Our Staff

Cyndi Crognale

Cyndi Crognale

Piano

Piano has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I began taking lessons when I was 5 years old, and I participated and placed in many festivals and

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Kathy Diem

Kathy Diem

Piano

Kathy has been playing piano for over 40 years and teaching for over 20. She is very active in her church choir and orchestra as an organist accompanist.

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Nicholas Metzger

Nicholas Metzger

Beginning & Intermediate Piano & Voice (Online Only)

Nicholas is a 2017 graduate of Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music – with vocal performance emphasis; Honors Program. He also has an Associates Degree

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Aaron Marsala

Aaron Marsala

Piano (Beginning & Intermediate), Drums & Percussion

Aaron is a multi-faceted percussionist as well as pianist. His study of music has taken him down many paths. Aaron obtained his Music Education and Music Performance degrees at the University of

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Zak Reiter

Zak Reiter

Piano (Beginning & Intermediate), Voice, Guitar & Bass

Zak has played the guitar for over 9 years and classical guitar technique for over 5 and has been teaching for over 5 years. Zak has a degree from Judson University where

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Kasey Pennington

Kasey Pennington

Piano (Beginning & Intermediate), Voice

Kasey is currently a Music Education major at Northern Illinois University and a member of the NIU Concert Choir. She was a 2019 graduate of Genoa-Kingston High School where she was an

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Skylar Scarim

Skylar Scarim

Piano (Beginning)

Skylar attends South Elgin High School. She has been playing piano for over 7 years and has been taking private professional lessons during this time. As a result of her private lesson

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Maggie Little

Maggie Little

Piano (Beginning)

Maggie has been playing piano since she was four years old and has been a proud student of MECA for 13 years. She is a senior at Hampshire High School where she

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Emanuel Perez

Emanuel Perez

Piano (Beginning)

Emanuel attends South Elgin High School where he is active in the music program – he is the lead pianist in the Jazz Band. Emanuel has been playing piano for over 12

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Brent Jordan

Brent Jordan

Drums & Percussion

Brent holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (Cum Laude) from Northwestern University. He also earned a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Illinois – where he is currently working

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Dana Bellew

Dana Bellew

Violin & Viola (Virtual Only)

Dana studied music education at Illinois State University and received her BA in Performing Arts Management from Columbia College in Chicago. In addition, she received her BM in Music Education in 2013

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Joanna Nerius

Joanna Nerius

Beginning Violin & Viola (Online Only)

Violinist and music educator, Joanna is dedicated to helping students develop and refine their music. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in violin performance. Joanna has been teaching

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Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson

Violin & Viola (Beginning)

Naomi has recently joined MECA as a beginning violin teacher. She attends a local High School and has been involved in music for years. Naomi took and continues to take violin lessons

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Kerena Moeller

Kerena Moeller

Cello

Kerena Moeller is currently third chair with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and section cellist with the Rockford Symphony and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Kerena joined the faculty of the Music Academy in Rockford

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Claire Wright

Claire Wright

Violin & Viola

Claire recently received her master’s degree at DePaul University in Viola Performance. She was involved in DePaul’s Concerto Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and 20+esemble. She received her Bachelors in Viola Performance from Northern

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Samantha Paige

Samantha Paige

Guitar & Bass (Beginning-Intermediate)

Samantha is a graduate of St. Charles East where she participated in the music department’s programs and has been teaching at MECA for over a year. She was enrolled in AP Music

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Bobby Reck

Bobby Reck

Guitar & Bass, Ukulele

Bobby has played guitar for over 11 years and has taught over 5 years. In addition to playing the guitar, he loves to play soccer, video games, spend time on the computer

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Terin King

Terin King

Guitar & Ukulele

Terin picked up the guitar in 2010 and has been playing (lessons at MECA) and refining her skills ever since and is bringing her skill-set to MECA as a beginning guitar teacher.

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Brett King

Brett King

Beginning Guitar & Bass (Online Only)

Brent is a 2019 graduate of St. Charles North high school and currently attends the University of Iowa. He picked up a guitar in 2010 and has been practicing (lessons at MECA)

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Eli Wynn

Eli Wynn

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Eli Wynn is a new face in the Chicago jazz scene that is respected for his dedication to artistic integrity and fresh approach to the tradition of the music. He has toured

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Anya (Anna) Gavin

Anya (Anna) Gavin

Brass, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn & Baritone

Anya is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degrees in Performance, Music Education, and Finance at Northern Illinois University. She studies trumpet with Dr. Mark Ponzo and supplements her academic work with conducting lessons

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