Choir Atlanta 2012

Music Faculty


Tara Cappelletti

Tara Cappelletti is the Director of Bands at Glenbard East High School. Her responsibilities at East include directing the Symphonic Band, Intermediate Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Beginning Orchestra, teaching Advanced Placement Music Theory, and co-teaching the Marching Rams. Tara comes to Glenbard East from the Leyden High Schools, where she worked with all levels of concert band, orchestra, marching band, and jazz band. She was also the founder of the Drum Club.

Tara holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Elmhurst College, and a Master of Music in Music Education from Northern Illinois University. While at Elmhurst, she performed with the Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Lab Jazz Band, and as a soloist alongside renowned artists including Bobby Shew, Patti Austin, and Doug Beach with the award winning Elmhurst College Jazz Band. At Northern, she served as the Graduate Assistant to the Huskie Marching Band, the principal flutist of the Wind Ensemble, and a member of the University Steel Band Ensemble.

In addition to teaching high school, Ms. Cappelletti has traveled around the country and also to Japan and Australia while working with students at all stages of their musical experience. She has spent significant time teaching in Jamaica, where she served as a conductor in the Western Jamaica International Music Festival. Tara has served on the conducting staff at Elmhurst College, the Advisory Council for the Spirito! Singers, and on the artistic staff of the Illinois Ambassadors of Music.  In 2014, she was awarded High School Teacher of the Year by the 19th District VFW.

As a performer, she has appeared with various groups in 14 countries. She currently performs in the Chicagoland Educator Orchestra, area churches, and was the principal flutist with the Elmhurst Wind Ensemble for ten years.

Ms. Cappelletti resides in Oak Park with her husband Zack, and their daughters London and Brooklyn.

Brandon Catt

Brandon Catt is Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Choirs at Glenbard East.  As Fine Arts Chair he oversees the Music, Visual Arts, and Speech Arts areas. Mr. Catt's teaching responsibilities include East’s numerous curricular and co-curricular choral ensembles and serving as Vocal Director for the musical. Since his arrival at East, Mr. Catt has reinstated the Ramparts, an elite group of singers which performs the National Anthem at various events throughout the community including East athletic contests.  He is also the founder of the Voices of East choir, which is an initiative to involve students, teachers and community members outside of the music program in a positive and successful singing environment. In its inaugural season, the Voices of East had over 100 participants.

Before coming to East, Mr. Catt earned two Bachelor of Music Education degrees with highest honors (choral and general music) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Illinois, he was awarded the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and served as the State President for the Illinois Collegiate Music Educators Association (ICMEA). In addition to singing, Mr. Catt is also a percussionist and spent four years in the Marching Illini Drumline, where he later held an instructional appointment as the cymbal section technician. In 2007, Mr. Catt founded iDrum World Hand Drumming Workshops and lead summer music camps for youth and adults as a Visiting Lecturer at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, IL.

Mr. Catt earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2013 & 2014, he was named a quarterfinalist in the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator Award. Mr. Catt is an active member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA), serving as the District IX Choir Co-Representative, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), serving as the Illinois Membership Co-Chair. His students have been selected for ILMEA District, All-State and Honors All-State Choirs as well as the ACDA State, Regional & National Honor Choirs. His teachers and mentors include Joe Grant, Ross Heise, Becky Miller, Fred Stoltzfus, Dawn Harris, Sam Reese, Johnny Lee Lane and Bob Boyd.  He currently lives in Carol Stream with his wife Sarah, who is the Director of Choirs at Elk Grove High School.

Timothy Fawkes

Timothy Fawkes became Orchestra Director at Glenbard East in 2009. His responsibilities include teaching the Symphony, Concert, Philharmonic, Chamber, and Beginning Orchestras as well as Guitar 1 and 2. He also directs the Honors Strings, Jazz Strings, and the Pit Orchestra for the fall musical. Under Mr. Fawkes's leadership, enrollment in the Glenbard East Orchestra program has doubled. Recent highlights include a performance at the Illinois Music Education Conference; collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Orion Ensemble, and the Fifth House Ensemble; and performance tours to New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

Mr. Fawkes graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a M.M. in Conducting and served as a teaching assistant in the School of Music, and Northwestern University, with a B.M. in Music Education. Prior to coming to East, he was conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of some of the finest student musicians in that region, and instrumental music teacher at Shawmont School, a Philadelphia public school. He began his career at Lake Zurich (Illinois) High School, where he taught for four years. At LZHS, Mr. Fawkes oversaw rapid growth in the orchestra program and also taught band, jazz ensemble, and music theory.

Mr. Fawkes has presented workshops at the University of South Carolina and in the public schools of Illinois and Pennsylvania. He has been music director of the University of Texas Opera Society and has conducted the Dallas Wind Symphony. Recently Mr. Fawkes served as District 9 Orchestra Co-Representative for the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA). He lives in Chicago, where he enjoys running, cooking, podcasting, and playing cello and guitar along the lake. Mr. Fawkes's podcast work was featured at the September 2009 edition of Pecha Kucha, a public salon. He plays trumpet in the band Midnight Hour Soul, which specializes in covers of Memphis soul music of the 1960s.

Mr. Fawkes writes: "Glenbard East is a remarkable place. The faculty and staff here are deeply caring and committed to helping every student succeed. And the students are so full of life. I love helping young people discover the power and beauty of music, and I can't imagine a better place to do that than East."

Marissa McLean

Marissa McLean is thrilled to be part of the Glenbard East Music Faculty as Assistant Choral Director. At Glenbard East, she directs two sections of Treble Choir, WAVE, and Voices of East, along with overseeing the student-directed men’s and women’s a cappella groups.  She also directs the Westlake Middle School Choirs and the co-curricular women’s ensemble at Elk Grove High School.

Before coming to Glenbard East, Ms. McLean was the Director of Choirs at South View Middle School, in Danville, IL.  She graduated in 2014 from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She was twice nominated for the Elmhurst College Founder’s Award and was honored to be selected as the Elmhurst College Senior of the Year in 2014.  She studied voice with Ms. Amy Pickering, was a member of both the Late Night Blues and Blue vocal jazz ensemble, and performed with the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Varsity Band.  During her time in these ensembles, she held many executive positions and served as Head of House for the 45th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.

Ms. McLean has performed in many venues across the US and Canada including: Toronto, St. Louis, Chicago, New York City and Boston.  In 2013, she had the opportunity to travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica where she taught music in both primary and secondary schools through a study abroad program. 

Ms. McLean is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Illinois Music Educators Association (IlMEA) as well as the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and spent 3 summers during college, as an intern for the Say Yes to Education program in Syracuse, NY.  Outside of teaching and music, she enjoys spending time with her friends, volunteering, traveling and visiting her family at home in Upstate New York.


Andrew Packer

Andrew Packer has been the Associate Director of Bands at Glenbard East since 2012.  His ensembles and classes include Concert Band, Percussion Class, Intermediate Band, Chorale, Advanced Treble Choir, Baritone Choir, Piano 1 & 2, AP Music Theory, Hip Hop Productions, and Marching Band. Mr. Packer came to East from Marian Catholic High School, where he developed the Varsity Band, directed all percussion activities, and served as Assistant Director of Bands.  He is also a percussionist in the Wheaton Municipal Band and serves on its Board of Directors.

Mr. Packer is from Newburgh, Indiana, where he attended Castle High School and received the John Philip Sousa Band Award.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Mr. Packer participated in the U of I Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Marching Illini, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Basketball Band.  During his undergraduate years, Mr. Packer marched two summers with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois, participating in a world championship in 2004.  He earned his Master of Music Education plus certification from U of I in 2007.  Mr. Packer also received the Guy M. Duker Band Award in 2006 from the U of I band department.  He has performed for audiences all over the country and in Japan. His professional memberships include NAfME, ILMEA, and PAS. Mr. Packer is an artist with Innovative Percussion, Inc. and Remo, Inc.

Mr. Packer's mentors and teachers include Joseph Manfredo, James Keene, Glenn Northern, Tom Dean, William Moersch, Ricardo Flores, Greg Bimm, and Bobby Lambert.

Mr. Packer lives in Lombard with his wife, Roxanne, the organist at St. Luke Parish in River Forest, and their children, Gwendolyn, Bertille, John, and Maria.


Stephen Uhl

Chicago native Stephen Uhl joins the Glenbard East Music Department as Collaborative Keyboard Artist. Stephen completed his Artist Diploma in Piano Performance in the Spring of 2017 at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he studied with Adam Neiman. Prior to earning his Artist Diploma, he received his M.M. from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, studying under Kuang-Hao Huang. Among Stephen’s recent highlights were performances of the London Version of the Brahms Requiem with conductor Andrew Lewis’ Bella Voce David Schrader at Fourth Presbyterian (Chicago) and St. Luke’s Episcopal (Evanston), in addition to performing with Mark Allen and Ryan Stockhausen on Roosevelt University’s Chamber Music Showcase, receiving critical acclaim from John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune.

Before moving back to Chicago, Stephen earned his undergraduate degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he studied piano with Du Huang and collaborative piano with Jessica Paul. Past honors include the Lucille Stansberry-Rosholt Award for Distinction in Collaborative Piano, as well as the Collaborative Arts Assistantship at Roosevelt University. Stephen has appeared in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Christopher Taylor, Martin Katz, Ian Jones, Christina Dahl, James Giles, Craig Terry, Gabriel Dobner, and Christopher Harding. Composers with whom Stephen has worked include the late Stephen Paulus, Daniel Kallman, and Kurt Heinecke. In the Spring of 2015, Stephen premiered Jonathan Hannau’s Piano Concerto, "Disentegration in Five Parts” with the URSA Ensemble under the direction of Erica Neidlinger. Stephen frequently enjoys collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, and composers as well as performing a wide variety of improvised music.

An avid scholar of liturgical music, Stephen is the Organist and Assistant Cantor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, IL. As a complement to his interest in music for the church, Stephen was selected to participate in the WFMT Bach Organ Works Project, where he performed several of the composer’s works at Alice Millar Chapel. As pianist, organist, and chorister, Stephen has been heard on WFMT on multiple occasions. His improvisational journeys have taken him to places as diverse as the Curitiba Opera House, Copacabana Beach in Rio di Janiero, and the Civic Center in Des Moines. He has had the privilege of collaborating with improvisers including Mark Colby and Pharez Whitted. Stephen is thrilled to be on the team at Glenbard East!