Mr. Jonathan McLear began his career in music education in 2002 teaching K-8 general music and choir at River Grove School.  In 2004, he joined the West Aurora High School Fine Arts Department teaching choir and music theory.  He also had the honor of directing the Madrigal Singers (founded by Meg Papadolias) and pit orchestras for many great shows including Cats, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, and In the Heights.  In 2015, Mr. McLear was appointed the Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator in the West Aurora School District.  As the Fine Arts Administrator, he oversees the art, music, and theatre courses for about 12,000 students in grades K-12 across 16 campuses.

Additionally, Jonathan McLear serves as the Music Director at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, Illinois.  At Holy Cross, Mr. McLear directs the Bell Choir, Chancel Choir, and Schola Cantorum and coordinates the parish music program which includes four youth ensembles, a Contemporary Ensemble, the Resurrection Choir, cantors, and accompanists.  While in college, Mr. McLear was an accompanist at Christ the Teacher Parish in DeKalb, Illinois and the Music Director at St. Mary’s Parish in Sycamore, Illinois.

Mr. McLear earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Illinois University and his Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.  He lives in Aurora, Illinois with his incredible wife, Dianna, and their four amazing children.

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West Aurora SD129 Fine Arts Website
Holy Cross Catholic Church Website