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Music Faculty

Robert Kania 2014
Robert Kania
Chair
847-628-1115
Dr. Kania has performed as a recital soloist on three continents: Europe, North and South America. He studied with such distinguished masters as: Sequeira Costa, Andrzej Tatarski, and Jack Wonerock.

Piano, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Orchestration

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Warren Anderson 2014
Warren Anderson
Director, Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts
847-628-1570
Warren Anderson has been affiliated with Judson in one way or another since the fall of 1984, when he transferred here to complete his course of undergraduate studies. Since then, he has served his alma mater in a number of capacities, including Dean of Men, houseparent, and assistant basketball coach.

University Choir, Music Appreciation, History of Rock and Roll

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Joshua Jones
Joshua Jones
847-628-1114
Joshua Jones began his musical career as a singer and composer in Indianapolis while earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts, with a double major of vocal performance and music theory/composition.

Voice, Vocal Literature and Pedagogy, Music Composition and Technology, Chamber Singers

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Sojung Lee Hong
Sojung Lee Hong
847-628-1113
Sojung Lee Hong has enjoyed her dual career as a performer and educator since she joined music faculty at Judson University. Born in Seoul, Korea, she received her early music training at Yewon Arts Middle School and Seoul Arts High School, Korea.

Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Literature, Music History, Conducting

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Michael Folker
Michael Folker
Michael Folker is an active member of the musical scene in the Chicago area. He performs in a variety of groups, to include the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Chicago Opera Theater, the Joffrey Ballet Company, and the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

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Adam Huff
Adam Huff
Classical guitarist Adam Huff joined the Judson faculty in the winter of 2009 as an adjunct professor of guitar and ensemble coach. He began his musical studies in the former-Soviet country of Belarus.

Guitar, Guitar Ensemble

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Sarah van der Ploeg
Sarah van der Ploeg
Sarah van der Ploeg completed a Masters degree in Voice & Opera at Northwestern University and received an MMus with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, London. Sarah has soloed in London, New York, Chicago, Vienna, around the UK and France, and smaller cities throughout the US and Europe.

Voice, Music Publishing and Copyrights

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Jean Bishop
Jean Bishop
Flutist Jean Bishop has been a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra since 1979 and its principal flutist since 1982. She also serves as principal flute of the Light Opera Works orchestra and the Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony.

Flute

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Robert Blazek
Robert Blazek
Robert Blazek served for 22 years as the Director of Bands at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton and also serves as the Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Dundee. Robert has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and also started the Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage.

Saxophone, Clarinet

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Jared DePasquale
Jared DePasquale
Jared DePasquale has twenty-five years of experience in commercial music as a composer, producer, orchestrator, arranger, and session musician working in Nashville, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit.

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Jeremiah Frederick2
Jeremiah Fredrick
Hornist Jeremiah Frederick is currently a freelance horn player in Chicago and Northern Indiana. He holds the positions of Second horn with the Green Bay Symphony and Associate Principal horn with the South Bend Symphony.

Horn

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Tara Hayes2
Tara Hayes
Violinist Tara Hayes earned her BME in Music Education with Instrumental Emphasis from Oberlin College Conservatory in 2002, and her MM in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy from Northwestern University in 2004.

Violin and Viola, Adoniram Trio

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Nancy Lemons
Nancy Lemons
Pianist Nancy Lemons received the Bachelor of Music Degree, and pursued Graduate Studies, at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She also received the Diploma in Church Music from Moody Bible Institute, and has most recently studied with Katherine Glaser.

Piano, Keyboard Harmony

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Joanna Newby
Chad Negley

Chad Negley has been designing worship experiences and leading worship for church services for almost 20 years. He pastors and leads musicians and artists within his local church context and became the Contemporary Worship Director at Christ Church of Oak Brook in January of 2014.

Songwriting

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Joanna Newby
Joanna Newby

Joanna is an accomplished Violin and Viola performer and teacher. Orchestral performance experience includes the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and most recently with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

Violin and Viola, Adoniram Trio

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Ben Richardson
Ben Richardson
Ben earned a BA from Judson University and an MM in Composition from Bowling Green State University. His main artistic interest is writing music that is informed by a variety of different music traditions, both contemporary and historical.

Instructor, Music History

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Timothy Shaffer
Timothy Shaffer
Tim Shaffer completed his Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction at the Indiana University School of Music. He has been a professional double bassist since the age of twenty, when he joined the New Orleans Symphony.

Double Bass

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Chris Twining
Chris Twining
Chris Twining is a 2015 graduate of Judson University with a BA in Music Performance. Both a guitarist and a composer, Chris currently teaches guitar and piano at Music Education Centers of America and directs Judson's Jazz Ensemble

Director, Judson Jazz Ensemble

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Bob Weber
Robert Weber
Cellist Robert Weber has been a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra since 1988. He is a native of Villa Park, Illinois and has lived in Elgin, Illinois since 1984.

Cello, Adoniram Trio

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