Christine Janzow Phillips attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota where she majored in music. She received her masters degree in music at Northwestern University where she studied with the Chicago Symphony’s first oboist Ray Still. She has played with the Illinois Philharmonic, the Northbrook Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Elmhurst, Elgin and Rockford Symphonies, and the Bach Cantata series in River Forest at Grace Lutheran Church and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chicago. She plays the Oboe d’amore in addition to the Oboe and English horn. She is currently on the faculty of the Merit School of Music in Chicago.
Tricia Wlazlo attended the University of Michigan and Yale University, and received her masters degree at the University of Southern California in music. She studied at Northwestern University with Ray Still as a graduate assistant. She has performed with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Park Ridge Civic, the New Philharmonic at College of DuPage and the Lake Forest Symphony. Tricia has played for Broadway shows in the Chicago area such as Wicked, Camelot, Miss Saigon, and Ragtime. She also plays clarinet and flute, which add to the many combinations of instruments available to Amber. Tricia is adjunct faculty member at North Central College in Naperville, and plays first oboe in the Skokie Valley Symphony.
Nancy Hagen is a graduate of Indiana University where she was a double major in piano and oboe. She obtained her master’s degree in music at Northwestern University where she studied with Ray Still, while working extensively as an accompanist. She maintains a private piano studio in her home for advanced students and performs frequently on the piano as soloist and accompanist. Nancy plays first oboe in the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra and has appeared with the New Philharmonic Orchestra at College of Dupage as well as other local orchestras. She serves as occasional conductor of the Churchjazz band, and has recorded on several of their CD’s.