Marianna Kosaya

Marianna Kosaya was born in Kiev, Ukraine. As a child, she sang in the world-renowned Shchedrik children’s choir, which gave her a life-long passion for choral music. Marianna studied at Kiev State Pedagogical University, graduating with an M.A. in Music Education and Choir Conducting. Upon graduating, she served as an accompanist at the University’s Department of Music. In 1994, Marianna immigrated to the United States, where she continued her music career. In 2000, Marianna formed a children’s choir (at its inception, a group of only a couple of children), which was to develop into what today is the Children’s Choir Campanella. Under Marianna’s leadership, the choir has become a competitive ensemble that performs widely throughout Chicago. Moreover, the choir has inspired the development of the Campanella Children's Educational center, of which Marianna is the Artistic Director. Marianna maintains an active voice and piano studio and collaborates with a number of Chicago musical ensembles.

Courses taught: CAMPANELLA SUMMER CAMP 2019, MozARTiana Club, Summer Chamber Choir , Summer Choir 7-8 y/o, Summer Choir 9 & UP y/o, Music: Color and Sound, Math 2-12 grades, Childhood in Art and Music, Beginners (3-4 y/o), Prelude Choir I (K-1 gr.), Prelude Choir I (advanced, K-1 gr.), Prelude Choir II (1-2 gr.), Treble Choir (3-5 gr.), Summer Beginners 3-4 y/o, Concert Choir (6-12 gr.), Chamber Choir, Theory of Music, Music Drama, Music - The Summer Odyssey

Diana Kofman

Diana Kofman has been Campanella Choir’s accompanist since 2009. Diana was born in Odessa, Ukraine, where she studied at the Stolyarsky School, the city’s renowned musical institution. As a student concentrating in piano performance, Diana was the winner of numerous competitions. After graduating from the Odessa State Conservatory, Diana was hired by the Stolyarsky School as a piano instructor and accompanist, working with the school's choir, instrumentalists, and The Violinists’ Ensemble, a group of young gifted musicians. In addition to her frequent solo performances, Diana concertized with The Violinists' Ensemble throughout the former Soviet Union, as well as numerous European countries, including Italy, Germany, England and Bulgaria. Diana also served as the president of the Pyotr Stolyarsky Foundation, whose mission is to promote gifted students of music. Since coming to the U.S. with her family in 1997, Diana has continued her musical career on the American soil. In Chicago, she has worked at Roosevelt University, accompanying the university’s vocal students and choir. To this day, Diana performs abundantly as a soloist and a member of various chamber ensembles, in addition to participating in competitions as an accompanist. Diana shares her experience with all of her piano students with great pleasure.

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Anna Gnoenskaya

I have a Masters degree in Art Education from Moscow State University. In 2001 I was a winner of the Fund Soros competition "Childhood Without Violence and Cruelty" and "The Teacher of the year" from Moscow's Department of Education. I have an extensive experience of teaching in Montessori schools. The program that I created helps children to develop the basic skills in drawing and painting using different mediums , exploring colour, perspective, volumes and to learn about Art in general. It will introduce children to the world culture and help to appreciate the beauty of the Nature.

Courses taught: Art / Drawing / Painting, Art/ Drawing/ Painting

Olga Matsias

Olga Matsias graduated from the Vitebsk State Technological University with a degree in Art Design. For over ten years, she worked at the Children's Art School in Belarus, teaching drawing, painting, decorative composition and sculpting Her students won prizes in a number of international and local competitions, and went on to attend the country's art schools. In 2010, she was awarded the title of the "Best Educator of the Year." In 2011, she moved to United States. Since then, she has been working as an art teacher in a number of children's art centers.

Courses taught: Art/ Sculpture, Art Appreciation :What does it mean to be an artist?

Tanya Ilina

Tanya Ilina graduated from the School of Art History, Moscow, in 1999, with specialization in Old-Russian and Byzantine Art. Upon graduating, she worked at the All-Russian Museum of Folk & Applied Art, Moscow, and also lectured a course on the history of Byzantine Art at the School of Art History. In addition, Tanya developed and taught courses in Art History (Prehistoric Times to the Renaissance) at the School for Gifted Children in Moscow. Since moving to the U.S. in 2002, Tanya has worked as an art consultant at a number of Art galleries in Chicago. She has also continued her education, this time deepening her knowledge of Graphic Design and Photography. An avid traveler, Tanya uses any opportunity to see works of Art at their original locations. In addition to the wealth of knowledge and impression that she has acquired as a result of her trips, Tanya has collected an impressive number of images of the Artworks that she has seen. In her courses on Art History, she would like to share with her students these magical images, as well as her knowledge and passion for Art.

Courses taught: Become a Friend of a Great Artist, Art History for Children 8-10y/o and 11 & UP, Exploring the High Renaissance, The Titans of the Renaissance, Ancient Greek Mythology

Natalya Shor

Natalya Shor graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University, Department of Philology. Her specialization was Russian as a Foreign Language. After graduating, Natalya taught Russian at a number of Moscow public schools, and later at Moscow State Chemical Institute, as well as at the Moscow Aviation Institute. She moved to the U.S. in 1998.

Courses taught: Russian Language, Russian Literature: World Myths

Boruch Lev

Boruch Lev was born in 1955 behind the “iron wall”, in the Soviet Union, in a suburb of Moscow. He remembers himself playing with modeling clay at the age of four. During that time he turned his surroundings into a sculpture garden full of plants and animals using sticky colored blocks of plastilina, matches and other suitable found materials. Behind the “iron curtain” was life. It was a public school, a college, military services, work as a structural engineer, kayaking, skiing, love, family, friends, parties, etc. When the country became more open, Boruch and his family immigrated to United States in 1996. Originally family settled in Atlanta and moved to Chicago a few years later. Boruch was making a living as a structural engineer working on various Chicago based projects. In 2003 Boruch enrolled into Evanston Art Center in Sheila Ottinger’s sculpture class. Boruch said that it was a lifelong dream to come back to the passion of his childhood. His structural design work became occasional freelance projects. Sculpture became his main effort and dedication. He believes that this is the true purpose of his life. Creating most of his work in clay, Boruch stepped from primarily figurative and realistic sculpture into exploring and creating various forms and his works became more abstract. He continues to work at the Art Center and at his private studio. Boruch started a sculpture studio at Little City Foundation in 2006 (a facility for people with disabilities) and for eight years he was working with residents at their campus. He was also working as a sculpture instructor at Presbyterian Homes, Evanston and North Shore Senior Center, in Northfield, “The Ark”, Chicago. He is running his private classes “Creative Clay” in his studio in Skokie. Boruch Lev has been a participant in numerous local and some international exhibitions. The latest are The Other Art Fair at Mana Contemporary, Chicago; VIII Beijing Biennale 2019; 15 th Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, 2018; “Design is a verb” by CSI at Evanston Art Center, Evanston, 2018; “A Relief”, solo exhibit at Terra Sounds School of Music and Arts, Des Plaines, 2018; “Nude Winter”, a two artist exhibit at “Palette an Chisel”, Chicago, 2017; “Clay Grounds“ , a two artist exhibit at Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, 2016; “Sculpture Invasion” at Oakton College, Des Plaines, 2015;

Courses taught: Creative Clay

Dmitriy Yakubov

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Dmitriy Yakubov was born on September 23, 1972 in what is now St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1992, he was admitted to the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. As a producer and actor, took part in many children's plays and events. After completing his college education in 1997, performed in several plays with several stars of St. Petersburg stage, including Pyotr Sel'yaminov, Ivan Krasko, Tatyana Piletskaya, Grigoriy Shtil, Tatyana Bedova and Nikolay Smirnov. Moved to USA in 2002. In 2009, his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Directing was certified in United States. Wrote the following published books and plays: "The Genius Project," "Celebratory Poetry." "Poems and Scenes for Kids." Earned Silver award in the 2012 International Poetry Translation Contest organized by Poeziya.ru website. In 2012, his Russian translations of English and German language poetry were published in the "A Century of Translations - Volume 3" compilation. Collaborates with "By The Way," Vicheslav Kaganovich's Chicago theatrical studio. Founder of the Children's Video Theater.

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Igor Zvenigorodsky

Igor Zvenigorodsky, 49, software engineer by trade and education. Igor lives in Long Grove, with his wife, three kids and Roo - Russian Hunting Spaniel. Igor would love to share his passion for history with Campanella students and their parents.

Courses taught: Russian History with Geography 11 & UP y/o, Russian History with Geography 8-10 y/o, Russian History with Geography 3-6 grade, Russian History with Geography 7 & UP grade

Mikhail Sytchev

Courses taught: Guitar Ensemble 13 & UP y/o

Deanna Lee

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Deanna Lee was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Growing up in the vibrant culture there has meant that she carries the Aloha Spirit with her everywhere she goes. She has an extensive athletic and energy healing background, which helps her to understand how the body and mind work together and how one can heal oneself through overcoming physical and mental limitations. She comes from a musical family where 3 generations are active musical artists. She started singing when she was 10 years old, and began singing in a women's barbershop a capella chorus from 13 years old until she was 20, and continues to sing occasionally. In her classes, she teaches the importance of breathing control and improving posture for better energy resonance. She has been teaching Body and Brain Yoga for the past 8 years, and currently manages the Body & Brain Center in Northbrook, Illinois.

Courses taught: Body & Brain Yoga Class for Children 13 & up y/o, Body & Brain Yoga Class for Children 8-12 y/o, Guitar Ensemble 8-12 y/o, Power Brain Education and Yoga for children, Power Brain Education and Yoga for children 8-12 y/o, Power Brain Education and Yoga for children 13 & UP y/o