Staff and Instructors

piano

Evan Borkstrom
piano

Evan Borkstrom began playing the piano at the age of 8, when his uncle bought him a keyboard for his birthday. He started taking lessons at a local music store, where he began with the fundamentals and some classical based instruction, but quickly moved on to rock and...

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Li-Ying Chang
piano

Taiwanese pianist Li-Ying Chang graduated with a Master’s of Music in Piano Performance from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Pianist Benjamin Pasternack. As a musician, Li-Ying seeks to share the transcendent experience of...

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Brett Grant
piano

Brett Grant’s music instruction began at the age of 5 in church choir. From the age of 10 onward, he studied various instruments, ranging from drums and various percussion to piano and guitar. Brett has studied Music Performance at Wilbur Wright College and recently transferred to...

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Michael Holland
piano

Michael Holland graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, where he worked under Chicago pianist/composer/vocalist Philip Seward and majored in Instrumental Performance-Keyboard. Michael is also trained in Modern, Pop, and...

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Jeremy Kiolbassa
piano

JEREMY KIOLBASSA is a dynamic and engaging performer, specializing in classical and sacred music. His leadership style is characterized by his energy and ability to engage both volunteers and professionals alike. His playing is defined by bold yet tasteful registrations, sensitive...

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Jordan Christianson
piano

Creating authentic music with other musicians is one of Jordan’s greatest joys. As a teacher, he shares that joy and curiosity with his students. He understands that each person has different aptitudes and interests, and he takes that into account when...

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Sandro Tsomaia
piano

Hailed as “Particularly Impressive” by the Wall Street Journal, Alexandre Tsomaia, made his debut at the Newport Festival in Rhode Island, where he premiered 24 preludes of the Georgiancomposer Sulkhan Tsintsadze in North America. At a young age he appeared as soloist...

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voice

Joan Marie Dauber
voice

Joan Marie Dauber has completed a bachelor of music degree in Voice Performance at Baldwin-Wallace College and Conservatory of Music (now Baldwin-Wallace University) and a master of music degree in Voice Performance at Syracuse University, where she performed with...

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Katherine Dalin
voice

Katherine Dalin is an experienced Chicagoland teacher and performer, holding a masters in Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University and dual bachelor's degrees in voice and theatre from Millikin University. When not onstage, Ms. Dalin can be found...

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Chris Hatcher
voice

Christopher Hatcher, a Baritone Californian native, pursuing his Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University. He has performed numerous operatic and musical theatre roles. Favorite past operatic roles include Falke Die Fledermaus, Papageno Die...

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Amanda Kohl
voice

Equal to her passion for performing, Amanda carries an undeniable enthusiasm and integrity into her work as a voice teacher and clinician. She was recognized for her accomplishments in the field, in June of 2016 by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, having...

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Keanon Kyles
voice

Keanon Kyles started his journey of music with the Chicago Children’s Choir under the direction of Josephine Lee. He got his B.A. in Music from Columbia College Chicago where he studied with, Bass -Baritone Andrew Schultze. He has performed overseas in Puccini’s...

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guitar

Noah Appelbaum
guitar ukulele

Noah Appelbaum has been playing the guitar for 20 years. He holds a B.A. in Music from Bard College at Simon's Rock, with concentrations in jazz performance and modern music analysis. Noah has performed as a guitarist and bassist with rock bands at venues like House of Blues...

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Cameren DeCaluwe
guitar ukulele

Cameren DeCaluwe is a Chicagoland native currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance at DePaul University. As an undergraduate at Loyola University, he received multiple awards including the Walter Zanozik Music Award and the First Friday...

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Brian Jablo
guitar ukulele mandolin bass

Brian has been teaching music in CPS for more than 20 years, most recently as the music teacher at Jahn School of Fine Arts. Brian has also taught at Moses Montefiore School, a special school for students with severe emotional disorders, and Suder Elementary School...

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speciality

Erin Carney
flute speciality

Erin Carney has been playing flute since she was ten years old. She grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, where she was involved in band, orchestra, choir, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events and marching band. As a senior in high school, she picked up the piccolo, and kept...

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Karolina Prus
saxophone clarinet speciality

Karolina’s passion for music was realized when she first started taking classical piano lessons at the age of 5 and has been morphing and growing ever since. A recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Saxophone Performance...

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Simeon Tsanev
violin speciality

SIMEON TSANEV started his career in music at the tender age of five, when his parents – both professional musicians – put a violin in his hands. He grew up in Bulgaria, where he graduated with a Bachelor's and then Master's Degrees in violin performance from the National...

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Justin Woodward
trumpet speciality

Justin holds a Master’s of Music in Jazz Composition from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz from acclaimed University of North Texas. A product of wonderful teachers, Justin has studied with several prominent students of the storied master pedagogue Don...

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