Faculty

Meet Our Talented Team

Andrzej Kozłowski

Owner/Director, Piano

Andrzej Kozłowski was born in Gdynia, Poland and in 1992 he and his family emigrated to the United States permanently. Andrzej’s first musical encounter with the piano was at the age of 12, proclaiming to his father that he will be “The next Paderewski.” His musical talent was later discovered by his father, when he noticed his quickness and ease in learning and understanding of the pianos capacity as a polyphonic instrument...

Kas Shewell

Event Coordinator

Our Events Coordinator, Kas thrives in orchestrating memorable experiences from start to finish. With meticulous attention to detail and a passion for creativity, specializing in bringing visions to life. From coordinating logistics to crafting immersive atmospheres, her role is to ensure every event exceeds expectations, leaving a lasting impression on guests.

Alex Gilson

Piano, Cello

Alex Gilson has always enjoyed a rich and varied musical life, from playing cello in orchestras to accompanying church choirs or playing in a jazz band. Alex began his musical career in the third grade by taking lessons from a local piano teacher in Bridge City, Texas. Right from the start, Alex wanted to learn everything he could about playing the piano...

Kinza Maclin

Piano

Kinza Zenabu Maclin was born in Ghana, Africa, adopted by her missionary parents, and brought back to grow up in America. When she was first brought home from the orphanage, her soon-to-be sister noticed how long her fingers were and exclaimed, “she has such great fingers for piano.” Her mom replied, “yeah, right, I can totally see a piano in a mud hut.” The rest is history...

Kian Hyatt

Bassoon, Beginner Piano

From racing in Ironman triathlons to soloing with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra after only two years of playing bassoon, Kian Hyatt uses obsession as a tool to achieve the impossible. She knows what it takes to achieve her goals...

Tony Vogel

Guitar

From a young age, Tony Vogel was fascinated by the sounds of music. He was particularly enthralled by the sonic vibrations from the strings of his father’s baritone ukulele, upon which he learned his first chords and melodies. At age ten, he was gifted with a secondhand 6-string guitar, and commenced a lifetime of learning, beginning with lessons from the legendary Rock Island, Illinois guitar instructor, Arlene Bolis...

Weston Weeber

Percussion

Born to a hippie dad and a secretary mom, growing up in the 80s meant music, then some music, and then more music.

Dad's bands practiced in the garage, the basement, or sometimes in the living room.  After mastering the art of air drums, I received my first drum set at 13.  Forming my own band immediately...fast forward 34 years...
International Touring Artist, Sabian Cymbal Endorsed Artist, business owner, and 24 years teaching experience as a Private Music Instructor...

Richard Wagor

Double Bass, Bass Guitar

Double bassist and electric bassist Richard Wagor currently resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Richard, in earning his BA in music from the University of Iowa and a MM from Manhattan School of Music, has worked with various teachers including Eldon Obrecht, Diana Gannett, Homer Mensch, and Robert Kassinger...

Brandon Head

Violin, Guitar, Piano, Composition

Brandon began studying music at the age of 10, starting with guitar, and then also taking up violin shortly after. Eventually he studied other instruments; such as the mandolin, bass guitar, viola, and piano.

Brandon started studying composition at the age of 14, which he continued to pursue into college. He received his B.A. in music from St Ambrose University, with a focus in composition, and violin performance as well...

Clara Nielsen

Piano

Clara has loved the piano for as long as she can remember. When she was a tiny child, she started picking out melodies on the piano. When her parents noticed that she was trying to figure out harmonies for the melodies, they decided to put her into piano lessons. She was around three or four years old at the time. Clara studied the piano with six different teachers through the years...

Ben Tinsman

Piano

Ben Tinsman began playing piano at the age of 8. He originally wanted to be a drummer, and his school required all percussionists to have two years of piano experience. While this requirement prompted his first piano lessons, his love for the instrument and quick learning ability kept him attached to the piano ever since the start...

Rob Miller

Clarinet

Rob Miller attended the University of Iowa, where: he received a freshman merit scholarship from the Iowa Center for the Arts; won the Irwin Rosheim Prize in clarinet; received first alternate in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition; was a semi-finalist in the Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competition; and was a participant in the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival...

Karl Bodenbender

Piano,Voice

There was a boy... who was strangely enchanted by and drawn to the very tall, very old upright piano in his parent’s front hallway.  Daily the little boy would wander to the piano and pick out melodies he had heard on his favorite television show.  Almost as often he would ask, and then beg, his mother to allow him to begin piano lessons... 

Claire Good

Flute

Claire embarked on her flute journey at the age of 11 under the guidance of Crystal Duffee, a pivotal moment that set her on a path of musical discovery. Over the years, her dedication and passion propelled her into prestigious ensembles, including the Iowa All-State Band & Orchestra and the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra...
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