Choir Atlanta 2012

Orchestra Faculty

 Timothy Fawkes

Timothy Fawkes became Orchestra Director at Glenbard East in 2009. His responsibilities include teaching the Symphony, Concert, Philharmonic, and Chamber 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 more than 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 2011 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."

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.