Choir Info

Young Naperville Singers is composed of nine ability-based choirs, with over 350 boys and girls, grades 1 to 12, participating in weekly rehearsals and several annual performances.

Learning Focus

At Young Naperville Singers, expect world-class instruction, focused on areas such as fundamental technique, breath control, articulation, tone production, tone placement, enunciation, solfegge, rhythm and note recognition and sight and note reading. Choir directors expose singers to multiple styles, cultures and musical periods, allowing each child to experience a broad range of musical literature.

Audition Process

Children in grades 1 through 12 are welcomed to audition in April or May of each year. Auditions ascertain musicals skills and potential. Following an audition, directors determine best placement for each child.

Benefits Beyond Vocal Instruction

In our experience, enjoyment plays an integral role in the development of good character and vocal excellence, and we seek opportunities to foster lifelong friendships within the organization through various events and activities. Simply put, each Young Naperville Singers’ rehearsal or event is as much about fun as it is about honing our singers’ vocal and performance skills.

Learn more about the Young Naperville Singers’ choirs:

Primo 

  • Tuition: $502/year 2018-2019

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    Andrea Burck profile image Kim Obert profile image  profile image  profile image

    Andrea Burck Director
    Kim Obert Accompanist

    Singers in the Primo Choir develop the ability to sing in tune and match pitch. Directors emphasize unison singing, singing multiple parts in rounds and partner songs. Primo Singers will also focus on music reading that includes basic rhythm patterns, note values, melodic patterns and simplified score reading, and must be able to follow the director’s area of focus.

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4:45 – 5:45 PM, late August – early May
    Rehearsal Location: Community Concert Center, 55 Concert Lane, Naperville

Aria 

  • Tuition: $563/year 2018-2019

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    Amanda Morris profile image Kim Obert profile image  profile image  profile image

    Amanda Morris Director
    Kim Obert Accompanist

    Singers in the Aria Choir match pitch independently. Part-singing continues with the goal of being able to sing a part individually. Directors emphasize improving tone quality, breath support, vowel production and blend. Aria Singers demonstrate an increased level of focus and maturity.

    Rehearsals: Thursdays 4:30 – 5:45 PM,  early September – early May
    Rehearsal Location: Community Concert Center, 55 Concert Lane, Naperville

Dolce 

  • Tuition: $513/year 2018-2019

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    Ryan Rimington profile image Kim Obert profile image  profile image  profile image

    Ryan Rimington Director
    Kim Obert Accompanist

    Singers in the Dolce choir develop the ability to sing in tune and match pitch. Directors emphasize unison singing, singing multiple parts in rounds and partner songs. Dolce Singers will also focus on music reading that includes basic rhythm patterns, note values, melodic patterns and simplified score reading, and must be able to follow the director’s area of focus.

    Rehearsals: Monday 4:45 – 5:45 PM, late August – early May
    Rehearsal Location: Allied First Bank, 3201 Orchard Road, Oswego

Brio 

  • Tuition: $553/year 2018 - 2019

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    Joe Mitchell profile image Rachel Seidel profile image  profile image  profile image

    Joe Mitchell Director
    Rachel Seidel Accompanist

    Singers in the Brio Choir match pitch independently. Part-singing is emphasized with the goal of being able to sing a part individually. Directors stress improving tone quality, breath support, vowel production and blend. Singers in Brio demonstrate an increased level of focus and maturity as they prepare for future participation in Ragazzi.

    Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:45PM, early September - early May
    Rehearsal Location: Community Concert Center, 55 Concert Lane, Naperville

Brillante 

  • Tuition: $674/year 2018-2019

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    Amy Parry profile image Janet Blomquist profile image  profile image  profile image

    Amy Parry Director
    Janet Blomquist Accompanist

    At the Brillante level, intonation advances beyond matching pitch. Singers develop in-tune singing in more difficult, two-part music. Brillante Singers have score reading experience, sight-singing expertise in a variety of major keys, a growing understanding of vocal tone production and an advanced focus. Foreign language repertoire is common at this advanced-intermediate level.

    Rehearsals: Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM, end of August – early May
    Rehearsal Location: Community Concert Center, 55 Concert Lane, Naperville

Ragazzi

  • Tuition: $685/year 2018-2019

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    Ryan Henry profile image Hae Young Han profile image Matthew Gemmill profile image  profile image

    Ryan Henry Director
    Hae Young Han Accompanist
    Matthew Gemmill Accompanist

    Our Ragazzi Choir incorporates the camaraderie so important throughout the lives of young men and allows them to study literature selected with their interests and unchanged and changing voices in mind. Entrance to this group requires some note reading and pitch matching skills. Boys at this level take on a more challenging repertoire, in terms of vocal expectations, multiple part harmonies, melodic diversity, language, textual content, rhythm, tonality and meter. Members perform sight singing in two or three parts and develop intermediate theory, music history and music appreciation. Placement in Ragazzi Choir is based on both vocal development and age.

    Rehearsals: Tuesdays 4:45 - 6:15 PM,  late August - early May
    Rehearsal Location: Community Concert Center, 55 Concert Lane, Naperville

Cantabile 

  • Tuition: $721/year 2018-2019

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    Anne Kasprzak profile image Rachel Seidel profile image  profile image  profile image

    Anne Kasprzak Director
    Rachel Seidel Accompanist

    Cantabile Singers is the next step in advancement from Brillante Singers. The repertoire is more challenging in terms of vocal expectations, multiple part harmonies, melodic diversity, language, textual content, rhythm, tonality and meter. Members perform sight singing in two or three parts. Intermediate theory, music history and music appreciation are developed.

    Rehearsals: Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 PM, late August – early May
    Rehearsal Location: Community Concert Center, Naperville

Bella Voce

  • Tuition: $772/year 2018-2019

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    Angie Johnson profile image Michael Giuliani profile image  profile image  profile image

    Angie Johnson Director
    Michael Giuliani Accompanist

    Our Bella Voce Singers possess advanced vocal skills and have the opportunity to tour both regionally and internationally. Exhibiting a high level of commitment to their craft, our Bella Voce Singers' repertoire includes numerous foreign languages, dissonant harmonies, mixed meters, as well as complicated rhythms and melodies. Singers at this level are able to vocally withstand wider intervals and hear closer harmonies. Directors place great emphasis on advanced choral technique and accelerated reading.

    Rehearsals: Tuesdays 6:15 – 8:15 PM, late August – early May
    Rehearsal Location: Community Concert Center, 55 Concert Lane, Naperville

Bella Cantare

  • Tuition: $772/year 2018 - 2019 rate

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    Angie Johnson profile image Michael Giuliani profile image  profile image  profile image

    Angie Johnson Director
    Michael Giuliani Accompanist

    Our Bella Cantare singers are our most advanced and experienced musicians and performers.  They have the opportunity to tour both regionally and internationally.  Exhibiting a high level of commitment to their craft, our Bella Cantare repertoire includes numerous foreign languages, dissonant harmonies, mixed meters, as well as complicated rhythms and melodies. Singers at this level are able to vocally withstand wider intervals and hear closer harmonies.  Directors place great emphasis on advanced choral technique and accelerated reading

    Rehearsals: Mondays 6:15 – 8:15 PM, late August – early May
    Rehearsal Location: Naperville Central High School






Canto Vivo

  • Tuition: $752/year 2018-2019

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    Brett Goad profile image Janet Blomquist profile image  profile image  profile image

    Brett Goad Director
    Janet Blomquist Accompanist

    Canto Vivo allows our boys with changing and changed voices to continue singing in their "new voices". Canto Vivo incorporates the camaraderie so important throughout the lives of young men and allows them to study literature selected with their interests and changing voices in mind. They will study more advanced literature and perform both separately and with Ragazzi, Bella Voce and Bella Cantare . Singers in Canto Vivo possess advanced vocal skills and have the opportunity to tour both regionally and internationally. Exhibiting a high level of commitment to their craft, the repertoire includes numerous foreign languages, dissonant harmonies, mixed meters, as well as complicated rhythms and melodies. Singers at this level are able to vocally withstand wider intervals and hear closer harmonies. Directors place great emphasis on advanced choral technique and accelerated reading.

    Rehearsals:  Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00PM,  late August - early May
    Rehearsal Location: Naperville Woman's Club Building 14 S. Washington St., Naperville

Need-based scholarship opportunities are available.

Mission Statement

Young Naperville Singers is dedicated to promoting the highest level of artistic excellence in choral music through extraordinary educational and performance experiences that enrich the lives of young people.

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Angie Johnson

Artistic Director; Director of Bella Voce and Bella Cantare

ajohnson@youngnapervillesingers.org

Angie Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music education with honors from Northern Illinois University in 1991 where she studied piano with Donald Walker. Upon graduating, she taught choral/general music for Circle Center Middle School (Yorkville, IL) and Gregory Middle School (Naperville, IL) for 7 years. Conducting choral programs of up to 350 singers in curricular and honors choirs, her choirs were given superior ratings each year. Upon several occasions, she was named a "Most Influential Educator" by the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation.  Mrs. Johnson is an active clinician, adjudicator, accompanist and festival conductor and loves working with choirs in their own classroom setting. Passionate about sharing her love for young people and teaching, she has led panel discussions, workshops and teacher institutes for both future and current teachers specializing in creative rehearsal techniques for young voices regionally, nationally and internationally. Now in her 20th season as a director and 12th season as the Artistic Director of Young Naperville Singers, she oversees the music education, artistic programming and visionary leadership of the growing organization. Under her tenure, Young Naperville Singers has grown to over 375 singers (7–18 years of age) in ten choirs.

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Andrea Burck

Director of Primo

aburck@youngnapervillesingers.org

Andrea Burck is a kindergarten through fifth grade music educator and chorus director at Georgetown Elementary Schools in Indian Prairie School District #204. Mrs. Burck has over 20 years of experience as a musician and educator including early childhood, elementary and middle school music education, church music director, private piano instructor and accompanist. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York and she spent seven summers as a faculty member of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska as a piano instructor and accompanist. 
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Brett Goad

Director of Canto Vivo

bgoad@ynschoirs.org

R. Brett Goad is a native of Galesburg, Illinois. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University with his BA and MA in Choral Music Education. The 2018-2019 year marks his 42nd year in choral music education, having held teaching positions at both the secondary and collegiate levels. At present, he serves on the artistic staff of the Young Naperville Singer as the director of Canto Vivo.  Past awards include his being named the 2016 recipient of the IL-ACDA Harold Decker Award and a 2014 recipient of the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from ILMEA. He has held various leadership positions with the Illinois Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and festival conductor.


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Ryan Henry

Director of Ragazzi

rhenry@youngnapervillesingers.org

Ryan Henry graduated Summa Cum Laude from Millikin University with a degree in Vocal Music Education and earned his Master in Music Education degree from Vandercook College of Music.  He studied conducting under Dr. Brad Holmes and composition under Dr. Jeremy Brunk and John Stafford II. He composed and conducted literature for ensembles including Millikin’s Rebirth of Cool and Children’s Choir III.

Mr. Henry began his career in District 204 as the music teacher at Nancy Young Elementary School.  He has taught choral music and music theory at Waubonsie Valley High School. Currently, he is in the general music teacher, chorus and Orff ensemble director at Fry and Clow Elementary schools.  He coordinates and teaches the Young Composers Club program where fifth-grade composers write music for Neuqua Valley High School musicians Mr. Henry has presented at the National NAfME Convention and has been invited as a guest clinician at district music festivals.  In his eighth year of teaching Ragazzi and being a part of the YNS family, Mr. Henry calls YNS his "home away from home". He counts himself "blessed" to have so many opportunities to make music with so many amazing students. When he is not teaching music, Mr. Henry loves spending time with wife and five children.



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Anne Kasprzak

Director of Cantabile

akasprzak@youngnapervillesingers.org

Anne Kasprzak received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education with high honors from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1994. While at Saint Mary’s College, she received the top department awards in both Music and Education. Mrs. Kasprzak is also a graduate of VanderCook College of Music with a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Mrs. Kasprzak is currently one of the choral directors at Neuqua Valley High School in Indian Prairie School District 204 where she directs both curricular and co-curricular ensembles.  Prior to working at Neuqua, she was the choral director at Crone Middle School in District 204 for seven years. During that time, she directed a program of over 350 students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade choirs. She also directed several musicals while at Crone. Mrs. Kasprzak has also taught elementary vocal music in District 204. During her time as a teacher in District 204, she has been named a “Most Influential Teacher” by several students. Anne served as guest conductor for the Elgin Children’s Chorus in 2008. She has been a member of the New Classic Singers at the College of DuPage and served as a piano accompanist at Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Naperville, Illinois for over 18 years.  She is also an active soloist at churches in the Chicagoland area. Mrs. Kasprzak has been a member of the Young Naperville Singers’ Artistic Staff for 15 years. She directs the YNS ensemble called Cantabile, a group of 75 middle and early high school students. Outside of her musical endeavors, Mrs. Kasprzak dedicates all of her time to her husband and their three young children.
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Amanda Morris

Director of Aria

amorris@youngnapervillesingers.org

Amanda Morris received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education Magna Cum Laude from North Central College in Naperville. While at North Central, Mrs. Morris was named Outstanding Major in Music Education. Mrs. Morris worked with the Elmhurst Area Children’s Choir as music director assistant and enjoys working with beginning singers.  Mrs. Morris is Orff certified and taught elementary music in West Chicago District 33 and LaGrange District 102. Outside of her musical endeavors, Mrs. Morris enjoys spending time with family and friends.


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Amy Parry

Director of Brillante

aparry@youngnapervillesingers.org

Amy Parry received her Bachelor of Music Education (choral and general emphasis) from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) and Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Denver. She has taught general music and directed choirs at the elementary level in Colorado and currently serves as the Vocal Director and general music teacher at Washington Junior High in the heart of Naperville (Grades 5-8). As a child, Mrs. Parry was student singer in Young Naperville Singers! She is thrilled to return as a director to an organization that played such an important role in shaping her into a life-long musician.
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Joe Mitchell

Director of Brio


Mr. Mitchell graduated from North Central College with a degree in Vocal Music Education.  During his college career, he learned under Dr. Ramona Wis and Jeordano Martinez as a member of the College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.  Prior to North Central, Joseph spent two seasons singing professionally with the St. Charles Singers.


Joseph began his career as an educator in Geneva, IL teaching second through fifth grade in General Music.  For the past four years Joseph has been the Vocal Music teacher at River Woods Elementary in District 203, where voice and singing are core components of his General Music classroom and the Redbird Singers choir club.


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Ryan Rimington

Director of Dolce

rrimington@youngnapervillesingers.org

J. Ryan Rimington is a National Board Certified Teacher at Neuqua Valley High School where he conducts curricular choirs, teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory, directs vocal jazz ensemble, facilitates the music technology computer lab, and serves as co-Auditorium Manager. Mr. Rimington is also founder and conductor of Neuqua World Voices which is dedicated to exploring and experiencing music from around the world. While at Neuqua Valley, the music department has earned numerous national recognitions for its music education such as ten Grammy Signature School Awards, including the National Grammy Signature School award in 2005 and 2013. In his career, multiple students have recognized Mr. Rimington as their "Most Influential Educator." Mr. Rimington is also a published composer and arranger of many choral works, and frequently receives commissions and guest conducting engagements with midwestern choral and vocal jazz ensembles and organizational festivals. Outside of his musical endeavors, Mr. Rimington dedicates his time to his lovely wife and four children while rooting on the Chicago Cubs and hopping around golf courses.



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Hae Young Han

Accompanist


Hae Young Han has been working for students in Naperville District 204 as an accompanist for a variety of instrumentalists, vocalists, and choruses. Additionally, she has been a pianist and organist at St. Raphael Catholic Church and the school. She serves as a private piano instructor for students in the Naperville and Aurora area ranging from elementary to high school students.  

Hae Young Han started her formal training when she entered Sunhwa Arts Middle School in Seoul S. Korea, and graduated with high honors in piano performance. She continued her training at the Sun Hwa Arts High School. Upon graduation with high honors in piano performance, she received a scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Hanyang University in Seoul. She then went on to attend many master classes taught by excellent professors from around the world. Hae Young Han's professional experience has included being a versatile collaborator with significant instrumental and vocal accompanying experience. She has performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles in recital and concert formats in S. Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany and Italy. She frequently has received outstanding awards during this time.


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Janet Blomquist

Accompanist


Janet Blomquist graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in oboe and piano, and from Northwestern University with a Master of Music Performance degree in oboe. Mrs. Blomquist is the accompanist for Plainfield South High School, Still Middle School and Lincoln Junior High.  She is in her tenth year with YNS, and is currently the organist at St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet. Mrs. Blomquist is accompanist for Canto Vivo and Brillante.

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Kimberly Obert

Accompanist


Kimberly Obert graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor’s degree in music. She has been teaching private lessons in both piano and voice for over 20 years. Mrs. Obert is currently the music director at Kensington School of Naperville and has been a piano accompanist for school District 308 for almost 10 years. She also serves as a worship leader at her church. Mrs. Obert is the accompanist for Dolce, Aria and Primo.

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Michael Giuliani

Accompanist


A sought-after collaborative pianist of unique versatility, Michael Scott Giuliani is the accompanist for the Bella Voce and Bella Cantare.  Additionally, he accompanies the is the accompanist of the acclaimed St. Charles Singers under the direction of Maestro Jeffrey Hunt, and regularly collaborates with amateur and professional soloists and ensembles around the Chicagoland area.  In the past, he has served as pianist and organist for Tim Zimmerman & The King's Brass, an internationally renowned sacred brass ensemble, pianist for the North Park University Choir and Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth, and as a collaborative pianist at Charleston Southern University.   

Primarily a church musician, he serves as Cantor (the historic Lutheran term for Director of Music) at Bethany Lutheran Church & School in Naperville, IL, and has served at various churches in Illinois and South Carolina. He studied piano as an undergraduate student with Dr. Terree Shofner-Emrich at North Park University, and received the degree of Master of Church Music in Organ from Concordia University Chicago where he studied organ with Dr. Steven Wente and piano with Kuang-Hao Huang.  He is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian Worship.

Giuliani has a passion for music education, believing that a comprehensive music education is not a luxury, but a necessity for all human beings.  To this end, he founded and is the Director of The J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church & School (aka "The Bach Academy"), a community music school serving the Naperville community through a variety of programs in music education.  He is an active instructor of piano and organ in Naperville, IL, where he resides with his wife Agnes, a gifted violinist, and their three beautiful children, Lucien, Eloise, and Adeline. Mr. Giuliani is the accompanist for Bella Voce and Bella Cantare.


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Rachel Seidel

Accompanist

rachel.west19@gmail.com

Rachel Seidel attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with highest honors.  She previously served as Staff Accompanist for the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music and Adjunct Faculty for the Piano Preparatory Department, working with kindergarten through college-age students.  Recently, Mrs. Seidel served as Education and Operations Manager at the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Frankfort and Orchestra Manager at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. 
Mrs. Seidel is also an avid solo performer and chamber musician, playing with a number of ensembles as well as accompanying privately throughout the Naperville and Downers Grove areas. She’s toured abroad in Italy through Millikin University, and in Bulgaria with the International Chamber Music Festival. 
Currently, Mrs. Seidel serves as Collaborative Pianist at Downers Grove North High School and teaches private piano.  Mrs. Seidel is the accompanist for Brio and Cantabile.