Doug Barr is the Director at Bach to Rock Arlington Heights and Northbrook. As an Illinois native, he studied Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Euphonium Performance at Samford University, and Euphonium and Trombone Performance at the University of New Mexico. He has performed extensively, including the United States Army Band Conference, Drum Corps International Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Grand Ole Opry. Some of his favorite musical memories include touring Italy as a Euphonium Soloist and competing at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Doug is thrilled to help students of any age pursue their musical passions.
Staff & Music Teachers
Gianna Esposito is the assistant director at Bach to Rock Arlington Heights. She has been involved with music for most of her life, beginning with piano at age 8 and performing in her high school’s theatre productions. Gianna has been producing music since 2011. She knew quickly after she started that this was her calling in life. Once Gianna started attending Illinois State University, she became heavily involved with a student organization called VibeTribe, where DJs and producers came to collaborate. This allowed Gianna to learn many different techniques that her peers were using, as well as sharing her own techniques. Being in a college town also allowed Gianna to DJ at clubs and bars around central Illinois. Gianna worked with several talented mentors during this time. Now, Gianna is back in Chicago, spending time in the underground bass music scene. She has been working on a new project which incorporates her own vocals and EDM. Gianna is thrilled to have the opportunity to spread her musical knowledge at Bach to Rock.
Aidan S.-B. AKA BoatHouse started his journey in music in Minnesota at 15 years old after being introduced to Wu Tang Clan and MF DOOM. Quickly acquiring a taste for Hip Hop, Aidan bought two turntables and started teaching himself how to DJ and produce music. In 2011 he moved to Chicago and attended Columbia College for Audio Design. Since then, Aidan DJ'd at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Festival, all over North America, Europe and most recently in Thailand. In 2014 he signed to Chicago Indie label Closed Sessions as an in-house producer and artist. He has released numerous solo and collaborative projects and singles as BoatHouse. At Bach To Rock, Aidan hopes to lend the knowledge and love that he has acquired for music to the next generation of DJs and producers.
Carlos (CJ) S., one of our music specialists, has been involved in music since middle school. He played percussion and sang in choir until high school. He then decided to solely focus on vocals and performed in many honor and a Capella choirs including the IMEA sectional choir. After high school, he taught himself guitar and took college classes in piano. He performed in many rock bands on vocals, piano, and guitar and has been on stage at Clearwater Theatre, Illinois State Fair, Durty Nellies, and the House of Blues. He studied music education at Harper College and Metro State College of Denver and was selected to the National Honor Choir. He also has experience in musical theatre performing in Jesus Christ Superstar as Annas, and Rent as Paul. He was a choir director from 2012-2020. Previously he was the music director for the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township. His honor choir called “Blue Voices” had the privilege of being selected to perform at regional events, Sears Center, Rokhaus in Dundee, Allstate Arena, and live on Star 105.5. He hopes to spread his passion and is honored to be a part of the Bach to Rock team.
Charlie P. is a musician and teacher from Crystal Lake, IL. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Urban and Popular Music from Columbia College Chicago, allowing him to play many different musical styles. His primary instruments are guitar and bass while also teaching piano and drums. Charlie has had an interest in playing music since he was learning to read notes at age 4 and began to play guitar when he was 10. He has performed in numerous settings ranging from the jazz ensemble in middle school to solo classical guitar performances to playing at music festivals and touring to different states with a rock band. Charlie believes anyone can play music and have fun doing it, and is excited to help students find their musical direction!
Jason has been playing guitar and drums for over 10 years. In high school, Jason was able to play bass drum in the Macy’s Day Parade with the famous Prospect Marching Knights! Jason also participated in several different ensembles and wind symphonies. He has played in various bands in the Chicagoland area, showcasing his talents to many well-known festivals. His main band The Difference, a classic rock cover band, has played at the Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, and Penny Road Pub. Mr. Jason has also played with the band The Minor Keys, which includes a member of American English! Mr. Jason knows how to make lessons filled with fun while also sharing his vast array of knowledge.
Jesse W. began his musical journey at the age of 5 when his father began teaching him Piano. Though he originally wanted to play trombone, his parents found a cheap used trumpet and his fate was forever set. He graduated from Ball State University with degrees in Classical Trumpet and Jazz Studies. During his time at Ball State Jesse led a well sought-after jazz combo, hosted a weekly jazz jam session, and performed as a featured soloist at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Jesse has traveled across the country performing with a world-class Drum and Bugle Corps and has traveled the world playing aboard cruise ships. He believes that the arts (especially music) are at the center positive social change, so he has dedicated his future to sharing his knowledge and experience with the next generation of aspiring musicians.
Jill H. has spent over 10 years developing her musical vision as a singer/songwriter. She started taking voice lessons at the age of 8 and picked up a guitar and started writing her own music at 15. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Art Management, Jill spent 4 1/2 years in Los Angeles. There, she continued to work on her craft and learning from legendary songwriters/producers, including 11-Time Grammy Award Winner Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. Since moving back to Chicago, Jill has found so much joy in teaching. Her hope is to help kids find their voice and their love for music.
Josh S. is a music educator and performer in Chicago, IL. Originally from Columbus, OH, he began playing drums, bass, and guitar in junior high school in the school band and in bands with his friends. He attended Ohio University, where he took part in the jazz program and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Production. During this time he was also in bands performing original music. Since moving to Chicago in 2013, Josh has played covers and original music in groups with styles ranging from punk rock, to hip hip hop, pop, and jazz. A multi-instrumentalist with an interest in music making in all forms, his focus for his own playing is on guitar and bass. Josh feels that what is standing in the way of musical progress for most people is the feeling that they should be ashamed of their current skill level or will not get any better. Neither of these are true! Given the chance, he would be happy to prove that to you.
Mike P. started his journey in music at the age of three playing cello. By the age of seven he was playing piano and violin as his primary instruments while taking lessons at the Betty Haag Academy of Music. As a violinist, Michael toured with the academy to perform in Rome, Italy and the Czech Republic in Prague. He also has performed in numerous competitions and participated in the ILMEA All-State Honors orchestras as well as other ensembles and chamber groups such as the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Maud Powell String Quartet. Michael has taught private lessons to students of many ages and is very excited to continue teaching students at Bach to Rock!
Patrick P. started his musical journey on piano at the young age of 3. He then began drums at age 9 and the bass at age 10. Patrick attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied classical percussion and drum set. At UW-Eau Claire he performed in their top ensembles including Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the Grammy Nominated Jazz Ensemble I. While studying, he recorded 6 studio albums, toured internationally with the Folk/Americana band Them Coulee Boys, and performed in the pit at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Colorado. Patrick graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor in Music Liberal Arts, and a Business Administration minor, and moved to Chicago December 2020. He is excited to share his musical experiences with students at Bach to Rock!
Paul G. is a Columbia College Chicago Audio Production alum with years of experience in songwriting, performing, and producing. Since 2008 he has played all over Chicago and the midwest with Alt-Country/Rock band The Shams Band on vocals and lead guitar. In his home studio, he engineered and produced the entire massive catalogue for Chicago Rap/R&B artist Chris Crack, among many others. He is now releasing music under his pseudonym "Cutta", with 3 very eclectic full-length albums and 3 EP's. Paul has also worked as a front-of-house audio engineer at the Beat Kitchen and Subterranean music venues for 6 years. He is driven to participate in music in a diversity of genres and roles in all areas of the creative process, and is eager to share and grow with Bach to Rock.
Sarah M. is a pianist, flutist, and vocalist hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Masters in Music from Northwestern University (Go Cats!) and her Bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Go Pickles!). She has performed solo and in orchestras across the United States and numerous cities in Germany and the Czech Republic. From 2017-2018, she served as the Director of the Cross the Line Project, an organization that brings classical music to nonconventional concert venues across North Carolina. Sarah is passionate about empowering her students through music and finding ways to make music of all genres accessible and relevant to her students. When she’s not teaching or performing, Sarah enjoys cooking, baking, running, and hanging out with her golden retriever Daisy.
- 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.