Meet the StaffThe People Who Make Musical Magic Happen
Voice, Musical Theatre Studio Sessions
Adam Walsh is a musician, composer, and teacher with a unique ability to connect with kids of all ages. With a strong desire to instill a love of music in his students, Adam sets out to create a learning environment parents will appreciate and kids will love. As a former children’s pastor, Adam has trained young musicians in the worship arts, taught songwriting, and recorded three albums of Bible memory verses. He’s written and edited curriculum for Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado, He has performed in or musically directed over 25 shows, and is now, with his wife Courtney, the co-owner of The Studio. Adam has a B.S. in Music from Bradley University, is a father of three insanely entertaining kids, and loves games and puzzles of all kinds. At The Studio, Adam is not only a co-owner, but a teacher (voice, piano, brass) as well.
After 13 years as a stay-at-home mom, Jody has returned to work, excited to find a place she feels passionate and excited about. She’s been a long-time volunteer at her kids’ school, and is thrilled to join the Studio family.
Jody is a graduate of CHIC (Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago0) where she studied baking and pastry. When she’s not managing her family’s busy schedule, Jody loves to travel, read and bake. She enjoys boating and being on the water every chance she gets. She lives in Belvidere with her husband, Jeremy and their two daughters.
Piano and Flute
Rebecca Aupperle is a musician, writer and teacher who cannot walk by a piano without playing it, or hear a song without harmonizing to it, and she strives to instill that same love and joy of music into her students. As a former minister to college students, Rebecca loves to work with young people, helping them grow in confidence and leadership as creative persons. She has served as a church worship director and continues to contribute musically at her current church. Rebecca studied music education, piano pedagogy and English at Millikin University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She lives in Rockford with her husband Steve, also a musician, and secretly dreams of singing in a Vocal Jazz group one day. Rebecca loves swing dancing, her students and she thinks farmers’ markets are some of the most beautiful places on earth.
Born and raised in the musical islands of the Philippines, Olivia’s life has been dedicated to music. Holding multiple degrees from the prestigious University of the Philippines where she majored in Voice and Music Education, Olivia spent years teaching at the private studio of one of Asia’s most legendary composer. She was also pioneering member of her country’s first professional master chorale. Though she was classically trained in singing, with her versatility, she can also sing other genres of music. She performed in different parts of Asia such as China, Thailand and Vietnam where she and her band gained a great reputation. For the last two years, Olivia has been spreading her love of music here in the United States through teaching students, involvement in multiple local choirs, as well as performances of all types right here in the Rockford area. Olivia is a teacher at heart and has been teaching singing since 1998. She nurtures her students according to their musical ability and motivates them to maximize their musical and artistic potentials. Above all, she makes sure that her students are having fun making music.
Amy Sanderson has over 25 years of experience teaching private piano lessons to all ages. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music from Lincoln Christian University. Her experience also includes accompanying soloists, groups, musical theater and church worship services. She is currently taking new piano students at The Studio, where she’s excited to share her love of music!
Valerie Brandt-Soetermans graduated from Millikin University with a BFA degree in Musical Theatre and Dance. In New York City, she performed a cabaret act for 3 yrs and then accepted a position as a back-up singer and dancer for Louise Mandrell and toured the US with Louise for the next six years. Valerie has performed in music videos and concerts with such superstars as Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus, Faith Hill and Vince Gill. In addition to videos and concerts, she was trained at TVI Actors Studio in Hollywood, California, and has appeared in the TV shows, Family Matters, Melrose Place, 90210, Vital Signs, Mad TV, and several HBO specials. Valerie accepted a position as 1 of 3 performers to sing and dance for the Radisson Diamond Cruise Line so that she could travel again. The cruise turned out to be the “Love Boat” because she married the drummer, Jay. They decided to reside back in her “hometown” to raise their family and home school both their children. She is in her 14th yr of homeschooling.This will be her 19th yr of teaching. She also teaches advanced, adult, and senior citizen tap, couples dancing, and private acting. Valerie continues to perform alongside her husband in the band The Missing Links, and their own band; Stages.
Angela Martinez has played piano for over 15 years and has loved singing for as long as she can remember! Throughout high school and college, she sang in various choirs including an a cappella group and select choir. Angela was previously an elementary music teacher and taught kids ages 3-11. She has also been on the directing team for a number of shows with The Studio, and she was the musical director for The Lion King Jr. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Teaching at Rockford University. She loves musicals and has performed in or worked on over 20 shows. Off-stage, she has also played in the pit orchestra for a number of shows. Angela believes that a kind, supportive environment that encourages both excellence and fun is the best kind of place to learn in!
Originally from Rockford, IL, Clark Kelly moved to Nashville, TN, to attend esteemed music college Belmont University. In his second year, he was voted one of their best songwriters in an annual songwriting competition, establishing him as an artist to watch. After graduating, Clark
signed with Sony/ATV, a company which represents many top artists including Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. He has played concerts across the country, opening for Panic at the Disco and the All-American Rejects, among others. Clark released his third EP, Frames, in 2018 and is currently back in his hometown writing new music to release in 2020.
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