Faculty Since 1998
BM, Michigan State University
Debbie Gillette graduated from Michigan State University with a B.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with high honors, as well as completing further graduate studies at MSU in Piano Performance as a student of Joseph Evans and Edith Kraft. Her teaching at Trinity has included teaching piano, organ, keyboard skills, piano pedagogy/literature and handbell choir.
Performing as a frequent collaborative pianist, Debbie is also the Director of Music at Antioch United Methodist Church where her duties include worship service performance at piano and organ, service planning, children’s choir, assisting with adult choir and developing musical talent, both instrumental and vocal. Also a saxophonist, Debbie performs with the Waukegan Band in her summers.
Debbie is very active in the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, affiliated with the MTNA. She has been a frequent presenter at both state conferences and local chapters. In 2012 she was chosen as North Shore Music Teachers’ Association’s Teacher of the Year. Judging regularly for the National Piano Guild, ISMTA, and several regional piano festivals and competitions in both Illinois and Wisconsin, Debbie is committed to encouraging the pianist. Maintaining a private studio of both adults and children, many of her students have become successful teachers.