Faculty & Staff

Charles “Chip” Staley

Ensemble Director: Wind Symphony


University of Wisconsin
University of Illinois

Tenure at Merit:

1 year, 2 months


Charles “Chip” Staley, began his career at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois and moved to Naperville, Illinois in 1985. He was the Fine Arts Chair at both Waubonsie Valley and Neuqua Valley High Schools. He taught Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Band.

Staley’s bands and orchestras have performed multiple times at the Midwest Clinic. His bands have performed at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center and at venues in the People’s Republic of China, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic. His small ensembles were featured performers during 2006 GRAMMY® Awards week in Los Angeles, California.

Staley is the recipient of the ASBDA Distinguished Band Director Award, the ILMEA Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the CYSO Music Inspiration Award, the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor and the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award.

Under his leadership in 2009, the Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department was the only public school awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. Neuqua Valley High School has been honored by the GRAMMY® Foundation seven times as a GRAMMY® Gold Signature school, two of those times as the National GRAMMY® Signature School.

Staley has also appeared as the conductor of the Quinlan & Fabish All-Star Band featuring Doc Severinsen and the 2017 Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Band. Staley is an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer, teaches graduate classes for Vandercook College of Music and provides professional development for teachers throughout Illinois.

Staley recently retired after 35 years of teaching. A National Board Certified Teacher with degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois, Staley continues to be a tireless advocate for music education. Staley founded ARTSpeaks, a grassroots organization dedicated to cementing the role of music as an essential component of a comprehensive education www.artspeaks.net. Staley is the facilitator of the Music and Memory Program for Metropolitan Family Services in DuPage and Alive Inside Outreach for the Naperville Senior Center.

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