Doug Barr is the Director at Bach to Rock Arlington Heights and 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.
Staff & Music Teachers
Victoria Gannon, Director, has been a musician for as long as she can remember. Victoria graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music. Her primary instrument is voice, but she also loves to play piano and has played the violin since preschool. She not only has experience performing in music ensembles, but also with directing choral ensembles and teaching private lessons to students of many ages. She hopes to inspire and encourage students to play and perform the music that they love!
Sarah Mitchener, Assistant Director, is a pianist, flutist, and vocalist hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Masters in Music from Northwestern University (Go Cats!) and her Bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Go Pickles!). She has performed solo and in orchestras across the United States and numerous cities in Germany and the Czech Republic. From 2017-2018, she served as the Director of the Cross the Line Project, an organization that brings classical music to nonconventional concert venues across North Carolina. Sarah is passionate about empowering her students through music and finding ways to make music of all genres accessible and relevant to her students. When she’s not teaching or performing, Sarah enjoys cooking, baking, running, and hanging out with her golden retriever Daisy.
Jack Q. started out on the guitar at 14, with a primary interest in classic rock music. Growing up in Glenview, Illinois, he attended Glenbrook South where he became heavily involved in the school jazz ensemble, playing guitar, and marching band, playing the bass, as well as occasionally lending his skills to the choir department and many Variety Show acts. Through the school's jazz program, Jack has had the opportunity to perform at legendary jazz venues in Chicago like Andy's and the Jazz Showcase. Since then, he has become proficient in many styles, such as rock, blues, and funk, and now focuses primarily on jazz and fusion with his trio group that has yet to be named. He hopes to release his projects with his groups in the near future, so that he can share his passion for music with those around him and help expand people's perception of what music can be. Jack wants to help his students be the best musicians they can be and bring out their creative potential!
Luke S. is a native of Northbrook, Illinois and was involved in band throughout middle school and high school. Over the course of his life he has learned to play over 7 different instruments, and currently focuses on the rock instruments, primarily guitar, piano, bass, drums, and voice. After spending some time away at the University of Iowa where he led a worship band for several years for a college ministry, he is now back in his hometown serving as a Young Life leader for GBN students helping lead music for them and also plays in bands at various churches. As a multi-instrumental music specialist at B2R, Luke loves to help people of all ages grow and develop their passion for music, and dance to the melody within them!
Melissa H. is a guitarist, mix engineer, and producer with a background of many genres. She found her love for music at age 9, when she picked up the guitar. During high school, she played guitar in the jazz band and was a percussionist in both the symphonic band and marching band. Her constant guitar practice led her to win the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award during her senior year. After high school, Melissa went on to learn audio engineering and sound production at Valencia College. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Melissa played with many local bands all throughout the city with musical styles ranging from experimental hip hop to pop punk and metal bands. Now she is a freelance recording/mix engineer as well as a music instructor. Melissa hopes to pass down the passion and love for music to the younger generation.
Michael P. started his journey in music at the age of three playing cello. By the age of seven he was playing piano and violin as his primary instruments while taking lessons at the Betty Haag Academy of Music. As a violinist, Michael toured with the academy to perform in Rome, Italy and the Czech Republic in Prague. He also has performed in numerous competitions and participated in the ILMEA All-State Honors orchestras as well as other ensembles and chamber groups such as the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Maud Powell String Quartet. Michael has taught private lessons to students of many ages and is very excited to continue teaching students at Bach to Rock!
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. was born in Chicago, and has a well versed musical background. Shahzeb started music as an extra curricular activity, playing the trumpet in middle school band. Throughout middle and high school, his passion for music grew, and he decided that music was the career path he wanted to pursue. His primary instruments are piano, guitar, and voice, which he has been studying for over five years. Shahzeb is currently studying at Columbia College Chicago, working on a bachelors in contemporary urban pop. Shahzeb's goal is to inspire young musicians and share how enlightening music can be.
Sophia N. started touring North America in 2015, having to graduate her DC-suburb high school early to do so, under the name Cold Beaches. After releasing several albums and EPs in Richmond, VA and touring the continent extensively, Sophia Nadia relocated to Chicago where she continued to write, arrange, record, and perform- further developing her musicianship. Her formal studies in Music Theory and Classical Music Arrangement combined with her years of music business and performance has given her a well-rounded knowledge of not only instrumentation but also the industry as a whole. She hopes to inspire her students to love music on the many instruments that she teaches!
Sophie H. discovered music at the age of 4, singing folk music with her dad in an abandoned schoolhouse for a small community near Champaign Illinois. After taking piano lessons for 13 years, she went on to study film composing and piano performance at Columbia College where she had the privilege to study privately with Prince’s former piano player, Cassandra O'Neil. In her spare time, Sophie is an artist, a phlebotomist, and works in the commercial music industry putting music on Netflix and CNN. Sophie regularly performs and records around Chicago as a vocalist and piano player, while also enjoying saxophone and ukulele in her free time. She believes that no two students are alike and is excited to help her students on their journey to find their sound.
- 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.