Student Spotlight: Chad Bobik
Chad Bobik was trying to determine a clear career path to take when he came to College of DuPage.
“I knew in my heart that I had a burning passion for music and that with enough hard work and self-discipline, anything is truly possible,” he said. “When I first started at College of DuPage, I had no idea how many opportunities would truly arise. Once I set foot on this campus, my future really began to crystallize right before my eyes.”
Bobik is currently a music major working on his Associate in Fine Arts degree. While at COD, he has earned several scholarships: the Tandaric Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship and the John Belushi Concert and Jazz Band Scholarship. He’s been playing in Small Group Jazz under Professor Tom Tallman and the Guitar Ensemble under Steve Ramsdell. He's also worked as a student aid for Ken Paoli in the recording studio.
“College of DuPage has been a world of opportunity right from the start,” he said. “Every teacher I have come to know is a top-notch professional and an expert in their field. They know just what you need to succeed and offer decades of professional experience that extends well beyond the classroom. I truly owe my success to all of them such as Dr. Tallman, Dr. Paoli, Lee Kesselman, Steve Ramsdell, Steven Havens, Mike Folker and Karol Reddington. It's been a privilege to work under them these past four years.”
Bobik received a music transfer achievement scholarship to Elmhurst College, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education and a minor in jazz studies. So far, he considers his experience “amazing” and his achievements continue to grow: conducting and leading band rehearsals at West Leyden High School and Wood Dale Junior High school; conducting several Elmhurst College ensembles, including the symphonic band, wind ensemble, chamber singers, and concert choir; planning and teaching a second grade general music lesson with colleagues at Garfield Elementary School in Maywood; and actively playing in several collegiate groups such as the varsity band, electric guitar collective, classical guitar ensemble, and various small jazz combos.
“The biggest highlight would probably be traveling to Indiana University/Purdue University in Fort Wayne with the Elmhurst College guitar ensemble to perform in the annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble festival,” he said. “We got a free tour of Sweetwater Sound, several free masterclasses from the Canadian Guitar Quartet and a free concert from the Canadian Guitar Quartet. We also got to premiere a new piece, ‘Thunders and Strums,’ written by guitarist Patrick Roux, which was played by all attendees of the festival – well over 100 guitarists!”
He also teaches private guitar, piano and drum lessons at the Naperville Music Academy. Through his job, he became a member of the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association – Naperville Chapter).
Ultimately Bobik would love to be a self-sufficient musician and a respected professional in the music industry, whether it’s performing, teaching or working in a recording studio.
“I started attending COD for all the logical reasons – it’s close to home, affordable, filled with magnificent teachers and has a great campus, not to mention that you get a top-notch education at a fraction of the price of a four-year university,” he said. “My advice to others is to never sell yourself short and always strive for more. College of DuPage can be a magnificent, life-changing experience if you open yourself to it and just take that first step.”
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