Corey Beirne has been performing and teaching music in Central Illinois since 2001. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Illinois State University and studied tuba with Ed Livingston and Dave Zerkel. Currently teaching elementary general music in McLean County Unit 5 schools, Corey has also taught high school and junior high band for 11 years. He is also an instructor with the inaugural 2018 Normal Marching Band. Several of his private brass students have earned ILMEA All District and State honors.
As a performer, Corey has been active in the local classical and jazz scene for almost 20 years. He has performed with groups such as the Heartland Jazz Orchestra, Praireland Dixie Band, and as a featured soloist with the Brass Band of Central Illinois. He has also been fortunate enough to perform with such notable musicians as the Preservation Hall Jazz band, Kurt Elling, and Chuchito Valdez.
Mr. Beirne welcomes students of all ages and ability levels.
Tyler DeVault is a senior Music Education Major at Illinois State University where he studies clarinet with Dr. David Gresham, and previously studied with Dr. Anne Dervin. He currently plays in the Illinois State University Wind Symphony under Dr. Tony Marinello. Previous conductors include Dr. Glenn Block, ISU Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Joseph Manfredo, ISU Wind Symphony; and Dr. Martin Seggelke, ISU Symphonic Winds. As part of his clinical experiences through ISU, Tyler has experience teaching sectionals on primary and secondary instruments. As a native of Bloomington, Tyler attended Olympia High School in Stanford where he participated in marching band and concert band under Kyle Brubaker, and choir under Debbie Aurelius-Muir.Tyler currently serves as the Director of Youth Music at Normal First United Methodist Church, through the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Internship Program, where he directs an intergenerational handbell ensemble and instrumental ensemble. He also is experienced in choir directing with the Youth Choir and Chancel Choir at Normal FUMC.
Davis Hale is a saxophonist and educator in the Bloomington-Normal area. He has previously taught lessons and masterclasses in the Louisville, Kentucky area, and performs regularly as a soloist and as the tenor chair of the T^3 Saxophone Quartet.
Davis has won first place in the Kentucky Music Teacher’s Association Chamber Music competition with T^3 and has won first place in the KMTA Young Artist competition on two occasions. He has traveled to Gap, France to participate in the European Saxophone University, and has performed at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium as a soloist and with T^3. T^3 has also performed live on WUOL as winners of the Macauley Chamber Music Competition, and Davis has performed as a soloist with the University of Louisville and Youth Performing Arts School Symphony Orchestras, performing Henri Tomasi’s Concerto and Tomasi’s Ballade.
Davis is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Performance from Illinois State University, where he acts as the Teaching Assistant for the Saxophone Studio. His duties include teaching music minors as well as coaching saxophone quartets. His primary teachers include Paul Nolen, Adam McCord, Mike Tracy, and Ron Jones, and he has pursued additional studies with Otis Murphy, Claude Delangle, and others.
Davis welcomes students of all ages and interests!
Emily Stengel, a flutist, graduated from Illinois State University with her undergraduate degree in music education and a Master of Music degree in flute performance. At Illinois State, she studied under flute professor Dr. Kimberly McCoul Risinger and Wind Symphony conductor Dr. Stephen Steele. Originating from Galesburg, Illinois, Emily had her own flute and piano studio while still in high school. While in college, she taught group lab piano at Metcalf school and taught privately from her home in Bloomington. She has also taught 4th-6th grade general music. She stays active in the community by playing with groups such as the Bloomington Community Band and participates in pit orchestras for the Community Theater. She believes that teaching people the proper way to spend their time practicing is crucial in development. Emily looks forward to teaching everyone, no matter the experience or the age.