Cheryl Filipek also joined Niles North’s Fine Arts faculty, becoming the school’s new band director.
She began work on Aug. 14, leading the school’s band camp for this week.
Filipek takes over program from Elton Eisele after 29 years of teaching at Niles North.
Filipek has been Director of Bands at Lincoln Park High School in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) since 2005. She directed the 102-piece concert and marching band and the school’s top wind ensemble. She also taught Freshman General Music.
Filipek was instrumental in Lincoln Park High School earning the No. 2 Rank in Class AA Overall Music State Final School Results from the IHSA in 2010 and 2011, and her groups have earned 14 Superior Ratings from CPS and IHSA Festivals. Filipek’s Pep Band was chosen by audition tape as the No. 1 Pep Band of the Year in 2009 by the IHSA.
Filipek was Band Director at Lane Technical College Preparatory High School from 2000 to 2005 and taught Music Appreciation. From 2000 to 2010 she was an instrumentalist for the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, performing as solo oboist in the Concert Band and Woodwind Quintet; she also served as Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Public Affairs.
Filipek earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.