Columbia College Chicago

Kids 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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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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Liz Chidester
Liz Chidester


Ukulele
My name is Liz, and I moved to Chicago three years ago from the mountains of Virginia! I have been playing my original music and performing in theatre productions throughout the city ever since. Before moving to Chicago, I was singing all over the world with Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America...

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Robert Tenges
Robert Tenges


Musical Theatre
Robert Tenges is a musician, playwright, and the Executive Director of Sherwood Community Music School, where he teaches children’s musical theatre. Prior to joining the Columbia College Chicago family, he was Director of Education & Programs at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where he also...

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Sarah Ekstrand
Sarah Ekstrand


Dance
Sarah Ekstrand is a part of College Chicago's Dance Center, and is a continual student of Chicago's street dance community. She has been teaching and performing for children for over 8 years. She strives to instill confidence, creativity, and a love for learning in her students. Sarah believes that ...

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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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Reece Johns
Reece Johns


Piano
I graduated with a B.M. in Piano Performance from Columbia College Chicago where I studied piano with Sebastian Huydts. Originally from Louisville, KY,  I enjoy playing in a variety of styles and settings as a freelance soloist, accompanist, and collaborative pianist here in Chicago. I joined S...

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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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Paul Witkamp
Paul Witkamp


Guitar
Paul Witkamp is a classically trained guitarist that hails from the middle of Indiana. He first picked up guitar in a middle school group guitar class. From there He learned music from classic bands such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and other greats. In College Paul studied Music Tec...

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Lexi Fuller
Lexi Fuller


Dance
Lexi Fuller is a Michigan native who currently resides in Chicago. Lexi graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship. While studying at Columbia, she performed in works by Doron Raz, Atalee Judy, Darrell Jones...

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Emily Michielutti
Emily Michielutti


Piano
Kids
Emily Michielutti graduated with a B.M. in Composition and Piano Performance from Columbia College Chicago where she studied piano with Bette Coulson and composition with Drew Baker. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Emily joined Columbia College as a Teaching Assistant in 2014 and Sherwood Communi...

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