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TEACHERS

Cory Tcheng - Guitar Teacher

From 2006-2009, Mr. Tcheng taught and performed in the Chicago area, teaching at both the Academy of Music and Art and Upbeat School of Music.

Prior to 2006, he taught and performed in Los Angeles and Orange County. While there he taught at the Orange County Music Academy, received his music degree from Fullerton College (studying guitar with L.A. studio guitarist Dr. Joseph Jewell), and performed at various jazz festivals, including a 2005 trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall. Cory has been teaching guitar since 1995, and in that time has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of students of all ages and levels.

Zosia Holden

Zosia Holden- vocals and piano

A recent graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a BA in Music History, Zosia Holden teaches from a very diverse musical knowledge base. She was an apprentice with the HHW Vocal Arts Ensemble in Chicago, won the CSO Vocal Arts Competition in 2011, was active in many musicals in college, and performed L'Enfant et les Sortileges in conjunction with the MSO. She is an accomplished blues/jazz pianist and vocalist.

Along with classical voice and piano, she teaches in the rock, blues, jazz, musical theatre, country and folk genres. She also teaches songwriting and improvisation, depending on the interests of each individual student.

Riles Walsh

Riles Walsh - piano and music recording

Mr. Walsh teaches all ages, beginners to advanced students, and tailors lesson plans and curricula to each student's personal goals. He has had many successful students in his 10+ years of teaching experience which included time in South Korea, Louisiana, and California. His classical piano studies date back over 20 years. In 2007, he earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition & Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Since 2005, Riles has engineered a dozen records, working with artists such as John Muther, Scrimshaw, and The Trusty Knife, in addition to producing recordings from his own bands: Farms in Trouble, The Candeliers, and the forthcoming Wavy V. His other interests include cooking, hiking, reading, and chess.

Victor Campbell


Victor Campbell - drums

Victor Campbell received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He has had the opportunity to study with such great drummers as Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Billy Cobham, Roy Haynes, Herman Mathews, John Santos, and Alan Dawson. Victor has performed with Carlos Santana, the Ko-Thi Dance Company, Brian Lynch, Bobby Broom, Melvin Rhyne, Nicholas Payton, Ronald Mulgrew, Wes Anderson, Von Freeman, the Coasters, Drifters, Platters, Tim Ries (saxophonist for the Rolling Stones), Gary Richrath (guitarist for REO Speedwagon), West African drummers Mamady Keita, Chief Bey, and Mor Thiam, among many others.
Victor has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has taught many drum clinics and master classes, including classes at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, the University of Kentucky, Milwaukee Public Schools and the Boy's Club of Milwaukee.

Katie Koester


Katie Koester - Voice / Piano

Soprano Katie Koester is a Milwaukee native who has performed with the Florentine Opera, Skylight Music Theater, and the Eastman Opera Theater. She has also sung as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She recently received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the music honors society Pi Kappa Lambda. She is a member of AGMA.

Logan Penington


Logan Penington - Drums

Logan Penington has been the drummer for Mannheim Steamroller since 2006. He has worked with the Quincy Jones Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Chuck Berry, on Carnival Cruise Lines, and others.

Logan Penington is a Milwaukee based drummer born on March 26th, 1980. Logan began playing piano at age 6, which he picked up quickly coming from parents that are both professional musicians.  At age 8, Logan picked up his first pair of drumsticks and never looked back.  He began taking lessons from the best classical and jazz drummers, as well as studying with the legendary Jim Chapin.  By age 14, Logan was gigging professionally with various jazz and blues acts.

After studying music at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Logan decided to pack up his bags and join Carnival Cruise Lines where he honed his sight reading chops to a high level and became proficient in every single style of music ranging from jazz and afro-cuban, to various types of rock and pop acts.

Praneeth Madoori


Praneeth Madoori - Violin and Viola

Praneeth Madoori is a graduate of the Illinois State University studying liberal arts under the instruction of Dr. Sarah Gentry and Dr. Glenn Block. Praneeth has also had the privilege of being a teaching assistant for Illinois State University’s String Project program. This program allowed graduate and undergraduate string players to teach and instruct students around the community who ranged from ages 8-14. These responsibilities included conducting within full orchestral settings, small group pods, and individual private lessons. Praneeth is now continuing his education at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he will be obtaining a master’s degree in music performance with a concentration in string pedagogy.

Nathan Pflughoeft


Nathan Pflughoeft - Guitar

Nathan Pflughoeft has been an instructor at the Wauwatosa School of Music since April of 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree in jazz guitar performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied with Pete Billmann and Don Linke. He performs regularly with various artists in the Milwaukee area, spanning a multitude of genres including jazz, R&B, pop, hip hop, and gospel.

Iuliia Mykolyk


Iuliia Mykolyk - Violin

Born in Ukraine, Iuliia has been playing the violin since she was 8. After graduating from the Lviv National Music Academy, where she received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees, Iuliia performed with the INSO-Lviv International Symphony Orchestra, and played at numerous festivals in Switzerland, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Spain and Poland.

Iuliia decided to pursue her musical training in the United States, and received an artist diploma in violin performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with Prof. Mark Zelmanovich in 2014. Iuliia holds a Master's degree in Chamber Music Performance from UW-Milwaukee, where she studied under Dr. Bernard Zinck, and was a concertmaster of the UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. As a violin instructor, Iuliia uses teaching methods such as Suzuki, Franco-Belgium School, Russian School (Yankelevich) and Czech School (Ševčík and Schradieck).

Iuliia Mykolyk


Maura Atwood - Voice

Maura Atwood has been teaching in the Milwaukee area since 2016, after graduating summa cum laude from Carthage College. Maura holds degrees in Theatre Performance and Music, with an Emphasis in Vocal Performance. In addition to teaching music lessons, Maura teaches with Christian Youth Theater and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Maura performs regularly with various Milwaukee theaters, including Kohl's Wild Theater, where she is often a singing animal of some kind.