Meet our Teaching Artists

Education: 
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
BM, University of Louisville
Instrument: oboe
Favorite piece of classical music: Strauss' Oboe Concerto. The beginning starts with just a few cello and bass bow strokes, like rays of light peaking over the horizon. When the Oboe solo emerges, it's like a full on sunrise with warmth, beauty, and luxurious solo lines.
Other interests: board games, video games, arranging music
TEIL BUCK
Education: 
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music (2018)
BM, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Instrument: double bass; composition
Favorite piece of classical music: The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart. It's the greatest example in history of people running around in
circles playing pranks on each other. And the music is beautiful.
Other interests: ultimate frisbee, reading, watching football
ADAM HAR-ZVI
Education: 
DMA, Ohio State University
MM, University of Louisville
BM, University of Louisville
Instrument: clarinet
Favorite piece of classical music: The fourth movement of Respighi's The Pines of Rome. Its like two armies clashing, as a brass section plays against the Orchestra in surround sound.
Other interests: watching movies, board games, video games
DYLAN LLOYD
Education: 
BM, Cleveland Institute of Music (2019)
Instrument: cello
Favorite piece of classical music: Anything by Bach. He wrote an endless amount of church music, and was a very devout Christian. I think that Bach tries to paint a picture of heaven in our minds through his music! Bach's music exemplifies how pictorial and powerful music can be.
Other interests: going to the gym, cooking, hiking, swimming
SARAH MILLER
Education: 
BS, Case Western Reserve University (2020)
Instrument: saxophone
Favorite piece of classical music: Chopin's Nocturne in Eb Major. Its tranquil melody and smooth harmony always put me in a good mood.
Other interests: sailing, traveling, hiking, spending quality time with friends
JON O'BRIEN
Education: 
BM, Cleveland Institute of Music (2019)
Musical field: composition
Favorite piece of classical music: Become Ocean, by John Luther Adams. This piece reminds me of my summers as a kid spent on the lake where my Dad grew up. There is something thrilling about the feeling of a massive orchestra barreling towards you like waves. It makes you feel like you are part of the sea or surfing the waves.
Other interests: board games, bowling and watching old TV shows
JOSEPH TOLONEN