Ross Kellan is music department chair, director of music education and conductor of the Symphonic Band. As director of bands at Glenbard East High School, the symphonic band was selected to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic with Dr. Harry Begian, the National Band Association National Convention, the American School Band Directors National Convention and the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) State Convention. He has been guest conductor for the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Band, IMEA Districts I, II, VIII and IX Bands. He has received the Mary Hoffman Music Educator Award for teaching excellence from IMEA and the John Paynter Music Educator Award from Quinlan & Fabish Music Company.
Doug Beach's career encompasses many facets of the music world, including performer, publisher, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator. He is the founder of Doug Beach Music, one of the leading publishers of educational jazz music in the world today. As a composer, he has been commissioned to write numerous pieces for high school all-state groups, most recently for Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Delaware.
Under Professor Beach's direction, the Elmhurst College Jazz Band has frequently toured Europe, twice at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, and appeared with countless jazz greats. Among his many awards are a 1995 ASCAP award in composition and a Grammy for the New York Voices recording of his arrangement of "Cottontail."
Mark Colby is one of the top tenor saxophone players in Chicago, recorded and toured with Maynard Ferguson, Bob James, and numerous other jazz greats. In additional, he has numerous recordings under his own name.
Gail Crosson is an instructor in clarinet and music educatior. Gail has degrees in music education and clarinet performance from Northwestern University and presently teaches clarinet lessons, woodwind techniques classes and co-teaches Educational Experiences in Jamaica each January Term. Prior to joining the Elmhurst College faculty, she was the instrumental band director for the Wheeling-Buffalo Grove school district. Gail continues a very active freelance career on clarinet, flute and saxophone.
Judith E. Grimes
Professor Judith E. Grimes is the director of the Elmhurst College and Community Band and the College Wind Ensemble. She is the founder and executive director of the Western Jamaica International Music Festival and the author of 100-plus articles found regularly in music journals.
Professor Grimes has received several awards, including the Caleb Mills Outstanding Teaching Award from Indiana State University and the Outstanding Service in Music Education Award from Western Jamaica Colleges and High Schools. She frequently serves as a guest clinician/conductor for concert bands across the United States and in Jamaica and Japan.
Mark A. Harbold
Doc Harbold is a composer, author, teacher, software developer, and performing musician. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, he grew up in Wisconsin and earned degrees in Music Composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before coming to Elmhurst, he pursued his career in music teaching at colleges and universities in Buffalo, New York, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rochester, New York, and Northfield, Minnesota. He has numerous writing credits including five editions of the Instructor’s Resource Manual to Accompany Joseph Kerman’s LISTEN. At Elmhurst, Doc has taught courses in music theory, history, technology, appreciation and composition. He supervises the music history program and is one of the coordinators for theory & composition programs. Doc received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994.
Tim Hays, director of the music business program and applied music, has served as president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), world’s leading organization devoted to music business education. His degrees from James Madison University (JMU) are a B.M. in music business and an MBA. His Ph.D. is in higher education from Loyola University, Chicago. Tim’s writing credits include recent additions to the chief music business text, The Music Business Handbook; contributions as editor of the Chicago Musicale; the Harvard Business School Case Studies Series; numerous reviews and presented papers; and his dissertation is the leading source on the history of the American music department in higher education. A professional performer since an early age, Tim has spent years on the road, worked as a studio musician and record producer, and started and operated a record label. In Virginia (JMU) he was a founding member of the band, Moments Notice, the precursor to the internationally known act, The Dave Mathews Band. Tim is an active performer in the Chicago area. A long time member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), Tim votes in the annual Grammy Awards.
Trumpet instructor, Matt Lee, plays with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera and makes frequent world tours—but continues to meet regularly with his students on campus.
Joanne May is director of Elmhurst’s Chamber Orchestra and a music education instructor. She has served as president of Illinois American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and has been a regular clinician, conductor, and presenter at state and national conferences. She is a student of Paul Rolland, a National Board Certified teacher, author, and recipient of awards for distinguished service and achievement by the Glenbard High School District, IMEA, Quinlan & Fabish Music Company, and ASTA.
Susan Moninger is an international clinician and guest conductor representing all styles of music throughout the United States and Europe. Her original compositions and arrangements are featured in Kjos Publications of the Susan Moninger Vocal Jazz Series books. She is the director for all three of the College's choral groups and for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. As co-founder and director of Showchoir Camps of America, Inc., Ms. Moninger conducts summer workshops for music educators and students held in Illinois, Ohio, and Florida.
Mark Streder, director of music operations, and instructor of music theory, electronic music, and jazz piano, was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago and studied electronic music composition at Roosevelt University. In addition to playing piano and electronic keyboards with many of Chicagoland’s top musicians for 30 years, Mark has owned and operated a music production studio producing many projects for television and radio broadcasts as well as corporate and industrial clients.