VanderCook Students Travel to Ecuador






Sspecial Guest Clinician & Performer:

Dr. Leah Schuman


Dr. Schuman has been with VanderCook since 2003. She has broad teaching experience and an active career as a free-lance trumpet player. Dr. Schuman has a doctor of musical arts and a master of music in trumpet performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, a graduate certificate in performance from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia, and a bachelor of music in trumpet performance from Northwestern University. She has played with the St. Petersburg State Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Merit Faculty Brass Quintet, Merit Chamber Players, Mahler Festival Orchestra, and the Millar Brass Ensemble.



The influence of VanderCook College of Music has reached so many people throughout the years.  Alumni and faculty have traveled around the world teaching in classrooms and presenting music clinics and workshops from Australia to Japan.   In recent years we have built a strong relationship with music educators in Quito, Ecuador.  Led by the ambition of alumnus, Carlos Alban, VanderCook has become a distinguished name among the most talented musicians and music educators in Ecuador.  Professor of Percussion, Kevin Lepper and President, Charles Menghini, have participated in the annual music festival hosted by Carlos and his students from Estudio de Percusiòn.  Alban has also influenced several students to attend VanderCook.  Current undergrad, Jonathan Padilla, will be starting his second year and Juan Andres Torres, graduated on May 10, 2013 as the class Salutatorian.

This month, Associate Professor of Applied Trumpet, Dr. Leah Schuman, will present at the annual music festival and with her she will have four undergraduate students (Paul Cepela, Ashley Burton, Liz Limon, Matt Ingelson) who will serve a two week internship working with a new band and general music program initiated by Mr. Alban.  







Ashley R. Burton is currently a junior at VanderCook College of Music working towards her bachelor of music education degree. She is originally from Waller, Texas and has been involved with music since the sixth grade. She plays the trumpet in VanderCook's Symphonic Band and Brass Ensemble. After graduation, Ashley plans to teach and perform in different countries.


Paul Cepela is originally from Park Forest, Illinois and currently resides in Crest Hill, Illinois.  Being a homeschooled student with no real band background it was not until attending Joliet Junior College that he was inspired to teach music by the outstanding faculty at that institution.  Since coming to VanderCook Paul has been the chapter president of the National Band Association, an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, served on the student senate, and works in the Ruppel Memorial Library.  Paul has been awarded with numerous awards at both Joliet Junior College and VanderCook College of Music and plans on continuing this same attitude in his educational, teaching, and performing career.  


Matt Ingelson was born in Calgary, Alberta and was raised in Palm Springs, California. Throughout the past decade, he has performed in six countries on five continents. His playing credits include performances for several celebrities and dignitaries, including Barry Manilow, Carol Channing, Suzzanne Somers, Keeley Smith, George Takei, Former President Gerald Ford, and many others. He has also performed as a soloist for Frank Ticheli and the late Will Schaeffer. Matt is an active performer and currently studies Music Education at VanderCook College of Music.


Elizabeth Limon is from the city of Chicago, where she has experienced performing in the Chicago Public Schools since the third grade. She was inspired to teach music by her band director in grade school, Mrs. Mary Whitted as well as her former high school band directors, Ms. Benita Gladney and Mr. David Cohn. At VanderCook College of Music , Elizabeth is chapter Vice President of the National Band Association, Fund Raising chair for the National Association for Music Educators chapter, and works in the front office. As a professional, Elizabeth has made it her goal to teach in an inner-city school of need to give students a vehicle for expression and open doors to a great future through music.


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