OUR FACULTY

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Thomas Madeja – New Horizons Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble

Thomas Madeja is a seasoned musician and teaching artist. After earnig both a bachelor and a master of music degree, Tom began his career freelancing in Philadelphia where he was soon in high demand as a trumpet player and teaching artist. Tom relocated to Chicago in 2010 where he quickly began working with The People's Music School and The Beverly Art Center. In 2011, Tom co-founded The Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP), a non-profit organization dedicated to affecting positive social change throuh music in underserved communities. In addition to working with the DePaul Community Music Division, Tom currently serves as Artistic Director for ChiMOP, teaches at ChiArts, manages TJ Madeja Music, LLC, and keeps a busy performance schedule with various chamber ensembles, his own jazz trio, and the local salsa music scene. 

DChin_NHSite.pngDalia Chin – New Horizons Flute Ensemble

Dalia is an active performer and educator. She is very involved with the new music scene, performing with two Chicago-based ensembles dedicated to new music: Eleventh Hour Woodwing Quintet and Ensemble Vulpine Lupin. In May of 2012, she commissioned  several works from Chicago composers and  premiered them in a solo recital. Dalia has participated in numerous festivals as both a soloist and with ensembles. She performed in the International Flute Fetsival 2008. In 2007, she was a guest in the International Credomatic Music Festival, playing next to Eole Woodwind Quintet. Most recently, she participated with her woodwind Quintet at the Madeleine Island Music Camp and performed with Ensemble Vulpine in Chicago, New York and Costa Rica. As an educator, Dalia is a faculty member of the Ortegon Music Studio, DePaul Community Music Division, and Woodwind teacher at YOURS project. She holds a post-master certificate in flute performance from DePaul University and a master in flute performance from Florida State University. She studied with Eva Amsler, Mary Stolper, and has had master classes with Jonathan Keeble, Walfrid Kujala, Robert Dick, Hernan Jara, Christopher Krueger and Alberto Almarza.

 


(photo)Mina Zikri – New Horizons Orchestra

Mina Zikri is a violinist, teacher, and conductor. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in violin as well as a Performer's Certificate from DePaul University in Chicago. Zikri has been a standing member of Daniel Barenboim's West Eastern Divan Orchestra since 1999. He has also been a member of the Northbrook Symphony since 2003, and is a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Additionally, Zikri is the music director, conductor, and founder of the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a faculty member of the DePaul University Community Music Division where he teaches violin and conducting. Mina's past experiences include performing in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hal (New York), Royal Albert Hall (London), and Victoria Hall (Geneva). Zikri has performed under the baton of various conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Nemee Jarvi, Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, and others. His past chamber music activities include playing the Mendelssohn Octet with Yo Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Jamie Lorado, and Cho Liang Lin. Zikri was one of twelve finalists of the 2007 Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bavaria, Germany, selected out of 223 candidates from more than 40 countries. He is currently principal second violin in the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the DePaul University Youth Orchestra. Zikri has recently been awarded a conducting fellowship from the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen International Summer Music Festival of 2010, named out of more than 180 candidates.