Janet Kuester

Executive Director

Janet Kuester describes herself as a “music activist”.  She became involved with Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra as a parent and board member when her daughter played in the violin section in the 1980’s .

In 2009, alarmed by the elimination of most of the string programs in the south suburbs, Mrs. Kuester approached the Suburban Youth Symphony with the idea for an “Incredible Opportunity Program,” which would give 10-20 students who do not have a string program in school an opportunity to receive low cost weekly group instruction and a rental instrument.

Mrs. Kuester has served as the violin instructor/mentor of the Incredible Opportunity program since 2010, Music Director from 2011-2012, and is currently serving her 3rd year as Executive Director. This year she has helped develop the high school mentor program to encourage high school string students to mentor and teach younger students and receive community service hours.

Janet Kuester is the founder and director (2004) of The Music Connection of Orland Park and Frankfort. The Music Connection serves over 400 students each week offering private and group music instruction with a staff of 30 at 2 studios, area park districts, library programs, and on -site high school programs.

Mrs. Kuester has taught violin and piano for more than 40 years and is a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Suzuki Association of the Americas, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and El Sistema U.S.A.  Mrs. Kuester received her music degree from De Paul University and is a certified Suzuki piano and violin teacher. She has performed with the Lake Forest, Waukegan, DePaul, Chicago Civic, Chicago Heights, Kankakee and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestras.

David Forsman

Music Director

David Forsman has been a freelance cellist in Chicago's south suburbs for almost 40 years. His teachers include Karl Fruh, Richard Kapuscinski, Leonard Chausow, and Kim Scholes. He has been a member of the Illinois Philharmonic, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, and others. He has been a founding member of two chamber music groups, and currently partners with pianist Melinda Sondag in the Forsman Sondag Duo. David also played cello in everyone's favorite band, Time Bomb Taxi. He has been teaching since the mid 80s, and was the strings coach of the Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony for more than 15 years.

David is an avid bicycle rider, a walker in the winter - it's all about being under the sky - and a serious classical record collector. David also loves books. Homer is a favorite. And a low key trip to the Art Institute is the way he treats himself when he needs to get happy.

Carolina Campos

Incredible Opportunity Instructor

Carolina Campos is a dedicated and versatile music teacher, with wide ranging experience and a passion for helping people grow and fill their potential.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in her hometown in Colombia from the Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas and her Master’s Degree from DePaul University.
She made her first solo debuts, at the age of 13 and 14 with the ‘Coorporacion Orquesta Filarmónica de los Andes’.  Later, she became a fellow at the International Festival of Music in Cartagena in its eight edition, and in 2015, she won the first soloist competition with the ‘Filarmonica del Café’.  Between 2012 and 2014, Campos was a member of the “Corpas quartet”, winner group of the Fabio Lozano concert hall for young students.  She has played with several orchestras in Colombia and the US.
As a teacher, Campos has been engaged in two El Sistema Programs, and has worked with the Chicago Public Schools and several music schools.  She has had a record of success with students from ages 3 to 70, as an orchestra, violin, viola, voice, piano, theory, and ear training teacher.  Campos is a violin/viola faculty member of The Music Connection Conservatory of Music and Art.