Brass | Winds
We offer flute, French horn, and saxophone lessons for Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and beyond.
BRASS | WINDS
CHRISTIANA OSTOICH, flute and piano
Christiana Ostoich (M.M. in Music Theory & Cognition, Northwestern University, ’14) began studying piano at the age of four and flute at nine, in addition to singing in classical children’s choirs. Although her training began classically, Christiana quickly developed an expansive musical appetite and continues to explore new styles and approaches.
Most recently, Christiana studied music cognition with Dr. Richard Ashley and and popular music at Northwestern University, with her thesis focusing on perception and replication of syncopated rhythms found in contemporary popular music. Before Northwestern, Christiana taught elementary music in Aurora, IL, developing deep appreciation for the Orff Approach, which incorporates speech, singing, instruments, and movement to foster students’ creativity, organically teaching improvisation and and composition from day one. At Wheaton College (B.M.E. in Music Education, ’12), Christiana studied flute with Dr. Jennie Brown and performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Flute Quartet (Winner, 2011 Chamber Competition). Christiana also studied conducting with Dr. Daniel Sommerville and Dr. Paul Wiens.
This comprehensive background fuels Christiana’s philosophy of developing thoughtful and creative musicians, not merely technically proficient flute or piano players. By developing technical skills and learning historically excellent repertoire, students gather the tools to become expressive artists. Christiana strives to help students not only build these resources but also put them to use in ways that provide both personal fulfillment and opportunities to enrich the lives of others.
Christiana also works at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, IL, as the Production Manager, supervising all teams and logistics for weekly and special services in addition to assisting with Resurrection’s choirs and leading worship in various settings.
DAVID BATDORF, french horn, trumpet
David Batdorf is a diverse Chicago-based musician. Raised on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, David's early musical exposure and training included both instrumental and vocal music. In 2016 he graduated from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Music Education. While studying at Wheaton College, he performed with the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra as well as the Men’s Glee Club and Concert Choir, both of which he was Honors Conductor. In addition to performances at the Julliard School and with Camerata Chicago, David is also an active church musician. His primary horn teachers include Jeb Wallace (Wichita Symphony), Tyler Ogilvie (Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes), and Melanie Cottle (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Surpassing his passion for performance is David’s passion for education. David believes music provides a beautiful avenue to develop and deepen one’s character and perception of the world around them. Because of this, David continually seeks to discover and share the meaningful connections shared between music and life with his students - always desiring that they discover their own as they grow as individuals and musicians. In trying to foster a personal connection to music in each student, David tailors his instruction to meet the needs of each individual while addressing technical fundamentals and musicality. His lessons include echo demonstrations to encourage healthy sound production as well as safe parameters for his students to take the risks necessary for technical brass development.
When not playing horn, singing, or preparing for his role as the choir teacher at Golder College Prep High School, you may find him running the streets of Chicago as he trains for various long distance races, playing volleyball, or wishing he could see his ten nieces and nephews more often. If none of these, he may be enjoying his favorite guilty pleasure - a long afternoon nap.
ARTIE BLACK, saxophone
Artie Black is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based in Chicago. Originally from Butler, Pennsylvania, he was first inspired to pursue a career in music through lessons with Dr. Terry Steele, professor of saxophone at Slippery Rock University. Artie graduated with a degree in music education from Messiah College in 2010.
After graduating from Messiah, he continued his studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, earning a Master's degree in Jazz Studies in 2012. At Indiana, Artie studied saxophone with Tom Walsh and worked as an Associate Instructor with legendary jazz educator David Baker.
Artie moved to Chicago in 2012, where he quickly established himself as an important part of the creative music scene. He has appeared at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and as a part of the Next Gen Jazz Series, and has played as a leader and sideman at The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, Constellation, and dozens of other Chicago venues. Recent highlights include a weeklong tour and recording with his group Living Bridge, and a series of performances and workshops with Steve Coleman's Five Elements.
In addition to his passion for performance, Artie is fascinated by the learning and teaching process. He maintains a busy schedule of private saxophone instruction, and also joined the faculty of Wheaton College as an adjunct professor in Spring 2014. His goal as a teacher is to inspire his students to find joy through learning for themselves.
DEVIN STARR, clarinet and piano
Devin Starr is a professional clarinetist and collaborative pianist who currently works in the Chicagoland area. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2016 from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Dr. Suzanne Tirk and taught as an adjunct professor at the same institution. During his four years in Oklahoma, Dr. Starr also served as the woodwind department accompanist and opera accompanist at OU while simultaneously teaching clarinet and serving as a maternity leave replacement. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Grand Valley State University where he studied with Dr. Arthur Campbell and his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University where he studied with Mr. Kevin Schempf.
Starr has competed in several competitions, most recently as a finalist in the 2015 NAFTZGER Young Artist Competition. He has performed several solos with the Wheaton Municipal Band and played principal with the West Wind Chamber Players of Oklahoma City. Starr was also a Finalist at OU’s 2013/14 Concerto Competitions and BGSU’s Chamber Music Competition. He has presented masterclasses and sectionals at the University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Youth Orchestra, and several high schools. Alongside performing on clarinet, he has spent much time on the piano, solo and collaborative. Most recently, Starr premiered Kenn McSperitt’s triple concerto for Saxophone, Piano, and Strings in 2015. He was on staff with OU as the opera accompanist, performed piano with the orchestra on Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, and toured around accompanying for John Davies’ “Three Little Pigs” opera (based off several Mozart operas). Starr has also performed for many venues including solo recitals at BGSU and UofM with the Principal Clarinetist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, recitals with the Principal Bassoonist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and dozens of other student recitals, chamber ensembles, orchestras, bands, and new music ensembles.
Starr has also worked with dance, combining clarinet playing and modern dance in hopes of expanding the boundaries of standard performance to add a more visual aspect. He has travelled throughout the United States, Germany, and France playing with orchestras, bands, new music ensembles and chamber ensembles, as well as going to help teach young musicians in youth orchestras, middle schools, and high schools in the Midwest and Texas. Some of the musical ensembles he has worked with have included the Blue Lake Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Municipal Band, and GVSU New Music Ensemble.
When not working in the music industry, Starr is a huge fan of the outdoors and is perfectly content to be out in the middle of nowhere with a bonfire and a tent. He likes spending time away from technology and loves, despites his profession and extroversion, peace and quiet. Aside from classical music, Starr loves movie soundtracks.