Shanna Pranaitis

Terri Plohr

Amy Dohler

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Shanna Pranaitis

Shanna Gutierrez






Shanna Pranaitis, pictured

Flutist Shanna Pranaitis fearlessly expands the realm of sonic possibility for her instruments through innovative performances and educational projects, in which she integrates new and historically reimagined works with electronics, movement, lighting and other multi-disciplinary elements to create seamless, immersive concert experiences. She is interested in exploring ways to engage and involve a wider community in the process of experiencing music. She travels the world regularly to perform and teach as a solo guest artist and with the chamber ensembles Memoria Nova and Collect/Project. She has performed and taught as a guest artist in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Korea, Mexico, Colombia, and the United Kingdom. She has studied contemporary music under Matthias Ziegler, Camilla Hoitenga, Eva Furrer, Philippe Racine, and Kathinka Pasveer. Such has served as indispensable enrichment to her performance studies at the University of Michigan (Amy Porter) and Northwestern University (Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef), where she received her MMUsic and BMusic degrees, respectively. She is the co-founder of FluteXpansions, an online educational resource for contemporary flute. A passionate educator, Shanna is on faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and maintains an active private studio in the Chicago area, including here at Vernon Hills High School. She is also certified to teach the Suzuki method having received her training from David Royce-Gerry and Kelly Williamson.

About Shanna's VHHS flute studio:

The core of my teaching style comes from Marcel Moyse who emphasized the principes of time, patience and intelligent work. My main goal is for students to learn something new every lesson and every day of their practice. In my studio we are focused on the process and journey of learning. Using these guiding principles, I tailor lessons to each individual student's goals and needs. Drawing from over twenty years of private teaching experience and my background as a trained Suzuki Flute Teacher and specialist in body use and movement for musicians, I guide each student on the path of discovery, developing skills they can take with them for a lifetime.

In lessons students can expect:

Emphasis on fundamentals of flute playing technique and musicianship
Practical and effective practice techniques
Exploration of standard and extended flute repertoire and improvisation
Attention to the whole body in flute playing
Further development of self-motivation, organization and creative thinking skills
Access to exclusive resources through the private student portal
Two recitals per year and lots of fun!

Amy Dohler, pictured

Amy Dohler

Amy Dohler is a private flute instructor, soloist, freelance musician, and piano teacher from Vernon Hills.  She started playing flute when she was nine years old and played principal flute in several award winning honors bands and orchestras in Illinois during her time at Libertyville High School.  Mrs. Dohler went on to earn her BM in flute performance from Northwestern University where she studied with Chicago Symphony Orchestra flutists Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef and played principal flute and piccolo in various orchestras & other ensembles.   Mrs. Dohler was a Yamaha Young Performing Artist winner (a national music competition for college students), a Sigma Alpha Iota Flute Performance Scholarship winner, and a Northwestern University Concerto Competition finalist.  While in college, Mrs. Dohler was chosen by the Chicago Flute Club to perform in a masterclass with Leone Buyse of the Boston Symphony Orchestra & Boston Pops.  Mrs. Dohler was also a 2014 soloist with the North Suburban Wind Ensemble here in Libertyville/Vernon Hills.  Mrs. Dohler serves as a flute clinician, ensemble coach, and Solo & Ensemble Contest judge in the northern Illinois suburbs.  In addition to her flute performance and teaching careers, Mrs. Dohler earned her BA in History & her MS in Education degrees from Northwestern, so she brings a wealth of experience to her teaching.  Mrs. Dohler loves working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels and is thrilled to watch her students grow, develop and succeed as they work to improve their flute technique and musicality.  Mrs. Dohler is excited to share her musical talents and knowledge, her teaching skills, and her ability to connect with each and every one of her students.