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

IULIA FETYSENKO, VIOLIN AND VIOLA   Iuliia Fetysenko has been teaching violin extensively for 10 years beginning in her native Ukraine and in the Cleveland area where she teaches at Mound STEM Elementary and at Firelands School of the Arts. Iuliia teaches viola as well. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance…  Read More

IULIA FETYSENKO, VIOLIN AND VIOLA

Iuliia Fetysenko has been teaching violin extensively for 10 years beginning in her native Ukraine and in the Cleveland area where she teaches at Mound STEM Elementary and at Firelands School of the Arts. Iuliia teaches viola as well. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance… 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

TYLER NIEMEYER, DRUMS AND PERCUSSION   An Ohio native, Tyler Niemeyer received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra principal musicians Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Read More

TYLER NIEMEYER, DRUMS AND PERCUSSION

An Ohio native, Tyler Niemeyer received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra principal musicians Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. 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