Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

MUSIC - FACULTY BIOS

 

 

 

Guitar

Paul Henry has received much acclaim for his performances across the United States and Europe. He received high praise from Guitar International Magazine following his first Carnegie Recital Hall performance. He was recently featured in Guitar One Magazine as one of the top 10 guitarists in the United States. His numerous compact disc recordings have received outstanding reviews. His performance scores and his new method book for classical guitar are published internationally by the Hal Leonard Corporation. Paul is currently on the faculty at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and Concordia University in River Forest. He conducts master classes at many colleges and universities throughout the United States. 

Percussion

Matt Hart earned his bachelor’s in music business from Illinois State University and subsequently earned a teaching license from North Park University.  Matt began teaching at Metropolis in 2007, and he is an active performer in the Chicago area, having performed in pit orchestras through the years with LZP Productions, Music on Stage, Backstage Theatre Company, and Quest Theatre Ensemble.  Since 2013, Matt has been a percussionist with The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest where he has had opportunities to work under the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s own Maestro Riccardo Muti and to perform at Symphony Center. He also has performed in and with several rock bands, and he has helped out with the Rock Band class at Metropolis on occasion as well. 

 

Piano

Janna Gainulin began her musical training at the age of seven in Russia where she attended a full-time community music school for eight years. She received her degrees in Music Education, Pedagogy and Performance and Speech-Language Therapy from the State University in St Petersburg. Janna has worked as the music teacher and SLT in Preschool, Elementary and Middle schools in Russia.

Here in the USA, Janna has taught and teaching piano privately and in private music schools. Her students’ ages range from 3 to 60 years old. She also introduces singing to children and accompany to students of other teachers at vocal and instrumental rehearsals and recitals.

She is the member of MTNA, and the last year became the Nationally Certified Music Teacher in Piano.

As a teacher, Janna sees each of her students as a unique individual. Getting to know their family background and interests helps her to develop the musical and instrumental curriculum for each of them. Educational plans are based on the child’s development, knowledge of Music education, pedagogy, performance and different teaching approaches such as multi-sensory methodology among others. Janna is very excited to be working with the Metropolis School of Performing Arts.

 


Tina Qi began her piano studies at the age of five with her mother. During the childhood years of her piano studies, she received many honors, won numerous competitions, and performed both solo as well as with orchestras. She began entering piano competitions around the age of seven and has participated in such competitions as the Chicago Symphony Young Performers Competition and the Fox Valley Young Performers Competition. She received the Youngest Player Award multiple times in the Elgin Symphony Young Virtuosi Competition and also received a full scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Camp from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions. Tina competed in numerous competitions all the way until her undergraduate studies. 

In 2007, Tina earned her Bachelor degree in piano under scholarship from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. From 2007 to 2009, she attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and earned her Master of Music degree in piano. Recently, she was chosen to perform at the Chicago College of Performing Art’s first annual Inaugural Piano Showcase Recital in the spring of 2009. Participants were chosen based on the top seven scores received in their piano juries from the previous semester. Continuing her education, Tina again attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts under scholarship from 2010 to 2012 and earned her Performance Diploma degree in piano. Currently, when she is not fulfilling her passion for teaching, Tina enjoys collaborating with local musicians in chamber and other settings and is always looking for a way to share music with anyone that is willing to listen.

 

 

Violin & Viola

Vasile Ardeleanu began his musical training at the age of six in Romania where he attended a full-time specialized music school for 12 years. Vasilereceived his Masters degree in Orchestral Performance and his Bachelors degree in Violin Performance, graduating with honors from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. While there, he studied with concert violinist Cyrus Forough, former principal second violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Joseph Golan and former principal second violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra Stefan Hersh. He has played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago while in college, as well as with The Roosevelt University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra in addition to various amateur orchestras throughout the city. 

Vasile teaches violin at the Metropolis School of the Performing Arts in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where he has been on faculty since 2005. He provides one-on-one instruction to students at a variety of levels. In his spare time, Vasile also plays in a Romanian folk orchestra.

 

Voice

Tiffany Gates has performed consistently since age seven, and her career highlights include a starring role in a staged reading of a rock musical called Another Tomorrow at Lincoln Center and solo vocal performances as well ensemble and dance work at The Triad, also in New York City. Regionally, Tiffany has been seen at Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Beck Center, Lakeland Theatre, Cain Park, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Bailiwick, Light Opera Works, and Chicago Folks Operetta to name a few.

As a passionate instructor of the performing arts, Tiffany has taught dance classes for all ages since 1995 and private voice lessons since the year 2000. She specializes in the Musical Theater style, with a concentration on mixed- voice, head-voice, and belting techniques, but feels equally at home in all styles of vocal music. Her teaching has led her private students to major in the performing arts in college at The University of San Diego, Wagner College in New York City, Millikin University, Kent State University, and Tulane University. Several of her students have had agent representation through Stewart Talent Agency, Aria Talent, and Paonessa Talent Agency here in Chicago.

Tiffany is also the Owner of Harmonious Horizons, a Music Together® center on the North Shore. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 5. This program encompasses everything that she is passionate about - music, movement, creativity, education, and young children. Harmonious Horizons opened in the Fall of 2009. 

Tiffany has a Certificate in Classical Vocal Performance which was awarded to her during her senior year of high school from The Cleveland Music School Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ohio Northern University where she performed in four dance showcases and fifteen musicals/operas, with nine lead roles. She was also a member and Assistant Conductor of The University Singers national touring chorus. Tiffany was a frequent soloist with the group, singing Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F, to name a few. As the Assistant Conductor, she was seen leading the choir on national television during The Hour of Power with Dr. Schuller at the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles. Tiffany was the founder/director of the Ohio Northern University Women’s Chorus, as well as a performer and choreographer for The Northernaires, a touring vocal jazz quartet. Tiffany was also chosen for The Circle in the Square Theatre School’s Summer Intensive Workshop in Manhattan, where classes where held in The Circle in the Square Theatre, the only accredited acting school on Broadway.

 

Jolilorlyn Quitain-Wenghofer (Jing) completed her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in Manila, Philippines in 2003. During her time there she appeared with several orchestras including the UST Symphony Orchestra, the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Jing was also a member of Vocal Ensemble Philippines, a 6-member vocal group which performs all over the country. Upon her graduation she accepted a teaching position at UST and the Colegio San Agustin in Makati.

In 2005, Jing came to the US to obtain her Master of Music degree at Winthrop University in South Carolina and graduated in 2007. At Winthrop, she performed with the university’s Chorale and performed in the opera Dido and Aeneas and Gianni Schicchi. Currently, Jing is about to complete her Doctorate degree in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina. At USC, she performed in the musical The Light in the Piazza as well as the opera Riders to the Sea. Her recent performances as a soloist include Mozart Mass in F, Schubert's Mass in G and Faure's Requiem.

Jing has been teaching voice and piano lessons for over twelve years and is enjoying every minute with her students. She also serves as the Music Director for Addolorata Villa in Wheeling, IL. 


Jing is married to Kevin Wenghofer and just had their first baby, Isabelle, in May 2011.

Brad Jenks has been working in or around the vocal music field for over twenty-five years. An eager teacher and perpetual student of the vocal arts, he studied voice privately under Master Teacher William Miller, Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois, until Mr. Miller’s passing in 1998. He spent time working as administrative staff at the Festival Lyrique de Belle-Ile-en-Mer in Le Palais, France, Glimmerglass Opera, in Cooperstown, NY and Florida Grand Opera, in Miami, FL, where he also began teaching privately.

Focusing his efforts on instruction and pedagogy for the last 15 years, his teaching has taken him from Miami to Chicago and as far as Los Angeles. In addition to his teaching, he is an avid writer on the subject of singing, study, and pedagogy. He maintains his blog/podcast/web series, A Journey In Song, and has been twice published in Classical Singer Magazine.

Mr. Jenks has done Vocal Advising and Direction on musical productions including Ragtime and Little Shop of Horrors for Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, and more recently was French Diction advisor for /kor/ Productions' Carmen, and Transgressive Theatre Opera’s Le Comte Ory, both in Chicago.

Mr. Jenks has sung for most of his life, both in choral works and as a soloist. Recent years have had him as an ensemble member in Beauty and the Beast, Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun, and Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Champaign-Urbana Theater Company, Silvio in I Pagliacci with Greater Chicago Opera Guild, King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with North Shore Opera Hour, Ensemble in Puccini's La Boheme, Pistola in Falstaff, Marcello in La Boheme excerpts with /kor/ Productions, and Ludwig in Transgressive Theatre-Opera's Gilbert & Sullivan concert, Best of the Worst, in Chicago. He joined friends and students for a concert dedicated to Disney & Mozart, has been the Baritone Soloist in Fauré's Requiem, and Britten's Five Mystical Songs, and selections from Bach's Weinachtsoratorium, all with Chicago State University, as well as singing the part of Jesus in the Hillert Passion According to St. John with First St. Paul's Lutheran in Chicago. He is also a regular participant in his wife’s monthly concert series Immanuel UCC Presents.

Nathan W. Brown is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Nathan returned to the Chicagoland area a fews years ago after living just outside of Nashville, TN, where he served as the Associate Director of Theatre/Resident Music Director for The Renaissance Center. During his eight years there, Nathan worked on more than 55 productions, including Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Cats, Oklahoma!, Annie, The Music Man and Once Upon a Mattress. Favorite Directing credits include Into the Woods,

Seussical, Jr., Church Basement Ladies, A Year with Frog and Toad, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol: The Musical and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Nathan has also worked with many regional theatres around the country. Favorite Music Directing credits include All Shook Up, Seussical, The Will Rogers Follies, Married Alive!, Forever Plaid and Jekyll & Hyde, at theatres including Bigfork Summer Playhouse (Montana), The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres (IN), Stage Door Theatre (FL), Bearcreek Farms Resort (IN), Cornwell's Dinner Theatre (MI), Houston County Arts Council (TN) and Illinois Wesleyan University (IL).

As an actor, Nathan has performed in shows such as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Dames at Sea (Dick), Seussical (Horton, the Elephant), Forever Plaid (Jinx), Grease (Doody), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), Cats (Mungojerrie), A Chorus Line (Al), and Fiddler on the Roof (Motel, the Tailor). Nathan also spent time performing as a lead singer with theme parks and cruise lines, including Dollywood, Hersheypark, and Costa Cruises.

For SOPA, Nathan has worked on many Fall Musicals, classes, and camps, including Into the Woods, JR., G2K The Sound of Music, G2K Cinderella, G2K Once Upon a Mattress, James & The Giant Peach, JR., and Disney’s The Lion King, JR. Nathan also directs SOPA Cabaret with fellow faculty member Tiffany Gates.

Nathan is very passionate about teaching singers of all ages, and has given private voice lessons to more than 100 students, ages 6-86. Several of his vocal students have received talent-based scholarships to colleges such as Wright State University (OH), Millikin University (IL), and Trevecca Nazarene University (TN).