Private Lesson Teachers

       We believe very strongly that students who take private lessons will be successful on their instrument because they have good adult mentors. The list of teachers that we endorse are the very best teachers in the Lake Zurich area, and we believe they will assist each of our students in their music studies. Many of these teachers have hours either during the school day at LZHS, or in their homes after school and in the evenings/weekends. Find the teacher that works best for you. We can offer reccomendations if you are having any trouble or have questions.

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Private Lesson Teachers 
Lake Zurich #95
Updated 12/2/2019

All area code 847 unless noted:

*Diane Horban Flute 381-8609
Edie Davis Flute/piano 726-7612 teaches@home
*Joyce Stenzel Clarinet 847-651-8013 evenings
Bob Wilson Clarinet/sax 847-381-7452 (C) 847-912-4703 (home)
Howard Green Clarinet
*Ian Letts Saxophone 630-346-3140
Melody Velleuer French Horn 847-712-6754
 *Mark Hoffman Trumpet 630-450-2494
Phil Feo Trumpet 550-8103    teaches@Home
Madi Cardenas Bassoon 224-716-8347
*Suzanne Ingold Oboe 566-2069
*Josh Torrey Low Brass 518.956.1584
*Brett Baxter Percussion/Drum Set 816-721-1719
Joan James Piano 847-726-6722(H)
Ken Spurr Jazz Piano 630-832-8885
Greg Maher Jazz Piano 773-716-7516

*Teacher with studio at the high school.

    Joyce Stenzel has played clarinet with the Northbrook Symphony for 15 years, serving as principal for the past 11 years.  Her undergraduate music studies brought her to Wheaton College (IL), where as a junior she was winner of the Concerto Competition.  She then went to DePaul University for a Masters of Music degree, studying under John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony.  In addition to free-lancing, she has performed in various groups in the Chicago area including the Civic Orchestra, Wheaton Symphony, West Suburban Symphony, and North Shore Concert Band.  In addition to teaching clarinet privately, Joyce homeschools her three children. With her musician/teacher husband, Steve, they attempt to keep up with the schedule of their kids' musical, athletic, and church activities.  Any spare time left is given to practicing, running, tending a vegetable garden, and reading all kinds of books.

      Brett Baxter is the instructor of percussion at Saint Xavier University and the percussion specialist for the Lake Zurich, IL School District. He has performed with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the New Philharmonic, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Brett has also performed with the chamber ensembles Marimba Sol de Chiapas, Third Coast Percussion and the Michael Burritt Percussion Group.
     In 2005, Brett was the winner of the Music Teacher’s National Association’s annual Young Artist Percussion Competition. He was a soloist on the winner’s concert in Seattle, WA. He has performed on the Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion programs in Missouri and at Columbia College in Illinois, where he performed the world premiere of Ed Martin’s Skipping Stones for solo vibraphone. Brett is an active clinician in the region, most recently presenting a masterclass at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and working with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s percussion section.
     Brett holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri – Kansas City where he graduated magna cum laude and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Literature from Northwestern University. His teachers include Michael Burritt, Jim Ross, Paul Wertico and Dr. James Snell.

     Mark Hoffman is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies.
     After graduation, Mark toured nationally and internationally as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra before returning to the Chicago area, where he continues to play as a freelance trumpeter. He is also an experienced trumpet instructor and has been teaching trumpet lessons to students of all ages for nearly 20 years.
     In addition to his trumpet career, Mark oversees the music at Meadows Christian Fellowship where he has been on staff since 2011.

     Diane Horban has taught flute in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago for over 35 years. She has performed as a flute/piccolo substitute with the Chicago Symphony and as a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She has held principal flute positions with the River Cities Philharmonic, The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest and the Northwest Symphony.  Her Concerto performances with Orchestra include the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, The Highland Park Strings, The Symphony or Oak Park and River Forest and The Northwest Symphony.  She is a founding member of the Prevailing Winds Woodwind Quintet and has performed with The Tononi Ensemble through the Chicago Symphony. 
     A graduate of The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee she has studied with Samuel Baron, Donald Peck, Richard Graef and Joanne Bennett.  She has served as President, Assistant Program Chair, and as a member of the Board for the Chicago Flute Club. Her students have been accepted into Junior High, Senior High and All State Bands and Orchestras. Her students have received 1st Place awards in the Junior and the Senior Divisions of the Chicago Flute Club Competition.

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