OUR DISTINGUISHED FACULTY

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 KAY ROBINSON, FLUTE (AND PICCOLO)   Internationally acclaimed flutist, Mary Kay Robinson, has risen to national prominence as a versatile musician,. Currently on the faculties of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where she teaches Chamber Music, Flute and Piccolo, she is in great demand as a teacher, with students having won positions in the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Ft. Wayne Philharmonic.  Read More

MARY KAY ROBINSON, FLUTE (AND PICCOLO)

Internationally acclaimed flutist, Mary Kay Robinson, has risen to national prominence as a versatile musician,. Currently on the faculties of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where she teaches Chamber Music, Flute and Piccolo, she is in great demand as a teacher, with students having won positions in the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Ft. Wayne Philharmonic. Read More

JAMES FLOOD, DIRECTOR, 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, DIRECTOR, 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

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

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

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 Elizabeth Unis Chesko (CSU). Mary is currently a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and has contributed as a soloist in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and greater Tri-State area.  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 Elizabeth Unis Chesko (CSU). Mary is currently a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and has contributed as a soloist in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and greater Tri-State area. Read More

AMY WENG, PIANO   A native of Taiwan, Amy Weng has maintained an extremely active career both as a performer and teacher since she was a teenager. With over 12 years experience teaching piano, she has taught students of all levels, from beginners to advanced from young children through adults, holding positions at universities, as well as at high schools and middle schools, both in Taiwan and the United States.  Read More

AMY WENG, PIANO

A native of Taiwan, Amy Weng has maintained an extremely active career both as a performer and teacher since she was a teenager. With over 12 years experience teaching piano, she has taught students of all levels, from beginners to advanced from young children through adults, holding positions at universities, as well as at high schools and middle schools, both in Taiwan and the United States. 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

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