Our Teachers   
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 Christina Hutzelman
Piano, Music Theory
Elijah Smoot
Piano, Voice, Theory
Bingjie Wang
Violin
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 teaches mostly intermediate and advanced students.  She has been teaching over 15 years and enjoys mentoring her  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. 

Cincinnati-based violinist Bingjie Wang was born in Taiyuan, China, where she began her violin studies at the age of 7. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China and completed her Master Degree of Music Arts in violin performance at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  Bingjie has established herself as a versatile performer, working in orchestral, chamber music and solo recitals. As a solo violinist, Bingjie won the first Conservatory of Music contest as well as many other prizes.  As a teacher, she is excited to pass on her knowledge of the violin to her students of all ages. She enjoys balancing technique and artistry assignments with the goals of each individual student.

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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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.

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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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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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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.

 
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Andrew Jeng
Trumpet, Piano, Music Theory
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Guitar
Phillip Burkhead

Piano, Music Theory, Composition,
Improv, Music Technology

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.

Matt Averdick graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Spanish degree, but during his time at NKU traveled to the French Alps performing and teaching jazz music.  A musician based out of Cincinnati, OH, he can be found all across town in a variety of musical settings. He studied both Jazz and Classical guitar during his time at NKU, and spent many nights as a teenager engrossed in the work of popular rock guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen and Angus Young. More recently, Averdick has become a fan of jazz legends such as the great Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, and Joe Pass. You can find him on a typical day methodically teaching students the guitar, transcribing jazz guitar solos for his company 'Let’s Transcribe,' pursuing multiple solo projects in his home recording studio, and taking care of his clients through his advertising business 'Zestful 360.'"   

Louisville, KY native Phillip Lee Burkhead began teaching himself to play piano at the age of eight by emulating pop and jazz artists. Mr. Burkhead received an Honors Scholarship in the Jazz and Studio Music program at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He received many awards for both academic and performance achievement including Best Keyboard Artist by Cincinnati Magazine. Mr. Burkhead earned a Vocational Teaching License and a Masters of Education from Wright State University.
Mr. Burkhead has been studying and performing Jazz since 1981. He has performed with many local bands including The Blue Wisp Big Band, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, The Coasters, and The Shirelles.
Mr. Burkhead has taught at Miami University, Central State University, the CCM College Preparatory Program, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has taught Piano, Theory/Composition, Improvisation, Arranging, Music Technology, Jazz Ensemble. He has been included in the Who’s Who of American Teacher’s three times. 
Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at The University of Dayton, Mr. Burkhead is also the accompanist and a praise band member at Redeemer Church in Hamilton Ohio. He enjoys teaching all levels of piano

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