Ilona Hutter- Flute

Ilona Hutter received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and Master’s degree from Vandercook College of Music. She studied in Professor Keeble’s studio and performed with the Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Marching Illini, Basketball Band, and Flute Choir. 

Post graduation, Ilona Hutter has taught at various schools in the Chicagoland area. She currently performs with the Northwest Suburban Wind Ensemble. She is an active woodwind adjudicator, technician, and educator. Her hobbies include training for marathons, drinking coffee, and yoga. 

Andrew Leitza- Oboe

Andrew Leitza is an in-demand oboe teacher in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. For 15 years, Andrew has been playing the oboe. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his Master of Music in Oboe Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has performed with numerous ensembles including Callipygian Players, Cambridge Concentus, Urbana Bach Cantata Project, Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the North Suburban Wind Ensemble. 

When not performing or teaching, Andrew enjoys working at Oboe Chicago, Inc., a specialized oboe dealer. 

Matthew Beck- Clarinet & Saxophone

Matthew Beck is a Chicago based multi-instrumentalist and educator. He received his Masters of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. He was also the first student to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Elmhurst College where he was a five-time winner of the Elmhurst Philharmonic Concerto Competition. He has performed in Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Serbia, and throughout the United States. Specializing in classical saxophone, Beck has played with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Lakeview Orchestra, and many other orchestras. As a studio musician he can be heard on TMZ and Cartoon Network.


Mark Hoffman- Trumpet

Mark Hoffman is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies.

After graduation, Mark toured nationally and internationally as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra before returning to the Chicago area, where he continues to play as a freelance trumpeter.  He is also active as a trumpet instructor and has been teaching trumpet lessons to students of all ages for over 20 years.

Elliott Hile- French Horn

Mr. Hile received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied horn with Prof. Bernhard Scully and was a member of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Pit Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra, Marching Illini, Basketball Band, Horn Choir, and various chamber ensembles. Hile has assisted with several high school band programs, including Niles West High School, Niles North High School, Streator Township High School, and  Highland Park High School. He is an active private horn teacher.

Stephanie Lebens- Trombone/Euphonium

Stephanie Lebens is a Chicago area trombonist, euphoniumist, and educator. Stephanie has performed with many symphony orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Oistrach Orchestra of Chicago, and Northbrook Symphony. She additionally has traveled abroad with her euphonium, performing in concert with the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. Stephanie Lebens joined the faculty of Prairie State College as a music instructor in 2018. She is a graduate of two prestigious music schools; she completed a Master of Music at Northwestern University in 2017. Stephanie also studied with Peter Ellefson at Indiana University, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance.

Serena Voltz- Tuba

Serena Voltz is an active freelance tuba player and low brass teacher in the Chicago area. Besides freelance work, she holds an associate position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the premier training orchestra in the city, and is a substitute with the Kenosha Symphony. She also is a core member of 5th Wave Collective, an ensemble on WFMT’s list of 11 new local ensembles to know. Serena is a graduate of Northwestern University and is completing her Master’s at DePaul University. 

Sherri Dees- Percussion

Tim Barclay- Improv