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.
Staff & Music Teachers
Victoria C., an Assistant Director, has been a musician for as long as she can remember. A recent graduate of 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!
Jake Girton, the Band Coordinator at B2R Northbrook, 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.
Adam K. has been playing music since he started out on the violin at age 6. Adam played with the IMEA and MYA orchestras, as well as winning his high school concerto competition. When he turned 13, Adam bought himself a guitar and hasn’t put it down since. Adam loves to sing as well, taking voice lessons throughout high school and performing with bands and ensembles. At Washington University in St. Louis, Adam performed with the all-male acapella group, The Pikers. Adam teaches piano, violin, and guitar at Bach to Rock and is excited to share his passion for music with students!
Aidan S.-B. AKA BoatHouse started his journey in music in Minnesota at 15 years old after being introduced to Wu Tang Clan and MF DOOM. Quickly acquiring a taste for Hip Hop, Aidan bought two turntables and started teaching himself how to DJ and produce music. In 2011 he moved to Chicago and attended Columbia College for Audio Design. Since then, Aidan DJ'd at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Festival, all over North America, Europe and most recently in Thailand. In 2014 he signed to Chicago Indie label Closed Sessions as an in-house producer and artist. He has released numerous solo and collaborative projects and singles as BoatHouse. At Bach To Rock, Aidan hopes to lend the knowledge and love that he has acquired for music to the next generation of DJs and producers.
An P. is a classical pianist based in the Chicago area. An has been studying piano since a young age and has performed in concert venues around the nation including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lied Center of Performing Arts, and the San Jose Center of Performing Arts. As a soloist An has won numerous awards around the nation, and performed at various music festivals such as the Colburn International Beethoven Festival, the Adamant Music School and the International Institute of Young Musicians. An is currently studying at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and continues as a vocal collaborative pianist in Chicago. An is passionate about making the study of music enjoyable and more accessible for as many people as possible.
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!
Hera S. was born and raised in Chicago, and has been influenced by music since she could remember. She has an Associate in Fine Arts degree in music from Oakton Community College, and she is currently working on her Bachelors degree in contemporary music through Columbia College Chicago where she has also taken extensive recording classes as well. She is influenced and appreciates all types and fields of music and can teach various styles. Hera also writes, performs, and records her own music, and hopes to promote her own work soon. She finds great joy in teaching and enjoys seeing her students grow and cultivate their passions.
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.
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 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!
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.