Our counseling staff is the best in the world! A bold claim? Not when you consider that our counseling staff is drawn from the best practicing teachers from the state and beyond. Each brings several years of teaching experience and a commitment for student safety and musical development.
Counselors are responsible for the supervision of all student activities outside the class day and are on-call throughout the duration of the camp. Typically we have two counselors living on each dorm floor.
Meet Our 2017 Counselors
Bill Miller, Head Counselor, Downers Grove North High School- Downers Grove, IL
Bill Miller returned to the ISYM staff as Head Counselor in 2014 after serving as a member of the work crew during his undergraduate days and a counselor from 1998-2000. Mr. Miller joined the North High School (Downers Grove, IL) music faculty in 1995. He currently teaches a variety of courses including three concert bands, jazz band, digital music composition, and popular music history. He is also lead-director of the Trojan Marching Band.
Mr. Miller received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education and an additional Masters degree in Educational Policy Studies all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he participated in concert and jazz bands and was a four year member of the Marching Illini. Mr. Miller has presented clinics on music education technology at several conferences including the Midwest Clinic and the Illinois Music Education Conference. He has also taught courses on this subject at the VanderCook College of Music and Elmhurst College. In 2012, Mr. Miller achieved National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Mr. Miller credits his experiences as a Junior Camper at ISYM as one of the main reasons he went on to attended the University of Illinois to pursue a career in music. He and his wife Chris, along with daughters Sydney and Kylie, live in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Molly O'Roark, Assistant to the Head Counselor, The University of Illinois
Molly O’Roark, a native of Memphis, TN, is a dynamic performer and composer known for crafting exciting and energetic programs that showcase her love of music and the harp as well as enhancing the traditional concert experience. In her performing career she has won various awards and competitions including: 2014 National Anne Adams Award, 2014 Artist Presentation Society Auditions, Eastman School of Music concerto competition, Wayne Barlow Award for excellence in Harp Performance. In April of 2014, she premiered her new work “Showtime Suite” for harp trio, lighting cues, percussion, and fedoras. Molly is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music Arts degree in Harp performance and serves as teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Masters of Music from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance, Performer’s Certificate, and Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Erin Barnard, Patrick Marsh Middle School- Sun Prairie, WI
Erin Barnard is a music educator and violinist/violist who has been teaching private lessons and working with ensembles since 2002. She specializes in middle school string instruction both privately and in public schools. Erin plays viola and graduated from St. Olaf College (Bachelor of Music) in 2006. She is currently enrolled as a Masters of Music Education student at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has played with the St. Olaf Orchestra, the Chippewa Valley Symphony, the Madison Community Orchestra, Edgewood Chamber Orchestra, the Middleton Community Orchestra, Beaver Dam Area Orchestra, Madison Co-op String Orchestra, and Taliesin Chamber Players. Erin has volunteered and worked for Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) since 2006 judging Solo Ensemble Festivals, coaching the Middle Level Honors Project, and serving on the Literature Selection Committee. She also serves on the Board of Wisconsin String Teacher’s Association as Newsletter and Website Editor. Erin has her National Board Certification and a WI Master Teaching License and is a Kohl Fellow for 2017. She currently teaches at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, WI and Monroe Street Center for the Arts in Madison, WI.
Steven Boswell, Viking Middle School- Gurnee, IL
Steven Boswell received his Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance plus Teaching Licensure from the University of Iowa in 2013. While attending the University of Iowa, he played trombone in symphonic bands, jazz bands, various chamber ensembles, and the Hawkeye Marching Band. Steven currently teaches band at Viking Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois. Presently, he plays trombone in the North Suburban Wind Ensemble. Outside his passion for music, Steven enjoys being active outdoors, sports, and reading.
Amanda Broaddus, Gibson City Middle and High Schools- Gibson City, IL
Amanda Broaddus has spent the past seven years teaching middle and high school choir in the GCMS school district in Gibson City, Illinois. At GCMS, she directs three curricular choirs, as well as one extracurricular auditioned choir, directs the school musical, teaches a music appreciation class, and assists with the bands. Before teaching at GCMS, Amanda attended and received a Bachelor’s degree in music education from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. While at North Central, she participated in many performing ensembles, including Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Opera Workshop. She has continued to perform in the Gibson City area, singing the alto solos annually for the Gibson City Music Foundation’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah”, as well performing in community theater productions, and playing clarinet in the community band. When not teaching or performing, she loves to read, travel, and run (although quite slowly), and is gradually working toward her goal of completing a race in all 50 U.S. states. Amanda is in her second year of the U of I Masters of Music Education program, and is looking forward to continuing her studies and working with ISYM this summer!
Jennifer Carlton, Troy 30c School District- Joliet, IL
Jenny Carlton graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Shortly after, she began teaching band at various Catholic grade schools in the Chicagoland area. She began her career at Troy Community Consolidated School District 30c in 2005 as a general music and choir teacher at Heritage Trail Elementary School. In 2007, she was accepted into her current position of band director at Troy Middle School and William B. Orenic Intermediate School. Since then, several of her bands have earned Division I ratings at IGSMA District Contest. In 2012 she was named recipient of the IGSMA Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor's Award . In both 2015 and 2016, her 6th Grade Band was awarded “Honor Status” at the IGSMA State Contest and Festival. Ms. Carlton is currently working towards completing her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Continuing to improve her playing skills is very important to her, so she often practices her clarinet while at school and at home. She currently sits principal clarinet in the Joliet Symphony Orchestra and plays in a woodwind quintet and trio, both which include members from the Joliet Symphony Orchestra.
David Cruz, South Miami Senior High School - Miami, FL
David J. Cruz, MT-BC is a music teacher at South Miami Senior High School of the Arts; he conducts the magnet orchestra, choirs, and teaches classes in music theory. Mr. Cruz graduated cum laude from the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he received a bachelor of music degree in music education and music therapy with a minor in psychology. David Cruz currently serves as the treasurer for the Dade County Music Educator’s Association and is an active member of several professional organizations. Mr. Cruz is a board certified music therapist, K-12 music educator, and holds credentials in Smithsonian Folkways world music and American Eurhythmics Levels I & II.
Zachary Geller, Streamwood High School- Streamwood, IL
Zach Geller has been the Director of Bands at Streamwood High School in Streamwood, Illinois, since 2013. At SHS, Zach teaches the SABRE Marching Band, concert band, pep band, jazz bands, percussion ensemble, and is the director of the annual musical pit orchestra. Prior to teaching at Streamwood, Zach taught for three years as the Instrumental Music Teacher at Riverview Middle School in Plymouth, Wisconsin. At Riverview, Zach taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Band, Jazz Band, Music Technology, and Jazz Appreciation.
Zach received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010, and is currently working on his Master of Music Education degree from U of I as well. As an undergrad at the University of Illinois, Zach was a member of the Marching Illini trumpet section, and was the assistant director, and later, director of the Orange and Blues Band. While at the University of Illinois, Zach studied trumpet privately with Professors Ronald Romm, Tito Carrillo, and the late Dr. Michael Ewald, as well as conducting with
Dr. Joseph Manfredo and Dr. Louis Bergonzi.
Michael Harris, Dee-Mack School District- Mackinaw and Deer Creek, IL
Mike Harris is entering his third year with the Dee-Mack School District in Mackinaw and Deer Creek, Illinois. At Dee-Mack, he directs the High School Band, 6th Grade Beginning Band, Intermediate School Choir, and teachers 4th-6th grade general music. Before coming to Dee-Mack, he taught 3rd-8th grade general music and 5th - 8th grade band at John F. Kennedy Elementary in Spring Valley for three years. Mike grew up in Farmer City, Illinois before attending Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. While at Bradley University, he performed with the Bradley University Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Basketball Band, Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz Lab Band. In addition to performing with these ensembles, he composed, and premiered, several works for chamber ensembles and solo clarinet. He currently performs with the Prairie Wind Ensemble on clarinet and Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra on alto saxophone.
Matthew Karnstedt, Libertyville High School- Libertyville, IL
Matt Karnstedt is currently a music teacher at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, IL, of which he is also a proud alumnus. As an enthusiast of all types of music, he is happy to work within both the band and orchestra programs at LHS, and has enjoyed the challenge of taking on the Electronic Music and AP Music Theory courses. In addition, Matt teaches the jazz bands and assists with Marching Wildcats. Matt graduated Cum Laude from Butler University in Indianapolis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Concentration in Jazz Studies, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education from the University of Illinois. As a saxophonist and performer of a broad range of styles, he maintains an active schedule in the Chicagoland area in various jazz, funk, and soul groups. He is
currently a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Jazz Education Network.
Juliana Karvelius, Murphy Jr. High School- Oswego, IL
Julianna Karvelius attended Elmhurst College and graduated in February of 2011 with a degree in Music Education. While at Elmhurst, she was active in many different ensembles as a performer and student conductor. Primarily a saxophonist, Ms. Karvelius has performed with many different professional musicians, teachers, conductors and composers over the years at Elmhurst College and while playing in the Sterling Municipal Band located near her hometown of Morrison, IL. Julianna worked at Traughber Jr. High School in Oswego, Illinois with Mrs. Rachel Maxwell as the associate director of bands during the 2011-2012 school year. In 2012, Julianna opened Murphy Jr. High School in Oswego. As the current band director at Murphy, she directs the three grade level bands and jazz band. She also serves as the school webmaster and co-sponsor of the ukulele club. When not at school, Julianna enjoys reading, going to live concerts and theater productions, and spending time with her dog, Gershwin.
Alex Moberg, Howe Elementary School- Beach Park, IL
Alex is very excited to be joining the ISYM staff for my second summer! From Libertyville, IL, Alex just finished his 6th year teaching K-5 general music and choir, and will also be pursuing my Masters in Music Education degree this summer. His primary instruments are piano and voice, but he also enjoys playing the guitar, bass, and drums at church or for other various music projects. Alex listens to almost all types of music, but really enjoys playing jazz, funk, blues and pop. He also plays keyboards and background vocals in a pop/funk band based out of the northern Chicago suburbs. Alex received his B.A. in Music Education from Trinity International University, where he performed with TIU’s jazz band, gospel choir, men’s ensemble, and concert choir, including a 7-nation Europe tour in 2008. Alex loves staying active on the soccer field, basketball court, or on the beach playing volleyball. To unwind, he really enjoys karaoke or a Star Wars movie marathon. As a former barista, he also has a soft spot for Starbucks coffee! Alex is looking forward to seeing soon you on campus!
Jenny Morrow, Eisenhower High School - Decatur, Illinois
Jenny Morrow is originally from Bloomington, Illinois and a graduate of University High School (Normal). She attended ISYM Band Camp and Flute Camp four times as a camper. In December of 2012 she graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with Highest Honors and Bronze Tablet distinctions. She was a member of the Marching Illini, Basketball Band, Orange and Blues Band, and several concert bands. Jenny currently teaches band and orchestra at Eisenhower High School in Decatur, Illinois and 5th and 6th grade band at feeder elementary schools. She also leads marching band, pep band, pit orchestra, and ukulele club at Eisenhower. Jenny is currently serving as the ILMEA District V Orchestra Representative. She plays flute with the Decatur Municipal Band and Second Wind Flute Choir. This summer is Jenny’s sixth summer as a counselor at ISYM and her second summer as a Master of Music Education student. In her free time Jenny enjoys making and decorating cakes and cupcakes.
Rachel Palmer, Bettendorf Middle School- Bettendorf IA
Rachel went to Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She studied violin with Dr. Susan Stone and piano with Dr. Charlie Schmidt, and participated in the Augustana Symphony Orchestra and various quartets. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. Upon graduation, Rachel enjoyed living in the Quad Cities and began teaching at Bettendorf Middle School. She is currently in her fifth year teaching 6th-8th grade Orchestra and lessons, and previously taught 5th grade. Rachel also plays violin in the Clinton and Muscatine Symphony Orchestras, which are both close to the Quad Cities. Rachel is working on her Masters in Music Education at University of Illinois. She is in her third summer for the master’s program, and is excited to return for her second summer as an ISYM Counselor!
Natalie Paul, Oak Ridge Schools- Oak Ridge, TN
Natalie Paul holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University. As a violinist, she has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. She previously taught middle school orchestra and youth orchestra in Georgia, and currently teaches high school orchestra and elementary school strings in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Her hobbies include traveling to big cities and new places during her school breaks, as well as learning new instruments. Natalie is currently attending the University of Illinois as a graduate music education student.
Eric Taylor, Lincoln Community School- Accra, Ghana
Eric Taylor is excited to start his 2nd year as an ISYM counselor. He currently lives in Accra, Ghana where he teaches 6th to 10th grade band. Prior to teaching overseas he worked in St. Louis, MO and Nashville, TN as a band director. He graduated from Belmont University in 2008 and has k-12 instrumental and vocal certification in the state of Tennessee. In his free time, Eric enjoys travelling, sports, and good food . His favorite activity is staying at home with his dog, Mayor Bill, and watch a good movie.
Born and raised on a working farm, Paula started piano lessons early and quickly realized practicing music was a great excuse to not have to clean the barn. She transitioned into the world of percussion, and decided to be a Redbird at heart, studying Music Ed at Illinois State University. After venturing into the real world,Paula has spent the past 5 years teaching young musicians too much about Karl King and encouraging music making in any capacity. She am currently expanding my thinking and world by working towards my Masters in Music Ed. In my spare time she races her dog (Mr. Simon Pudding Waffles, Jr.) against the track team, and unashamedly practices accordion.
If you are interested in serving as a counselor, click the link to learn more about how to join the staff.