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
Tim Mack is the Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Naperville. He fell in love with music at a young age thanks to his father, who always had a record spinning on the family turntable. It wasn’t long before Tim wanted to learn how to play the music he was hearing daily. Tim’s mother signed him up for drum lessons at the age of eight years old and sparked a life passion. He has played for and recorded with a variety of bands spanning multiple genres and has had some of his recorded music played on Chicago radio station 97.1 The Drive. Tim attended Loyola University Chicago where he studied music theory, percussion performance, drum set performance, as well as performed in jazz and percussion ensembles. Tim is passionate about inspiring students to follow their own musical goals and dreams and believes that learning should be informative and fun!
Calynn M. Lawrence is an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Naperville. She is a seven-time award-winning publicist and editor with several years experience working in the fashion, art and entertainment industries. She is also a serial entrepreneur as the Executive Producer-Creator of the reality series Chicago Talent, and Founder of The Fresh Faces Project. Her show has reached over 80,000 viewers online through her social media promotions strategy. The Fresh Faces Project is her nonprofit campaign that has been able to provide free and discounted marketing to over 150 small businesses and artists. This fall, she will be competing for the National title of Ms. America Elegance 2020. She currently holds the Regional title Ms. Northern US 2019 in the American Elegance Pageant System. She plans to use her platform to further her community service work in advocating for more creative education and career training opportunities for the nation's youth.
Miss Amanda is a student at North Central College pursuing a Music Education degree. She has been in choir since 6th grade and studies solo voice and piano. Amanda has also trained in dance since she was 4 years old and uses kinesthetic learning and creative movement while teaching music. At school, Amanda is the assistant music director of Sonata Problem a Cappella and enjoys arranging and composing music. One of the things she loves about music is that, just like any art, it can always be improved and built on, it is never simply perfect or completely mastered. She strives to advance her knowledge of all music styles and instruments and share her passion for music with those around her.
Aubreanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Her main instrument is voice. When she was in high school, Aubreanna had her first ever recital. Her songs featured modern pieces such as Part of Your World, You’ll be in my Heart, You Raise Me Up, and Let it Go. She was chosen as section leader of the alto section in her high school choir, and also served as the choir’s Secretary. Aubreanna was awarded the coveted “Block M Award”, an award reserved for individuals who excel in their field, for her dedication and leadership to the choir. Aubreanna has been in various choirs since she was in the eighth grade. She enjoys having time in her day where she can relax and do something she really enjoys. Some of her solo pieces in choir include: All I Want for Christmas is You, We are the World, You are the Wind beneath my Wings, You raise me Up, Joyful, Joyful, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Jerusalem, Lauliku Lapsepõli, and Freedom Come. She has performed at Cardinal Bernardin School, Marist High School (including the Star Spangled Banner for the school’s hockey team), Augustine College, Benedictine’s Scholl Hall and Goodwin Auditorium. In her spare time, Aubreanna enjoys acting. Her roles include Maid Marian in Robin Hood and The Elephant Trainer in Elephant’s Graveyard, just to name a few. She also enjoys playing the flute and dancing. When she’s not focusing on music, she is hanging out with her family and friends.
Mr. Caleb is a professional percussionist based in the Chicago area. He started playing drums in 7th grade, and never looked back! He graduated from Judson University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Entrepreneurship. He specializes in percussion, but also teaches beginner piano and guitar lessons. When he’s not teaching or playing music, he’s probably going for a run, reading a book, or watching Netflix.
Darius M. started his music journey at the age of 12 when his parents brought him a CD Mix console as a Christmas gift. Since then, he has successfully made a name for himself throughout the Chicagoland area DJ’ing everything from house parties, sweet 16s, proms, weddings and nightclubs. After mastering DJ techniques, he developed an interest to learn the production side of music. Using the income he earned from his DJ gigs, he started to build on his production knowledge and accumulated a home studio. Not having the resource of a music teacher, he started learning how to make music by ear, listening to the popular songs on the charts and his favorite musicians. Throughout his career, he has appeared on Chicago hip hop stations Power 92 and WGCI for guest mix shows and has been featured on numerous music blogs such as ThesesDays and DJ Booth. Developing his skill set and working with local talent has taken him from small local shows to his first major festival performance at Lollapalooza and it is just the beginning of his promising music career.
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!
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.
Gabriela (Ella) B. is originally from New Jersey and started playing piano at 4 years old. During her time in high school, her passion for music grew as she began singing in her school’s choirs and became a lead singer for a rock band. Throughout her time in the band, she was able to experience numerous professional performances, and a chance to record an EP. She continued to pursue voice at Elmhurst College, and graduated in 2016 with a Music Business degree. Ella has been trained in classical, musical theatre, and jazz vocals. In addition, she has performed behind Andrea Bocelli during two of his world tours, featured in the Emmy nominated PBS special “The Christmas Carol,” and part of the ensemble in “Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.” She has been a co-music director for a theatre project at her church and is looking forward to growing in her calling for teaching.
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.
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.
- 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.