Learn about our talented piano, accordion and harmonium private instructors:
Olga Bornovalova (Piano) received her M.M. and D.M. in Piano Performance at the Gorky Conservatory of Music in Russia. She studied with two distinguished pianists: Sofia Polyakova and the nationally renowned Isaac Katz. Both mentors were graduates of the famous Moskow conservatory, representing the great “Russian traditions” of piano playing. While in Russia, Olga was active as a teacher, lecturer and performer. Formerly a Head of a piano department at the local music school, she was an adjudicator for various piano competitions and was also active as a clinician. She gave numerous concerts throughout former USSR, performed with Gorky Chamber Orchestra and appeared on public radio and TV station. Mrs. Bornovalova and her family moved to the USA in 1992. Since then, she continues her career as a performer and teacher. Residing in Jacksonville, Florida, she was a faculty member at the University of North Florida. Professor Bornovalova has toured the United States several times, playing solo and collaborative recitals for the various concert series. She toured Puerto Rico with the “Lyric Theatre Group” and performed with internationally renowned tenor William Brown, she was a member of the “Amadeus” Piano Trio and appeared as a solo and duo pianist at WJCT Stereo 90. After relocating to the Chicago area in 2000, Professor Bornovalova continues her performing and teaching career. She is currently on the faculty at the College of Lake County, Harper College, and the Adler Music Institute. She also maintains her private studio of which many of her students have won various competitions. In 2005 through 2007, Professor Bornovalova was an artist in residence at the Illinois Art Council. She gave numerous solo and collaborative recitals in the Chicagoland area and appeared on WFMT in 2010.
Helen Chang (Piano) earned her Masters of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana in piano performance and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her principle teachers were William Heiles, Theodore Edel, and Reid Alexander (Piano Pedagogy). In addition, she had chamber coaching with the Pacifica Quartet, master class with John O’Connor, and served as teaching intern at the University of Illinois Piano Laboratory Program. Helen was the recipient of the Chicago Bar Association Award scholarship for piano, as well as the Steinway of Chicago Music Educator Grant. For the past 15 years, Helen has been on the faculties of Harper College Community Music Center, McHenry County Music Center, and Adler Music and Arts Center where she teaches individual piano lessons, group lessons and theory classes for all ages. In 2018, Helen joined Music Blocks, a non-profit organization in the Barrington area to provide after school semi-private piano instruction to students of low-income families in District 220 and is the current Program Manager. In addition to teaching, she enjoys performing on various solo and collaborative recitals. Helen has been an active member of Music Teachers National Association and served as a Co-chair for the NWSMTA Achievement in Music Program. Her students have been graduates of the ISMTA Level 12 Achievement in Music Theory/Performance Exams, scholarship recipients, and prizewinners at the Grandquist Memorial Contest, IMA State Olympic Contest, NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, as well as participants of the Chicago Symphony Young Artists Auditions. Helen has a passion for developing and working with students to establish a solid foundation of music reading, music appreciation and to spark a life-long love for music. She recognizes peer learning as a source of motivation and affirmation, and tries to bring a positive and encouraging attitude to her classes so that every student can succeed.
Cheryl Cheon-Ae Lim (Piano) is a member of the piano faculty at the Community School of the Arts. Ms. Lim teaches Suzuki and traditional piano methods both private and group. Her students have performed at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and were selected to take part in numerous master classes at Suzuki National Conferences. They have also won several concerto competitions. Ms. Lim attended Seoul National University where she performed as an honor student. After winning the first place in the Korean Cultural Center Competition, Ms. Lim came to the United States to further her piano studies. She studied English and piano at Roosevelt University, winning first place in the Chicago Musical College Scholarship Competition. During her time at Northwestern University, Cheryl was selected as one of six demonstration student-teachers at the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. Cheryl has been an adjudicator in the Illinois State AIM exams, Sonata-Sonatina Festival by Illinois State Music Teachers Association, the Society of American Musicians, Illinois High School Association State Music Contest, Grandquist Music Competition, and Music Festival in Honor of Confucius. Ms. Lim’s name was also listed on Who’s Who in America. Ms. Lim began playing piano at the age of five in her native land of Korea. Her passion for playing carried over to education and is now a devoted educator of piano. Along with her position at CSA, Ms. Lim is also head of the piano department at Betty Haag Academy and is a faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College.
Steven P. Mazurek (Accordion, Director of the World Music Ensemble) began his piano accordion studies in 1958 at age 9 and continued studying and playing into his high school years; until the advent of the Beatles and the discovery of girls, smoking and fast cars . He then moved to vocal music. Steven attended choral sessions at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and sang with the Russian Choir at Michigan State University during his college years. Steven then took a forty year musical hiatus. He renewed his piano accordion studies in 2008. Since returning to the piano accordion, Steven has attended master classes with Frank Marocco and Stas Venglevski. He has played in ensembles and accordion orchestras across the United States under the direction of Joan Cochran Sommers, Stas Venglevski, Frank Marocco, et al. Steven also studied privately with Stas Venglevski for several years. Steven has played in the Harper College World Music Ensemble, were he ultimately became a co-director and music arranger. Steven has a B.S. in Physics and training in secondary education from Michigan State University. In 2015, Steven graduated from Harper College with an AFA in Music. He is a member of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild International (ATG) and the American Accordionists’ Association.
Levonne Mrozinski (Piano) earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She has also done post-graduate work at the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. Mrs. Mrozinski has served as president of the Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association and maintains an independent piano studio in Arlington Heights along with her teaching duties for the Community Music Center.
Konrad Pawelek (Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone) 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.
Janice Larson Razaq (Piano) has a doctorate from Texas Tech University and other degrees from Eastman School of Music and University of Illinois. A Fulbright scholar to England, she performed at Wigmore Hall in London. Dr. Razaq is heard on WFMT and Minnesota Public Radio and plays concertos with area orchestras. Solo performances range across the country. She is a state officer for Illinois State Music Teachers Association and is Piano Coordinator for Harper College credit students.
Kathlyn Sbarboro (Piano) is the Piano Facilitator for the Community Music Center teaches both group and private lessons to students of all levels, and oversees all piano performance festivals, recitals, and student placement. Ms. Sbarboro has earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education, and a Master of Arts degree in piano pedagogy. She is recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teacher’s National Association.
Ken Spurr (Piano) is a jazz pianist, teacher and bandleader who has been active as a professional musician in the Chicago area for over 10 years. Ken has performed weekly at the Plaza Club on the top floor of the Prudential Building from 1997 to 2001. He also performed with the Curt Warren Quartet at the Texas Jazz Festival from 1997 to 1999. Ken has performed with many major jazz artists including Louie Bellson, Ira Sullivan, Rufus Reid, Richie Cole, Greg Abate, Marvin Stamm and Joe Gallardo. In addition, Ken has also played and/or recorded with many local jazz artists including Rusty Jones, Nick Tountas, Joel Spencer, Kelly Sill, Larry Grey, Greg Fishman, Jackie Allen and Bob Rummage. Ken is an active member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians and A.P.O.L. (Association of Professional Orchestra Leaders). In May of 2001 he released his first CD recording, Sometime Ago, which is available on Amazon.com and kenspurr.com. Ken received a BA in Music from Valparaiso University and currently teaches jazz piano at Elmhurst College and Harper College. Ken has studied piano with William Foster, Larry Novak, Allan Swain, David Kikoski, Terry Dybvig and Mary Sauer.
Victoria Tsangari teaches private and group piano lessons in the CE department at Harper College. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in Piano Performance & Pedagogy with a minor in Music Theory Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano and Theory at Kentucky State University, and was on the faculty at Transylvania University, Georgetown College and Centre College. She has presented workshops and lecture-recitals at regional and national conferences, and has adjudicated festivals and competitions. She has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Cyprus, Romania and the United States.
Sylvia Udar (Harmonium) was born and brought up in Austria, and her passion for music started from early childhood days when she was exposed to the musical instrument – a piano. She began taking piano lessons at age of 5 and continued for 10 years, gaining intricacies of Western classical music. She would listen to songs on the radio and try to copy them as her pastime. During her mid-twenties, Sylvia was drawn into Indian classical music and underwent training in Indian Classical Music in Nashik from Mr. Saundankar. Sylvia has grown into a passionate harmonium player, accompanying diverse range of singers in Bhajans, devotional music and Qawwalis in the Midwest. In recent years, Sylvia started teaching private harmonium lessons to students from beginner levels to more advanced, both children and adults. Sylvia has broad knowledge about Indian Classical Music by performing with like-minded international music players from different backgrounds. Upcoming November she will continue her advanced education in Nagpur (India), from Pandit Prabhakar Dhakde Guruji. Sylvia is also a savvy flutist and bansuri player and continuing her practice on a regular basis.