My name is Hannah Qualls and I am from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Prior to completing my studies at NIU, I studied for one year at Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria. In Summer 2015, I completed the first of three courses towards receiving my Orff Certificate at DePaul University. Orff-Schulwerk is an approach to teaching music that emphasises exploration, improvisation, language, and movement.
My musical interests started developing at a young age when I took organ lessons once a week from my maternal grandmother. At the end of Grade 4, I started taking private clarinet lessons and joined the school band in Grade 5.
Over the years, I attended several prestigious summer programs: The National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University, Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Interlochen Fine Arts Camp, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Prior to my year in Salzburg, I performed in the Lausitzer Opernsommer orchestra for two opera productions in Cottbus, Germany.
My passion for international travel, performance, and education began in high school when our jazz ensemble toured Europe twice in addition to performing at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of Essentially Ellington in 2004. In 2006, I performed with the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. After studying abroad in 2009-2010, I knew I wanted to live and teach overseas.
The 2015-2016 academic year is my second year at IICS and fifth year as a teacher overall.
I look forward to working with this wonderful community of learners and families again!