A native of Chicago, Julia Bair first picked up the bassoon at the age of ten.  Julia is now a Chicago freelancer and has played locally with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and the Northbrook Symphony and internationally in China and Singapore.  Julia received a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor in Neuroscience from Oberlin College & Conservatory in 2012 and a Master of Music from DePaul University in 2014.   She was also chosen as a semifinalist in the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition in 2012. Julia owes a great debt to her musical mentors: George Sakakeeny, William Buchman, Richard Hawkins and Bob Barris.  She maintains a private studio in Chicago, and taught previously through the Avon School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Lakes Area Music Festival, and Little Marvels Early Childhood School.    


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Bill Baxtresser is a Chicago based soloist and chamber musician who performs for both contemporary and classical trumpet audiences around the country. Having been honored as the Detroit’s Artist of the Year from Tuesday’s Musicale in 2013, Bill has captured the interest of a wide variety of musical organizations across the United States.

Bill plays in Gaudete Brass, a chamber group committed to the enhancement of the brass quintet genre through the commissioning of new works and music education. Gaudete Brass joined the Cedille Records catalog in 2012 and released their debut album “Chicago Moves”. He is also the 2nd trumpet in the West Michigan Symphony under the direction of Scott Speck, and is an Artist Faculty at Roosevelt University. Bill teaches at Music Institute of Chicago and has lead masterclasses at some of the most esteemed music establishments in the United States including Juilliard School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Cal Arts, and the University of Michigan.

Bill studied trumpet at Western Michigan University under Dr. Stephen Jones and Scott Thornburg. He has also studied with some of the world’s preeminent trumpeters, including Barry Bauguss, Ramón Parcells, and Marcus Belgrave. Bill has performed at both Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, and he maintains strong ties to both the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Furthering his dedication to young musicians, Bill co-founded a music education publishing company, TKBB Press, in 2011. TKBB Press provides innovative new ideas to young musicians through its products, recordings and philosophies.



Drawn by her English heritage, Lorraine Brochu has been on the Pullman Morris and Sword team for its 19 years of existence. She embraces the team's philosophy of the dance for all ages and abilities. While not dancing, she works as P.A. to a notable mystery writer and serves on several Pullman community boards. This is her ninth year of teaching at HPAMC.

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Cellist Andrew Bukowinski grew up in Oklahoma, where he began playing the instrument in the public school system and quickly grew attached to it. He earned his Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude from Arizona State University, and his Master of Music with distinction from DePaul University. Throughout his studies, he had the opportunity to perform in solo master classes for Andres Diaz, Bernard Greenhouse, Monica Huggett, Phillipe Muller, and Menahem Pressler, as well as chamber music for the St. Lawrence, Orion, and Brentano string quartets. His principal teachers were Thomas Landschoot, Stephen Balderston, and Jeffrey Lastrapes. An active performer in the region, Andrew has played with the Illinois Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, and Chicago Chamber Orchestra, in addition to other freelance work. He has taught students ranging from young children to adult learners, and currently maintains a busy private teaching schedule in his Andersonville home studio on Chicago's north side and at Solo Classic Music School in Buffalo Grove.

In the summer of 2012, Andrew traveled to Peru, where he taught and performed with colleagues from around the world. Since moving to Chicago, Andrew has continued his passion of bringing music instruction to underserved communities, and has served as the cello Teaching Artist for the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) in the Belmont Cragin Neighborhood since 2015.

Andrew recently attended the Chicago Suzuki Institute, where he earned his Book 1 certification with Barbara Wampner and had the opportunity to observe and learn from many inspiring teachers.



Phyllis Calderon is a teacher-performer of violin, and owner of A Touch of Classical Plus (ATCP), a production company that specializes in creating various ensembles for hire that reflect a mixture of musical styles including classical, jazz, Christian and Gospel. 

As a teacher, Mrs. Calderon is owner, director and string instructor at Calderon Music Studio, a privately-owned music studio in the South Shore neighborhood that offers instruction in Suzuki violin and piano, and is a violin instructor at Apostolic Church of God Youth Music Program and string coach at the Hyde Park Youth Symphony.  She has also implemented programming in several elementary schools.  As an entertainer, she has performed with Tina J. Crawley, Barry White, Nancy Wilson, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Classical Symphony Orchestra, and the Whiting Festival Orchestra, as well as provied music for several weddings and various church events. 

ATCP procures professionally and classically-trained musicians who can play a variety of styles of music for workshops, schools, company parties, church events and weddings.  Ensembles typically consist of solo, duo, trio, quartet arrangement, or can be customized with any combination of violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, voice, harp, guitar, bass guitar, flute, drums, and saxophone.



Irene Claude teaches flute privately in her home studio, is second flutist with the Lake Forest Symphony, and substitute flutist with many other orchestras. She is Business Manager and Music Together teacher for Marsha’s Music.  Irene is a member of the Chicago Flute Club, National Flute Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Federation of Musicians.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.M.A.) and DePaul University (M.M.).



Christian is originally from Hamilton, NY. He got his start playing music at his hometown parish, continued while a student at the University of Rochester, and then studied choral conducting and organ performance at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. After working as music director at a parish in New Haven, he went back to Yale to get a master’s in liturgical studies. In addition to all of that, he loves to bike, cook, read, garden, and sing (not surprisingly). 

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Donna Lee Fackenthal, a native of Chicago, has enjoyed playing the piano since the age of eight.  As a junior in high school, she won a piano scholarship from the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation of Chicago to study with Saul Dorfman at Chicago Musical College.  She studied piano throughout her college years and after graduation from the University of Rochester, she began studying the cello with Marjorie Hunsberger at the Eastman School of Music.  Ms. Fackenthal's other primary teachers have been Daniel Schene, Andrea Swan and Svetlana Belsky.  Ms. Fackenthal is an independent piano teacher with Fackenthal Piano Studio in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhoods and performs regularly in the city including the University of Chicago’s Department of Music and the Chicago Public Library.   In 2010, she established Hyde Park Allegro Music Camp for children to explore the musical arts, specifically instrumentation, singing, and folk dancing. Ms. Fackenthal is currently serving as President of Music Teachers of Hyde Park.  She is a member of Chicago Area Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association and an Associate member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and the Piano Technicians Guild.  She holds degrees in economics and chemistry from the University of Rochester and Indiana University and also works as a research data manager at the University of Chicago.


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James Fackenthal is a Chicago-area free-lance musician and an associate professor at Benedictine Univeristy.  He is the former Associate Carillonneur at the University of Chicago where he also worked as a cancer researcher, and currently plays the carillons in Moser Tower in Naperville, IL, and St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago. Fackenthal began carillon studies with David Caldwell at the University of Rochester in 1984, and two years later became a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Since then he has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America. He is currently an active member of the piano program and the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, where he plays various string and wind instruments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology/geology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Indiana University. Fackenthal is a former member of the GCNA Board of Directors, has served as a juror on the GCNA Examination Committee and is the former co-editor of the GCNA publication “Carillon News.”



Gauri is entering her seventh year as Senior Camp Counselor and Indian Folk Dancing instructor at Hyde Park Allegro Music Camp.  She is currently finishing her second year of graduate school in social work at UIC.   Gauri loves kids and music and is excited to be teaching and working with the students at HPAMC.   She is thrilled to be coming back this August!



Hope Rogers is a flutist and freelance musician from Chicago. She is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College, where she studies Music and Environmental Studies. Hope began studying the flute at the age of six with Irene Claude, and has since studied with Mary Stolper and Adrianne Greenbaum. She has worked as an accompanist and programs assistant at Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and The People’s Music School and as a teaching assistant at MTHP’s Summer Ensemble Fest. Hope has performed as a featured soloist with the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra and has participated in a variety of other ensembles, including the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

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Josef Jurek is an active classical guitarist, having given three solo recitals in Chicago over the last two years.
He holds degrees in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MM) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D).
He currently teaches music history and theory at the City Colleges of Chicago

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Harpist Lillian Lau is in demand as an orchestral musician, educator, solo harpist and chamber music recitalist in Chicago and the Midwest. Her extensive orchestral engagements include performing as guest principal harpist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), Elgin Symphony Orchestra, in major concert halls throughout Europe, and as a soloist at the World Harp Congress in Switzerland. Lillian Lau is currently the Principal Harpist of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in critically acclaimed performances with Placido Domingo, Samuel Ramey, John Williams, and popular touring artists in major venues. Her chamber duo, the Lyrebird Ensemble, is dedicated to promoting lesser known repertoire composed specifically for the flute and harp. The Lyrebird Ensemble has been featured on the 98.7 WFMT radio network, and in recitals around the country. Their CD recording, "Taking Flight - Music for Flute and Harp" features newly discovered virtuosic compositions for flute and harp duo from the modern era.

Lillian Lau is actively involved in the harp community as the President of the American Harp Society Greater Chicago Chapter, the Mid Central Director of the AHS. She is the assistant editor of the best-selling orchestral excerpt guide, “Principal Harp Book 2” by Sarah Bullen of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She maintains a full teaching studio in the Chicago area and the University of Chicago Department of Music. Lillian Lau holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as the prestigious Performer's Certificate, from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Her principal teachers are Sarah Bullen and Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald.

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Eric Pancer is a local percussionist who has taught sessions at HPAMC since its inception.  He is a free-lance musician and has performed in various ensembles including the University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Chicago.



Isabelle Rozendaal, a Chicago native and daughter of two Suzuki string teachers, started her violin studies at age three, and went on to study violin at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald and David Bowlin. She is adept in both modern and baroque violin, and has played with many orchestras in the area such as Baroque Band, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Currently Ms. Rozendaal is finishing a Masters degree in Violin Performance at DePaul University, studying with Janet Sung.

An avid pedagogue, Ms. Rozendaal has done extensive teacher training including Suzuki Violin books 1-6 with Ed Kreitman et al, Indiana University’s Violin and Viola Teacher’s Pedagogy training with Mimi Zweig, and Mark O’Connor Method Teacher Training with Pamela Wiley. Her teaching style is organized, structured and fun, balancing focused work with play and exploration. Also a trained yoga teacher, Ms. Rozendaal incorporates awareness of body movement in her teaching, always seeking to help her students reach their potential with healthy habits.




Scott Tegge is the tubist in the Gaudete Brass, and works to create performance opportunities for the group. A Chicago native, Scott received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Tuba Performance. He continued his studies and received his Master's degree from University of Miami and Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. While in Miami, he performed with numerous orchestras such as the New World Symphony, Miami Bach Society, Palm Beach Symphony, and he also served as the Principal Tuba with Miami Symphony Orchestra. In Chicago, Scott has performed with Elgin Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and Chicago Sinfonietta. In addition to his performing career, he serves on faculty at Carthage College, where he made his solo debut with the Carthage College Wind Ensemble on their tour to Japan. Scott also teaches at Merit School of Music, and coaches chamber music at Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.

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Paul Von Hoff is a trombonist and chamber music specialist who performs extensively on both historic and modern trombones. Paul is a founding member of the Gaudete Brass Quintet, a modern brass quintet founded in 2004 that has toured extensively, given masterclasses at schools such as Juilliard and Eastman, recorded four albums, most recently recording Chicago Moves and sevenfive for Cedille Records, and has premiered over thirty new works. Paul is also a founding member of Rook, a chamber ensemble dedicated to performing the music of the 16th and 17th centuries, where he plays baroque alto, tenor and bass trombones and Renaissance slide trumpet. Rook recently released their first album, eleven, featuring the rare instrumental combination of violin, bass violin, harpsichord and trombone. He is the trombone instructor at Carthage College as well on the music faculty at Roosevelt University as artist-in-residence with the GBQ.  Paul holds a Bachelors degree cum laude from Northwestern University, a Masters Degree from Roosevelt University and has studied historic trombone with Greg Ingles, as well as modern trombone with Frank Crisafulli, Lawrence Borden, and Jay Friedman.

“...trombonist Paul Von Hoff shines with his compact tone and seeming ease in the high register...” 
Barry Kilpatrick - American Record Guide

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Tom Weisflog is University Organist at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.  He has taught organ sessions at HPAMC since its inception in 2010.