Joyce Oakes - Flute
Phone: (847) 610-2219

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Joyce Oakes is an active freelance musician, instructor, clinician and flute choir director. Throughout her career she has performed in solo recitals, chamber music and orchestral settings in the United States and Europe. She held a flute position with the BBC-NCOS London orchestra touring Great Britain. Joyce has performed chamber and orchestral music at the Tanglewood, Brevard, New Mexico, Santa Barbara and Hollywood Bowl festivals. Joyce has performed on piccolo, concert flute, alto and bass flutes as a member of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir and NFA flute orchestra. Joyce has appeared in concerts throughout the greater Chicago area and in broadcast for WFMT as a founding member of the Arioso flute and strings quartet.

Ms. Oakes is also the founder of the award winning Fresh Aire Flute Choir, H.S. District 219, serving as the director for thirteen years. She has contributed flute pedagogue articles published in Flute Talk and Flute Explorer magazines. She holds affiliations with the National Flute Association, Chicago Flute Club and Mu Phi Epsilon. Joyce has served as an adjudicator, masterclass coach, flute choir director and clinician for those organizations as well as the Society of American Musicians, Festival of Flutes, and other solo and ensemble contests in the greater Chicago area Ms. Oakes has taught flute for 25 years at various north shore schools and maintains a private studio in the Evanston/Skokie area. Students of Ms. Oakes have won local and national competitions sponsored by the Chicago Flute Club, Society of American Musicians, Festival of Flutes, National Flute Association and IMEA District/All State programs. Her students have been accepted at leading music schools including Eastman, Northwestern and DePaul.

Joyce Oakes was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Flute Performance from the California Institute of the Arts, a Master of Music-Flute Performance from Northwestern University and a Graduate Diploma in Orchestral Studies from the University of London Goldsmiths' College.

Carolee Smith - Clarinet
Phone: (847) 866-8331

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Carolee Smith holds a Masters in Music Performance degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelors in Music Performance from Georgia State University. She has performed and recorded Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet with many of the country's top orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Sacramento Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences as a freelancer including top musicals. She also has wide experience as a chamber musician performing with a multitude of organizations throughout the country.

Her teachers have included Robert Marcellus, Clark Brody, Larry Combs, Alan Balter, and Donald Carroll among others. She taught for The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University for 29 years and 3 years at DePaul University. She taught clarinet for New Trier HS from 1983 until 1996.  In 1996 she and her husband Greg, who plays with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, began their hand crafted mouthpiece business, which they sell around the world. Carolee has maintained a private home studio teaching since her teens. 

John Jaffe - Clarinet & Saxophone
Phone: (773) 465-6489
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Mr. Jaffe holds a degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University where he studied with the renowned clarinetists Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. He has extensive freelance experience including commercial work, orchestral, chamber music, and recital performance on clarient, saxophone, flute, and Native American flute.

He has 35 years teaching experience and is currently also clarinet instructor at New Trier High School. For 25 years Mr. Jaffe was the clarinet and saxophone instructor for Glenbrook North High School. 
Mr Jaffe joined the ETHS private instructor staff in 2015.

Mr. Jaffe also maintains an active career as a professional tenor and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Chorus, and others. He brings aspects of vocal breathing and phrasing to his approach on the clarinet and sax.

Jaffe's teaching studio consists of both ETHS students and students from ETHS sender schools. Many students begin in 5th or 6th grade and continue through high school. The goal is to develop fundamentals that allow a student to successfully and joyfully participate in their school ensembles and a lifetime of music making.

In addition to their respective school ensembles his students regularly participate in IMEA Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensembles. Students also participate in summer and extracurricular programs including Blue Lake, Midwest Young Artists, Interlochen, Music Institute of Chicago Jazz, and many others.

Jaffe has placed students as both music majors and non-majors in music programs at Indiana University, Northwestern, Oberlin, University of Illinois and many others.

Mr. Jaffe is currently a member of the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band and lives in Rogers Park with 2 cats and a Baldwin Grand.
Jordan Olive - Trumpet
Phone: (908) 581-4964

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Jordan Olive is an active freelance musician in the Chicago area, playing in solo recitals, with chamber groups, orchestras, and even with the Temptations! Recently, Jordan has appeared with the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Philharmonic, on stage at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and as a guest artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and New World Symphony of Miami. Jordan has also performed as principal trumpet with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, Chile, a member of the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Banff Centre Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestras. Additionally, he has played with the Charleston, South Bend, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestras. In the spring of 2011, Jordan was invited to join the State Street Brass Quintet.

Jordan is an active teacher in the Chicagoland area. He is the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at St. Xavier University in Chicago and maintains a private teaching studio in the North Shore suburbs.

He has performed for and has been coached in Master Classes with Vincent Cichowicz, Jens Lindemann, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Roger Bobo, Chris Gekker, Mark Gould, and David Krauss.

Jordan is a graduate of the trumpet studio at Northwestern University where he completed a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Literature with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Chris Martin. He completed his bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance as a student of William Campbell at the University of Michigan.

Andrew Zelm - Trombone
Phone: (847) 845-0443

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Andrew Zelm is one of Chicago’s top Jazz Trombonists. Mr. Zelm has performed, recorded, and toured throughout the world with many of Chicago’s and the nation’s top artists and music productions. He has performed with Broadway’s In The Heights, Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, The White House for the Obama Administration, Oprah Winfrey, Spain’s TurboRock Festival, Rahm Emanuel Inaugural Concert, Abruzzo Italian Jazz Festival, NCL Cruise Lines, Harry James Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Numero Group National Soul Revue, Dartmouth College Gospel Choir, and the Disney All-American College Band.

Mr. Zelm has also performed and recorded with JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Jeff Tweedy, Black Bear Combo, Deals Gone Bad, Members of Million Dollar Quartet, The Drastics, Lowdown Brass Band, Syl Johnson, Redmoon Theater, and the Swing Shift Orchestra at the Green Mill Lounge. In October of 2013, Mr. Zelm will perform at the Cotai International Jazz and Blues Festival in Macao (Republic of China) with the LowDown Brass Band.

Mr. Zelm currently directs the Trombone Studio at Evanston Township High School, Maine West High School, and Elk Grove High School. He is also Director of Bands at the Francis Xavier Warde School in Downtown Chicago.

Michael Hogg - Tuba
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Michael started his career in Colorado where he attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. While completing his Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Music Education degrees, he performed with groups such as the Denver Brass and the Denver Municipal Band Brass Quintet. Michael came to Chicago in 1997 to complete his Master of Music at Northwestern University. Since that time, he has played with numerous groups including the Horizon Brass Quintet, the Chamber Brass Players Quintet, the Chicago-land Pops, the Lake Forest Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and is the founding member of the B.S. Brass Band, Chicago's New Orleans style Brass Band. Michael has performed with Dr. John, Johnny Mathis, Judy Collins, Bonerama, the Wild Magnolias, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the Sanctified Grumblers. Michael has been adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Northeastern Illinois University. Michael maintains a busy schedule as a brass clinician and private music teacher throughout the Chicago area.