Mary-Christine Stingley began her studies at DePaul University and received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Continuing in Paris with a scholarship from the French Government, her formal training was completed at the renowned Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Künst in Vienna, Austria with a Masters Diploma and first prize honors. Ms. Stingley’s teachers have included Wolfgang Schulz, Michel Debost, Julius Baker, Jacob Berg, Donald Peck, Walfrid Kujala, and Mary Stolper.
She has received numerous awards and prizes including the Prix de Concours de l’U.F.A.M. in Paris, the prestigious Bourse d’Étude from France, an Artistic Grant from the American Ambassador to Austria, Ronald S. Lauder, twice the Musicians Club of Women’s Farwell Award and twice the Allerton Arts Award.
In recital Ms. Stingley has appeared throughout France, Austria, Germany, Japan, and across the United States. She was also featured in a live broadcast on Japan National Radio. Chicago area solo appearances have included concertos with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Wheaton Symphony, Classical Symphony Orchestra and the West Suburban Chamber Symphony. “Voilá”, her flute and harp duo, has appeared in concerts which have included the Harold Washington Library Orpheus Series, the Three Arts Club, Daley Plaza and a series for UNICEF in Chicago and Boston. Currently Ms. Stingley is performing as principal flutist with the Wheaton Symphony, Downers Grove Choral Society and Tower Chorale; is the woodwind coach for the Schaumburg Youth Symphony, maintains a very successful private flute studio, and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator.
Naomi Matsunaga is an active oboist in the Chicago area. She holds a Master of Arts in Music from Northeastern Illinois University, where she served as Graduate Assistant. Naomi studied oboe with Takahisa Shinmatsu, Ray Still, and J. Ricardo Castaneda. She has appeared in the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Symphony and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestras. In February 2011, she was invited to host her oboe solo recital at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Japan in Chicago.
Naomi was the oboe instructor at Benet Academy High School in Lisle, IL from 2004 to 2006. In addition to teaching at Conant High School, she is currently the oboe instructor at Schaumburg High School and Midwest Conservatory of Music in Hoffman Estates. Naomi frequently offers oboe studio classes and reed making classes at Midwest Conservatory of Music.
She also holds a Piano Pedagogy Certificate from Elmhurst College, where she studied the piano under the direction of Linda Camp.
Beth Earl is an alumni of Conant High School where she was a member of the band, orchestra, and choir. She has been teaching both clarinet and string bass lessons in the Chicagoland area since 2005. She is very excited to be back to her old stomping grounds teaching the clarinet.
Beth received her Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University where she studied both string bass and clarinet. She was a member of the NIU Philharmonic (bass), and the Northern Illinois University Band and NIU Wind Ensemble. She was also a founding member of the NIU Klezmer Band, and played with many chamber groups on both instruments.
Beth received her Master’s in Music Performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She currently performs with the West Suburban Symphony, West Suburban Chamber Orchestra, West Suburban Festival Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony.
Eric Goluszka is a saxophonist and educator in the Chicago area. He is an active performer in a wide variety of genres including traditional and modern classical, jazz, salsa, and an assortment of popular styles. As a soloist, he strives to present a diverse selection of music in his recitals, often juxtaposing avant-garde saxophone works with baroque transcriptions. His command over contemporary techniques (such as circular breathing, multiphonics, and slap-tongue) has influenced the composition and dedication of new works for saxophone. Eric has performed throughout the Midwest United States, Canada, Southern France, Sicily, and Thailand, both as a soloist and as a member of ensembles such as the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Devil’s Own Saxophone Quartet, and Orquesta Energia Salsa Band.
In 2003, Eric received a Bachelor of Music degree with a performance emphasis from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. While there, he studied with renowned saxophonist Dr. William Street and performed in masterclasses for top modern composers and saxophonists such as Gavin Bryars and Jean-Marie Londeix. Eric received a Master of Music degree from DePaul University, where he studied with Susan Cook. His other major teachers have been James Kasprzyk, Matt Olson, Tim Aubuchon, and Jeremy Ruthrauff.
Mr. Goluszka is in high demand as a saxophone instructor throughout the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. His students have received first place medals at solo and ensemble festivals and have been selected for IMEA district and all-state honor bands. Eric has been teaching saxophone lessons at Fremd and Schaumburg High Schools since 2005, Hoffman Estates High School since 2008, Notre Dame High School since 2009, and he will be the saxophone teacher at Conant and Metea Valley High Schools starting this year. In addition to working with the saxophonists at these schools, he also leads woodwind sectionals at Fremd.
Richard T Leister, a native of Toledo Ohio, moved to the Chicago area in 1976 to serve with the 81st Army Band at Ft. Sheridan, Il. From his discharge in 1979, Rick was been one of Chicago lands busy trumpet players, in demand for his ability to fit into many diverse performance situations.
He has performed with the Toledo Symphony, Elgin Symphony, The Apollo Chorus, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and was the Trumpet Soloist with the Chicago Music Consortium Chamber Orchestra.
As a lead trumpet player, he played on many Chicago Big Bands and has performed with, Burt Bacharach, Doc Severinsen, Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Newton, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles and other Las Vegas style acts.
For over 20 years, Rick was an active member of Chicago musical theater, performing Broadway Shows with the orchestras of the Arie Crown, the Schubert, the Chicago, the Lyric Opera, the Palace, the Oriental, Drury Lane, and the Auditorium theaters.
His show credits include Evita, Le Miserable, Phantom of the Opera , Miss Saigon, Sunset Blvd., The Scarlet Pimpernal, West Side Story, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, Sugar Babies with Micky Rooney, the pre. Broadway premier of Victor Victoria with Julie Andrews, and most recently the Chicago pre. Broadway premier of Mel Brooks’, “The Producers” with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
Rick’s teachers include: Bernard Sanchez (Toledo University), Charles Geyer (Chicago Symphony), Vincent Cichowicz (Northwestern University), and Bobby Lewis (Chicago Recording Artist).
Mr. Leister performs free lance and extra work with professional Chicago area ensembles but has dedicated this stage of life help advance the musical education of young trumpet players and students of all ages. Mr. Leister is the Ajunct Proffesor of Trumpet at Illinois Wesleyan University, a member of the private teaching staff at three Chicago Suburban High Schools and maintains a limited studio in his home.
Jessica Pearce is an active freelance hornist and teacher in the Chicago area, where she grew up. Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Illinois Wesleyan University where she studied with Christine Worthing. After finishing her bachelors she studied with Adam Unsworth at the University of Michigan for her masters in horn performance. Jessica has also studied with David Griffin of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Neil Kimel of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Since returning to Chicago with her masters, Jessica has become a member of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and the Chicago Horn Consort. She has also performed with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony, the Midwest Philharmonic, the Dubuque Symphony, da Corneto Opera Company, Steel Beam Theatre, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. While a student at the University of Michigan, Jessica subbed with the Jackson, Adrian, and Dearborn Symphonies in addition to placing in the finals of the Chicago Brass Festival Solo competition.
In the summer of 2011 Jessica toured China with the University of Michigan Symphony Band as they performed in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Xi’an, and Hangzhou. Music from their tour can be heard on the CD "Artifacts", released by Equilibrium in February 2012.
In addition to teaching at Conant High School, Jessica is currently the horn instructor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and at the Midwest Conservatory of Music in Hoffman Estates, IL. She has also held studios in Bloomington, IL and Ann Arbor, MI.
Tom Kordus received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Trombone Performance from Northern Illinois University. His principal teachers were Frank Crisafulli (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Donald Haack (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), and James Mattern (Chicago Brass Quintet). He was the 1983 winner of the International Trombone Association’s “Frank Rosolino” scholarship. He has performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Luciano Pavarotti, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet Orchestras. He performs with many local orchestras, and spent many years working in Chicago’s musical theatre pit orchestras for productions of Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Show Boat, West Side Story and others. He has performed for numerous touring entertainers and big bands, and spent many years in Chicago’s commercial recording studios.
Mr. Kordus has 18 years experience teaching low brass sectionals and lessons in Palatine District 211. His experience and passion for music have helped create many fine students.
He has also been musical director of The Chicago Trombone Authority since its inception five years ago. The Chicago Trombone Authority (CTA) is an eclectic collection of some of the best trombonists from the Chicago area. Their mission is to preserve, promote, and enhance the legacy of the trombone and the music written for it.
Michael Kozakis is an active percussionist in the Chicago area. He plays frequently with the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestras as an extra percussionist. Michael held two one-year positions as a percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from February 2005 through June 2007. Michael also plays with other groups including the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, MusicNOW, Ars Viva, and has played for TV and radio commercials. As a featured marimba concerto soloist, Michael has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to performing, Michael is on the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago while also teaching privately. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music double majoring in percussion performance and music education. He also received a master’s degree in performance from DePaul University.