An accomplished concert and oratorio artist, Chicago tenor Peder Reiff has become highly sought after throughout the area. Known for his dynamic and energetic performances, Peder has been seen throughout the country singing with such companies as The Fort Wayne Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Opera Illinois, and the Music Institute of Chicago. Recent performances include Elgar’s “Light of Life” with the Chicago Master Singers, Schubert’s “Mass in A Flat” with the Apollo Chorus, Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass with the St Charles Singers, and Handel’s “Messiah” with Voices in Harmony.
On the opera front, Peder has been seen performing throughout the country with companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chamber Opera Chicago, Opera Illinois, L’Opera Piccola, Opera for the Young, the Chautauqua Opera Company, and the Seagle Music Colony. Favorite roles include Nemorino in The Elixer of Love, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.
As a Master’s Degree student at Indiana University, Peder studied under world-famous bass-baritone Giorgio Tozzi and currently holds the record for appearing in more operas in a single season than any other student that has attended the school…having appeared in seven operas in one year. Originally from Superior, WI, Peder now makes his home in Westchester, IL.
Mrs. Holly Hunt is a fellow AA Stagg alumni and has been teaching voice for over 15 years. She earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Indiana University Bloomington, and a Masters in Music Education degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She has 9 years of experience with teaching high school choral music students in Plainfield, Winnetka, and Hoffman Estates and has spent 5 years as the music teacher and choral director at Troy Middle School and William B. Orenic Intermediate School. Holly also has 10 years of singing experience with the Chicago Chorale based in Hyde Park, where she had the opportunity to tour both Spain and France in 2010. She has a love for singing and sharing music with kids and is excited to work with the Stagg students.
Sharmon Ferrell Greene began studying piano just before the age of five with Esther Fields Davies of Joliet, IL and continued with her through high school. She then continued her studies at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from the American Conservatory of Music in 1977. Her piano teachers included Ralph Patterson, Virgil Smith, Rose Willits, and Jasna Biankini. Several years later, she studied four years with Gil Mead. Sharmon also studied voice in high-school, college, and post college with Harry Heun, Vann Trapp, and Terry Strandt.
Sharmon accompanied her first musical, "Snow White" (performed and directed by the sixth grade class), when she was in the first grade. While in elementary, jr. high, and high-school, she accompanied for several school specials, band students, high-school general choir, madrigals, swing choir, and school musicals. She has been a church pianist since age sixteen. In more recent years and currently, she has again accompanied for musicals (high-school and university levels), choirs in four schools (intermediate through college level), solo and ensemble students for both middle school and high-school, and voice and band students for recitals.
Sharmon has taught private piano in her home since 1978, teaching all ages, beginner through advanced. For the last two years, it has been her privilege to also teach during choir breaks at the Stagg High-school in Palos Hills, IL. One very special treat was to examine her own accompanying skills and teach them to one of her students in order for him to substitute for her at a choir concert! She loves to help others on their musical journey.
Voice & Piano Lessons
Stagg High School offers private voice and piano lessons to any Stagg student with three of the finest musicians in the Chicago suburbs. Lessons are held in the music department practice rooms during choir, study hall periods, and even after school. For more information regarding private lessons, contact any of our teachers directly.