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 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

O   riginally from China,  pianist  Yetong Tang   is currently pursuing  her    M aster’s   degree in Piano Performance at the Bienen School of Music of the Northwestern University, studying with Dr. James Giles. Yetong received her  B achelor’s degree ,  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


Nancy DeHaven

Piano Faculty

Nancy DeHaven has been an active musician and independent piano teacher in the Chicago area for over thirty years. She has a B.A. in Music Theory from DePaul University where she studied classical piano with Melody Lord Lundberg. In addition she studied jazz with Alan Swain in Evanston. She was one of the original staff pianists at Nordstrom Old Orchard when the store opened in 1993 and has extensive experience playing piano in the many hotel lobbies in the greater Chicagoland area, as well as on the cruise ships docked at Navy Pier. She has been a choir director, a worship leader, a camp music director, and continues to compose and arrange music on a regular basis. In a previous life she played guitar and performed solo as a singer-songwriter as well in ensembles performing music as diverse as Balkan and bluegrass.

Autumn Selover

Harp Faculty

Autumn Selover is a freelance harpist and teacher based in the Chicagoland area. Her work ranges from solo, traditional orchestral, and chamber to innovative works involving electronic processing, hip-hop, mixed media works, and improvisation. An advocate of education and community outreach, Autumn works with student musicians and composers from both classical and non-classical backgrounds. Autumn has been playing the harp for seventeen years and the piano for nineteen years. She received a BM in Harp Performance from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing her Masters under Lynn Williams, the principal harpist of the Lyric Opera. Autumn is co-founder of both Sonder Trio and deafrabbit duo. Recently, she has performed with the Chicago Composers Orchestra at the Thirsty Ears Street Music Festival, and has toured with Fifth House Ensemble for a live-score performances of the video game, Journey. She has appeared as a guest artist with Zafa Collective and Chicago’s premier conductorless orchestra, Unsupervised. Autumn is also a recording artist with the Voic(ed) Project, an organization promoting new music by new, young, and underrepresented composers.

Alex Soare

Voice Faculty

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Universitatea Transilvania in Brasov and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Operatic Literature from Northwestern University. Romanian-American bass-baritone, Alex Soare praised as a “stand out” (Opera News) and “magnificent” (Talk in Broadway), was recently a Finalist at Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona and received the Third Place Prize at the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition. In the 2018-2019 season Alex made his international debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Hong Kong, performing Mustafa in L'Italiana in Algeri with Winter Opera St. Louis, Peter in Hansel and Gretel with Brava! Opera Theater, John and the Farmhand in the world premiere of Strokes of Genius: The Grant Wood Operas with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, returning to Opera Saratoga as Sulpice in La fille du régiment, and performing Colline in La bohème with Finger Lakes Opera. Alex also recently performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

A member of the Florida Grand Opera Studio. He covered the roles of Victor in Before Night Falls and the title role in Don Pasquale. Previous engagements have included Sulpice in La fille du regiment with Opera North, Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera, Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Escamillo in Carmen with the Aspen Music Festival, der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and Elisha Fitzgibbon/Legs Diamond in a world premiere workshop Rosco with Opera Saratoga, Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore with Opera Iowa, the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Opera on the Avalon, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. At Des Moines Metro Opera he covered Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West, Orest in Elektra and Capulet in Roméo et Juliette.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Universitatea Transilvania in Brasov and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Operatic Literature from Northwestern University.


Rodolfo Faistauer

Piano Faculty

Brazilian pianist Rodolfo Faistauer has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals in France, Germany, Austria, Brazil and the United States. Rodolfo holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he also taught at the pre-college division. He continued his piano studies in France at the Strasbourg Conservatory and in Germany at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. Rodolfo is now a doctoral student in Piano Performance at Northwestern University where he studies with James Giles.

During his years in Europe, Rodolfo worked actively as a piano teacher with a variety of students. At Northwestern University, he worked closely with the Piano Pedagogy Department as a teacher of the non-major piano program and also collaborating with the Piano Clinic Project with his fellow doctoral students, a project of masterclasses that promotes efficient and productive piano practice for non-majors