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Stacey Larson Dolan, Band

Undergraduate Dean, Associate Director of Bands

Stacey_LarsonStacey 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. 


David Eccles, Orchestra

Director of String Music Education

Eccles,_David_headshot_2015_REDUCEDDavid Eccles is a native of Norfolk, VA, and the son of a music educator. Eccles comes to VanderCook following conducting and music director positions with the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Jubilate Youth Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. Eccles is also a clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation, and has served as a guest conductor for various state, county, regional and community orchestras. Eccles holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Music and Media degree from Norfolk State University. He is completing his doctoral studies at Florida State University. His principal teachers include Elizabeth Eccles, Laurien Laufman, Ross Harbaugh and Dr. Michael Allen. Eccles is a member of NAfME and serves as President of the Illinois Chapter of American String Teachers Association. He also serves as Administrative Vice President of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Board. 

Ross Heise, Choir

Adjunct Faculty, Choral Clinician


Ross K. Heise is currently serving as the Director of Music at Wheaton Bible Church. He held the position of choral music instructor at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL, from January 1982 until his retirement in June 2009. He is a graduate of Glenbard West High School. He received a bachelor's degree in music education from Wheaton College in 1975, and a Master of Music degree from DePaul University in 1988, where his thesis was on the subject of music literacy.  Mr. Heise has extensive experience as a string bassist, church orchestra and choir director, guest clinician, and festival conductor throughout the Chicago area. He served as guest conductor for the Montreal Music Conference in 1999, and as program chair for the 2002 ACDA Central Division Convention in Chicago. He has presented at Elmhurst College, Wheaton College, the ISMTA, and at several Illinois Music Education Association conventions on the topics of recruiting and sight-singing. He also served as the District VII 1989-90 Choral Chair for the IMEA.

Mr. Heise received the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence for Teaching Music at the 2009 IMEA All State Festival. He has been nominated to numerous editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.  His choirs have performed at Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois, the 1992 American Choral Directors Association Regional Convention, 1996 American Choral Directors Association Illinois State Convention, pre-concert music for the 1995-2009 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Holiday Benefit Concerts, the Regional Association of Anglican Musicians Convention, Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church Advent Concert Series, and on CBS and WGN television. The Glenbard East Concert Choir toured Europe under his direction, performing at Westminster Abbey and Köln, Durham, Chartres, Reims, Speyer, St. Paul's, Ely, Lincoln and Il Duomo Cathedrals. 

Mr. Heise is an active member of ACDA, IEA, NEA, IMEA and MENC. 


Anthony G. Kidonakis, Jazz

Applied Saxophone, Jazz Studies

Kidonakis,_Tony_headshot_2013Anthony G. Kidonakis (MMEd ‘09) joined the faculty of VanderCook College of Music in 2009. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern Illinois University, studying saxophone with Steve Duke. Kidonakis toured the U.S. and Europe with the Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ronald Carter, and alongside legends including Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Ed Thigpen, Frank Foster and Wynton Marsalis. Kidonakis maintains an active performance schedule with numerous local musicians and has worked with recording artists such as The Drifters, Gene “The Duke of Earl” Chandler, and The Cryan’ Shames, including a guest appearance with The Redwalls on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He taught band for five years in Downers Grove Grade School District 58, and is the composer for The Paideia Projects, a series of video documentaries on the contributions of Ancient Greece to Western civilization. In addition to his master’s degree from VanderCook, Kidonakis earned a master’s degree in wind performance and literature from Northwestern University, where he studied saxophone with, and served as teaching assistant for, Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. Kidonakis currently serves as VanderCook’s Director of Jazz Studies and associate professor teaching courses in saxophone, jazz and arranging. 



Brian Logan, Band

Director of Bands


Brian J. Logan (BMEd ‘83) is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music Education and Jazz Studies at VanderCook. In addition, he is the Jazz Activities Chair for the National Band Association. Logan has been teaching music for more than three decades at numerous grade levels.

Under his direction, Wheeling High School wind ensembles performed four times at the Music for all National Concert Band Festival, and numerous times at the University of Illinois’ Superstate Concert Band Festival. His jazz ensembles have performed at the Midwest Clinic four times and toured Europe twice with performances at the Umbria (Italy) and Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festivals, among others. Logan’s groups were winners in Down Beat Magazine’s Annual Student Music Awards 15 times and earned numerous Grand Champion awards. His jazz ensembles were also four-time National Winners of the Mark of Excellence - Foundation for Music Education awards. Logan himself has been awarded John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award from Quinlan and Fabish Music, the Illinois Band Master of the Year Award from Phi Beta Mu, and the District 214 Friend of the Arts Award. His work has been recognized by the United States Congress, Illinois State Senate, East Maine School District 63, Township High School District 214, Wheeling High School, and the Village of Wheeling, IL. The National Band Association has awarded Logan 18 Citation of Excellence awards. He also received a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation International. Logan was selected as the SBO Magazine State Representative in their “50 Directors That Make a Difference” issue, received the Mr. Holland’s Opus Award from Bob Rogers Travel, and is also a recipient of VanderCook’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Logan is a contributing author to the GIA Publication Jazz for Beginning Ensembles, and has been published in the National Band Association Journal.

Logan earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Northeastern Illinois University. He is a member of ILMEA, NAfME, NBA and JEN, and is an active adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor around the country.



Dr. Robert L. Sinclair, Choir

Director of Choral Music Education

Sinclair,_Robert_headshot_2016Dean 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.

Justin Kvedaras, Staff

Director of Outreach, Ensembles Office Coordinator

Justin_KvedarasJustin Kvedaras is the Director of Outreach and Ensembles Coordinator at VanderCook. Before starting at VanderCook, Justin taught music 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.

During clinic season, Justin organizes students to work the clinics and makes sure that set-up and instrument needs are met.


Stephanie Lopez, Staff

Front Office Receptionist, Clinic Coordinator


Stephanie Lopez has been at VanderCook since 2006. She handles day-to-day logistics for the college, manages inventory for the VanderStore, and organizes various events for the college.

During clinic season, Stephanie also serves as our clinic coordinator.  As the first contact for groups looking to book clinics, it is Stephanie's job to communicate with directors and tour companies regarding date, room and clinician availability as well as to take care of invoicing and billing.

Send Stephanie an email or call 312.788.1148 to inquire about bringing your group to VanderCook.


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