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.
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.
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.
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.