Private Instruction

Flute Instructor - Mary Christine Stingley

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.

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Clarinet Instructor - Gordon Daole-Wellman

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Clarinetist Gordon Daole-Wellman, currently a Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, has performed across the country as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. Previously an Artist in Residence at the Lincoln Theater, Napa Valley, he has spent the past three years educating young students and exploring new opportunities for the world of classical music. 

He has performed in spaces as varied as Boston Symphony Hall, the Zhou Brothers’ Arts Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and a repurposed warehouse in Oakland. He has participated in masterclasses for such renowned artists as Frank Cohen, Martin Frost, and members of the Imani Winds and Windscape Wind Quintet, and has worked with conductors including Marin Alsop, Michael Stern, Brett Mitchell, and  Rossen Milanov. 

Gordon holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His principal teachers have been Michael Sussman and Luis Baez.

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Oboe Instructor -Andrew Leitza


Heralded for his “attractive and creamy tone,” Andrew Leitza is an oboist and teacher based in the Chicago-land area.

At home performing both on modern and baroque oboe, he holds degrees in oboe performance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Chicago College of Performing Arts, as well as studying historical performance at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the International Baroque Institute at Longy School of Music, and privately in NYC.

An active freelancer, Andrew has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the country such as New Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Callipygian Players, Cambridge Concentus, Urbana Bach Cantatas Project, Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Orchestra where he performed works heard for the first time on the Big Island of Hawaii. As a soloist, Andrew has appeared with the Southern Illinois Chamber Orchestra performing Strauss’ Concerto for Oboe, and with the Amadeus Consort performing J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin with violinist Pascal Innocenti.

His principal teachers include Shawna Lake, Edward Benyas, Peggy Michel, and Kristin Olson.

Contact Information:
(815) 307-4487


Bassoon Instructor - Andrew Marlin

Andrew Marlin holds both a Masters of Music and a Professional Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. During his various studies at Roosevelt University, he was fortunate enough to study with members from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Prior to his adventures in Chicago, Mr. Marlin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Since his time in school, Mr. Marlin has been actively freelancing with many groups throughout Chicago and has also been taking professional auditions to pursue a career as an orchestral performer. Mr. Marlin was also given the opportunity to be the soloist in Cincinnati Soundbox’s premiere of Stephanie Boyd’s Rituum, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra. Mr. Marlin has recently built up his teaching studio throughout Chicago and is overjoyed to be apart the team here at Conant High School.

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Saxophone Instructor - Eric Goluszka

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.

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Trumpet Instructor - Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson is a highly versatile and experienced musician and educator. He brings a wealth of experience from performing with some of the top ensembles in the nation. With a Bachelor’s degree in music education and Master’s degree in trumpet performance, he has spent the last ten years striving to become a stronger musician and educator. This experience allows him to offer a firsthand educational experience for the student to improve all aspects of their playing as it pertains to high school and beyond. Many of his previous students have been selected to IMEA honor band and have gone on to college for careers of their own in music.

Mr. Anderson is currently a member of the South Bend Symphony and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. Previous performances include, but are not limited to, work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Eighth Blackbird, and a handful of national PBS and other television and radio broadcasts.

Phone: 319-230-9271


French Horn Instructor - Wanda Braden

Wanda Braden has been on the faculty of VanderCook College of Music since 2000 teaching the Applied French horn studio. Several of her VanderCook students are now successful music educators in the greater Chicago area and beyond. Wanda has maintained a teaching studio at her home in Bartlett since 1993 helping many students through beginning stages and on to successful college acceptance. Most recently, one of her students of 7 years, played principle horn in the Schaumburg Youth Symphony, was named principle horn of the IMEA All State Honors Orchestra in 2008 and was awarded a scholarship to study music education at ISU. Wanda has been teaching in District 211 schools since 1996 and at Fremd since 1998 and many of her students have continued to study music in college. She is also on the faculty of A & A Music Academy in Hanover Park where she teaches French horn, piano and voice since 1997.

She earned a bachelors degree having studied music at the University of Minnesota with additional studies done at the University of Michigan through the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In Minnesota she studied privately with Priscilla McAfee, priniciple horn of the St. Paul Chamber orchestra. At Interlochen her teachers were Rebecca Root, principle horn of the Rochester Philharmonic and John Jacobsen of the Cleveland Orchestra and John Ceriminaro. In Chicago she has studied with Grace Kang and Daniel Fackler. Wanda has continued to expand her musical education by studying voice with Susan Dennis and piano with Ellen Mosher at Harper College. She has been active as a church musician in her home community of Bartlett.

Wanda is currently coprinciple horn of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra. She also is a member of the Chicago Symphonic Pops Orchestra and the Harper Symphony Orchestra since 1996. She has appeared regularly with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony, Solid Brass Ensemble and has played numerous musicals for multiple community theatres. She is a member of the Wheaton Municipal Band, considered one of the country's 10 top community bands, since 1996 and has soloed with the Northwest Suburban Concert Band. She is a member of Musicians Union 10-208 and the International Horn Society. She was also a founding member of the Northwest Suburban Horn Club and handles the library for that organization.

She is a member of the Bartlett community where she lives with her husband and three children.

Contact Information:
(630) 213-6156

Trombone Instructor - Ryan Christianson

Ryan Christianson, trombonist of the Dallas Brass, was born to a musical family in Grand Forks, ND and began playing trombone at an early age. He currently lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, Sarah, where he freelances in various settings with groups ranging from New Orleans style brass bands and big bands to chamber groups and symphony orchestras. 

In addition to his freelance work, Ryan recently joined the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra after winning the position of Principal Trombone. Prior to living in Chicago, Ryan was an active freelance musician and educator in the Twin Cities area. There, he performed and recorded with creative projects including the McNasty Brass Band and Nooky Jones, as well as with national acts such as Lorie Line and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. In 2014, Ryan was selected as a finalist in the International Trombone Association's Carl Fontana Competition; in 2012, he received honorable mention in the Kai Winding in the Kai Winding Competition. 

 Ryan graduated with a B.M. in TrombonePerformance from the University of Minnesota, and is an endorsing artist and clinician for Conn-Selmer instruments and Denis Wick mouthpieces and mutes.

Phone: (701) 213-5354

Low Brass Instructor - TBA


Percussion/Drum Line Instructor - Michael Kozakis

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.

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