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
Phone: (773) 412-8102
Born in South Korea and raised in Southern California, Chicago-based clarinetist Daniel Won was appointed principal clarinetist of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra by Mark Russell Smith in 2016. In addition to the QCSO, he performs regularly with some of the premier ensembles in the Midwest, including Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Opera Theater, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Won has appeared as soloist with many orchestras around the country, including the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Columbia of Missouri, Chicago Classical Philharmonic, and UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra. He can be heard on the 2013 release of Burstin' Out, with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, on Origin Records, and on the 2010 release of Recorded Music of the African Diaspora, with the New Black Music Ensemble, on Albany Records.
Won earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, where he studied with Gary Gray of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he received a Master of Music degree and Certificate in Performance from DePaul University School of Music. His principal teachers at DePaul were Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Won was named one of DePaul University's 14 Under 40 Alumni Making a Difference.
Daniel Won is a Yamaha Artist and performs exclusively on Yamaha clarinets.
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.
Jordan Olive - Trumpet, teaches off-campus
Phone: (908) 581-4964
Jordan Olive is an active freelance musician in the Chicago area, playing in solo recitals, with chamber groups, orchestras, and even with the Temptations! Recently, Jordan has appeared with the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Philharmonic, on stage at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and as a guest artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and New World Symphony of Miami. Jordan has also performed as principal trumpet with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, Chile, a member of the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Banff Centre Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestras. Additionally, he has played with the Charleston, South Bend, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestras. In the spring of 2011, Jordan was invited to join the State Street Brass Quintet.
Jordan is an active teacher in the Chicagoland area. He is the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at St. Xavier University in Chicago and maintains a private teaching studio in the North Shore suburbs.
He has performed for and has been coached in Master Classes with Vincent Cichowicz, Jens Lindemann, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Roger Bobo, Chris Gekker, Mark Gould, and David Krauss.
Jordan is a graduate of the trumpet studio at Northwestern University where he completed a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Literature with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Chris Martin. He completed his bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance as a student of William Campbell at the University of Michigan.
Chris Hasselbring - Trumpet, teaches on-campus
Chris Hasselbring has been an active performer and educator in the Chicago area since 1997. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music (B.M.) from Rutgers University, and his Master’s Degree in Music (M.M.) from Northwestern University (while serving as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago), Chris went on to play principal trumpet with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra in Colombia, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in China, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 1996 Chris toured the U.S. as a member of the Dallas Brass before settling down in Evanston to teach as a faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), one of the nation’s premier community-based music schools. Chris’s keen interest in early music and the natural (Baroque) trumpet lead him to the creation of Brass for Beginners®, the first beginning brass general music curriculum. He is also co-founder of Brass for Beginners LLC, which was formed to make affordable natural trumpets and curriculum commercially available. As a performer, Chris appears regularly with organizations such as Chicago Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Bach Project, Camerata Chicago, Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Handel Week in Oak Park, and The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University. Chris has served as a member of and the Lake Forest Symphony since 2005 and the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County, WI from 1997-2015. Chris is also the proud ETHS parent of Momoko Hasselbring (class of 2017), and Yumiko Hasselbring (class of 2021).
Jacinda Ripley - Trumpet, teaches off-campus
Jacy Ripley is on trumpet faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, and works as a freelancer and teacher in the Chicagoland area. Her teaching philosophy involves honing the creativity and imagination of her students. She believes that everyone has the ability to play the notes and rhythms, but there is much more on the page. Jacy is a member of Northshore Concert Band, and performs frequently with Chicago-area orchestras, including the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, and Lake Shore Symphony. She received her bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from the Eastman School of Music, and her master’s degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University.
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.
Andrew Zelm - Trombone, teaches on campus
Andrew Zelm is one of Chicago’s top Jazz Trombonists. Mr. Zelm has performed, recorded, and toured throughout the world with many of Chicago’s and the nation’s top artists and music productions. He has performed with Broadway’s In The Heights, Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, The White House for the Obama Administration, Oprah Winfrey, Spain’s TurboRock Festival, Rahm Emanuel Inaugural Concert, Abruzzo Italian Jazz Festival, NCL Cruise Lines, Harry James Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Numero Group National Soul Revue, Dartmouth College Gospel Choir, and the Disney All-American College Band.
Mr. Zelm has also performed and recorded with JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Jeff Tweedy, Black Bear Combo, Deals Gone Bad, Members of Million Dollar Quartet, The Drastics, Lowdown Brass Band, Syl Johnson, Redmoon Theater, and the Swing Shift Orchestra at the Green Mill Lounge. In October of 2013, Mr. Zelm will perform at the Cotai International Jazz and Blues Festival in Macao (Republic of China) with the LowDown Brass Band.
Mr. Zelm currently directs the Trombone Studio at Evanston Township High School, Maine West High School, and Elk Grove High School. He is also Director of Bands at the Francis Xavier Warde School in Downtown Chicago.
Chelsea French - Trombone, teaches off campus
Born and raised in rural South Dakota, Chelsea French began her musical studies on piano at the age of five. Her fascination with trombone began at age ten upon entering the public school band program in her hometown of Madison. Currently a Chicago-based freelance musician, Ms. French is a member of International Chamber Artists, is Principal Trombone in the Northbrook Symphony, and has enjoyed performing shows with touring pop artists including Adele and Josh Groban. She has also performed with Chicago's Music of the Baroque, the Millar Brass, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the South Dakota Symphony.
Ms. French holds a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from Northwestern University, and Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University, and has studied primarily with Michael Mulcahy, Mark Fisher, Charles Vernon, and Vance Shoemaker. She is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and North Central College, and also teaches a large private studio in the Naperville/Aurora area in Illinois.
Ms. French has gained local, national, and international recognition by winning the Chicago-area Musicians' Club of Women Solo Competition, the International Trombone Association's Marstellar Solo Competition, and the National Trombone Solo Competition held at the Eastern Trombone Workshop.
Besides performing and teaching, Ms. French also enjoys many outdoor activities such as long-distance running, horseback riding, and exploring Chicago's parks with her young son.
Michael Hogg - Tuba, teaches on campus
Michael started his career in Colorado where he attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. While completing his Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Music Education degrees, he performed with groups such as the Denver Brass and the Denver Municipal Band Brass Quintet. Michael came to Chicago in 1997 to complete his Master of Music at Northwestern University. Since that time, he has played with numerous groups including the Horizon Brass Quintet, the Chamber Brass Players Quintet, the Chicago-land Pops, the Lake Forest Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and is the founding member of the B.S. Brass Band, Chicago's New Orleans style Brass Band. Michael has performed with Dr. John, Johnny Mathis, Judy Collins, Bonerama, the Wild Magnolias, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the Sanctified Grumblers. Michael has been adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Northeastern Illinois University. Michael maintains a busy schedule as a brass clinician and private music teacher throughout the Chicago area.
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.