SYC Directors

SYC Directors

Schaumburg Youth Choir
Meet the Directors

Timothy Koll

Director, Kammerchor

Timothy Koll attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal music. Since then he has completed a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Principal Preparation from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. Mr. Koll is currently in his eighth year of teaching choir at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates where he serves as Department Chair of Music.

Erin Kozakis

Director, Prelude

Erin Kozakis is an enthusiastic and passionate music educator and performer.  She is the general music teacher and choir director at Prospect Elementary School in Hinsdale/ Clarendon Hills District 181.  A strong believer that singing is the basis of all music learning, she specializes in teaching through active music-making, weaving Orff and Kodaly principles together in the classroom. 

With over 10 years of teaching experience, Ms. Kozakis previously taught at Hoffman School in Glenview, where she taught general music and led a choir of over 125 students, and at Franzen and Benson Schools in Itasca, IL.  

Equally at home in the classroom or on the stage, Erin also serves as principal bassoonist with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Elgin, Rockford and Quad City Symphonies, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra.

Ms. Kozakis has specialized training in the Orff and Kodaly methods of music education, as well as children’s choral conducting and instructional technology.  She holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, a MM from DePaul University, and a MMEd from Northern Illinois University.

A native of Geneseo, IL, Ms. Kozakis currently lives in Schaumburg with her husband, Michael, and two children.  She can often be found on the bike trails of Schaumburg with her family, often singing as they ride!