Private Lesson Teachers
Joyce Oakes - Flute, Studio space off-site in Evanston (for possible on-site lessons please contact Joyce for more information)
Phone: (847) 610-2219
Joyce Oakes is an active freelance musician, instructor, clinician and flute choir director. Throughout her career she has performed in solo recitals, chamber music and orchestral settings in the United States and Europe. She held a flute position with the BBC-NCOS London orchestra touring Great Britain. Joyce has performed chamber and orchestral music at the Tanglewood, Brevard, New Mexico, Santa Barbara and Hollywood Bowl festivals. Joyce has performed on piccolo, concert flute, alto and bass flutes as a member of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir and NFA flute orchestra. Joyce has appeared in concerts throughout the greater Chicago area and in broadcast for WFMT as a founding member of the Arioso flute and strings quartet.
Ms. Oakes is also the founder of the award winning Fresh Aire Flute Choir, H.S. District 219, serving as the director for thirteen years. She has contributed flute pedagogue articles published in Flute Talk and Flute Explorer magazines. She holds affiliations with the National Flute Association, Chicago Flute Club and Mu Phi Epsilon. Joyce has served as an adjudicator, masterclass coach, flute choir director and clinician for those organizations as well as the Society of American Musicians, Festival of Flutes, and other solo and ensemble contests in the greater Chicago area Ms. Oakes has taught flute for 25 years at various north shore schools and maintains a private studio in the Evanston/Skokie area. Students of Ms. Oakes have won local and national competitions sponsored by the Chicago Flute Club, Society of American Musicians, Festival of Flutes, National Flute Association and IMEA District/All State programs. Her students have been accepted at leading music schools including Eastman, Northwestern and DePaul.
Joyce Oakes was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Flute Performance from the California Institute of the Arts, a Master of Music-Flute Performance from Northwestern University and a Graduate Diploma in Orchestral Studies from the University of London Goldsmiths' College.
Daniel Won - Clarinet, teaches on-campus
Daniel Won no longer teachers at ETHS. We are working on a replacement and will get back to you shortly!
Carol Lee Smith - Clarinet, teaches off-campus
Phone: (847) 866-8331
Carolee Smith holds a Masters in Music Performance degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelors in Music Performance from Georgia State University. She has performed and recorded Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet with many of the country's top orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Sacramento Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences as a freelancer including top musicals. She also has wide experience as a chamber musician performing with a multitude of organizations throughout the country.
Her teachers have included Robert Marcellus, Clark Brody, Larry Combs, Alan Balter, and Donald Carroll among others. She taught for The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University for 29 years and 3 years at DePaul University. She taught clarinet for New Trier HS from 1983 until 1996. In 1996 she and her husband Greg, who plays with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, began their hand crafted mouthpiece business, which they sell around the world. Carolee has maintained a private home studio teaching since her teens.
Peter Roothaan - Jazz Saxophone, teaches on or off campus
Phone: (847) 644-3449
Jazz saxophonist Peter Roothaan is equally comfortable on tenor and alto saxophones.
He has performed alongside (and learned from) many of the greats of jazz saxophone, including James Moody, David “Fathead” Newman, Bennie Golson, Jimmy Heath, Hank Crawford, Von Freeman, Bobby Watson, and Donald Harrison.
He has performed with legendary jazz singers such as Nancy Wilson and Freddie Cole, guitarist Henry Johnson, organist Chris Foreman, drummer Greg Rockingham, and many others.
Appearances include Ravinia, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Millenium Park, the Ocho Rios Jazz Fest in Jamaica, The Jazz Cruise, and at nationally recognized jazz clubs.
In addition to his duties at ETHS as Assistant Jazz Band Director, Mr. Roothaan is the Jazz Band Director at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield Illinois.
Mr. Roothaan maintains a private teaching studio in Evanston Illinois. He teaches jazz saxophone, jazz theory and performance, and methods of improvisation. His understanding of teaching and performing jazz is enhanced by his jazz piano skills, allowing him to effectively accompany students when working on musical ideas and skills, and to demonstrate various aspects of the jazz language. He also plays flute, clarinet, drum set, and guitar.
Doug Rosenberg - Saxophone, teaches on-campus
Phone: (773) 627-4279
Doug Rosenberg is a member of the new generation of jazz musicians composing and improvising music for the next century. The Chicago Tribune hails his “fearlessness of spirit and a robustness of tone that seem likely to win him a devoted following in coming years.” Rosenberg’s work on saxophone has an instantly recognizable sound and personal melodic language. He is best known for his work with Eastern Blok and Goran Ivanovic. Doug Rosenberg has also collaborated with great musicians like Sam Barsh, Maurice Brown, Kelan Phil Cohran, Robert Glasper, Marquis Hill, Robert “Baabe” Irving III, Rakalam Bob Moses, Makaya McCraven, Kendrick Scott, and Matt Ulery. His debut album, “Better Than TV” is available at www.dougrosenberg.com or anywhere music is sold.
As an educator, Rosenberg has taught masterclasses at universities such as Princeton, Cornell, and Michigan, in addition to many, many others. Currently he maintains a busy private lesson studio on Chicago’s North Shore and Western Suburbs. Doug plays all styles of music, improvised and written, including jazz, classical, Motown, Cuban, and Bulgarian, and is proficient on all saxophones, flutes, and clarinets.
Brian Gephart - Jazz Saxophone, teaches off-campus
Phone: (847) 212-3872
Brian Gephart is a jazz tenor player and composer in the Chicago area. He has been a member of the ETHS Jazz combo faculty since 2010 and teaches several of our jazz saxophonists.
Katie Samayoa - Trumpet, teaches off-campus
Phone: (773) 710-1359
Katie Samayoa graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2019 with a B.M. in Music Education. Ms. Samayoa has played principal trumpet in NEIU's Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, as well as lead trumpet in the Jazz Band. She has participated in international music festivals such as the Beijing International Jazz Festival in 2014 and the Orvieto Musica Trumpet Festival in 2016. Ms. Samayoa also won the Elyse J. Mach Concerto Competition in 2019 and played the first movement of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the NEIU Orchestra. After that, she returned to NEIU for her master’s degree in trumpet pedagogy and is in the process of completing it.
Outside of NEIU, Ms. Samayoa is an active performer in the Chicagoland area. In 2020 she was awarded an associate position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has performed with ensembles such as The Discover Symphony and The Chicago Camerata. In addition to performing, Ms. Samayoa also teaches private lessons on trumpet and flute.
When not playing, practicing, or performing, Ms. Samayoa enjoys listening to podcasts as well as reading and watching movies.
Emma Sepmeir - French Horn, teaches on-campus
Phone: (847) 507-4121
Emma Sepmeier is a Chicago-based horn player and teacher. As a performer, Emmahas made appearances with the Lake Forest Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic, Aether Ensemble, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, the City Lights Orchestra, and on FOX’s “Empire.” She maintains a private studio in addition to having taught for the youth symphonies of Boston and Milwaukee, ChiArts High School, and VH1’s Save the Music.
Emma enjoys working with each student to find their voice on the horn.
Her teachers include Eric Ruske and Greg Flint. She received the degrees of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education from Boston University, and the degree of Master of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She and her husband live in Chicago.
Victor Ribadeneyra - Trombone/Euphonium, teaches on campus
Phone: (812) 219-8635
Victor Ribadeneyra (he/him/his) is a trombonist, euphonium player, music educator, and nonprofit professional specializing in music education and program building. As a music teacher, Victor has taught and developed lessons for students of all ages from 3 years old to retired older adults. He has taught jazz and classical trombone lessons, music theory classes, ear training classes, K-12 general music classes, middle and high school concert band, high school marching band, and high school jazz band. Trombone and euphonium students studying with Victor regularly earn top ratings in both jazz and classical solo competitions at ILMEA, ISSMA, and MYAC events. Groups under his direction have achieved top ratings in jazz and classical ISSMA ensemble competitions and seen multiple trips to ISSMA Class B Marching Band State Finals.
As a trombonist, composer, and arranger, Victor has received multiple honors for both his jazz and classical music as a Jazz Fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, finalist in the United States Air Force Golden Band of the West trombone audition, and finalist in the Indiana University Concerto Competition. Victor also marched with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps as lead baritone, receiving an Individual and Ensemble Champion Award with the Blue Stars Trombone Quartet. Victor’s compositions and arrangements have been performed at live sporting events, music shows, and at the Ravinia Festival’s Bennett-Gordon Hall. Student groups under his direction have achieved successful results at Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) events including two trips to Class B Marching Band State Finals, top ratings in middle school and high school concert band competitions, and top ratings in high school jazz band competitions.
Victor holds a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree with a Minor in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Victor’s primary classical teachers include M. Dee Stewart, Peter Ellefson, Carl Lenthe, and David Plumb. His jazz teachers include Dr. David N. Baker, Curtis Fuller, Brent Wallarab, and Michael Spiro. Victor has also participated in master classes with Joseph Alessi, Alan Barnhill, and Amanda Stewart.
In addition to teaching music lessons, Victor Ribadeneyra also works full-time as Director of Community Engagement for the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), a nonprofit music school in Chicagoland. He has also held positions as the Orchestra & Chamber Music Program Coordinator with Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Production Assistant with the Ravinia Festival, and K-12 Band Director & General Music Teacher with the School Town of Munster. Victor also volunteers as a Cat Care Shift Leader with Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.), a volunteer led animal shelter in Skokie, Illinois. Victor originally hails from Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas.
Serena Voltz - Tuba, teaches on campus
Phone: (847) 507-8557
Serena Voltz is an active freelance tuba player and low brass teacher in the Chicagoland area. She draws on her studies at Northwestern University (B.M.) and DePaul University (M.M.), where she learned from some of the most world renowned brass pedagogues including Rex Martin, Floyd Cooley, and Gene Pokorny. Her orchestral experience includes work with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Kenosha Symphony, Racine Symphony, and Festival City Symphony amongst others. She also performs in a variety of chamber and solo settings ranging from baroque to contemporary.
Joan Hickey - Jazz Piano, teaches off-campus
Joan has been teaching and performing in the Chicago area since the 1980's. She went to school at the University of Illinois in Champaign, and discovered jazz her senior year. Many outstanding musicians that had graduated were still there postponing a move to a big city. The result of this was a jazz scene rich with camaraderie and free from economic pressure.
"I had no teachers or books, just the recordings. I learned the most by listening to others. People would have parties and I picked up a lot from their comments when we would sit around and listen to recordings. I was drawn to all the unique and sometimes outrageous personal lives of the musicians. You could hear it in their playing. They shared a philosophy and aesthetic that taught a deep understanding of the essence of the music. Our aim was to honor the past masters, know what it was to really swing, and to explore one's own personality.
Joan immediately began working as a jazz musician when she moved back to Chicago. She played a number of solo and big band gigs, led a Blakey style sextet, and a group with vocalist Suzanne Palmer (a singer with an enormous voice who's style was a cross between Nancy Wilson and Aretha Franklin). She played one of the Chicago Jazz Festivals with Cab Calloway, Milt Hinton, J.C. Heard, and Jonah
There have always been trio gigs, and after many years, she settled into a group with Dennis Carroll, bass and George Fludas, drums. After George came Dana Hall. She continues her work to this day with vocalists. "I love the challenge of accompanying a vocalist, and it gives me a chance to be around some female energy!"
She has been awarded 2 National Endowment for the Arts grants and an Illinois Arts Council grant in music composition. Her quintet was a finalist in the Hennessy Jazz Competition. The C. D., "Soulmates" was nominated for Best jazz C.D. at the Chicago Music Awards. She performed at the Kennedy Center in May 2006 during the Women in Jazz Festival.
Joan has played with Nat Adderly, Von Freeman, Frank Morgan, Lou Tabakin, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry and Buster Williams. Tours include Italy, Sweden, and Denmark with the Jazz Members Big Band featuring Joe Williams, vocalist.
Her CD "Between The Lines,” released in 2006, includes Tito Carrillo trumpet John Wojciechowski, saxophone, Dennis Carroll bass, and Dana Hall drums. The repertoire includes originals and her own arrangements on Bridge Over Troubled water, Black Magic Woman, The Man I Love, and My Funny Valentine.
Teaching has been an important part of Joan's work for many years. She has taught at Univ. of Illinois, her Alma Mater, since 1994, and Northwestem University with her husband (drummer) Joel Spencer, since 2004. She still keeps a small studio of talented high school jazz students, and has seen them go on to USC, New School,
UIUC, and Eastman in jazz studies.
Kevin Connelley - Jazz Drum Set, teaches off-campus
Kevin took his first formal drum lesson at age nine. Eight years later he was one of three drummers selected to represent the United States in the US Jazz Abroad Tour 1978, which toured seven European countries. He went on to receive a bachelors in percussion performance at Northwestern University and began playing professionally at the age of twenty. Kevin has performed in a wide variety of media, including television, radio and album recordings. He is regarded as one of the finest players and teachers in the Chicago area. Since 1981 Kevin has maintained a busy schedule as a performer and teacher.
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Bachelor's in Percussion Performance, 1983
Joel Spencer (Count Basie, Red Rodney, Barney Kessel)
Terry Applebaum (Northwestern University Percussion Professor)
Tony Caselli (Chicago-area Performer and Educator)
Duane Thamm (Chicago-area Performer and Educator)
Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Graham Lear (Santana, REO Speedwagon, Gino Vanelli)
Steve Houghton (Freddie Hubbard, Toshiko Akioshi)
Joe Porcaro (Founder, Percussion Institute of Technology, Hollywood CA)
Victor Feldman (Steely Dan, L.A. studio percussionist)
Greg Field (Count Basie)
Aaron Serfaty (Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Frank Gambale, Don Grusin)
Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, American Idol)
David Eisenreich - Curricular Percussion Instructor, teaches on campus
David Eisenreich first joined the staff at Evanston Township High School in 2013-2014, and then returned to the position in 2016. Assisting in all things percussion, he directs the drumline and percussion ensemble, teaches private lessons, and oversees the maintenance of the percussion inventory.
Born in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, David began his percussion studies with Paul Evans, David Throckmorton and Dr. David Glover. He received his bachelor's of music degree from Rutgers University, studying with She-e Wu, Chris Deviney and Alan Abel, and his master's of music degree from Northwestern University, as a student of She-e Wu, James Ross, Ruben Alvarez and Willie Jones III. Post graduation, David participated in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago's two-year fellowship, under the guidance of James Ross and Cynthia Yeh.
David has made Chicago his home, working as a freelance performer and educator.