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DR. ROSEANNE K. ROSENTHAL
President

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Dr. Roseanne Rosenthal recently began her second tenure as President of VanderCook, having previously served in that capacity from 1989-2004. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees from Syracuse University under the direction of Dr. Cornelia Yarbrough. She taught instrumental and general music in upstate New York for many years prior to arriving at VanderCook. A past president of the Illinois Music Educators Association, Dr. Rosenthal is on the editorial boards of both the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music. She has published and presented numerous research articles pertaining to music teacher education and music learning, participates in the Motor Learning Research Forum, and has served as chair of the NAfME Music Education Research Council. Between presidential terms, Dr. Rosenthal taught coursework in methods of music teaching, research, technology and education psychology at VanderCook.

 

 

Cindy Tovar
Director of Admissions & Alumni Relations

 

2016VCM3489Cindy Tovar received her BMEd degree from VanderCook in 2000 and has been devoted to the mission of the college ever since. She began working in the band office as part of a summer student crew, and was later assigned to serve as the assistant to the undergraduate dean.  In 2004 she became the Director of Outreach and Ensemble Coordinator, then assumed the role of assistant to the president in 2009. 

In addition to administrative duties, Cindy serves as the building monitor ensuring a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students. She works closely with student leaders and is the staff advisor for VanderCook's student chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education). Outside of VanderCook, Cindy serves on the Midwest Clinic conference staff and is an alumni board member at St. Benedict High School.

 

MICHELLE ANDERSON
Chief Financial Officer 

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Michelle Anderson is the Chief Financial Officer at VanderCook College of Music. After joining the VanderCook staff in the fall of 2011 and taking on the role of staff accountant in 2013, she has an understanding of all aspects of VanderCook's accounting and financial functions.  Michelle received her bachelor's degree form the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a licensed CPA.  She is current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Illinois CPA Society.

 

 

 

 

STACEY LARSON DOLAN
Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Director of Bands

DolanStacey Larson Dolan (MMEd ‘98) is Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Music at VanderCook, where she teaches music education courses, conducting courses and band at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dolan enjoyed success teaching elementary, middle and high school music before joining the faculty at VanderCook in 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Millikin University and her master’s from VanderCook. Dolan was on the design and teaching staff for the National Champion Lake Park Marching Band for 12 years and was the creative director and conductor of the Bensenville Young Musicians Mentor Band from 1995 to 2007. She has conducted honor bands and presented workshops at MEAs and festivals in China and throughout the United States. She has taught tens of thousands of middle school and high school students through her work as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor. Her professional affiliations include NAfME, Phi Beta Mu, NBA and CBDNA.

 

DR. ROBERT L. SINCLAIR
Dean of Graduate Studies, Director of Choral Activities

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Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Robert L. Sinclair has served VanderCook as Director of Choral Activities since 2001. His educational background includes three years at Luther College, where he sang in the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble. After transferring to Sam Houston State University, he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees with B.R. Henson. In December of 2000, Dr. Sinclair completed a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (music education) at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he worked with Drs. David Rayl and Wendy Sims. Dr. Sinclair has 10 years of public school teaching experience and has presented sessions to the Music Educators Associations of Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and Texas, the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as the Southwestern and Southern Divisions of ACDA. He continues to work as an active choral clinician and adjudicator for junior high and high school students from across the nation and abroad, including honor choirs in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, and Japan in addition to all-state choirs in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Sinclair is an active member of ACDA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Fraternity, and the National Association for Music Education.

 

PATRICK BENSON
Director of Continuing & Online Education

2015VCM7475Patrick Benson joined the administrative team at VanderCook in July 2015 as the Director of Continuing and Online Education. Patrick earned his BMEd from VanderCook in 2008, and recently earned a Master of Arts degree in applied professional studies at the School for New Learning at DePaul University.

Patrick returns to his alma mater having taught for seven years at Hubbard High School in Chicago, where he was the director of high school bands. While at Hubbard, Patrick led the marching band, jazz band and pep band. He was also the school's audio/visual coordinator, as well as its activity director and local school council representative.

In addition to teaching and working at VanderCook, Patrick is an active percussionist in the Chicagoland area.

 

SIRENA COVINGTON
Director of Financial Aid

_Y0A6704Sirena Covington joined VanderCook in 2011 with more than 10 years experience in financial aid. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University. She is a current member of Illinois Association of Student Aid Administrators (ILASFAA) and the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). She currently participates in the Chinese American Service League (CASL) annual Financial Aid workshop to inform the community of financial aid options.

 

 

 

DR. BONNIE CAMPBELL
Director of Applied Studies

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Dr. Bonnie Campbell is currently the Director of Applied Studies and Clarinet Professor at VanderCook.  She received a Doctorate of Music in music literature and clarinet performance from Indiana University. She also holds degrees from Yale University and Roberts Wesleyan College (summa cum laude), and attended the Banff School of the Arts. Her teachers include James Campbell, Keith Wilson, Margaret Quackenbush and Alan Hacker. Dr. Campbell's orchestral experience includes performances at the Evian Festival (France) as well as the opening ceremonies of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. She has performed in New York City at Merkin Hall and at Lincoln Center, where she played the Mozart Clarinet Quintet as part of the Mozart Bicentennial Celebration. Dr. Campbell performs frequently at the Chicago Cultural Center and has been heard on WFMT’s Live from Studio One and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She has been a member of the South Bend Symphony and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Bloomington, and is a founding member of the Daedalus Duo and Vermillion (with pianist Diana Schmück and cellist Judy Stone). At the invitation of the International Clarinet Association, she presented the world premiere performance of Robert Kritz’s Diaspora Dances at ClarinetFest 2009 in Oporto, Portugal.  

 

DR. I-HSUAN TSAI
Head of Piano & Theory Faculty

Tsai,_I-Hsuan_headhsotDr. I-Hsuan Tsai is the head of the piano and theory department at VanderCook. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a master’s degree in piano and bassoon, and a bachelor’s degree in piano from Indiana University. An active soloist and chamber musician, she is a winner of the Buckeye Piano Competition and the Graves Piano Competition. Dr. Tsai’s performances include concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United Nations, live performances on WFMT radio, the Aspen Music Festival, Roosevelt University, Northeastern University and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She has also performed and taught in Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, China and Taiwan.  

 

 

JUSTIN KVEDARAS
Director of Outreach, Ensembles Coordinator

_Y0A6778Justin Kvedaras is the Director of Outreach and Ensembles Coordinator at VanderCook. Before starting at VanderCook, Justin taught general music and band for a number of years.  In his current role, Justin directs several large festivals and clinics for Chicago-area middle and high school music students. In addition, he assists in managing the needs of the various VanderCook musical ensembles and directs the day-to-day logistics of the college.  Justin holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Iowa.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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