EMC - Staff
Danelle Larson is the Eastern Music Camp director, and an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Education Division at Eastern Illinois University. Prior to her appointment at Eastern Illinois University, she earned a Doctor of Music Arts degree in music education from Arizona State University. Dr. Larson holds a Master's degree in music education from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in music education with an emphasis in flute performance from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Larson has ten years of teaching experience in public school music programs, including instruction with beginning, middle, and high school levels of concert bands, chamber ensembles, marching bands, jazz bands, and orchestras. She has also worked with K-8 general music and advanced placement music theory classes. She taught music in public schools in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Georgia.
Dave "Davey" Mast - Head Dean
Dave "Davey" Mast has been a part of Eastern Music Camp for the past 15 years. He joined the Eastern Music Camp staff as a counselor in the summer of 1999, and has since held the positions of Assistant Dean, Assistant Director, Interim Co-Director and is currently Head Dean of Campers. Prior to being on staff, he attended Eastern Music Camp as a camper from his sixth grade through senior year in high school participating in Jr./Sr. Band Camp and the Midwest Percussion Camp. After being a camper for 7 years and spending one week at EIU summer after summer, it wasn't a hard decision for him to decide which university he would attend to pursue his teaching career. Dave attended Eastern Illinois University where he received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education with the Middle Level Option. Shortly after beginning to teach he returned to Eastern Illinois University and completed his Masters Degree in Educational Administration. Currently, he lives in Champaign with his wife, Amanda and their two children, Tanner and Brynn. He is an employee with the Champaign Unit 4 School District where he just completed his first year as the Associate Principal at Franklin Middle School. Prior to his move into administration, he taught 6th grade science at Franklin Middle School for 9 years. He is truly invested in Eastern Music Camp and returns this summer for his 16th year on staff with a passion to ensure all campers have the same amazing music camp experience he experiences year after year.
Charity Carls - Assistant Dean
Charity Carls has enjoyed being part of Eastern Music Camp for seven years. Charity joined the camp staff in 2008, serving as a counselor and saxophone master-class teacher. She now serves as Assistant Dean, a position she has held since 2012. For the past five years, Charity has also worked as director of instrumental music in Bement, Ill. Before teaching in Bement, Charity studied saxophone at Eastern Illinois University where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Performance and Music Education. This fall, Charity will begin a new adventure with her fiancé Joe. The two plan to marry in September and make their home in Madison, Wisconsin. Originally from Flanagan, Illinois, Charity is a product of a small-school music program. For her, the opportunity to study and perform music was a blessing, and she enjoys helping campers at Eastern Music Camp form their own musical memories.
Bryan Chesi - Assistant Dean
Bryan Chesi has been a part of the staff at Eastern Music Camp for the past 11 years. He started as a counselor in the summer of 2004 and has since taught master classes, sectionals, and served as an Assistant Dean, a role he is still serving this summer. Prior to working with the camp, Bryan attended EMC as a jazz camper for four years. As Bryan decided to pursue a degree in Jazz Studies and Music Education, the experiences Bryan had with EIU faculty while attending camp helped him choose to complete his undergraduate degrees at Eastern Illinois University. Upon completing his undergraduate degrees Bryan moved to the Chicago suburbs and taught middle school general music and band for five years, most recently in Coal City, Illinois. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year Bryan chose to return to EIU to pursue a Master's Degree in Wind Conducting. Bryan is entering his second year of the two year program and upon completion of his degree hopes to ultimately teach at a larger high school program. Bryan is very invested in Eastern Music Camps and believes strongly in the excellent musical opportunities it offers campers, as well as the personal attention campers receive from EIU Music Department faculty.
Lindsey Alexander will be starting her third year at Eastern Music Camp this year. She started working with the Logistics Crew as well as teaching percussion sectionals in 2012 and was a counselor in the summer of 2013. Before she was on staff for Eastern Music Camp, Lindsey attended McKendree University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Percussion Performance). After graduating from McKendree, Lindsey was excited to continue her passion of music by accepting a graduate assistantship at Eastern Illinois University, where she finished her Master of Arts in Music (Percussion Performance) in 2013. Between her time at McKendree and EIU, Lindsey married her husband, Jeremy, in the summer of 2011. They live in Charleston, IL, where Lindsey continues to practice music and work at JCPenney. Her love for teaching and instilling the love of music in younger generations grows each year and she is very excited to return to the staff of Eastern Music Camp!
Andy Baldwin, a native of Kankakee, Illinois, has been involved with Eastern Music Camp since 2009. He has worked as a counselor and a assistant percussion instructor for the camps and loves every minute of it! Andy, an alumni of Eastern Illinois University, attended E.I.U. beginning in the fall of 2007. Andy received his bachelors of music degree in music education from Eastern Illinois University in the Fall of 2012. He has taught in the state for over 6 years now, working with drumlines and marching bands all across Illinois. Andy has taught for schools in Newton, Charleston, Johnsburg, Bourbonnais, Kankakee, Sullivan, and Crete-Monee, to name a few. He currently lives in Charleston, IL and serves as the Director of Bands for Shelbyville H.S. and Moulton Middle School in Shelbyville, IL. Equally, he serves as the Drumline instructor for the Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band. Andy is excited for another great year working with the faculty, students and counselors for this year's Eastern Music Camp!
Paige Bauer is excited to be joining Eastern Music Camp for her first year as a counselor. She attended Eastern Music Camp from 2009-2011 participating in the Jazz Band camp for trombone and later for piano. Originally from Centralia, Illinois, Paige currently lives in Sarasota, Florida, and is attending Ringling College of Art and Design working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation. As a student ambassador for Ringling College, she frequently works with perspective students in middle school and high school, helping them and their families explore the opportunity and adventure that is Higher Education. She is thrilled to be a part of the Eastern Music Camp family again and cannot wait to talk Disney with all of the new and returning campers.
Harrison Cole has been a counselor at Eastern Music Camp for the past seven years. Born in Hannibal, Missouri, his connection with Eastern Music Camp began when he first attended Piano Camp during the summer of 2001. His positive experience that first summer caused him to return for four consecutive years. Once he graduated from high school, his positive experience with Eastern Music Camp's faculty greatly influenced his decision to enroll in Eastern Illinois University as a Piano Performance major. During the summer of his sophomore year, he joined Eastern Music Camp's staff as a counselor. After he graduated from EIU in 2009, Harrison began graduate school at the University of Arizona. Upon completion of his Master's degree in Musicology, Harrison moved to Phoenix, Arizona and began teaching piano at the Hovland Conservatory of Music. He currently resides in Phoenix with his wife, Nora and their dog, Jelly. Although he lives over 2000 miles away, his desire to remain involved with Eastern Music Camp remains undiminished.
Chelsea Duncan is a 2004 graduate of Arcola High School. She attended Lake Land College and is a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician. She is currently a senior at Eastern Illinois University studying Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a concentration in Exercise Science. She currently lives in Charleston, Illinois with her 7 year old son. Chelsea attended Eastern Music Camp as a choral camper for 6 years and has always had a passion for singing. Chelsea is excited to return for her 10th year as a counselor, and hopes Eastern Music Camp becomes a yearly tradition for every camper.
Christina Farley is making her Eastern Music Camp debut this summer. She grew up right around the corner from EIU in the small town of Sullivan, Illinois. She started playing the saxophone at the age of 11 and as she went through school, she developed a love for music and a passion for helping others; this influenced her to devote her life to music education. She came to Eastern Illinois University in 2012 and began her journey. She just finished her sophomore year and spent the first month of her summer interning at a local middle school teaching general music, middle school band and individual lessons. She's delighted in the opportunity to work with students one-on-one and develop both their abilities and her own. When she finishes her Bachelor's degree, Christina hopes to go on to further her education and skills to advance her ability to teach her own students. Throughout her two decades of life, Christina's love for teaching and passion for music have led her to Eastern Music Camp. She couldn't be more excited to spend the week helping others experience music in a new way, and she is looking forward to helping students make the most of their camp experience.
Dan Matthews has worked with EMC for 7 summers in a number of roles. He has been an instructor, counselor, and logistics manager. Dan is an alum of the Eastern Illinois Music program graduating with a degree in saxophone performance. After his time at Eastern, he went on to study Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music. Dan recently graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University, and is currently employed by Syracuse University's Bird Library. Though he's been living in New York, Dan makes an effort to come and be a part of EMC. He believes in what the camp has to offer its participants is proud to be a part of EMC.
Danielle McKenzie is a music educator from Collinsville, IL (near St. Louis) who graduated from EIU in 2013 with a major in music education and a minor in German. She currently lives in Maryville while seeking her first full time band director position. Her most recent endeavor was serving as the substitute band director at the Virginia, IL K-12 district. Danielle is a French horn-turned-oboist who was fostered in the Collinsville area schools band programs. She is also a worship leader and an amateur jazz vocalist. Danielle was the president of the EIU collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education and held offices in the honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. She studied abroad in Germany for 4 1/2 months in 2011 and is semi-fluent in German. Danielle has had many years of experience working with children, both as a private babysitter and as a church nursery/Sunday School worker. While this will be Danielle's second year as a counselor for Eastern Music Camp, she looks forward to many more years of being involved with this great camp, and feels privileged to be interacting with your talented students!
Michael Pond-Jones has been working at the Eastern Music Camp since 2008 and was a camper in 2004 and 2005. In addition to working as a counselor, he has taught low brass and trombone as well as jazz history at camp. Michael attended EIU for his music degree and afterwards taught for two years at ROWVA, where he directed the high school concert band, marching band, jazz band, pep band, and chamber ensembles as well as the junior high and elementary bands. He is currently back at EIU working on his next degree in wind band conducting. Michael has interests outside of music as well, recently earning his National Emergency Medical Technician certificate and becoming an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor. Michael is an avid chess player, enjoys fixing and building various objects, and has mastered the art of frugal eating. Michael regularly performs in the midwest, appearing often with the Blue Suede Crew along with various local bands. He can also be found working as a sound engineer and has arranged music for many settings, including marching bands, brass bands, and funk bands. This is Michael's seventh year working at the Eastern Music Camp. He enjoys continuing to be a part of something that had a wonderful influence on him as a camper and strives to help make EMC a memorable, fun, and education experience for everyone.
Teresa Richard is entering her junior year at Eastern Illinois University. She is pursuing a degree in Music Education with an instrumental concentration in flute. This is Teresa's first year as an EMC counselor and she is excited to have the chance to work with the campers. Teresa has had experience working with students of all ages. She was a drum major in high school and a section leader for the Panther Marching Band. She has also served as a tutor, and on several occasions she has volunteered as an assistant to elementary, middle, and high school band directors. Teresa is eager to begin her inaugural year at EMC and hopes to help provide campers with a stimulating and exciting week.
Nick Schulze, from Vandalia, IL, has been attending Eastern Music Camp since 2004. During that time he has been a camper, counselor, and assistant trumpet instructor. Nick received his bachelor's degree in music education from Eastern Illinois University in the Fall of 2010. Nick lives in Effingham, IL, and is currently the district band director in Neoga CUSD #3 and works with students in grades 5-12. In addition to his work at Neoga he has helped with music programs in Effingham, Vandalia, Newton, and Highland. Nick is looking forward to meeting the 2014 music campers and having another great year at Eastern Music Camp.
Maura Shepherd has been a part of Eastern Music Camp for three years as a counselor. In middle school Maura attended Eastern Music Camp for two years. Being a native of Charleston, Illinois the decision was easy to attend Eastern Illinois University. She began her studies at EIU in 2010. In her time at EIU she participated in Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Panther Marching Band. She is currently finishing her bachelor's degree in music education. Currently Maura is living in Danville, Illinois while she finishes her student teaching. Maura truly looks forward to spending time with the campers and ensuring that they have an amazing camp experience!
Matthew Cochran is entering his sophomore year of college at Eastern Illinois University and is pursuing a degree in Bassoon Performance and Economics. This is his third year at EMC and first year on staff and is excited to work along side campers and staff. Matthew was a band assistant his junior year in high school for the 8th grade band and gave private lessons his senior year while being an assistant with the high school bands. He was the section leader in marching band for two years in high school, an honorable mention in the Missouri All-State Band and was awarded the Instrumental Departmental award. Matthew is excited to come back to EMC to give back to the camp that he learned so much from.