Ms Maggie Blackburn: Voice ($27.50) and Piano ($27.50)
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
A recent graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Maggie has earned both her Masters and Performer
Diploma in Vocal Performance. She studied under the tutelage of Patricia Havranek, which saw her through performances in
West Side Story, Dialogues des Carmélites, and L'elisir d'amore. Additionally, Maggie was part of a six-female sextet
featuring a work by Gabriela Ortiz titled Rio Bravo. Concert performances include the soloist for Fauré's Requiem at IU
as well as Opera Workshop Scenes where she most recently appeared as Lisette in La Rondine.
Ms Jenna Hintz: Voice ($29.50) and Piano ($29.50)
Monday, Friday, Saturday
She still performs regularly while at the same time finding immense fulfillment in passing along the fundamental elements of music, such as technique, theory and pedagogy, to her students. She has been fortunate enough to not only watch her students grow and expand musically, but she also has seen firsthand the astounding effects a musical education can have on every aspect of a child or adult’s life.
Ms Eunice Ayodele: Voice ($27.50) and Piano ($27.50)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Mezzo-Soprano Eunice Ayodele received her M.M in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University where she
studied under Myra Merritt and her B.A. from Aurora University. With over a decade of experience in performance,
she is at home in a range of styles, including opera, musical theatre, jazz, rock, R&B, and blues. In addition to
performance, Eunice has been teaching voice and piano for several years now. She believes music training should take place in a
setting in which the student can learn about them self and about their music ability. In her teaching, Eunice
guides her students to discover their unique sound, technique, and theory through a variety of exercises and musical styles.
By the end of a student’s time with her, she hopes they not only discover what their unique sound is, but also who they
are as a musician and a person.
Ms Vera Pelin: Voice ($27.50) and Piano ($28.50)
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Vera Pelin is a pianist from Republic of Moldova. She has been playing piano, harpsichord and organ for 19 years and been teaching voice and piano for seven. She has a Bachelor of Music from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, in piano performance. She has performed at festivals in Hungary, Romania and her home country, and has played in recitals in performance halls in both Romania and Moldova. She participated in national piano and chamber music competitions. She also has been a member of choirs from a young age: choir "Vocile primaverii" R. Moldova, choir "Rapsodia" R. Moldova, music ensemble of folk music "Dor dorulet" R. Moldova and several church choirs.
Mr. Kristofer Spike: Piano ($29.50)
Kris has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and also a licentiate
diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London. As well as performing the standard classical
repertoire, Kris has diversified into many different styles of music as performer, composer and arranger. His
teaching philosophy is based on the belief that all students deserve to be taught in a way that sequential,
logical and thorough. After making sure that students have a firm grasp of the basics Kris is able to tailor his
approach to match the interests of the student and work towards achieving their goals and musical aspirations. As
an active composer Kris places great importance on developing a working knowledge of music theory and being able
to incorporate that into practical music performance. Examples of Kris's composing and performing can be heard on
his YouTube channel.
Mr. Matt Kavanaugh: Piano ($27.50)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matt Kavanaugh is a multi instrumentalist from Naperville, Il who has been playing, studying, and performing
music throughout the last 15 years. In 2017, he graduated from Elmhurst College, where he studied guitar with
Frank Portolese, Mike Pinto, and Neal Alger, and piano with Frank Caruso and Mark Streder.
Ms Emily Moran: Voice ($28.50) and Piano ($28.50)
Emily Moran has been a music teacher for many years, with expertise in vocal, piano and general music. She holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Previous teaching experience includes: teaching music in Sotogrande, Spain; teaching English in Seoul, South Korea; teaching private piano and voice lessons in Minnesota and Illinois; and teaching K-8 music and choir in Chicago and North Chicago, Illinois. She currently teaches K-5 general music full time in West Chicago. She has been a member of choirs for over 10 years, and has performed in countless musical productions.
Mr. Josh Hylland: Piano ($28.50)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Josh Hylland has been a member of NMA faculty for 3 years now teaching piano, guitar, and drums. He is a member
of Music Teacher National Association, and of Naperville Chapter ISMTA, and is active in preparing his piano
students for IL State Piano Exam. He also created the curriculum for NMA Merit Certificate Exam in drums. In
addition, Josh’s students had great success at IMA Competition in the previous years, many of whom brought home
trophies, placing among the top 3 competitors in their class.
Ms Pooja Deshpande: Piano ($28.50)
Pooja’s love for music began at the age of 4 when she began to seek training in Indian classical music- vocals and harmonium. She has successfully completed Madhyama from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Hyderabad. While pursuing a Computer Science Engineering degree, she performed on keyboards at sought-after venues as a part of classic rock bands. During this time, she recognized her growing passion for music. She has successfully completed Grade 6 in music theory (ABRSM) and Electronic keyboard (Trinity College of London). She moved to Sydney, Australia to study music at a Bachelor’s level from Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA). After graduating, she had the opportunity to train students of all ages and levels at two different music organizations in Sydney. With the fundamentals and meaningful experience in her hands, she feels excited to contribute to the teaching program at NMA. When she is not musically occupied, one can find her feeding and rescuing animals.
Mr. Andrew Wilson: Piano ($28.50) and Accordion ($27)
Andrew Wilson first entered the music realm at age 9 taking piano lessons from a private music instructor down
the street. During 3 years of lessons he placed 2nd and 3rd place in the North Central College Sonata Festival and
in Geneva’s Swedish Days Solo & Duet competition. Growing tired of classical music; Andrew took a break from
piano lessons at age 12 he began teaching himself to play drum set. Throughout high school Andrew excelled at the
drums, played in several high school bands, and taught himself to play the guitar.
Andrew graduated from Naperville North H.S. and attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale to study Audio
Production and Music. While at SIU he learned the art of classical guitar, furthered his knowledge of music theory
and aural skills, and learned to play the accordion. Andrew graduated from SIUC in 2012 with a BA in Audio
Production and a Music Minor.
Mrs. Mila Taylor: Piano ($29.50)
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
After graduation she was accepted to the Rostov College of Arts where she earned a bachelor degree in Music Education and Piano Performance. Mrs. Taylor learned Piano in the class of professor Valeria Varshavskaya - graduate of the Moscow conservatory, an outstanding pianist and teacher, a colleague and a close friend of Sviatoslav Richter - one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. During the study, Mrs Taylor has been awarded several honors as a performer, participating in the competitions of young piano players at the regional and country level. Upon graduation Mrs.Taylor was admitted to the best rated University in Russia - Lomonosov Moscow University, where she got her master degree in History and Theory of Art. Mrs Taylor was teaching in music schools and privately in Moscow, Brussels, and the Chicago area ( since 2003). Also, she has a performance experience as a soloist, accompanist, and with a symphony orchestra. Russian classical piano school is one of the world famous and requires a lot of the discipline and rigorous workload. "In my teaching methods I follow my famous teachers. I am focused on building strong music reading and technical skills, playing from lead sheets and studying music theory and history as it applies to the pieces studied. I am very proud to continue traditions of the world famous Russian musicians." Mrs. Taylor is teaching all ages and all levels - from the beginning up to the conservatory level. Some students may choose to become professionals, others may just want to learn to play piano for fun. The goal is to help each student to open the world of music and enjoy the rewards that music brings.
Mr. Christopher Castillo: Piano ($28.50)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
A multi-faceted musician and educator, Christopher Castillo is both a noted performer and composer. He has performed as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician and soloist throughout the greater Chicago area and the Midwest. He has also improvised in rock, blues, and jazz bands. His principal teachers include Edgar Gabriel of String Fusion and Dr. Sarah Gentry. His numerous compositions, including Starvation in the Presence of Grace, Pain, and Philosopher in a Jar have been premiered by local and national artists at both Illinois State University and Elmhurst College. While at Elmhurst College he regularly participated in the World Music Festival, showcasing works of Piazzolla and famed Bollywood film composer A.R. Rahman, among others. In recent years Chris has increasingly turned his attention to pedagogy and currently teaches strings at local area schools. His hobbies include fine woodworking and traveling.
Mr. Lukas Laun: Piano ($27.50)
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Lukas first got involved in music at the age of 3, starting with piano and violin lessons. Throughout his
childhood, he played various other instruments, such as guitar and trombone. In 6th grade he began playing percussion and fell
in love with drums. Whether it was playing a four-mallet marimba piece with the school ensemble, starting a rock band in
his free time, or playing on the Illini drumline, Lukas’s passion for music never stopped. He has taken private
lessons throughout his schooling and has now completed 2 years of a music education degree at the University of Illinois,
studying under William Moersch and Ricardo Flores.
Ms Priscilla Suh: Piano ($27.50)
Priscilla Suh started her music journey with the violin and piano at the age of 5 in Seoul, South Korea. Earlier
on, she participated in numerous musical competitions receiving awards for both instruments.