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ILMEA – 2021 Press Release

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 middle school student musicians have been selected to participate in the Illinois Music Educators Association Festival sponsored by the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA). Students spent months preparing their virtual auditions for submission. More than 1,000 of the finest band and orchestra students from more than 50 junior high schools in the North Suburban area auditioned for a position in these all-star groups. 

“Meeting and performing with their talented peers from other schools across the region is inspiring for our students, along with the opportunity to learn under the direction of nationally known conductors,” according to Erica Faulhaber, Curriculum Specialist for Instrumental Music. “We are delighted that our students competed and were selected by ILMEA for this year’s groups,” she added.

The event will bring together the top band and orchestra students for the ILMEA District 7 Festival on Saturday, November 6 at Libertyville High School (band) and Creekside Middle School (orchestra) in Woodstock. More than 800 of the finest student musicians from over 50 middle schools in the North Suburban area auditioned for a position in these all-star groups.

District 64 students selected to participate include: 

Emerson – Emma Erickson, bass; Edward Kotty, trombone; Paxton Miller, tuba; Isaac Potempa, jazz guitar

Lincoln – Reed Maurer, alto saxophone; Oliver Poole, french horn; Simon Zwierczyk, bass 

Dr. Erica Neidlinger, Associate Professor and wind conductor at DePaul University will conduct the band. Mrs. Carrie Provost, director of the Youth Symphony of DuPage Concert Orchestra, will conduct the orchestra. 

In addition to Faulhaber, other District 64 teachers who instruct these students include: Eric Bachmann, Elisabeth Ballinger, Natalie Briggs, Max Hellermann, Ilona Hutter, Alex Teater and Jamie Zimniok.