Matt Flynn began playing saxophone in the 5th grade band and in high school began playing the electric bass and electric guitar. In his twenties, Matt discovered the vast world of percussion and joined the Miami University Steel Band and in 1999 took a trip to Ghana to study music and dance. After graduating from Miami University, with a degree in Religion and Philosophy, he began a Master's Program at Florida State University with a focus on Tibetan Buddhist Studies. While working on his degree, Matt joined Mas N' Steel and the FSU African Ensemble where he studied privately with Damascus Kafumbe learning various Ugangan melodic instruments. He has been working with children for the past twenty years first through AmeriCorps, then through various school programs, and also with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. In 2012, Matt helped form the Queen City Silver Stars, an ensemble primarily focused on the rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean, using the steel drum as its main melodic instrument. Matt has been teaching private lessons for the past eight years in the Hamilton area.
General Manager, Little Wings and Rookies Teacher
Shannon’s musical journey started at age 11 as the best (and only) trombone player in the 6th grade band. Her high school jazz director once told her that “variety is the spice of life.” Shannon took that as a challenge. She has played in concert bands, jazz bands, pit orchestras, and has even played trombone in a punk band. At the age of 14 she received a bass guitar for Christmas. She quickly fell in love with the bass and started her School of Rock journey at Mason. Since then she has been in more than 10 School of Rock shows on bass guitar, trombone, and vocals.
Shannon has always had a passion for working with kids, starting out as a camp counselor. She has been surrounded by music her whole life and believes in cultivating a love for all kinds of music from a very young age. Shannon teaches our Little Wing and Rookies classes and put together
the first ever Rookies performance.
Michael started playing musical instruments when he was in grade school. He has performed, recorded, and/or toured on bass or drums with original bands Liquid Hippos, The Love Cowboys, Great Uncle Short Fuse, Throneberry, The Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers, Howlin Maggie, Todd Almond, Brendan Benson, 5 Horse Johnson, and The Hiders. In addition, he has performed in musical theater productions in Cincinnati, New York City, and Peterborough, New Hampshire.
He has been writing and recording his own original music since the 1990s and continues to do so on his own as well as with his wife.
Michael was a drum instructor at the School of Rock Mason from 2012-2020 and a show director from 2013-2016.
Mike Troyer started playing guitar and taking lessons when he was nine years old in southern Indiana. He then went on to play with friends and bands in basements, garages and small venues all the way through college. The music ranged from polka to punk, but he has always favored blues, rock n' roll and alternative music. Family and profession (in his case, scientific research and teaching) took him in many different directions, but Cincinnati has now become his home base to connect with other local musicians. Mike’s children first enrolled at School of Rock, and then later he joined too. Mike is now co-director of our Adult Performance Program and helps Adult Band members quickly prepare for live, onstage shows at local area venues. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Cincinnati.
Danny Manning is a professional musician who has toured extensively and worked with artists from the bands Journey, Toto, The Romantics, Santana, Tommy Tutone, Kansas, Los Lobos, Ben Folds, Boston and many more. He holds a BA in sax with secondary emphasis on piano from Alderson Broaddus University and an MM in Conducting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Locally he performs on keys, sax, and vocals with The Tuna Project, Sunburners, Leroy Ellington and Just Strange Brothers and tours nationally and internationally with The Philip Myers Band. His professional musical directing credits include RAGTIME, AIDA, CHILDREN OF EDEN, TOMMY, WONDERFUL TOWN, FUNNY GIRL and more. He is the past director of the Xavier University Singers and former Assistant Band Director at Walnut Hills High School.
Tom Schneider has been a professional keyboard player for nearly half a century.
In the early '70s he played Fender Rhodes and Hammond organ in "Winfield", a local band performing Beatles and Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers and Doobie Brothers, Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire, etc., as well as light jazz.
During the Disco years, he completed his master's degree in education at Xavier University, then spent much of the '80s sailing the world as a cruise ship pianist.
Returning to Cincinnati, he played solo piano in restaurants, bars, and casinos. Since 2013 he has been the pianist of the Philip Paul Trio, performing regularly around town.
In nearly twenty years of piano teaching around Cincinnati, Tom has enjoyed helping his students experience the joy of getting inside the music, and releasing the music inside them.
Austin Bartle has been playing music for 11 years. He became interested in playing music at 15 years old when he borrowed his older sister's ukulele out of boredom. By his 16th birthday, one of Austin's friends offered him an electric guitar and amp in exchange for his birthday money - a deal that he happily accepted. A friend of his taught him the intro riff to Enter Sandman and from there he began a self-taught musical journey. Eventually he tackled music from bands that he enjoyed and he quickly moved on to writing his own music as a method to learn.
At age 24, Austin auditioned for the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media and was accepted into their guitar performance and music production program. For 1 year, he spent every day in classrooms learning from professional musicians about scales, chords, theory, and sight reading. In performance class, he learned how to play and cooperate with a band in a variety of styles like rock, funk, jazz, soul, progressive rock, and pop. Austin completed the guitar performance program and spent the next year in school learning how to record, engineer, produce, mix, and master music at a professional level from professionals that worked with huge stars like Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Ludacris, NSYNC, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira.
During Austin's two years of school, he studied extensively with three private teachers who truly took his guitar playing and musicianship to the next level. He created the artist name Bartalien and released an album, Historical Successor. Austin is looking forward to spending time practicing and developing everything he was taught and to continue writing his own music, go gigging, teach others, and continue learning from every musician that he can!
Bass Guitar Teacher
Mason Daugherty is a bass teacher who's been playing professionally in a myriad of genres since 14. He holds a degree in Jazz Bass from Morehead State University and is currently pursuing his Masters at CCM. His expertise includes both electric and upright. He is very excited to be joining the team at School of Rock.
Stephen (pronounced Stef-en) Schwarz has been a drummer for what seems like his his entire life. He started playing drums at the age of 10, when his sister and her band would leave their equipment he would sneak in and play their drums. Stephen’s parents finally got him his own drum set when he was 17 and he never looked back. He has been playing professionally since that time and still currently plays with three local bands. Stephen has played with some of Cincinnati’s largest touring bands including Prizoner, Relics & Bad Habit. He also owned and operated the best drum shop in the area. Stephen’s teaching style is a bit unorthodox as he is self-taught, but his technique and style are both well developed.
Allison hails from the mean streets of NKY but has lived in NYC for the last 16 years. Music, especially singing, runs deep in her family DNA and she has been singing publicly since she was 4 years old. Most of her childhood she was known as the youngest of The Monroe Sisters and sang all over Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. Knowing her love of music and singing she joined any choir she could, her favorite being Show Choir and singing with her Jazz Band in high school which led to her getting to sing all over Europe when she was 16. Growing up a preacher’s kid she dreamed to grow up and be Amy Grant. She has performed on multiple stages, churches, clubs, bars and parks. She also enjoyed every musical she could audition for and loves winning lottery tickets to Broadway shows but tries hard not to sing along.
Allison most recently has served as the Creative Arts Director at Forefront in NYC leading bands and singers. As well as working on her own recording project, she also has had the privilege of singing BGVs on more than a dozen projects and loves working in recording studios. She loves the process of learning a song and working with multiple people to create a beautiful sound and emotion. No matter how long it takes. After working with a vocal coach in her late 20s she realized the great need for stretching her voice and confidence. She constantly talks about her high school choir director and music mentors that saw something in her she hadn’t and would have never seen herself. They pushed her to not only be a better musician but to see singing in a whole new holistic way. But she also credits 8 years of piano lessons and her oldest sister for her love of harmonies as she would always demand she sing the melody so Allison and her other sister had to find the harmonies. Now she loves teaching them.
Allison has a deep love and connection to singing and finds her joy and passion there. She believes music can bring people together like nothing else can. She and her husband and son have just returned to their roots in Cincinnati which is where they met and married. She has 4 kids all who are incredible musicians and loves singing with them. She had a dream to be the next Partridge Family so she is crossing her fingers that her son, Ellis, will be the drummer that will complete the band. And that they aren’t embarrassed to jam with her.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Jacob Snow joined the School of Rock Mason location as a bass student when it first opened in 2012, where he played in the house band and made the School of Rock All Star Team in 2014. After graduating, he formed a band with other former School of Rock students, where they released music together and performed all over the Cincinnati area. Jacob has now returned to School of Rock Cincinnati as an instructor, where he will be teaching bass and guitar!
Lyndsay found her passion for music extremely early in life. She started singing in choir in elementary school and became hooked on performing ever since. Lyndsay was the first student at the School of Rock in Mason, OH—over a decade ago! Since graduating from being a student, Lyndsay has found herself working in the creative world—from voiceovers, to live production—Lyndsay had continued pursuing her love for performance. She has taught vocal lessons since graduating from School of Rock, as well as performing and recording with numerous bands. She has a bachelor's degree in media production and loves to help others gain confidence in various performing arts.
Eric Moreton was active in the Cincinnati music scene for 35 years, playing and recording with bands such as Sluggo, Middlemarch, BuBu Klan, Black Magic Rhythm, and the Ready Stance.
From 2005 to 2020, he taught at Wert Music in Erlanger, Kentucky. He also taught lessons privately during that time.
Eric is versed in most styles of music, with emphasis on Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk, Hip Hop, Funk, and the Blues.
Alex Nicodemus is a versatile pianist, composer, and educator with backgrounds in jazz, R&B, rock, and more. Alex has played piano for Cincinnati jazz fusion group Bumpin’ and R&B singer Chaya Jones. Knowledgeable in jazz music, he has played in jazz trios and quartets at venues such as the Phelps Hotel, Brew River, and Ghost Baby. Alex wants to see his students grow and develop a love for music. Currently, he studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher
Jubilee O’Connor (they/them) is a bassist, pianist, singer, and songwriter from Dayton, Ohio. After obtaining their BA in Jazz Studies at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Jubilee began performing in jazz clubs and venues across Cincinnati such as Caffe Vivace, Memorial Hall, and The Hard Rock Casino. They frequently perform with groups like the JJJ Trio and the We Create Jazz Ensemble. Jubilee has performed with artists such as saxophonist Tia Fuller, singer Carla Cook, and Cincinnati legend Kathy Wade. They are the bassist in a local indie band, Hyssop, who released their first self-titled album in the summer of 2020 and are planning to release their sophomore album in 2022. Additionally, Jubilee writes original music on piano and guitar and performs them at various open mics and clubs in their free time.
Ben started playing music at an early age, initially starting on the piano. He primarily took classical lessons and continued playing throughout much of his childhood. When Ben was 13, he joined the School of Rock in Mason, where his passion for guitar was first ignited. This deep rooted interest became the focal point of his life and he's been learning and having fun with it ever since. Ben is currently enrolled in the jazz studies program at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. At this point in his musical career, Ben has learned enough to start giving back and to hopefully inspire others in the same way School of Rock inspired him.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Will Ross is a local Cincinnati Musician. Will is an accomplished bass player, guitar player, singer and songwriter, but has dabbled in any instrument he could hold since middle school. He has been in a wide array of bands growing up where he had the opportunity to play anything from drums, keys, bass to guitar. He now pursues an interest in analog tape machines and running a home recording studio.
He brings a fun and creative passion to guitar and bass lessons. Being a School of Rock alumni himself, he now enjoys teaching and sharing his love for playing Rock and Roll, Country Music and Bob Dylan.
Will has directed shows as well as our Rock 101 program. He teaches guitar and bass lessons.
Justin has been trying to pick out a melody on any instrument you put in front of him since grade school, eventually settling on guitar and bass in his early teens. A series of fun if ill-fated garage bands developed throughout his college years and beyond, accompanied by further study of all the guitar’s possibilities across different styles. As time wore on, collaborative musical endeavors unfortunately had to be placed on the back burner, but Justin still spent his free time exploring jazz, expanding his keyboard playing, and mining the depths of music history through internet and record bin alike.
Guitar of course remained a constant through it all, and through a strange confluence of life events that is best recounted in person he eventually began focusing primarily on solo acoustic finger-style playing. Over the past several years this had led to him learning dozens of popular songs across nearly every genre imaginable, developing a repertoire he is hoping to bring to performance in the very near future. In the meantime, he is also excited to get back to his electric guitar roots with School of Rock, exploring the myriad possibilities of the instrument along with the students he is teaching.
Brandon Harris is a guitarist who has been playing since he was 12 years old. Inspired at a young age by the classic acts like The Who and Black Sabbath, Brandon loves nothing more than playing loud. Though Brandon is a self-professed modern day metalhead, he has cut his teeth in various genres performing in jazz, metal, punk, rock jam bands, and even mariachi. Brandon has a musical education consisting of a combination of private lessons and college courses. Something Brandon prides himself on is his past work in the mental health field where he was able to intertwine music with clients to help illustrate the ability to overcome challenges big and small. He believes music education can make everyone feel important, strong, and confident in themselves. Brandon is new to the School of Rock team and is very excited to continue to help individuals pursue fulfillment through the joys of learning guitar.
Jim Swartwout is one of the newest members of the School of Rock team, but by no means new to the music business. He has been active in just about every conceivable venue for decades; 11 years at Howl-at-the-Moon, 6 years at Waterfront piano bar, dozens of club bands, duos, trios, big bands (Swingtime and Lee’s Junction), hundreds of studio sessions for songwriters, ad agencies, film scores, churches, theaters…most recently music director for the sold-out run of “Falsettos” at the Aronoff this summer. Come in and share our mutual love of music, learn a lot and have some fun!
Hadley was born with a love of music that she just couldn't shake, resulting in her getting her first guitar and microphone when she was just 4 years old. She grew up in a musical and music-loving family and began studying guitar when she was 8 years old.
Throughout school, she explored songwriting, joined band and choir, and participated in every musical activity her small Illinois town had to offer. She attended a Music Business summer camp at Anderson University in Indiana during high school, which quickly confirmed that music is what she wanted to do forever. She graduated from Anderson University in 2021 with degrees in Music Business and Journalism.
Hadley has two songs available to download and stream and is in the process of learning how to produce and record her own music. She currently works in marketing and social media while also playing live at various local breweries and restaurants. She has lived in the Cincinnati area since May 2021. Hadley is so excited to join the School of Rock Cincinnati team and looks forward to sharing her love and passion for music while helping students discover their inner rock stars.
Stephanie’s love of music started at a young age as she was bitten by the theater bug in elementary school. Stephanie went on to study Theater at BGSU where she graduated and moved onto performing with various bands and landing roles in community theaters. Steph began doing private lessons several years and also obtained her CPS teaching certification. Stephanie has called Cincinnati her home for the last 15 years and currently plays every Sunday for Legend Community Church and does various performances throughout Cincinnati with her musician friends. She is very excited to be apart of the SOR team and is eager to share her love of music with the SOR family.
Lillie Jewell is a vocalist and songwriter who is in her third year at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music majoring in Commercial Music Production. Lillie has studied voice and piano since early childhood. She has performed as a soloist, in ensembles and bands, and has had roles in more than 25 musicals including Rizzo in Grease and Ariel in three different productions of The Little Mermaid. Lillie hopes to work professionally as a recording artist and songwriter.
Eric's music career began when he convinced his 5th grade band teacher to let him switch from saxophone to drums. By the 7th grade, his band was playing atschool dances and pool parties. By the end of high school, you could find them playing at bars on Fridays & Saturday nights. Over the years, Eric has played in several local, regional, and national touring acts including Forehead, The Kelly Richey Band, Matt DeCoster, Chrome, DixZ Highway, Reeking Havoc, The Amy Sailor Band and 90 Proof Twang. He's enjoyed national radio airplay with his band Lorenzo, whose Hollywood Records' debut release was recorded at the world famous Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA and produced by none other than Kevin Churko (Ozzy, Hellyeah, Disturbed, 5 Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Papa Roach).
Eric's current band, 90 Proof Twang, is a southern Rock/Country band from Cincinnati, Ohio that formed in 2012. 90 Proof Twang released “Six Pack” in 2014 and "Poor Boy's Paradise" in 2015. You can hear “Baby, I Got This” from the new cd on the 99.3 Country Aurora, Ind., WAIF Cincinnati 88.3, Country 103 Gladwin, Michigan and Classic X Radio.com. They've been awarded "Best Country Band" by City Beat Magazine in 2015, 2017 and 2018. 90 Proof Twang plays about 100+ gigs a year and have shared stages with acts such as Blackberry Smoke, Craig Morgan, Chris Jansen, Jackyl, The Steel Woods and more.
Eric has been teaching students almost his entire music career. And once again, Eric is offering lessons at School of Rock NKY in Florence. Each lesson is tailored to match the students abilities and to fit what the student wants to achieve. Call today and schedule a lesson with Eric!
Joseph Alsept has been playing drums since 2012 and has been passionate about them ever since. There are quite a few drummers he loves, but his biggest influences are Ringo Starr and John Bonham. He joined the School of Rock Mason and started doing the adult shows in 2017. He started teaching at the School of Rock in Cincinnati in 2020. He has done 15 adult shows between the Mason and Cincinnati schools.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher
Phil Cotter is an Emmy®-nominated performer, producer, and composer. He has collaborated with the likes of PBS, Cincinnati Ballet, Contemporary Arts Center and Playhouse in the Park to create soul-stirring, vibrant music for more than a decade. In 2021, his band, The Golden Theory, was named by Pitchfork Music as one of the Top 10 Emerging Artists.
Cotter has performed at the Taft Theater, BLiNK, Midpoint Music Festival, Fountain Square, and stages across the country. As a graduate of Commercial Music Production at the College-Conservatory of Music, he has a vast knowledge of music theory, production, pop songwriting, and film scoring.
Vocal Teacher, Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Ukulele Teacher, Rookies Teacher, Little Wing Teacher
Bri received her Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology from Ohio University in May 2018. Voice was her primary instrument in college, placing an emphasis on musical theatre and pop style. She has been singing and playing piano for 18 years, guitar for 12 years, and ukulele for 8 years. Throughout her high school and college years, Bri was involved in musical theatre, acting, show choir, and dance. She currently works in as a Music Therapist at an outpatient clinic for children and adults with behavioral and intellectual disabilities. She understands the impact music can have for every individual, and she strives to help every person find that. Her teaching philosophy is very person-centered, always making each lesson a success. Learning should be fun and feel rewarding. In her spare time, she enjoys watching crime shows, playing with her cats, spending time with family, and adventuring.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Zach Gutman, native of West Bloomfield MI, is a bass and guitar player who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Central Michigan University and has taught elementary general music, middle school choir, special education, and high school and college jazz band. He also is a producer, and performs very frequently in a variety of styles in the greater Cincinnati area and beyond.
Ethan started playing drums when he was 12 years old, and fell in love with all things music and percussion through participation in his high school ensembles. This prompted him to pursue a career in music via the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received the CCM Honors Scholarship upon entry. During his studies, he performed in a variety of ensembles in and out of school, and gained considerable experience in genres such as Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Rock, Salsa, and Hip Hop. During school, he joined indie rock outfit Sylmar, and has been performing around the US with them for 3 years. He also performs in the Cincinnati area with a variety of artists such as Microbat, La Formula, Bernardo Lopez, Nathan Gittleman, Hyssop, Jenna Reel, and many others. Ethan has been teaching for a collective of 3 years, and his teaching philosophy is one that strives for excellence through fun and inspiration. He believes that in order to really achieve new heights on an instrument, students should be encouraged to follow their own unique interests and be themselves.
Emily Semanovich is a classically trained pianist who has been playing since the age of 9. She immediately fell in love with the beauty and versatility of the piano. In the mid-to-late 2000s, Emily began exploring various styles of music on the keys such as: classical music, jazz, Broadway show tunes, rock, prog rock, alternative, and everything in between! Trained by Dr. Caroline Salido Barta, at the Otterbein School of Music in Westerville, Ohio, she fell deeply in love with the power of music, and its ability to transmute darkness into light (and vice versa). From a very early age, she realized the ability to heal herself through the vibrations of music and the frequency it shared with herself and her audience. Music is a universal language, in that it brings strangers together from all over the world, with different backgrounds, various traumas, differences, and gifts that unite us and make the globe a beautiful place.
As Emily continued to study under the tutelage of Dr. Salido, she began exploring competitions to strengthen her rudimentary knowledge, such as Scale-Olympics and Pianorama. Additionally, she was gently nudged by Dr. Salido to explore the art of performing for others in front of a wide range of listeners and audience members. Emily quickly learned that the best way to learn music was to push herself to play in front of others. She learned that you grow the most when you leave your comfort zone, especially when it comes to music. She played in front of her family and friends during holidays and get-togethers, in the band room, pit orchestra, jazz band, pep band, private lessons, OMEA Solo and Ensemble, marching band, and so much more!
As Emily continued to grow her confidence in her playing and performing abilities, she began teaching younger students how to play the piano through various performance mediums. Additionally, she became an accompanist for middle school students performing for Ohio adjudicators at Solo and Ensemble during both 2018 and 2019. She is passionate about helping others learn the piano, so someday they can pay it forward and teach their friends and loved ones, and strangers, the beauty of tickling those ivories like one cool cat! Currently she is teaching rock/alternative, and exploring Jazz piano theory in her downtime outside of School of Rock. She is heavily influenced by amazing musicians such as Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding, Charles Mingus, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Alice Coltrane, and Chet Baker (be careful if you ask her about Jazz, you will be there for a while).
Her goal at School of Rock is to mentor musicians of all ages in order for them to find their voice, and the song of their hearts and souls. Emily wants to share the ancient wisdom of vibration, frequency, and sound with her students and foster a confidence in all of her pupils, so that they may go forth and express their unique musical frequency. Everyone can play music, and she wants her peers to know this truth and share it with those that they love. She looks forward to meeting new students and teaching them the grace and eloquence of the piano and all that it has to offer!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Jake Kolesar is thrilled to join the School of Rock team! An active member of the Cincinnati music scene, he plays bass in the local indie rock band The Earthly Delights and in the jazz guitar duo YesterSwing. Specializing in keyboard and guitar, Jake has recorded original music and performs regularly as a solo artist. As a teacher, he strives to cater to the unique goals of each student, focusing on the styles that they are most interested in learning. Jake is also passionate about teaching songwriting, improvisation, and music theory.
Mary started singing in choirs and getting solo opportunities in grade school. She began taking musical theater and classical voice lessons at 12 years old. Mary also took piano lessons on and off throughout high school and briefly took drum lessons. She was a part of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir (now known as the Cincinnati Youth Choir) and toured in Europe, singing in Ireland, England, and Wales. Mary went on to study Vocal Performance at NKU, ultimately graduating with a degree in Public Relations concentrating in music and communication, and a Master of Science in Communication from Purdue University.
In undergrad, Mary studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria singing the role of Pamina in excerpts from Magic Flute. She has a vast range of musical knowledge and has sung in a variety of genres including opera, classical, rock, R&B, pop, jazz, folk, and more. Mary enjoys being a member of YPCC (Young Professionals Choral Collective) and has rocked many solos with this group. She performs at weddings, parties, and other opportunities that pop up. Mary loves going out to see a wide variety of live music including opera, musicals, rock bands, EDM shows, folk artists, and many more!
Natalie Almeter is a classically-trained coloratura soprano, who is at home in many different musical genres. She began musical training in middle school with church choir and school musicals and later began singing with Sarasota Youth Opera where she acquired a love of opera and art song. Natalie made her operatic debut with Sarasota Opera as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the age of 18. She went on to continue her studies at the University of Central Florida where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance.
After graduating, Natalie sang with Orlando Opera as The Dew Fairy and Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel before moving to Atlanta, Georgia to earn her master’s degree in Vocal Performance under Richard Clement. After earning her master’s degree, Natalie moved to Cincinnati with her fiancé to begin the process of auditioning for opera companies and competitions all over the country. In Cincinnati, Natalie is a soprano section leader of the Schola Cantorum at Old Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and has sung with many local organizations including Coro Volante, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Heri et Hodie, and Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble. Natalie has also studied voice in both Italy and Germany and has been lauded at over ten vocal competitions.
As a teacher, Natalie has taught a wide variety of students from VBS-age youngsters to undergraduate students to senior choir members from churches. She believes that an emphasis on vocal health and the foundations of singing are building blocks that every singer needs regardless of what genre they pursue in performance. As a lover of rock, Natalie is super excited to work with students to help them reach their goals and help them feel their best when they get on stage to perform!
Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher
Sam comes from a musical family and learned how to play drums and sing at the annual Gorman Family Christmas Jam. Sam studied voice and drums at Denison University, graduating in 2013. He still plays with several classmates from Denison. Sam likes to make and keep it FUNKY!
Jack has been surrounded by music for as long as he can remember. Growing up with parents that were heavy into artists like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and everything in between, he grew an appreciation for music very early on.
Jack joined band in middle school as a trombonist and he later switched to percussion because hitting things seemed fun. He continued with this throughout high school at Lakota West participating in marching band, jazz band, and their symphonic winds program along with multiple district honor bands and orchestras. Jack went to UC with the intention of studying music. However, things changed and he graduated with a degree in media production in 2022. Throughout his time in college, Jack met many people and started playing around again. Multiple projects later he currently plays in an Indy rock group called Los Chicos.
Los Chicos have a couple of singles and a full live album available on all streaming platforms and the group is set to release their first studio album on streaming in May 2023. You can catch Jack with Los Chicos at many different venues around Cincy, including bars, pubs, house shows, and more. Jack is excited that he gets to work with and inspire the next generation of musicians.