MEGAN GONZALEZ (Piano/Horn) is the owner of Minooka Music Studio, where she teaches French Horn and Piano lessons. Megan attended DePaul University, Northern Illinois University and Columbia College Chicago where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis on Entrepreneurship. Megan attended high school at Joliet Central where she performed in their award-winning Symphonic Band. While in high school Megan also performed in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Megan in a member of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra (JSO), where she has been principal horn for over 10 years. She is a member of the JSO Brass Quartet and the JSO Woodwind Quintet. She was also Secretary of the Joliet Township High School Band Alumni Association from 2007-2015.
Megan has been teaching music for over 18 years and it was always her dream to open a music lessons studio. She and her family moved to Minooka in 2011 and opened Minooka Music Studio in 2015. Megan really enjoys living and working in such a supportive and musical community with her 3 boys.
NICHOLAS (Trumpet) is currently an Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at The University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. He has received degrees, focused on Trumpet Performance, from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (M.M. ’11), DePaul University (B.M. ’09), and Joliet Junior College (A.A. ’06).
Nicholas is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra. Michielsen is a member of the JSO Brass Quartet and has performed with groups such as The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Millar Brass Ensemble.
XAVIER (Clarinet/Sax/Flute) is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, class of 2014. During his undergraduate years he studied with Dr. Gregory Barrett, and also participated in master classes with Burt Hara (Associate Principal Clarinet of The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra) & Steven Cohen (Associate Clarinet Professor at Northwestern Illinois University). During the academic year 2013-2014, Xavier earned the title of Principal Clarinet of both, the Northern Illinois University Wind Ensemble (the highest wind group within the school) & the Northern Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon graduation he received a Bachelors Degree in Clarinet Performance. Currently, Xavier is a member of Chicago's Classical Symphony Orchestra, which is directed by Maestro Joseph Glymph.
MICHELLE (Flute) has played flute for over 35 years. In high school, Michelle performed Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major at Chicago Symphony center as a soloist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra. She studied flute performance at De Paul University with Victoria Jicha and Mary Stolper, and performed in masterclasses for Donald Peck, former principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Michelle is Principal Flute of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra, a member of the JSO Woodwind Quintet, a JSO Advisory Committee member, and manages their social media publicity. She plays with a professional marching band, La Banda Siciliana di Chicago, and has performed with various community organizations. She has recorded for Phantom Soundtracks. She is a member of the National Flute Association and Chicago Flute Club.
ERIC (Drums/Percussion) is a percussionist who has been playing for over 27 years. He started at 8 years old in the Joliet school system and continued his music education at Joliet Jr College. After college he toured with ‘Crash’ a DMB tribute band and recorded with various artists around the Chicago land area. Today he continues to play at Minooka Bible Church on their worship team and also plays for studio recordings for various artists. He specializes in snare/drumset instruction and well as various percussion and hand drum instruction.
Eric has 3 great treasures in his life; God, family, and music. Eric is married to Nicole and they have 5 beautiful children. God has given him a deep love for music and a love for teaching others.
JOSH (Guitar/Ukulele/Bass) Josh has been playing music with his family for the majority of his life. He's currently a teacher at Minooka Community High School. Josh studied education and music at Saint Xavier University where he took vocal technique and applied string bass theory courses. Josh also plays double bass in a local bluegrass band and has been playing guitar and ukulele for over 6 years. Becoming knowledgeable in a multitude of stringed instruments has propelled his love for music and the joy that is creating it.
ESTHER (Piano) has played piano for 30 years – starting as a three-year-old at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa, learning the Suzuki method-based piano playing technique. Music is a huge part of Esther’s life and she enjoys playing with and teaching her husband and two young sons piano. She has been playing piano and organ with her four string playing siblings (violin, guitar, and mandolin) for the majority of her life and always looks forward to the annual Christmas concert that her family puts on each holiday season for relatives and friends. Esther has degrees in Biomedical Engineering and studied at The University of Iowa and The University of California, Davis. She hope to share her love of piano playing with your children and give them a life-long passion and enjoyment for music.
HOLLY (Violin) is thrilled to be teaching violin at Minooka Music Studio! She was born and raised in Joliet. She earned a BA in music and a MA in education from Lewis University. She has been playing the violin for 29 years, and has had the honor of studying with numerous excellent instructors. The violin has been a major part of Holly's life for as long as she can remember- performing with orchestras, teaching private lessons, and playing for weddings and church services. Holly also teaches music at St. Raymond's School in Joliet. She loves rock music, old and new, and has attended over 200 concerts! Holly is most proud of being concertmaster of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra.
SHARYSSA (Voice/Theater) grew up singing and with a love for theater. She has studied vocal performance under Dr. Desiree Hassler, Soprano at Chicago's Lyric Opera House in addition to her acting studies with European actress Vanda Varnai. Sharyssa has performed in numerous musical theater productions. She has also taught 7 musical theater camps for Spotlight Youth Theater. Sharyssa gives vocal lessons in addition to audition preparation lessons. She is passionate about sharing with others what she loves and is excited to add more students at Minooka Music Studio.
KALEIGH (Piano/Voice/Theater) holds a degree in piano performance from the University of St.
Francis. She is also an alumi of the Chicago Academy for the Arts and
has has studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Kaleigh has performed at music festivals nationally as well as at various venues throughout the Chicago
DAN (Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba) is a Chicago-based trombonist, conductor, and music educator. He holds a Bachelors degree from Wheaton College and a Masters degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he studied under the renowned principal trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jay Friedman. Mr. Quinn regularly performs with various ensembles throughout the Chicagoland area including the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Composers Orchestra. As a soloist, Quinn has performed numerous recitals and in masterclasses for Cleveland Symphony principal trombonist Massimo LaRosa, Boston Symphony bass trombonist Doug Yeo, and Grant Park Orchestra principal trombonist Daniel Cloutier. As a conductor, Mr. Quinn has led performances with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and the Mihail Jora Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, located in Bacau, Romania. Outside of the concert hall, Quinn has spent significant time teaching in St. Charles North High School, Wheaton North High School, Wheaton Academy, Glencrest Middle School, and Haines Middle School, and is an active private lesson instructor for aspiring trombonists.
MATT (Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba) is a professional freelance trombonist based in Chicago. Matt has performed with symphonies across the Midwest including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Orchestra Iowa, South Bend, Elmhurst, Northwest Indiana, Oistrahk, Kenosha, and Battle Creek Symphonies. In addition, Matt has performed with theater companies throughout the Chicagoland area as well as big bands, and popular artists like Chance the Rapper. Aside from performing, Matt is a Low Brass Instructor at Lockport Township and Lake Forest High Schools as well as Colin Powell Middle School. Matt also participated in the world premiere of Jim Stephenson’s “Glissin’ Up”, as a member of the solo trombone quartet in Nashville, TN.