NANCY HIBDON - Co-Owner and Co-Founder of the Veritas Center
- Teacher for Beginning to Advanced Piano.  Preschool through Adult.
- Veritas Center General Administrator
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Fine Arts and Science
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 
40 years of Performance Experience
30 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience

BRIAN HIBDON - Co-Owner and Co-Founder of the Veritas Center
- Veritas Center Accountant and General Administrator.
- IT Consultant and Administrator
- Teacher of Computer Programming and Intro to Raspberry Pi Computing
Bachelor of Science in Finance, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Ongoing Coursework at Trinity International Divinity School and Moody Bible Institute 
20 years of Accounting and Management Experience

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JANE AHN
-Beginning to Advanced Mandarin Chinese Language Classes and Tutoring
Master of Arts Degree in Religion, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
10 ears Private and Public Teaching and Tutoring Experience.

JORGE D. ALARCON
-Beginning to Advanced Guitar
Associates Degree in Fine Arts  College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
Ongoing coursework in the School of Architecture.  University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
2 years if Private Teaching Experience

ALLENA BARBATO
-Beginning to Advanced French
-Beginning keyboards and piano

AMY BOTHMANN
-Beginning to Advanced Math Tutoring and Classes
-AP Math Tutoring and Test Preparation
-Study and Organizational Skills
Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics Education.  DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
5 years of High School and College Level Teaching Experience

CHELSEA BOWMAN
-Beginning to Intermediate Violin
-Tutoring:  Elementary Math
-Tutoring: All Grades: Reading & Writing.
Elementary Education major and Music Minor
Ongoing Courses at Trinity International University Deerfield, IL
4 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience

MELANIE CARTER
-Beginning to Advanced Voice
-Beginning to Intermediate Piano
-Solfege Singing Classes
Master's Degree in Voice.  University of Illinois.  Urbana-Champaign, IL
Bachelor's Degree in Music.  Voice concentration.  University of North Carolina.  Greensboro, NC
11 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience
13 years of Performance Experience

VERONICA CHAIREZ
-Beginning to Advanced Bassoon
-Beginning to Intermediate Oboe

VIVIANE CHO
-Beginning to Advanced Piano
Master in Piano Performance, Northern Illinois University, Illinois
Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance, UNESP Sao Paulo State University, Brazil
Montessori Educators Center Associated (MECA) Certification,IL
Ongoing Coursework in Childhood Education, Elgin Community College, Elgin,IL
18 years of Performance Experience
14 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience.

VICTORIA COBERLY
-Beginning to Advanced Italian

JENNY COOK
-Beginning to Advanced Voice
-Beginning to Early Advanced Piano
Masters in Music and Vocal Performance, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Bachelor of Music and Vocal Performance, Music Therapy, and Piano Minor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
6 Years of Private and Public Teaching Experience.

DAVID CRAMER
-Beginning to Advanced Voice.
-Beginning to Advanced Piano.
-Music Composition, Arranging and Theory.
Bachelor of Music Education.  Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
8 years of Performance and Private/Public Teaching Experience

DEB CURREN
-Beginning to Advanced Spanish Language Classes and Tutoring
-Beginning to Advanced ESL Classes and Tutoring
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Mundelein College, Chicago, IL
Exchange Program, Mundelein College, Bogota, Colombia.
Substitute Teachers Certificate
25 years of  Private and Public Teaching Experience.
DEB CURREN'S WEEBLY WEBSITE:  http://senoracurrensite.weebly.com/

JAMES DONAHUE
-Beginning to Advanced Flute
-Beginning Piano
Artist Diploma, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music Degree, Baylor University School of Music
Currently Performing as:
-Principal flute, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Evanston, IL
-Regular Substitute, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin, IL
-Regular Substitute, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurt, IL
3 years of Private Teaching Experience.

DAINA FISCHER
-Beginning to Advanced Voice
-Beginning to Intermediate Piano
-Beginning to Advanced Tutoring in Lithuanian
-Beginning to Advanced Tutoring in French
Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree in Chicao College of Performing Arts, Chicago, Illinois
Coursework at Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio
9 years of Private and Public Performance Experience
2 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience

LORA FOOTE
-Beginning to Advanced Voice
-Beginning to Advanced Piano
Music Education Degree
15 years of Private and Public Teaching and Tutoring Experience.

NANCY FOX
-Beginning to Intermediate Piano
-Sign Language Tutoring and Classes
Elementary Education Degree 
8 years of Private and Public Teaching and Tutoring Experience.

ROBERT W. FRIED
-Beginning to Advanced Saxophone.
-Beginning to Advanced Clarinet.
-Woodwind Instruments
-Music Composition and Theory.
Ph.D. Coursework in Ethnomusicology, University of Chicago.
Master of Music, Composition, Northwestern University.
Bachelor of Arts, Music, California State University.
Free Lance performer with various Chicago ensembles including the Alan Gresik Swingshift Orchestra (Green Mill Jazz Lounge), South Boulevard Band (soul & R&B), the Flat Cats (swing-jump) and many others.  Recent/upcoming performances of his music include Blue, Black & Bluer [a tribute to Duke Ellington] (for jazz ensemble & string quartet)with multi-reedist Ari Brown & the University of Chicago Jazz X-Tet, a medley of Burt Bacharach songs, highlighting vocalist Sharon Stanley with Mr. Bacharach in Houston, TX and a choral piece entitled Psalm 7 scheduled for performance at the JMC Academy, Brisbane, Australia with Dr. David Cashman.
20+ years of Private and Public Teaching Experience
35+ years of Performance Experience

LYNN FUJINO
-Beginning to Advanced Japanese Language Classes and Tutoring
Two years as full-time student in Japanese Language School, Tokyo, Japan
6 months as part-time student in Japanese Language School, Tokyo, Japan
-17 Years with Baptist International Missions Board as a Mentor for new non-Japanese speaking students.  Helped with language skills and general life skills, Tokyo, Japan.

LENA GAETZ
-Beginning to Advanced Violin
-Beginning to Advanced Viola
Master of Music degree, Specialist Teacher Diploma, Chamber Ensemble & Orchestra Performer, National Musical Academy of Ukraine
Bachelor of  Music degree, National Musical Academy of Ukraine
Associate Degree, Teacher of Violin and Orchestra Performer with Honors, Kherson State Musical College, Ukraine.
Currently Performing as:
-Second/Principal Second Violin - Erato Chamber Orchestra, Oak Part, IL
-First/Principal Second Violin-Full Score Chamber Orchestra, Zion, IL
-First Violin - Racine Symphony Orchestra, Racine, WI
-First Violin - North Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Northbrook, IL
-Second/First Violin - Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Kenosha, WI
-First Violin - Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, Waukegan, IL
15 years of Public and Private Teaching Experience.

JOYCE SINGHA GHOSH
-Hindi Language Classes and Tutoring

MALLORY KLECKNER
-Beginning to Advanced Voice
-Beginning to Intermediate Piano
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education K-12.  Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois
6 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience

MIKE LOUIE
-Beginning to Advanced Acoustic Guitar
-Beginning to Advanced Electric Guitar
-Beginning Bass Guitar
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Studied at Berkeley College of Music, Boston, MA
21 years of professional performing experience in US and Canada
11 years teaching experience at various Illinois Park Districts, Berkeley Guitar Ensembles, & Private Lessons.

ROGER MELKA
-Beginning to Advanced Trumpet
-Beginning to Intermediate Brass Instruments
Master of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Bachelor of Music (High Honors)University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
33 years of professional performance experience
34 years of private & public Teaching experience..

IAN MEYER
-Beginning to Advanced Acoustic Guitar
-Beginning to Advanced Electric Guitar
-Beginning Bass Guitar
10 years of private Teaching experience..

EMRIC MONTANO
-Beginning to Advanced Acoustic Guitar
-Beginning to Advanced Electric Guitar
Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
4 years of teaching experience
Performed as a solo artist, and studied with Award winning Guitarist Denis Azabagic from Roosevelt University

JILLIAN PAIGE
-Beginning to Advanced Voice
-Beginning to Early Advanced Piano
-Beginning to Early Advanced Violin
-Beginning to Intermediate Cello
Master of Music - Music Theatre, Oklahoma City University (Hish Honors)
Bachelor of Music - Classical Vocal Performance, Balmont University, Nashville, TN. (Magna Cum Laude)
6 years of Private and Public Teaching and  Performance Experience.

ANDREW PILACOUTAS
-Beginning to Advanced Drum Set
-Beginning to Advanced Percussion
Bachelor of Music Degree in Music, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
--concentration in Percussion Instrumental Performance
--Minor in Management
1 year of Private and Public Performance and Teaching Experience

ALISON PRICE
-Beginning to Advanced Science Tutoring and Hands On Classes
-ACT Prep Tutoring
-PSAT, SAT, PLAN, EXPLORE Test Prep Tutoring
-Research Paper and Creative Writing Tutor
Bachelor of  Science in Elementary Education and Psychology.  University of Wisconsin.  Madison, WI.
Master of Management and Nonprofit Administration.  North Park University.  Chicago, IL.
17 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience

LYNETTE REID
-Beginning to Advanced Voice
-Beginning to Intermediate  Piano
Bachelor of  Art in Music, Vocal Performance Concentration, Acting Minor, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.
Coursework toward Early Childhood Education Certificate, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
4 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience


ELIZABETH RICCI
-Beginning to Advanced Latin Language Classes and Tutoring
Masters of Divinity, cum laude, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Miami University, Oxford, OH
3 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience

RANDY SALLER
-Special Education Tutor
-Certified Tutor in "Slant" Orton-Gillingham
Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University
Bachelors of Science in Special Education, Elmhurst College
1993-Present - LD/BD SPecial Educator, Ingleside, IL
1995-Present - Private Tutor
2008-2009 Adjunct Professor, Kendall College
20 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience

LISA SHIRLEY
-Beginning to Advanced Art and Art Classes
Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL.
Masters Degree in Elementary Education, National Louis University, Chicago, IL
Art, Math, Social Science, Business Marketing and Management Endorsements
11 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience.

KRISTA SWEETSER
-Beginning to Advanced Cello
-Beginning to Intermediate Violin
-Beginning to Intermediate Viola
-German Language Tutoring and Classes
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education & Music Performance, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
5 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience.

RACHEL TOLLETT
-Beginning to Advanced Piano
-Beginning to Advanced Voice
-ACT Prep
-Russian Language
-Beginning Latin and Greek Languages
Masters Degree in Musicology, Baylor University, Waco, TX.  Bachelor of Arts, Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, AR.
7 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience.

TIMOTHY TONON
-Beginning to Advanced Acoustic Guitar
-Beginning to Intermediate Bass Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, & Ukulele
Coursework toward Major in Music Education, Chicago Musical College, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Coursework toward Major in Education.  Thornton Community College, S Holland, IL
Completed coursework in Liberal Arts.  Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
37 years of Private and Public Teaching & Performance Experience

MELANIE UYEDA
-Beginning to Intermediate Piano
-Beginning to Intermediate Drums
-Beginning Clarinet
2 years of Coursework toward Major in Music, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
14 years of Private and Public Performance Experience
2 years of Private and Public Teaching Experience

MINNA UYEDA
-Beginning to Advanced Piano
-Beginning to Advanced Clarinet
-Beginning to Intermediate Wind Instruments
Bachelor of Science in Music Education, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
Minor in Masters Study Program in Piano Performance, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
District 69 Director of Band Program 1988-1997
26 years of Private and Public Teaching & Performance Experience




























Our  Staff
All of our teachers have a college degree
or are currently enrolled in classes to pursue this level of expertise.