Andrew Cheetham served as the Assistant/Associate Professor of Trumpet at Eastern Illinois University from 2010-2018. In the fall of 2018, he will begin a new position as Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Texas State University in San Marcos. A native of Columbia, Missouri, Andrew attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor's in Music Education, Master's in Trumpet Performance, and Performer's Certificate. Andrew also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, where he received a Certificate of Excellence in Performance, the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and a minor in Music History. As a classical and jazz trumpeter, Andrew has performed in and conducted various ensembles across the United States and in Europe.
Andrew has experience as a band director in the Austin, TX public schools and has taught trumpet, led jazz ensembles and small groups, and taught various academic courses at all levels for nearly twenty years. Andrew is a former Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Oklahoma State University, and has taught at Nazareth College, The University of Rochester, and the University of Texas. Andrew also served as a musician in the U.S. Army for three years, where he received two Army Achievement medals and an Army Commendation medal for his contributions.
Rebecca Johnson has been on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University since 2007, and is a member of the chamber orchestra Sinfonia da Camera. Internationally, she has performed and taught at the Convención Internacionál de las Flautistas in Quito, Ecuador, most years since 2009. She is active as a recitalist and teacher and frequently appears in these roles at other universities as a guest artist and at regional and national conferences. She has been involved in the National Flute Association since she served as the Assistant Program Chair for the 2008 convention. Her current project with the organization is serving as the Program Chair for the 2019 NFA convention, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Johnson was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where she studied with renowned flutist Peter Lloyd. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois (DMA), the University of Louisville (MM), the Royal Northern College of Music (PGDip, PPRNCM) and the University of Northern Iowa (BM). Her major teachers include Angeleita Floyd, Kathleen Karr, Jonathan Keeble and Peter Lloyd. Dr. Johnson always loved attending music camps as a middle and high school student. After 11 summers teaching at EMC, she is excited to help facilitate the experience for EMC campers.
Danelle Larson is currently Eastern Music Camp Assistant Director, an Associate 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 Musical 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 has been a part of Eastern Music Camps for the past 19 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 Camps as a camper from sixth grade through his 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 Savoy with his wife, Amanda and their two children, Tanner and Brynn. He is an employee with the Champaign Unit 4 School District where he taught sixth grade science at Franklin STEAM Academy for 9 years, and has been the Associate Principal at Franklin STEAM Academy for the past 5 years. He is truly invested in Eastern Music Camps and returns this summer for his 20th year on staff with a passion to ensure all campers have the same amazing music camp experience he experiences year after year.
Charity Astrouski has enjoyed being part of Eastern Music Camps for ten years. Charity joined the camp staff in 2008, serving as a counselor and saxophone instructor. She now serves as Assistant Dean, a position she has held since 2012. From 2009 - 2014, Charity worked as director of instrumental music in Bement, IL. Before teaching in Bement, Charity studied saxophone at Eastern Illinois University where she earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Performance and Music Education. During the 2014/2015 school year, she was a substitute teacher in Wisconsin (Madison area), where she had the opportunity to work with huge music programs and ensembles including Orchestra, Choir, Band, and even ukulele classes. She is currently the band director in Shelbyville, IL. In her spare time, she enjoys playing softball with her brothers, caring for her turtle (Opal), spending time with her six nieces and nephews, and traveling with her husband. Originally from Flanagan, Illinois, Charity is the 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 has been a part of the staff at Eastern Music Camp for the past 14 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. When 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 attend Eastern Illinois University. After graduation, Bryan taught middle school in the Chicago area for five years and then returned to EIU to pursue a Master's Degree in Wind Conducting. After graduating with a Master's in Wind Conducting, Bryan made the move to Fresno California where he serves as the Director of Instrumental Music at Clovis West High School. Bryan is very invested in Eastern Music Camps and believes strongly in the excellent musical opportunities offered to campers, as well as the personal attention campers receive from EIU Music Department faculty.
Lindsey Alexander will be starting her sixth year at Eastern Music Camp this year. She started working with the Logistics Crew as well as teaching percussion sectionals in 2012 and became a counselor for Eastern Music Camp 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 as a substitute teacher in Charleston and Mattoon. She spends much of her time at Monticello High School where she is the pit instructor for the Sages and recently finished her first season with INov8 Winter Percussion in Indiana. 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!
Conor Baltz, originally from Millstadt, IL, was a camper in the EMC Jazz Camp for four years, and this will be his third summer as a counselor. Attending EMC made his college decision process very easy, and he started at Eastern Illinois in the fall of 2015. He is about to start his senior year in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program. While in high school, he played drum set in the ILMEA District VI Jazz Festival as well as in the 2015 ILMEA All-State Jazz Band. Conor was a leader in the Belleville West High School band, and still helps out there when he can. He now works at the Doudna Fine Arts Center at EIU as the Assistant Technical Director. Eastern Music Camp helped Conor to realize his passion for music, and he is excited to continue to help students have the same great experience that he had during his years at EMC.
Rose Cloud is the current 5th and 6th grade band director in Downers Grove Grade School District 58 in Downers Grove, Illinois. There she is responsible for beginning band instruction at five buildings as well as after school full ensembles and middle school jazz groups. She graduated from EIU in May of 2017 with a degree in Music Education and a minor in Spanish, and she participated in the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Panther Marching Band, and Jazz Combos as well as several local rock and jazz bands. She primarily plays the tenor saxophone but also enjoys flute and clarinet, and she is occasionally known to appear on percussion, trombone, or jazz vocals for an extra adventure. Her other interests include Salsa dancing, origami, baking, biking, and reading. This is Rose's fourth year as a counselor at Eastern Music Camp; prior to that she served on the logistics team and spent one summer in Ecuador studying Spanish. She attended Eastern's Concert Band Camp and Jazz Camp for three years in high school, and she is proud to be looking forward to another great summer with the wonderful team at EMC!
Chelsea Duncan is a graduate of EIU, completing her undergraduate and masters work in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a concentration in Exercise Science. She is entering her third year as an instructor and graduate faculty member in EIU’s Kinesiology Department. Chelsea is a former music camper, spending seven years as a camper and entering her 13th year as a camp counselor. She is excited to spend the week with former and new campers as they further their education and love for music.
Jaime "Hi-May" Escatel, a Bridgeview IL native, is returning for his second year with Eastern Music Camp. He heard about Eastern Music Camp through the students and faculty and is delighted to be returning! Jaime recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University and received a Bachelor's of Music with teacher certification and a minor in Spanish. He has taught private lessons on Trombone, was Brass technician for Red Hill High School, taught as Chrisman Jr./High School as part of his practicum, and recently finished student teaching in New Lenox School District 122 where he taught general music at Haines Elementary and band at Martino Jr. High School for grades K - 8th. Jaime plans to teach for a few years before pursuing a Master's degree in Music Education so that he may continue to inspire the young minds of the future.
Christina Farley is the 5th - 8th grade band director at Mayo Middle School and Carolyn-Wenz Elementary School in Paris, IL; she teaches jazz band, 5th grade beginning band, 6th grade concert band, percussion ensemble, and 7/8th grade bands (concert, pep, and parade). She is spending her fourth summer here at Eastern Music Camp. Christina 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 graduated from EIU in the Spring of 2017 and is delighted to have the opportunity to come back to campus to work with students one-on-one, helping them to develop both their abilities and her own. 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.
From Alton IL, Jackson Frosch is entering his fourth year as a Jazz Studies major at Eastern Illinois University. His primary instrument is jazz guitar. He has given guitar lessons for a number of years, and spent the last three years giving lessons through Charleston's Community Music Program. At EIU, Jackson has participated in a number of ensembles including the Panther Marching Band, the EIU Jazz Ensemble, and the EIU Jazz Combo. Jackson is excited to return for his third summer as a counselor at Eastern Music Camp!
Laura Hanrahan, from Harrisburg, Illinois, will be returning for her third year as a counselor at Eastern Music Camp. Laura is a recent graduate Eastern Illinois University where she earned a degree in Music Education. She was the principal horn player in the Wind Symphony and Orchestra at EIU. Laura student taught in Summit, IL at Argo Community High School and in middle and elementary schools in District 104. The love of music first came from her mother, who is a music educator. Inspired by her mother, Laura's involvement in music began at a very young age. In kindergarten her mother started teaching her how to play the piano and in third grade she started playing horn and taking vocal lessons. All throughout school Laura was very involved in band, choir, and theater. She participated in countless band competitions throughout middle school and high school. She was also drum major for three years in high school. Laura still continues to help out her community bands by volunteering her time helping with band camp, drum major and color guard auditions, as well as giving private lessons. Laura is very excited to be returning to EMC and looks forwards to another memorable week!
Kate Herder, from Frankfort, IL, has been attending Eastern Music Camp since 2010 where she has spent five years as a camper, one year as an intern, and two years as a counselor. Kate recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music with an Instrumental Concentration. Kate performed in many groups during her time at Eastern including the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Jazz Lab Band, Panther Marching Band, and the EIU CrossBones. She has held leadership positions in the EIU Concert Band and Jazz Lab Band as a section leader. In her free time, Kate enjoys coaching softball and riding her bike. Kate is excited to return to EMC as a counselor to help further students' love of music and performing. Eastern Music Camp has brought Kate many great memories and experiences. She hopes to help other campers enjoy EMC as much as she has in hopes that they too can create great memories and experiences.
Dan Matthews has worked with EMC for 10 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 and Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University. He is currently the Digital Services Librarian for Moraine Valley Community College.
Willie, originally from Belleville, IL, attended Eastern Music Camp for 4 years prior to deciding to make Eastern Illinois University his new home. He is going into his senior year at EIU pursuing both degrees in Music Education as well as Saxophone Performance with a Jazz Concentration. He performs in many groups at EIU including the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Saxophone Quartet. He believes that Eastern Music Camp has been one of the greatest experiences of his life, which not only provided him with an extremely valuable musical experience, but also introduced him to some of his greatest friends. For this reason, he is ecstatic to return this summer for his 4th year as a counselor and pass on a wonderful EMC experience to all the campers.
Teresa Richard just completed her first year of graduate school at Eastern Illinois University where she is pursuing a Master's Degree in Flute Performance. This is Teresa's fifth year as an Eastern Music Camp counselor and she is excited to be back to work with the campers. Teresa has had experience working with students of all ages. In the Fall of 2016, she student taught at the middle and high school levels. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education and substitute taught for a semester before returning to school. Teresa enjoys playing flute and teaching her wonderful flute students. She is eager to begin her fifth year at EMC and hopes to help provide campers with an exciting and memorable week.
John Wengerski is a senior Instrumental Music Education major at Eastern Illinois University, and this will be his second year involved with Eastern Music Camp. As a Tenor and Bass Trombonist, he has enjoyed performing in Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and many chamber groups including Trombone Quartets, Brass Quintets, and his Jazz Trombone Quintet which was invited to perform at the 2018 International Trombone Festival at University of Iowa. John is an instructor with the Charleston Community Music Program, through which he teaches Trombone lessons to students of varying ages. He also been a brass technician with Niles West High School’s Marching Band and Wind Ensembles. He is eager to start making musical memories at EMC!
Riley Cutright is from Charleston Illinois, and she has just completed her freshman year at Eastern Illinois University for music performance. While at EIU, she enjoyed playing in several ensembles including Wind Symphony, Eastern Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Lab Band. Riley joined the EMC staff in the summer of 2017, and is eager to intern again. Before she chose EIU, she was a camper at EMC starting in 2012, and loved being in both jazz and senior band camps. In high school she was in marching band, concert band, Tri-M National Honor Society, and participated in the All-State and Honors All-State Choirs. Riley is excited for another awesome year of EMC!
Cody Esparza is a junior at North Central College in Naperville Illinois. Cody is pursuing a degree in Choral Music Education with the LBS1, which is an endorsement that specializes in teaching students with special needs. At North Central College Cody is very involved in the Acappella society. Cody is president of his all male a Cappella group, No Control. Thus far in Cody’s teaching career, he has already completed two elementary practicums in which he had had over one hundred hours of teaching experience. Cody was a camper for six years at Eastern Music Camp and an intern last summer. This coming summer will be Cody’s second time interning at Eastern Music Camp and eighth year overall with the camp.
Stephanie Hill is entering her senior year at Southern Illinois University, majoring in Photography. She was a camper at Eastern Music Camp from 2010 to 2015 and has been an intern for the past two years. Concert band has been a part of her life since she was in fifth grade. Stephanie has helped teach middle school students the basics of marching band as well as some basic music theory lessons. She also currently plays in her local church band and does some work for the pit band of her local theatre group. Stephanie is excited to help eager campers like she was achieve a higher learning and appreciation for music.
Alyssa Jacobucci, from Manteno, Illinois, is entering her sophomore year as an Instrumental Music Education major and Oboe Performance major at Eastern Illinois University. She attended EMC for six years and is excited to return as an intern. Alyssa has been playing the oboe since fifth grade and teaches private lessons to beginning oboists. In high school, she was the principal oboist in concert band for four years and the principal oboist and section leader of a local youth symphony for two years. Alyssa was a member of the 2016 ILMEA All-State Band and has played as the first chair oboist in several honor bands. In college, she has played as a member of both the Eastern Wind Symphony and the Eastern Symphony Orchestra. It is Alyssa’s belief that EMC was one of the best musical experiences that she was offered and it was one of the factors that helped her to choose Eastern. She is excited to see the other side of camp and hopes that the campers this year will enjoy EMC as she had in the past.
Katelyn Mason grew up in Mattoon, Illinois and will be returning to EMC as an intern after being a camper for four years. Katelyn is currently wrapping up her sophomore year at DePaul University as a Music Education major with an instrumental concentration in trumpet. At DePaul, she participates in the Wind Symphony as well as being a Peer Mentor and Orientation Leader. In high school, she was a drum major and first chair of her section for two years. Katelyn is looking forward to being part of the EMC staff and helping campers have a fun and musical week.
From Belleville, Illinois, Nate Robben was a camper at Eastern Music Camps for three years before accepting the intern position, playing guitar in the Jazz Camp for all three years. He is currently a sophomore at Missouri State University studying Electronic Arts: Audio Studies with a music minor. Nate has been playing in jazz band since 7th grade and continues to play jazz at Missouri State University with a Jazz Studies Scholarship and the Mel Bay Guitar Scholarship. He is a member of the Missouri State University PRIDE Band drumline. Nate has participated in the ILMEA Jazz Band for two years as well as the honors combo at Eastern Illinois University for two years. He played the tenors in the Marching Maroons drumline at Belleville West High School, and played percussion in the West Symphonic Band. Nate has made a lot of friends and memories during his time at EMC and he is excited for the opportunity to come back as an intern to make more.