Liz Hutchinson Toniolo earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2011 and a master’s degree in Music Education from DePaul University in 2015. While completing her undergraduate work, Liz was an active member of the choral music and a cappella communities, performing with many university ensembles and serving as music director of the Illinois Rip Chords. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award at Illinois and the Graduate Music Education Scholarship at DePaul. For six years, Liz was Choral Director and Music Theory teacher at West Aurora High School, where she led a choral department of over 250 singers and nine choirs. Now in her eighth year of teaching, she serves as Choral Director for District 39 in Wilmette, Illinois and A Cappella Director at Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois.
Liz also sings with the TVK Orchestra and An Octave Above A Cappella. She is also a freelance arranger, and has created custom a cappella arrangements for several high school choral groups in the Midwest. She currently resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with her husband, Andrew (also a choral director) and their pitbulls, Chuck and Lily.