The fastest way for a student to progress musically is through private study with a specialist in his/her instrument. We encourage students at all levels to consider this opportunity to increase their knowledge and musicality. A list of teachers is provided below.
Sally has 40+ years experience teaching private flute. She has many of the top flutists in ILMEA and Bloomington-Normal area schools and Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony. Sally prepares her students with Auditions, Chair/Band placement, Band and Orchestra music. She prepares her students for solo and ensemble competition and provides piano accompaniment for them.
Alex Hunter is the Flute Teaching Assistant at Illinois State University, where she studies with Dr. Kimberly Risinger. She is currently earning her Master’s degree in Flute Performance. As an active teacher, Alex teaches students of all ages. She structures her lessons based on the basic fundamentals of flute playing, including breathing, tone development, technique, posture, musicality, etc., and on the individual needs of the students. Alex taught private lessons at the Columbus School of Music and Dance in Columbus, Georgia, as well as privately out of her home.
Kaela Bonow is a student at Illinois State University, where she studies flute with Dr. Kimberly Risinger. Kaela also teaches Flute Honor Band Sectionals with the U5 Honor Band.
Judith Dicker is an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University. She holds a M.M. degree in Oboe Performance from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Music Education from State University of New York at Potsdam. Formerly on the faculty of Wichita State University and Indiana University at South Bend, and has taught at the Musikschule Gelsenkirchen in Germany. Has performed as principal oboist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the South Bend Symphony, and as oboist with the Toledo Symphony and the Gelsenkirchen Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany.
Mr. Dicker has earned degrees from UCLA, The Julliard School, The University of Michigan. His teachers have included: Norman Herzberg, Harold Goltzer, L. Hugh Cooper, Mitchell Lurie and Mehli Mehta. Mr. Dicker was also a scholarship student at the Music Academy of the West. Mr. Dicker has been a member of the faculty at Illinois State University since 1986. In addition to teaching bassoon and coaching woodwind chamber music, he has been active in teaching music literature and methods courses. His former bassoon students currently hold playing and teaching positions in the New York Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Portugal, Wichita Symphony, Nordwest-Deutsche Philharmonie, Moorhead State University, New Mexico State University. He was honored as School of Music Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 1994-1995.
phone: (309) 663-1417
Kyle Renchen has been the Director of Bands for the GCMS school district in Gibson City, IL since 2011. He directs all five bands that have students ranging from 5th to 12th grade. Mr. Renchen received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Illinois State University. He currently resides in Bloomington.
Edward Risinger joined the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1997 as instructor of Tuba and Euphonium. He is also the Director of the Titan Band. Risinger performed for four years with the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. As a member of the Ceremonial Brass, he played with the Concert Band, Air Force Quintet, and performed numerous times in the Chamber Players Concert Series. In addition, Risinger toured with the Air Force Band in Russia, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He has performed with the Peoria Ballet, Peoria Symphony and the Illinois Symphony and has played extensively throughout the Midwest and East Coast performing in area symphonies, brass quintets, and as a soloist. He has served as clinician and adjudicator at several music camps and festivals. Risinger received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Illinois State University where he studied with Ed Livingston. Other teachers include David Fedderly and Rex Martin.
Andy Rummel is the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Illinois State University, a position he has held since 2006. A native of Delavan, Illinois, Mr. Rummel received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education and his Masters Degree in Music Performance from Illinois State University in Normal and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. His private teachers include Mark Moore, David Zerkel and Ed Livingston. In addition to serving as a faculty member within the School of Music, Mr. Rummel is the substitute tubist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his arrival at Illinois State, Mr. Rummel was the Principal Tubist with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band and the Heritage Brass Quintet located at Langley AFB in Virginia. In addition to his duties with the Heritage of America Band, Mr. Rummel was the instructor of tuba at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia and was the substitute tubist with the Virginia Symphony, also in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Rummel performed with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band in Orlando, Florida and has given masterclasses throughout the United States.