Joey Chimes

Piano, Theory/Composition

Joey Chimes is a composer, pianist, improviser, and music educator who has lived in Chicago since 2019. He began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and started composing…

Joe Powers is a pianist, improviser, producer, and songwriter from Chicago. Since being mesmerized at a young age by Muddy Waters’ searing live performance of “Mannish Boy” in “The Last…

Paige Dirkes-Jacks is a mezzo-soprano and recent graduate of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor’s in Voice and Opera Performance and certificate in…

Ella Grace


Ella Grace is an up-and-coming trumpeter, composer, and educator. Ella studied several instruments before falling in love with trumpet. In high school, she participated in regional and state-wide honors ensembles…

Grace Suglich

Piano, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Grace began playing the flute in 5th grade, taking private lessons with local instructors, and has since dedicated her life to music. As a recent graduate from Illinois State University…

Jake Victor


Jake Victor has enjoyed a varied career as an internationally present composer, pianist, percussionist, and educator. In the fall of 2017, he spent five months studying jazz piano at the…

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Jesse Calcat

Cello, Violin, Viola, Piano

Detroit native Jesse Calcat is a versatile multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of professional teaching and performance experience across diverse musical settings. Having begun piano lessons at age 4 and…

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Eli Bucheit


Eli Bucheit is a keyboard player who resides in Detroit, Michigan. After earning his BFA in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan, Eli moved to Detroit to continue his…

Michael Martin

Guitar, Voice

Michael Martin is a prominent musician and music educator in the Detroit metro area. Michael started playing guitar at age seven and has never looked back. Starting in eighth grade…

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Julia Smulson

Voice, Violin, Piano

Julia is an up and coming Chicago vocalist, arranger, and educator. Growing up near Evanston and singing even before she could talk, she joined her school choirs, along with the…

Sean Rzewnicki

Bass (Upright and Electric), Guitar

Sean is dedicated performer and music educator. His 10 years of teaching experience have helped him to develop exciting and individualized lesson plans. He understands that all students have diverse…

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Grace Bang

Violin, Piano

Grace started her musical journey at the age of three taking piano lessons from her mother. She started playing the violin in fourth grade and continued taking private lessons while…

Amy Gadd (a woman with bangs, smiling)

Amy Gadd

Voice, Piano

Amy Gadd has been actively teaching voice, ukulele, piano since 2012. Her favorite part of teaching is having her students find “the light bulb moment.” Amy is a lyric coloratura…

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Tyler Lustek


Tyler Lustek is a midwest-based jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator from Eau Claire, WI. Tyler has had the honor to play with notable musicians including Stafford James, Marquis Hill,…

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Jonathan Taylor

Drums, Percussion

Jonathan Taylor is a percussionist, composer, and educator based in Detroit. An avid collaborator, He co-leads a number of diverse projects, including the art-rock band saajtak, electro-acoustic duo Says Things,…

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Marissa Lockwood


Marissa grew up in Clarkston, MI, and started playing clarinet in sixth grade. Since then, she has been very involved in her school and community music programs! She is currently…

Hsuan Chen holding a violin

Hsuan Chen


Hsuan Chen is an emerging violinist based in Chicago, performing both as a chamber musician and an orchestral member. An avid advocate of early music and contemporary sounds, Chen has…

Stephen Parisi

Upright and Electric Bass

Stephen Parisi Jr is a Jazz Bassist, Composer and arranger originally from the Buffalo New York region. He attended the Eastman School of music achieving his Bachelors Degree and receiving…

Andy playing synth

Andrew Michor

Piano, French Horn, Trumpet

Daniel Rausch

Piano, Voice, Guitar

Daniel Rausch began singing as soon as he could talk and only grew from there, honing his talent at Millikin University and meeting countless people along the way to help inspire…

Dan VanZeeland

Piano, Bass

Dan VanZeeland is a pianist, arranger, and educator living in the Chicagoland area, currently completing his senior year as a Jazz Studies major at Elmhurst University. He has performed for…

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Ruth Ginelle Heald

Voice, Piano

Ruth Ginelle Heald is a Chicago-based vocalist who is equally at home singing opera, musical theater, pop, and jazz styles. Operatic credits include Mrs. Soames in Rorem’s Our Town (Willamette…

Jack Smith


Jack Smith is a Saxophonist, Composer and Educator from Madison, Wisconsin. Since moving to Chicago in 2017 he has had the privilege of studying with Chicago’s premiere Jazz Artists including…

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Katlyn Iacovino

Voice, Piano

Katlyn Iacovino, soprano, is a native of Tampa, Florida and currently based out of Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Iacovino is most proud of her recent performances in London as Morgana in…

Alvin playing guitar

Alvin Santner


Alvin is a guitarist, composer, and teacher living and working in the Chicagoland area. He grew up in the North Suburbs of Chicago, first picking up a guitar in eighth…

Casey playing piano

Casey Dahl


Casey Dahl is a jazz pianist who graduated with honors from DePaul University’s School of Music in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Composition. During that time…

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Raquel Navarro

Violin, Piano

Raquel Navarro has been playing violin since the age of eight and has always loved teaching others to play. She has performed with ensembles such as the Indiana University Philharmonic…

Julian Merluzzi: Drums, Percussion, B.M

Julian Merluzzi

Drums, Percussion

Julian Merluzzi is a Chicago based drummer and percussionist who has experience playing in many genres including jazz, funk, rock, folk, and latin. Whatever the musical situation may be, he…

Lauren Hayes: Piano, Harp, Basson: B.M, M.M

Lauren Hayes

Piano, Harp, Bassoon

Lauren Hayes is a pianist, harpist and bassoonist who has performed, studied and successfully competed from Paris to Los Angeles. As an up and coming young artist, she has distinguished…

Matthew Martin: Trombone, B.M, M,M

Matthew Martin


After growing up in Tennessee, Matt Martin moved to Chicago to study Trombone Performance at DePaul University with Mark Fisher of the Lyric Opera and Charlie Vernon of the Chicago…

Kelsey Jaffer: Voice, B.M

Kelsey Jaffer is a Millikin University graduate with degrees in Vocal Performance and Theatre. She loves teaching piano and voice, as well as using lessons to help build technique, performance…

Connor Bernhard: Trumpet, Guitar B.M

Connor Bernhard

Trumpet, Guitar

Connor Bernhard is an in demand trumpeter in Chicago, Illinois where he plays every genre, from esoteric creative music, to simple and tight groove-based hits. He started playing at the…

Kim Hasara

Kim Hasara


Pittsburgh native Kim Hasara embarked on her musical journey when she sang the Star Spangled Banner in her high school for their sporting events. She started taking private voice lessons…

Ethan Moll

Ethan Moll

Guitar, Voice

Ethan Moll was born in Blacksburg, Virginia where he started singing as a passion and hobby before moving to Stillwater Oklahoma. In Sillwater, he participated in choir and began taking…

Evan Salvacion

Originally from New Jersey, Evan Salvacion Levine has played music professionally since he was 16 years old. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin Conservatory and his Master’s in Music…

Ben Sullivan

Ben Sullivan

Guitar, Piano

Ben is a Guitarist, Pianist, Composer, and Arranger from Chicago. Ben has received his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from DePaul University, and is currently in pursuit of his…

Greg Jacks

Greg Jacks


Greg Jacks is a pianist and singer/songwriter already establishing himself on the local scene. While in D.C., Greg taught a full piano studio and played weekly at the Georgetown Piano…

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Kevin Kozol

Piano, Jazz Improvisation, Theory/Composition

Kevin Kozol is a pianist, composer and educator based in Chicago, IL. He is one the founding members of the jazz fusion trio, Spare Parts, who are currently signed to…

Jonah Wei-Haas

Jonah Wei-Haas was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but spent most of his formative years growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At an early age Jonah would sing melodies that he…

Alejandro Cortes: Piano, B.M

Alejandro’s first step into the music world was joining the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz program at the age of fifteen after several years of private study. During his second…

Allison Grischow: Voice, Piano, Clarinet, B.A.

Allison Grischow

Piano, Voice, Clarinet

Allison Grischow is a musician, teaching artist, and actor with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Theater from Valparaiso University. She greatly enjoys performing and teaching students voice, clarinet,…

Jeff Poindexter

Jeffrey Poindexter is an active music director and pianist in the Chicagoland area, having worked with numerous theatres including FWD Theatre Project, BoHo Theatre, Griffin Theatre, the Performer’s School and…


Collin Clauson

Piano, Guitar, Clarinet

Collin Clauson is from Minneapolis, MN and has now become a transplant to the Chicago area. He started playing piano at an early age and later learned how to play…