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Private Music Instructors: Brass and Woodwind Instruments

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Hideko Amano (Flute) earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1995. She continued her musical education in Europe at the l’Ecole Normale de Paris, where she studied under Mr. Mathieu Dufour, who has since joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal flutist. Since her return to Chicago in 1998, she has continued her career as an active recitalist and instructor. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor at Harper College and an instructor at Midwest Young Artists.

Debra Freedland (Oboe) is currently Principal Oboe of the Elgin and Rockford Symphony Orchestras, frequently performing as a soloist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Indiana University. Ms. Freedland has been a member of many fine orchestras including The Spoleto Festival, Sarasota Opera, Israel Sinfonietta, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1981, Ms. Freedland was Visiting Fulbright Professor of Oboe at Seoul National University. She also has been on the faculties of the University of Tulsa, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Presently, she is instructor of oboe at Elmhurst College and McHenry County College, Elgin Community College, as well as Harper College.

Jeff Hedberg (Trumpet, Voice) is a Chicago area jazz vocalist, trumpet player and educator. His musical training includes a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Elmhurst College. During his time at both institutions Jeff had the opportunity to perform with both the EC Jazz Band and the NU Jazz Ensemble, both well-known big bands. During which he played both lead trumpet and jazz chair. Through his schooling, as well as his own pursuits, Jeff has studied with Doug Beach, Mark Colby, Jackie Allen, Brenda Lualdi, Bob Rummage, Mark Streder, Libby York, Jeff Deustch, Phoebe Fuller, Rob Parton, Don Owens, Joel Spencer, Mike Kocour and Judy Roberts. Jeff is a Blujazz Recording Artist and his debut CD The Summer Knows, released in 2004, received critical acclaim. Jeff is also the founder/leader and vocalist for the group C11, a 12-piece jazz ensemble dedicated to honoring and preserving the work of legendary West coast arranger, Marty Paich. The band features many of the legendary “Dek-tette” arrangements that Paich wrote for notable jazz vocalist, Mel Torme. C11 released its debut recording Too Darn Hot in October 2011. Of Jeff, critics have written: “Jeff combines the best of past and present, vocal and instrumental, improvisation and lyricism, playfullness and coolness.” (Scott Gotschall, jazzreview.com, jazzwriter.com); “Jeff is to Mel Torme, as Mendelssohn was to Bach.” (John Bany, noted Chicago bassist); and “Jeff is obviously one of those rarities who probably scatted before he walked…” (Carla Gordon, Cabaret Hotline).

David Kachalon (Harmonica) teaches many harmonica styles, including Pre War Chicago Blues, Post War Chicago Blues, Country Blues, solo techniques, Cajun, Klezmer, Old Timey and Jug band music. In addition to several years of teaching private students, he has given seminars and workshops across the country. Kachalon plays the 10 hole Diatonic Harmonica, as well as the Chord, Bass, and Chromatic Harmonica. His primary focus with students is the Filisko Method of Tongue Blocking on the Diatonic Harmonica. He teaches Rhythm, Tone, Chord Structure, Song Form, Rhythmic Breathing, Sustained/Organ Padding, and Tongue Blocking to achieve single notes.



Anna Mayne (French Horn) is a member of the South Bend and Illinois symphonies, Anna Mayne freelances throughout the tristate area. She has performed with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Marin Symphony, El Paso Symphony, El Paso Opera, Southwest Symphony (NM), Chicago Arts Orchestra and the Oistrach Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Mayne has been a member of the CINCO Brass Quintet since 1998. As a member of CINCO, she was a semi-finalist at the Carmel, Coleman and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions. CINCO has performed all over Chicago, most notably on the main stage at Millennium Park, the Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, the Rush Hour Concert Series, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. Mayne has a bachelor’s degree in music from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a professional diploma in orchestral studies from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Mayne’s principal teachers include William Barnewitz, Dale Clevenger, Robert Ward and Gail Williams. She received fellowships to attend the Colorado College Summer Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.

Sue Mckenzie (Flute) As an educator and flutist, Sue McKenzie has guided hundreds of students to achieve mastery and joy in performing. Teaching instrumental music and band in Cary District 26 schools, as well as maintaining a private flute studio for over four decades, many of her students have gone on to receive scholarships, advanced degrees and have professional music careers of their own. Principal flutist with Symphonic Pops Orchestra of Chicago, and Harper Symphony Orchestra, Sue also performs with McKenzie Flute and Guitar Duo and St. Peter and Paul Music Ministry. Sue is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in instrumental music education. “I enjoy teaching all ages and abilities, beginners through adults. I believe every person has musical potential. A student comes to the teacher with trust and expectation. The teacher responds with respect and patience to guide the student to greater self-expression and joy in making music.”


Konrad Pawelek (Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano) is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Masters in Applied Pedagogy. He is an active performer and educator in the Chicagoland area, specializing in clarinet, saxophone, and piano. He began teaching at St. Luke in 2017 and previously served on the faculty at Chicago High School for the Arts. Mr. Pawelek is the co-founder of the Quo Vadis Clarinets, an ensemble whose mission is to inspire social, cultural, and artistic diversity in the community through performing arts. He is a native of Poland and in his free time enjoys pursuing his passion for history and the Spanish language.



Jeremy Ruthrauff (Saxophone) is a saxophonist, composer/improviser and teacher based in the Chicago area active in the concert, jazz and experimental music arenas. Freelance work involves regular performances with numerous prominent ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (including regular concerts at Symphony Center, the MusicNow contemporary music series, and performances at the summer Ravinia festival), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players (Contempo), Eighth Blackbird, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and the Chicago Saxophone Quartet. He has given solo and chamber music performances at prestigious venues throughout the United States and in Europe such as Merkin Hall in New York City, the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, Italy, the Ojai Music Festival (guest artist with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird), Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Renaissance Society. He was recently featured as a soloist on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music concert series MusicNow performing Jason Eckardt’s work Tangled Loops for soprano saxophone and piano. Jeremy has premiered numerous new works by leading composers, including recently the world premiere of Jacob TV’s multimedia opera The News with Fulcrum Point New Music Project as part of the Off the Wall concert series at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. He has been invited to give master classes at leading institutions such as the New England Conservatory of Music, American Composers’ Forum, University of Illinois, and others. Recently, he participated in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s program Harmonia at the National Museum of Mexican Art in which soloists introduced music to children from Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods. http://www.jeremyruthrauff.com

Dianne Ryan (Bassoon) earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech in music performance and an M.M. from Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College in bassoon performance. She then played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons for her orchestral training. Ryan performs regularly with Chicago area orchestras such as the Elmhurst Symphony, New Philharmonic and Light Opera Works and is a member of several chamber ensembles. She has toured Europe and Asia with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Chicago Symphonic Pops and has performed with pop artists such as Mel Torme, the Moody Blues, Ray Charles, the Beach Boys and Final Fantasy. She can be heard on numerous recordings and has appeared as a featured soloist with New Philharmonic and Elmhurst Symphony. In addition to Harper College, she has been on the faculties of Concordia University, VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Elmhurst College, Trinity International University, Lake Forest College and Merit School of Music and is the founder of the popular “Bassoon Boot Camp” for young bassoonists. Ryan has enjoyed giving clinics around the United States, including the national Bands of America Summer Symposium for seven years, Butler University Bassoon Day and Roanoke (Virginia) Symphony Orchestra Youth Camp.

Rose Sperrazza (Clarinet) maintains an active schedule as a performer and teacher. She is a full-time faculty member at Northeastern Illinois University where she regularly appears as a soloist and a chamber musician. She performs often with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Chicago Camerata Chamber Ensemble, the Harper Chamber Winds, Opus Three Woodwind Trio, CUBE, and in the Southern Illinois Music Festival http://www.sifest.com. She was a featured soloist in Tokyo, Japan and her chamber performances have been broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Elvehjem” and on Chicago’s WFMT. Sperrazza will be featured with the Cassatt String Quartet http://www.cassattquartet.com in March of 2007 and is also the founder of the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble at Northeastern Illinois University. She is the former executive director of the International Clarinet Association and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the Master of Music Performance from the University of Akron; and the Bachelor of Music from DePaul University. Her primary teachers were Larry Combs, Linda Bartley, David Bell, and William Gasbarro. Education: D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bryan Tipps (Trombone) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Roosevelt University and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. He has played with many of Chicago’s finest jazz ensembles including the Rob Parton Jazztech Big Band, The City Lights Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and The Rob Parton Big Band and has also performed alongside Toshiko Akiyoshi, David Liebman, Paul Anka, Phil Woods, and Michael Feinstein, and Johnny Mathis to name a few. He can be heard on Rob Parton’s Jazztech Big Band’s recording “Two Different Days” and the DePaul CD/DVD project “Solitude” featuring Phil Woods. He has performed at many of Chicago’s well-known music venues and festivals including The Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, The Auditorium Theater, The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, and The Chicago Jazz Festival.


David Tuttle (Saxophone) is an active freelance musician who has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, Ars Viva Chicago, and the Lake Forest Symphony. He has been performing as an extra player with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1974. He can be heard on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s recordings of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Wagner’s Prelude and Love Death, and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite. In addition to his extensive freelancing, David currently serves as principal clarinetist in the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Light Opera Works, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. He is the founder and director of Chicago Winds, Inc., which has presented more than 2,000 programs in Chicago Public Schools.


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