Our Teachers   
 Christina Hutzelman
Piano, Music Theory
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Elijah Smoot
Piano, Voice, Theory
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Kristen Hruby
Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet
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Greg Chako
Guitar, Electric Bass, 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 has been teaching over 15 years and enjoys mentoring her more advanced students who are interested in teaching.

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. 

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.

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.

 

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.

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!

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.

Denise Carter
Violin, Viola

Denise Carter earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education from Wright State University and has been teaching privately since 1993. She has received additional training and performance experience at the Conservatoire Du Busobre (Morges Switzerland), Berklee College of Music and was a participant in the Starling-DeLay Symposium at the Juilliard School in 2019. Ms. Carter has played in orchestras in the US and Japan and currently serves as the principal second violinist and Youth Strings Director with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Carter teaches beginning - early advanced students on violin and viola.

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.