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Patrick PreJean

Violin & Viola

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Patrick Prejean first started his studies at age 8 at the Acadiana Conservatory. Prejean recalls about his beginnings saying, “My mother was against me playing the viola initially. Her exact words were: Black people don’t play that instrument.” It was the spark needed to prove a point for him. Since then, […]

Christopher Behrend, an accomplished guitar instructor, boasts expertise across a diverse array of musical genres, encompassing rock, blues, jazz, and classical. In addition to imparting practical guitar skills, I specialize in elucidating music theory, catering to those with a genuine desire to comprehend the intricacies of musical composition. For aspiring songwriters seeking guidance in crafting […]

Lydia Plaut, is a violist, violinist, and educator in northeast Ohio. In 2023, she graduated from New England Conservatory in Viola Performance with a Concentration in Music-in-Education. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed around the country at summer music festivals including Madeline […]

Brian McKeon

Trumpet, Piano, Ukulele, Guitar, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, & Tuba

Brian McKeon is a multi-instrumentalist performer and music instructor in the Cleveland area. Brian holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Otterbein University and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Morehead State University. Brian is available to teach trumpet, piano, ukulele, guitar, trombone, French horn, baritone, and tuba. Brian […]

David Holmberg earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University with a focus in piano and music education. He studied classical piano with Dr. Daniel Barber and Dr. Elisabeth Schlauch and jazz piano with Neil Creque during his time at CSU. Davids’s theater experience includes the role as “The Piano Player” in Cleveland […]

Katherine Calvey

Flute, Piano

Katherine Calvey is delighted to return to her hometown of Cleveland, OH after serving as the principal flutist of The Camerata de Coahuila in Mexico. As an orchestral flutist/piccoloist, concerto soloist, recitalist, college music professor, and recording artist; Ms. Calvey’s musical career has allowed her to perform professionally in 20 countries and win numerous national […]

Lidia Logan

Saxophone, Piano

My name is Lidia Logan. I am a saxophone and beginner piano teacher. I am a graduate of Lakewood High School in 2019. I am currently in my 5th year at Cleveland State University as a music education major. I have been playing saxophone since I was in 7th grade. I started learning piano back […]

Imani Severin is a full-lyric Soprano based in the Cleveland area. She is currently studying to receive her M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Imani received her B.M. degree in Voice performance/minor Musical theater from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. She has great experience in working with students of all ages […]

Ryan Farrell

Piano, Guitar

Ryan Farrell (b.1982) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and painter from Cleveland, Ohio who began playing guitar at the age of five and the piano at fourteen. In addition, Ryan also plays bass guitar, drums, and is a vocalist. He started his own original rock band at eleven years old and started playing concerts throughout Northeast […]

David Shaffer earned his BFA and MFA at California Institute of the Arts where he studied percussion and many Non-Western music systems including the Ewe Music of Ghana, North and South Indian Music, and Indonesian Gamelan. David has also performed and recorded drum set with jazz and rock ensembles, including Wadada Leo Smith, Trichy Sankaran, […]

Abigail McLaughlin is a violinist and music educator in northeast Ohio. She is a violinist in the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, and the Youngstown Scoring Stage, and is also a regular substitute violinist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. From 2015 to 2017, Abigail was violin faculty at Thiel College, Pennsylvania, where she was the […]

Sara Hixenbaugh

Drums & General Manager

Sara Hixenbaugh was born in Kumanovo, Macedonia on June 14, 1994. Her father is a professional drum set player and from him she inherited her love of music. She started playing drum set at the age of four, and at fifteen began studying classical percussion at “Ilija Nikolovski – Luj” in Skopje, Macedonia under percussion […]

Meghan Galloway

Voice, Piano, Guitar & Brass

Meghan Galloway teaches K-8 general music on the west side of Cleveland. She received her Bachelor of Music in music theory from Ithaca College. Meghan attended Eastern Illinois University to study music education and received her certification through Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She received her Orff-Schulwerk Level I and Level II certification through Baldwin Wallace […]

Ben Wolgamuth

Guitar, Drums & Bass

Ben Wolgamuth is a Lakewood-based music producer, audio engineer, songwriter, and working multi-instrumentalist. He was the lucky recipient of a roundabout music education, including an Associate of Arts degree from the small but mighty Tri-C Metro Campus Jazz Studies program, as well as stints at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Recording Workshop […]

David Debick

Piano, Voice

David Debick has served as director of music at Brecksville United Church of Christ since 2002, where he directs an adult choir, a children’s choir, a soprano recorder/dulcimer/guitar ensemble, and a youth percussion group. Other church music director positions have included South Haven UCC, Calvary United Methodist Church of Lakewood, and St. Peter Church. Dave […]

Fred Clark

Brass, Ukulele, Guitar, Piano & Drums/Percussion.

Fred Clark obtained his education at the University of Tampa, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Education. While in Tampa, he performed in many different situations, from live bands to pit orchestras. He has been a private music instructor for the last 9 years and has been teaching in music […]

Samantha Loomis

Voice & Piano

Samantha Loomis is an active voice teacher in the Cleveland area, offering private voice lessons and piano lessons at the Lakewood Music Academy. Samantha also directs the Children’s Choir at Westlake United Methodist Church. Samantha holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Ohio Northern University and an MM in Voice Pedagogy from the University of […]

Mr. Gary Siperko

Guitars, Bass, Mandolin & Ukulele

Gary Siperko is a professional touring/recording guitarist and composer most notably associated with The Legendary Shack Shakers, Pere Ubu, and Rocket From The Tombs. Mr. Siperko has over 30 years of experience teaching and performing. He teaches Contemporary and Classical Guitar as well as Bass, Mandolin, and Ukulele. Beginning lessons focus on fundamentals as well […]

Laura Morabith started playing by ear at the age of 6 at which time she also began learning to play the violin. When she began, She was fully self-taught and learned how to read music with a little help from her older sister. She accompanied the entire 6th-grade class; at which time she was recognized […]