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CODA Outreach

These faculty members teach in our Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program.

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Janine Bacon, BME

Suzuki Groups/Early Childhood Music/CODA
On faculty since 2015


  • BME, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Professional Memberships

  • National Association for Music Education
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas

About Janine Bacon

Janine loves teaching Early Childhood music, and is very excited to do so at the Community School of the Arts. She is primarily involved in CODA, where she teaches Early Childhood music in Districts 15, 16, and 33. Additionally, Janine has piloted Suzuki Recorder in these districts, building a program that has gained national recognition from the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

She graduated from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music Education in 2015. Janine is certified in both Musikgarten and Suzuki Recorder Book One. She holds a membership with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Janine loves to spend her free time reading, volunteering at church and spending time with her family. She recently married her high school sweetheart, David. She believes in being an educator that is invested in lives of their students and hopes to use her talents in music education as a ministry to the families she works with. 

CSA Early Childhood Music CODA Faculty Kathy Cathey

Kathy Cathey, BME

Early Childhood, Prep Groups, CODA
On faculty since 1994


  • BME, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

About Kathy Cathey

Kathy Cathey received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wheaton College, with further studies in cello performance at the Mozarteum and further studies in Music Education at the Orff Institute, both in Salzburg, Austria. Kathy has been teaching Early Childhood music classes at the Community School of the Arts (CSA) since 1994, and is certified in both Kindermusik and Musikgarten curricula. Kathy’s previous experience includes teaching in two elementary schools and at a Montessori preschool. She is part of CSA’s outreach program, CODA, and regularly travels to Africa and refugee camps in Vienna, Austria to work with children living in poverty.

pat helbig visual art instructor community school of the arts watercolorPatricia Helbig, ME, Art Ed, ECE

Visual Arts
On faculty since 2016


  • ME, Loyola University
  • Art Ed, Illinois Institute of Design, IIT
  • ECE, Northern Illinois University

Professional Memberships 

  • Illinois Art Education
  • Illinois Retired Teachers

About Patricia Helbig

Patricia enjoys teaching watercolor to the participants in the Adult Art Classes and seeing their reaction to the application of color to paper.

In 2002, a new wing was added to Sleepy Hollow Elementary School which was named after Patricia: The Patricia Helbig Art and Literature Center. She was honored to have her painting purchased by Northeastern Ill. University, a first for the school.

Patricia is passionate about her watercolor and paints daily in her studio. She enjoys teaching folks of all ages and shares that love of painting with them. Patricia enjoys creating/sewing banners for her church. She is a member of the worship committee.


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Lisa Hirschmugl, MM, BM

Suzuki Violin/Viola, CODA
On faculty since 1992


  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BM, Eastman School of Music

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Lisa Hirschmugl

In addition to her Suzuki method viola and violin studio, Lisa also teaches theory, chamber music and orchestra. She is also a violin instructor in the CODA outreach program.

Lisa founded the Chicago Viola Society and served on the board of the American Viola Society. She has taught at many Suzuki workshops and is on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has presented at several Suzuki Association of the Americas conferences and has taken students on tour to various detonations in the U. S. Ms. Hirschmugl has also trained in Creative Ability Development (CAD) improvisation method with founder and pedagogue Alice Knack. She teaches CAD (improvisation) for Suzuki string classes.

Lisa enjoys working at CSA because of the close-knit community she experiences in the Suzuki program. She sees how this benefits the children in both their social and musical development.


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Jennifer Nagle, BFA

Visual Arts, Home School Arts, Early Childhood Arts, CODA
On faculty since 2001


  •  BFA, Northern Illinois University

About Jennifer Nagle

Jennifer has completed further studies as a Smith Grant recipient at the Art Institute of Chicago. She loves being able to approach each student individually. The students often exhibit great joy when they create. Jennifer also designs and creates art to support scripture for area church services and ministries.

Jennifer lives in the area with her husband Dave and their spoiled dog, Leo.


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Carol Ourada, BME

Suzuki Cello/Viola/Violin, CODA
On faculty since 1979


  • BME, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas
  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association
  • American String Teachers Association

About Carol Ourada

Carol's studio consists of primarily cello students of all levels with some violin and viola students. Her students have performed in master classes at music conferences, soloed with youth orchestras, placed in music competitions, and have been section principals at school and other youth orchestras. Carol teaches string groups, reading classes, Creative Ability Development improvisation and coordinates the cello workshop. In addition, she coordinates and teaches violin in CSA's CODA outreach program.

In 2007 she was awarded the ASTA Outstanding Studio Teacher of Illinois. She has served on the Suzuki Association of the Americas Board of Directors and was the coordinator for the 12th Biennial SAA Conference. She has presented at numerous national and regional conferences including SAA, ISMTA, and Musikgarten. Carol is a frequent clinician at workshops and Suzuki institutes around the country.

Carol enjoys teaching students of all ages. As a Suzuki parent of two children now adults, she treasures the many ways the Suzuki journey builds character and relationships within the family and extends the gift of music to the community.


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Emily Puntuzs, MM, BM

Suzuki Viola/Violin, CODA
On faculty since 1998


  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BM, Oberlin Conservatory

Professional Memberships

Suzuki Association of Americas

  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association
  • American Viola Society
  • Handbell Musicians of America

About Emily Puntuzs

Emily teaches Suzuki viola and violin at the Community School of the Arts. She has served as the Suzuki Strings Coordinator since 2004, and as CODA Violin Administrator since 2015.

Emily has studied with Peter Slowik and Jeffrey Irvine, along with many other fine teachers and Suzuki teacher trainers. She was the viola coordinator for the 2010 SAA Conference, and has been a clinician at ISU Viola Day.

She enjoyed ringing handbells for over 30 years, and directs the handbell choir at her church, as well as subbing occasionally with Chicago Bronze. She lives in Wheaton with her husband and two daughters.

"I love the long-term relationships that I am able to develop with my students as I work with them from age 4 or 5 until they graduate from high school.  It is a blessing to see them grow both as musicians and as young men and women.  Music lessons not only give students the ability to play an instrument beautifully, but also help them develop in so many other areas:  focus, discipline, responsibility, confidence, teamwork, creativity, and self-expression."


CSA Faculty StormAnn Storm, MA, BA

Early Childhood, CODA
On faculty since 1997


  • MA, University of Iowa
  • BA, Augustana College

Professional Memberships

  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

About Ann Storm

Ann teaches toddlers, preschoolers and young children within the Early Childhood program and is the Early Childhood Music Coordinator. Additionally, she is thrilled to be an instructor for CODA (Community Outreach for Developing Artists), serving children in the West Chicago area.

Ann has been teaching early childhood music since 1992 and is a fully certified Kindermusik and Musikgarten educator. She regularly participates in ongoing education and training initiatives to integrate the latest research in early childhood development and music into her teaching. Prior to joining the faculty at CSA, her background included teaching elementary school music (K-8), private voice instruction, and various solo performances with community orchestras and professional choral ensembles in the Chicago area.  


CSA Faculty WilderJoyce Anne Wilder, MM, BM

Young Musicians at the Keyboard, Early Childhood, CODA, Suzuki Piano Groups
On faculty since 2010


  • MM, University of Michigan
  • BM, Wichita State University

Professional Memberships

  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

About Joyce Anne Wilder

Joyce Anne enjoys teaching all levels of Young Musicians at the Keyboard, 3-5 year olds in Musikgarten classes, pre-schoolers in the CODA program, and Suzuki piano group classes. She is certified in all levels of Musikgarten curriculum.

Joyce Anne was a flutist in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 30 years. She was also flute instructor at Southwestern College for 28 years and has been teaching flute since her high school years. She was principal flutist in both the Wichita Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra and the Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra until moving to Chicago in 2008. She currently performs with the Camerata Chicago. She is also a music curriculum writer for the Rafiki Foundation in Africa.

Joyce Anne and her husband, Michael - Dean of Arts and Communication at Wheaton College, have eleven children and enjoy performing chamber music with some of them. Joyce Anne loves sharing her love of music with young children.

"I cherish teaching at CSA because I get to know such wonderful families! It is such a joy to watch these precious children learn and make progress. I am blessed to have the privilege of being a part of their lives."