Our Teachers   
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 Christina Hutzelman
Piano, Music Theory

Ms. Hutzelman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University. She began piano when she was six years old and at age 15 started teaching group lessons at the elementary schools along with private lessons. Christina has assisted in organizing the bi-annual recitals for many years. She teaches mostly intermediate and advanced students.  She has been teaching over 15 years and enjoys mentoring her  advanced students who are interested in teaching.

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Carolyn Jayne Lunt
Piano, Voice

Ms. Lunt comes from a family of musicians including her grandfather, the founding director of the Mendelssohn Choir in Pittsburgh.  She received a scholarship and completed her B.S. in Vocal Performance and Piano from Heidelberg University.  She received her M.A. Music Education and Opera from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Carolyn believes in a positive approach in teaching and that words of affirmation are key to any type of instruction.  In addition to vocal competitions, Carolyn has performed in Opera and Theater.  She has directed children and adult choirs and has taught all levels of piano and voice students.

Andrew Jeng
Trumpet, Piano, Music Theory

Andrew Jeng, originally from Taiwan, began his career by joining the Hangzhou Philharmonic as an Associate Principal in 2019. He received his bachelor’s degree at the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Roy Poper and was the recipient of the Jimmy Stamp Award. He received his master’s degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied primarily with Mark Gould, and Ray Mase. As an active orchestral player, Andrew performed with many prestigious groups and conductors in venues like the Carnegie Hall, Shanghai Symphony Hall, and many others.

Andrew is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Cincinnati under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Mergen and Phil Collins, former principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra.

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Elijah Smoot
Piano, Voice, Theory

Mr. Smoot is a pianist & baritone from Great Mills Maryland. A graduate from Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Elijah is classically trained in both piano and vocal technique. An award-winning pianist and vocalist, Elijah is an enthusiastic teacher and is excited to be able to share his passion and love for music teaching students of all ages and levels.  His genres of expertise include jazz, classical, religious, and modern styles. Elijah's personality and strong emphasis on technique is used to demonstrate that music is both fun and rewarding. 

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Kathy Reichenberger
Piano, Accompanist

Ms. Reichenberger has been performing and teaching piano since 1980. Kathy earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Southwest Baptist University and her Masters of Piano Performance from the University of Akron. 

Kathy has performed around the world with several choirs. She taught and mentored student accompanists and music majors at the University of Mount Union for nearly 20 years. She is excited to continue teaching students of all ages and skill levels in the southwest Ohio region!

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Kristen Hruby
Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet

Ms. Hruby has a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Kent State University.  She has  taught general music in elementary schools and teaches group and private lessons.  Kristen has teaching and leadership skills in strings, piano, woodwind and brass instruments.  She also has experience teaching special needs students.  Kristen is a member of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra of which some of her string students also participate.  She encourages her string students to participate in orchestral groups such as the Silver Strings Youth Orchestra.

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Nick Greenberg
Electric and Upright Bass

Mr. Greenberg graduated with a degree in Double Bass Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Nick teaches both acoustic and electric bass. He currently plays for the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and frequently performs at the Aronoff Center in their Broadway Series. Nick is also involved with several jazz and rock groups in the Cincinnati area and has played many private functions and concerts over the past twenty years.  He teaches all levels of students.

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Greg Chako
Guitar, Electric Bass, Music Theory

Cincinnati-born jazz guitarist Greg Chako took his first music lessons at the age of nine on the accordion and then after just one year of guitar lessons, Greg won second place among more than 1,000 contestants in the American Guild of Music competition. Greg earned a Masters in Music (MM) degree and completed three years of coursework towards a Doctor of Music (DMA) degree at the famed Eastman School of Music.
Greg has released ten CDs and four videos inspired by his years living and playing in the Far East.

 

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Cheryl Eslinger
Piano, Accompanist

Ms. Eslinger graduated from Indiana State University and has been a teacher and trainer all her adult life. Her musical background includes a lifelong love and study of music as a classically trained pianist. She has accompanied students for competitions; played piano with a worship band in a large church for over 15 years. She has developed a love for all kinds of music including contemporary worship and jazz. Cheryl is experienced and passionate about helping people reach their goals and potential.

Jeff Batdorf
Guitar, Electric Bass
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Mr. Batdorf Has been playing guitar for over 35 years. Jeff Is a part of Guitar Music Method community. Has performed with area rock bands as well Country music bands. Has taught guitar to beginners as well as intermediate guitar players chords, pentatonic and blues scales in minor and major as well diatonic scales and theory. Achievements Master the Fretboard Workshop Graduate, Texas Blues Mastery, as well as Classic Rock Mastery Program.  Jeff's passion is teaching beginners to achieve the goals in progressing in guitar.  He is also a guitar technician on setting up guitars and builds guitars in his spare time.