OUR DISTINGUISHED FACULTY

JAMES FLOOD, CLASSICAL GUITAR   James Flood is the founder and director of Westlake Music Academy. He has taught guitar for nearly 30 years at numerous institutions including Morgan Sate University, Gettysburg College, and his own James Flood Guitar Lessons where students have been known to come from Akron and Canton to Cleveland for weekly lessons.  James received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in guitar performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where for his Master’s he studied under the world-renowned Manuel Barrueco.  Read More

JAMES FLOOD, CLASSICAL GUITAR

James Flood is the founder and director of Westlake Music Academy. He has taught guitar for nearly 30 years at numerous institutions including Morgan Sate University, Gettysburg College, and his own James Flood Guitar Lessons where students have been known to come from Akron and Canton to Cleveland for weekly lessons.

James received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in guitar performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where for his Master’s he studied under the world-renowned Manuel Barrueco. Read More

DANIELLE BRAGA, PIANO   Danielle Braga is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance with a minor in piano pedagogy. Danielle is passionate about music education and curriculum design, and is approaching her eighth year of teaching. While studying with piano pedagogy professor Dr. Andrea McAlister at Oberlin, Danielle gained experience in a variety of private and group teaching settings….  Read More

DANIELLE BRAGA, PIANO

Danielle Braga is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance with a minor in piano pedagogy. Danielle is passionate about music education and curriculum design, and is approaching her eighth year of teaching. While studying with piano pedagogy professor Dr. Andrea McAlister at Oberlin, Danielle gained experience in a variety of private and group teaching settings…. Read More


NICOLE DIPAOLO, PIANO, MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION   Nicole is a versatile musician and teacher who has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Ambassador Chamber Players and as a recitalist, collaborator, and presenter worldwide. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she studied piano with… Read More

NICOLE DIPAOLO, PIANO, MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION

Nicole is a versatile musician and teacher who has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Ambassador Chamber Players and as a recitalist, collaborator, and presenter worldwide. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she studied piano with…Read More

CLARA ENGEN, VIOLIN AND VIOLA   Violinist Clara Engen maintains a varied career as a performer, teacher and advocate for the arts. Clara is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, with bachelor’s degrees in violin performance and history; she earned her masters as an orchestral fellow with The Orchestra Now, at…  Read More

CLARA ENGEN, VIOLIN AND VIOLA

Violinist Clara Engen maintains a varied career as a performer, teacher and advocate for the arts. Clara is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, with bachelor’s degrees in violin performance and history; she earned her masters as an orchestral fellow with The Orchestra Now, at… Read More

DR. GARY GRANING, PIANO   Gary Alan Graning earned his Doctorate in Piano Pedagogy from Columbia University, Teacher’s College where he was course assistant to Robert Pace. He received his Master’s in Piano Performance from The University of Michigan where he studied with Benning Dexter, Karen Keys and… Read More

DR. GARY GRANING, PIANO

Gary Alan Graning earned his Doctorate in Piano Pedagogy from Columbia University, Teacher’s College where he was course assistant to Robert Pace. He received his Master’s in Piano Performance from The University of Michigan where he studied with Benning Dexter, Karen Keys and…Read More

JOHN KARKOSIAK, GUITAR   John Karkosiak has his Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar from the Jackie McClean Institute at the Hartt School of Music, Univerity of Hartford, where he studied under hard bop style guitarist Richard Goldstein.  Read More

JOHN KARKOSIAK, GUITAR

John Karkosiak has his Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar from the Jackie McClean Institute at the Hartt School of Music, Univerity of Hartford, where he studied under hard bop style guitarist Richard Goldstein. Read More

TREVOR KAZARIAN, CELLO   A Chicago native, Trevor completed his Bachelor’s degree at DePaul University’s School of Music and earned his Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Cleveland Orchestra’s longest reigning Principal Cellist, Stephen Geber.  Read More

TREVOR KAZARIAN, CELLO

A Chicago native, Trevor completed his Bachelor’s degree at DePaul University’s School of Music and earned his Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Cleveland Orchestra’s longest reigning Principal Cellist, Stephen Geber. Read More

SAMANTHA LOOMIS, VOICE   Samantha Loomis received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at Ohio Northern University and her Master’s in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Southern Maine where she studied under internationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Malinda Haslett. She has studied and performed classical, musical theater and jazz. Samantha has also augmented  Read More

SAMANTHA LOOMIS, VOICE

Samantha Loomis received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at Ohio Northern University and her Master’s in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Southern Maine where she studied under internationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Malinda Haslett. She has studied and performed classical, musical theater and jazz. Samantha has also augmented Read More

STEVE MILLER, GUITAR   Steve has his Bachelor’s in Guitar Performance from Muskingum College and performs around the northeast Ohio region.  Read More

STEVE MILLER, GUITAR

Steve has his Bachelor’s in Guitar Performance from Muskingum College and performs around the northeast Ohio region. Read More

DANIEL RANEY, DRUMS AND PERCUSSION   Daniel’s musical foundation stems from the vibrant music scene of Austin, Texas. Having been teaching since high school, Daniel has trained students in multiple disciplines of percussion, including drum set, marching percussion, ethnic drums, and orchestral playing at the conservatory  Read More

DANIEL RANEY, DRUMS AND PERCUSSION

Daniel’s musical foundation stems from the vibrant music scene of Austin, Texas. Having been teaching since high school, Daniel has trained students in multiple disciplines of percussion, including drum set, marching percussion, ethnic drums, and orchestral playing at the conservatory Read More

ADAM SATORIUS, GUITAR   Adam Satorius earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Classical Guitar Performance and Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has been an instructor in the classroom as well as in private lessons with students ranging from six years old to retired adults. As a teacher, he strives to provide his students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences to develop a love of music-making and discover their own unique musical… Read More

ADAM SATORIUS, GUITAR

Adam Satorius earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Classical Guitar Performance and Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has been an instructor in the classroom as well as in private lessons with students ranging from six years old to retired adults. As a teacher, he strives to provide his students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences to develop a love of music-making and discover their own unique musical…Read More

BILL SHAFFER, PIANO   William C. Shaffer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Masters of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music. William has over twenty years of teaching experience at such places as Solon Center for the Arts and the Baldwin Wallace University Outreach and others. His philosophy is to encourage each student to achieve their goals by teaching everyone to their strengths.  Read More

BILL SHAFFER, PIANO

William C. Shaffer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Masters of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music. William has over twenty years of teaching experience at such places as Solon Center for the Arts and the Baldwin Wallace University Outreach and others. His philosophy is to encourage each student to achieve their goals by teaching everyone to their strengths. Read More

MARY KRASON WIKER, VOICE   Mary Krason Wiker is a dedicated voice instructor with over ten years of teaching experience. She holds a B.A. in Music from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Cleveland State University, where she studied under Alanna Keenan (FUS) and…  Read More

MARY KRASON WIKER, VOICE

Mary Krason Wiker is a dedicated voice instructor with over ten years of teaching experience. She holds a B.A. in Music from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Cleveland State University, where she studied under Alanna Keenan (FUS) and… Read More

JACQUELINE WOOD, FLUTE, AND PICCOLO   Jacqueline received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University. She went on to receive a Master’s in Flute Performance from Cleveland State University, studying under Sean Gabriel, principal flutist of the Blue Water Symphony..  Read More

JACQUELINE WOOD, FLUTE, AND PICCOLO

Jacqueline received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University. She went on to receive a Master’s in Flute Performance from Cleveland State University, studying under Sean Gabriel, principal flutist of the Blue Water Symphony.. Read More