The Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School congratulates the graduating seniors of the Class of 2017!
We would like to invite everyone to our Senior Recital that will be held at the Sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs (1106 Chestnut St, Western Springs, IL 60558) on Friday, June 2, 7pm. Please RSVP on Facebook!
Western Springs School of Talent Education
and the Naperville Suzuki School
Class of 2017 (in alphabetical order)
We compiled this post with the help of parents who graciously provided the senior photos and shared where they will be heading next!
Teddy Evans has been a student of Tom Wermuth at the Western Springs School of Talent Education. Teddy was a member of the Allegro Strings Performance Ensemble 2011-2012 and participated in the Eclectic Strings Festival in Atlanta, Georgia; and 2012-2013, and performed throughout China. Teddy has been a member of the Chicago Consort for the past four years and has performed in Greece. He is also looking forward to traveling with them to Cuba this summer!
For high school, Teddy has attended Benet Academy in Lisle, IL. He has participated on both the Cross Country Team and the Tennis Team for four years. He has been a member of the Strings Orchestra, and has held the position of Concertmaster.
Other accomplishments achieved during his high school career include 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and the rank of Eagle Boy Scout from Troop 222 from Naperville, IL. For his Eagle Scout Project, Teddy planned and implemented an organizational project for the Dive Heart Foundation, and organization that teaches scuba diving, scuba therapy, and related activities to veterans, children and adults of all abilities.
Teddy will attend Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and will be a member of the Corps of Cadets. He plans to study Construction Sciences.
Drew Fleming graduates from Lyons Township High School in early June. He has been playing the viola since fourth grade and studying under Rolando Freitag's excellent tutelage for all those years. A highlight of Drew's weekly routine has been to attend his WSSTE lessons with Rolando along with his grandfather, Bert Griffith.
Playing classical music gave Drew the wonderful opportunity to travel to both France and Spain with his high school orchestra. The cultural, history and music experiences from those trips created memories for a lifetime.
Drew will attend Valparaiso University in the Fall. He plans to study Computer Science and try out for the university orchestra as a non-music major.
Emma Joan Mueller began violin at the age of 6 through the Naperville Suzuki School/WSSTE. Weekly group classes, summer Suzuki Institutes, Allegro and the Chicago Consort with tours to China, Greece and the upcoming Cuba tour have been a great joy! She will be graduating in June from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where she was active in science and math team.
She will be attending Yale University as a premed student majoring in Math, Physics or Chemistry. Emma will continue her piano studies at Yale, as well as join the Yale Symphony Orchestra.
Emma would like to thank her teachers Thomas Wermuth, Nancy Jackson, Victoria Kutchta Szczepaniak, and her many coachings with Melissa Zindel. In addition Ed Kreitman, Sally Gross, Matthew Sitz and Jen Mather have been a constant source of inspiration!
Sarah Lu first started violin in fifth grade through her orchestra at Fry Elementary School. At that time, she had also been studying piano since first grade. By the end of sixth grade, Sarah ultimately chose to continue studying the violin. In the beginning, Sarah had private lessons down at Wheaton College. In order to further hone her skills, she decided to continue her studies at the Suzuki Music School in Naperville with her private teacher, Ryan Caparella. Sarah was a part of Allegro, a dancing violin group in freshman year. In sophomore year, she was a part of Chicago Consort. While in this group, she went on an unforgettable tour in Greece, visiting the city of Athens, Nafplio, and the Island of Syros. In addition, Sarah has been able to participate in both ILMEA District and State (All-State and Honors) Orchestras. The most memorable experience was being principle for second violins in All State for her sophomore year. Sarah plans to continue her musical activities by joining the college orchestra.
Outside of music, Sarah has been a member of Waubonsie's Tri-M, Link Crew, Speech Team, and a Treasurer for Spanish Honors Society. Because she has practiced martial arts since fifth grade, Sarah has a passion for combat and self-defense and hopes to continue this activity in college. Sarah has had many wonderful experiences throughout her four years in high school and will be graduating from Waubonsie Valley High school in late May.
Sarah thanks her family, friends, and teachers for all their support and looks forward in majoring in Cognitive Studies at Vanderbilt University.
Aditi Prakash is a student of Tom Wermuth and has recently graduated from Naperville North High School and will be attending the Eastman School of Music to study Viola Performance.
Hayley is graduating from Lyons Township High School with honors and is heading to Emory University in Atlanta in the fall where she plans to study and psychology and music.
She has studied with Sally Gross since she was in kindergarten, and joined Cellissimo in the 4th grade.
Diana Satkauskas is from Kewanee, Il where she will graduate from Wethersfield High School. During high school, Diana ran cross country and track for three years. She was a part of many clubs at her school and was nominated president of both the National Honors Society and Key Club.
Diana started playing the violin when she was six years old. She was part of Allegro!!! her freshman year. Diana added the viola her sophomore year and decided to fully make the switch her junior year, taking private lessons only on viola. She was a part of the the ILMEA All-State orchestra for three years.
Diana will continue her education in Vancouver, Canada at the University of British Columbia. There she plans to study Cognitive Systems with plans to apply to dental school four years later.
Anna Grace Smith graduates from Naperville North High School this month. She will attend Butler University in Indianapolis, majoring in Music Performance and Health Sciences.
While super excited to move on, leaving her violin family is bittersweet. Anna was, almost literally, born into the WSTTE family. Laying across her mom's lap during big brother Dylan's 5th repetition of "Happy Farmer", feet always kicking, something in this little baby - clicked. From the age of 3, Anna started her violin studies with Meg Lanfear and moved on to Mr. Wermuth at the age of 11.
Favorite memories of WSSTE? Of course, the Allegro!!! and Consort trips, playing at Symphony Hall and at the Leo Burnett lobby at Christmas, Marvin the dog as "Ben" in the Michael Jackson tribute, making lifelong friends with families from all over Chicago, looking forward to Group and time with Meg or Mr Wermuth each and every week for the last 15 years....yes, it's hard to say "farewell" to WSSTE.
In the words of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki: "What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty." On behalf of the Director, faculty, and staff we wish these amazing students the best of luck in all of their future endeavors!