We strongly encourage all VHHS orchestra students to take private lessons, whether here at the high school with one of our private string teaching staff, or outside the school at a local music academy or private studio.  Lessons at VHHS may be scheduled before school, after school, during lunch/study, or during orchestra class. Feel free to contact Mr. Green @ dana.green@d128.org with any questions regarding private lessons.

Why Take Private Lessons?

  • Students that participate in private lessons excel at a higher level and are very motivated. 
  • Obvious benefits: “to get better,” “to do well on my next playing test,” “to receive a scholarship,” “to become first chair,” “to get into youth orchestra,” “to make it into ILMEA”. 
  • Less obvious benefits: “learning to solve problems independently,” “learning to work within timelines to complete projects,” “learning to cope with stress,” “learning how to get back on the horse after we fall off,” “learning how to take pride in an accomplishment,” and “learning how to work as a member of a team”.
  • Allows students a chance to work individually and directly with a teacher, at their own rate of progress, with the process of learning. 
  • Private teachers act as a guide to the process of self-discovery through music.

VHHS Private String Teaching Faculty

The following teachers offer private string lessons at VHHS. Feel free to contact Mr. Green at dana.green@d128.org with any questions.

Daniel Kwok, violin and viola


Daniel Kwok received his Masters degree in viola performance from DePaul University, and he has taught violin and viola at Libertyville High School for the past ten years.  A member of the viola section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for three years, Daniel successfully placed many students in the ILMEA District 7 and All-State ensembles.  He also teaches at Glenbrook North and South High Schools and lives in Libertyville, Illinois.

John Shaffer, cello


John Shaffer didn’t get serious about music until after high school. After getting a degree in philosophy, he majored in cello at Manhattan School of Music, followed by a Master’s at Northwestern. He has taught in the area for 25 years and currently teaches students at New Trier, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, and Niles North High Schools. Recently, he has played in the Northbrook Symphony for several seasons. John has also sung in choruses professionally, and has worked under Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Andrew Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini and others. John’s three sons all played in MYA, the oldest being in the original MYA Orchestra.

Richard Yeo, cello


Richard Yeo was born into a musical family. He began playing the piano at the age of six, and took up the cello at age nine. He attended Indiana University where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree while studying with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Fritz Magg.  He later received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University studying with Hans Jorgen Jensen.   Mr. Yeo was Assistant Principal Cellist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons, and during that time he made his solo orchestral debut playing the Second Cello Concerto of Victor Herbert.

Since 1993 he has been a member of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, and he currently maintains an active schedule as a free-lance cellist in the Chicago area. Some of the orchestras he performs with include the Grant Park Symphony, the Chicago Philharmonic, and the Lake Forest Symphony.

Jeremy Attanaseo, bass


Jeremy Attanaseo has been performing with New Millennium Orchestra for the last four years. He is an active chamber and orchestral musician, an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, and a devoted music teacher. Jeremy has performed with many ensembles around Chicago including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Dal Niente, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Chicago, and International Chamber Artists. He has also performed with the South Bend Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra of which he was appointed Principal Bass in 2008.