Lesson Studio Teachers – Champaign
Backed by a business over 50 years strong, The Music Shoppe has the most effective and affordable lesson studios in the area. We bring in highly qualified teachers and let them do what they do best.
Every band and orchestra instrument has a qualified teacher, as well as other popular instruments like drum set, piano, guitar and banjo. You can even find lessons for jazz studies, music theory, or home recording!
The age of our students range from four years all the way up to retirees. We teach the first-time beginner, to the advanced player looking to prepare for auditions. Everyone is welcome in our lesson studios!
After browsing our teacher bios (found below), simply contact your store’s studio manager. They will assist you in finding a weekly time that will work best for your schedule.
Champaign Lesson Studio Manager
Dustin Norder has been playing mandolin and guitar for the past ten years. He has studied music theory and ear training along with other performance classes. Dustin has played in the Champaign area for the past six years with The Corn Desert Ramblers, Hot Iron String Band and Ol’ Number Seven, among others.
His styles range from bluegrass, gypsy jazz and swing to country, folk and blues. “Since I began playing music, I have always shared and learning from other musicians. Teaching is a part of music and that is why I love it”. Teaching formally for four years now, Dustin is excited to join the Music Shoppe as a mandolin and guitar teacher.
Dr. Young Kim
Guitarist Young Kim studied at the Seoul Jazz Academy in Seoul, Korea, and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, before attending the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He recently graduated with the degree in Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the UIUC. His doctoral project was a study of guitarist John Abercrombie’s jazz improvisational style. Young has studied with bassist Larry Gray, pianist Chip Stephens, and guitarist Tim Miller. He currently performs and teaches guitar in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Young enjoys teaching guitar, music theory, ear training, and improvisation to students of wide range of levels, ages, and styles. His teaching philosophy is to help them learn the language of music, discipline through practice, and discover their own musical identity and creativity.
Guitarist Chris Beyt grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. When he was nine, he began playing trombone, and at fourteen he began to learn guitar. In 1999, he received multiple scholarships to Loyola University in New Orleans where he studied with John Eubanks and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. During that time and for two years afterwards, he performed in New Orleans at various venues on both guitar and electric bass. In 2005, he moved to Denton, TX where he studied guitar with Fred Hamilton and began his studies on upright bass, on which he has since been performing in addition to guitar. Chris earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas in 2008. Immediately following, he moved to Champaign, IL where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has studied with Larry Gray, Chip Stephens, and Chip McNeill.
At the University of Illinois, Chris is the Music Program Coordinator for Unit One at Allen Hall overseeing the department of music instructors. In this position, he teaches private lessons in guitar, bass, and theory/songwriting, directs the Rock Band ensembles, and teaches music courses in Electronic/Acoustic Recording and the histories Jazz and Popular Music.Chris completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts with his dissertation, “Compositional Structure and Characteristic Ideas in the Improvisations of Jim Hall.” Based on this study, college level clinics are available on Thematic Improvisations and other topics.He performs in and around the Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis areas on both guitar and upright bass with his own and various other ensembles, and his new album 120 is available at www.ChrisBeyt.com as well as on iTunes and Amazon.
Scott Montgomery is Director of Music Ministries and Organist for Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Champaign, Illinois. Scott received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in organ performance, studying with Dr Dana Robinson.
Scott has been a prize winner in several competitions including first-prize in the American Guild of Organists’ Region V Competition in Evansville, Indiana (1997), second-prize in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition in Syracuse, New York (2002), and was also the first recipient of the M. Louise Miller Scholarship (2002) sponsored by the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 2006 he was winner of both the Lilian Murtagh Memorial Award (first-prize) and the Audience Prize of the American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing (NYACOP), the first person to win both prizes in the history of the competition.
Scott has given numerous concerts and master classes around the country including performances at the 1998 National AGO Convention in Denver, the 2006 National Convention in Chicago, and two performances at the 2008 National Convention in St Paul-Minneapolis. Scott has also been a featured performer and presenter at the Tallahassee Church Music Conference in Tallahassee, Florida; the National Pastoral Musician Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana; and for the 2009 Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) in Wheaton, Illinois. His performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s series, Pipedreams. His debut recording, Water and Light, was released in 2008 by the Pro Organo label. His second CD, Inspirations From England, was released in 2009 by the Regent Record label.
Piano and Composition Lessons
Ryan Tomski is an award-winning multi-genre composer, instrumentalist, and educator originally from Wisconsin. He currently co-leads a big band called Big Beat (which released its debut CD in July 2015), while simultaneously pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and is a graduate of the Jazz Arranging Master’s Degree program at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Ryan has taught jazz courses and lessons as a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He has penned approximately twenty works for large ensembles including big bands, wind ensembles, choirs, marching bands, pep bands, and more. He has performed music in eight countries. Ryan has collaborated with such artists as Steve Nelson, Cecil Bridgewater, Martin Wind, Tom Finn, Steve LaSpina, and Paul Meyers.
“Ryan makes learning the piano fun, whether you are an adult or a child. He’s patient, energetic, and supportive. Ryan’s greatest gift, though, is his ability to instill the love of music. At the end of each lesson, he plays a song for us. He will ask my son what he should play, and then he will entertain us all with his skillful playing. Many times, though, my son will ask him to make up a song that demonstrates an emotion or emotions. Ryan will make up a song on-the-spot…a really amazing song, a breath-catching song. That’s when a lesson goes way beyond knowing what keys to hit, but to an experience.”
-Melanie Wallace, Mother of student Will, Wife of student Sean
“Ryan is great with my son Jake, who at 12 years old is not exactly interested in playing the classics. So Ryan took the time to simplify a popular song of my son’s choosing and kept my son motivated. Thanks Ryan for being flexible with kids of varying interests!”
-Lisa Ludwig, Mother of students Jake and Elyse
Piano and Voice Lessons
Barbara-Ann Kaidy is a native New Yorker, and a previous resident of Baltimore for over 25 years. She has just returned to Champaign after 20 years in San Diego, where she taught group piano I, II and III, voice, music theory and chamber choir at Miracosta College. In 1994, Barbara-Ann was hired by CV Lloyd Music Store to teach voice and piano. At that time, she organized and performed a concert to benefit the Holy Cross Organ Fund, including some of the best and brightest classical musicians and purveyors in town, who, all, donated their services.
Barbara-Ann has taught piano and voice privately for 42 years. Her students have ranged in age from 4 years old to 95 years old. A professional classical and jazz singer, she is an alumnus of Peabody Conservatory Johns Hopkins and Towson University and is currently a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at Capella University. At 20, she was the youngest woman to be hired by the Baltimore Opera, where she remained for 11 years. Her recital work included 3 engagements at the Cathedral of Mary, Our Queen in Baltimore. Barbara-Ann has, also, been hired as a choir director and professional soloist at several churches and synagogues across the country for over 40 years.
Music is the only medium that is understood by all cultures in the same way, as far as is known. It requires no other education as a communication device and as an emotional release mechanism. The teaching philosophy to which Barbara-Ann subscribes is that music, in its many formats, must be fostered in the world so that people will continue to have this very basic human tool of expression. To that end, she poses the question as to whether it behooves all of us to learn as much as we can about how to bring music into our own lives.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ai Yamaguchi is a doctoral candidate in flute performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She also holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wright State University. Recently named principal flutist of the Urbana Pops Orchestra, Ms. Yamaguchi has also performed as a second flutist in the Gulf Coast Symphony in 2008-2010 season and the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.
Ms. Yamaguchi has performed in masterclasses for Fabio Angelo Colajanni, Tadeo Coelho, Ervin Monroe, and Kristen Stoner and recently, she was selected to perform in the master class held at the Eastern Kentucky University for the world renowned flutist, Sir James Galway. Her principal teachers include Dr. Jonathan Keeble, Dr, Danilo Mezzadri, Rachel Taratoot-Ciraldo, Dr. Christopher Chaffee, and Dr. Leslie Goldman Maaser.
Katie Gunn is an educator and musician in Central Illinois and Indiana. Currently employed as the Oboe Instructor at Indiana State University, Katie teaches both undergraduate oboists as well as middle and secondary musicians. Katie is an active musician and has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Danville Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Katie currently plays with Regali Winds and the Indiana State University Faculty Quintet. In the past, Katie has performed in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet which performed extensive community outreach in the Lubbock area and commissioned Ferdinand’s Follies, which premiered in 2009. She is the recipient of the Bill A. Nugent Fellowship at the University of Illinois, studying with John Dee, and is in the process of finishing her doctorate. Katie received a Master’s of Music from Texas Tech University studying with Amy Anderson, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University, where she studied with Dr. Doris DeLoach.
Dr. Jonny Beckett
Jazz Coordinator, Saxophone & Flute Lessons
Jonathan Beckett has been a professional saxophone player for over 30 years. He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas in 2006, and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois. He was a featured soloist and clinician with the One O’clock Lab Band at North Texas, as well as the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Beckett has performed with Harry Connick Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Jimmy Heath, the Temptations, Kenny Rogers, and many others. He specializes in jazz flute, and the study of music theory and harmony. He has been active in the Champaign-Urbana area playing with his band and other local musicians, as well as teaching music privately.
Bassoonist Annie Lyle Mason is a professional performer and private music teacher serving Central Illinois. She is currently the Teaching Assistant for the Bassoon Studio at the University of Illinois and has performed as a substitute bassoonist for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.
Annie holds degrees in music from the University of Illinois, Louisiana State University, and has the distinction of being one of the first bassoonists to graduate from the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). Currently she is enrolled at the University of Illinois in the Doctor of Musical Arts program. In addition to her performing career, Annie was a teaching artist for the MSM outreach program where she taught electronic music composition and music theory for junior high aged students.
Whether your student has a casual interest in playing or wants to make a career in music, Annie can help. Her attention to building the basics helps bassoonists form a strong foundation in which they can confidently perform their band and orchestra music, prepare for auditions, and enjoy lifelong appreciation of music.
Christopher M. Moors is the Manager of The Music Shoppe in Champaign & founder of The Music Shoppe Lesson Studios in Champaign. He is well known throughout the Central Illinois area as a performer, teacher, composer, and local TV/radio personality. In the central Illinois area he has performed with Danville Symphony (10 years), Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble, Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue, Tons O Fun Band, Sycamore Brass & his own jazz ensemble Cosmology.
His brass instructors include Dr. Paul Willwerth, Richard Illman, Dr. Mike Ewald, Ray Sasaki, and Dr. Thomas Wirtel. Moors has over 20 years experience teaching students of all age levels throughout Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. He has a B.M.E. from Central Michigan University, a M.M. from Michigan State University, and served as graduate assistant at the University of Illinois while working on a D.M.A.
CD’s he appears on include: “Passages” in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois, “Sousa, El Capitan” by Sinfonia da Camera on the Zephyr label, and “Blue Shades” the music of Frank Ticheli by Michigan State University Wind Symphony.
Robert holds a B.M. in Music Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a M.M. in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently studies with Charles Daval and Tito Carrillo. Previous trumpet instructors include founding Canadian Brass member Ronald Romm, Dr. Ryan Nielsen, Dr. K. Newell Dayley and David Evans.
He is an avid performer, arranger, composer and educator. In February of 2016 Robert created Transit Brass – an ensemble of multifaceted musicians that not only perform standard brass ensemble literature but newly arranged and composed works in both the classical and jazz idioms. Robert is one of the composers and arrangers of this ensemble and regularly performs with this group in concert halls, schools, churches and other local music venues. (click here to see video clips of Transit Brass)
Robert currently performs in the University of Illinois Graduate Brass Quintet and was previously the principal trumpet of the University of Illinois Wind Symphony (Spring 2016). He was recently awarded the Guy M. Duker Symphony Band Award from the University of Illinois Bands (May 2016) and was a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition graduate solo division (March 2016). Robert was one of eight semi-finalists chosen from a video pre-screening to participate in the West Point Concert Band trumpet audition (Mar 2015) and one of five semi-finalists chosen for The Old Guard Fife and Bugle Corps audition (Mar 2016) – both ensembles are prestigious Premier Military Bands in the U.S. Army. He has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra and Urbana Pops Orchestra. He has also played under jazz great John Clayton in the Lionel Hampton Youth Jazz Orchestra (Feb 2013), was the second trumpet in the BYU-Idaho Faculty Brass Quintet (Sep 2013-2014), and regularly adjudicates solo and ensemble competitions.
Robert has taught at both the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Jazz Summer Camp (summer 2015) and Illinois Summer Youth Music (summer 2015 and 2016). He currently teaches Central High School’s second jazz band Stage Band and has been at this position since 2014. He also runs Centennial High School’s Brass Ensemble. (click here to see video clips of his classical playing)
He can be heard on the CD Astral Canticle released April 2015 under Nimbus Records with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra as co-principal and section trumpet.
Donny Albrecht is a trumpeter from the state of Hawaii born on the island of Kauai, who started playing in 4th grade and decided it was right for him. Donny is a graduate of Arron Copland School of Music in Queens New York, where he studied with Michael Philip Mossman. He is also graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. Where he studied with Lin Biviano and Charlie Lewis and Tiger Okoshi. It is also worth noting Donny attended The University of North Texas for a portion of his masters degree. His focus while at UNT was in Jazz studies with a Lead emphasis. Donny studied with Jay Saunders while at The University of North Texas. Donny has been teaching for several years. He taught for a period of time at the Frisco school of music in Frisco Tx, where he was the director of brass studies. At Burleson ISD in Burleson tx he taught legit and comercial trumpet studies along with being the assistant jazz band director. While teaching at Burleson ISD He also taught at Crowley ISD in Crowley tx. Donny has taught in just about every learning environment from elementary to University levels. Donny is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana.
French Horn Lessons
Trombone & Low Brass Lessons
Tuba & Low Brass Lessons
Korrey Frichtl is a native of Champaign, having graduated from Edison Middle School and Centennial High School. He is currently pursuing a BM in Tuba Performance under the tutelage of Prof. Mark Moore. While at UIUC, Korrey has performed with many ensembles including the Illinois Wind Symphony, UI Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, UI Trombone Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Athletic Bands and the world famous Marching Illini. He can also be found performing around town with Sixth Street Brass.
During the summer of 2015, Korrey was a member of the Disneyland Resort All-American College Band, a program which accepts 21 college musicians from around the country each summer to perform for 11 weeks and work with Los Angeles’ top musicians. While in LA, Korrey performed and worked with musicians such as Wayne Bergeron, Sal Lazano, Jiggs Whigham, John Clayton, Ron Carter, Gregg Field, Steve Houghton, and Rex Richardson.
Orchestral String Teachers
Orchestral String Lessons
Ingrid Reid is an educator and performer with a passion for the arts and their inclusion in the lives of students. While pursuing a degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ingrid is an active member of the string community, both on campus and in the surrounding school districts. Through several after school programs and volunteer opportunities in the area, Ingrid has led string rehearsals for middle and high school students, general music classes for toddlers, and workshops for future music educators. Currently, Ingrid is a cellist in the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and has previously performed as a member and soloist with Full Score Chamber Orchestra and Lake Forest Civic.
In addition to classical music, Ingrid has also performed in folk and rock bands around the Chicagoland area. She enjoys collaborating with local artists and has recorded tracks on several recent albums. She believes that music should be a lifelong passion and a source of enjoyment, in whatever way it manifests itself in your life. She is open to your interests and goals for your own musical journey and is excited to help you explore as a musician!
Cello & Bass Lessons
“I started cello lessons in the fifth grade in Danville, Illinois. When I was in eighth grade, I joined the Danville Symphony Orchestra. As a senior in high school, I performed the Golterman Cello Concerto. I was a member of the Danville Symphony Orchestra until I went away to college.
While at Eastern Illinois University, I earned my bachelors degree in music education. At Eastern, I prepared for teaching by taking lessons in viola, violin, and string bass. I performed bass in the college band and had an opportunity to play with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Miliken University Orchestra, Vermilion String Quartet, and Danville Symphony Orchestra.
I moved to Champaign in 1986 to teach string/orchestra in various schools in Unit #4. For the past several years, I have been performing with Parkland College Orchestra and teaching privately. I enjoy teaching and performing equally. My students benefit from my experience as a performer and I will continue until I cannot do either.”
Crystal Rebone is a bassist in the Illinois area. Originally from Beloit, Wisconsin, Rebone graduated Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois with a degree in Jazz Studies. Here, she was the principle bassist in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and participated in the Western Illinois Concerto Competition. She was also a part of the Jazz Studio Orchestra and the Jazz Combo program and studied under Matt Hughes all four years at Western. She is currently attending University of Illinois to receive a Masters in Jazz Studies under Larry Gray. Rebone’s teaching experience includes: teaching bass at the Western Illinois University Orchestra and Jazz Summer Camps (2013 and 2015), University of Illinois Jazz Camp (2015) and privately teaching violin, viola, cello and bass to people of all ages for the last five years. She is also an active performer. She performs regularly around Illinois, has participated in many recitals on the Western Illinois Campus, participated in the Elmhurst Jazz Festival where she won an Outstanding Musicianship Award and has toured with the Western Illinois Jazz Studio Orchestra in Brazil and Western Illinois University Symphony Orchestra around Illinois and Iowa.
Drum & Percussion Teachers
Matt Endres is a drummer, educator and is endorsed by Bopworks Drumsticks out of Austin Texas. He is currently on music faculty at Richland College in Decatur Illinois. Matt has received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois and is currently working on his Doctorate in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois while being a teaching assistant.
David Garcia has been working as a musician for over 20 years and teaching for a good portion of those. He’s a former student of Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA where he focused on drumset and percussion, studying privately, taking classes, and regularly attending performances and clinics with many of the music business’s top artists and educators like Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphries, Efrain Toro, Terry Bozzio, Dennis Chambers, Richie “Gajate” Garcia, Toss Panos and many others. Upon completing his studies there, he was invited by respected drum educator and author Chuck Silverman to substitute teach his classes covering funk, latin, and the connection between the two.
In his years working as a drummer & percussionist, David has lended his talents to a wide variety of musical situations: from working the bar circuit, and supporting original artists in intimate venues and coffeehouses; to recording sessions for albums and movie soundtracks in top L.A. studios, and going on tours with major label recording artists. He has run the gamut of playing empty venues with 3 people in the audience, and has also performed sold out shows at venues like The House of Blues in L.A. David has also appeared on TV shows like The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, and Univision News. Some notable artists that David has worked with include Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, and Ralphael Saadiq.
David moved to the Champaign-Urbana area 7 years ago to pursue a second career in Translation Studies, Spanish, and Portuguese at University of Illinois where he earned his B.A. He continues to perform regularly and loves to share his passion, experience, and knowledge about rhythm and drumming with others. In his free time, David enjoys traveling, cooking, reading books, watching Netflix, tending to his plants, philosophizing with friends that will tolerate it, and recently purchased a canoe which he hopes to take on many adventures. ¡Se habla español!
Joey Glassman is a professional jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, composer, and educator. His current projects include his first album for unaccompanied jazz vibraphone, set to release in 2017.
Joey’s studies in music began at a young age, born into an already musical family. Those studies progressed into his formative years, resulting in a B.M. in Classical Percussion Performance from The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. During his studies, Joey received awards such as Outstanding Undergraduate Senior in Performance, Outstanding Senior Percussion Recital, Outstanding Junior Percussion Recital, as well as a Downbeat award for Best Classical Group as a part of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. Throughout and following his tutelage, Joey has played freelance with groups such as The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and Denver Brass.
Joey is an avid jazz vibraphonist, seen playing with Swedge in Denver, his own quintet throughout the Denver Metro area, and most recently his trio in Champaign-Urbana. As well, he has performed as a soloist with Louis Colaiannia on many occasions, not the least of which being at The Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, as well as at the Zone Music Awards 2016. He is set to perform with Colaiannia at the Surf Ballroom and Museum in Clear Lake Iowa and in Los Angeles come December 2016.
As an educator, Joey has seen success teaching as a private and ensemble instructor at Performance Play Music School, Eaglecrest High School, Cherry Creek Academy, and St. Edward High School. He has also given jazz masterclasses at Dakota Ridge High School. During those experiences, he has taught all ages.
Composing music has always been very important to Joey, with beginnings as early as grade school. His largest works include the entire score for Carrie O’Toole’s documentary Forfeiting Sanity: What if Love is Not Enough, as well as the score for her short film Little: A Bullying Story, a trio for Horn, Trombone, and Vibraphone titled NUDL Slow, and many jazz songs, some of which featured on Swedge’s debut album, Beginnings.
As a professional musician, Joey Glassman continues to strive for excellence in all that he plays, teaches, and writes. He currently lives in Champaign, Illinois with his wife, Katie and their cat, Reginald Esq.
Since she began teaching at The Music Shoppe, Amber has covered vocal genres ranging from classical, jazz, folk, musical theatre, to pop. Her students participate in their schools choirs, jazz ensembles, performing at Farmer’s Markets, and in local musicals. She has taught students ranging from ages 5 to 83!
Amber Farish earned her master’s degree in 2016 with a focus on Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While she was there she participated in various opera productions, concerts, and collaborated with composers in new music concerts. Before moving to Illinois in 2014, Amber earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance at the University of Central Florida and her A.A. in Music at Seminole State College. While living in Florida she instructed students in piano as well as voice. Amber also coached high-school students for their opera scenes in conjunction with Florida Opera Theatre.
Kasey Stewart, mezzo-soprano, is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an Internationally Acclaimed vocalist who has performed professionally for 24 years and has been teaching Private Voice for over 15 years. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor of Voice Performance at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She spent the previous 13 years teaching at Elmira College in Elmira, New York and The 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning New York. Kasey is an award-winning vocal artist and an active performer with recent concerts in the United Kingdom and upcoming performances at the National Opera Theater in New York, NY and The Newport Summer Music Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Although she maintains a healthy performing schedule, Ms. Stewart’s first love is teaching. Kasey teaches in all vocal styles including classical, jazz, pop, country and she especially enjoys working with beginners.
One of Kasey’s passions is the use of music as a tool for healing and mental health. She developed A Seminar in Stage Fright for use at Binghamton University where Kasey obtained her BA in Music and her MM in Vocal Performance under the direction of her teacher Mary Burgess. Kasey also created a workshop for Corning Incorporated called In Your Right Mind, How Music and Play Can Alleviate Stress in the Workplace. Ms. Stewart believes anyone who wants to sing can learn how to sing and she has assisted hundreds of students in obtaining their vocal goals. Currently, she has four students in undergraduate degree programs, who each received full scholarships to study music at the college of their choice. Kasey has taught all ages ranging from 8 to 90 and is especially successful with students who have learning challenges such as ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Tone-Deafness (amusia) and Auditory Processing Disorder. Above all, it is Kasey’s mission to share her knowledge and be of service to the community by using her skills to help people achieve their goals and make them understand that nothing is vocally impossible if the desire and drive to do so are present.