Tina Miritello is the Director of Bach to Rock, Naperville. Tina has studied vocal technique since the age of 6. Growing up, Tina participated in numerous choirs and show choirs and regional and national competitions. She performed throughout the Greater Chicago Area with her former country band for a number of years before returning to academia. Tina is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business. During her time at Elmhurst, Tina worked with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Besides being a vocalist, Tina also composes original music, plays piano and dabbles with guitar. Tina is passionate about what music can do for the community and loves to inspire others to be creative!
Staff & Music Teachers
Eliot Ames is the Assistant Director. He is an audio engineer & producer with extensive experience in the music industry & has been working as both an independent artist & producer for close to 10 years. Eliot has attended the Audio Design & Production program at Columbia College Chicago with a heavy focus on utilizing both analog & digital techniques of recording. Eliot took piano lessons at age 5 and played in orchestra as a violinist from 5th grade till 9th grade as well as played guitar & vocalist in a metal band in high school. Furthermore, Eliot has DJ'd for many various events in the Greater Chicago Area & currently is releasing original music under the alias 'Cymba'.
Ryan is the Assistant Director of Bach to Rock, Naperville. Ryan is a jazz musician and graduate of Millikin University's Music Business and Master's of Business Administration programs. Ryan is an experienced teacher of voice, trumpet, guitar, piano, drums, DJing, production, and second language skills with an emphasis on early childhood development and teaching families with special needs. As a record label executive Ryan has worked in the music industry and performed in professional ensembles for commercial releases across the American Midwest. Ryan is an experienced teacher of all ages and learning styles, and has taught music and dance at several schools in the greater Naperville area.
David R. is an audio engineer who strives to achieve the highest quality audio when critical listening is essential. Since 2016, David has worked on tours primarily serving as a Playback Engineer for artists such as Andy Grammer, Miley Cyrus, The Muppets and many more. Touring has brought him all over the world programming shows for arenas and stadiums to Saturday Night Live, Billboard Music Awards, among others. David’s main goal is turning the artists’ vision and ideas into a musical reality. When he is not on the road, some of his favorite activities are writing, producing, recording, mixing, and mastering for original songs. He also plays some piano and drums for fun in his spare time to help boost his music theory skills. David’s main instruments are two turntables, a mixer and crates of vinyl records. He truly believes vinyl records are sonically far superior than most digital media, but just like many DJs, he eventually picked up Serato and it was a game changer for him. David has over 15 years of experience DJing weddings, parties and clubs in the Chicagoland area as well as Los Angeles. He is excited to join the B2R staff and share his knowledge and experiences with other musicians, producers and DJs!
Donovan is a DJ instructor at Bach to Rock Naperville. His passion for music began in 7th grade. His passion motivated and drove him to work very hard to graduate early from high school so that he could attend Columbia College in Chicago. Donovan combined his passion with precision to accomplish his dreams and goals. Donovan is a great engineer, and even better on turn tables. He has performed all around the Chicagoland area. His passion has never let up and has always driven him to continue progressing for himself and for the music. Donovan is excited to be with Bach to Rock and for the opportunity to showcase his talents to children who are interested in learning his passion.
Freddie B.'s love for music began at age 8 when his mother bought him a keyboard for Christmas. While other kids his age were taking formal music lessons, Freddie was able to learn the basics to music completely by ear, playing along with what he'd see and hear on the radio and tv. By the age of 16, he became venturing out as an independent musician and freelance keyboardist, playing in bands, churches, and ensembles at school, exploring genres such as gospel, jazz, rock, pop, alternative, and r&b, as well as studying music classes at Joliet Junior College where he learned sight-reading and music theory. He then attended the SAE Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL where he obtained an Associates in Science Degree in Audio Technology. Upon graduating from SAE Institute Freddie has been a enthusiast in music technology, production, composition, sound design, and synthesis for virtual instruments, all of which he uses in his day to day workflow, with hopes of one day composing for film and television. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skill by means of engineering, live performance, and teaching, and also being a part of the band of his church.
Genevieve T., a Philadelphia native, first picked up the cello after being inspired by her twin sister’s violin lessons at the age of eight. Since then, she continues to perform alongside her sister in performance and events. She was a repeated performer on NPR's "From the Top" series and television show at Carnegie Hall, and a repeated semifinalist in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Tabby completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Geber and Dr. Melissa Kraut and took part in the Cavani String Quartet's prestigious Intensive Quartet Seminar (IQS). She also attained a full certification in Suzuki Pedagogy after finishing a 2 year rigorous program where now she is certified to teach all 10 levels of the Suzuki cello books. She received her Master's degree in cello performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where she studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen, a world-renowned pedagogue that shaped her to be the musician she is today. During her second year of the program she won the Northwestern-Civic Fellowship and participated as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from September 2014 through June 2016. Summer festivals Ms. Tabby has participated in include Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount School of Music, and Bowdoin Music Festival. One of her recent highlights includes winning the Zarin Mehta fellowship with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, where she was contracted a week of concerts with the orchestra, as well as having private lessons, meetings, and mock auditions with the the principal cellist and other Philharmonic musicians. She even got to meet Alec Baldwin, world-famous actor and board member of the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Tabby is currently performing and traveling the world with her crossover string quartet ATLYS. As a prominent group on all social media fronts, including Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube, ATLYS collaborates with artists to create music videos and albums of original compositions and innovative covers. Together, they are creating an ATLYS of music.
Mr. Kirk has always taken an interest in music since he was very young, but his passion for music really began to flourish when he joined the junior high band as a percussionist. From there, he began to teach himself a variety of other instruments including guitar, bass, keyboards, banjo, mandolin, theremin, and is always looking for new ways to explore music. Kirk has played in bands with friends for several years and enjoys sharing his love of music with others. Kirk aims to inspire others to have the same passion for music and learning that he does.
Lindsay’s passion for music started at a young age when she began playing the violin in 4th grade. Thanks to her many inspirational, dedicated, and influential music teachers, her passion only grew throughout high school. She took lessons on violin, viola, cello and upright bass before deciding to pursue music in college. Lindsay studied at Bradley University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree, focusing on instrumental pedagogy. She concentrated primarily on viola studies, but took cello, piano and violin lessons as well, all while heavily performing throughout her time at Bradley. She was principle violist in the Bradley Symphony, and a member of the Hilltop String Quartet. Her love for chamber music developed throughout her extensive studies and performances with the quartet, as they toured a variety of states to attend chamber music festivals. She was a winner of the 2017 Bradley Concerto Aria Competition where she had the opportunity to solo with the Bradley Symphony orchestra. Lindsay has provided violin, viola, and cello lessons to students of all ages and levels over the last 7 years. She plays in a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles in the midwest. Her reason for teaching is to provide all students the opportunity to love and appreciate what music has to offer.
Luis is an Elmhurst College graduate with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies. He started his music career in fifth grade when he joined the school band on trumpet. His passion for music was instilled in him by his father who is a classically trained mariachi singer from Mexico. By the age of 13, he started to teach himself the drumset and started playing drumset in the jazz band at school and formed a band with his three brothers. Now, Luis tours and performs with his band, as well as teaches private drumset and trumpet lessons at Bach to Rock. Luis aims to share his passion with as many young musicians as possible while passing along the profound knowledge of all of his past instructors.
Taylor grew up in the theatre community. With several shows around her belt she decided she wanted to pursue a career in contemporary music. So she picked up a guitar and started writing. She is currently studying at Columbia College Chicago with a major in Contemporary, Urban and Popular music. Taylor is also currently involved in the music scene. She is in a band called Each Day and they perform locally around the Chicago area and regularly release singles. Taylor first found her love for teaching when she was in high school and taught dance and vocals for a performing arts troupe she was involved in. She loves the idea of teaching contemporary and musical theatre voice along with guitar and ukulele. She is looking forward to her band’s first album that will be coming out in the fall of 2020.
- Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
- Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
- A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
- Everyone learns faster playing music they like
- Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
- Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.
- A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
- Students learn faster playing music they like.
- Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
- Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
- Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.