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Drostan Hall, Principal    
 

Drostan Hall conductor, violinist and founder of the Hall School of Music and Camerata Chicago www.cameratachicago.com , is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.  He has performed globally, participating in festivals in Europe and the United States.   Maestro Hall conducted the world premier of The Story of Ferdinand orchestrated by Jonathan Blumhofer at the Utah Music Festival in 2003.  He has guest conducted the Elmhurst Symphony with the Illinois premiere of The Story of Ferdinand.  He collaborated with violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi in February  of this year performing Mozartís 5th Violin Concerto.   He also conducted performances of Mozartís opera Bastien & Bastienne with The Comic Intermezzo, (Peter & Kathleen Van De Graaf) at the Chicago Cultural Center for their celebration of Mozartís 250th anniversary celebration. Drostan Hall is the president and founder of the Hall School of Music in Wheaton, Illinois.     He is also the producer of the highly successful childrenís educational CD Ferdinand & Friends which has now sold over 5,000 copies worldwide.   Drostan Hall can be heard frequently on WFMT conducting Camerata Chicago.   Maestro Hall holds the belief that music is a gift and wishes to dedicate his music making  to God, the author of that gift.

 

     
   
     
Rebecca Zimmerman, Cello  

Rebecca Zimmerman began studying piano at the age of four and cello at the age of ten. Throughout her early development as a cellist, Rebecca studied with several teachers including Dajing Yang, Jim Wilson of the Shanghai Quartet, and Neal Cary, principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony. Rebecca graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2003 with a BM in Cello Performance, studying under Stephen Gerber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Rebecca has attended the Eastern Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kent-Blossom Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute, all of which she served as principal cellist. Rebecca's competition winnings include the 1999 Richmond Symphony Concerto Competitionand the 2000 Eastern Music Festival Competition. She has also performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Richmond Symphony and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Eastern Music Festival OrchestraRebecca enjoyed a one-year position with the Richmond Symphony as well as a fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. She is currently Assistant Principal of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and performs and teaches throughout Chicago.

Sue Young, Piano/Flute    
Susan Young, Violin 

Sue Young (Piano Classical and Jazz / Flute / Recorder / Theory / Musicianship) is a Graduate Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with an MA in flute performance and theory.  Mrs. Young has also served as flute professor at Northern Iowa University.

John Ronai, Violin/Viola    
   

John Ronai Violin / Viola holds a Master's degree in violin performance from the University of Michigan. He also holds a certificate in the instruction of the Suzuki method.  He has played in the Indianapolis Symphony, Toledo (Ohio) Symphony, and has performed as a substitute with the Detroit Symphony.  Mr. Ronai is also a faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago
 

David O'Fallon, Percussion    
 

David O'Fallon, Purcussion began writing music for his own band about a year after beginning drum lessons at the age of nine. Later on, at Northern Illinois University, where he received degrees in Elementary Education and Music Theory & Composition, Dave was the staff arranger for the legendary NIU Jazz Ensemble. He has been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra as a percussionist and as a violist, and he has been a member of the bass section of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

As a free-lance percussionist, David has over twenty five years experience performing with Chicago-area musical theater, opera, ballet, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Ravinia Festival and Grant Park orchestras, jazz combos, wedding bands, big bands, and as a steel pan player, he leads his own Caribbean-styled group, Jamaican Breeze (www.jamaicanbreeze.net). He has been frequently called upon to augment the percussion section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has made some 20 recordings, one film score (Disney's "Fantasia 2000"), and a number of tours.

In addition, David has been the recipient of four commissions from the Chicago chapter of the American String Teachers Association to write contemporary music specifically suited to younger players. The first of these compositions, Legend, was chosen among the first 100 compositions to be described in Volume 1 of the new textbook series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra (GIA Publications, Chicago, 2001).

As a percussion teacher and adjudicator, David has many years of experience helping beginning percussionists get a good foundation as well as helping more experienced players improve their reading and musicianship skills on snare drum, timpani and mallets.

 

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