Flute – Laurel Tempas (630) 887-8399
Laurel Tempas is a private flute instructor in the western Chicago suburbs. She attended Northwestern Univeristy where she recieved 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.

 

Oboe – Larry Woodruff (708) 532-7670

 

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 – Adrian Speyrer (504)2964620 or aspeyr1@gmail.com

 

French Horn – Paulette Velazquez (708)927-2233

 

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 Orchestraand recorded on its debut CD “Collective Creativity.”

 

Euphonium – Matthew Martin mmart905@gmail.com

 

Tuba – Matthew Martin mmart905@gmail.com

 

Percussion – Adam Cowger (218)791-9625
Adam Cowger is currently an adjunct professor of music at Joliet Junior College where he directs the percussion ensemble and teaches applied percussion. Additionally, Adam teaches courses in music history and applied percussion at Moraine Valley Community College.

As a freelance artist, Adam recently formed the Screaming Norwegians percussion duo with fellow percussion educator/performer Ben Wahlund. He also performs regularly with the tribute band The Chicago Experience and numerous professional orchestras in the Chicagoland area. In addition, Adam has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, twice at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and can be heard on Liam Teague and Robert Chappell’s recent CD Open Window.

Adam holds a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, both in percussion performance. His principal teacher’s include Michael Blake, Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Greg Beyer, and Rodrigo Villanueva. Adam is proud to endorse Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets and Tycoon Percussion instruments.