Faculty

Anderson, Mark
Guitar

Classical Guitarist Mark Anderson has been described as a ”soulful and intelligent musician”. Born and raised in Oak Park, Mark began strumming the guitar at age 13. Turning to classical studies at age 17, he has since gone on to complete his M.M. in classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Marc Teicholz and also received instruction from Sergio Assad, David Tanenbaum, Richard Savino, and Larry Ferrara. While at the conservatory, Mark and fellow guitarist Necati Emirzade formed Duo Tandem, an exciting and versatile chamber group. Most recently Mark has been performing with his roots-rock duo MA EGO with songwriter Eric Olson. As a faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University, Mark recently gave the U.S. premier of “Rising Spirals” by award winning composer Chinary Ung as part of the Symposium for Contemporary Music.

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Deaver-Petchenik, Allie
Flute, Picccolo

Allie Deaver-Petchinek has her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from De Paul University where she played with the De Paul Wind Ensemble. She has worked as a Woodwind Ensemble Coach at Elmhurst College’s Community Music Division, and she has been a featured teaching artist with the Bensenville Chamber Orchestra and for the Cultures in Harmony, Virtual Project for the Chicago Park District where she developed a program for a “sound pictures” curriculum for children 8 – 11. She is currently the director and teaching artist for the Elmhurst Intermediate Flute Camp. She teaches at Timothy Christian School and at the Du Page Children’s Museum. She is the principal flutist with the Bensenville Chamber Orchestra, and is the founder, director and flutist with Classical Revolution Chicago.

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Holmes, Thomas
Piano

Tom Holmes is a composer, pianist, dance accompanist and teacher. He has studied music at the University of Michigan as well as Ohio University. He performed his work Clockwork Flight live with MOMENTA in early 2013 and in the fall of 2012 he composed music for the company’s original Mother Goose ballet. His musical hobbies include changing simple happy tunes (three blind mice) into overly dramatic minor fantasies, turning fast pieces like turkey in the straw into beautiful serenades and generally narrating people’s lives with improvisations. In addition to teaching and performing at Academy of Movement and Music, and plays for dance classes at Loyola University, Visceral Dance Center and the Ruth Page School of Dance.

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Wilken, Patricia
Piano, Voice

Pat Wilken has a B.A. in Music from UIC, M.M. in piano performance and B.M. in voice performance from the American Conservatory of Music, and an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems form DePaul University. Patricia taught piano and voice at the Austin Academy of Fine Arts, piano at the American Conservatory of Music and Triton College. She has taught piano and voice at the Academy of Movement and Music since 1982. Patricia’s son David studied trumpet at the Academy and also taught trombone. Her daughter, Gina Sigismondi, teaches dance at the Academy and has also worked in the A.R.T.S. program. Patricia’s daughter Carolyn participated in the A.R.T.S. program and is currently studying music at the Academy. Patricia’s grandchildren Dominick and Talia Sigismondi were also in the A.R.T.S. program; they both study in the music program and Talia continues her dance training. Patricia participated in the Grant Park Summer Music Festival Chorus as well as a soloist in local area groups. Since 1970, she has been a member of the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). Patricia worked as an information technology specialist for 28 years.

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