Lyriq Music School

Staff and Instructors

piano

Jacob Adams
piano

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, MN, Jacob Adams’s (he/him) musical interests were sparked upon listening to his parents’ Beatles LP’s when he was 5 years old, with Ringo Starr being his favorite. Percussion lessons followed shortly thereafter, and piano lessons followed at the age of 10....

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Claire Albensoeder
voice explorers piano

Chicago native, Claire Albensoeder (she/her), began her musical journey with piano lessons at age 3. Claire excelled in piano as a child garnering high marks in the Illinois AIM exams and medaling in the Sonata-Sonatina Festivals over 7 years at Roosevelt...

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Evan Borkstrom
piano

Evan Borkstrom (he/him) 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...

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Jordan Christianson
piano

Creating authentic music with other musicians is one of Jordan’s (he/him) 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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Brett Grant
piano guitar

Brett Grant (he/him) began his music instruction began at the age of 5 in the church choir. From the age of 10 onward, he studied a wide array of instruments, ranging from drums and various percussion to piano and guitar. Brett has studied Music Performance at Wilbur Wright College and recently...

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Sandro Tsomaia
piano

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

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voice

Joan Marie Dauber
voice

Soprano Joan Marie Dauber (she/her) has an equal passion for performing, teaching, and the promotion of new music. Her affinity for art song and chamber music has gained her a reputation as a distinguished interpreter of contemporary music and she has been invited...

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Chris Hatcher
voice

Christopher Hatcher (he/him), 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 Fleder...

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Keanon Kyles
voice

Keanon Kyles (he/him) 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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Bridget Skaggs
voice

Mezzo-soprano Bridget Skaggs (she/her) has swiftly gained the attention of Chicago audiences as “a compelling force” with an “agile, expressive voice” (Chicago Classical Review) equally at home in classical, contemporary, avant-garde, jazz, and musical theater. Critics have noted...

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guitar

Noah Appelbaum
guitar ukulele

Noah Appelbaum (he/him) 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 (he/him) is a Chicagoland native with a Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from DePaul University. During his graduate studies, he studied with Mark Maxwell and performed in multiple masterclasses for Anne Waller and world-renown guitarist, Oscar Ghiglia. In addition...

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Goran Ivanovic
guitar

Goran (he/him) is an active educator in the Chicago area with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in Classical guitar, Goran brings his versatile, upbeat style and experience to students of all ages and skill levels, focusing on rhythm and groove, interpretation and musicality, harmony and melody....

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Brian Jablo
ukulele guitar

Brian (he/him) 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. Brian has a bachelor's degree from NIU....

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Brett Grant
piano guitar

Brett Grant (he/him) began his music instruction began at the age of 5 in the church choir. From the age of 10 onward, he studied a wide array of instruments, ranging from drums and various percussion to piano and guitar. Brett has studied Music Performance at Wilbur Wright College and recently...

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Aaron Shapiro
guitar

Aaron Shapiro grew up in a musical family. Both of his grandparents were singers at The Old Town School of Folk Music and his uncle was a rock drummer. At age five Aaron began studying classical guitar at the Laughlin School of Music in Glenview, Illinois. His first year there he learned the basics of ...

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strings

Kadeeja Best
cello strings

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kadeeja Best (she/her), grew up in a creative household surrounded by art and music. At the age of 16, she first began her musical studies on the cello after hearing the famous recording of Jaqueline Du Pre...

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Jakob Heinemann
bass strings

Jakob Heinemann (he/him) has been studying music since the age of 7, beginning with piano and later switching to the upright and electric bass at age 11. Shortly afterwards he began playing professionally under the tutelage of local bass stalwart Nick Moran, and eventually was...

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Marta Perrine
violin viola strings

Marta Perrine (she/her) was raised in the Washington D.C. area by a large family with a love for music. She began Suzuki violin lessons in 2002 at the age of five, later adding viola in middle school, and finally transitioning to solely viola studies as a sophomore in high school...

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drums and percussion

Boyan Tantchev
drums and percussion

Bulgarian-American percussionist Boyan Tantchev (he/him), began his musical studies at the age of 5 under his father, George Tantchev’s instruction. Coming from a long line of Professional musicians, Boyan learned the ins and outs of the classical, jazz and traditional...

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winds & brass

Anne Gallery
flute winds & brass

Anne Gallery (she/her) received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Cornell College - where she participated in the orchestra, wind ensemble, string quartet, string trio, and clarinet-flute ensemble - and a masters degree from VanderCook College of Music. Anne is...

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Alex Kerwin
clarinet saxophone winds & brass

Alex Kerwin has been playing music since the age of nine, taking piano lessons for three years before switching to the saxophone. Growing up he was exposed to many different styles of music. He took classical saxophone lessons for six yeas, participated in many jazz classes...

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Mislav F. Knežević
trumpet winds & brass

Mislav (he/him) received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bucknell University, where he participated in the orchestra, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, free improvisation ensemble, and Indonesian Gamelan ensemble. While studying at Bucknell he performed with Ray...

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Josh Torrey
winds & brass trombone bass trombone euphonium tuba

Josh Torrey (he/him) is a freelance low brass artist and teacher based in Chicago. Raised in upstate New York, he relocated to Chicago in the fall of 2012 following completion of a BMus in Jazz Studies degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. While attending U of I his primary...

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