Chicago Area Flute Teachers
Denys Dzhuryn started teaching flute in 2003 while studying at a music conservatory in Lviv, Ukraine. His first teaching job was in a children's music school and later (in 2006) in Lviv College of Music. Denys has also worked in the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra as a principal flutist and later in the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater as a second flute/piccolo.
Denys has toured throughout Western Europe and South Korea with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, which helped him meet a lot of other great musicians and get more experience as a musician.
In 2010 Denys moved to the U.S. and began teaching private students. Denys teaches flute at Solo Classic Music School in Buffalo Grove, IL and he is also a member of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra in Evanston IL. He also performs recitals in retirement homes, hospitals, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and other places in Chicago and surrounding areas.
Saxophonist Spencer Schillerstrom is becoming the best kept secret in the Chicago and Indianapolis metropolitan areas. The young musician started his musical career at the age of 6, growing up in Downers Grove, Illinois. He has since then won numerous improvisation awards through various jazz festivals, performed in Germany, performed in Hawaii on the Pride of America Cruise Ship and graduated from the DePauw School of Music with Summa Cum Laude honors. Spencer has performed with a large group of musicians in his early career including Brad Leali, Pharez Whitted, Ron Carter, Mark Colby, Fareed Haque, John Fedchock and Eddie Henderson. In addition, he has studied music with some of Chicago's biggest names including Mark Colby, Christopher McBride and Marquis Hill.
Currently, he is continuing his music education at DePaul University by pursuing a graduate jazz performance degree. He has a diverse 8 years of teaching experience in both saxophone and piano, including both private lessons and ensemble directing. Spencer was also a counselor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where he assisted in counseling and teaching over 45 Blue Lake campers (ages 12-18) on musical performance concepts. He is currently and excitedly taking students in Chicago and surrounding suburbs! and beyond!
An impressive, rich, dramatic soprano, with extensive European concert experience, Sladjana is now successfully building her career in the USA.
Sladjana is described as a 'true Prima Donna' being able to sing the entire soprano repertoire, with the voice that carries easily over the orchestra. Stunning in pieces from Mozart to Wagner, this black vixen gives a completely new opera experience to her audiences.
Mrs Saric has an extensive portfolio of international performances. In the role of Mimi in La Boheme, her rich, textured, intense voice and performance stole the show. Sladjana performed in the Mozart's opera La Clemenza di Tito during Chicago Summer Opera in 2017, where she shined in one of the most intriguing soprano roles - Vitellia. With a unique voice like hers, her most noted roles are the most demanding ones, the women living intensely, the heroines - Floria Tosca from Tosca, Abigail from Nabucco and Amelia from A Masked Ball. The National Theatre in Belgrade still remembers her performance in the Puccini's Suor Angelica that earned her and the entire stage a few minutes long, standing ovation.
One of her most noted appearances was as a member of the International Vocal Arts Institute in NYC, with the rest of 2016 spent as a member of the International Opera Academy in Montecatini Terme, Italy, where she was awarded the 'Al Miglior Interprete Verdiano' for her outstanding soprano voice. With titles such as the winner of 'SBC Voice' in Chicago, Sladjana is on her way to shake and stir the opera world.
In 2016 and 2017, Sladjana has attended masterclasses by some of the most notable opera names of our time. In Chicago, the Masterclasses of the soprano Elisabeth Byrne and the conductor Emanuele Andrizzi. During the attendance of the IVAI - The International Vocal Arts Institute in New York, in 2016, she attended the unmatched session of MasterClasses of Diana Soviero (Soprano, Prima Donna), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone, Metropolitan Opera), Joan Dornemann (Assistant Conductor Metropolitan Opera) and the amazing Ruth Falcon (Soprano, Metropolitan Opera,Voice teacher, Mannes School of Music,New York). Never missing a chance to practice and refine her expression, Sladjana also attended the MasterClasses of Hemdi Kfir (Language/Diction Coach, Metropolitan Opera, Israeli Opera), Omer Ben Seadia (Stage Director Houston Grand Opera), Joshua Major (Stage Director, New England Conservatory of Music) and Liora Maurer(Vocal Coach,Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera).
Her fascination with music has begun at an early age. Sladjana was only five when her mother took her to see Nabucco opera in Novi Sad. She remembers being so startled, that the following year she enrolled in the musical school. Her first steps in music were with the accordion. Since her talent started to flourish, she was advised to take upon another instrument to get a fresh perspective and broaden her expression. That is when the flute came into play. With strength, subtlety and versatility, the flute was a major inspiration for Sladjana to develop her talent.
After obtaining both BA and MA in flute performance from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, she earned another Masters in Vocal Performance from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia. The specialization degree in Vocal Performance was done at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary in the class of the majestic opera star - Eva Marton.
From 2007 to 2013, Sladjana perfected her skill and voice at the MasterClasses of the marvelous opera stars: Biserka Cvejić (Mezzo soprano Metropolitan Opera, Voice Teacher University of Music, Belgrade, Serbia), Mirella Freni (Soprano-Primadonna, in Modena, Italy and Worgl, Austria) and Radmila Bakočević (Soprano,Voice Teacher FMU Belgrade, Serbia.