Hülya Alpakin Luethi (Piano & Music Together, Founder)
Hülya Alpakin Luethi has a strong European-style conservatory education in piano performance. Born in Turkey, Hülya is a graduate from Mimar Sinan University Istanbul Conservatory. She moved to Chicago to continue her piano education at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. There she earned her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Dr. Ludmila Lazar and her Performance Diploma, under the tutelage of distinguished British pianist Graham Scott. Hülya is also a licensed Music Together Center Director and registered Music Together teacher.
Hülya has over 30 years of music teaching experience. She started teaching in Turkey as a private piano teacher while she was studying piano in Conservatory. After her graduation from college she started teaching piano at Istanbul Mimar Sinan University Conservatory and Istanbul Istasyon Art School as well as continuing private piano lessons. After she moved to the United States she worked as a piano instructor in various music schools such as Southport Performing Arts Conservatory SPACE, Peoples Music School, and Gasse School of Music. Her students have been accepted to various music colleges and music high schools. Also Hülya’s students have received awards in piano competitions. She has been a judge in CAMTA Roberta Savler Piano Contest.
In addition to her numerous performances in Turkey before coming to the US, Hülya performed as a solo pianist in many recitals and chamber music concerts in the Chicago area, such as at the Chicago Cultural Center, Roosevelt and De Paul Universities, Sherwood Conservatory, Green Mill, PianoForte Chicago and many other venues. She also performed as an ensemble member across the country including New York, California, Arizona, and Minnesota. She played about 10 years with Palomar Ensemble at Access Contemporary Music, which performed the world premiere of many well-known and young composers’ works, such as Xiaogang Ye, Gabriella Ortiz, Jane O’Leary and many others. Her performances were live- broadcast by the radio station WFMT.
Phoebe Cape Salzmann (Art)
Phoebe Cape holds a Bachelor’s degree in studio art and French, and a Master’s degree in art education from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has taught art in both public and private schools to students ranging from preschool to 12th grade, and she is a certified art teacher in the state of Illinois. In her classes, Phoebe teaches real-world artist practices to help children develop creative problem solving skills, cultivate high self-esteem and the capacity for self-expression. She also has a strong interest in art therapy, and imbues her lessons with therapeutic art practices.
Phoebe grew up in Western Massachusetts, where she attended a Waldorf elementary school. After high school, she lived and studied in France for a year where she marveled at the art museums and ate delicious cuisine. She moved to Chicago after graduate school and began teaching art at the Chicago Waldorf School. Phoebe incorporates Waldorf methodologies into her teaching. In her spare time, Phoebe enjoys making her own arts and crafts, being outdoors, and baking. She lives with her husband her new baby boy and step-daughter on the north side of Chicago.
Frank G. Bisconti (Piano)
My name is Frank Bisconti and I’m currently working towards a Piano Performance Degree from DePaul School of Music, and a Mathematics degree from DePaul University. I have been taking music lessons and playing the piano since I was three. I have performed around the United States, as well as Israel, doing symphonic, solo, and chamber work. Most recently I served as DePaul Symphony Orchestra’s principle keyboard part in their production of Gianni Schicci and Suor Angelica.
The piano is one of the only instruments capable of both creating its own harmonies and being melodic simultaneously. I love it due to the contrast of emotions, depth, and intensity that pianos are so known for. Piano has always been a passion of mine, and I love sharing both its music, and the ability to play with others.
I have been teaching piano as well as music theory, aural training, and solfeggio, for the last 3 years,. I aim to give my students a love, knowledge, and appreciation of music. Perhaps more so however, I hope to give them an outlet of expression, and a tool for them to be honest with themselves in self reflection. I believe that having music in one’s life is very important, especially when developing as a person and musician when young; my ultimate goal is to help each student individually to find what role music should fill in their life, and what they can learn from having it.
Cris Joe (Art)
Cris Joe earned her Bachelor’s degree in studio art with a minor in English from Northeastern Illinois University. She also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has completed 36 credit hours of education classes. She has shown work around the Chicago area, and has worked with young children in a variety of capacities including at the Chicago Children’s Museum. She has experience with a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums and is always interested in experimenting with new techniques.
Cris believes that the arts play an instrumental role in helping children develop creativity, self-expression, critical thinking, and creative problem solving skills. In her classes Cris strives to create a balance between teaching fundamentals and techniques, and encouraging imagination, experimentation, and self-expression.
Cris was born in Mexico, spent her early childhood in Puerto Rico, and grew up on the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. She also lived in on the Navajo Reservation in northwestern New Mexico before moving to Chicago 18 years ago. In her free time Cris enjoys creating her own art work and spending time with her daughter and their spunky Navajo cattle-dog.