Suzuki Music School of Barrington Faculty
The Suzuki Music School of Barrington faculty is comprised of accomplished teachers and musicians. They work together to provide an extensive music education program.
Betty Mueller, Suzuki piano, is the founder and director of the Suzuki Music School of Barrington. Master of Music in music theory and composing, Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts in piano performance, Mundelein College, Chicago. Betty taught piano, music theory and music composition at Mundelein College. She studied piano at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and has continued her piano study and performance since graduate school. Betty is the founder of the piano program in the Suzuki Music School of Barrington. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Betty has done extensive accompaniment with Barrington Suzuki Strings. She is a registered Suzuki teacher and has had one child in our Suzuki program.
Maria Fadrowski, Suzuki flute: Master of Music from Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland; Suzuki training with D. Garry, R. Paluzzi and P. Bryce; taught flute at the Music Institute of Chicago, Judson College and presently teaching for Suzuki School of Elgin as well as privately in her studio; performed with Slupsk Symphony, Ad Libitum and Barrington Trio; introduced Suzuki method for flute instruction in Poland. Her students have won numerous flute solo competitions including the Society of American Musicians and the Chicago Flute Club Solo Competitions in all divisions. Maria has had two children in our program.
Marian Fadrowski, Suzuki cello, received his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University where he studied under Karl Fruh; additionally, he received his MM in Cello Performance from the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland where he studied with B. Zaborowska and R. Suchecki. Mr. Marian Fadrowski has played as the principal cellist in the Northwest Indiana Symphony and Chicago Music Forum Chamber Orchestra. He is a former member of numerous chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras, among others: Gdansk Chamber Orchestra (2nd place winner of H. von Karajan Competition in Berlin), the Baltic Opera House in Poland, and the Dubuque Symphony, IA. Mr. Marian Fadrowski has taught for over 25 years with experience in both the Suzuki and traditional methods. His two children: Annette (violin) and Christopher (flute) both attended the Barrington Suzuki School.
David Katz, Violin and viola; Violin Diploma, New School of Music, studied with Jascha Bodsky (Curtis String Quartet); Associate concertmaster with Lake Forest Symphony; performs with Lyric Opera, Grant Park Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra; Joffrey Ballet; Chicago Opera theatre. 25 years teaching experience: Elmhurst College; Moody Bible Institute; Loyola Academy; Willowbrook High School; Chicago Waldorf School. David has two children studying music, one of whom is in Suzuki.
Preston Krauska, Prelude Orchestra. Mr. Krauska holds a Bachelors degree from the Univesity of Iowa, and is currently working on a Master of Music Education degree at the Univ. of Florida. He is currently the Orchestra and Band Co-Director at Dundee Crown High School in Carpentersville, and is a String Instructor at Great Midwestern Music. Mr. Krauska is trained on all string and band instruments, on jazz, music theory/aural skills, and is very familiar with several music software applications. He has taught at various Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin schools and music clinics. Mr. Krauska will be the conductor of our Prelude Orchestra.
Nancy Murray, Suzuki violin, graduated with her B.M.E from Northwestern University and studied under Myron Kartman. At age nine, she began violin lessons with Betty Haag at the Haag-Leviton Suzuki program in Mount Prospect, Illinois and began cadet-teaching at age 12 for the same program. Nancy has performed in various orchestral and chamber groups, weddings, church services and musicals, has made CD recordings and has travelled as a violin teacher with Barrington Suzuki Strings. Her Suzuki trainers have included Betty Haag and Bettie Dyer. She began teaching for Barrington Suzuki Strings in 1986 under the direction of Marianela McCammon, and after a brief sabbatical, returned and continued teaching under the direction of Betty Mueller. Nancy has taught private violin lessons at Wheeling High School, MacArthur Middle School, Dundee-Crown High School, Cassandra Strings, and has also taught with the Elgin Area Suzuki String program under the direction of Lamar Blum. Nancy has two children, Kelsey and Kaylene, who have both graduated from Barrington Suzuki Strings.
Barb Milosch, Suzuki guitar, was the founder of the Suzuki guitar program with Barrington Suzuki Strings in 1994. She studied under Richard Pick of Chicago and Oscar Ghiglia of Livorno, Italy. Her Suzuki training was with William Kossler and Frank Longay - the founder of American Suzuki guitar. She has made CD recordings, performed in numerous ensemble groups, and has had former students win and place at the Grandquist Music Competition. Barb has had one child in our Suzuki program and has travelled extensively as guitar teacher with Barrington Suzuki Strings, including the 2001 Spain/Portugal tour.
Don Montgomery, Suzuki cello, Bass chamber strings; Bachelor of Arts in Music from Ohio University. Professor, Denison University, string bass. Director of orchestral program in Newark, Ohio. Principle bass in Southeastern Ohio Symphony, Land of Legend Orchestra and Springfield. Symphony Orchestras in Ohio. Directed the Newark H.S. Orchestra and the Fayette Chamber Orchestra in GA. Conductor and Music Director, Suzuki teacher Orchestra in Atlanta, GA. Don is the orchestra teacher at Barrington Middle School Station Campus.
Ron Velleuer, Director, Barrington Youth Orchestra. Mr. Velleuer is a native of Barrington, IL and the Barrington Suzuki Strings. He holds a Master's degree in Music Education and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in music education and has been teaching in the public schools for 15 years.
He began his teaching career in 1995 at Lake Zurich High School as the choir and orchestra director. During his three years there the orchestra program grew from 16 to 46 students. He then moved on to Barrington High School in 1998, where over three years he fostered growth in the orchestra from 25 to 60 players and divided it from one group into two. Since joining the faculty at Deerfield High School in 2001, the orchestra program has grown from 24 to 64 students. Under his direction, Mr. Velleuer's groups have produced 7 recording projects and completed performing tours across the United States and Europe. He has been nominated three times to Who's Who Among America's Teachers and was awarded the "My Most Inspirational Teacher" award by the Distinguished Citizens Society International of Greater Chicago in 2006. Mr. Velleuer is also a member of MENC and ASTA. In addition to his skill as a teacher and conductor, Mr. Velleuer is an accomplished trumpeter, violinist, pianist, and vocalist. He lives in Barrington together with his wife and four children, two of whom are in the Suzuki program.