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.
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!
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.
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.
If you are interested in serving as a counselor, click the link to learn more about how to join the staff.