Meet The Teachers & Staff
Julie Chambers, Capital University graduate, studio owner, and teacher has been teaching since 2008. She has her state teachers license, Bachelor’s and Master’s in music education, Kodaly certification, Music Pedagogy diploma, and has begun her Estill Voice Training. She has experience teaching public school music, preschool general music, choir, piano, and voice lessons. She currently performs regularly at Grove City United Methodist Church as organist, accompanist, and vocalist.
Amy Jackson is a music teacher in the Columbus area, teaching voice, piano, and ukulele lessons in Bexley and Pickerington. Amy is a graduate of Capital University, where she earned her Bachelors in Music Education. She currently teaches K-6 general music and choir in Springfield, OH. Throughout her career, she has studied many genres of music and can teach contemporary music, classical, opera, and musical theatre. Amy is passionate about helping others find their voice and fervently believes that everyone can sing. Throughout instruction, students of all ability levels engage in vocalises, multiple genres of music, and singing games that will challenge students while meeting them where they’re at. Outside of the music studio, Amy is a Disney fanatic and loves going to baseball games. Contact us now to get scheduled for piano, ukulele, or voice lessons with Amy!
–Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar Instructor-
Claire Dollison is a musician who is primarily known as a trumpet artist who is currently attending Capital University as a music education major. Claire has been involved with music, playing trumpet, and many other instruments including piano, flute, and French horn, since 2008. She has accomplished many things throughout her career. She has been invited to play in many honor bands much like the Ohio State University Honor Band, Wright State University Tri-State Honor Band, and the Ohio University Honor Band Festival. Claire has done numerous amounts of performances as well through ensembles and solo playing with things like recitals and OMEA contest, receiving superior ratings on class A solos. Claire has also booked multiple gigs ranging from things like pit orchestras for musicals, churches, etc. Throughout Claire’s career, she has won many awards in school ranging from Most Outstanding Brass Player, Most Improved, and also school scholarships on behalf of her playing. Check out our Get Started page now to get scheduled for lessons with Claire.
Ejiela has been teaching piano lessons since 2013 to students of varying ages in the Columbus area. Her primary area is classical piano, but she has had experience with other genres and encourages her students to explore other genres as well. She graduated from Capital University in 2015 with a degree in Piano Performance. Her performance experience includes masterclasses with Dr. Nelita True and Gale Berenson as well as solo playing, accompanying, ensemble playing, and competitions in the Indianapolis and Columbus areas. Contact us now to get scheduled for piano lessons with Ejiela!
-Musical Theater & Acting Audition Instructor-
Giselle is an actress, singer, director, choreographer, and theater educator. Her acting credits include national tours, children’s theater, original off-Broadway runs and premieres, and regional theater. Giselle has served as a director and choreographer for numerous productions featuring kids, teens and adults at many different schools and community centers in New York City, New Jersey and Ohio. Giselle is fiercely passionate about arts education and brings her positivity, playful energy and vast imagination to everyone she works with. Giselle received her musical theater training from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School and an M.S.ED degree in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York and is certified to teach Drama/Theater to Pre K-12 in New York and Ohio. When she is not in a classroom or a theater, you can find her staying busy exploring the great outdoors, reading, working out, singing, drinking fancy coffee, trying a new hobby, and dancing with her two young daughters.
Giselle is currently directing at CATCO, and running theater programs at Chambers Music Studio, the Columbus JCC and Columbus Jewish Day School (CJDS).
Stephen has many passions through education with a solid basis in early music education. Graduating from Capital University with a bachelors in music education, his passion for teaching music grew on a more individualized level. Stephen has been teaching privately since graduating. He teaches voice, drums, piano, and ukulele. Balancing his other passion with early childhood education, Stephen is currently an early preschool teacher at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus right here in Bexley. He finds there are many similarities with ECE and music education that make for a wonderful partnership. Stephen is an active church musician singing in various church choirs throughout the Columbus area. Check out Stephen’s recent blog articles on vocal health, practice tips, and singing styles or contact us now to get scheduled for piano, ukulele, drum or voice lessons with Stephen!
–Piano, Voice, & Jazz Voice Instructor-
Anne Todt has taught piano and voice for over twenty years at Capital University’s College-Preparatory and Adult Education Departments. She enjoys teaching classical, musical theatre, and jazz voice. She has sung professionally in Cantari Singers, Lancaster Chorale and Columbus Bach Ensemble. The Columbus Chamber Singers, which Anne directs has performed in Austria and Italy. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the Ohio State University (voice emphasis) and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Besides music, Anne enjoys swimming, riding her bike, reading and movies. Check out our Get Started page now to get scheduled for lessons with Anne.
Julian Dittmer is a 2020 graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. As an up-and-coming pianist/keyboardist in the Columbus music scene, Julian has amassed significant professional experience, performing over 500 gigs since 2014 in a wide variety of styles—jazz, pop/rock, funk, soul, salsa, and gospel. He has been teaching private piano lessons since 2017, and tutored Jazz Theory and Jazz Arranging while at Capital University. Julian is passionate about music, and loves to share his musical knowledge with others. To him, there is nothing more satisfying than expressing himself creatively through the piano. By equipping his students with the proper music theory knowledge, ear training, and practice techniques, Julian seeks to enable his students to express themselves creatively as well. When not on stage, performing, or in the studio, teaching, you can often find him out on the disc golf course, or cheering on his favorite Ohio sports teams. Check out our Get Started page now to get scheduled for composition, jazz piano, or beginning piano lessons with Julian.
Jim Lindroth is a percussionist living in Columbus, Ohio and has been teaching in various capacities since 2014. Jim has a Bachelors degree in percussion performance from the University of South Carolina and Masters degrees in performance and ethnomusicology from Ohio State University. Along with his extensive background in classical percussion, Jim is an avid fan and performer of various folk music styles, having studied West African drumming, Zimbabwean mbira, Irish bodhrán, Irish guitar, Scandinavian guitar, and North and South American folk percussion. Jim takes a holistic approach to music education, hoping to encourage lifelong musicians through social engagement and creative music-making. When not getting excited about music, Jim can be found drinking coffee, carving wood, or petting his cats.
Kaitlin Reed, from Worthington, Ohio, is a music education student at Capital University, studying trombone under Dr. Tony Weikel and Dr. Tom Zugger. She enjoys playing band, orchestral, and jazz repertoire. Since 2018, Kaitlin has been the low brass instructor for the Capital Cadet Band. Currently, she serves as the president for Capital University’s Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association chapter. She is the manager for the Bandfestival and the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band. Prior to attending Capital, she spent three years playing trombone in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Peter Stafford Wilson and concluded her three years with the orchestra by performing at Carnegie Hall in the summer of 2018. Kaitlin has a passion for helping students learn to express themselves through music and would love to work with you!
Kevin Hagans began his violin studies at the age of nine and studied violin at Capital University. He embarked on his violin teaching career in 2016 and in 2018 he earned his Suzuki Unit 1 Teaching Certification from The Suzuki Association of the Americas. The Suzuki Method is a popular and successful method of teaching which incorporates ear training and natural learning styles based on the way children learn their native language. While Suzuki is an excellent teaching style, Kevin recognizes what teaching styles work for each individual student and tailors the lessons appropriately. Kevin enjoys working with both beginner and intermediate violinists, beginner cellists, and beginner ukulele students looking to grow their understanding of music and the instrument. In addition to classical studies, he also teaches improv, bluegrass, rock, jazz & music theory.
Kevin believes that music is supposed to be fun, and he emphasizes this attitude into his teaching style with both children and adults. In addition to teaching, Kevin is an active performer and improviser across Columbus.
Maria, from Granville, Ohio graduated from Capital University in May 2020 with degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. She has also been studying cello since she was 10 years old. As a student, she earned several music scholarships, including the Presser Award. Maria started playing piano in 2006 through the Denison University Suzuki Program. She has been teaching, using the Suzuki Philosophy since 2016; and began taking Suzuki Teacher Training in 2018. She is currently a member of the Suzuki Association and the Music Teachers’ National Association. Learn more about Suzuki lessons from her blog or contact us now to get scheduled for piano or cello lessons with Maria!
Nick Riley is a freelance music educator, composer/arranger, ensemble administrator, adjudicator, performer, and clinician. Nick has over 20 years of experience as a percussionist.
At Chambers Music Studio, Nick instructs all ability levels in percussion as well as beginning piano, clarinet, and saxophone students.
Nick is currently pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Music Education at The Ohio State University where he is a Graduate Teaching Associate for the School of Music. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies full time, Nick was the Director of Bands at Liberty Center Local Schools in northwest Ohio from 2012 to 2021. While at “LC,” Nick doubled the size of the band program and his marching, concert, and chamber ensembles were noted for their performance excellence. Nick received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Capital University in 2011. Some of Nick’s notable former teachers include: James Swearingen, Bob Breithaupt, Dr. Barry E. Kopetz, Dr. Dina Lentsner, Tony Zilincik, Nate Anders, Eric Paton, Wayne Markworth, Andrew Markworth, Tim Fairbanks, Ross Williams, and Allen Justus.
During the winter months, Nick is extremely involved in the indoor percussion activity as an ensemble administrator, composer/arranger, and consultant for groups nationwide. Nick is the Co-Founder of ConneXus, a Percussion Independent World (PIW) percussion ensemble from Delaware, Ohio where he currently serves as President of the ConneXus Performing Arts Association, Inc., Ensemble Director, Program Coordinator, Development Coordinator, and Front Ensemble Instructor. ConneXus is a 4-time WGI World Championships Finalist and a 4-time WGI Regional Champion.
Nick is an accomplished and sought-after composer/arranger for the marching arts, with an international clientele of some of the best marching bands, drum corps, indoor percussion ensembles, and winter winds groups in the world. As an adjudicator, Nick has judged marching arts competitions in seven states since 2012 and has served as a championships-level adjudicator since 2017.
Nick’s former staff assignments reflect a diverse background in the pageantry arts. He has served as Assistant Visual Supervisor for Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, Percussion Consultant for The Ohio State University Marching Band, Front Ensemble Instructor for Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, and Visual Instructor for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. Nick is currently the Percussion Composer/Arranger for the Gran Banda Drum & Bugle Corps of Medellin, Colombia, South America, where he has served on both the percussion and visual staffs since 2014. The “GB” was the 2014 DCI SoundSport Champion, runner up in 2017, and the first ensemble from South America to perform in DCI events.
Nick is a member of the OMEA, NAfME, CSJA, PAS, and ASCAP and holds endorsements from Vic Firth, Inc. and Black Swamp Percussion. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Kevin is a well-versed multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. He has performed all of his life, and his experience ranges from rock bands to orchestras, jazz combos to musical theater, and even as a stage and screen actor. He has been featured on public and national television and toured nationally. He holds performance degrees in classical trumpet and voice, and currently serves in the 249th Army Band where he plays bass, guitar, trumpet, and sings for various ensembles. As a teacher, he has taught private lessons for over 15 years. He comes from a family of artists and educators, and has a passion for teaching anyone who wants to learn. At Chambers, he’ll be offering guitar, voice, electric and upright bass, trumpet, beginner piano, ukulele and banjo. His students will not only learn their chosen instrument, but also the fundamentals of theory, developing their ear, performance concepts, and specific things the student wants to learn. He strongly believes in an individualized approach to education, and will meet every student where they are at and work to teach them in the way that they learn best.
Zsolt aka “Z” is an active musician in central Ohio. He played acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, ukulele and banjo in dozens of theater productions. You can also hear him on stage playing with the Rick Brunetto Big Band, with Standard Time, in John Vermeulen´s Swing Orchestra, and he appears from time to time in Vaughn Wiester´s Famous Jazz Orchestra.
Z’s guitar and bass guitar lessons are designed to help complete beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Beginners don’t need previous music experience to join his lessons. They’ll learn how to hold and play the instrument properly, how to identify strings, how to play melodies and guitar chords. Intermediate and advanced students will learn about scales, advanced chords, arpeggios, improvisation, the fretboard, notation reading, constructing solos, music composition and arranging in different genres.
Wes Miller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from Bowling Green State University where he was a student of Dr. John Sampen. He has performed with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Concert Band, Columbus Symphony, United States Navy Band Woodwind Quintet, University of Kentucky Orchestra, Bowling Green Philharmonia, Lexington Philharmonic, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, New Albany Symphony and the Westerville Symphony. As one of the original members of the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, Wes was a First Prize Winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has also had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses with Claude Delangle (Paris Conservatory), Don Sinta (Univ. of Michigan), and Fred Hemke (Northwestern University). He was saxophone teacher at the Arosa Music Academy in Arosa, Switzerland. Additionally, he was the adjunct replacement for saxophone professor, Dr. Michael Cox at Capital University. Wes has been band director at St. Philip, St. Katherine, St. Matthew and St. Pius schools. He also created and directed the band programs at KIPP Journey Academy, Columbus Bilingual Academy and was the founder of The Buckeye Homeschool Band program. While he specializes on saxophone his experience as a performer and band director have allowed him to gain significant expertise in teaching: flute, clarinet, piano and trumpet. As a teacher with 30 years experience Wes continues to be passionate about teaching and performing.
Currently, he teaches private lessons, conducts the Gahanna New Horizons Band, plays soprano saxophone in the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet and is principal saxophone in the Ohio Capital Wind Ensemble.
Christine and her son, Ren, became piano students at Chambers Music Studio in 2020 before she joined as an assistant. Her daughter, Vera, also enjoys group drumming classes at the studio. She has lived in Bexley with her family since 2018 and homeschools her two children. Previous to starting a family, she and her spouse lived on the East Coast, West Coast, and in Italy. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in Psychology and Classical Languages with a Latin Emphasis and has: worked in insurance; been a private Latin, English and math tutor; completed an AmeriCorps year of service at a junior high school; went to graduate school to study psychology and marriage and family therapy; and worked with youth and families at a church in Lansing, MI. She enjoys gardening and traveling.
Dr. Rianne Gebhardt, mezzo-soprano, is excited to be joining the Chambers Music Studio as Instructor of Voice, Beginning Piano and Mommy & Me group classes. Dr. Gebhardt (aka Dr. G) has served on the music faculties of Muskingum University and Shorter University. At her various posts, she has taught applied voice, lyric diction for singers, vocal pedagogy, voice class, and musical theatre ensemble. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University, Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Converse College and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Louisville. She served for several seasons as a Music TogetherTM teacher, working with the very youngest music makers from aged zero to six in play-based group classes. She also maintains a private studio out of her home in Bexley.
In addition to teaching, Dr. G. enjoys performing in various contexts including opera, oratorio, and liturgy. Some of her favorite operatic credits include the roles of Meg Page in Falstaff, Papagena and 3rd Spirit in The Magic Flute, Augusta in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado. Oratorio credits include Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Teresienmesse, Soprano Soloist in Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Alto Soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Alto Soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Stabat Mater. Other stage credits include work with Opera Columbus, both in mainstage productions and as a member of their Educational Outreach program, as well as with Kentucky Opera. During her portrayal of Cherubino, she collaborated with Polish artists and performed in productions both in Louisville, Kentucky, and made her international debut in Katowiz, Poland. As a result of that experience, Gebhardt (Marcum) was featured in the full-length documentary “Figaro: Living the Life of a Character.”
Dr. G’s research interests include vocal health and hygiene and establishing strategies to promote vocal health and hygiene to prevent vocal injury. She is particularly interested in the adolescent and changing voice and working with the singing voice through life-span challenges. She believes in meeting students where they are musically and technically and working together to find their unique instrument in a fun, yet informative atmosphere. She is a member of Pi Lambda Kappa, The Voice Foundation and NATS. She is an alumnus of the music service fraternity Delta Omicron. Dr. G resides in Bexley with her husband Brandt and daughters Lilian and Isabel. Outside of music, she enjoys watching movies, listening to audio books, eating good food, and laughing at any possible opportunity.