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Violin & Viola Teachers

Christopher Castillo

Mr. Christopher Castillo: Violin ($27), Viola ($25.5)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A multi-faceted musician and educator, Christopher Castillo is both a noted performer and composer. He has performed as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician and soloist throughout the greater Chicago area and the Midwest. He has also improvised in rock, blues, and jazz bands. His principal teachers include Edgar Gabriel of String Fusion and Dr. Sarah Gentry. His numerous compositions, including Starvation in the Presence of Grace, Pain, and Philosopher in a Jar have been premiered by local and national artists at both Illinois State University and Elmhurst College. While at Elmhurst College he regularly participated in the World Music Festival, showcasing works of Piazzolla and famed Bollywood film composer A.R. Rahman, among others. In recent years Chris has increasingly turned his attention to pedagogy and currently teaches strings at local area schools. His hobbies include fine woodworking and traveling.
Chris holds a Masters degree from Illinois State University and a Bachelors from Elmhurst College. He is currently preparing for his Suzuki Method teacher certification.

Kathryn Loeper

Ms Kathryn Loeper: Violin ($27)
Tuesday, Thursday

Katie Loeper is a new resident of the Greater Chicago area. Katie took violin lessons since an early age, starting with the Suzuki method and then progressing to more demanding classes. A native of Rock Hill, SC, Katie also began voice lessons at the age of eight, and eventually majored in vical performance in college. During her music studies at USC, Katie was also active in local community theaters and Opera at USC. She performed in such shows as Martha, Candide, L’eliser d’amore, Oklahoma, and the Mikado, while performing lead roles in The Tender Land (Laurie) and Daphnis et Chloe (Chloe). She also had the honor of performing the National Anthem at numerous USC Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball events, as well as for the 2014 USC Commencement Ceremonies. When she wasn’t on stage, Katie spent time singing for various church congregations and teaching voice lessons at her former high school, and is an alumnae member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Honorary International Music Fraternity for Women.
After graduation, Katie moved to St Louis, MO, where she resided until moving to Chicago. While there for only a few years, Katie’s fondness for teaching grew immensely during this period. Katie was heavily involved in the Kirkwood Children’s Chorale as the Choir Manager and as a private music teacher. She also worked with New City School as Assistant Music Director for their Performing Arts Department, helping to produce such shows as Aladdin Jr. and Back to the Future. Additionally, Katie founded Just Sing! Studios, teaching private lessons to middle and high school students in the St Louis school districts. She also continued to sing professionally, enjoying two seasons with St Louis Chamber Chorus and working with Opera Theatre St Louis. She currently lives in Lockport, IL with her husband and two dogs. When she is not singing, she enjoys reading, hiking, and kayaking.