Our Staff

Nick B.

Drum Set & Percussion

Nick is an active drummer, percussionist, and educator from Charleston, South Carolina. He was a teaching assistant at and received his Masters in Performance from the University of North Texas, and his

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Carolina C.

Carolina C.

Violin & Viola

Carolina is a dedicated and versatile music teacher, with wide ranging experience and a passion for helping people grow and fill their potential. She received her Bachelor’s degree in her hometown in

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Mark L.

Mark L.

Guitar & Ukulele

Mark Laurence began his study of the guitar at age 10. Influenced by everyone from Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Charlie Parker, Metallica and Frank Zappa, his wide variety of musical

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Julia C.

Julia C.

Piano

Now a seasoned Suzuki alumnus, Julia Clearman began studying Suzuki piano at the age of five under the direction of Nancy Daley through the Suzuki program at MacPhail Center for Music in

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Gretel Mink H.

Gretel Mink H.

Voice

Gretel Mink H., a Florida Native, is a graduate from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Gretel received numerous

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Melinda S.

Melinda S.

Piano

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mindy S. has found her home in the Chicago area. Mindy has studied piano from age 5, and received her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State

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Carl J.

Carl J.

Violin & Viola

Carl J. is a veteran Chicago performer and educator. He has taught violin and viola privately for the past 30 years at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, DePaul University, American Conservatory

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Dustin V.

Dustin V.

Violin

Dustin V. attended Olivet Nazarene University in his hometown of Bourbonnais, Illinois and received his liberal arts degree in 2016. He began Suzuki violin at age 10, beginning in Bourbonnais and later

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Mathias J. A.

Mathias J. A.

Percussion

Mr. Mathais A., from the south suburbs of Chicago, is an established professional music producer, music director, and drummer. Bringing over 25 years of knowledgeable music experience and application, he’s been able

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Elena K.

Elena K.

Voice

Elena K. studied vocal performance at the College and Conservatory in her native city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She completed her training in two prestigious artist development opera programs – the Houston Grand

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Christina E.

Christina E.

Piano & Voice

Mrs. Christina E. is a professional pianist/vocalist/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

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Fred K.

Bass & Cello

A native of Kankakee, Illinois, Fred graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Music Education. He began bass studies with Nancy McCain of Chicago Heights, and continued later studies with Harold

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Farobag Homi C.

Farobag Homi C.

Piano

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

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Mirela L.

Mirela L.

Piano

Albanian born and raised pianist Mirela L. has performed as recitalist, chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and taught piano professionally for over 20 years throughout Europe and the United States. Mrs. L. holds

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Ana S.

Ana S.

Violin & Viola

Ana S. hails from Skopje, Macedonia, where she began playing the violin at the age of five. She attended Skopje’s performing arts high school, where she studied violin and viola with Prof.

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Kim L.

Kim L.

Visual Arts Teacher

Mrs. Kim joined the staff in 2018. She received associate degree in business and fine art from Morton College and continued her studios in fine art and marketing at Northern Illinois University

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