Music Department Staff

Center for the Arts Supervisor:
Julie Nichols, CPRP
p: 847-920-3927


Music lessons are available for registration throughout the entire session. Click here for more registration information on voice, violin, viola, piano, and guitar.

Canzonetta Youth String Orchestra presents their annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 8 in the auditorium of the Community Recreation Center.

Spring music students are invited to participate in the annual Music Recital, held on Wednesday, March 23 from 6pm-8pm. All are welcome to attend this free celebration in the auditorium of the Community Recreation Center.

Canzonetta Youth String Chamber Orchestra

Hilel Kagan, conductor and artistic director, is a founder, conductor, and artistic director of Concertante di Chicago. He is the Principal 2nd violin, 30 years, for the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago and a former professor of violin and chamber music at De Paul University and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Helia Schramm, co-artistic director, is the Concertmistress of the Civic Orchestra, the 1st violinist of Arcturus String Quartet, and the Principal 2nd violin of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival. She is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and is a founder of the Lincolnwood School of Music.

Canzonetta Canzonetta Auditions

Voice Instruction

Emily Glick received a BFA in music from the University of Michigan. Her experience includes work with the Marriott Theatre's productions of La Cage Aux Follies, The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland, as well as Timeline Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Musicals Tonight!, Theaterworks USA and Liz Swados Productions.

Ellen Morris has been singing since the age of 8 and playing piano from the age of 4. She has her degree in Piano Studies and Music Direction from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. At Northwestern, Ellen studied classical voice with Sunny Joy Langton and Richard Drews, musical theater voice with Kelli Morgan and Keven Keys, and piano with Dr. Sylvia Wang. She has sung professionally with several choirs, including Music of the Baroque in Chicago and The Redeemer Choir in Bryn Mawr, PA. Ellen has taught for the Evanston Children's Choir and Camp Encore/Coda, and currently teaches and coaches at the Wilmette Park District, Harper College, and Northwestern University. Her professional theater credits include productions with the Marriott Theatre, BoHo Theatre, The Hypocrites, Lifeline Theatre and upcoming productions in 2017 with Griffin Theater and The Hypocrites.

Violin and Viola Instruction

Paula Eatman currently plays violin and viola in several quartets and also performs with the Chicago String Ensemble. She was a 1st Violinist with the Arcturus Quartet and has played with the Lake Forest Symphony.

Desi Tantchev, viola/violin holds both BM and MM from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. Prior to moving to the United States in 1996, Desi performed with leading orchestras in Bulgaria and Europe. She teaches both traditional and Suzuki methods and has been on the faculty of the MCMC since 2002. She also teaches at the Des Plaines School of Music, North Shore Music Institute and previously at Glennbrook South and North High Schools. She also teaches in her studio in Northfield and performs regularly with NSO, SVSO and Highland Park Strings.

Piano Instruction

Dan Chase is a piano and organ player from the Chicago area with over 5 years of experience teaching at music schools in the area, as well as teaching out of students' homes. He has become proficient with a wide range of ages and abilities, and includes styles such as jazz, pop, blues, classical, and Latin. Catering his lesson plans to the individual, with an emphasis on fundamentals, Dan also regularly perform as a sideman and leader on piano and Hammond B3 organ.

Guitar Instruction

Hollis Hahn

Kyle Gilbertson has been studying, teaching, and performing on the guitar for over 30 years. He has studied with the classical guitar masters Nicholas Goluses, Stephen Aron, and the composer Dusan Bogdanovic. In 2001, he received his BA in Classical Guitar Performance from Oberlin College. He taught for The Ultimate School of Guitar from 2004 - 2010. In 2009, he received his K-12 teaching certificate from Northeastern Illinois University, with an endorsement in instrumental music. From 2009 - 2016, he taught general music and band at Phoenix Military Academy, a high school in Chicago. As band director, Kyle taught his students to play all the woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The band played at football games, marched in parades, performed in concerts and went to competitions. In 2015, the band took 2nd place in the city-wide JROTC Drum and Bugle Competition. In the general music classes, he taught guitar, keyboard, bass, drum set, and voice. For many years, Kyle performed regularly around the Chicago area with blues singer Darby Tillis. Passionate about music, he enjoys sharing that passion with his students. Kyle is back teaching at The Ultimate School of Guitar, and we are happy to have such a talented musician rejoin our team.


(a General Recreation program)

Wendy Morgan of the Vocal Gymnasium is a certified Musikgarten instructor and teaches voice at the Music Institute of Chicago. Wendy is also a children's music performer and songwriter on the North Shore. For more information, contact Lindsay Thomas at