Juli Brubaker - voice and piano

Juli Brubaker received her Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice Performance from the University of Denver in 2006 and went on to complete her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Vocal Performance and Literature in 2009. Juli has a wonderfully diverse portfolio as a musician, including private voice teacher, certified Musikgarten instructor in Early Childhood Music and Movement, as well as head cantor and choral assistant at Immaculate Conception Parish in Highland Park. She is also the very proud co-founder (with husband Nicholas Brubaker) and Music Director for Green Light Vocal Productions, LLC, a boutique performance company specializing in small-scale vocal works.

Juli is also privileged with the joy of being an active singer and performer. She has performed the roles of Adina in "L’elisir d’amore," Barbarina in "Le nozze di Figaro," Cobweb in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Luisa in "The Fantasticks," Minnie Faye in "Hello, Dolly!," Valencienne in "The Merry Widow," Young Pocahontas in "Pocahontas – A Woman of Two Worlds," and appeared as Baby Bear in "The Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood in The Knightly News" (both with Green Light Vocal Productions). She was the First Place recipient of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition in 2009, as well as the winner of the Northwestern Aria and Concerto Competition where she performed "Ophelia’s Mad Scene" in concert with the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra in 2010, and again with Kenosha Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Solo works include "Handel’s Messiah," "Mozart’s Requiem," and Schubert’s "Mass in G." She has also been honored to sing the national anthem at the Taste of Chicago for four years in a row. In addition, Juli has had the pleasure of singing in NEIU’s Opera Scenes programs as Tytania in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and Abigail in "The Crucible."

TEACHING APPROACH

Juli loves exploring the amazing instrument that is the voice and is constantly amazed at what she continues to learn from the inspiring accomplishments of her students. Comfortable teaching a variety of musical styles, she believes that a strong foundation is the key to successful singing. Promoting healthy singing is her top priority, with an emphasis on creating well-rounded musicians that genuinely love what they do.  

Patrycja Likos - cello

Patrycja Likos began her cello studies at the age of eight at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski School of Music in Krosno, Poland, under the direction of Wojciech Pelczar. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s of music degrees from the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź under the tutelage of Andrzej Orkisz. Patrycja then went on receive an Artist Diploma in cello performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the studio of Brandon Vamos. From 2012 to 2014, Patrycja was a regular member of Civic Orchestra in Chicago. Currently, she is a principal cellist of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, as well as a member of Heartland Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Bach Ensemble.

Patrycja has performed solo in master classes led by such outstanding cellists as Andrzej Bauer, Michael Flaksman, Jonathan Pegis, Jeroen Reuling and Paul Uyterlinde. As a chamber musician, she took part in chamber music master classes of Pacifica Quartet, Parker Quartet, Arianna Quartet and Jupiter Quartet. She received invitations to DoCha Chamber Music Festival and Allerton Music Festival, where she performed chamber music with faculty members of the University of Illinois.

Patrycja has participated in cello competitions in the United States and abroad. In 2011, Patrycja won the first prize in the Krannert Center Debut Artist Competition at Urbana-Champaign. She earned the third prize at the International Cello Competition in Kosice, Slovak Republic, and the first prize at the Chamber Music Competition in Stalowa Wola, Poland. She participated at International Cello Competition in Liezen, Austria, and at the K. Wilkomirski’s Youth Cello Competition in Poznan, Poland. As an awarded graduate, Patrycja has performed with the Rzeszów Philharmonic in Poland. 

Ms. Kathleen Logan - piano

Ms. Kathleen Logan is excited to teach piano at The Community Music Program of Northeastern Illinois University. Ms. Logan's students have been successful participants in Piano Ensemble Festivals, Illinois State Syllabus Exams, Sonatina Festivals and Student Jazz Festivals as well as studio recitals and musical theme parties.

Ms. Logan received her B.A. in Music - Piano Pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University in 1978. While teaching piano in the Chicago area and continuing her graduate level piano studies at Northeastern, she received a Pace/Steinway Scholarship to attend the International Piano Pedagogy Institute at Teacher's College Columbia University, NY, NY, 1984. During her years of piano teaching and bringing up her three children, Ms. Logan was awarded the Eckstein Grant for music education through the Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University. She received an M.M. in Music Education from Northwestern University in 2005 and merits the Illinois Professional Educator License through 2020. Ms. Logan also teaches classroom music for grades kindergarten through eight. She is delighted to serve as Northeastern Illinois University's Director of the Community Music Program and is scheduling piano lessons for students ages five years and up.

Teaching Approach

Making music through the piano can be more than playing the correct notes at the right time. An emphasis toward comprehensive musicianship is offered. Through a variety of learning activities, a student's musical understanding and skills are extended. This makes for a musically rich and authentic experience during lesson time as well as music-making time. Lessons of reading, music theory, technique and expressive interpretation are offered. Upon practice and advancement, students enjoy playing the music of various styles with classical music serving as the core of studies. Students' individual learning approaches are acknowledged and incorporated into the lesson and learning process.

Daily practice at home is required. Good practice habits enable the smoothest of progress which then leads to musical self-fulfillment. A piano in the home is also very important. Upon readiness, ensemble playing experiences enhance the student's musical growth and proficiency.

Octavio Montiel - piano

Octavio Montiel has a B.A. in Music from North Park University and has a Master's Degree in Applied Pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University. He earned the Leadership and Talent Scholarship from Morton College, and the Honors Music Scholarship from North Park University. Octavio performed in a master class given by Amy Briggs, a leading interpreter of contemporary music. In 2006 he received the Youth of the Year Award from the Boys Club of Cicero for his service to the community and excellence in character. Octavio encourages the growth of our youth by staying involved with the Boys and Girls Club Organization. As a Coordinator of the Boys Club of Cicero, he facilitates many of the youth programs. Octavio continues to inspire people through his piano playing and service to the community.

Teaching Approach
Making music is an art I believe everyone should be able to enjoy and experience. This can be achieved through correct practice that will be provided by instructions that fit each students needs. Through daily practice students will develop productive practice habits that will allow them to produce a beautiful sound and express what the music is trying to communicate to an audience.