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.
Katie O’Neill (Art)
Katie O’Neill earned her Bachelors degree of Fine Arts with a minor in art history at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA. In the course of her undergraduate degree, Katie worked as Internship Coordinator at The Institute of Contemporary Art where she implemented a high school internship program offering museum education and resources for youth interested in pursuing careers in the arts. She was also an art teacher’s assistant for PreK – 3rd graders and provided private lessons to aspiring adolescents. Katie’s teaching philosophy focuses on student-centered learning while incorporating art therapy driven practices to encourage the growth of self-expression, self-esteem, and ambition in students.
In 2015, Katie was awarded The Happy Fernandez Leadership Fellowship from Moore, allowing her to travel to Melbourne, Australia for three weeks to work as a special needs instructor for ages 3-18 in the areas of art, music, dance, and drama. Following this experience, Katie presented at the annual Pennsylvania Art Educator’s Association conference in Harrisburg, PA on art therapy-inspired lessons that would specifically cater to students with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Katie was born and raised on a 3-acre farm in rural Cookstown, New Jersey. She enjoys being out in nature, going to the movies, and playing with cute animals. Currently, Katie is earning her Master’s degree in studio art from the School of the Art Institute 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.