Kathryn Swope is a passionate performer and educator in Dekalb, IL. She holds regular professional positions with the Chicago Gargoyle Brass Ensemble, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and Wheaton Municipal Band. She is also a regular substitute member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, IL.
Kathryn is currently an Applied Artist at Northern Illinois University where she directs the University Band and teaches Brass Techniques for Music Education Majors. Kathryn also teaches privately at the Northern Illinois Community School of the Arts and is the Horn Teaching Assistant at Birch Creek Music Camp in Door County, WI during the summers. Her degrees were awarded from the University of Louisville (B.M./M.M.) and Northern Illinois University (Performance Certificate). In addition to playing horn, Kathryn has recently completed her second Master’s degree in Wind Band Conducting at Northern Illinois University.
Michael Swope, an accomplished freelance trumpeter, currently resides in Dekalb, IL where he is a substitute member of the Rockford Symphony, Rockford Symphony Brass Quintet, Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra in Decatur, and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra of Dekalb. He maintains a private studio of bright, young musicians from the Dekalb and Sycamore area public schools. Michael is a former member of the Indiana Wind Symphony, Indianapolis Brass Choir, Reunion Brass Quintet and was a substitute musician for the Louisville Orchestra. He holds degrees from Butler University in Indianapolis (B.A.) and the University of Louisville (M.M.). In addition to playing trumpet, Michael is a Technical Support Coordinator in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University.