- Marianne Kim
- Oran Arania
- Mike Molloy
A Chicago‑based composer, pianist, organist, and harpsichordist, Marianne Kim has been noted for her vibrant performances and compositions in a wide diversity of musical styles, including classical, jazz, Broadway musicals, R&B, and gospel, alongside traditional and contemporary church music. As a soloist and collaborative artist, Marianne enjoys performing piano and organ recitals, chamber music, and jazz. She has worked for the Lakeside Singers, performing dual roles of classical accompanist and rhythm section keyboardist, and she has served as keyboardist at Willow Creek Community Church and the Moody Church. Marianne has composed and arranged music in piano, organ, choral, and instrumental genres. Her works have been published through major publishers, including Lorenz Publishing Company, Hope Publishing, Augsburg Fortress, Yesol Publishing, and Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard Corporation. Born and raised in Korea, Marianne studied piano and composition at Pusan High School of Arts and earned a BM in composition at Pusan National University. After working professionally for more than a decade in the United States, she returned to school and earned dual Masters of Music in jazz studies and organ performance with scholarships and prizes from Northern Illinois University. Marianne is a member of ASCAP and the American Guild of Organists. More information about her and her music can be found at www.mariannekimmusic.com
Orna Arania is a highly regarded singer and choral conductor in her native country, Israel. She has performed extensively as a soloist in concert series and festivals with Israel’s leading orchestras such as: Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel’s Kibbutz Orchestra and more, under the direction of Joseph Flumerfelt, Salvador Mas Conde, Thomas Vashari, Avner Itai, Doron Solomon, to name a few. She has also toured as a soloist with various Israeli ensembles in Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, and the United States. Since arriving in the United States, she has performed in opera productions, recitals, and oratorio concerts, with orchestras such as the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Lima Symphony, The Callipygian Players, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, Ohio Northern University Symphony Orchestra and more. She also performed in international festivals and concert series in France and Israel. In 2009 she had her Lincoln Center Debut as a soloist in Haydn’s Theresienmesse with Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra New York. Ms. Arania holds a Doctor of Music degree in Voice and Opera Performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with Mignon Dunn and Sherrill Milnes. She held part time lecturer and choral conducting positions at Northwestern University and North Park University and served for three years on the voice faculty of the prestigious summer program, V.O.I.C.Experience at Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida. She is now a tenured associate professor of voice at Northern Illinois University.
A native of St. John's, Newfoundland, Mike earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University and Master of Music in choral conducting and jazz studies from Western Michigan University. While performing coast to coast with Gold Company from WMU under Steve Zegree and VoicesIowa under Phil Mattson, he has shared the stage with Richie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, New York Voices, Don Shelton, Michele Weir, and many other wonderful musicians. A career music educator, Mike has taught at every level from elementary school through university and has been recognized by DownBeat magazine, the International Association for Jazz Education, and the Illinois Music Educators' Association for outstanding contributions. He is currently part of the amazing music faculty at St. Charles North High School where he teaches vocal jazz, chorus, concert band and jazz band.