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Adjunct Professor
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M.A. (Music), Governors State University
BMus., Northen Illinois Univerisity

A native of Chicago, Jerry Luzeniecki has been adjunct professor of saxophone at ONU since 1997. He has been the conductor of Concert Band since 2014 and also served as the clarinet instructor from 2014 until 2018. He was the band director for the Bourbonnais Elementary Schools from 1994 until his retirement in 2014. Previously, he was the Band Director for the Momence School District (Illinois).



As a working musician, Jerry has performed with various ensembles in the area including the Steve Anthony Orchestra, the Swing Kings, Jazz Times, the Shout Section Big Band, the R & B band Everyday People, as well as the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra.

He has also served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the area as well as a guest conductor for the Kan-Will Conference Band, the Junior High Band Festival hosted by Tuscola CUSD #301 in 2016 and the Junior High Honor Band hosted by ONU in 2017.

He has been happily married to Cindy since 1981. The Luzenieckis have three grown children and four grandsons. He enjoys (but does not excel at) golf. His CD “Nothing Fancy” was released in 2012.

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M.S., 2017, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
B.A., 2015, Olivet Nazarene University

Mike is an Olivet alumnus (’15) and full-time employee in Olivet’s IT department as a System Administrator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Olivet, a Master of Science degree in music technology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and is currently in both a Ph.D. in music technology program at IUPUI and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science program at Olivet. He is also an Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds Recognition and an AVID-certified Pro Tools User (v.11). 

He strives to make innovations in how musicians and artists use technology in their practices, performances, and recordings, as well as to utilize his music background in applications, such as designing video games, pro audio projects, building computer and mobile apps, and more. 

Mike recently assisted Olivet’s School of Music in successfully renewing their Apple Distinguished School program for 2017-2019. He offers iLearn@Lunch sessions where users can come and share their digital device experiences and get inspired with new ways of utilizing their devices at work, on stage, at home, and with each other. 

Aside from doing research, development, and training, Mike enjoys tabletop and video games, participating in community events, and creating multimedia projects, such as performing and recording covers of songs, building websites, games, and apps, and video editing.

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M.F.A., 2017, Vermont College of Fine Arts
B.A., 2013, Olivet Nazarene University

Zachary Kohlmeier is a composer, arranger, and transcriber that specializes in writing in cross-genre styles. He holds a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from Olivet Nazarene University (’13), where he studied under Dr. Karen Ball and a Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts (’17). In Vermont Kohlmeier had the privilege of receiving mentorship from master composers Diane Moser, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Mike Early, and Ravi Krishnaswami. He began teaching composition and music technology at Olivet Nazarene University in the fall semester of 2013.

For his Master's thesis at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Kohlmeier investigated new ways of incorporating narration into instrumental music. His final work for the program was “Muriel,” a three-movement suite for woodwind quintet and featured narration written by Olivet Nazarene University alumni Ian Matthews (’12). During this program, he also studied writing electro-acoustic music for Baroque instruments, constructing a fusion piece with disco and flamenco elements, composing songs with children as the intended audience, writing for commercial media, and several other focused studies.

A lover of all music, Kohlmeier aspires to write in as many genres as possible and encourages his students to explore new sounds as well. He believes that music students of Olivet Nazarene University have a unique opportunity to learn how to create not only beautiful music for God and the Church but also create a positive culture in today’s music scene.

Zachary Kohlmeier is a member of Kappa Delta Pi honor society for educators. In 2017 he was invited into the Materia Collective, a group of composers and arrangers focused on the creation of new and arranged video game music. Examples of his recorded music are on SoundCloud.

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Artist Diploma, Yale University
M.M., Yale University
B.F.A., University of Illinois
B.M., University of Illinois

Claire Happel is a versatile performer in music and movement. She frequently appears with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among many other ensembles, and presents chamber concerts with bassist Philip Alejo (River Town Duo), oboist Karisa Werdon, and guitarist James Moore and mandolin player Jeremy Harting (Noble Fowl Trio). An advocate of new music, she has performed with contemporary ensembles such as Ostravská Banda, Chicago Composers Orchestra, International Ensemble Modern Academy, and the Pulitzer Series of St. Louis, and commissioned new works with grants from the City of Chicago Cultural Affairs, American Harp Society, Illinois Arts Council, and the Urbana Public Arts Commission. In the summers, she has performed at American Harp Society Conferences in Chicago, Logan (UT), and Tacoma (WA), presented at the World Harp Congress in Dublin, and taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She holds degrees in music performance from Yale University and the University of Illinois, where she also received a BFA in Dance. As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied with Jana Boušková in Prague in 2007-08. Claire served as harp teaching assistant at the University of Illinois and Yale and on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College from 2015-2017. She currently teaches harp, Alexander Technique, and movement at Olivet Nazarene University, Valparaiso University, and the James Hart Harp Program in the Homewood Public Schools.

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