MEET OUR Voice FACULTY
"...the golden tenor of Luis Antonio Galvez-Alcantara," as described by Hedy Weiss of the Suntimes is Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Viator Church, is a native of Lima, Peru, and Founder and Executive Director of North Shore Opera Hour. He is on the Voice Faculty at Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College and is Piano and Voice instructor for the school, Piano Lessons In Your Home. In 2013 Luis received the Peruvian Tumi Award in "recognition of entrepreneurs who build a prosperous and democratic America demonstrating our cultural contribution and strength, and the influence of Latin American immigrants." He is a graduate of The Chicago College of Performing Arts and completed the Chicago Series in Liturgical Music at St. Joseph’s College in Rensellear, Indiana.
Future performances include guest soloist with the Falconaires Orchestra, The Tenors Three Concerts in the greater Chicagoland area, Peruvian Independence Day Celebrations at the Daley Center, and soloist at Lincoln Cathedral in England with the Christ Church Choir from Winnetka, Illinois. Since the beginnings of his career as church organist and choir director at the age of 10, Mr. Galvez-Alcantara has devoted his life to promoting his Peruvian heritage in music and song and as a mentor and teacher to young aspiring musicians ages 18 and up.
Phil Caldwell has 20 years' experience as a pianist and music director in Chicago theater, including productions for The Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, the national touring company of The Second City, Victory Gardens, Emerald City Theatre Company, Davenport's Cabaret, Annoyance Theatre, Organic Theater Company, Red Tape Theatre Company and Live Bait Theater.
Phil has been a faculty member at Sherwood Community Music School and in the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago for 15 years. He received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. As an interdisciplinary artist, Phil encourages students to explore auditory, visual, and kinesthetic experiences in studying performance. He focuses on both interpretive skills as well as technique in order to release physical tension and improve performance.
In addition to his work at Columbia College, he has worked as a coach and accompanist in the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University, the community music department at DePaul University, and for the vocal arts component of the City of Chicago's Gallery 37 program for high school students. Phil also serves as music director for the Edison Park United Methodist Church.
Julia Storke is a multi-instrumentalist with an established international career. She has lived, taught and performed music in a wide variety of countries, including China, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina and Kenya. A native of Evanston, she received her theatre education at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her music degree at Mills College in California, where she studied composition with Pauline Oliveros and voice with Faith Winthrop. She is a multiple grant recipient with a background in piano, Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly pedagogies and is a certified K-12 music teacher who has taught in private and public schools across the country and abroad. As an artist, Julia began her career on stage as an actress and director and found her voice as a singer-songwriter and spoken word artist as well as a jazz singer. She hopes to empower her students with her unique approach to piano and voice by creating, composing and applying music principles through a unique blend of movement, body percussion and music literacy.
Sandra Cross holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music located in Rochester, New York. Her professional credits include: performing with the DuPage Opera Theatre, Bach & Beyond, Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, Grant Park Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. At Sherwood, she gives voice lessons and teaches Music Together. As a voice teacher, she encourages her students to explore and cultivate their voices. She enjoys teaching and looks forward to helping her students achieve their vocal potential.
Sandra became a Registered Music Together teacher in the summer of 2007. She loves teaching Music Together and observing her students experience the joy of making music. The babies first move to a beat, then coo on pitch and shake maracas, while the four year olds sing songs, play with instruments and dance around the room. It is definitely a never ending thrill for her to watch young children grow and experience music in their own individual way.
Soprano Kimberly Eileen Jones is an alum of the Ryan Opera Center with the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her performances there include the slave girl, Margru, in the world premiere of Anthony Davis' Amistad, which was released nationally on the New World recording label. She also portrayed the feisty Olga in Fedora, Princess Xenia in Boris Godunov, and the spitfire Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte student matinee performances. With the Ryan Opera Center, she portrayed Laetitia in Menotti's Old Maid and the Thief. Additionally, she made her Grant Park Festival debut as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Adele (Die Fledermaus) the following season.
Kim has recently completed an engagement in the world premiere of Stewart Copeland's Invention of Morel as Dora and also The Consul as The Foreign Woman, both with Chicago Opera Theater. In concert appearances, she sang in the Dvorak Symphony with Fox Valley Symphony, Midsummer Nights' Dream with Fort Wayne Symphony and Messiah with the Waukegan Symphony.
Most recently, she sang the role of Tibrino/Amore in the Haymarket Opera production of L'Orontea, Jori Vinikour conducting.