Meet our Symphonic Band Conductors

Meet our Symphonic Band Conductors

Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, Chicago’s premier LGBTQ music organization, is excited to present Sweet Home Chicago, a double-feature symphonic band performance at the historic Auditorium Theatre. 

The performance will include two world premieres of new works by composers Christen Taylor Holmes and Evan Williams.

We are excited to announce our four symphonic band conductors:

Kyle Rhoades, Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble Artistic Director

Kyle Rhoades
Kyle Rhoades

Kyle Rhoades has been the Artistic Director of the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band since 2008.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music.  His conducting influences and teachers include Professors Craig Kirchhoff, Mallory Thompson, Peter Griffin, H. Robert Reynolds, Charlie Menghini, and Joseph Manfredo.

As a trumpet player, Kyle performs regularly with the Northshore Concert Band, and has performed with the Wheaton Municipal Band, the Prairie Brass Band, and Mariachi Fenix of the University of Chicago.  He is a high school band director, general music teacher, and musical producer in School District 401.

As a music arranger and chamber musician, Kyle has prepared more than sixty pieces for brass quintet. In addition to the concert and marching band arrangements he’s created for his own students, Kyle has been commissioned to arrange works for the West Towns Barbershop Chorus, Downers Grove North Bands, and the Chancel Ringers Handbell Choir.

Artistic Director since 2008

Manic Maxxie, Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble Artistic Director

Manic Maxxie
Manic Maxxie

Manic Maxxie is a drag performer based in Chicago. Maxxie’s drag is inspired by gender fluidity, black women, and chaotic energy. Her drag allows her to access the fizz within her that she rarely shows in her day-to-day life. She strives to show that you can be beautiful and glamorous even with a full goatee. She enjoys celebrating the work of BIPOC artists and is inspired by many of the scene’s most iconic black drag performers. She loves that drag allows her to be goofy but to also channel her musical artistry and promote important messages. Maxxie serves on the leadership team of the Chicago Black Drag Council and is committed to working toward systemic change in the city’s LGBTQ+ community.

Manic Maxxie is the drag persona of classical musician Eric Goldberg. Eric (they/them) is regularly involved around the Chicago area as an educator, conductor, and percussionist. They are the founder and director of the Millennial Chamber Players, and will graduate this year from the Master of Music Education and Certification program at the VanderCook College of Music.

Artistic Director since Spring 2021.

Dr. Jon Noworyta, Queen City Freedom Band Artistic Director

Dr. Jon Noworyta
Dr. Jon Noworyta

Dr. Jon Noworyta, is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Indianapolis, he serves as Director of Bands, Instrumental Activities, and Educational Outreach, administers all aspects of the instrumental area, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Pep Band. A versatile conductor who is equally comfortable with orchestras as well as wind and brass groups, he is also the Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Artistic Director of the Crossroads Brass Band of Franklin, IN., and Artistic Director of the Queen City Freedom Band of Cincinnati.

Noworyta is a twenty-one year veteran public school music educator. As the former Director of Bands at Wheaton North High School, he directed all aspects of the band program (curricular and extracurricular) and taught music technology and music theory. Previous positions included those at Naperville North High School and in the North Tonawanda (NY) City Schools. Ensembles under his direction have performed at local, state, national, and international venues most notably Carnegie Hall, where the Wheaton North Wind Ensemble was invited in 2009. The WNWE also appeared at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (rehearsal lab) and the 2013 Music for All National Concert Band Festival. Noworyta has led groups at Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Kennedy Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Noworyta’s professional affiliations have included the NAFME, CBDNA, WASBE, NABBA, NBA, Pride Band Alliance, GLSEN, the Conductors Guild, and the Indiana, Illinois, New York (NYSSMA) and Ohio Music Educators Associations. He currently sits on the Committee for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion for the North American Brass Band Association, is listed among the Who’s Who in America Educator’s Edition, and is on the advisory team for the 28,000+ member “Band Director” Facebook group. He was the 2012-13 Distinguished High School Teacher in Wheaton-Warrenville School District 200 and is a member of the Fine and Performing Arts Wall of Fame at North Tonawanda High School (his alma mater).

A Western New York native, Noworyta holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College (BME) and Northwestern University (MM), and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati (DMA). Additional study as a participant in conducting workshops at the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School, has given Noworyta the opportunity to work with the major conducting pedagogues in the field today. Noworyta shared his personal-professional story in “Out In Front: Queer Identity and Visibility in the Wind Band,” a compilation of queer career and coming out stories included in the recent GIA publication The Horizon Leans Forward… stories of courage, strength, and triumph of underrepresented communities in the wind band field by Erik Kar Jun Leung. 

Jadine Louie, San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Artistic Director (retired)

Jadine Louie
Jadine Louie

Known for making musical ideas accessible at many levels, Jadine Louie has been a featured artist in numerous orchestra, band, Pride Bands Alliance member, and Gay Games concerts.  Jadine taught instrumental music and math – sometimes simultaneously –  and coached ensembles ranging from funk horn sections to opera chorus.

After decades working in community and school music, including a thirteen year stint directing the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the press dubbed her the “spiritual center” of the Dance-Along Nutcracker™ and the Best Justification for Music in the Schools.  When honored by the City of San Francisco with Jadine Louie Day, her only quibble was that it did not include free parking.  She currently lives with her family in the NYC area.