Music Department Faculty

Full Time Faculty: CHOU


Godwin Chou GODWIN CHOU received his B.M. and M.M. in music theory with high distinction from the University of North Texas, an additional M.A. in music education from Hong Kong Baptist University, and D.M. with high distinction in music theory from The American Conservatory of Music. He completed advanced study at the University of North Texas and the University of Chicago. Dr. Chou also holds a Certificate of Grade 8 in Pianoforte from the Trinity College of Music (London, England). His teachers include Gene Cho, Graham Phipps, Thomas Sovik, Paul Dworak, Kevin Korsyn, Timothy Jackson, Phil Winsor, Cindy McTee, Mary Newsom and Otto Schulze.

Dr. Chou teaches theory, aural skills, composition, theory fundamentals, music appreciation, private piano lessons and class piano at SSC. Before coming to SSC, he lectured a variety of music courses in USA and Hong Kong, including the University of North Texas, Aims Community College, Arapahoe Community College, Community College of Aurora, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong International Institute of Music and Hong Kong Alliance Bible Seminary.

Dr. Chou's research interests lie in harmonic theory of the common practice period music, pedagogy of music theory, history of music theory, Chinese music theory and Chinese folk music. His doctoral dissertation addressed how Zhu Zhaiyu, the Prince in the late sixteenth century China, was inspired to discover twelve tone equal temperament, the standard Western tuning system. He has also presented papers and lecture recitals in local and regional meetings in Texas, Colorado and Hong Kong. Moreover, his articles have been published in the regional, national and international journals. Among his many distinctions, Dr. Chou was a recipient of grants, scholarships and the Outstanding International Undergraduate Student Award from the University of North Texas. He is a member of professional and honor societies, including Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, College for Music Society and Society of Music Theory.

In addition to his extensive academic background, Dr. Chou works as a composer, arranger, conductor and editor. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and published in the United States and Hong Kong. He is an active choral conductor. Dr. Chou has conducted several Anglican Church choirs in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Y.W.C.A. Adult and Children Choirs, Hong Kong Rosaryhill Secondary School Choir and Boulder Chinese Evangelical Free Church Children Choir. From 1995 to 1999, he was appointed as an editorial board member of Hong Kong Vocal Music Collections, published by Hong Kong Chinese Christian Literature Council. This monumental work is the only academic collection of vocal works by Hong Kong composers.

Philip Bauman PHIL BAUMAN is recognized by critics as offering "tremendously sensitive direction" and being "a gifted and spirited conductor," Philip Bauman currently serves as music director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Michigan City Messiah and conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra and the South Suburban College Orchestra. Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium he is frequently hailed for his innovative programs and consistently captivating performances.

During his tenure at the La Porte County Symphony, he is credited with significantly raising the orchestra's artistic level, spearheading a resurgence in the educational programming, more than doubling the audience and expanding the budget three-fold since his arrival in 1994. A passionate advocate for music education, Mr. Bauman has dedicated much of his career to exploring music with young people through educational concerts and work with youth orchestras.

In 2017, he was a finalist for the music director position with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (IN). In the summer of 2014, Mr. Bauman led a successful concert tour conducting in Austria and Germany. Performances were held in Vienna, Munich and Salzburg where he led the concluding ceremony of the International Cantus MM Music Festival. A passionate advocate for music education, Mr. Bauman is dedicated to exploring music with young people through educational concerts and work with youth orchestras.

Through his work with Chicago Opera Theater, The Opera Factory, Light Opera Works, da Corneto Opera and the Jarvis Conservatory, Mr. Bauman has gained a reputation as a highly respected conductor of the stage. His 1993 performances of Four Saints in Three Acts with Chicago Opera Theater were unanimously praised by the press. John Von Rhein, music critic of the Chicago Tribune said of his performances, "Philip J. Bauman drew a clean, buoyant and lively reading from the 21- piece orchestra, coordinating stage and pit very well. The final scenes in fact were very moving."

Mr. Bauman made his podium debut with Chicago Opera Theater in 1989, when as assistant conductor, he led the season's final performance of Romeo and Juliet on five minutes' notice. Since that dramatic and successful debut, he has had a ten-year association with the company and has conducted highly acclaimed performances of Where the Wild Things Are, Carousel, Count Ory , La Traviata, A Waterbird Talk and The Medium with Metropolitan Opera star Mignon Dunn. In 1994, Mr. Bauman once again stepped in on short notice, this time with the Elgin Symphony for the ailing Margaret Hillis; Bauman conducted a subscription concert to much acclaim.

Mr. Bauman has conducted Adios a la Bohemia, Bohemios, La Purpura de la Rosa and two productions of Manuel de Falla's La Vida Breve for The Opera Factory, Desert Song and Princess Ida for Light Opera Works, and Nabucco, Attila, Don Carlo, Lucrezia Borgia and Verdi's Requiem with the da Corneto Opera Ensemble. He has conducted The Saffron Rose, La Revoltosa, Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente, Doľa Francisquita, La Alegria de la Huerta and Gigantes y Cabezudos for the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa, California, El Barbero de Sevilla for the Amarillo Opera in Texas and The Opera Factory, in addition to traveling to Idaho to conduct the Boise Opera in productions of Carousel and South Pacific. For Harbor Arts (MI), Mr. Bauman has conducted Rigoletto and Pagliacci and La Boheme with Harbor Country Opera (MI). In the Chicago, Illinois area he has served as music director and conductor of The Opera Factory, the Chicago Brass Choir, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Bauman spent 13 years as an associate conductor with the Elgin Symphony where he conducted over 100 performances encompassing subscription, pops and educational concerts. For five seasons he served as assistant conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra appearing on Pops and Classical concerts. He has also conducted the Wheaton Symphony, da Corneto Opera Ensemble, Indiana Opera North, the Downers Grove Oratorio Society, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Youth Symphony Orchestra, Suburban Youth Symphony, DuPage Repertory Theater, and Circle Theater of Forest Park. He holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in music theory from Western Michigan University.

Marilyn Bourgeois MARILYN BOURGEOIS is a member of the music faculty at South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois, where she teaches piano and serves as accompanist to the South Suburban Chorale, faculty and student recitals.

Ms. Bourgeois holds a B.F.A. degree from Stephens College and a M.M. degree with high distinction from Indiana University, where she was an Associate Instructor of Piano. Her teachers have included David Milliken and Ania Dorfmann at Stephens College, Jorge Bolet at Indiana University, William Masselos at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and Jeanne Marie Darré at the Academie Internationale d'Ete, Nice, France.

Ms. Bourgeois is symphony pianist with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and is widely sought as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Midwest. She formerly taught at Governors State University. She serves on the Board of Judges of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and holds national certification from Music Teachers National Association. Ms. Bourgeois is listed in American Keyboard Artists and Who's Who of American Women.

Jeffrey Brath JEFFREY BRATH is a music educator, performer, clinician and music adjudicator. He currently teaches trombone and private applied brass lessons at South Suburban College. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and a Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary trombone teachers were Mark Hartman at SUNY Potsdam and Bill Booth in Los Angeles, CA. He has performed with the Elkhart (IN) Symphony, the South Bend (IN) Symphony Brass Quintet, the South Suburban Jazz Orchestra, the Naperville Big Band, and the Wheaton (IL) Municipal Band. Additionally, he has also been a featured soloist with the South Suburban College Symphonic Band and the Indiana University at South Bend Wind Ensemble.

Presently, Jeff teaches full-time in the Crete-Monee School District 201-U, where he is the Elementary Band Director teaching 5th and 6th grade band. Previously he was the Band Director in Dolton School District 149 for thirteen years, teaching beginning and middle school band. Prior to coming to Illinois, he taught high school instrumental music in his native New York State and in Indiana.

JOYCE CARTER received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and pursued post graduate study at Indiana University. After relocating to Chicago, she was a finalist in the Chicago Lyric Opera Apprenticeship Program and in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions held in Chicago. Ms. Carter has participated in several summer workshops under the direction of the late Boris Goldovsky and toured with his production of Rigoletto. She received a Degree of Master of Music from Roosevelt University of Chicago where she has performed as a guest artist. She has performed many operatic roles with the Chicago Opera Theater including their nationally televised production of the opera "Summer and Smoke".

Ms. Carter made solo appearances with the Lake Forest Symphony, the Apollo Music Club, Illiana Community Chorale, and the Milwaukee Symphony. Ms. Carter was a guest recitalist at the Richmond Virginia Performing Arts Center during the Schiller Institute's Fourth International Conference. She has toured five European Countries. She is a former member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and served as the principal alto soloist for Fourth Presbyterian Church. While pursuing a career as a concert artist, Ms. Carter also became an educator for the Chicago Board of Education.

Currently, Ms. Carter performs as a concert artist for churches and special events throughout the Chicago area. In addition to being an adjunct instructor of voice at South Suburban College, she is also a faculty member of the Merit School of Music in Chicago.

Irene Claude IRENE CLAUDE is the adjunct flute instructor at South Suburban College, and also teaches flute at Saint Xavier University, St. Giles School, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and at her private studio in Hyde Park. She plays second flute with the Lake Forest Symphony and occasionally with other ensembles including Chicago Master Singers, Folks Operetta, New Philharmonic, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Irene performs on the Music Teachers of Hyde Park Artist Recital Series and faculty recitals at South Suburban College and Saint Xavier University. She is also a Music Together teacher for Marsha's Music.

Irene has a Master of Music degree from DePaul University and a Bachelor in Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has completed Suzuki pedagogy studies and training in Dalcroze, Music Together (Cert Level I), Kodaly, and Orff Schulwerk. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Chicago Flute Club, Music Teachers of Hyde Park, National Flute Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Mark Downey MARK DOWNEY is a passionate organist, teacher and church musician. He previously served as choral director at Thornton Township High School, beginning in 1984. He brings a wealth of choral experience to his music ministry. In addition to his church work, he teaches organ at South Suburban College and often adjudicates vocal competitions at various levels. He formerly was the Music Director at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, where he directed the Senior Choir, Children's Choir, Viva Voce, and played the organ for the various liturgies. He is also an active member of Musica Ecclesia, an inter-disciplinary program located in Florence, Italy.

His primary teachers include Lionel Dakers, George Guest, Eric Routley, Martin How, and John Rutter. In addition, he studied chant, choral arranging and choral conducting with Richard Proulx (Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago). He completed the Master's Certificate program in 1988 from the Royal School of Music, Croyden, England, with concentrations in Choral Conducting, Chirognomy, and Organ Performance. He recently participated in the Eastman School of Music Summer Organ Retreat, studying with David Higgs, Stephen Kennedy and William Porter.

He earned his Masters of Music degree from Roosevelt University, where he studied organ with Robert Reuter and Choral Conducting with David Larson. He has participated in and conducted the Northwestern Chorus Master Classes with the Chorus of America in 2006, with Daniel Barenboim, former Music Director of the Chicago Symphony. He also coached with Dr. Donald Neun, formerly of the UCLA music faculty and a student of the famous conductor Robert Shaw.

Samuel Hankins SAMUEL HANKINS, trumpet. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Hankins joined the Air Force Jazz Band, The Pacesetters, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. He remained with the Pacesetters as a trumpeter until the Air Force Base closed in 1991. Sam then returned to school, earning both a second Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hankins left Edison Middle School after 11 years in 2006 to pursue an international teaching career in the country of Bermuda. He then returned to the U.S. in 2008 to teach at McKay High School in Salem, Oregon, again leading their Jazz Band & Marching Band to place within the top three in state competitions. In 2010, the trumpeter returned to Chicago, where he was hired as Band Director at Christ Our Savior Catholic School in a temporary position; when this band program was terminated due to a lack of funding, Hankins began concentrating on pursuing his passion for arranging and composing, which ultimately led to the recording of Nothing Between Us. He recently accepted a position as Band Director at Crete-Monee Middle School in Chicago and is looking forward to working with band students again while pursuing his solo career.

Sam Hankins was awarded the Best Jazz Artist of the Year 2014 award from the IMEA (International Music & Entertainment Association). In addition, he also won 2 virtual awards for The Best Trumpet Groove for See Me and the Best Woodwind & Brass Instrument Lead for Nothing Between Us at the GHP Radio Virtual Music Awards 2014.

David L. Howard DAVID L. HOWARD is a concert violinist and instructor in stringed instruments, piano, and percussion instruments. He also is a composer, arranger, and songwriter. He is a member of AFLCIO Local 10-208. He is a graduate (cum laude in History and Literature) of Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is fluent in the Spanish language and in the French language. He is violin instructor at the Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, DanceExcel Gary, Indiana, and at South Suburban College, South Holland.


Richard Janicki RICHARD JANICKI is a freelance percussionist in Chicago and a longtime member of both the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and Northwest Indiana Symphony. His tenure with the Illinois Philharmonic includes being engaged as the featured soloist for children's programming. Richard frequently performs with the Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, as well as other regional orchestras. He has toured with the CSO, to Carnegie Hall with Pierre Boulez, Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Sinfonietta. Throughout his 30+ year career, Richard has played with such diverse acts as Eddie Vedder, Billy Idol, Seth McFarland, Josh Groben, Johnny Mathis, Pete Townsend, Olivia Newton John, The Moody Blues, Kansas, The Four Tops, to name a few. Richard graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in Percussion Performance from DePaul University in 1991.


Jim Konsbruck JIM KONSBRUCK is a frequent performer in the Chicago area, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist.

Earning his Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) of Roosevelt University, Jim studied with Paul Henry, in addition to Denis Azabagic and Sergio Assad. He completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia College under the instruction of Norman Ruiz. At the esteemed International Festival del la Guitarra in Cordoba, Spain, he studied with Pepe Romero and Manuel Barrueco.

Jim is on the music faculty at Valparaiso University, Chicago High School for the Arts and South Suburban College.


Christina Lee CHRISTINA LEE holds a Certificate of Grade 8 in Pianoforte and a Certificate of Grade 8 in Voice with distinction from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (London, England), a Performer's Diploma (Licentiate, LTCL) in Voice from the Trinity College of Music (London, England), a bachelor of arts degree in music from Chinese University of Hong Kong, a master of arts degree in music education from Hong Kong Baptist University, and an additional master's degree with high distinction in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from Texas Woman's University. Ms. Lee pursued her doctoral degree in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her teachers include Patti Peterson, Joan Wall, Lanelle Blanton, Nicki Cohen, and Thomas Brown.

Ms. Lee teaches voice class, private voice students, piano class, and accompanies the South Suburban College Concert Choir. Before coming to SSC, Ms. Lee taught private voice lessons in Texas Woman's University and the School of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado. She has also taught private piano lessons at her studio and music and other academic subjects in the secondary and primary schools in Hong Kong.

Ms. Lee appears as soprano soloist with various choral and orchestral organizations in the United States and Hong Kong. She has performed pieces including Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Coronation Mass, John Peterson's The Glory of Easter and major Chinese composer's repertoire. Ms. Lee has also presented papers and lecture recitals on different topics in Chinese art songs, folklore, and Cantonese Opera in the United States and Hong Kong.

Kimberly Lewis KIMBERLY LEWIS is instructor of the Children's Piano Class and a special interest private applied piano instructor at South Suburban College. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Wheaton College with an emphasis in piano. She is also a graduate of South Suburban College and holds an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in piano performance. Kimberly is a former student of both Dr. Karen Edwards (Wheaton College) and Marilyn Bourgeois (South Suburban College).




Fred Miller DR. FRED MILLER teaches applied guitar at South Suburban College. He has performed extensively throughout the Chicago area and the Midwest with ensembles ranging in size from duo to big band, and as a soloist. Fred has worked in several professional theatre orchestras and played weekly Thursday night engagements for fifteen years at the Green Mill Lounge, Chicago's oldest and best-known jazz venue in the city's historic Uptown neighborhood. He has also performed at prominent music festivals including the Chicago Jazz Festival.

In addition to teaching at South Suburban College, Dr. Miller has taught music courses, directed jazz and guitar ensembles, and served as jazz and classical guitar instructor at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL, and Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Fred completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz guitar performance at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, his Master of Music degree in jazz guitar performance at DePaul University in Chicago, and his Bachelor's degree in music at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.


Daniel Price DANIEL PRICE is an active trumpet performer, teacher, composer and arranger in the Chicagoland area. He is currently a Fellow in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Second Trumpet in the Southwest Michigan Symphony, and has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and AIMS Festival Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral playing, Daniel has extensive experience in musical theater, jazz, concert band, brass band, and commercial playing styles. He completed his Master of Music in trumpet performance at the University of Georgia where he studied with Philip Smith - retired, 38-year Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. He attended Indiana University for his Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance under John Rommel - widely renowned trumpet pedagogue and performer.



Doug Ulreich DOUG ULREICH currently teaches Music Appreciation, conducts Voice Classes and teaches Private Voice at South Suburban College. He is also the accompanist for the South Suburban Voices. In 2000, he retired from Rich East High School in Park Forest, IL, after serving as Director of Choral Music for 31 years. Mr. Ulreich has held the position of Director of Music at Faith United Protestant Church in Park Forest since 1976. He has degrees from the University of California at San Francisco and from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Mr. Ulreich is a professional singer who has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and numerous other orchestras in the Chicago area. He is also a published composer and arranger.


Renee Vogen RENÉE VOGEN, a Chicago based freelance horn player and teacher, is third horn with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. From 2016-2019 Renée was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Additionally, Renée has performed as a substitute musician with New World Symphony in Miami, FL.

Her wanderlust has taken her to Iceland - where she performed as a guest musician in 2018 with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra - Italy - where she toured with the Gil Evans Chamber Jazz Ensemble, a headlining group at the Umbria Jazz Festival in 2012 - and Germany, where she studied the German language as a DAAD summer exchange fellow in 2012 at the Universität Potsdam.

Renée is the Adjunct Professor of Horn at Concordia University Chicago and South Suburban College, a member of the Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University, and a brass instructor at The People's Music School.

Renée earned her Master's degree in horn performance from DePaul University under the tutelage of James Smelser, and her Bachelor's in horn performance and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music under the instruction of W. Peter Kurau.

John Weber JOHN WEBER, tuba, is from Chicago where he received degrees from Chicago Musical College, Roosevelt University and VanderCook College of Music. His teachers include Frank Borger, Charles Guse, Joseph Novotny, Roger Rocco, and Arnold Jacobs. His Army duty was performing as a Special Bandsman in the United States Military Academy Band, West Point for three years. Upon returning to Chicago, John freelanced extensively, playing with the Lyric Opera, numerous recording studios, bands, and orchestras. He has performed with or for: John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Bob Hope, Pearl Bailey, Leontyne Price, Luciano Pavarotti, and John Vickers. He is well known in the German band community, where he performed in numerous states and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He has performed internationally in Austria, Russia, The Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and England. He also vigorously pursues his hobby of collecting and performing on various historical instruments including the Serpent and Ophicleide. He is director emeritus of Bands at District 152 in Harvey, Illinois.

Patricia White PATRICIA WHITE, cellist, is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Leonard Rose, Harvey Shapiro, and Joel Krosnick. Prior to attending Juilliard, she studied with Gilda Barston at the Music Center of the North Shore. A native of Illinois, Patricia appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the Chicago Symphony Youth Auditions as a 16-year old.

Currently a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Patricia White is also the leader of the freelance group, Stringsound Ensembles. Patricia can be heard on the CD Be Still My Soul, available on Amazon and iTunes.

For over 20 years, Patricia White has been teaching cello to students of all levels and is passionately dedicated to her calling as a teacher.

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