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

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 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. Most recently, Mrs. Johnson was a guest conductor for the Let Freedom Sing GirlChoir festival in Philadelphia, PA. Now in her 18th season as a director and 10th 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 360 singers (7 – 18 years of age) in eight choirs. Mrs. Johnson also directs Bella Voce.

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Andrea Burck

Director of Primo; Accompanist for Cantabile

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. Mrs. Burck is the director for Primo and accompanist of Cantabile.

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Brett Goad

Director of Canto Vivo

bgoad@ynschoirs.org

R. Brett Goad is a native of Galesburg, Illinois. He received his BA and MA in Choral Music Education from Western Illinois University. He has taught choral music in six high schools and has also served as the Director of Student Activities at Hinsdale South High School.  At present he serves as a student teaching supervisor for Illinois State University. 

Mr. Goad is a 2014 recipient of the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from the Illinois Music Education Association, in recognition of teaching excellence in music education.  He has held various leadership positions within the Illinois Music Educator Association and the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He currently serves as the Vice-President-ACDA Central Division. Mr. Goad also serves on the Western Illinois University Alumni Council.  

Mr. Goad directs Canto Vivo.


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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.  He studied conducting under Dr. Brad Holmes and composition under Dr. Jeremy Brunk and John Stafford II.  He both 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 music teacher at Nancy Young Elementary School.  He also directed choral music and taught music  theory at Waubonsie Valley High School for four years.  Currently, he is the general music, chorus and Orff ensemble director at Fry and Clow Elementary schools.  Mr. Henry has been actively leading worship and directing church music for the last nine years. 

In his sixth year Directing Boys Choir, he counts himself privileged to work with such amazing students.  Mr. Henry and his wife, Marianne are proud parents of five children: Dominic, Madison, Caleb, Reese and Josephine. 

Mr. Henry currently directs Ragazzi.


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Anne Kasprzak

Director of Cantabile

akasprzak@youngnapervillesingers.org

Anne Kasprzak received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education with highest honors from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, where 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 the director of the Chamber Singers at Neuqua Valley High School.   She was the choral director at Crone Middle School for seven years. During that time, she directed a choral program of over 350 students and directed the yearly school musicals. 

Mrs. Kasprzak has also taught elementary vocal music in District 204.  Mrs. Kasprzak has been named a “Most Influential Teacher” by the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation on numerous occasions. She served as guest conductor for the Elgin Children’s Chorus in 2008 and has been a member of the New Classic Singers at the College of DuPage.  Mrs. Kasprzak serves as a piano accompanist at Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Naperville and is an active soloist at churches in the Chicagoland area. This is Mrs. Kasprzak's 13th year as a member of the YNS artistic staff.  Outside of her musical endeavors, Mrs. Kasprzak dedicates all of her time to her husband and their three young children. 

Mrs. Kasprzak currently directs Cantabile.

    
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Amanda Morris

Director of Aria

amorris@youngnapervillesingers.org

Amanda  Morris received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with high honors 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 currently teaches music at Cossitt Elementary School in LaGrange School District 102. Outside of her musical endeavors, Mrs. Morris enjoys spending time with her husband Daniel, cat Angus, family and friends.

Mrs. Morris is the Director of the Aria.

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Joe Mitchell

Director of Brio


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Kelly Mielcarz

Director of Brillante


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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.

Mr. Rimington directs Dolce.


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Andrea Burck

Director of Primo; Accompanist for Cantabile

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. Mrs. Burck is the director for Primo and accompanist of Cantabile.

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Matthew Gemmill

Accompanist


Matthew Gemmill holds degrees in piano performance from Wheaton College and collaborative piano from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz. He currently works as a vocal coach, accompanist and music teacher in the Chicago area. He also serves as guest faculty at Wheaton College, where he teaches accompanying and vocal repertoire and at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he coaches singers and opera. Mr. Gemmill is the accompanist for Bella Voce Singers and Ragazzi.

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Janet Murray

Accompanist


Janet Murray 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. Ms. Murray 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. Ms. Murray 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 the Dolce, Aria and Primo.