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About School of Rock Glen Ellyn

Welcome to School of Rock Glen Ellyn—a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.

We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Glen Ellyn teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Glen Ellyn. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.

Want to know more? Visit School of Rock Glen Ellyn to get a feel for our methods and community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Glen Ellyn
536B Crescent BlvdGlen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 413-4529

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
12:30 PM - 8:30 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Programs

  • School of Rock Glen Ellyn's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Glen Ellyn's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Glen Ellyn’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Glen Ellyn, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Glen Ellyn’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Glen Ellyn’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Glen Ellyn musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Glen Ellyn can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Glen Ellyn, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Glen Ellyn, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Glen Ellyn works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Glen Ellyn’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Glen Ellyn’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Glen Ellyn Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Glen Ellyn’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • At School of Rock Glen Ellyn, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Glen Ellyn enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Glen Ellyn’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

School of Rock Glen Ellyn's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with other...
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School of Rock Glen Ellyn's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Glen Ellyn's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Meet Sean Briskey
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Sean Briskey was surprised with a guitar at the age of 11 by his father and has not looked back since. Beginning with a year or two of lessons in blues and classic rock, Sean quickly gained an ear ...
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      Sean Briskey was surprised with a guitar at the age of 11 by his father and has not looked back since. Beginning with a year or two of lessons in blues and classic rock, Sean quickly gained an ear and a love for multiple styles of music. While most guitarists in high school are discovering Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Beatles, Sean found himself doing quite the opposite. His first band Lobster Newberg was an original progressive rock outfit, playing complex songs with odd meters and meandering passages. Drawing influences from the likes of King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Yes, and Frank Zappa, Sean co-wrote and recorded his first album when he was just 16. As his musical taste grew, so did his motivation to learn more. He joined his high school's jazz band and began learning the art of improvisation. By the time he was a senior in high school, he had performed at many notable venues and even shared shows with bands such as The Alan Parsons Project and The Ides Of March. After just one semester of college, Sean switched his history major to music after realizing where his true passion was. Studying under Chicago jazz giants Kyle Asche, Pat Fleming, Anthony Molinaro, and Victor Garcia, he gained a tight grasp on music theory and multiple genres/styles.Seanhas experience teaching players of all ages/skill levels and aspires to see his students succeed and have a blast while doing so. Currently with a bachelor's degree in music/jazz guitar from Loyola University Chicago, Sean gigs frequently around the Chicagoland area while teaching at the Glen Ellyn and Chicago School of Rock locations.
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    • Meet Stevenson Valentor
      Drums/Keys Instructor
      Hey! I'm Stevenson Valentor, up and coming Chicago drummer specializing under the umbrellas of funk, jazz, and rock. I'm currently banging out a bachelor's degree in psychology at Loyola University...
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      Hey! I'm Stevenson Valentor, up and coming Chicago drummer specializing under the umbrellas of funk, jazz, and rock. I'm currently banging out a bachelor's degree in psychology at Loyola University Chicago, while regularly playing shows with my band Gramps the Vamp, and playing any pick-up or subbing gigs that come my way. When I'm not practicing, performing, listening, or writing, I'm usually reading about growth and spirituality. Meditating is a regular practice with me, and throughout each of my daily activities I seek, find, or otherwise make big picture meaning. School of Rock has been a blast these past few months and I'm much looking forward to the future!
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    • Meet Laura Lopardo
      Vocal/Keys Instructor
      Laura Lopardo's immersion into a life revolving around music began at a very young age. Some of her earliest memories are of her parents singing and playing together late into the night, and she jo...
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      Laura Lopardo's immersion into a life revolving around music began at a very young age. Some of her earliest memories are of her parents singing and playing together late into the night, and she joined in on the top harmony as soon as she could. Talent shows and family gatherings with her parents and sister were next. She began studying music in earnest by 7, and by 12 was studying classical and opera music. She went on to pursue a music major in college and began honing her "rock" skills in local open mics and cover bands. The rest, as they say, is history - whether playing with The Get in a local spot down the street, a musical theater stage, or touring the country with The Godfathers, Laura's life is all music, all the time. She couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to teach others to do what she loves at School of Rock.
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    • Meet Andy Taylor
      Drum Instructor
      Andy knew he had to be a drummer ever since the night he saw the great Buddy Rich show up Animal on the Muppet Show. From then on, he could often be found behind his brother's red sparkle drumkit t...
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      Andy knew he had to be a drummer ever since the night he saw the great Buddy Rich show up Animal on the Muppet Show. From then on, he could often be found behind his brother's red sparkle drumkit tinkering away. This was the launchpad that propelled him into a life in music. He Earned his BA in Music from Western Michigan University, where he studied drums under legendary jazz drummer Billy Hart, as well as performed in the University's Big Band, Marching Band, and drumset choir. These days Andy plays often in and around Chicago and has toured the country extensively. He is the drummer for the band Dastardly, the Kalamazoo band Circus McGurkis, one of the founding members of live band karaoke in Chicago and has recorded on a dozen records. Along with playing and teaching drums, Andy spends his extra time as a luthier, restoring violins, violas, and cellos.
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    • Meet Shaun Hague
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Shaun Hague is a man of many, many talents. He has booked national bands, written articles for the likes of Acoustic Guitar magazine and has performed live with several multi-platinum artists. ...
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      Shaun Hague is a man of many, many talents. He has booked national bands, written articles for the likes of Acoustic Guitar magazine and has performed live with several multi-platinum artists. At just 17, Hague was named "The Best Young Guitarist" by The House of Blues and by 21, he was playing guitar for blues phenom Kenny Wayne Shepherd. In the past eight years, Hague has played guitar on tour for Amos Lee, John Waite, JT Hodges, The Break Repair Method, Tiffany and performed on Jay Leno. He has also opened for major acts such as Matchbox Twenty, Kid Rock and Daughtry. Shaun also was invited to sit in with classic rock legend, John Fogerty a few years back. His influences are vast, but Springsteen, The Beatles and Eric Clapton have been his biggest inspirations and he looks forward to integrating those influences into the School of Rock!
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    • Meet Mike Charbanneau
      Drums/Vocal Instructor
      Mike is a Chicago based Multi-Stylistic Drummer/Percussionist, and Educator from Chicago, Illinois. His performing experience and knowledge of the art is vast and wide. He holds a Percussion Perfor...
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      Mike is a Chicago based Multi-Stylistic Drummer/Percussionist, and Educator from Chicago, Illinois. His performing experience and knowledge of the art is vast and wide. He holds a Percussion Performance Degree from Roosevelt Universities Chicago College of Performing Arts, and also studied education while there. His knowledge and versatility helps him bring energy, enthusiasm, and accuracy to his work. Whether performing or teaching, Mike feels excitement. Most recently, he has performed and recorded with artists such as Rachel McClusky, JIP, Empire, and more. He also has played in countless other ensembles such as The Oak Park River Forest Symphony and with other professional organizations. He also has performed in cover bands, and for special/corporate events. These situations have allowed him to play in a wide variety of famed venues, and musical styles. He has also been fortunate enough to open for artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Krewella, and more. In his spare musical time, Mike enjoys performing as much as possible, seeing as many live shows as he can, and expanding his musical network/outlet. He also enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family. He is proud to be at School of Rock sharing his experience and knowledge with others, and most of all, the gift of music!
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    • Meet Ian Engles
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Ian Engels is a Chicago musician born and bred. Ian received his first guitar at age 10, 11 years later, he still has the same love and passion for the instrument as the first time he picked it up....
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      Ian Engels is a Chicago musician born and bred. Ian received his first guitar at age 10, 11 years later, he still has the same love and passion for the instrument as the first time he picked it up. He started giging out at age 12 in blues clubs around Chicago, such as Kingston Mines and other small clubs around the city. From the blues roots, Ian grew into many different genres of music like jazz, rock, bluegrass, and other contemporary styles. He currently plays out in The Pistachio Brothers, Doug Shotwell and the Right Hand Band, and various other projects. His playing and teaching styles are similar in the sense that he puts everything into the music. "A personal connection with the music and understanding of the creative and theoretical process is a huge aspect of listening to, playing, and teaching music." Ian says. All-in-all Ian is a dedicated musician, instructor, and is constantly looking to better his students, music as a whole, and himself.
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    • Meet Joel Janchenko
      Drum Instructor
      Joel Janchenko is a passionate musician with a love for teaching and inspiring students. Playing drums since childhood, he has experienced many musical situations and different viewpoints. After at...
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      Joel Janchenko is a passionate musician with a love for teaching and inspiring students. Playing drums since childhood, he has experienced many musical situations and different viewpoints. After attending Berklee College of Music, he started working for School Of Rock and found a home at Glen Ellyn. With a love for fusion and funk, he embraces all musical genres and has a foundational knowledge for teaching them. Consistently playing gigs with his band Splor, he is immersed in Chicago’s music scene. His goal is to get kids comfortable behind the kit and to get them Groovin’!
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    • Meet Sheldon Dukes
      Bass Instructor
      Sheldon Dukes is a seven year professional bassist in the Chicagoland area. He’s well versed in playing a large variety of musical styles such as rock, jazz, and pop. He’s performed on many sta...
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      Sheldon Dukes is a seven year professional bassist in the Chicagoland area. He’s well versed in playing a large variety of musical styles such as rock, jazz, and pop. He’s performed on many stages, including the United Center. He has performed with a variety of different artists, among them six time Grammy Award Winner, Bebe Winans.
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    • Meet Caroline Wattelle
      Vocal Instructor
      Caroline Wattelle began singing at a very young age with her French father during his residency at a close by Lounge. One day a week with her dad soon was not enough, and she joined as many choirs ...
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      Caroline Wattelle began singing at a very young age with her French father during his residency at a close by Lounge. One day a week with her dad soon was not enough, and she joined as many choirs as she could. After a few years of developing her voice, she was brought to a recording studio and recorded her first song. Feeling and hearing the connection to music has been the fuel to a life long pursuit of sharing that beauty with others. At the age of 9, she had joined the Chicago Children’s Choir and was given the chance to go on tour with them to Georgia; as well as with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during ‘Welcome Yule’ and several other interesting events. After working with the CCC for several years, she decided to branch out musically. She went on to join Music Theater at DePaul and then later was accepted into the Chicago Opera Theater for Teens. Today, her musical journey has led her to NEIU where she met her current group, The Freedonian Municipal Band, and is completing a degree in Psychology and Music in the hopes to continue to share the gift of music with as many as possible.
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    • Meet Marisa Boynton
      General Manager
      Raised just around the corner in Addison, Marisa is new to Glen Ellyn after spending 8 yrs abroad living and working in London, England. She's been performing since she was 10 years old, and holds ...
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      Raised just around the corner in Addison, Marisa is new to Glen Ellyn after spending 8 yrs abroad living and working in London, England. She's been performing since she was 10 years old, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Along with many musical theatre credits, Marisa spent two years with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a Lead Vocalist and also served as Vocal Captain. She is thrilled to be working with such and amazing group of kids, and loves being surrounded by their unending energy!
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News

    • Rock 'n' roll brings generations together in Glen Ellyn

      http://bcove.me/fkexs9dq Rock 'n' roll helped bridge the gap between generations Wednesday in Glen Ellyn. Seniors from Sunrise Senior Living joined about 45 preschoolers at Arbor View Elementary Sc...
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      http://bcove.me/fkexs9dq Rock 'n' roll helped bridge the gap between generations Wednesday in Glen Ellyn. Seniors from Sunrise Senior Living joined about 45 preschoolers at Arbor View Elementary School for a music program called Little Wing, presented by the Glen Ellyn School of Rock. Grooving to James Brown's "I Feel Good," Sunrise resident June Frank got up and danced, clapping and high-fiving with several the youngsters. "I enjoyed it," she said. "I had a good time. It's always nice to be with the little kids." The youngsters and seniors also sang, danced and played instruments to rock classics such as "Magic Bus" by the Who, "Get Off My Cloud" by the Rolling Stones and "We Will Rock You" by Queen. Little Wing Director Ella Duda says the program is designed to help preschoolers foster cognitive and motor skills. She said students started making monthly visits to Sunrise's Glen Ellyn facility beginning in June, and it seems to help both the kids and the seniors. "It's a really good way for (the seniors) to keep their mind young with music." Duda said. "They enjoy having the kids around." Mary Shafer, activities and volunteer coordinator with Sunrise Senior Living, says the kids help brighten the residents' day. "It changes their mood," she said. "Their day is uplifted and exciting."
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    • Rock 'n' roll brings generations together in Glen Ellyn

      http://bcove.me/fkexs9dq Rock 'n' roll helped bridge the gap between generations Wednesday in Glen Ellyn. Seniors from Sunrise Senior Living joined about 45 preschoolers at Arbor View Elementary Sc...
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      http://bcove.me/fkexs9dq Rock 'n' roll helped bridge the gap between generations Wednesday in Glen Ellyn. Seniors from Sunrise Senior Living joined about 45 preschoolers at Arbor View Elementary School for a music program called Little Wing, presented by the Glen Ellyn School of Rock. Grooving to James Brown's "I Feel Good," Sunrise resident June Frank got up and danced, clapping and high-fiving with several the youngsters. "I enjoyed it," she said. "I had a good time. It's always nice to be with the little kids." The youngsters and seniors also sang, danced and played instruments to rock classics such as "Magic Bus" by the Who, "Get Off My Cloud" by the Rolling Stones and "We Will Rock You" by Queen. Little Wing Director Ella Duda says the program is designed to help preschoolers foster cognitive and motor skills. She said students started making monthly visits to Sunrise's Glen Ellyn facility beginning in June, and it seems to help both the kids and the seniors. "It's a really good way for (the seniors) to keep their mind young with music." Duda said. "They enjoy having the kids around." Mary Shafer, activities and volunteer coordinator with Sunrise Senior Living, says the kids help brighten the residents' day. "It changes their mood," she said. "Their day is uplifted and exciting."
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Testimonials

  • “The teachers and staff are great with the kids. The school builds confidence in the kids and provide a safe place for kids to be creative and make friends. It is great to see the kids progress in just a short period of time.”
    — Robin S. parent, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • “Your programs build confidence and self esteem in the children through performance and learning. The School also gives the kids a safe place to hang out and be themselves. ”
    — Amanda N, parent, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • “We love the inclusiveness, the learn-to-perform approach, and the excitement the kids feel when learning new music.”
    — Ellen R, parent, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA