Columbia College Chicago

Ensembles FACULTY

Christie-Keiko Abe
Christie-Keiko Abe


Violin, Suzuki Violin
Chamber Ensemble
Undergraduate: B.M (Honors) University of Sydney - Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Violin/Piano). Postgraduate: M.M - Australian Institute of Music (Violin/Piano) PhD Specialist in Music Performance ( Violin) - University of Michigan School of Music (Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors). Post-gr...

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Bryan Albert
Bryan Albert


Guitar
Chamber Ensemble
Bryan Albert makes a living as a teacher, concert guitarist, performance artist, transcriber, studio artist, and composer/arranger. In addition to his private guitar and piano studio, Bryan is currently on strings faculty at Sherwood at Columbia College. Past collaborators and patrons include Halcyo...

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Bridget Callahan
Bridget Callahan


Violin, Viola
Suzuki Violin, Viola
Bridget Callahan has taught viola and violin for over ten years. After being first introduced to string instruments in her public school music program, Ms. Callahan is a strong advocate for music education for all children. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Nancy Lokken, Edward Kreitman and Nan...

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Ying Chai
Ying Chai


Violin, Viola
Chamber Ensembles
Where did you receive your undergraduate education? Lynn University Florida. Where did you receive your postgraduate education? I was under full scholarship at the Juilliard School for master degree.  Artist Diploma at Manhattan School of Music. What is your hometown? Shang...

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Laura Fenster
Laura Fenster


Piano
Chamber Ensemble
Preferred Student Age: 8 and up, occasionally teaching younger students. Preferred Student Level: Intermediate to advanced. How long have you been on faculty at Sherwood? Since fall of 1991. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. Solo and chamber performances; member...

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Lisa Goethe-McGinn
Lisa Goethe-McGinn


Flute, Suzuki Flute
Wind & Percussion Department Head
Preferred Student Age: 5 and up. Preferred Student Level: Beginners to Advanced. How long have you been on faculty at Sherwood? Since 2003. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. I perform contemporary/avant garde and free improvisation and work with composers on new...

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Jarrett Hicks
Jarrett Hicks


Percussion
Jazz Studies
Preferred student level:  Any age. When did you join the faculty at Sherwood? 2008. What do you want to impart to your students through your teaching? Passion!  I hope my students learn to love music and be passionate about it.  Whatever else they choose to make a part of their l...

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Susan Levitin
Susan Levitin


Flute
Chamber Ensemble
Susan Levitin is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Joseph Mariano. Her other teachers include William Kincaid and Ralph Johnson. Ms. Levitin currently performs with the Chicago Ensemble and has played with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Rochester Philharmonic, and th...

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Gerald Rizzer
Gerald Rizzer


Piano
Chamber Ensembles, Musicianship
Preferred Student Age: 5 and up; prefers teenagers. How long have you been on faculty at Sherwood?24 years. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood.Founder and Artistic Director of The Chicago Ensemble, now in its 25th season. Yearly subscription series of 5 or 6 programs i...

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