Our Staff

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Chris Ray

Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Guitar

Chris has been performing and teaching bass for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from DePaul University, both in Jazz Performance. Chris remains active playing and recording with a variety of different art-ists and bands in the Chicago area […]

Luke Maslanka

Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Piano & Ukulele

Luke received his Bachelor of Music Education at Elmhurst College. He participated in their Wind Ensemble on his primary instrument, the bassoon, and in their Varsity Band on several of his secondary instruments. He also teaches in the Schaumburg School district as an Itinierant Band/Orchestra Teacher working primarily with beginning 5th and 6th grade students.  […]

Nathan Smith

Woodwinds, Trumpet & Piano

Nathan Smith is a dedicated teacher and multi-instrumentalist. He has been teaching woodwinds for over 20 years. As a performer, he has covered many styles of music, from rock to classical, from jazz to noise. He takes great pride in developing lasting relationships with students and teaching them in a way that best speaks to […]

Temenuga (Tammy) Zhekova was educated at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where she received her music degree and K-12 music education certification. For the past 20 years, Tammy has served as lead soloist in Chicago’s Bulgarian Orchestra and conductor for the all-female Chicago-based choir The Voices of Little Bulgaria, […]

Matthew Nall, an Illinois native from Camp Point, holds music degrees from Illinois College and Western Illinois University. While at Illinois College he was a two-time recipient of the Ruth Bellatti Music Honors Scholarship, performed with the Walden Chamber Players, and was a finalist in the Jacksonville Symphony Society’s Talent Among Us Competition. Matthew has […]

Janet Cramer

Drums & Bass

Janet Cramer is an accomplished drummer and instructor with more than twenty-five years of experience. She obtained her Masters in Music degree from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, before relocating to Chicago. Ms Cramer has made a significant contribution to various genres and music scenes in Chicago, including Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Americana, and […]