Music Teachers


Br. James Drangsholt, OSF; Ph.D.

Grades Preschool – 2nd Music; Choir

Email: jdrangsholt@gmail.com

 I am presently the Director of Music & Liturgy for the Saint Ferdinand parish. A Religious Brother of the Franciscan order, I have taught for almost 40 years High School and College level, & former principal. I completed professional education training at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, DePaul University,St. Mary’s Seminary, Franklin University.I am a member of A.S.C.A.P (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) A.G.O. (American Guild of Organist).









Ms. Emilia Walasik

Grades 3-8 Music

Email: ewalasik@saintferdinand.org

My name is Emilia Walasik and I am the music teacher at St. Ferdinand School for 3rd-8th grades. I am also a regular cantor/musician at St. Ferdinand Church, do music ministry at various parishes, and am a voice/singing instructor. In addition to music, I lead youth ministry within the Archdiocese of Chicago. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Music, a Master’s degree in Theology, and currently am completing my second Master’s degree in Music. Teaching kids is a huge passion of mine and I am truly blessed to be the music teacher here at St. Ferdinand School!