Category Archives: MIC Student News

Robert Sullivan Masterclass

We were very fortunate to have Robert Sullivan, Professor of Trumpet at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, at the Music Institute of Chicago for a masterclass last week. Three students played solo repertoire and 4 ensembles performed short works. Twelve students from ages 8-17 benefited from this fantastic opportunity. We would like to thank the Chicago Philharmonic and the Music Institute for making this possible! See program here: 4.4.17 Master Class Program and click on thumbnails below for larger images. Thank you Professor Sullivan!













Members of MIC Advanced Trumpet Trio at NEIU Brass Festival

Congratulations to members of the MIC Advanced Trumpet Trio, Filip Czarkowski, John Kinne, and Victoria Seliger, who performed with outstanding high school brass players from the greater Chicago area at Northeastern Illinois University’s Festival Brass on November 24th, 2014. Momoko Hasselbring, former Brass for Beginners™ student and current Sophomore French horn player at E.T.H.S. participated as well, and they all received a glowing report from NEIU’s Associate Professor of Trumpet, Dr. Travis Heath. More will be posted on the Chicago Brass Festival’s Facebook page in the coming days. You can see two videos posted on youtube by clicking here, and here.



Angelina Escobar solos with New Horizons Band

Last summer, in July 2014, Angelina Escobar was selected to perform as soloist with the New Horizons Band under the direction of Paul Hefner at the Music Institute of Chicago. She performed Trumpeter’s Lullaby by Leroy Anderson, and her parents were kind enough to provide a video recording to share. Angelina is currently a freshman at ETHS performing in the Concert Band.  Congrats Angelina!

Angelina MIC Program





Congratulations Sasha!

Sasha Boutilier received the 2013 Evanston Outstanding Volunteer Award from the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, and the Evanston Community Foundation.  He was nominated and selected based on his extensive commitment to sharing his time and talents with the Evanston community throughout his high school years, including as a martial arts instructor teaching weekly self-defense classes at 6 Evanston elementary schools for the past 4 years, as a Youth Program Leader and Gym Instructor at the “Music and More” weekly after-school enrichment program at First Presbyterian Church, as a teaching assistant at two innovative martial arts programs for youth with special needs and developmental challenges, and for his work with the Brass For Beginners program through the Music Institute of Chicago.  Thanks for doing so much for the community Sasha!

MIC Natural Trumpets at the 2013 MIC Gala

Many thanks to members of the MIC Natural Trumpet Ensembles for their performance at tonight’s Gala Fundraiser for the Music Institute of Chicago at the Four Season’s Hotel in downtown Chicago. The trumpeters ushered guests of the Gala into the ballroom before dinner- a welcome fit for a king! Enjoy some video and photos from the event.

Left to Right: Alex Wenzel, Jerry Sun, John Kinne, Michael Werner, Jefferson Wenzel, Charlie Clarke, Sawyer Lindland, Sasha Boutilier, and Director Chris Hasselbring

Left to Right: Alex Wenzel, Jerry Sun, John Kinne, Michael Werner, Jefferson Wenzel, Charlie Clarke, Sawyer Lindland, Sasha Boutilier, and Director Chris Hasselbring

Some recent Michael Werner jazz news:

Michael was a finalist for the 12th Annual Jazz Improvisation Competition presented by the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation in February 2012. The final round was held at the Buddy Guy’s Legends blues club and Michael (youngest performer) finished third in his age group, winning $900 and the opportunity to play gigs in Chicago from March until next February with the other finalists.
In January Michael was named an Outstanding Soloist at the Purdue University Jazz Festival, and earned a scholarship to the 2013 Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop at the University of Louisville,KY.
This past fall Michael was the first place winner in the Music Institutes’  Billy Strayhorn Songwriting Competition which was part of MIC’s three day jazz festival. His original composition, entitled “Battle Cry” was performed by a group of professional musicians during the final concert of the festival.  He won a $500 MIC scholarship. Also last fall, as a musician from Evanston Township High School Michael was named an All-District winner by the IMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association) and performed in the All-District jazz band at the Jazz Festival held at Lake Zurich High School.
Congrats Michael!

Michael at the 2013 ETHS Jazz Festival

BFB Teaching Assistant Sasha Boutilier

This is high school senior, Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) student, Sasha Boutilier playing a modern replica of a natural trumpet. Sasha started playing trumpet in 3rd grade and has been playing natural trumpet for seven years. The music is From Fanfare #2 by Johan Dismas Zelinka (1679-1745). Sasha currently plays first trumpet in the MIC Advanced Trumpet Ensemble and has been helping as an assistant instructor for Brass for Beginners residencies over the past several years (see photo below of Sasha with Lincoln Elementary BFB students in Evanston). Thanks Sasha!


Congrats to MIC Trumpet Quartet at IGSMA

Congratulations to members of the MIC Trumpet Quartet (Angelina Escobar, Abby Gilliland, Charlie Lindland, and Adam Marquardt) who received a “1” rating and top scores in all categories for their performance yesterday at the IGSMA (Illinois Grade School Music Association) held at Nichols Middle School. They performed an arrangement of Finlandia by Finnish Composer, Jean Sibelius. They will be performing this work along with a fugue by Baroque composer, Pachelbel, at the Chicago Brass Festival on Saturday March 9th. Great Job!!

MIC Trumpet Quartet (left to right: Charlie, Adam, Abby, and Angelina)

MIC Trumpet Quartet  (left to right: Charlie, Adam, Abby, and Angelina)

Congrats Will!

William Johnson received a “1” rating for his performance last weekend at the IGSMA (Illinois Grade School Music Association) for his performance of Rondo Cappricio by Keith Snell. He will start Lake Forest High School in the fall of 2013. Will’s older brother, Thomas Johnson, was a founding member of the MIC Advanced Trumpet Ensemble 6 years ago and is currently enrolled in graduate school at Rush University studying biomedical technology.