Sarah Younker, horn, is an active freelance musician and teacher in Chicago. She recently played for Mercury Theater’s highly praised “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes,” and is looking forward to joining Metropolis’ own production of “Young Frankenstein” this fall. Sarah performs with Chicago Summer Opera, Lake Forest Theater, Highland Park Strings, and a variety of other orchestral and theatrical groups in the area.
Sarah teaches French horn at the Metropolis School of Performing Arts, as well as at Downers Grove North High School. She is proud to work with a great and engaged group of horn players each week and coach them in their musical growth. Sarah’s students regularly audition into ILMEA District and State ensembles, participate in Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s training programs, and play in community groups outside of school.
For performance schedules, student tools, recordings and more information, please visit www.sarahyounker.com.
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.
Brad Conroy is a versatile guitarist who specializes in both classical and electric guitar styles. Brad is an accomplished performer on the classical guitar and has performed throughout the United States in recital, competitions, numerous master-classes, and at festivals where he is also active as an evaluator, adjudicator, and clinician. Brad keeps busy with the electric guitar and plays in a few Chicago-based rock and jazz fusion groups; he frequently plays on recording sessions, and maintains a large studio of students.
Brad finished his B.M. at Northeastern Illinois University (cum laude) with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance and studied with Dr. Brian Torosian. Brad furthered his music studies with a M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance at The Chicago College of Performing Arts, the music conservatory at Roosevelt University where he studied with world renowned guitarists Denis Azabagic and Sergio Assad.
Brad Conroy is very active in the Chicago music scene as a solo classical guitarist, jazz/rock/fusion guitarist, session player, composer, music journalist, and he teaches many students. See www.BradConroy.com for more info.
Matt Hart graduated from Illinois State University in May of 2006. He earned a bachelors degree in Music and has been teaching at Metropolis since February of 2007. Aside from teaching, Matt is also an active performer. He plays drums and percussion for theatre productions and various artists in the Chicago Area. Matt has been involved with the stage reading of Another Tomorrow at Metropolis, the LZP production of 110 in the Shade, The Backstage Theater Company production of Zombies From the Beyond, the Harper College Wind Symphony, and his rock band The Factory to name a few. Matt is very excited to be working with the Metropolis School of Performing Arts.
Bryan Shilander, has performed widely as a pianist throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Korea, with recitals in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Mexico City, Seoul and Pusan, Korea. In addition to recital and concerto engagements he is sought after as an accompanist and chamber musician. He performed a concert series in three cities in Taiwan with the Sinorica Piano Trio in 1989. In 1985, 1992, 1995, and 2003 he performed in Korea in engagements including solo recitals, concerto appearances with the Pusan Symphony Orchestra, and recitals with violinist Hae Young Chung and soprano Seungwon Lee. He was the pianist and organist for the Chicago Boy Choir’s 2004 tour of England.
Mr. Shilander teaches piano at the Metropolis School of Performing Arts, Arlington Heights, Illinois, and is the music director at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Chicago. From 1985–2005 he was a piano instructor and Associate Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Bryan Shilander studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a preparatory student with Betty Zimmer, and at the Sherwood Music School, Chicago, with Leo Podolsky, where he received the B.M. and M.M. degrees.
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.
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.
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 involved in vocal music since his earliest years. Raised his entire youth singing in choirs, involvement in musical productions was frequent, with roles in such shows as Britten's Noye's Fludde, and the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors. As a young man he portrayed Caleb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Enoch Snow Jr. in Carousel and performed as a member of the Illinois Opera Theatre ensemble in productions of Carmen, La Cenerentola, The Magic Flute, Madama Butterfly, L'elisir d'amore, La traviata and The Merry Widow. He sang regularly in recital, featured as a soloist with the Sunday Singers, and was a soloist in the Vivaldi Beatus Vir with Parkland College.
He studied voice privately under Master Teacher William Miller, Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois, until his passing in 1998. He has spent time on staff at Glimmerglass Opera, in Cooperstown, NY and Florida Grand Opera, in Miami, FL. While in Miami, he opened a private voice studio. In 2006 he took his teaching full-time, moving his studio back to Illinois.
A member of NATS, he now spends his time teaching between Chicago and Champaign. In addition to private instruction Mr. Jenks has been Vocal Advisor on musical productions including Ragtime and Into the Woods as well as Vocal Director for Little Shop of Horrors.
He has stepped back onto the stage in recent years 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. Most recently he sang Silvio in I Pagliacci with Greater Chicago Opera Guild and King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with North Shore Opera Hour. He joined friends for a concert dedicated to Disney & Mozart, has been the Baritone Soloist in Bach's Weinachtsoratorium, Fauré's Requiem, and Britten's Five Mystical Songs, 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, IL.
Nathan W. Brown is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Nathan recently returned to the Chicagoland area 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 with The Renaissance Center, 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 (Indiana), Stage Door Theatre (Florida), Bearcreek Farms Resort (Indiana), Cornwell's Dinner Theatre (Michigan), Houston County Arts Council (Tennessee) and Illinois Wesleyan University (Illinois). Most recently, Nathan Co-Directed/Music Directed the Metropolis School of Performing Arts production of Into the Woods, Jr.
As an actor, Nathan has performed leading roles in shows such as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Dames at Sea (Dick), and Seussical (Horton, the Elephant). He’s also performed supporting roles in shows such as 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.
Nathan is very passionate about teaching singers of all ages, and has given private voice lessons to more than 80 students, ages 6-86. Several of his vocal students have received talent-based scholarships to colleges such as Wright State University (Ohio), Millikin University (Illinois), and Trevecca Nazarene University (Tennessee).
Sarah Wasserman has been singing professionally in the Chicagoland area since graduating with her Masters from Roosevelt University CCPA in 2013. Among her performed roles are Gonda in Leo Fall's The Girl in the Train (Chicago Folks Operetta), Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Light Opera Works), Josephine in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S.Pinafore (Light Opera Works), Young Amelia in Daron Hagen's Amelia (Chicago College of Performing Arts), Europa in Milhaud's Trois Opéras Minutes (CCPA), Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Wheaton College), and Lady Ella in Patience (Wheaton College). Sarah has also performed in several large concerts and reviews, highlights include Carmina Burana with Chicago Sinfonietta, A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook with Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater, Gershwin's Greatest Hits with Light Opera Works, and she also performed as part of the Grant Park Chorus Apprentice Chorale for the 2012 season.
Sarah also enjoys teaching others to sing both privately and in a choral setting. At Wheaton College, she was honors conductor for the Women's Choral from 2010-2011 and was the Children's Choir Conductor at Wheaton College Community School of the Arts for three years. Sarah has been teaching private voice lessons for the past four years and has helped several of her students perform well in auditions for community theater and show choir. Although Sarah is classically trained, she also enjoys teaches and performs musical theater.
Sarah holds an MM from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a BM in Voice Performance from Wheaton College. She has studied with Carolyn Hart, Judith Haddon, and Rebecca Schorsch.