James Flood is the founder and director of Westlake Music Academy. He has taught guitar for nearly 30 years at numerous institutions including Morgan State 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. He also studied under Ray Chester for his Bachelor’s and privately with David Tanenbaum and Julian Gray, among others. He has given performances in Maryland, California, Ohio and West Virginia. In high school he was selected to perform the second movement of Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. James has extensive experience as a choral conductor. He was director of the Lyceum Schola Cantorum from 2009 to 2017. Currently he is Director of Music at St. Clement Parish in Lakewood, Ohio and the director of the Cleveland Guitar Orchestra.
James works with all levels, beginning, intermediate and advanced, in both classical and non-classical styles and emphasizes a foundation in sound guitar technique and general music skills. He works with intermediate and advanced students on refinement of technique, interpretation and overall musicality. In 1999 he received a grant from Gettysburg College to further more ergonomically correct classical guitar technique. His technique largely consists of efficiency of position and movement and minimizing tension.
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. He also studied extensively under international touring and recording artist Dan Wilson at Cuyahoga Community College. John has performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Ensemble, Cedar Walton Ensemble, and Thelonious Monk Ensemble at the Jackie McClean Institute of Jazz, and performs in the northeast Ohio region. John has been teaching private guitar since 2013. He also teaches ukulele.
Steve received his bachelor’s degree in guitar from Muskingham College and is a teacher to over 40 private students in both the Cleveland and Canton areas ranging in age from 8 to 70. He is committed to providing focused and engaging lessons. As a teacher, Steve specializes in teaching rock, jazz, finger style and theory. He also has experience as a professional bass player and teaches bass at WMA.
Steve performs around northeast Ohio as a solo musician and has played at a number of venues including Severance Hall, Musica in Akron, and The Paul Duda Gallery/Robert Hartshorn Studio in Cleveland. He has also performed in various ensembles including the Cleveland Guitar Orchestra and the Simcox Big Band and has played in several pit orchestras for various theater productions around Ohio. As an active community member, Steve has worked with En-Rich-Ment of Stark County, a non-profit dedicated to providing music education and performance opportunities to under-privileged youths.
Committed to continuing education, Steve considers himself a “life-long student” and currently studies classical guitar and pedagogy with James Flood.
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 voice. Currently, Adam is a teacher with the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society teaching classical guitar group classes to students in the Cleveland area. Adam teaches all ages from children to adults at Westlake Music Academy, but is WMA’s exclusive guitar teacher for children ages 5 to 7.
In 2017, Adam was selected to perform as soloist an arrangement of Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brazilieras with an All-State Ohio High School Orchestra. While in high school he also performed as a soloist Classical Gas accompanied by wind ensemble. He also has extensive ensemble performance including flute/guitar and voice and guitar duos. Adam has participated in masterclasses with some of the world’s best guitarists, including David Russell, Jason Vieaux, Oscar Ghiglia, and Aniello Desiderio. He was a finalist in the Baldwin Wallace International Guitar Competition and the James Stroud Guitar Competition. He is actively performing as a guitarist throughout the Cleveland area.