Jeremy Bartunek

Musician. Composer. Educator.


Jeremy Bartunek has been an active musician and performer in the Minnesota and Chicago area since 2001. He has released two full length albums. His first, The Long Awaited Christmas, is a collection of solo piano arrangements of Christmas songs. His second, Songs Don't Need Words, is an all instrumental album featuring original compositions. As a conductor he has led pit orchestras with the Jacksonville Theatre Guild and the Triopia High School Concert Band and Concert Choir. As a performer he has appeared on “Good Morning America,” at the House of Blues in Chicago, with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Opera Music Theater Orchestra (Wheaton, IL), and York Drama Department orchestra.

He holds two undergraduate degrees (BM Composition and BME), Master of Music degree from Western Illinois University, Orff Certification (I, II, and III) and Kodaly Mastery Certificate (I, II, and III) from DePaul University. He has served on the faculty of Lincoln Land Community College, Northbrook District 28, and Triopia CUSD #27. 

He is an active adjudicator, accompanist, performer and educator and resides in Chicago, IL. Currently, he is the music teacher at Greenbriar School in Northbrook, IL.


  • Going to America (musical), co-written with Jeremy Blair, 2019

  • 7 Rings, arranged for Percussion Ensemble, 2019

  • Like, Totally; An 80’s Musical, co-written with Jeremy Blair, 2017

  • Detective James Marshall and the Ashberg Diamond (musical), co-written with Jeremy Blair. 2016

  • Songs Don’t Need Words, an album of original compositions, 2013

  • The Long Awaited Christmas, solo piano Christmas arrangements, 2012

Recently he has been a featured performer at...

The House of Blues, Chicago, IL

The Book Bin, Northbrook, IL

Cave Hollow Winery, Hannibal, MO

North Heights Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN

Jacksonville Theatre Guild, Jacksonville, IL

Hamilton’s Banquet Hall, Jacksonville, IL



Teaching Experience                                        

Northbrook District 28–                         

•    Teach elementary general music

•    Direct the spring musical and winter sing performances

Illinois Music Educators Association–                         

•    Featured clinician at the 2012 and 2013 Illinois Music Educators Convention

•    Lead a session on setting up a mobile recording studio and how to record your ensemble

Lincoln Land Community College–                         

•    Adjunct Faculty, 2010

•    Teach MUS 104, Music Appreciation

Triopia CUSD 27–                                 

•    Director of Music

•    Teach Band, Choir, Music Appreciation, General Music, Jazz Band, and Pep Band

•    Faculty Advisor for Soundtrax, the student audio/visual club

Wheaton College, Community School of the Arts –                 

•    Faculty member, 2008-2009, Guest Clinician, 2010, 2012

•    Teach first and second grade classes in music theory and compositional techniques

•    Plan and direct performance day classes

New Trier Township High School –                         

•    Student Teaching, Spring 2009, with supervising teacher James Warrick, Director of Jazz Studies 

•    Directed two jazz bands and the Concert Wind Ensemble

•    Assistant Festival Director for the 26th Annual Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival                                     

Performing Experience

•    Orchestra Pit Director, Jacksonville Theater Guild

•    House of Blues Foundation Room, Chicago IL

•    Worship Arts Director, Jacksonville First Baptist Church (2010-2012)

•    Percussionist, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

•    Downers Grove Children’s Choir – Accompanist (2008-2009)

•    Accompanist for Suzuki violin and cello lessons (2005-2009)

•    Appearance on Good Morning America (2003)

•    Appearance on Garage Logic, AM 1500, KSTP (2002)


•    Percussion Adjudicator for IESA Solo/Ensemble Competition

•    Panel judge for the Jacksonville Symphony Society’s Talent Among Us Competition

•    Piano Adjudicator for the Southwest Suburban Piano Competition

Primary Instruments

•    Piano

•    World Percussion: bodhran (Ireland), doumbek andriq (Egypt/Middle-East), djembe and djun-djun (North Africa), congas, bongos, timbales (Latin America), Gamelan (Indonesia/Java), and other ethnic percussion instruments.

•    Drum Set

•    Orchestral and Concert Band Percussion

Technology Skills                                        

Proficient in: Ableton Live, ProTools, Logic Pro, Mainstage, Finale, Sibelius, Garage Band, Blackboard, Microsoft Office Suite, iWork


DePaul University                               Kodály and Orff Level I, II, III          July, 2016

Western Illinois University                 Master of Music Education               December, 2013

Wheaton College, Wheaton IL           Bachelor of Music Education             May, 2009                             

Wheaton College, Wheaton IL            Bachelor of Music: Composition      May, 2007

Other Activities                                                      

Boy Scouts of America                            1992-2003

•    Eagle Scout, 2002

Personal Assistant to Maestro John Nelson, Orchestra l’Ensemble des Paris - Winter, 2005

•    Attended over 40 hours of rehearsal for Handel’s Messiah, under the tutelage of Maestro Nelson

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