The Gallery Performing Arts School 113 West First Street, Dixon, IL 61021 815/285-4924  

Broadening each student's exposure to the many facets of the Arts through Master Classes,
    workshops and performances by professional teachers and musicians.

Brynn Bixby Brynn E. Bixby, earned her bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education at Northern Illinois University, where she was a member of the NIU Chamber and Concert Choir and performed as the alto soloist in NIU's performance of Bach’s Magnificat. While at NIU, Brynn also had the pleasure of performing as a member of the NIU Opera Workshop in multiple operas and scenes programs, including Aunt Fidalma in Il Matrimonio Segreto and The Witch in Hansel and Gretel. Brynn was fortunate to be accepted into Sherrill Milnes’ V.O.I.C.Experience program in Orlando, Fla., where she worked with mezzo soprano Jennifer Larmore and performed as a soloist at Disney’s Epcot theme park.

Currently, Brynn is a member of the Canterbury Singers in Dixon, Ill., and has performed with the group as a choir member and soloist in Handel’s Messiah. She has also been involved in multiple musicals with VIVA Arts in Dixon, including playing Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors, and The Leading Player in Pippin. Brynn also performs with local vocal quartet, Vox Vitae, who specialize in sacred literature, early music, and traditional choral repertoire.

As a member of St. Peter and Paul choral scholars since 2012, Brynn performed as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Ss. Peter and Paul for two seasons and traveled to Rome with the choir, where she performed as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D and Mozart’s Regina Coeli to honor the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

Constance Deal

Constance Deal, violin, began her musical training in Hickory, North Carolina. Her summers were spent in study at Brevard Music Camp, Brevard, North Carolina and later at the National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. She studied with Varton Manoogian, Jeri Lucktenburg, Gabriel Pegas, and Louise Polay.

Ms. Deal is a registered Suzuki violin teacher with the American Suzuki Association. She teaches ages 2 ½ and up in the Annawan, Geneseo, Peru (at MUSIC SUITE 408).

Ms. Deal is an active member of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly at local churches and community functions. She is a founding member of the Piano Trio Music to Remember which performs at weddings and special occassions. She and her students have performed the National Anthem at games for the Peoria Chiefs Baseball team and the Peoria Rivermen Hockey team, recitals at the Hegeler Carus Mansion (LaSalle), the Reddick Mansion (Ottawa), Jeremiah Joes Coffee shop in Ottawa, and not to leave out her "Violins on Tour" at Christmas at nursing homes in the LaSalle-Peru area and the Geneseo Christmas Walk.

Ashley Fitzwater, violinist, is a teacher and performer in the Chicago area. She was appointed concertmaster of the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra in 2011, and holds a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University, both in Violin Performance. Ashley has studied with Mathias Tacke, Richard Young, John Harrison, and Nancy Luttrell. Before moving to Illinois, Ashley was a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and she performed occasionally with the Wichita Grand Opera. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Brevard Music Festival. Throughout her career, she has been an active chamber musician.

Ashley maintains a private studio in the Sycamore, Batavia, La Salle-Peru, and Dixon areas. Ashley is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and is also trained to teach Music Together classes, and does so, in Sycamore and in the Elmhurst area.

Molin Wang, received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance major from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She completed her Professional Performance Certificate at Lynn University Conservatory of Music and had her Master of Music degree in piano performance at Northern Illinois University. In 2016, she earned her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and literature major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her doctoral study at UIUC, she chose piano pedagogy as her minor, and focused on both college level and elementary/early childhood level of piano teaching.

As an experienced piano teacher, Dr. Wang had served as piano faculty at the Preparatory School of Lynn University Conservatory of Music and the Piano Department of Shanghai Youth and Children’s Education Center. She has been teaching piano to students in different ages and levels for over 10 years. Many of her students had won numerous national and international piano competitions held in the United States and Asia. She had designed and conducted piano fairy tale concert series, “Animal Carnival”, which were performed successfully by her students in Shanghai Music Hall.

Molin has given solo recitals and chamber performances throughout the United States and China. Her musicianship has been recognized in many competitions and music festivals, including Florida BYRD Piano Ensemble Competition, Northern Illinois Concerto Competition, Kawai China Piano Competition, Florida Atlantic International Piano Festival, Shanghai International Piano Festival, and Xi’an International Piano Festival. Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of works including composers from the Baroque to the present.

Teaching Philosophy: My goal as a music educator is to help my students to progress the best of their musical potentials, to achieve their goals, and to build a life-long appreciation of music making. I believe it is my responsibility to support and challenge my students, and to develop their confidence and individual working ability throughout our pianistic journey together. In my classroom, my objective as a teacher is to motivate my students to develop their own learning interest and critical thinking. Particularly, my teaching plan is always concerned on my students’ certain levels and interests, and I periodically re-evaluate their learning progress and adjust accordingly. Meantime, looking back my own piano learning experiences, I greatly value the supportive and caring relationship between teachers and students. I believe that clear, open communication with both students and their parents is the key element in helping my students to enjoy and persist their music study.


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