Chicago Conservatory College Faculty 1970's Faculty

Enrique Alberfo Arias, Chairmen, Music History and Literature, Dean. Mus Cum laude (Piano) De Paul University, 1963. A. M. University of Chicago. Master's Paper "An Analysis of Igor Stravinsky's Concerto for Two Solo Pianos," 1966. PhD. D. Candidate Northwestern University. Dissertation "The Masses of Sabastian de Vivanco (circa 1550 1622): A Study of Polyphonic Settings of the Ordinary in Late Renaissance Spain." Member American Music logical Society. Included in American Leaders in Education.

Nene Ballsfad, Voice

Mme. Baalstad's artistic background is one of successful experience in European opera and concert. Preceding her professional career she studied ex decisively with many of the finest teachers, including many years with Dr. Gillis Bratt, teacher of Kirsten Flagstad and other noted artists. An exponent of the methods of these great teachers, Mme. Baalstad has established an enviable reputation as a voice teacher. Her students are engaged in both the concert and teaching fields. Belle Bender, Ballet

Founder and director of the Belle Bender Ballet School, exponent of Italian, French and Russian School methods, as well as the modern ballet concepts of Michel Fokine. Students receive complete ballet education in both the classic and modern ballet and are successfully holding positions in opera, concert, theatre, as well as teaching positions in Conservatories and Colleges.

Celia Bender, Voice, Piano

Pianist and teacher, is indebted to such masters as Leopold Godowsky, Joseph Lhevinne and Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler for ideas which she has devel oped into an original method of presentation that has proven gratifyingly suc cessful in developing artist performers and excellent teachers. The Piano Methods course is under her direction.

Janef Bergman, Flute

Studied with Laurent Fornd, John F. Kiburz, Sr., and John F. Kiburz, Jr., all of the St. Louis Symphony. Training with the Scholarship Symphony under Edward Murphy of the St. Louis Symphony as first flutist and soloist. Also Member of Women's Symphony of St. Louis under Vladimir Goischmann. First flutist, four years with St. Louis Little Symphony and soloist. Appeared with the American Theatre and Opera and with Oklahoma City Symphony as soloist. Member of Aeolian Woodwind Ensemble for seven years. First flute with Chicago Chamber Orchestra for four years. Currently first flute with the City Symphony under direction of Leon Stein. Has been teaching flute extensively in Chicago and suburbs. Harold Berlinger, Picino

Mus. B. Mus. M., D. F. A. Teacher of piano, theory. Editor, lecturer in Piano Pedagogy, Music History. Chamber Music performances with members of

Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Appearances with symphony orchestras. Solo recitals.

Otis Branch, Music Educafion, Chorus

B. Mus. Ed., Chicago Conservatory College. Graduate study, Chicago Musical College. Voice with Virginia Parker. Choral technical with Guilio Favario. Piano with Alvena Reckzeh and Felix Ganz. Formerly Chairman of Music Department, La Grange Park (North) Public Schools. Director of Choral Music and Humanities, Bremen High School, Midlothian, Illinois.

Elsa Braun, Ballet

Studied ballet extensively with Pavley, Bohn, Kosloff, Tarasoff; character with Angelo Casino. As head of her own company she made coast to coast tours. Many of her pupils are successfully launched in professional careers; others maintain their own studios.

Virginia Broche, Chairman Music Educafion Department; Music Education Keyboard Harmony

Mus. M. Ed., University of Illinois. Mus. B., MacMurray College. Piano with Edmund Munger, Henri Van den Berg and Harold Berlinger. Voice with Arthur E. Westbrook and Katie Sutherland. Theory with Bessie L. Smith and Hubert Kessler. Music Education with Charles Leonhard. Many years of experience as both teacher and supervisor in public schools in Illinois.

Sisfer Mary Carl, C. S. J., Piano

Mus. B. and Mus. M. Chicago Conservatory. Piano study with Bernard Dieter. Theory with Edgar A. Brazelton, Keith Holton and Bernard Dieter. Extensive preliminary study, including work with Lawrence Potter.

Clarence Carlson, Percussion, Percuss;on A4efhods

Widely experienced in concert band and symphony orchestra performance. A successful teacher whose students are active with major orchestras in both concert and theatrical fields and in making commercial recordings with leading companies.

Thomas Cifani, 0boe

B.S. Music Education State University Teachers College, Potsdam, New York. Mus. M., Oboe, Northwestern University. Member of Sheridan Woodwind Quintet. Member Orchestra of North Shore Music Center.

Dale Clevenger, French Horn

Principal French Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Formerly with American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stowkowski, and Symphony of the Air directed by Alfred Wallenstein. Recorded with Stowkowski's orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphony. He is a member of the Chicago Wind Octet. Distinguished soloist and teacher.

Beffe Coulson, Piano B.M. American Conservatory of Music. M. M. Chicago Conservatory College. Instrumental accompanist. President of Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Omicron.

Inez Alfman Croffs, Voice M.Mus., B. Mus., Chicago Conservatory College. Extensive vocal study with Mme.Nene Baalstad. Theory and Composition with Dr. Bernard Dieter. Toured with New York Opera 1957. Currently contralto soloist North Shore 39

Baptist Church. Listed in "Who's Who of American Women" as a composer and contralto. Before coming to Chicago Mrs. Crofts had her own television Program with weekly broadcasts on the East Coast.

Helen Frish Cunaf, Piano

Mus. B. Columbia School of music. Studied piano with Helen B. Lawrence, Robert E. Schmitz, Leonard Shure, and ensemble with George Dasch. Concertized in America and abroad. Member of Society of American Musicians, Chicago Artists Association, past President of Mu Phi Epsilon National Honor Society, and at present member of The Chicago Alumnae Chapter Mu Phi. Many of her former students have attained recognized professional status.

Dr. Francois D'Alberf, President; Chairman String Department; Violin; Chamber Orchestra, Conducting

Ph.D. Budapest University. Internationally known, Hungarian born American concert violinist, composer, conductor. President D'Albert graduated from Royal Liszt Academy, Budapest with State Artist and Professor Diplomas. Has presented over 4,000 concerts. Soloist with leading orchestras of Europe, Canada and U.S. Since 1959 President Chicago Conservatory College. Former jury member National Conservatory Paris; examiner, McGill and Montreal Univer ties; Professor Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland; principal, Galway University and Assomption College. Summer School Music Festival; visiting professor, Ball State Teachers College (now University) Muncie, Ind.;guest artist, Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties Dr. D'Albert is a very active concert artist. Has developed many students of virtuoso caliber, using the Hubay method. As a composer, he has 175 works to his credit. Member A.S.C.A.P., New York. Studied composition with Leo Weiner, Eugene Zador, Zoltan Kodaly, Florent Schmitt; conducting with Clemens Krauss, Hermann Scherchen. Works published by Elkin, Novello, London; Galaxy, New York; Rouart Lerolle, Noel, Durand, Paris; Interpax, Zurich; Kodaly, Academy Publications, Chicago. Made numerous recordings for B. & F. (Gold Label), Hussar, Ikar, Hungarica, Pannonia, Rapsodia, Musica Viva labels; produced also by Columbia, R.C.A. Victor.Past Chairman, I.S.C.M.; Past President and Honorary Member, Chicago Artist's Association; founder, Chicago Chamber Players, American Festival Or chestra; President Musica Viva Recording Society; Kodaly Academy and Insti tlite; Vivaldi Academy and Institute; Associate President Arpad Academy and President of the Academy's Artists De artment; Chairman, Artist Department, Polish Hungarian World Federation;p Leader, Midwestern String Quartet, Musica Viva Quintet; D'Albert Smith Duo (ensembles in residence at C.C.C.). Honorary National Patron, Phi Beta. Member American StringTeachers Association. National Catholic Music Educators Association; Illinois State Music Teachers and Music Teachers National Association; Society of American Muicians, etc. Dr. D'Albert is the 1969 recipient of the Americanism Medal of Honor, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution whose citation reads: "For trustworthiness, service, leadership and patriotism.,Maria D'Albert, Voice

Distinguished operatic soprano. Recipient of State Teacher's and Performers Diploma from Royal Liszt Academy, Budapest. Began the study of piano with Arnold Szekely, Fernand Ember; voice with Szekelyhidy, Emeric Molnar;theory with Jeno Adam, Zoltan Kodaly. Winner of important awards. Soloist with Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera House, Strasbourg Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio Eireann Light Orchestra. Concertized in major cities of Europe, Canada, United States. Formerly professor, Leinster Academy, taught at Municipal School of Music, Dublin, Ireland, was on the faculties of the Galway University, the Assumption College Summer Schools, Music Festivals (1952 58) in Ireland and Canada. Honorary National Patron, Phi Beta. Member, Illinois State Music Teachers and Music Teachers National Associations. Recording Artist for Hussar Records. President Rapsodia Record Co.; Member American Association of University Professors; Member International Platform Association.

Julius D'Albert, Violin

Eminent teacher, conductor and theorist. Among his many outstanding students are his son, Francois D'Albert, Dr. Endre Ocskay and Prof. Bela Szucs.Mr. D'Albert is also a capable composer and the inventor of excellent musical devices.Member of the Chicago Artists Association, the Musicians Guild of Montreal, the AmericanFederation of Musicians and the Chicago Chapter of International Society for Contemporary Music. Honorary National Patron of Phi Beta.

Stanley Davis, Clarinef, Wind Methods

Mus. M. Chicago Musical College. Post graduate work in Mus. Ed. North western and De Paul Universities. Former member Grant Park Symphony. Member Lyric Opera Orchestra. Member of and recordings with Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago. Solo clarinet with Chicago Chamber Orchestra (local, tours, and TV appearances). Member of WGNTV "Artists' Showcase" Orchestra. Theatre music, Broadway shows, operettas, ballet. Extra player with Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Bernard Dieter, Dean Emerifus

Mus. M., Mus. Doc. Studied under Adolf Brune, Felix Borowski, Ernesto Consolo and Rudolph Reuter. Early concentration was in Piano followed by Theory Composition major. His compositions include orchestral as well as chamber music and solo. He has had successful performance by major artists and ensembles and including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Helen Engler, Piano, Piano Liferafure

Mus. B., Mus. M., Artist's Diploma. Chicago Conservatory College. Pianist. Numerous recital and concert appearances. Award winner Society of American Musicians, National Federation of Music Clubs, National Guild of Piano Teachers. Member A.F.M., A.A.U.P. Teacher of Piano and Theory.

Paul Shelfon Fisher, Piano

Mus. M. Central Conservatory. Student of Joseph Hladky. Teachers certificate in complete Curtis Piano Method. Currently director of Curtis Piano Course, Chicago Public Schools, where he has taught for a number of years. Mr. Fisher has conducted many Piano Workshops. Organist and Choir Director. Member of National Music Teachers and of Curtis Piano Teachers Associations.

Roberta Guastafeste, Cello Studied at Los Angeles City College and at U.C.L.A. Teachers were Joseph Di Lullio and Joseph Schuster. Played in the Dallas Symphony for ten years Linder Walter Hendl and Paul Kletzki. Taught at Southern Methodist for eight years. Appeared in Solo and Chamber Music Concerts throughout the Chicago Area.

James Hansen, Violin

Mus. M. Chicago Conservatory College. Member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1946. Previously played with Kansas City Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Studied with Dr. Ramon Girvin.

Karel B. Jirak, Vice President Chicago Conservatory College, Chairman of Theory Department. Composif;on; Theory, Orchestration A. Gymnasium (Zabreh and Prague); D. Jur. and Ph.M. (in musicology), Charles University (Universites Carolina) Prague, Czechoslovakia. Internationally known composer and conductor. His compositions include opera, six symphonies, seven string quartets and other chamber music works, cantatas, piano music, and over one hundred songs. Three time winner of Czechoslovak State prl/(@ for composition; Smetana prize; International Edinburgh Music [ (!stival prize 1951 (5th Symphony). I Irofessor of composition, State Conservatory, I)rague, 1920 30. Director of music programs and chief conductor of the Czechoslovak State Radionetwork, 1930 45. Guest conductor in twelve European countries, Liding London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Lenningrad.Honorary member of Chicago Artist Association.

Olda Irousek, Cello

Graduate State Conservatory of Music, Prague. Studied with Professor Jan Burian and famous cellist Hans Wihan. Former member of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Bohemian National Opera Orchestra. As a member of "Boliemian Trio" concertized throughout Europe. Mr. iirousek has had wide experience in concert ensembles and as guest artist with many symphony orchestras in the United States. He is a member of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.

Mildred Kemp, Voice MLIS. M. American Conservatory. A. B. Smith College. Contralto. Concert and Oratorio soloist and choral director. Extensive vocal study with Edwin Kertip. Flas taught in leading Conservatories and in the public school system. In addition to her work with adult students she specializes in the training of Young voices.

Edward Kleinhammer, Trombone Selected by Leopold Stokowski as trombonist to tour with All American Youth Orchestra through the United States and Canada. Member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recently collaborated with the Holton Company in developing a tonally complete bass trombone. In 1963 authored Art of Trombone Playing published by Summy Birchard Company. In addition to his professiotial performance career Mr. Kleinhammer has enjoyed great success as a teacher.

Sam Meron, Clarinet
Saxophone B.A., Concord College, B. Mus. Ed., Chicago Musical College. Graduate Study, Chicago Musical College and Northwestern University. Clarinet study with A. Freedman and D. DeCaprio; Saxophone study with A. Freedman; OI)o(@ with F. Nal)ollili; Flute with Einil Eck; Composition with Max Wall. Member Phi MLi Alpha Sinfonia, Over fifteen years of professional experience.

Kathryn Mason, Piano Graduate Diploma Drake University in piano and oirgin. Holds qualified teacher's certificates in Pedagogy and Class Piano training with Helen Curtis. Extensive experience as teacher of Class Piano in Chicago public school system.Member Society of American Musicians and Chicago Artists Association.

Jeannette Miller, Piano, Elements of Theory Mus. B. Studied with Kurt Waniek, Karl Reckzeh and Louis Victor Saar. Thoroughly experienced instructor of piano and harmony, her outstanding ability has proved successful in preparing students for professional careers in music. Among her !,I,@,nts are many medal winners and soloists with symphony orchestra. Metof Society American Musicians.

Virginia Parker, Vo;c,Opera Workshop Soprano. Studied ,Nelli Gardini, oratorio with Edgar A. Nelson. Won Opera scholarship Goldovsky at Tanglewood. Has appeared as soloist with the Air, FlyiTitis of All Churches, Club Time and other radio Opera Company, Opera Theatre,

Bernice Peck, Piano

Thomas Peck, Voice

Baritone. Director of Grant llark Symphony Chorus. Well known as conductor and as director of choral and vocal workshops. Mr. Peck has apared in concert and conducted throughout the United States and Canada a member of the Society of American Musicians and National Association of Teachers of Singing. His artist students are prominent internationally in opera, concert, television and radio and many have been the recipients of local, national and international awards, scholarships and grants.

Diane Ragains, Violin, Sight Singing

Graduate of Indiana University (1961). Advanced study with Victor Aitay, Concert master of Chicago Symphony. Miss Ragains has distinguished herself as both violinist and singer. She has taught violin for the past ten years in in(I I)rivile schools. Miss Ra@,ains has performed as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra, Chicago String Quartet, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and many orchestras and choral groups throughout the midwest. She has had extensive study with Madame Sharnova of the Chicago Conservatory College.

Vifforio Raineri, Italian

. A. M. University of Chicago. Successful language professor at Wright Junior College and Roosevelt University.

Lola Rand, French, German

Specialist in German and French diction for singers. As a vocalist, active in the choral and concert fields, Mrs. Rand is keenly aware of the foreign training vital in the successful presentation of French and German vocal literature. She is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and is the French and German diction coach for the organization, a position she has held for several years. Mrs. Rand is translator of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra program notes and co translator of the new version of "The Seasons."

Charloffe Randy, Piano

MLIS. M. Chicago Musical College. Curtis Piano Course Teachers Certificate. Teachers Certificate American Conservatory of Music. Piano study with Eva J. Shapiro, fleniot Levy and Rudolph Ganz.

Lillian Raphling

Piano. Studied with Allan Grant. Advanced piano and theory study with well known modern composer. Skilled in buildingboth technical iiid musical qualities. Equally successful in teaching children and adults.

Blanche Ray, Speech Distinguished artist and instructor of Drama in all its fields, Miss Ray has wide experience in acting and play production. She is well known for her work in personal development and program building. Author of "Technical Work for the Speaker and Player" and "Your Audience." Academic study at Mll"'aLikee Downer, Columbia University and Sorbonne University (Paris). Studied with Donald Robertson, David Bispham, Elias Day, Rossini Filippi and Madame Wilder of London and Hollywood. Toured in the United States and Canada in leading roles with "Tyranny of Tears" and Alfred Sutro's "Cinders." Among her many students in the theatre, cinema and television are jean I lotistoii, Don Briggs and Muriel Lawrence.

Alvena Reckzeh, Chairman of Piano Deparfmenf, Piano Ear Training Mus. M. Chicago Conservatory College. Studied at St. Xavier's College, Chicago and With Karl Reckzeh and Adolf Brune. Member and past president, Society of American Musicians. Member Chicago Artists Association and Mu Phi El)silon National Music Honor Society.

Tex Richardson, Piano, Theory, Orchesfrafion Mus. B. Northwestern University. Studied piano with Pauline Lindsey and Harold Berlinger. Theory with Frank Cookson and Ewald Nolte; Voice with Irene Jordan of the Metropolitan Opera and Walter Carringer; Organ and Flarl)sichord with E. Eugene Maupin; Flute with Emil Eck and Joanne Bennett. Advanced Theoretical study with Alan Stout at Northwestern. Artist Accompanist, Choirmaster Organist; Soloist with Orchestras. Mr. Richardson has written several books asresult of research, namely, Clara Schumann as Composer; Unknown Lieder of Richar(I Strauss; Twentieth Century Lieder of Pfitz; An Analysis of Five Works of Carl Ruggles. Winner in 1965, of the International Prize for Most Creative Film Score. Among his students are National Metropolitan finalists and pianist winners of Commencement and prearatory division contests. Member of American Association of University Professors, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Society of American Musicians. Curtis Piand Teachers Certificate.

Comte Guy de Rochefort, French Born in France. Educated in Paris. Graduate baccalaureate of La Sorbonne. In structor at the French Cavalery Academy at Saumur. Comte de Rochefort came to the United States as head of a French Purchasing Commission for the government of France, under a diplomatic visa. In 1942 he supervised a course of instruction for French liaison officers at the United States Infantry School at Fort Benning. After receiving a State Teacher General Certificate from Illinois, he taught French at New Trier High School. Vice President Alliance Francaise of Chicago. Comte de Rocliefort is an exceptionally fine teacher of the French language. Honorary Secretary and Member Kodaly Academy and Institute.

Rev. Stanley Rudcki, Organ Mus. M., Mus. B. Chicago Conservatory College, Theory major. Successful le,,( tiing experience at St. Mary of the lake Seminary, Niles Campus, in undergraduate theory courses, as well as piano and organ. Composer of both religious and secular works. Father Rudcki has achieved distinction as a choral conductor, having to his credit major performances in Orchestra Hall with the collaboration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and large choral groups.

Robert Rushford, Trumpef Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1935. B. Mus. M.M. Northwestern, 1956 and 1957, as an applied major on trumpet. He studied trumpet with Chicago Symphony members Arnold Jacobs and Adolph Herseth, while playing in the Chicago Civic Orchestra. In 1958, after playing with the Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was sent to tour Europe as first trumpet of the 7th Army Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rushford is the first trumpet of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Music Center Orchestra, and he also plays first trumpet in Chicago's annual "Nutcracker Ballet" presentation. His summers are spent with Chicago's Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and he plays the Chicago performances of the world's famous ballet companies as: Russia's Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet of England, the Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Royal Danish Ballet. He has often been a guest artist or soloist with Chicago area musical organizations, including the Fine Arts Quartet and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Also soloist with Chicago Symphonette. Instructor of Brass Triton College.

Bertha Scaffi, Piano Concert pianist. Has prepared many students for careers as soloists and companists, among them a sixteen year old pianist who was chosen to appear as soloist on the Young Peoples Concert Series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ava Shields, Voice Mus. B. Mus. M. Advanced Graduate study; Chicago Conservatory College; American Conservatory; Lamont School of Music, Denver, Colorado; and Paul Christiansen Choral School. Specialized study and professional perform ance in Oratorio. Performed with the Denver Grand Opera and Post Opera Companies. Soprano soloist with Denver Symphony, Casper Symphony, Cas per, Wyoming, and the Chicago South Suburban Symphony. Former Head of Vocal Department, Casper College; also extensive vocal and choral instruction in the Chicago area. Member of American Association of University Professors; National Music Educators Association; National Association of Teachers of Singing; and Sigma Alpha Iota Honorary Music Fraternity. Frequent adjudicator for Illinois High School Association, Solo, Ensemble and Choral Statewide Music Contest. Guest of the President of the United States at the White House, "First Festival of the Arts" 1965.

Hannah Selin, Piano Has had many years of study with Celia Bender, both as a solo pianist and as an exponent of her teaching methods, and is highly endorsed as her assistant for Students of all ages. Winner of many piano contests and scholarships. Member of Phi Beta National Music Fraternity and the Society of American Musicians.

Linda Selmer, Piano

Mus. B. Chicago Conservatory College, piano major. Piano study has been with Bernice Peck. Attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has appeared as soloist in numerous recitals and concerts, including an appearance in Orchestra Hall with Members of Chicago Symphony@ Orchestra. Miss Selmer is an experienced panist.

Eva J. Shapiro, Piano

Mus. B. Rush Conservatory. Curtis Teachers Certificate. Early training with Evgeniev at the Petrogrard Concervatory, Russia. In Chicago studied with Koelling, Drake, Chapek, Bradley, Brazelton, Rive King and von Mickwitz. Former member of faculty, Bush Conservatory and head of its Junior Piano department. Holds life membership in Sigma Iota Fraternity and Sword of Honor Award. Member of the Society of American Musicians.

Sonia Sharnova, Chairmcn Voice Deparfmenf

Nationally known opera and concert artist. Early voice training with the late Gustav Holmquist at Bush Conservatory. Later in Europe with French, Italian and German masters. Her American debut was made with the German Opera Company. She later appeared with the Chicago Civic, the Cincinnati Summer and the St. Louis Opera Associations. Of her many outstanding students, sev eral have won local and international awards, and have been engaged in opera and concert in America and in Europe. She participates, as a member, in vocal clinics and workshops for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and for the Music Teachers National Association. Past President Society of Ameri can Musicians.

Harold Siegel, Sfring Bass

Artist teacher. Member of the Chicago, Indianapolis, Stokowski Symphony Orchestras. Guest artist at concerts. Recording artist with the Fine Arts Quar tet. Staff orchestra member, American Broadcasting Company, Chicago studios, over 20 years, playing "Don McNeill Breakfast Club."

Herbert Silberstein, Violin

Herbert Silberstein, made his first public appearance at the age of five years. First instruction on the violin was received from Ernst Otto of the Leip zig Conservatory, Germany. Subsequent study was pursued with Ludwig Beck er and Michel Wilkomirski. Silberstein is a former staff violinist of Radio Sta tion WGN and has been a member of the Chicago Opera Orchestra. He has played under the batons of many of the leading conductors of our day, in cluding Bruno Walter, Eugene Goossens, and Fausto Cleva. Mr. Silberstein is the conductor of the Chicago Opera Orchestra which makes regular appear ances throughout Chicagoland. Currently since 1964 he has been the concert master of the City Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. Member American String Teachers Association.

Wilber Simpson, Bassoon

Mus. B. Ed. and Mus. M. Northwestern University. Formerly Supervisor of Instrumental Music in the public school system of Forest Park, Illinois. Mem ber of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Woodwind


Quintet. Mr. Simpson has toured extensively giving concerts and participating in Music Clinics tl iroUglIOLit the country and is an eminently successful teacher.

Catherine Sauer Smith, Piano

Mus. M., B. Mus. American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. Her background of study in the United States and Europe includes work in piano and corn position with Allen Spencer, John Palmer and Rudolph Ganz in Chicago, Karol Lesniewska at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and with C. H. Kitson and Tobias Mathy in London. A noted composer as well as pianist, her composi tions have won numerous awards and have been widely performed. Mrs. Smith has concertized extensively and her appearances throughout the country as soloist with orchestra include the Chicago and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. Willi Francois D'Albei t, noted violinist, Catherine Sauer Smith has been heard fre(luently in recital as well as on recent recordings.

Nesta Smith, Violin

For many years well known concert violinist. Extensive teaching experience violin, viola and chamber music. Her students hold important positions in the professional field throughout the country. Miss Smith was director of the [lull House Music School.

Emmeff Steele, Viola, Conducfing

13. MLIS., Eastiiiiii School Of Music, M. Music, jlllliard School of Music, Post graduate at the Sorl)()rine of the University of I'laris; Mozaricum, Salzburg, Austria. Ilrivate studies with I)ierre Monteux, Walter Hendl, Andre de Ribau pierre, Lorvo von Matacic, Leon Barzin and Milton Preeves, John Weicher. Winner of Rockefeller and RCA Grants, Julliard, Eastman and Chicago Sym phony Orchestra scholarships and fellowships. Conductor of Chicago South Suburban Symphony and conductor for many years of the Concerts Sym phoniques performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Alice Stephens, Voice

B. Mus., Soprano. Extensive voice training with Karleton Hackett, Theodore Harrison and Thomas MacBurney. She has appeared in concert, opera and light opera throughout the country. Director of the Alice Stephens Singers, an organization which has won acclaim as an outstanding choral ensemble in i nany tours through the United States and Canada. Has three LP recordings. Choir Master of Women's Voices of the Lithuanian Opera of Chicago. Voice teacher at Maria Fligii School. Director of the Polish "Lira" and the Lithuanian "AI(ILItes" ensembles, the latter also has a LP record. Has received several

awards for choral directing, and a citation from Washington, D. C. for many concerts for USO.

Jerome Stowell, Clarinef

Member of the clarinet section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. One of the original members of the Chicago Symphony Woodwind Quintet, organized in 1937, performing numerous concerts and seminars in twenty eight states. Solo clarinetist with Grant Park Symphony for ten years. Studied with national

ly known teachers prior to professional career. Mr. Stowell is recognized as a clarinet teacher of distinction.


Joseph Summerhill, Trumpet

Mr. JOSei)ll SLliniiierhill represents the third generation of successful cornet ists and trumpet players, his grandfather, Joseph Summerhill, a citizen of the United Kingdom, having played before the crowned heads of Europe. He is very active in the Chicago area, playing engagements ranging from the dance field to the finest of Baroque.

Grace Symons, Chairman Organ Department, Organ, Keyboard Harmony

Mus. M. Chicago Conservatory College. Organ training with Arthur Dun iiam and Joseph Bonnet. improvisation with Dr. Frederick William Schlieder. Master Classes with many eminent Organ virtuosi. Has made extensive study of ('IlLir( Ii service playing (Litur,,ical and non lituriical) and Organ repertoire. M(@iiil)er of American Guild of Orgaiiists, Society of At nerican Musicians and Si','Ill(l Alpha Iota Fraternity.

Grace Tichy, Piano

An associate teacher of Celia Bender. Has had many years of teaching experience and is a thoroughly conscientious and successful instructor of both children and adults. Mrs. Tichy had both theoretical and applied music study it Chicago Conservatory College and has also attended University of Chicago and Northwestern University. She is a mei nber of the Society of American Musicians and of the Chicago Artists Association.

George Wertke, Piano, Organ

Mus. B., Mus. M., Chicago Conservatory College. Formerly organist choir director at Acacia Park Lutheran Church, Norridge, Illinois, for past eight years. Piano study with Bernice Peck. Appeared as piano soloist with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall on two occasions. Mr. Wertke has an excellent teaching record in both Piano and Organ.

Blanche McGuire Zhouk, Piano

Mus. M. Studied piano, harmony, composition under Alexander Raab, Louis Victor Sair, Felix Borowski and Celia Bender. Many appearances as soloist and accompanist. Has many fori ner students in the professional field. Member of Chicago Artists Association, Lake View Musical Society