Columbia College Chicago

Early Childhood FACULTY

Irica Baurer
Irica Baurer


Voice
Irica Baurer is a highly regarded music educator and performer. She comes from the classical music tradition, however she feels equally at home in other genres. She believes teaching is guiding students to find their personal best. She incorporates music fundamentals in every class so that her stude...

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Emmy Bean
Emmy Bean


Early Childhood
Theatre, Ukulele
Emmy Bean received an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. from Vassar College, with a concentration in Music and Culture. Originally hailing from New York City, she is active as a singer, actor and theater artist in the Chicago area. She writes songs and performs ...

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Erica Lessie
Erica Lessie


Cello, Suzuki Cello
Early Childhood
Erica Lessie received her B.M. in cello performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Fritz Magg. At Florida State University, she earned an M.M. in cello performance and completed coursework for a D.M.A. Currently, she is teaching cello at DePaul University Community Music Division, C...

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Kristen Regester
Kristen Regester


Early Childhood, Percussion
Program Chair, Children's Classes
Kristen Regester received her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She began her career at Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago in 1999 teaching for both the Early Childhood and Percussion departments. ...

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Kathryn Satoh
Kathryn Satoh


Early Childhood
Since her relocation to Chicago in 2011, Kathryn Satoh has been very active in the development of music education. Through teaching violin, voice, and/or early childhood music at Merit School of Music, Sherwood Community Music School, Suzuki-Orff School of Music, Wheeling High School, Chicago West C...

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Lauren Zylstra
Lauren Zylstra


Early Childhood
Voice
Lauren Zylstra earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from New York University in 1998. She spent several years acting and singing in NYC until moving to Chicago in 2002. Since then, Lauren has balanced raising her two children and building her business Music Together You and Yours in Oak P...

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Ronnie Kuller
Ronnie Kuller


Early Childhood
Since completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago in 2003, Ronnie Kuller has been working as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator in a variety of contexts. In addition to her work at Sherwood, she is a Musician-in-Residence at Snow City Arts, where she teaches one-on-...

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Taylor Chwae
Taylor Chwae


Early Chilhood
Dance
Taylor Chwae grew up dancing in Madison, Wisconsin, where she performed with Madison Ballet and was a member of the Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company. While still in high school, Taylor trained with the Academie Américaine de Danse de Paris and Ballet Chicago. Taylor received her BFA in...

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Laura Ohms
Laura Ohms


Early Childhood
Laura Ohms received her BS in Social Work at Taylor University and her MSW from Dominican University. Laura studied voice and piano growing up and throughout college. The highlight of her college experience was singing in her University Chorale alongside many other exceptional musicians. With a spec...

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