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Music Faculty

Robert Kania
Robert Kania
Music 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, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Judson Civic Orchestra

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Warren Anderson
Warren Anderson

Director, Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts

847-628-1570
Warren Anderson '86 has served with his alma mater since 1988, currently as the Director of the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts (DCWPA) and the University Choir. He also teaches classes throughout the DCWPA on various topics, including the history of rock and roll.

University Choir,  History of Rock and Roll, Worship Resources, Introduction to the Community of Worship Performances

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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, Music Technology, Chamber Singers, Music Appreciation

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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, South Korea, she received her early music training at Yewon Arts Middle School and Seoul Arts High School, South Korea.

Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Literature, Conducting, Piano Ensemble

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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, including 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 director. He began his musical studies in the former-Soviet country of Belarus.

Guitar, Guitar Ensemble

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Toni Esker 2
Toni Esker
Toni Esker, lyric soprano, is known for her expressive musicality and dark, rich tone. Toni is currently an adjunct professor of voice at Judson University and also at Trinity Christian College.  

Voice

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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. Robert has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and also started the Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage.

Saxophone, Clarinet, Jazz Ensemble Director

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Daniela Folker
Daniela Folker 
Daniela is principal second violin with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, plays for the Joffrey Ballet Company and regularly performs throughout the Chicago area.

 

 Violin
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.

French 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

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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

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Scott Liebenow
Scott Liebenow
Scott Liebenow is a drummer, a keyboard player and a songwriter.  He plays as a for hire musician at churches and with an entertainment company located in Geneva.  He is a co-founder of the Chicago Worship Collective, which is a community group that connects local songwriters, church musicians and worship leaders to collaborate and worship together.  He currently is a volunteer worship leader at Village Green Baptist Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Worship Band Fundamentals, Songwriting for the Church
Benjamin Richardson
Benjamin Richardson
Ben Richardson is a composer from the Chicago area. He earned a BA from Judson University (2014) and an MM in Composition from Bowling Green State University (2016). His main artistic interest is writing music that is informed by a variety of different music traditions, both contemporary and historical.

Music History

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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

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Tim May
Tim May
Tim May joined Judson as the Studio Manager of Dark Room Studios in 2014. In his role, he teaches recording courses, helps students in recording their own projects, and works with various artists and organizations who utilize Dark Room Studios. Tim also plays guitar with several performing groups connected to the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts in the surrounding Chicagoland area.

Recording Techniques I and II



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