Our Staff

Begin Your Journey as a Musician


She is a professional soprano with over a decade of experience teaching and performing. Dana has a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada and a Master of Music from Roosevelt University. Dana also attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Dana has been a guest performer with multiple symphonies including the Kitchener-Waterloo […]

Ritch Valadez started playing guitar at age 8, first self taught and learning by ear and then by studying Jazz and Classical performance at the Chicago Academy for the Arts under Jason Patera and at the Chicago College for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University under the direction of David Bloom, John McLean, and Paul […]

He is a professional singer-actor with more than a decade of experience teaching and performing. Ryan has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Houston and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado Boulder. Ryan feels strongly that everyone can sing. He works together, with his students, […]

Natalie Dzbik

Piano & Violin

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Canada, Natalie Dzbik was involved in a variety of music lessons including voice, piano, violin and viola. She took piano and voice lessons and performed frequently until high school, when she began to focus primarily on the violin and viola. She studied violin with Yasuko Eastman, viola with Kathryn […]



Melissa is an educator with 30 years of teaching experience. She has a Master of Arts degree from Rockford University and a Bachelor's degree from NIU in Visual Arts and Spanish. She has taught piano to students of all ages and has also served as an accompanist to several worship teams with Christian recording artists. […]

Diego Zapata is a Venezuelan violinist who began his studies at the age of 5 in the Venezuelan program known as “El Sistema”. At 10 years of age, he began musical studies at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory for three years after entering the Latin American Academy of Violin, as well as in the Mozarteum School […]

Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag Homi C. has also served as the Artistic Director of the University of Chicago’s Performing Artists Series from 1990 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles, the Mostly Mozart Chamber Players and the Camerata Virtuosi. He is also a skilled interpreter of […]

Mrs. Christina E. is a professional pianist/accompanist with a wealth of experiences. She has an extensive background in piano pedagogy and has been teaching children and adults for over 30 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with a minor in voice from the American Conservatory of Music, taught private & […]

Brenda Kenyon is a native Pennsylvanian from Waterford, near Erie.  She received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Pennsylvania at Mansfield and a Master’s in music education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  Brenda is a retired music teacher with 30 plus years’ experience in teaching music to children of all […]