Mr. Wis teaches bands, orchestras, and is the Lead Teacher for Art and Music at SCN. His bachelors degree is from Northern Illinois, his masters degree is from VanderCook College of Music, and he finished his doctoral coursework (but not the dissertation!) at the University of Illinois (UIUC).
Before coming to SCN Mr. Wis was a faculty member and administrator at Roosevelt University for six years, and prior to that taught at Naperville North High School with Mr. Stombres.
Mr. Wis has had his ensembles invited to the Super State Invitational, the National Concert Band Festival, and the Midwest International Clinic. He is also a former Golden Apple Finalist.
Mr. Molloy has been dubbed the "Swiss Army Knife" of the SCN music faculty. Actually he's Canadian, born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland. He was a trumpet major at Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed his master of music degree in choral conducting from Western Michigan University. As an educator, he has taught every level from elementary through college; most recently Roosevelt University. Mr. Molloy has sung and/or played with: Bobby McFerrin, Darmon Meader, Howard Levy, Don Shelton, Michele Weir, Rosemary Clooney, Richie Cole, and Rita Moreno.
Besides being an active performer, Detroit born saxophonist John Wojciechowski, is a jazz educator noted for his versatility and innovation. He has taught at both public school and university levels and has extensive experience as a guest artist/clinician in a variety of educational settings.
A finalist in the 1996 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, some of the groups he has performed or recorded with include The Woody Herman Orchestra, Charlie Haden, Nancy Wilson, Clark Terry, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Jimmy Scott, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra,The Chicago Jazz Orchestra and The Chicago Jazz Ensemble. As a Selmer Endorsing Artist, Mr. Wojciechowski uses and endorses Selmer Saxophones exclusively.
Mrs. Lydigsen is passionate about inspiring students to perform at their best. She loves the challenge of working with young musicians and is constantly amazed by the growth of her students every year. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. Her Masters of Music Education was earned at the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.
Mrs. Lydigsen loves teaching instrumental music and has worked in both public and private institutions with students in 5th through 12th grades. She has been an ILMEA Band Representative and was a founding member of the Northern Illinois Music Conference. As a presenter and clinician, Mrs. Lydigsen has worked with other band directors to "Assess the #Selfie Generation" and promote digital portfolios in the music classroom. She was also the winning recipient of the Yvonne Banks Most Caring Teacher Award in 2015.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Andy has enjoyed a diverse and unique musical background. He began playing violin at age nine, trumpet at age ten, and completed four European tours with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony and Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras before finishing high school. As a chorus member, he performed in Carnegie Hall with Kinderchor. In 2000 he was selected to perform with the National Youth Honors Orchestra at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. Andy received a BM in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a double concentration in both violin and trumpet. He earned his Masters Degree in music education from Northwestern University in 2010.
At CCM, he performed with the Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Jazz Lab Band, and Wind Symphony. He studied violin with Dr. Phil Baldwin, James McCullough, Constantine Kiradjieff and Anna Vaiman and trumpet with James Underwood, Alan Siebert, Rolff Holly, and Brad Goode. Andy served as orchestra director at Bell-Graham and Wasco Schools in the St. Charles Community Unit School District for many years. He is on his 9th year as a Conductor for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Besides teaching and making music, Andy is very passionate about cooking and gardening. He lives in North Aurora with his wife Jenny, also a violinist and orchestra director in Orland Park.