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Anthony Bracco attended Columbia College of Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor's of Music in Contemporary, Urban, and Popular Music in 2009. As a teacher, he has classroom experience in the K-8 school system (St. Vincent Lutheran), high school (Downer's Grove South High School), and been a professor of guitar at Columbia College of Chicago for 2 years. He has been teaching with Steckman's Studio of Music since 2008. His approach to teaching guitar at any level involves technical facility of a wide range of styles, musical notation and vocabulary, ear-training, theoretical studies, improvisation, and composition. As a professional musician, he currently performs Jazz, Rock, Pop, Gospel, Folk, Latin, and Classical styles in venues around Chicago-land.
Andrew Elbert is a Chicago-based drum teacher, performer, and composer. He currently teaches for Steckman Studio in a variety of capacities including weekly African drum classes for children, cognitively challenged adults, and after-school and foster home classes for Hephziba of Oak Park. Also through Steckman Studio, Andrew directs the Outloud Drumline and teaches for the Outloud Drum and Dance mentoring program at Julian Middle School in Oak Park. Aside from Steckman Studio, Andrew is an active member of Chicagoland's vibrant djembe community engaged in drumming for dance classes, working with dance and drum companies and leading his own contemporary djembe ensemble, The LowEndTheory.
Dominic Frigo has been performing, teaching and composing music for 12 years. With strong foundations in classical piano, voice, and electric guitar, he composes in multiple musical styles for a variety of instruments. He has written and performed a neo-Renaissance a cappella four-voice mass, a string quartet, and other varied ensemble works. Dominic has played piano, guitar and bass for several bands and musicals, and performed as St. Brioche in "The Merry Widow" with the Sinfonietta Bel Canto under the direction of Maestro Dan D'Andrea. He has studied voice with Dr. Peter Jermihov and Elizabeth Gottlieb and piano with Jana Pavlovska, Dr. Akiko Konishi, and Leona Yu. Dominic currently studies with Dr. Stacey Garrop and Dr. Kyong Mee Choi in Roosevelt University's composition program, and is the music director/organist at St. Peter's Church in Chicago.
Sonia Reppe has been teaching piano, voice, and children's choir at the Steckman Studio since 2004. She has a degree in Voice from Northeastern IL University. As a classical singer, she performs around the Chicago area, currently singing at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Park and with the Crescendo Park Ensemble Dinner Theatre.
Daniel Shirley, tenor, is emerging as an audience favorite regionally and nationally. Recipient of a 2012 Career Development Grant from the Sullivan Foundation, he debuts during the 2012-13 season with Madison Opera, Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, and New York City Opera. He made his Carnegie Hall debut during January 2013 under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International New York. He has worked several seasons with Chicago's Music of the Baroque, and this spring will be featured as tenor soloist in 'Israel in Egypt' under Jane Glover. A dedicated teacher, he studied at Vanderbilt University (Blair School of Music) and Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music). For more information please visit danielshirley.net
Dr. Harry M. Steckman plays all styles and requests-Bach to Beatles, Beach Boys to Broadway. He has been playing for families and friends for years including many "nites" at Chicago's famous hotels and cocktail lounges. He knows all types of ethnic music and is wonderful with a "sing-along."
Call the Studio at: 708-524-1144 for availability and rates.
The Jazz Ensemble is a group of wonderfully trained teenagers with a professional sound. This group is a direct product of the Jazz Prep program, an Outreach administrated by Steckman Studio of Music and sponsored in part by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Village of Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, and RBC Dain Rauscher, as well as by individual contributors.
By hiring this group, you are making a contribution to help keep scholarships available to students with financial need.