Flute – Laurel Tempas (630) 887-8399
Laurel Tempas is a private flute instructor in the western Chicago suburbs. She attended Northwestern Univeristy where she received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Flute Performance degrees. Her flute professors include Emil Eck and Walfrid Kujala, both former players with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Laurel currently performs with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, as well as the Salt Creek Sinfonietta. When the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra went on a recent tour of England, she played principal flute. She is the former principal flute with the Wheaton Municipal Band and has also performed with the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Harmonies Woodwind Octet. In addition, Laurel is a member of the music faculty at Lewis University and an adjudicator for the Illinois Music Educator’s Association district and state level band auditions.Laurel comprises half of the flute/harp duo “Heather Harmonies”, performing Celtic music in several local venues.


Flute - Dr. Jennifer Gosack (815)715-1976
Chicago flutist, Jennifer Gosack Darwell D.M.A. has been praised for her vibrant tone, polished technique, and outstanding musicality across a broad range of styles. Jennifer recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 2016. She also received her Master’s (2010) and Artist Diploma (2011) degrees from CCM. In 2008, Jennifer graduated from the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, where she studied with Mary Stolper. Jennifer was co-principal flutist of the Metropolitain Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2004. From 2012-2014, Jennifer was a member of the flute faculty at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. She maintains a private flute studio in Plainfield, Illinois, where she offers quality flute instruction to more than forty dedicated students of all ages. In recent years, Dr. Darwell's students have achieved top placement in their school ensembles, as well as the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Honor Band of America, various Illinois district and state ensembles, and the Merit School of Music. They have earned distinguished awards in the Granquist Music Competition, the Chicago Flute Club Competition, the Festival of Flutes Competition, and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Current and former students have achieved placement in prestigious flute studios such as the Eastman School of Music, the DePaul University School of Music, Illinois State University, Purdue University, the University of Illinois, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Butler University, Roosevelt University, and Valparaiso University. Jennifer is currently principal flutist of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. She performed with the CCM Philharmoina Orchestra, the CCM Chamber Winds, and the Queen City Chamber Opera. Jennifer is
also a member of the Volaré Trio, Duo Stiletto, and Sunflower Flutes. Most recently, she received prizes in the 2016 South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Inaugural 2015 Raleigh Area Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She will be releasing her first solo album entitled Flute Fantasy in 2018. Jennifer is dedicated to a life of sharing her talent and passion for
classical music with others.


Oboe – Larry Woodruff (708) 997-1875


Bassoon - Kim Richter (630) 464-5670


Clarinet – Garrett Matlock (617) 650-8529
Garrett Matlock is a private clarinet instructor and freelance clarinetist in the Chicago area, performing most frequently with the Chicago Folks Operetta. Additionally, he serves as a chamber music coach for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestras Chamber Music Institute. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed additional graduate studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

His primary clarinet teachers include Susan Warner (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Craig Nordstrom (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and J. David Harris (Champaign-Urbana Symphony and formerly Illinois Symphony Orchestra). Additionally, he has worked with renowned clarinet professors, Yehuda Gilad (University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the Colburn School), Richard Hawkins (Oberlin Conservatory of Music), Dan Gilbert (University of Michigan and formerly the Cleveland Orchestra), and Ken Grant (Eastman School of Music).


Saxophone – Amy Gier (708) 334-0512 or a.gier@yahoo.com


Trumpet – Monica Benson (314) 799-8222 or mjbensontrumpet@gmail.com
Monica Benson is freelance trumpet player and music educator in the Chicagoland area. Her enthusiasm and experience range from classical to contemporary. During the summer months Monica can be found at The Arlington International Racecourse, playing the “Call to Post” as the official Arlington Bugler. Monica has performed with multiple ensembles and bands from all over including the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Chicago Brass Band, The Illinois Brass Band and many more. Along with an active freelance career, Monica does a fair share of teaching. Aside from her own private studio, Monica also teaches in at the Merit School of Music, DePaul Community Music and Lane Tech College Prep High School. Monica holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from DePaul University.


French Horn – Paulette Velazquez (708) 927-2233 or pvelazquez@sxu.edu
Paulette Velazquez holds a master's degree in horn performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelor's degree in horn performance from the University of Illinois. Velazquez is an active freelance musician playing regularly with Elgin Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffery Ballet, the New Philharmonic and at various theaters in Chicago. Velazquez is a member of the applied faculty at Lewis University and the College of DuPage as well as Saint Xavier University. She also maintains a very active private teaching schedule teaching students from the Joliet, Lockport, Frankort and Plainfield area schools. Before returning to Chicago, Paulette was principal horn of La Filarmonica de Jalisco for two years, located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Velazquez's principal teachers include A. David Krehbiel, former principal horn San Francisco Symphony, and Dan Gingrich, principal Chicago Symphony.

Trombone – Henry Salgado (773) 802-4724
Trombonist Henry Salgado establishedhimself on the Chicago scene while working on his Jazz Studies degree at DepaulUniversity. He began subbing in the pit orchestras of the Goodman Theatre,Marriott Lincolnshire and the Drury Lane Oakbrook. Salgado has alsoperformed with many top entertainers including Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, Kurt Elling, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, Rita Moreno, Della Reeseand the Doc Severinsen Orchestra.  As a studio musicianHenry has recorded over 100 Radio & TV commercials and has playing creditson these original movie soundtracks; Big Night, Imposters, Secret Lives ofDentists and Hamlet directed by Cambell Scott. More info on IMDB.COM.  Henry Salgado is currently a member of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded on its debut CD “Collective Creativity.”

Euphonium / Tuba – Joshua Biere 847-644-0017 or jbiere@gmail.com
Josh Biere is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra as principal tubist since 2013. He also holds the principal tuba chair with the Kenosha (WI) Symphony and regularly performs with the new Chicago Composers Orchestra. Mr. Biere has also performed at the Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago), and with the St. Paul (MN) Chamber Orchestra. An established chamber musician, Mr. Biere plays in numerous ensembles and in dozens of venues in the Chicagoland area, and has soloed with many groups and given numerous recitals throughout the region. He is a highly sought after clinician and teacher, maintaining a studio of well over thirty-five tuba and euphonium students.

Percussion – Christian Perez (815) 715-3955