Staff & Music Teachers

Doug Barr

Doug Barr is the Director at Bach to Rock Northbrook. As an Illinois native, he studied Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Euphonium Performance at Samford University, and Euphonium and Trombone Performance at the University of New Mexico. He has performed extensively, including the United States Army Band Conference, Drum Corps International Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Grand Ole Opry. Some of his favorite musical memories include touring Italy as a Euphonium Soloist and competing at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Doug is thrilled to help students of any age pursue their musical passions.

Tina Miritello

Tina Miritello is the Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Northbrook. Tina has studied vocal technique since the age of 6. Growing up, Tina participated in numerous choirs and show choirs and regional and national competitions. She has performed throughout the Greater Chicago Area with her former country band for a number of years before returning to academia. Tina is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business and Arts Administration. During her time at Elmhurst, Tina worked with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She now continues to study Opera and performs songs of worship at her local church on Sunday mornings. Besides being a vocalist, Tina also composes original music, plays piano and dabbles with guitar. Tina is passionate about what music can do for the community and loves to inspire others to be creative!

Anthony M.

Anthony M. AKA DJ Pharaoh has been DJing since the age of 12.  After watching a documentary about battle DJs he scraped together money to buy his first DJ set up.  Throughout high school and college he DJed for parties and concerts, but once he was old enough he dived into the Chicago club scene.  He has now DJed in many of Chicago's biggest clubs and performed with many artists such as 2 Chainz, Louis the Child, Stunt Taylor, and many more. The reputation that he has built up in the Chicago has gotten him the position of resident DJ on Chicago's Navy Pier yacht fleet.

Bill M.

Bill M. is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance. Besides the guitar, Bill is proficient on numerous other instruments including voice, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. He performs, writes, arranges, records, and produces music of various styles, from classical to rock to blues to jazz. He self taught himself guitar at age 12 and at age 18 saw the movie “The Kids are Alright” biography of The Who, and decided he wanted to be a musician. Currently he enjoys singing with the local vocal group Acappellago and leading the congregation in song at his church. Bill wants to share his knowledge and passion of music with those eager to learn.

Emily M

Emily M is a drummer of 15+ years and a guitarist, pianist, and bassist of 10+ years. She studied percussion and composition at McNally Smith College of Music where she recorded/performed on drums, bass, piano and guitar in several ensembles and student projects including several EP’s and albums. She has performed a variety of genres including jazz, latin, musical theater, marching percussion, funk, and more. She has been teaching and working as a freelance musician for several years. She enjoys sharing her love of music with the talented students at Bach to Rock!

Jake G.

Jake G. is a professional musician originally from Indiana and loves to play all types of music and instruments. Guitar Hero inspired him to pick up the guitar at age 12 and he hasn't put it down since. At age 14, he joined his first band, which was when he knew that he wanted to do this for the rest of his life. From covers to originals, Jake has played and written a wide range of music in a few bands since high school. Jake graduated with a Bachelor's Degree at Judson University for Music Business, which is where he learned how to play bass and piano as well as how the music marketing world works. After working with a custom drum company in Michigan and an independent EDM label in Chicago as a social media director, Jake decided to follow his dream of pursuing a serious music career as well as teaching. Now, he is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player for his touring band, Surface Level, and has written two EPs worth of material for them.

Katie B.

Katie B. has been surrounded by music her whole life. She started by learning piano and violin and continued exploring her love of music by learning the trumpet, french horn, and mellophone. Katie also loves to sing, and has participated in church and school choirs her entire life. She is an Illinois native who is currently studying Middle Grades Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a passion for teaching and music, Katie is so excited to be a member of the B2R team.

Katy H.

Katy H. is a professional singer-songwriter and classical composer.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition from Carthage College.  Katy is extremely versatile in her knowledge and ability to teach many different styles of music. Her music training began with classical piano and opera. As she progressed she learned jazz/rhythm guitar, flute, viola, bass guitar, ukulele and music theater/commercial voice. While in college she trained in all styles of vocal performance and vocal pedagogy. She's performed in several musical theater productions, operas, and has written for/performed in rock bands around Kansas City and Milwaukee.  Most importantly Katy loves to teach! She comes from a family of educators who have shown her the joy that can be found in helping others learn, grow, and reach their goals.

Kim L

Kim L has successfully operated private piano studios in both Chicago area and Door County, WI.. Living in the trenches as a working musician, exposing her inner passion as an artist and learning from failure have also been some of her best "teachers". In the 1990's she co‐composed and arranged original music in a duo called Mink River Cartel. Performing in Festivals, coffeehouses, they were also featured on Public Radio's program, "Higher Ground". Another significant work experience was her longstanding, weekly gig at T Ashwells, an upscale piano wine bar and restaurant. Presently, Kim performs in a duo with violinist/singer, Mary Bondeson. They offer an eclectic blend of classical, jazz, blues and folk.

Liz T.

Liz T. is a private and semi-private voice and piano teacher at Bach to Rock in Northbrook. A recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, she is a classically-trained soprano with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. While earning her degree, she performed several operatic roles, placed in regional competitions, and sang in multiple master classes. She first fell in love with singing as a member of her high school choir, where she sang a variety of styles ranging from pop to rock to jazz. She hopes to foster an early love of music in all of her students!

Max S.
Max S. is a multi-instrumentalist who works primarily as a drummer in the city of Chicago. He also likes to write and record music of his own, using the help of many other talented musicians to bring the songs to the stage! Currently pursuing a B.A. in Instrumental Performance at Columbia College Chicago, Max also plays drums in the mornings at Kidville in Lincoln Park (Chicago). He enjoys music of all genres, and is very excited to teach with all of the talented people at Bach to Rock!
Mitch D.

Mitch D. is a Chicago born bassist/guitarist/recording engineer with 9 years experience playing, and 4 years experience in recording. Studying Audio Arts & Acoustics at Columbia College Chicago, where he recorded both behind the board, and live in the studio. He also writes, sings, and plays bass in his Alternative Punk band Overclocked, who have played over 50 live shows around Chicagoland. Mitch has released music both as a solo artist and as part of a band, playing multiple instruments and engineering his own releases using his proficiency with the recording software ProTools.

Shahzeb F

Shahzeb F has been playing and loving music ever since he was a child. Classically trained in piano and voice, and self taught in guitar, Shahzeb enjoys performing and teaching all types of music from classical to heavy metal. He is continuing his education at Columbia College with a Major in Music Theory and Piano performance. If you hear Bach Fugues or Inventions at B2R, it is most likely Mr. Shahz.

Why B2R?

  • Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
  • Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
  • A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
  • Everyone learns faster playing music they like
  • Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
  • Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.

B2R Curriculum

  • A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
  • Students learn faster playing music they like.
  • Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
  • Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
  • Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.