Columbia College Chicago

Early Childhood FACULTY

Jessica Baker
Jessica Baker


Early Childhood
Jessica Baker is a dynamic and compassionate music educator whose love and enthusiasm is truly contagious! She can be seen teaching Music Together classes on Saturdays at Sherwood. Born and raised in Minnesota, she earned degrees in both Music Education and English Literature from Concordia Colleg...

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Sandra Cross
Sandra Cross


Early Childhood
Voice
Sandra Cross received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theatre, DuPage Opera Theater, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Opera Company and Bach & Beyond. Her f...

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Matthew Gold
Matthew Gold


Early Childhood
Bassist and Composer Matthew Gold earned a degree in music composition from The Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Dr. Donald Erb. While studying in Cleveland, Matthew could often be heard in performance on bass in Cleveland jazz clubs such as Club Isabella and The Boarding House, or...

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Ronnie Kuller
Ronnie Kuller


Early Childhood
Since completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago in 2003, Ronnie Kuller has been working as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator in a variety of contexts. In addition to her work at Sherwood, she is a Musician-in-Residence at Snow City Arts, where she teaches one-on-...

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Erica Lessie
Erica Lessie


Cello, Suzuki Cello
Early Childhood
Erica Lessie received her B.M. in cello performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Fritz Magg. At Florida State University, she earned an M.M. in cello performance and completed coursework for a D.M.A. Currently, she is teaching cello at DePaul University Community Music Division a...

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Kristen Regester
Kristen Regester


Early Childhood, Percussion
Program Chair, Children's Classes
Kristen Regester received her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She began her career at Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago in 1999 teaching for both the Early Childhood and Percussion departments. ...

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