his secondary area of study during his doctoral work. He has conducted the University of Iowa Tuba Ensemble, the University of Iowa Concert Band, and has been invited as a clinician to work with middle school and high school ensembles throughout the Midwest including Granite City, Collinsville, Highland, and Mehlville. 

 

As a teacher, Adam has maintained a successful studio for over 15 years. Many of his students have been awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships, won competitions, received awards, and had high seating placements in honor band festivals. Adam's success as a teacher is attributed to his work with his own teachers who include Jan Kagarice, John Manning, David Gier, Jim Martin, Roger Rocco, and Mike Sanders.

Emma Strohbusch

Violin & Viola Instructor

Violist Emma Strohbusch is a Chicago native, passionate about performance and music education. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Viola Performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. She was also a recipient of the Edward J. Krolick String Award – a full-tuition scholarship. Emma has studied pedagogy and Suzuki teaching methods with Mimi Zweig (Indiana University) and at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. Emma’s orchestral experience includes Rockford Symphony, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Kankakee Valley Symphony, Renovo String Orchestra, and Candid Concert Opera. Emma has performed at several festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Catskill High Peaks Festival, and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She has studied with artists including Michael Isaac Strauss (Oberlin Conservatory, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), Philip Ying (Ying Quartet), Karen Dreyfus (Manhattan School of Music), Roger Chase (Roosevelt University), Joanna Mendoza (Arianna Quartet), and Evelina Chao (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra). Emma currently plays on a beautiful viola made in 2006 by luthier, Theodor Skreko, of Indianapolis Violins

Mary McGinty

Cello Instructor

Mary E. McGinty is from the Chicago area.  She has a degree from the University of Illinois and 12 years experience as a professional cellist.  Her primary joy is performing and working to bring the magic of making music to new players.  Abiding along with her deep love of classical music, she listens especially to contemporary ethnic music (celtic, Latin, gypsy, jazz...) Her tastes are wide-ranging and she used to perform with a Jazz-fusion original music group on an electic cello.

She has a new found joy in music arranging enabling her to have an endless source of new ensemble pieces.

Mary is married to husband, James, and has two adult children - Alana and Jamie.

Ben Weaver

Percussion Instructor

Ben has over 20 years of professional percussion experience in both teaching and performance. But, his musical journey began long before that while growing up in Texas and Missouri. After playing clarinet in his middle school bands, he caught the percussion bug while being immersed in the rich musical environment found in and around St. Louis, and the rest is history. Some of his St. Louis percussion teachers include Thomas Stubbs (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), Michael Farris, and Glen "Papa" Wright. Ben is also fortunate to have been able to train and perform with some of the most talented young musicians in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (Leonard Slatkin, consultant). Ben later chose to make percussion his career and, upon a recommendation from his high school band director, travelled to Northern Illinois University,  a school known for it's world music, jazz, and percussion education. His primary instructors were Rich Holly and Robert Chappell. Ben earned a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance in 1998 and is fortunate to have performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Atlanta, GA with the N.I.U. Steel Band, under the direction of Al O'Connor and Cliff Alexis, and also during their Taiwan tour, among other things. 

 

After graduation, Ben travelled to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in the studio scene. He was fortunate to meet and work with some great people from various parts of the Nashville music industry for over 10 years. He also marched 3 years with the DCA drum corps Music City Legend and also helped start the corps from the ground up in 2003. Other unique experiences while living in Nashville included working for several years at Treeworks Chimes and Row-Loff Productions. 

 

In 2011, Ben relocated to Northern Illinois to pursue his Professional Educators License in K-12 Music Education at Northern Illinois University again. Some of his teachers from his time at N.I.U. include Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Dr. Greg Beyer, Liam Teague, Dr. Ronald Wooten, and Dr. Mary Lynn Doherty.

 

Ben currently teaches band in various school districts around Chicago, maintains another private studio in Sycamore called The Music Connection, LLC (www.themusicconnection.com), and freelances in the Chicagoland area. He is the former Percussion Coordinator and Percussion Arranger for the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. In the fall of 2013, Ben started his own summer drum line activity for area percussionists called Cadence Percussion. More information can be found at www.cadencepercussion.org. Ben is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Illinois Music Educators Association. 

 

Ben desires that all percussionists, regardless of age or skill level, learn the techniques and skills needed to be a well-rounded percussionist (i.e. mallets/snare/timpani/drum set/electronics) while having some fun too! Feel free to contact him with any questions and to set up a free sample lesson:  benmusic@hotmail.com   # 815-217-5648 

JinUk Lee

Voice Instructor

He was born in the city of Seoul, South Korea. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in voice from KyungPook National University in South Korea. He has performed several oratorio solos in Korea and in the USA, including the baritone solo in Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation. He studied with Professors InSoo Park in South Korea and later with Andreas Poulimenos and Carol Vaness at Indiana University. He performed the role of Germont in La Traviata with David Effron and Tito Capobianco. He also performed the role of Zurga from The Pearl Fishers as well as the roles of Silvio in Pagliacci and the role of Count in Le nozze di Figaro while a pupil of Professor Carol Vaness. And he also performed the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Tiger Brown in The Threepenny Opera, Honor Showcase recital and received Outstanding Performance in the Honors Assembly in Ohio. He earned first prize for vocal music at the National Artistic Vocal Competition and second prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition. He was awarded the Sweet Adelines International Award from the Young Singers Foundation and was the recipient of the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship at the S. Livingston Mather Scholarship Competition in Cleveland. He was First Place Winner of the National Association of Teachers of Song Competition. He has received the Merit Award Scholarship and has been the Opera assistant at Lyric Theatre at the Univeristy of Illinois for the last three years. His performances at Illinois include Ford from Falstaff, Street Singer from The Threepenny Opera and the role of Riolobo from Florencia en el Amazonas. Recently, he performed Oak Brook Library Classical Music Concert Series II, III and IV at the Oak Brook Library in Illinois. Also, he performed performance of Inspired Korea organized by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korean in Chicago nationwide such as Chicago city in IL, Detroit city in Michigan and Des Moines city in Iowa. Today, he is studying for the Doctoral Musical Arts degree with Professor Nathan Gunn at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Karol Sue Reddington

Piano Instructor

Karol Sue Reddington, solo and collaborative pianist, presented her 2002 Carnegie Hall Debut, New York City, with Swiss violinist/colleague, Mathias Boegner. She has enjoyed international and national performance, teaching and administrative roles in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, Reykjavik, Bermuda, and at universities/colleges of the United States. Karol Sue was awarded a College of DuPage Faculty Grant in the lecture-performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards. The presentation was later included in Bangkok, Thailand’s 2013 Fine Arts International Conference. These works also comprised a portion of her Paris piano debut on the artist series of the Cathédrale Américane. Along with duo-pianist Marcia Lehe, Dr. Reddington appeared as a presenter for the recent State Conference of the Illinois Music Teacher’s Association

 

Receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts piano performance degree from the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) of the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Reddington’s pianistic work includes study with artists such as Soulima Stravinsky, Alfonso Montecino, Hans Graf, Eugene Pridonoff, Marion Hall and French pianist Noël Lee. She has also coached with James Tocco, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Gingold, Joseph Fuchs, Frau Aida Stucki  (revered teacher of Anne-Sophie Mutter), the Tokyo String Quartet, the Ensemble Contemporain of the Musée Centre, George Pompidou, and the Quatuor Via Nova.

 

For a decade, as director/artistic director, and faculty member of the Bermuda School of Music and the Bermuda International School of Languages and Arts, she initiated the establishment of Bermuda’s international chamber music series ‘Some Enchanted Evening’.

 

In addition to serving as a Piano Examiner of Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, and after returning to the USA, she was awarded the ‘Member of the Year’ of Chicago’s West Suburban Music Teachers Association, and received the designation of NCTM (National Certified Teacher of Music). 

Dr. Reddington also serves as a founding member and organizer of the Syrian Refugee Benefit Concert, to be presented 19th February, 2017, at Gary United Methodist Church of Wheaton. 

Committed to young pianists and their growing knowledge and joy in music and piano study, Dr. Reddington has participated as judge/adjudicator/master-class presenter for competitions and festivals of northern Illinois. Currently, Dr. Reddington is Director of the Berkley-Pendell Piano Competition, dedicated to the work of fine young pianists of the Chicago western suburbs.

Ron Lemm

Brass/Woodwind Instructor

Instructor for all Band Instruments.  Ron Lemm received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Illinois State University and his Masters in Music Ed from VanderCook College of Music. Ron has been a private brass instructor for over 30 years and is currently the applied trombone teacher at the College of Dupage. He was the band director at the Westchester Public schools and at Butler Junior High. Ron is active as a professional trombonist, leads area orchestras and bands as well as judging for junior high and high school music contests.

Lenka Nedvedova

Piano Instructor

Lenka has been teaching at Noteable Notes since 2009.  She received her Master of Arts degree in Music and English Literature from the Masaryk University of Brno in the Czech republic in 1999.

She was also a member of the Chamber Choir of Masaryk University, with whom she toured Italy, Greece, Poland, Austria and other European Countries.

Lenka has been teaching private piano lessons for over 20 years in her homeland and in the Chicago area. In addition she has accompanied many performers and has given numerous performances in one of the oldest church in world, Basilica of St. Prokop in Trebic, Czech Republic.

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