Rhona Reagen – Violin/Viola, Elementary/Middle School & Pre-K Education (Faculty Member Since 2021): Rhona Reagen has been a music educator for over 35 years. She graduated with a BM and MS with honors and distinction from DePaul University. Rhona founded her private studio in 1980 in the Chicago area, and while her educational philosophy is Suzuki based has also received advanced training in the Rolland Method and O’Connor Method. She frequently adjudicated local festivals and competitions including IMEA district auditions. She has been a frequent presenter at IMEA and the National ASTA conference. Rhona is also an enthusiastic chamber music coach and conductor. She has taught at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL since its inception in 1992. While at MYAC, Rhona helped create and expand programs within the Orchestral Program. In 2008, Rhona was named Studio Teacher of the Year by Illinois ASTA and in 2013 published her technique book for beginning and intermediate string students. Rhona is a former faculty member of Elmhurst College, University of Illinois at Chicago, and National Louis University where she taught classes on the use of music for special needs populations in addition to private studio teaching. In 2020 Rhona was awarded the coveted Illinois ASTA Service Award for extraordinary contributions to Music Education.