Welcome to Mr. Wallace’s Blog! 4/29/2011


I am so happy to have a wonderful new interactive space for our choral department. This is an awesome forum for sharing information, dialoging about neat music happenings, and catching a glimpse of our unique and excellent program.

Share with us! Feel free to comment on blog posts or e-mail us pictures. As we continue to develop this website, we hope to use it as our main ‘hub’ for transporting and interacting with information, ideas, and our community.

-Mr. Wallace

Meet Mr. Prikkel!

I am very happy and privileged to be student teaching here at Glenbrook North.  So far it has been a wonderful experience working with a great program full of such wonderfully talented students and choral directors.  I would just like to take the opportunity to tell you a little information about me.

I am from Rolling Meadows, Illinois and a graduate of Rolling Meadows High School.  During high school, I participated in many facets of the music program.  Some notable moments include being Drum Major of the marching band, president of the Rolling Meadows competitive show choir “New Directions” (yes Glee stole the name), and playing the role of King in the RMHS Madrigal Dinners.  I was also in several theatrical productions, with my favorite being Fiddler on the Roof.

After high school, I spent a year living and studying in Ecuador.  It was in working with and serving local youth in the town of La Merced that I developed my passion to teach.  After that year, I returned to Chicago and started attending North Park University.  Besides singing in the University Choir and Gospel Choir at North Park, I also have been able to play trumpet, euphonium, and trombone in the Concert Band and Jazz Band. As a member of University Choir, I have been fortunate to perform locally as well across the Midwest, the west coast, and as a featured choir at the final MENC National Convention (Milwaukee, WI) in 2007.

When not teaching I enjoy carpentry, visiting Major League Baseball Stadiums across the U.S., and driving boats on the lakes of upstate New York.  I am also a very avid theatre goer and had the opportunity to work for Broadway in Chicago during which time I had the unfortunate pleasure of seeing Wicked over 95 times (trust me, it gets old).

Springfest is almost here!

This year’s Springfest will be held on May 20th and we have a great selection of musical events scheduled for the day.  To begin, Ladies First and 4×4 will be performing in the CPA during block 4-5.  Please talk to your teachers about bringing the entire class down to enjoy this performance.

Several performances will take place outside in the student mall during block 6-7.  The GBN Jazz Band and Jazz Lab Band will kick off the lunch hour with performances at 11:00 and 11:30.

At noon, GBN alum Michael Aljadeff will be performing outside in the student mall.  Click the following link to see Mike’s newest video. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HCk1vkFw7Y[/youtube]

To round out the day, join us again in the CPA for the 2011 Collage Concert, featuring several student performances and special guests, the Xtension Chords from the University of Illinois.  See you there!




Check This Out!

Attention all CHORALE Singers!

Check out this cool link to a performance of The Awakening!

[youtube width=”425″ height=”290″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPgspgLNm4E&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]