Music Faculty/Staff

Build your future in music with guidance from professional performance artists and scholars.

Our faculty of 50+ artists and scholars from around the world are here to mentor students one-on-one, creating a professional but friendly learning environment. Students receive individual attention to develop their musical knowledge and hone their talents.

Artist faculty maintain active performance careers, ranging from solo, ensemble and band shows, to local and national radio broadcasts (WFMT, NPR, PBS, WGN), to appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cirque du Soleil, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Stringfusion®, Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Navy Pier Pops Orchestra and other notable groups.

Learn more about our faculty/staff and their areas of expertise:

Administration

Gregory Clemons
Professor of Music
Department Chair
Director of Bands
Resident Conductor, Wind Symphony Chamber Winds
Community Music Instructor

Issa Boulos
Community Music Center Coordinator

Diane McDonnell
Administrative Secretary
(Art and Music Departments) 

Choral / Vocal

Susan Dennis
Adjunct Faculty in Voice, Musical Theater
Community Music Center Instructor

Timothy Filliman
Adjunct Faculty in Voice
Community Music Center Instructor

Susan Lageson Lundholm
Adjunct Faculty in Voice
Community Music Center Instructor

Carolyn Niehoff
Adjunct Faculty in Voice
Community Music Center Instructor

Thomas J. Stauch
Professor of Music
Director of Choral and Vocal Activities
Conductor, Concert Choir and SPECTRA

Patricia Toledo
Voice
Community Music Center Instructor

Walton Westlake
Adjunct Faculty in Voice
Community Music Center Instructor

Steven Suvada
Adjunct Faculty in Electronic Music, Guitar, Class Guitar and Jazz Guitar
Community Music Center Instructor

John Towner
Recording Engineer, Recording Technology
Community Music Center Instructor

Concert Choir
Thomas Stauch, Conductor

Guitar Ensemble
Steven Vazquez, Director

Jazz Ensemble
Ken Spurr, Director

Jazz Lab Band
Ken Spurr, Director

Piano Ensemble
Janice Larson Razaq, Director

SPECTRA
Dr. Thomas Stauch, Conductor

Steel Bands
Paul Ross, Director

Harper Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Porter, Conductor

Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds
Gregory Tipps, Conductor
Aaron Mulder, Assistant Conductor
Gregory Clemons, Resident Conductor

Harper Chamber Winds

Gregory Clemons, Conductor
Debra Freedland, Oboe
Lacy Schroeder-Garbar, Clarinet
Bonnie Campbell, Clarinet
Lynette Pralle, Bassoon
Jennifer Youngdahl-Griffin, Bassoon
Wanda Braden, Horn

The Ken Spurr Quartet

Ken Spurr, Piano
Ian McGarrie, Saxophone
Cory Biggerstaff, Bass
Darren Scorza, Drums

Peter Aglinskas
Adjunct Faculty in Guitar, Jazz Guitar and Music Appreciation
Community Music Center Instructor

Christopher Rice
Guitar, Banjo and Ukulele
Community Music Center Instructor

Steven Suvada
Adjunct Faculty in Guitar, Class Guitar, Jazz Guitar and
Electronic Music
Community Music Center Instructor
Recruiting and Outreach Coordinator

Steven Vazquez
Adjunct Faculty in Guitar and Class Guitar
Director, Guitar Ensemble
Community Music Center Instructor

Jose Verduzco
Adjunct Faculty in Guitar

Peter Aglinskas
Adjunct Faculty in Guitar,
Jazz Guitar and Music Appreciation
Community Music Center Instructor

Cory Biggerstaff
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Bass

Steven Duncan
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Trombone

Edgar Gabriel
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Violin and Violin
Community Music Center Instructor

Jeffrey Hedberg
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Voice and Jazz Trumpet

Ian McGarrie
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Clarinet, Jazz Flute, and Jazz Saxophone

Darren Scorza
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Percussion

Kenneth Spurr
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz History and Jazz Piano
Director Jazz Studies
Community Music Center Instructor

Steven Suvada
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Guitar, Guitar, Class Guitar, and Electronic Music
Community Music Center Instructor

Olga Bornovalova
Adjunct Faculty in Piano
Community Music Center Instructor

Helen Chang
Piano
Community Music Center Instructor

Chiayi Lee
Adjunct Faculty,Piano
Accompanist

Suzanne Fleer
Piano 
Community Music Center Instructor

Ron Johnson
Piano Technician

Linda Kurtz
Piano

Cheryl Lim
Piano

Levonne Mrozinski
Piano 
Community Music Center Instructor

Janice Larson Razaq
Adjunct Faculty in Piano
Keyboard Coordinator
Community Music Center Instructor

Kathlyn Sbarboro
Piano
Community Music Center Instructor

Kenneth Spurr
Adjunct Faculty in Jazz History and Jazz Piano
Community Music Center Instructor

Carol Walgren-Georgas
Community Music Center Instructor

Barbara E. Bowker
Associate Professor
Music Theory  amp; Literature, Applied Music
Community Music Center Instructor

B. Charmian Tashjian
Adjunct Faculty in Music Theory

Christopher Rice
Adjunct Faculty in String Bass

Edgar Gabriel
Adjunct Faculty in Violin and Jazz Violin
Community Music Center Instructor

Eugene Pazin
Adjunct Faculty in Violin
Community Music Center Instructor

Anthony William Porter
Adjunct Faculty in Violincello
Conductor, Harper Symphony Orchestra
Community Music Center Instructor

Hideko Amano
Adjunct Faculty in Flute/Piccolo
Community Music Center Instructor

Gregory Clemons
Professor of Music
Department Chair
Director of Bands
Resident Conductor, Wind Symphony  amp; Chamber Winds
Community Music Instructor

Debra Freedland
Adjunct Faculty in Oboe/English Horn
Community Music Center Instructor

Paul Ross
Adjunct Faculty in Percussion
Steel Drum Band

Dianne Ryan
Adjunct Professor of Bassoon

Jeremy Ruthrauff
Adjunct Faculty in Saxophone
Community Music Center Instructor

Lacy Schroeder-Garbar
Adjunct Faculty in Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Community Music Center Instructor

Thomas Stark
Adjunct Faculty in Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba