About Us

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Ron Velleuer, Director

Mr. Velleuer holds a Master’s degree in both Music Education and Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in music education and has been teaching in the public schools for 21 years. Mr. Velleuer taught in Lake Zurich, Barrington, and in 2001, joined the faculty at Deerfield High School where he teaches three curricular orchestras, a beginning guitar class, and for 11years co-directed the DHS Chorale. In 2009 Mr. Velleuer founded the Barrington Youth Orchestra, now in its 9th season. The summer of 2010 he started the Barrington Summer String Camp.

Under his direction, Mr. Velleuer’s groups have produced 7 recording projects, been featured on WFMT’s Introductions program, and performed at the ILMEA All-State Music Conference. His orchestras have completed performing tours across the United States and Europe, and in 2015 became the first public high school from the United States perform in Israel. He has been nominated three times to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was awarded the “My Most Inspirational Teacher” award by the Distinguished Citizens Society International of Greater Chicago in 2006. In addition to his skill as a teacher and conductor, Mr. Velleuer is an accomplished trumpeter, violinist, pianist, and vocalist. He is a Barrington native graduating BHS in 1990, and was part of the Barrington Suzuki Strings in the 1980’s under the direction of Marianela McCammon. He created the Barrington Music Institute together with his wife, Holly, to carry on the tradition of excellence in music education firmly established by the Suzuki Music School of Barrington for more than 35 years. He continues to live in Barrington together with his family.

Holly Velleuer, Administrator

Mrs. Velleuer has a B.S. in Vocal Music Education K-12 from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Since 2005, she has been the music teacher at St. Mark’s Day School in Barrington Hills, IL where she enjoys sharing the joy of music with children ages 2-5. She is a soprano and enjoys teaching voice privately. She and Ron have four children elementary age through college.

Deborah Inman, violin teacher

Ms. Inman has been teaching private students in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago for over 17 years. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. While at Northwestern, Deborah was a student of Blair Milton. Deborah has completed Suzuki certification training through violin book 7 and enjoys sharing her love of music with her students, encouraging them to become kind, thoughtful, and generous human beings. She is also the proud mother of Julia, who will be entering the 8th grade and plays the viola.

John Ronai, violin/viola teacher

Mr. Ronai earned his Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan in 1985. His education includes a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Michigan. John has played with the Detroit, Toledo, and Indianapolis Symphonies and performed with national tours of Broadway musicals such as: Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and Phantom of the Opera. As a theatre musician he performed with Susan Boyle on the Oprah Winfrey show, Sammy Davis, Smokey Robinson, Henry Mancini, The Spinners, Harry Belafonte, Anne Murray, Peter Allen, Wayne Newton, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Kenny Rogers, George Benson, John Denver, Julie Andrews, and more. Since 2001, John has taught privately for the Music Institute of Chicago, the Hall School of Music, and in the Northwest Suburbs.

Slade Stone, violin/viola teacher

Slade started playing the violin with the Suzuki Music School of Barrington, (now the Barrington Music Institute), when she was just four years old. She went through the middle school and high school music programs in Barrington, and eventually graduated from Boston University in 2016, where she was concertmaster of the Boston University All Campus Orchestra.

Slade loves working with children, and began teaching the violin and the viola in 2011. She was also a camp counselor for over 5 years, and is passionate about creating a fun and challenging learning environment for children.

Slade currently works downtown Chicago at an advertising agency, and teaches the violin and the viola. She also enjoys playing the piano, the guitar, the bass, and the cello.

She apologizes in advance for trying to sing along with your child’s playing, because despite her musical ability with strings, her voice is terrible.

Michael Duggan, cello teacher

Mr. Duggan is currently the Orchestra Director at Barrington Middle School Station Campus in District 220. He also teaches for the OPUS Music Festival in Naperville as the junior orchestra director and chamber music coach and formerly was the cello instructor at Lewis University and Northeastern Illinois University. Michael has performed as soloist and chamber musician on WFMT and Dame Myra Hess. He has served as principal cellist of Chicago Civic Orchestra and performed with Chicago Sinfonietta, Sarasota and Key West Orchestras. He is also a Board Member for the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Mr. Duggan earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees in cello performance from Roosevelt University; and his B. Music Ed. From DePaul University. He completed his Suzuki method training from the Music Institute of Chicago.

Maruca Bednarek, cello teacher

A native of Mexico city, Maruca Helguera-Bednarek began her studies at the National Conservatory in Mexico City with Guillermo Helguera, principal cellist of the Orquesta Sínfonica de México and former cellist of the Dallas Symphony. Mrs. Bednarek later came to the U.S to study first at Southern Methodist University with Lev Aronson, former principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony, and later at Northern Illinois University with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet. Mrs. Bednarek has a B.F.A. degree in cello performance from Northern Illinois University.  She has performed with many orchestras in the Chicago metropolitan area including the Lake Forest Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Illinois Chamber Symphony and Light Opera Works. She was also a member of the Cassatt Piano Trio for two years.

Mrs. Bednarek has been teaching privately for over 25 years and has also taught at many schools in the northwest suburbs, including Prospect High School for 6 years and the Betty Haag Academy for Performing Arts for 4 years and currently teaches at Deerfield High School where she has been teaching for the last 9 years.  Maruca Bednarek is married to cellist David Bednarek and they have a 18  year old daughter.

Kelly McCallum, piano teacher & accompanist

Ms. McCallum has been teaching music to individuals of all ages and abilities in group and individual settings since 1998.  She received both her bachelor and master of music degrees from Colorado State University where she studied piano and music therapy.  Kelly founded Foundation Music School, a non-profit community school of the arts in Fort Collins, CO in 2006.  She relocated to Barrington, IL in 2016 and remains an active board member of Foundation Music School.  Currently, she is a member of the Northwest Suburban and Fox Hills Music Teacher Associations, is an active accompanist in the Barrington area and teaches private piano lessons.  Kelly is passionate about making music and nurturing the love of music in the students that she works with.  Using a well rounded approach to teaching, Ms. McCallum incorporates aural skills, note-reading, theory, technique, improvisation, rhythm work and most importantly FUN into all of her piano lessons.  When she isn’t playing piano or teaching, you can find her enjoying time with her husband and 3 kids.

Evan Fojtik, flute teacher

Evan Fojtik is a flutist living in Evanston. He grew up in Chicagoland and has returned as the doctoral candidate in flute at Northwestern University after receiving degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale School of Music where he studied with Bonita Boyd and Ransom Wilson respectively. Currently a student of John Thorne, Evan serves as a graduate assistant providing additional instruction within the studio. He also has a growing private studio in the greater Chicago area. In the fall of 2018 Evan will join the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a section flutist for its centennial season. Evan has performed in ensembles across the country including the New World Symphony, South Bend Symphony, and United States Coast Guard Band. During the summers Evan has performed in several music festivals: The Round Top Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Vermont Mozart Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Inderjeet Sidhu, Percussion

Mr. Sidhu has been playing hand percussion and drums for over 30 years. In elementary school, Inderjeet traveled to India to study Indian Classical music and Sikh Kirtan music with Sudhir Kushal, one of India’s most educated and learned musicians. In the US, Inderjeet studied tabla with Ustad Allah Rakha (Ravi Shankar’s Tabla player) and Allah Rakah’s son, Ustad Zakir Hussain. He also studied with the great Chicago drummer Rusty Jones. Inderjeet incorporated eastern and western styles of music drumming with Chicago rock and jazz bands. He started teaching all aspects of poly-rhythmic theory and time-signature definition to percussionists from all parts of the world. In 1996, he played with at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Mr. Sidhu works with Jazz Du Jour, Jack Salamander, MWC, String Fusion, and the Deep Chicago Rhythm Owls. Inderjeet Sidhu holds several degrees including a Masters from the University of West Florida.

Nicole Vettraino Stott, Prelude Orchestra Director

Nicole Vettraino Stott grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, studying piano from age 7 and violin from age 10.  She was member of the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, singing in such places as Italy and on stage with the Chicago Symphony.  She continued to pursue both piano and violin through high school, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  Throughout college, she had the priviledge of touring each year with the St. Olaf Orchestra, traveling around the U.S. and to Norway.  She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Music Education from Northwestern University in 2014. Mrs. Vettraino Stott has been teaching orchestra since 2008 at Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove, a school which has been recognized four years in a row as one of the Best Communities for Music Education.  She plays in the first violin section of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, as well as at her church.  She enjoys languages, traveling, and photography.