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Drew O'Neill - Violin & Viola

Recently graduated from North Central College in Naperville with a degree in Music Education, Drew started working at PM in August 2019 as a sales associate and in September, joined the lesson team as well. He has been teaching private lessons since 2017. Drew plays the viola and trumpet, and plays regularly with the North Central College Strings. With an understanding of both the orchestral and band side of music and a fun loving personality, Drew focuses on musical growth in his lessons. Drew has been playing in advanced ensembles since he was in middle school. He loves playing with full orchestras and currently plays Trumpet for the North Central College Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the band, Sunflower Summit, and their debut album "Love Notes" is going to be released in early October 2019.

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Days available: Saturdays

Price per lesson: $25.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Stephanie Kleven - Violin, Viola, Cello & Beginner Bass

Stephanie Kleven received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Bradley University. Prior to her studies at Bradley, she attended The University of Illinois in Champaign. Stephanie is a member of The Resurrection Orchestra at St. John Cantius in Chicago, IL. She has performed on the main stage at Ravinia Festival for the Kraft Kid’s concert series and has played with her quartet live on 98.7 WFMT, Chicago’s classical radio station. She has performed with The Wheaton Symphony, The West Hartford Symphony, The Knox-Galesburg Orchestra, and The Peoria Symphony. Stephanie’s students can expect a positive and enriching experience from private lessons. She encourages creativity and emphasizes initiative and self-direction. She specializes in teaching violin, viola, and beginning cello. She currently resides in Naperville with her husband and two young children.

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Days available: Mondays & Wednesdays

Price per lesson: $28.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Jesse Gross - Violin

Mr. Gross began studying violin at age 11 in public school. At age 15 he began taking private lessons with Ms. Karin Hallberg through the NAU preparatory school. After high school Mr. Gross attended the University of Northern Arizona where he studied violin with the concertmaster of the Arizona Opera and the Flagstaff Symphony, Dr. Louise Scott. He also studied conducting with the Director of Orchestras, Victor Liva, ultimately receiving a bachelor’s degree in violin performance. He then turned his attention to conducting. In 2000, he attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a Masters Degree in instrumental conducting under the direction maestro Donald Portnoy. He also continued his violin studies with violinist and concertmaster of the Augusta symphony, Ryan Kho. After Graduate school Mr. Gross decided to complete his second bachelors in music education, serving as the assistant conductor of the NAU orchestras and completing his degree at the same time. During that time, Mr. Gross made his conducting debut with the NAU opera in a full-scale production of “The Marriage of Figaro,” by W.A. Mozart. Mr. Gross then went on to serve as Director of Orchestras for Skyline High School in Mesa Arizona where he taught for four years. During that time Mr. Gross was also active as a performer in several groups in the phoenix area, including the Mesa Symphony Orchestra and the West Valley Symphony Orchestra.

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Days available: Tuesdays

Price per lesson: $30.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller - Violin & Viola

My name is Elizabeth Miller and I hold a B.A. in Choral Music Education from North Central College in Naperville. I have been sharing my passion of music with elementary through high school age students in District 308 for twelve years. In addition to teaching general music, directing musicals, judging choir competitions, and accompanying students for solo and ensemble competitions, I have also maintained a private music studio. My past opportunities have included the following: a guest conductor for Young Naperville Singers, part-time assistant at Austin’s Violin Shop, conductor’s assistant for the Batavia Street Orchestra, violin music teacher’s assistant at Montessori Academy in Batavia, and Prelude Orchestra conductor’s assistant at Elgin Community College. My passion for music and educational excellence compels me to provide learning opportunities for students of every culture through musical instruction. Skills acquired in my studio will be the result of a cooperative learning environment.

Anna Sobczak - Violin

Anna has been teaching violin for over 10 years. She began playing music in Poland when she was 10 years old. Anna is a classically trained violinist and has played in concerts and completed internationally. She has played in Frankfort, Glasgow, Florence and Genoa, Italy. She currently plays for weddings, corporate events and in clubs and restaurants around the Chicagoland area.

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Days available: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Price per lesson: $29.00

Accepts ages: 6-18

Phillip Kleven - Violin, Viola, Cello & Beginner Bass

Phillip Kleven received his Master's Degree and Graduate Professional Diploma from The Hartt School, and Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University. His principal teachers include Anton Miller and Marcia Henry Liebenow, and he also studied with James Buswell, Gregory Fulkerson, Oleh Krysa, Lara St. John, Piotr Milewski, and the Miami and St. Lawrence String Quartets. ​Phil has taught privately across the midwest and northeast United States since 2005, and currently teaches 5th-8th grade orchestra at Ellis, Canton, Kenyon Woods, and Kimball middle schools in Elgin School District U-46. His students have been accepted into professional ensembles, conservatories, colleges, youth orchestras and advanced school ensembles throughout the United States. To ensure timely progress and success for all students, Phil employs a unique blend of repertoire as outlined in the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus. As a performer, Mr. Kleven has joined other outstanding musicians in performances throughout Chicago, Hartford, Boston, and New York. He has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, and has collaborated with members of the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, and New York Philharmonic. He has appeared as concertmaster of the Hartt Symphony, Hartt Opera and Pit Orchestras, Wheaton Symphony and the Bradley University Symphony. ​

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Days available: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Price per lesson: $28.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Amanda Fenton - Violin, Beginner Viola

Violinist and teacher, Amanda Fenton, is a native of Downers Grove, IL, and recently completed her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). At MU she served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Missouri String Project. Amanda graduated cum laude from Augustana College (IL) with her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Spanish. Amanda has performed with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Quincy Symphony, Odyssey Chamber Ensemble, and the MU Philharmonic. Currently, she performs with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. In June 2012, Amanda performed in the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra as well as in several chamber music ensembles, as part of an inaugural two-week orchestra and chamber music concert series in Branson, MO. She also served on-staff at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival and at the renowned Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. While at Augustana, Amanda earned the Music Teacher’s National Association Star Award and was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Amanda also earned several awards while at MU, including the Kathleen Kabrick Excellence in Teaching Award and the Roger Whitmore Award, which is given to outstanding students majoring in string performance.

Amanda gladly accepts students with special needs.

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Days available: Mondays & Tuesdays

Price per lesson: $30.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Dr Phillip Serna - Upright & Electric Bass

Holding Masters and Doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, PHILLIP W. SERNA is a double bass soloist, orchestral performer and chamber musician, serving on the faculties of Valparaiso University, North Central College and the OPUS Chamber Music Camp. Recently, Phillip has emerged among the nation's leading advocates of the viol - the viola da gamba. Co-founding the Chicago-area historical-performance ensembles Black Tulip, New Comma Baroque, the Spirit of Gambo and ViolMedium, he’s appeared across the United States and often can be heard on WFMT Chicago and on releases from Clarion, Cedille, and Varèse Sarabande Records. Phillip directs viol consorts at the Music Institute of Chicago, the J.S. Bach Academy of Music and is assistant director of Illinois' first public-school period-instrument program at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Phillip is the music director of Viols in Our Schools earning him Early Music America's 2010 Laurette Goldberg Award for Early Music outreach.

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Days available: Mondays

Price per lesson: $29.00

Accepts ages: 10+

Katie Cousins

Katie Cousins - Violin & Viola

Katie holds a Master of Music and a GPD in Violin Performance from the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to arriving at Hartt, she earned a Bachelor's in Music Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been teaching in private, small group, and classroom settings for over fifteen years, working extensively with students anywhere between the ages of four and ninety-four. Katie maintains an active performing career, regularly appearing with the Illinois Symphony, the Peoria Symphony, the Northbrook Symphony, as well as the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. She is a founding member of SomArte, a piano trio currently touring the Midwest, and has enjoyed sharing her chamber music with audiences throughout the United States and Europe. With a broad range of musical passions, Katie has been an active member of several theater and opera orchestras from Chicago to New York, and has worked with a wide variety of artists, including Bela Fleck, Audra McDonald, Ramsey Lewis, composer John Corigliano, and members of the Emerson, St. Lawrence, and Pacifica String Quartets.

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Days Available: Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Price per lesson: $30.00

Accepts ages: 5+