Wilmette, IL

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Center for the Arts: Music

Recitals & Concerts

Piano Recital 
Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m. (CRC Auditorium)

Voice Recital
Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m. (CRC Auditorium)

Canzonetta Performances

  • Tuesday, May 5, 7 p.m. (CRC Auditorium)
  • Thursday, June 11, 7 p.m. (Wallace Bowl)

For more about Canzonetta Youth String Chamber Orchestra click here.

Voice Instruction

Francesca Sherrill is a graduate of Milliken University where she received degrees in voice and piano. An accomplished dancer as well, she has performed on cruise ships, theme parks and several other professional venues including Light Opera Works in Evanston.

Joseph Brewer, received a degree in Vocal Performance from the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, Ga. He currently works in the Chicago area as a music director, teacher, accompanist and vocal soloist. He serves as Choir Director at Church of the Incarnation UMC. He was recently the Musical Director for the Park District’s productions of  You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Upcoming projects include music directing and conducting Starlight Theatre’s Annie Get Your Gun and HONK with the Wilmette Children's Theatre in the fall.


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 sonf wrirter on the North Shore.

Canzonetta Youth String Chamber Orchestra Staff

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.

For more information about Canzonetta click here.

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

Faina Farbman holds a Masters of Arts in piano instruction from Belorussian Conservatory.  She is a graduate of Music College, Minsk, with a diploma in “How to teach Bach Music for Children” and worked as head of piano facility in music school and accompanist in music college. She is also Suzuki trained with Jasako Joichi, Chicago. She has been a member of NSMTA since 1993, a private piano studio in Skokie. 

Eva Naftali has been a piano faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago since 1991. She holds a Masters in music from Cluj Romania and has studied under S. Erkel, F. Weiss, N. Panieva. Her Suzuki Pedagogy is with Yasuko Joichi. She has lead workshops in Romania, Tel Aviv and Chicago. She is a member of Israel Association of Musicians and Music Teachers as well as Suzuki Association of America and Music Teacher National Association. She has been teaching piano at the Wilmette Park District since 2001.

Guitar Instruction

Dan Chernow studied at University of Kentucky for two years, majoring in Fine Arts/Classical Guitar. He attended Berklee College of Music Boston, MA from 1991-1995 where he majored in Professional Music and received his Bachelor of Music Degree. He has an extensive resume and has been instructing for over 10 years. He has his own unique specialized courses including soloing, theory and ear training for intermediate to advanced students. 
Dan McLean graduated from Columbia College, Chicago with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Guitar Studies. He has played with the Advanced Jazz Guitar Ensemble, founded by the late Frank Dawson (Chicago Jazz Ensemble Guitarist) and is currently working on a solo project. He teaches through a conceptual approach toward music.

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