Monthly Meetings

West Suburban Chapter Meetings are held  each month at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton, Illinois.  Trinity Episcopal Church is located on the corner of West and Wesley Streets in downtown Wheaton.  The monthly business meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments provided.  Each month’s presentation begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 9:30 am

  9:30 am: Business Meeting.

10:00 am:  Program


Contests, Festivals and Competency

Coordinator: Diane Jankiewicz

Members: Rita Brown, Marcia Lehe, Lynette Zelis 

Information and requirements about various competitions and festivals will be presented. Berkley-Pendell, ISMTA AIM Program, Guild and MTNA sponsored contests will be among the topics discussed. Guidelines and Repertoire suggestions will be offered. The benefits to students involved in these programs will be presented. This is an opportunity for teachers to gain insight into the many performance opportunities that are available to students. 


RITA BROWN received the Foundation Fellow award from the Music Teacher's National Association at their Chicago convention in March of 2014. Rita was nominated for this national recognition by the Illinois State MTA for her tremendous contributions to their Achievement in Music program. She has served in leadership roles since the program's inception and is currently State Theory Chair. Rita is a nationally certified independent piano teacher with over 40 years experience. Her students have placed in local and state performance and composition contests. She is a member of Wheaton's West Suburban chapter where she was named "Member of the Year." Rita received her Master's in Piano Performance from Illinois Wesleyan. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and SAI, and received the Eli Whitney outstanding graduate performance award. Her teachers have included Marjorie Kingland, Dwight Drexler, Anna McGrosso and Gellert Modos. 


DIANE JANKIEWICZ graduated cum laude from Mundelein College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education. In addition she completed graduate school with a Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago. Diane studied private piano throughout her college years. She possesses a K-12 teaching certificate in music education from the Illinois State Board of Education. Diane taught eight years in the music department of a private high school in Chicago. Her responsibilities included choral director, department chair, teaching music theory classes and teaching private piano. She also directed a local community children's choir. Her experience includes teaching students of all ages and levels of instruction in both group and private settings. Diane Jankiewicz is an active member of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association. She has been a member since 1985 of the West Suburban Chapter. She has served on the board of the West Suburban Chapter in various capacities since 1989. She has been President, Treasurer, AIM Theory and Performance Coordinator and Scheduling Coordinator. In addition to her private piano teaching in her Carol Stream home Diane is director of the Children's Choir and accompanist at St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale, Illinois. 


MARCIA LEHE studied piano with Harold Cadek at the Cadek Conservatory of Music, University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and with Reginald Gerig at the Wheaton Conservatory of Music, where she received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. She presented solo recitals while coaching with William Browning at the American Conservatory of Music. Further education included ABD in a philosophy PHD program at Loyola University. She teaches piano in her private studio to students of all ages and levels. As a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Marcia prepares students to achieve such honors as the Early Bach Medal, the Advanced Bach Medal, and the High School Senior Diploma, as well as other annual Guild auditions. She also sponsors students who participate in the AIM program through WSISMTA. She has served WSISMTA in several capacities, including as 1st Vice President of Programs, and most recently as President of the West Suburban Chapter of the ISMTA. She serves as the Judges Coordinator for the annual Berkley-Pendell Piano Competition. Collaborating with other artists is a continuing treasured experience, and she has performed with various piano duo partners and violinists and cellists in chamber music concerts for the annual South Sudan Benefit Concerts for the past 14 years. Other performances include duo piano recitals and presentations at COD and Concordia University. 

LYNETTE ZELIS is the owner of Noteable Notes Music Academy in Wheaton, IL, where she teaches private piano lessons, and maintains studios for 12 other music teachers. She is immediate past President of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association. Lynette has been teaching piano in Wheaton since 1987. Lynette is permanently certified by the ISMTA & the MTNA. She is a frequent judge at numerous piano competitions and piano festivals. She was one of only five teachers in the country to win the 2001 Group Piano Teachers Award from the Music Teachers National Association and the National Piano Foundation.  Lynette is a member of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association where she has served as the Achievement in Music (AIM) State Repertoire Chair, AIM Performance Chair, vice president and treasurer for the West Suburban Chapter. Awarded Member of the Year for ISMTA in 2002.  President of the West Suburban Illinois State Music Teachers Association from 2009- 2011. Writes new music reviews for the American Music Teacher magazine. Lynette is also a member of the Illinois Music Association - IMA - where she judges at the annual competition and participates in the yearly scholarship play-a-thon. Many of her students have won scholarship monies for college music study. Lynette received her bachelor of music degree from Hope College, MI, in piano performance and pedagogy. She went on to Northern Illinois University to study with Donald Walker, earning a Masters of Music and a Masters of Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy. Lynette continues to perform as a soloist, accompanist and chamber group musician.