Meet our Faculty!
Martha Fermi Yelenosky,
NCTM Director and Professor of Piano
Mrs. Yelenosky received her degree as Professor of Piano (valedictorian, summa cum laude), from the Conservatorio de Musica Julian Aguirre in Argentina, and a Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. Her teachers include Mabel Welner, Jorge Lhez, Elisabeth Westerkamp, Annie Sherter and Julian Dawson.
Her professional activities include active memberships in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) from which she received a “permanent professional certification”, the North Shore Music Teachers Association (NSMTA) and the Chicago Music Teachers Association (CAMTA). In addition to performing solo and ensemble piano repertoire, as well as collaborating as an accompanist, Mrs. Yelenosky has co-founded and managed two private music schools, authored a bilingual music method and program for elementary schools in the Chicago Area (by commission) and has served as Chair for the CAMTA Jazz Festival for 10 years. Mrs. Yelenosky has served as an adjudicator at several competitions and festivals and gives pedagogy lectures in the US and abroad.
Associate Teacher in Piano and Office Administrator
A resident of Chicago’s North Shore and a native of Serbia, Ms. Stefani began playing piano when she was 8 years old with M.A. Nera Grujic, and later studied with Dr. Olga Borzenko. She has won many solo and chamber awards, special prizes, and laureates, and performed in various venues around Serbia and Chicago. Having wanted to break away from the “familiar”, Stefani is also an avid interpreter of contemporary music, premiering many original works by emerging Chicago-based composers. In October 2012, Stefani was chosen, among six student soloists from CCPA, after trying out in a competition, to perform throughout the region, and at University’s Fall 2012 Piano Showcase recital, which was recorded for future broadcast on 98.7 WMFT. Stefani is pursuing a Masters Of Music in Piano Performance at the Chicago College Of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with Dr. Ludmila Lazar.
Associate Teacher in Piano
Catherine's love for the piano was evident at age four, and playing music has always been her favorite thing to do. Throughout junior high school and high school, she played piano in every musical ensemble, and frequently accompanied vocal and instrumental soloists for rehearsals, performances and music competitions in the southwest suburban area. She was also the piano accompanist for the Varsity Choir at her high school. During high school, she received the Outstanding Instrumentalist and Musicianship Awards from Instrumentalist Magazine, and was voted Best Musician of her graduating class by her classmates and teachers.
Catherine is a Piano Performance Major at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studies with Professor Ivana Bukvich. She also plays piano, organ and celeste for the UIC Wind Ensemble, plays piano in Chamber Ensemble, and continues to accompany vocalists and instrumentalists. Catherine is an experienced liturgical musician for several Catholic Churches for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and is currently the Assistant Choral Director and Piano Accompanist for the choirs at the Frances Xavier Warde School in West Loop.
Associate Teacher in Piano
Andrew Lu is an active pianist originally from Los Angeles, California. He earned his degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Sylvia Wang and Marcia Bosits. His classical musical interests span beyond the solo piano; he also studied the harpsichord with Stephen Alltop, organ with Margaret Kemper, and frequently appeared as a collaborative pianist and in chamber ensembles. Master classes with renowned pianists John Perry, Daniel Pollack, and Sergei Babayan have further nourished his growth as a musician, giving him inspiration to win a number of regional and international competitions. Moreover, his passion for performance has led him to exciting opportunities to play in venues and festivals across the world including the Palau de la Música in Spain, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg, and Chicago’s classical radio station, 98.7 WFMT. Andrew is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
Associate Teacher in Piano
Soloist, Collaborative pianist, Conductor and Composer Qiyun Dai was born in China.He began playing piano at the age of 3.
As a young pianist, Qiyun won top prizes in competitions such as theSteinway Piano North China Regional Competition, the National Xinghai Cup Piano Competition, and the 2ndNational Youth Piano Competition. He performed the piano demonstrations for the most recent CD and DVD published by the Universal Audio and Video Company in Classical Tutorial for Piano. He received consecutive first-prize scholarships from the school and repeatedly won the Best Accompanist Award in contests organized by theCentral Conservatory of Music.
Later on, he began his studies at the Central Conservatory of Music as a full-scholarship student.
Qiyun Dai has received a Master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (with Professor Alan Chow) as a full merit scholarship student and in which Qiyun actively participated in the Piano Pedagogy Program. He designed curriculum for and taught class piano for college. Qiyun's commitment to teaching will be a vital part of his future as a pianist.
Pre-Piano Program TA and PR Intern
Emily Hollingworth is an undergraduate at Northwestern University studying oboe performance and arts administration in the Bienen School of Music. She has studied with Andrew Parker, Elliot Czaplewski, Michael Henoch, and is currently under the tutelage of Robert Morgan of the Lyric Opera. Although her primary instruments are the oboe and English horn, Emily’s love for music began when she started piano lessons at the age of four. She participated in various regional piano competitions, was a member of the Iowa All-State Band for oboe in high school, and earned the title of principal oboist of the Iowa All-State Orchestra in 2014. She also has performed in many pit orchestras for operas and musicals and was voted “Most Outstanding Pit Member” by her school’s director of Legally Blonde. Currently, Emily is a member of Northwestern’s premier ensemble, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and is a founder of her woodwind quintet.