Our Teachers

World Class Instruction

Right Here in the Midwest

CVMA is blessed with a vibrant musical collective of talented, educated, energized and motivated instructors of the classical and contemporary vocal and instrumental arts, where partnership and collaboration go a long way to provide a rich and inclusive environment for learning and instruction.
All of our studio artists perform professionally in the community, hold degrees or equivalent real world experience as musicians and educators, and are excellent at providing customized musical education to students of all ages, abilities and ambitions in the Twin Cities.
Feel free to visit their pages from here or from our “What We Offer” link. You are sure to find the right instructor for you or a loved one. And you are welcome to contact each one of them directly or through our “Contact Us” page.

Sophie Amelkin
Voice, Piano

Styles: Musical Theatre, Classical,
Jazz, Folk, Rock, Pop

Yasmin Bauer
Piano, Electric Bass

Styles: Classical, Tango,
Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Rock, Pop

Colleen Cowie
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar,
Electric Bass, Piano

Styles: Rock, Blues, Pop, Jazz,
Improvisation, Composition & Music Theory

Nicholas Davis

Styles: Classical, Gospel,
Musical Theatre, Pop, R&B

Sarah DeYong

Styles: Musical Theater, Classical,

Benjamin Dutcher

Styles: Musical Theater, Classical,
Folk, Contemporary

Joe Filipovich
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica

Styles: Blues, Slide Guitar, Classic Rock, Oldies, Reggae, Rock, Modern, Acoustic & Electric Guitar

Diana Grasselli
CVMA Director, Voice, Recording Production, Career Mentorship

Styles: Contemporary, Classical, Rock, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Country, Blues, Musical Theater, Folk

Catherine Himmerich

Styles: Classical, Contemporary

Scott Keever
Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukelele

Styles: Guitar, Bass Guitar,
Mandolin, Ukulele (All Levels/Styles),
Piano (Contemporary/Blues/Improvisation )

Paul Kinkade
Piano, Guitar, Trumpet

Styles:  Jazz, Contemporary, Classical

Samantha Laumann

Styles: Musical Theater,
Classical, Contemporary

Ben Lohrberg

Styles: Musical Theater,

Tom McNellis

Styles: Classical, Sacred Music, Bluegrass, Folk,
Pop, Rock, Blues, Musical Theatre, Country

Karen Mueller
Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Irish Bouzouki,
Dulcimer, Autoharp

Styles: A variety including Folk,
Americana, Celtic & Contemporary. 

Melissa Odens

Styles: Classical, Contemporary

Xiaoliang Qian

Styles: Classical, Improvisation

Evan Shallcross
Violin, Viola, Cello, Theory

Styles: Theory, Aural Skills, Interpretation, Improvisation, Composition

Justin Spenner

Styles: Classical,
Musical Theater, Contemporary

David Stoddard
Guitar, Piano

Styles: Rock, Blues, Pop, Jazz,
Songwriting & Music Production

Thomas Strommen
Tenor/Alto Saxaphone

Styles: Classical, Jazz

Regina Stroncek
Voice, Piano

Styles: Voice – Classical, Jazz, Folk, World;
Piano: Beginner

Matthew Tintes

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater,
Foreign Language

Amanda Weis
Voice, Piano

Styles: Musical Theater, Classical, Contemporary;
Piano: Classical, Adult Beginners