Meet Our Admissions Staff

CINDY TOVAR, Director of Admissions

TovarCindy received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook in 2000, and ever since has served on staff, devoted to the mission of the college. 

She began working in the band office as part of a summer student crew and served as the assistant to the undergraduate dean. 
In 2004, Cindy became the director of outreach and ensembles coordinator until becoming assistant to the president in 2009.
In addition to her 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 National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Cindy proudly serves as the liaison for the college's Alumni Relations and manages the college website. Outside of VanderCook, she serves on the Midwest Clinic conference staff and is an alumni board member at St. Benedict High School. 

Contact Cindy at 312.788.1122 or

LUCAS BAUER, Admissions Associate Director

lucas_bauuuuLucas received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook in 2018 with a vocal/choral focus.

Lucas has worked with the Admissions office since 2014 as an admissions assistant and student ambassador.

During Lucas’ undergraduate career he took on many leadership positions, such as chapter president of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), chapter president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and choral assistant to Dr. Sinclair.

Outside of VanderCook, Lucas sings in various groups and bands, including a blues band (Bear Williams Band), and a barbershop quartet (Onset).

Contact Lucas at 312.788.1120 or

MATTHEW JANUS, Graduate Recruiter

Matthew Janus (MMEd ‘12) earned a BMEd degree at the University of Illinois prior to earning his master’s degree at VanderCook. He has taught for 14 years at Eisenhower Junior High and Gemini Junior High. Matthew's bands consistently earns first division ratings at high school festivals, and have been selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Conference. They have earned top finishes and soloist recognitions at high school festivals throughout the country.
Matthew has also worked with numerous high school marching bands, WGI drumlines and DCI groups, including the Cavaliers, Colts, Phantom Regiment, the Chicago Bears Drumline, Pioneer Indoor Percussion and Prospect High School Marching Band.
He is very excited to be back at VanderCook to help spread the college’s message and mission.
Contact Matthew at

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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