Andrew Cheetham is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at Eastern Illinois University. 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.
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 has been a part of Eastern Music Camp for the past 17 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 is 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 18th 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 nine 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 four brothers, caring for her two turtles (Opal and Edith), 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 13 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. Bryan recently returned to EIU to pursue a Master's Degree in Wind Conducting. After graduating with a Master's in Wind Conducting, Bryan has worked as an associate director of instrumental music and director of jazz at Clovis West High School in Fresno California. 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 fifth 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 at JCPenney. She spends much of her time at Monticello High School where she is an assistant softball coach and the pit instructor for the Sages. 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 first summer as an intern. Attending EMC made his college decision process very easy, and he started at Eastern Illinois this past fall. He started as a Biology/Pre-Med Major, but decided to switch his major to Bachelor of Arts in Music to follow his passion for music. 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 also a section leader in his high school’s drum-line as well as in the percussion section in the symphonic band. He continues to help the band at Belleville West whenever he is needed. Eastern Music Camp helped Conor to realize his passion for music, and he is excited to help students have the same great experience that he had during his years at EMC.
Rose Cloud is entering her final year as an Instrumental Music Education major with a Spanish minor. She primarily plays saxophone but also performs as a vocalist with jazz and rock and roll groups. At Eastern she has participated in the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Panther Marching Band, and Jazz Combos, and her other interests include Salsa dancing, origami, and reading. During the summer of 2014, Rose spent two months in Ecuador studying Spanish and falling in love with Salsa music. She is an instructor for the Community Music Program in Charleston, through which she teaches beginning saxophone lessons, and this is Rose's second year as a counselor at Eastern Music Camp. She attended the Concert Band Camp and Jazz Camp for three years in high school, and in 2013 Rose worked for EMC as a member of the Logistics Crew. She is looking forward to a great summer of camp counseling and enjoying the vibrant musical community that is created every summer at EMC.
Chelsea Duncan is a recent graduate of EIU. She completed her undergraduate and masters work at EIU in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a concentration in Exercise Science. She was nominated by faculty and received the Distinguished Graduate Student and Outstanding Graduate Student Awards for the KSS department. She has assisted in teaching in the exercise science department and coaching cheerleading at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN. Chelsea is a former music camper, spending seven years as a camper and entering her 12th 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 spending her third summer here at Eastern Music Camp. 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 just finished her fourth year here at EIU and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with students one-on-one to help 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 second year as a Jazz Studies major at Eastern Illinois University. His primary instrument is guitar with some background in percussion. He's given guitar lessons for a number of years, and spent the last year giving lessons through Charleston's Community Music Program. At EIU, Jackson has participated in Panther Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. He is incredibly excited to begin his first summer at Eastern Music Camp.
Laura Hanrahan, from Harrisburg, Illinois, will be returning for her second year as a counselor at Eastern Music Camp. Laura is a senior at Eastern Illinois University pursuing a degree in Music Education as well as a minor in Spanish. She is the principal horn player in the Wind Symphony and Orchestra at EIU. 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 the past five years as a camper and one year as an intern. Kate is entering her junior year of college at Eastern Illinois University and is pursuing a degree in Music Education with an instrumental concentration in euphonium. She has held leadership positions in her high school concert band as a low brass section leader for three years and a brass section leader for the Peotone Marching Blue Devils. Kate also served as the euphonium section leader for Eastern Illinois' Concert Band this past year. Kate is excited to return to EMC as an intern 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 9 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. He is currently the Cataloging and Digital Services Librarian for Moraine Valley Community College.
Willie Morris, originally from Belleville, IL, attended Eastern Music Camp for 4 years prior to choosing to make Eastern Illinois University his home away from home. He is going into his junior year at EIU pursuing both degrees in Music Education as well as Saxophone Performance with a Jazz Concentration. In high school, Willie served as a section leader in multiple ensembles for 3 years and gave lessons to any and everybody who asked. He also played in top bands at many honor band festivals including ILMEA District VI Jazz Festival and the ILMEA District VI Concert Band Festival both of which he held first chair positions. He also held the 1st Tenor Saxophone spot in the Honors Jazz Band at the ILMEA All-State Festival in 2014. Willie believes that Eastern Music Camp has been one of the greatest experiences of his life, which has not only helped him become a better musician, but also introduced him to some of the greatest people he has ever met. For this reason, he is ecstatic to return this summer for his 2nd year as a counselor and pass on a wonderful EMC experience to many campers.
Teresa Richard just completed her senior year at Eastern Illinois University and will be student teaching at Highland Middle School and High School in the upcoming fall semester. She is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education with an instrumental concentration in flute. This is Teresa's third 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. She was a drum major in high school and a section leader for the Panther Marching Band her sophomore year of college. She has also served as a tutor, teaches flute lessons to students of all ages, and on several occasions she has volunteered as an assistant to elementary, middle, and high school band directors. Teresa is eager to begin her third year with EMC and hopes to help provide campers with an exciting and memorable week.
Kieran Effner, from Neoga, Illinois, has been attending camp since 2014. She attended the Sr. Band Camp for two years during high school and is now returning as an EMC intern. She is a Music Education major with an instrumental focus and is entering her sophomore year here at Eastern. Kieran has been playing the saxophone since she was in 5th grade and teaches beginning private lessons on saxophone. She also plays flute. During high school, she was section leader of the concert band for four years as well as the jazz band for three years. She held the 1st Baritone Saxophone position in the Honors Concert Band at the 2014 ILMEA All-State Festival. Kieran was a part of EIU's Panther Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble during the 2015-2016 academic year, on a combination of alto and tenor saxophone, as well as flute. She believes that EMC was one of the best musical experiences she had during high school and it was one of the major determining factors when it came to choosing Eastern as the place for her to study Music Education. She is excited to see the "behind the scenes" of EMC and hopes that she can help this year's campers enjoy it and learn just as much as she did during her years at EMC.
Stephanie Hill is currently a sophomore at Vincennes University, majoring in photography. She has been a camper at Eastern Music Camp since 2010 and is excited to return to camp as an intern this year. 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.
Belle Moushon, from Eureka, IL, is studying Music Education at Eastern Illinois University and is passionate about helping students experience what music has to offer. Her musical experience includes being Flute Captain for her high school and holding principal bassoon positions with the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, Bradley Honor Band, Twin City Honor Band, All-State Orchestra, EIU Wind Symphony, and EIU Orchestra. She has also had the privilege of playing side-by-sides with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Navy Band, and has given private lessons since 2012. This is her first year being involved in the Eastern Music Camp, and she is excited to see students grow in their musical abilities.
Anna Neihart is currently a junior Business Administration major at Indiana State University and a member of the Marching Sycamores. Throughout high school, Anna kept busy by being involved in several school bands, 4-H Jazz Band, and soccer. She held the position of clarinet section leader for concert band as well as tenor saxophone section leader for marching band her junior and senior years of high school. Anna has been attending Eastern Music Camp since 2007. She was a camper for seven years and this summer will be her second year as an intern. Eastern Music Camp helped Anna improve as a musician as well as given her great memories, experiences, and friends. Anna is excited to once again be part of the EMC staff that kept her wanting to come back to camp year after year and is looking forward to helping current campers have just as great of an EMC experience as she did.
Maddie Trelz is a current student at Eastern Illinois University, having just finished her freshman year of study in pursuing a major in Music Education with a minor in Broadcast Meteorology. During her time at Eastern so far, Maddie has been a member of the Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and is a current section leader in the Panther Marching Band. Before coming to Eastern as a student, Maddie spent a summer at Eastern Music Camp as a vocal camper, which she enjoyed so thoroughly that she made Eastern her new home! Hailing from Collinsville, Illinois, her past educational accomplishments include working with the Boy Scouts of America as a Venture Crew president, leading song and dance at her local Vacation Bible School, and visiting her past schools to observe and give lessons. Maddie is very excited to become involved with Eastern Music Camp this summer, and to learn much more!