Thomas Clippert


Thomas Clippert savors the wide variety of music available for the guitar, from the early Renaissance to the present day. He frequently performs as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the Chicago area. He has appeared with a variety of ensembles including L’Opera Piccola, Heartland Voices, CUBE, Northwest Chicago String Quartet, Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble. In 2010, Tom became a founding member the Avanti Guitar Trio with friends and colleagues Julie Goldberg and Jeffrey Gabriel Silva.

Tom is a graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery and was awarded the Eliot Fisk Guitar Prize. Additional studies include Phillip de Fremery at the Mount Holyoke Guitar Master Class and Patrick Roux at the Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy in Quebec. In addition to teaching at the Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College, Tom serves on the faculties of Oakton Community College, The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and the Chicago High School for the Arts. Tom is also on the Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop faculty at the Interlochen College of Creative Arts.



Pedro Garcia


Pedro Garcia picked up the electric-guitar in 2005 and started his self-directed journey. In 2015, Pedro received his Bachelors in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and soon after started to perform in different music ensembles ranging from Rock bands to Brazilian percussion. Pedro has been teaching his students the skills of self-efficient musicians. Most importantly, Pedro performs music for crowds of people and has his students perform a song at the end of each class!


Jeremiah Benham