Our Staff

Artistic Staff

Directors

Angie Johnson
Artistic Director/Director
Biography

Bella Voce/Bella Cantare
Angie Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in music education 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 who is 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 & internationally. Now in her 22st season as a director and 14th 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 425 singers (7 – 18 years of age) in ten choirs and can boast national and international recognition.

Andrea Burck
Director

Biography

Primo
Andrea Burck has over 30 years of experience as a musician and educator. Her experiences include early childhood, elementary and middle school music education, church music director, private piano instructor, and accompanist. She spent six summers on the summer camp staff at Interlochen Arts Camp and served as accompanist, elementary camp instructor, and piano instructor at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska for seven summer seasons. Mrs. Burck holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in New York and she has continued her education with Kodaly and Orff coursework. Currently, Mrs. Burck teaches general music at Georgetown Elementary School in Indian Prairie School District #204.

Ryan Henry
Director

Biography

Dolce/Ragazzi
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. 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 District 204 high school musicians. Mr. Henry has presented at the National NAfME Convention and has been invited as a guest clinician at district music festivals. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Henry enjoys spending time with his wife and seven children. 

Joseph Mitchell
Director

Biography

Brio
Joseph Mitchell graduated from North Central College with a degree in Vocal Music Education. During his college career, he studied 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 is 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.

Meredith Olson
Director

Biography

Aria
Meredith Olson is a passionate music educator with degrees in vocal performance and music education as well as a masters degree in Teaching and Learning. She is a YNS alumni who incorporates music into nearly every aspect of her life. In 2019 and 2020, Meredith was a quarterfinalist for a Grammy Music Educator Award demonstrating her commitment to improving her students’ lives through music. She also placed 3rd runner up at the 2016 Miss Iowa scholarship program where she performed Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano so she’s a teacher who loves classical music just as much as classic rock. When you meet Meredith you’ll see she almost always has a smile on her face and a song in her heart.

Amy Parry
Director

Biography

Brillante/Cantabile
Amy Parry graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) and Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Denver. Mrs. Parry previously taught general music and directed choirs at the elementary level in Colorado and has served as the Vocal Director and general music teacher at Washington Junior High in Naperville (Grades 5-8) for the past four years. As a child, Mrs. Parry was a student singer in Young Naperville Singers! She is thrilled to direct both Brillante and Cantabile ensembles in the organization that played such an important role in shaping her into a life-long musician. Outside of directing, Mrs. Parry loves spending time with her husband, Thomas, and baby girl, Elizabeth.

Ryan Rimington
Director

Biography

Canto Vivo
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 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. Mr. Rimington earned his Bachelor of Music Education and multiple Master degrees in education from the University of Illinois and has also engaged in Doctoral studies. Mr. Rimington has been connected to the Young Naperville Singers program for over twenty years as an adjunct teacher, parent, director of Canto Vivo Singers, facility host, and adamant supporter!

Accompanists

Janet Blomquist
Accompanist
Biography

Bella Voce/Canto Vivo
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 twelfth year with YNS and is currently the organist at St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet.

Haeyoung Han
Accompanist

Biography

Ragazzi/Cantabile
Haeyoung Han is currently working with IPSD 204 HS music students. Additionally, she has been a pianist and organist at St. Raphael. She received a B.M. in piano performance from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. She has performed numerous concerts and recitals and received outstanding awards in Asia and Europe. Also, she worked as a piano instructor at several universities in S. Korea.

She is an active member of MTNA, ISMTA, NMTA. and arranges music to specific needs.

Kimberly Obert
Accompanist
Biography

Dolce/Primo/Aria
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 currently teaches lessons at PM Music, Fox River Academy, and is the Worship Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Yorkville. She has also been a piano accompanist for school District 308.

Rachel Seidel
Accompanist
Biography

Brio
Rachel Seidel attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. 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. Mrs. Seidel previously served as Education and Operations Manager at the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Frankfort and Orchestra Manager at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. 

Elizabeth Vaughan
Accompanist

Biography

Bella Cantare/Brillante

Elizabeth Vaughan is a pianist, singer, and violist from Highland Park, Illinois. She received her Bachelor’s of Music from Lawrence University in vocal performance, and her Master’s of Music from Roosevelt University in viola performance. Elizabeth has won competitions including the MTNA Young Artist competition in the states of Wisconsin and Tennessee, and has soloed with the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra and University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. She is currently the collaborative pianist at Downers Grove North High School and is a singer in the Chicago Symphony Chorus. 

She maintains a private lesson studio and is the mother of twins Heather and Iris and wife to cellist Warren Oja.

Administrative Staff

Christine Dyslin
Choir Administrator
Biography
Christine Dyslin has had a long career as a music teacher, working with children from toddlers through high school, most recently in four different Montessori schools. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from DePaul University, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chris teaches piano and plays for services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Warrenville.

Christa Renello
Program Administrative Assistant

Biography
Christa Renello attended the University of Iowa and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Most recently she has worked as a Director of Admissions for DeVry University in the graduate admissions division. Through this role she was able to assist students and colleagues to reach their highest potential and truly values the impact that education can make in someone’s life.

Melissa Fosco
Administrative Assistant

Biography

Melissa Fosco comes to Young Naperville Singers after being a parent in the organization for many years. Melissa graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for several years, she stayed at home with her daughters. She has spent many years serving the Home & School organization at several schools as well as on the General Home & School Executive Board in Naperville District 203.

YNS

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