MY PIANO STUDY, INC.

Meet our Faculty!

 

  Martha Fermi Yelenosky, NCTM  
Director and Professor of Piano

Mrs. Yelenoskyreceived 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 mentors include Mabel Welner, Jorge Lhez, Elisabeth Westerkamp, Andrzej JasiƄski, 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 three music schools in the US and abroad, and is the founder and director of "MY Piano Study, INC". A published author of bilingual music methods and programs for elementary schools in the Chicago Area (by commission) Mrs. Yelenosky has also served as Chair for the CAMTA Jazz Festival for 10 years,  served as adjudicator at several competitions and festivals and has given pedagogy lectures, earning international academic awards in the field of education, piano pedagogy and performance.


 

            
Luana Arabadgi
Administrative Manager, Beginning Piano
 and Voice Faculty
 
A native of Sao Paulo - Brazil, Luana Arabadgi graduated with a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Business at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam. In the field of Arts Administration, she has worked as a Company Manager at Chicago Summer Opera and as Teaching Artist at Florida Grand Opera, besides completing internships with Florida Grand Opera and Minnesota Opera’s Education and Community Engagement department. As a performer, she has appeared in the productions of L’Etoile (Koukouli) and Die Fledermaus (ensemble) with the Crane Opera Ensemble, and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandman) with the Manhattan Opera Studio. Luana is also very passionate about teaching young children and has worked as a Youth Gymnastics Teacher and as a Music and Play Teacher at Gymboree Play and Learn.




 
Jonathan Chiou
Administrative Assistant

Jonathan has played the French horn since fourth grade and is currently studying horn performance with a business minor as an undergraduate at Northwestern University. He has experience teaching middle school and high school horn players around his home in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also previously tutored at Kumon Math and Reading Center and at after school programs in Evanston and Atlanta. Prior to attending Northwestern University, he was a memeber of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra for many years. Jonathan has studied horn under members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic including Susan Welty and Richard Deane. He is currently a student of professors Gail Williams and Jon Boen. Jonathan loves the performing aspect of music but is also quite passionate about teaching.

 

         

Catherine Foreman

Piano Faculty

Catherine began playing the piano at the age of four, and has been an active pianist in Chicago and Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs since the age of eleven.  She received her degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying with Professor Ivana Bukvich. Catherine is currently the Music Director at the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Chicago, and regularly plays piano , organ and sings at several Catholic churches in the Chicagoland area.  She is also the Choral Director and Piano Accompanist for the St. Mary of Perpetual Help Children’s Choir in Chicago. Catherine has received the Outstanding Instrumentalist and Musicianship Awards from Instrumentalist Magazine two years in a row, the Palos Fine Arts Award, and was the recipient of the Louis Franck Scholarship for Piano during her undergraduate studies.

 

 

            

Qiyun Dai

Piano Faculty

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 the Steinway Piano North China Regional Competition, the National Xinghai Cup Piano Competition, and the 2nd National 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.

 
 
 

            
Shuyi Guan

Piano Faculty

Shuyi Guan was born in Shenyang, China; being inspired by great musicians at the time she began her career as a pianist at the Middle School attached to Shenyang Conservatory of Music. As a pianist, she received recognition from fellow musicians as she received the Dean's Talent Award of the Oberlin Conservatory, Thaviu/ Issak Endowed Scholarship, and Eckstein Fund at Northwestern University. In addition, she also received scholarships to further improve her musicianship attending the Banff Centre in 2010, 2011, 2012. She is the winner at KU concerto competition, 2017. Other prizes she gained include the First Prize of the “Schumann Cup” International Juvenile Piano Competition (Asia-Pacific Region), and the Third Prize of the 69  th Steinway Juvenile Piano Competition (Northeast Region). As a soloist, she performed in many different countries putting herself under the scrutiny of various cultural standards; she played in Spain, Germany, China, Canada, U.S. She has also played in the masterclass of Robert McDonald, Nalita True, Julian Martin, Enrico Elisi, Boris Slutsky, Tamás Ungár etc. As an avid chamber musician, Shuyi collaborates regularly in performance with instrumentalists and singers in the United States as well as China.
As a piano teacher, she has taught at Lawrence Piano Studio, Organization of Piano Without Borders under the University of Kansas, Northwestern University and Oberlin Conservatory. She is the recipient of The Carol Nott Piano Pedagogy Prize at Oberlin College, 2013. Shuyi has recently obatined her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Kansas where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Steven Spooner. Shuyi has also studied with Alan Chow, Angela Cheng, Rosemary Platt, Dan Wen Wei in her past.
   

             

Kacey Ellis 
Guitar Faculty
 
Born in Naples, Florida, Kacey has been studying classical guitar from the age of ten. While in Florida, Kacey studied with Rafael Padron and Thomas Koch. In 2013, Kacey moved to the city of Chicago to study with Denis Azabagic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kacey graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Music Performance Award. Kacey is now continuing his graduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, studying under Denis Azabagic. Master classes with notable guitarists and pedagogues such as: Sergio Assad, Eden Stell Duo, Benjamin Verdery, Andrew York, and Margarita Escarpa have cultivated a thorough understanding of the various teaching methods and styles that exist in the guitar repertoire.

 

 

 

  Rachel Peters 
Violin Faculty
 
Rachel Peters is a violinist whose musical career has taken her to performances in Chicago, Beijing, Shanghai, London, and more. Previously she studied at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts with a concentration in violin where she received the Artistic Director’s Award for her artistic excellence. Rachel first debuted as a soloist with the SCPA Chamber Orchestra in 2008 and has then gone on to perform with the Northern Kentucky University Preparatory Orchestra and the University of Cincinnati Pre-College Chamber Orchestra along with other ensembles. She has participated in master classes with artists such as Emanuel Ax,  Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, Janet Sung, and Benjamin Zander.  She is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and is a co-founder of the Seraphina Ensemble, a contemporary chamber music group that aims to promote the works of living composers. Rachel has completed her Master’s Degree in Music Performance at Northwestern University under the direction of Gerardo Ribeiro.



   
Joy Yelenosky      

Piano / Voice Faculty 

Joy Yelenosky has been involved in various prestigious international music programs from an early age.
Joy received a full scholarship during her certification in Piano Performance from the “Conservatorio Julian Aguirre” in Argentina, where she took part of summer intensive training and annual examinations. She has been an active participant at the Florence Opera Seminar (Italy), the Torgau International Artist Workshop (Germany), and the Stonybrook International Piano festival of New York (NY) and worked at several professional organizations as a choir soloist/singer, sectional leader, language repetitor and accompanist at the piano. She was selected as a Young Steinway Talent to perform a full piano solo recital at the age of 16. Joy also has a passion for languages and has studied and worked at intensive language schools based in Germany and Paris (France),
Joy is not, however, only tied to one style of music; in high school, Joy was a member of one of the country’s top Vocal Jazz ensembles that traveled to Mexico and many states and participated as a soloist at multiple festivals. Music has connected Joy to people all over the world and she’s looking forward to inspiring her students to reach for their dreams and musical goals as well. Joy is currently working on her Classical Voice Performance degree at the Conservatory of Chicago in the Performing Arts (CCPA).


  Carl Alexander

Voice Faculty

Hailed as “exceptional...[with] a beautiful and powerful voice,” by The Harlem Globe, Carl Alexander is a budding American countertenor known for his captivating performances which incorporate contemporary literature and gems of the past. A graduate of Morehouse College, he was featured frequently as a soloist with the Morehouse College Glee Club and as a member of the Morehouse Quartet. He received his Master’s degree in Voice and Opera Performance from Northwestern University, and is studying with W. Stephen Smith. Alexander looks forward to performances this season of Orff’s Carmina Burana with Yavapai College and the Victoria Ballet, Bach’s  St. Matthew Passion with First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the University of St. Francis and many other engagements with the Voic(ed) Project.



  Yetong Tang
Piano Faculty

Originally from China, pianist Yetong Tang is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the Bienen School of Music of the Northwestern University, studying with Dr. James Giles. Yetong received her Bachelor’sdegree, Magna cum Laude in Piano Performance at the Ithaca College School of Music in New York State, studying with Dr. Dmitri Novgorodsky and Dr. Jennifer Hayghe. As a dedicated teacher, Yetong has been teaching private piano lessons to intermediate and advanced level collegiate students of the Northwestern University, and she has taught private piano lessons to students in the Teaching Intern Program at Ithaca College, whose ages were between 6 and 60. Her love for music shows in great enthusiasm through her teaching, which she considers as a significantly important component of her musical life. Yetong has won numerous competitions, including the First Prize in the Ithaca College Annual Competition, the First Prize in the Ohio State MTNA Piano Competition, the First Prize in the 3rd Macau – Asia Pacific Piano Competition, the First Prize in the 7th Hong Kong Chinese Arts Festival and Competition, and the Third Prize in the 30th Smetana International Piano Competition. She has performed in masterclasses and been coached by prestigious musicians such as Boris Berman, Sara Davis Buechner, Kenneth Griffiths, Douglas Humpherys, Paul Lewis, Jose Ramon Mendez, and Christian Tetzlaff.


Sonya Ur

Piano Faculty

Sonya Ur, who is a native of the North Shore area began her classical training in piano at the age of 4 and violin at the age of 9. She did most of her musical training in both  piano and violin at the Music Institute Of Chicago in Winnetka. She received her Undergraduate degree for piano performance at the University Of Illinois at   Urbana-Champaign and her Masters for piano performance and pedagogy at Northwestern University in Evanston. Her professional memberships include MTNA, CAMTA, and NSMTA. She currently teaches private piano and is the accompanist for   the choir program at Niles West High School in Skokie. She also does accompanying  for many Suzuki programs and judicates many festivals all over the North Shore. “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche




Rob Ryndak

Piano Faculty

Rob Ryndak is a Jazz composer, performer, and teacher. He has been signed with an independent Chicago Jazz label where he released his first three CDs. He has also signed with the Pacific Coast Jazz label where he released his fourth and fifth CD. He has performed and recorded with many esteemed musicians in Chicago. He began his career in music in high school where he played drums in a rock band and continued to study music into college and finished with a Master in Music from Northwestern University. He still performs regularly with his ensemble in festivals throughout the Midwest such as the Munster Indiana Jazz & Blues Festival, Nebraska’s Joslyn Museum’s Jazz on the Green, Chicago’s Music on Michigan Ave. Series, and Milwaukee’s Jazz in the Park Series. Rob was also featured as opening act for Steve Cole at Milwaukee’s Third Ward Jazz Festival.