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Meet the Staff

Karen Dickelman

Karen Dickelman

Director of Music Events and Communications

Karen Dickelman is responsible for all aspects of production and promotion for School of Music events, including concerts, recitals, guest artists, workshops, master classes, run-outs, and tours. She also serves as the production manager for the opera department. Also an active musician, Karen performs regularly with many area ensembles, and is a former principal violist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra.

Rebecca Ryan, School of Music Professor

Rebecca Ryan

Director of Operations, Music Recruiter, and Assistant Professor

Along with teaching, Dr. Rebecca Ryan serves as the director of operations for the School, interacting with the professional Chicago musicians who teach lessons and courses in the School of Music. As music recruiter, she guides prospective students through the application and audition process, and helps them find their place at North Park. Learn more or contact Dr. Ryan.

Marijean Sahyouni

Marijean Sahyouni

Office Manager

Marijean Sahyouni manages the office and support services of the School of Music and the Art Department at North Park University. She has years of arts management experience, managing a dance studio and children’s theater, and serves as a worship leader, community theater member, songwriter, and ASCAP member.