Adam Instefjord Regional Director
Adam Instefjord is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, immediately started his first band in the eighth grade and has been performing both locally and nationally ever since. Over the years he has decided to expand his musical prowess and learned how to sing, play bass guitar and drums. Another concentration that Adam has pursued is audio recording and production. He chose to continue his education at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH, where he received certification in Audio Recording and Production.
Adam currently plays in multiple bands, including playing bass and singing in Chicago-based cover-band The Student Body. Adam started his career at School of Rock Oak Park in 2013. He started his tenure as an instructor, was promoted to Music Director and is now the Regional Director of both School of Rock Oak Park and School of Rock Glenbrook. During his years with us, he has taught guitar, bass guitar and production, directed countless shows, taught Rock 101 and Rock 201, and taught Project Studio and Oak Park’s House Band.
Jennifer Malone Director of Music Culture and Community Outreach
Jennifer Malone is a veteran music director whose imagination and curriculum expertise have helped School of Rock become the thriving and competitive program it is today. She is a four-time international School of Rock AllStars Music Director and has served on content and innovation boards at the corporate level over her many years with the company. Jennifer is a voice teacher who loves coaching students of all levels to perform at their personal best through thoughtful training, biodynamics and performance prep. As a director, Jennifer challenges players to step out of their comfort zones and develop the skills needed to be free and authentic on stage. Jennifer served as School of Rock Oak Park’s Music Director and developed programming, show seasons and touring groups, and oversaw the artistic direction of the school. She was instrumental in designing the School of Rock AMP! Program for corporate team-building. Her current role is focused on building an inclusive school culture and building partnerships with other community stakeholders and arts organizations. She will be teaching and directing regularly at both School of Rock Glenbrook and School of Rock Oak Park. Jennifer holds an M.Phil (MA equivalent) in Irish Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a BFA in Performance from Kent State University. She performs regularly with the band 1976, Hedgehog and the Fox, and Steve Edwards Orchestra. She has a long performing resume that includes musical theater, jazz, blues, rock and punk. She lives in Oak Park with her husband and two kids and spends her free time engaged with the Echo Theater Collective, PTO volunteering, coaching AYSO and promoting social justice initiatives.
Amy Renzulli Owner
Amy Renzulli, former corporate marketer, is the owner of School of Rock Oak Park and School of Rock Glenbrook. Starting at an early age, Amy recognized a tension between art and business. It began when her doctor dad left his medical practice to pursue a career in art and her stay-at-home mom went off to law school and started her own successful career. As a result, Amy has spent most of her work life blending the two sides, building her career in sales and marketing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and, at the same time, pursuing artistic interests. While she developed her business skills in web marketing, sales strategy and technology adoption, she also hosted art shows, crafted and sold jewelry in local boutiques and galleries, and generally sought opportunities that would enable her to marry her business skills with her love of art. When her daughter, at the time only 12 years old, attended summer camp at School of Rock Chicago, Amy suggested that they should consider opening a school in Oak Park. Amy learned that School of Rock was a franchise opportunity and a light bulb went off. She knew that she would be the person to make it happen. In early December 2012, Amy and her ever-supportive husband, Bob Miller, converted a 50-year-old combination warehouse and office building into the vibrant home of School of Rock Oak Park. After having built the largest School of Rock in the world in Oak Park, she is setting her sights on bringing the same magic, energy and passion to the communities of Northbrook and Glenview with School of Rock Glenbrook.
Dave Vazzano Music Director
Dave Vazzano’s passion for music and performing developed at a very early age. His musical journey began in grade school when he joined both concert and marching band. He continued in both performance groups throughout grade school and college at Western Illinois University. Dave bought his first drum kit at age 12 and his passion for rock music grew. This journey then grew as Dave and his best friend and School of Rock coworker Adam Instefjord started a band that specialized in 90s punk rock covers. Dave and Adam also write, produce and record their own original music and continue to release albums. Currently Dave is playing with multiple Chicago-land area bands. He is a founding member of the Chicago punk rock trio The Mizzerables, who have released their third album "Whatever... This Sucks." One of the projects that takes up most of Dave’s time is The Student Body, a high-energy rock cover band that specializes in party rock anthems. You can catch The Student Body at festivals, casinos, weddings, corporate events and more. Dave currently teaches drum lessons at School of Rock Oak Park and is the Music Director for School of Rock Glenbrook.
Morgen Hare Marketing & Communication Specialist
Morgen Hare was brought up in music since she was six and hasn't stopped since. She started off dancing at age four, then added piano at six and voice at seven to continue her musical education. Originally from Minnesota, she developed a love for music the moment she was introduced to The Jackson 5 and Earth, Wind and Fire. After high school, she moved to Chicago, graduated from Columbia College and is currently a full-time professional vocalist. As she grew so did her skills as they developed and blossomed into a thriving career.
Having performed at Carnegie Hall in NY, Summerfest in Milwaukee and the Vic and Aragon Theaters in Chicago, Morgen is just as comfortable in front of large crowds as small ones. Whether it's working as a studio singer, recording for TV and radio commercials or live shows, her love for music never ceases. She has a passion for all types of music, ranging from classical, hip-hop, rock and soul to musical theater, R&B and everything in between. Morgen also has an avid passion for health, fitness and nutrition. In college, she got her yoga certification and studies nutrition on the side. In other words, her affinity for life, love. and music emanates in all she does. She is a Marketing and Communications Specialist at School of Rock Glenbrook.
Kathleen Lane Singing Teacher
Kathleen Lane is a vocalist and composer in Chicago, Illinois. Kathleen is currently pursuing her second bachelor's degree in Music with a focus in Vocal Performance at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At UIC, she studies with vocalist Cheryl Wilson and performs with UIC’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Kathleen was a selected vocalist in her first year to perform UIC's Jazz in the Grass. Kathleen blends folk and indie influences to create an earthy and heartfelt sound within her original music. She has performed as part of her previous duo, The Jades, and on her own at various venues including Foundation Room, Wire, Pierogi Festival, Rockopelli Music Festival, Elbo Room, Beat Kitchen, Underground Lounge, and more.
Emily Blue Guitar, Keyboard and Singing Teacher
Emily Blue is a pop artist based in Chicago, IL. She has over 10 years of experience performing and is passionate about vocals, keys, guitar, and band-leading.
She also plays in Tara Terra with one other SoR instructor, Evan Opitz.
Nick Fane Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher
Nick grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago, and started his life in music by picking up a bass guitar at age 15. Influenced by bands like Rush, The Who, Tool and Soundgarden, he became immersed in every element of the musical process, from songwriting to music production and beyond.
After earning his Bachelor's of Music from Columbia College Chicago in 2013, he spent four years with the Nick Moss Band, an internationally known blues/rock band. Pulling on experience gained from years of touring the continental United States, northern Europe and beyond, he works with his students to fully enrich their musical lives, as well as make them better players.
Max DiFrisco Studio Coordinator
Max DiFrisco is a vocalist, guitarist, and former School of Rock student. During his tenure at the School of Rock Oak Park, Max was in the house band and was a two time School of Rock AllStar. The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a country-wide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar.
Max is currently working as a songwriter and producer under the name Westhead collaborating with multiple artists. He has performed with several other groups over his tenure as a multi-instrumentalist at venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Not only is Max involved in songwriting but he is a founding member of indie rock groups Jonnycatland and Idioglossia. Max's dedication and passion for music has also led him to be the touring guitarist for Computer Science, a North Carolina dream pop outfit. Max is currently pursuing an electrical engineering degree with a focus in audio, writing music, working at the School of Rock Glenbrook and continuing to pursue his musical passions.
Pete Falknor Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Pete Falknor has been hooked on electric guitar since he first plugged one in at age 7 (thanks Dad!). He grew up in the northwest suburbs obsessed with Green Day, picking up drums and bass guitar along the way to starting his own junior high, high school, and college rock bands playing both covers and original music.
After receiving his degree in Music Business from Columbia College in 2009, he went on to manage legendary Chicago music venue The Empty Bottle before founding and managing the world-renowned Thalia Hall in 2014. These days you can hear him singing and playing guitar in his original band Planet Exploder, drumming for singer-songwriter Derek Nelson (Martin Van Ruin), and singing and playing bass in his classic rock/punk cover band PUNK is DAD. When he's not spending time with his wife, two kids, and dog (Huey Lewis) he is working on his online guitar cafe, Black Bobbin.