Auditions

Come Join Young Naperville Singers!

YNS holds auditions each spring to place new members in grades 1 through 12. YNS auditions last about 20 minutes and do not require advanced preparation. We understand that most young children do not have highly developed vocal skills, so we provide an environment that allows us to determine their musical potential while they feel comfortable and have fun. During an audition, children engage in age-appropriate musical games and activities.

During all auditions, parents meet with a Young Naperville Singers’ representative to learn more about our organization.

Young Naperville Singers’ Acceptance

At YNS, we believe that all children can sing. We hold auditions for placement in one of our nine choirs, which are based on musical ability in lieu of age. YNS accepts all children who love to sing and are able to match pitch. If a young child has difficulty matching pitch or paying attention, we may suggest waiting a year to join YNS.

Several weeks after your child’s audition, you will receive a letter of acceptance and choir placement. Visit our Choir page to learn more about our individual choirs.

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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 two 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.

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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. She is a former adjunct faculty member at Joliet Junior College, where she taught class piano and Introduction to Music Literature, in addition to accompanying two choirs, musicals, and student performances. Mrs. Blomquist has accompanied several area choirs, including those of Plainfield South, Plainfield East and Plainfield North High Schools in District 202, Still Middle School in District 204 and Lincoln Junior High in District 203.  She was an accompanist with YNS from 2005 to 2010 and is currently the organist at St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet. Mrs. Blomquist is the 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.