Krysten Warnes is the Director at Bach to Rock Northbrook. She grew up in a small town in Ohio just an hour from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Krysten grew up on tractors out on the farmlands, while listening to Classic Rock and Country music. Growing up, Krysten was involved in sports and music, where she played the piano, trumpet, and percussion, while singing in her youth choir at her Church. She received her Associates degree from The University of Akron, then drove down to Florida where she received her Bachelors in Music Business from Full Sail University, graduating top of her class! After graduating, she was an Artist Manager for La Voz Kids (Spanish version of The Voice for Kids), and from there, she moved to Washington D.C., working in the Promotions Department for iHeartmedia. Krysten is proud of being from the Midwest and is a Huge BUCKEYES fan!
Staff & Music Teachers
Doug Barr is the Assistant 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.
Allen Pierre C. is a pianist of 8 years and a drummer of 20+ years who studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Allen plays in many bands of various genres including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, and country. For the past 9 years Allen has been teaching music of all ages from beginner to advanced students. As a composer, he has arranged music for Coca-Cola, Sears, Fox television series Empire (Under the American Federation of Music), and many more. He has a passion to teach and spread his musical insight to students looking to grow.
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. 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.
Drew aka DJ Sinceer started collecting records in 2005, but it wasn't until four years later that he began his journey as a DJ. He started off DJing house parties in college, and this eventually led to club gigs in his native Cincinnati. In 2011, Drew got his first residency at Frank Barron's aka "FB's" in downtown Cincinnati. Since then, Drew has played everything from concerts, festivals, private events and weddings - he has even curated his own monthly party called NothingCouldBeBetter. Drew enjoys playing dance music from all genres and decades - it doesn't really matter what style as long as people are groovin.
Drew F. is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with primary experience in guitar, voice, bass, and ukulele. Interested in all genres from avant garde to folk revival he has performed both solo as well as part of Columbia College Chicago’s Chamber Choir and Men’s Ensemble as well as performed in Paris as part of the EAMA Choir in 2016. He is currently performing as a guest guitarist/composer with the Columbia College New Music Ensemble as well as playing both solo and duo improvised music.
Greg J. is a private and group piano/band instructor at B2R Northbrook. He studied jazz at Syracuse University; and plays bass, guitar, and drums well enough to hack. He recently moved to Chicago from D.C. where he regularly played at piano bars and had a studio of several piano students. He teaches all ages in many styles: classical, jazz, and pop. His goal is to show students how "rock n' roll" the piano can truly be; and inspire them to make musical discoveries of their own. He draws influences from across genres, including: Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman, and Dr. John. Greg currently plays with a few rock and RnB cover groups in Chicagoland, and has a few piano bar gigs as well. He is also a self-proclaimed jukebox of hits from about 1963 to 1979, with a library of 200 or so popular songs from that era. Don't ask him about the lyrics though, because they are probably wrong!
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. 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. 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 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. 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!
Luke H.'s music career began shortly after forming his first band (Tonight the Prom) at the age of 15 with three friends from music camp. Ttp's first ep garnered support and radio play on 101.1 (formerly know as Q101), this resulted in a pretty large local fanbase, especially for a band so young. After playing hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest and winning several Battle of the Bands they earned the opportunity to play much larger venues such as the Vans Warped Tour Chicago in '07 and '08, The Metro Chicago, Logan Square auditorium, and the Chicago House of Blues. Their first and only full length album "Our Greatest Mistakes" was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in 2008 and released that same year. The band agreed to go their separate ways in 2009 after deciding to continue their educations. The next five years of Luke's career consisted of teaching guitar, work, and education until his friend's band needed a lead guitarist for a tour of the West Coast. Afterward, Luke returned home to start up his own band...Jolly Lama and the Noble Truth continue to perform to this day.
Marit J. teaches early childhood classes, group piano, and French horn at Bach to Rock. Marit’s love for music began at a young age when her Dad would blast Motown classics and Abba on road trips. This love continued into her college career where she studied music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Marit believes that music is a wonderful way for kids to explore the world around them while also nourishing creativity and self-confidence. As a horn player, movie scores – especially those by Thomas Newman and John Williams – have a special place in her heart. Other music inspirations include Corrine Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers, and many more. One of Marit’s favorite past-times is inventing funny new lyrics to pop songs.
Miss Meg grew up in a small farm town in Ohio. Her earliest memories of music include watching her mom sing and play the keyboard in a band and the piano and organ at Church while my dad worked on audio for her band and also our church. Meg grew up playing the piano and percussion as well as singing in the Church and school choir performing music from all genres. She is currently working on a B.A. in Telecommunications with a minor in Music at Youngstown State University, home to the Dana School of Music, one of the oldest music institutions in the United States. Meg works on recording and editing music as well as composing. She is very excited to work with students and share my love of music with them
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.
- 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.
- 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.