Jora Bart Owner
Before opening School of Rock Plymouth, owner Jora Bart worked in the sports and entertainment industry for 20 years, lived and worked in Hong Kong for a brief stint of time and managed a band for fun in her early 20s. She produced publicity campaigns for a multitude of national and international events and served as the publicist for a world-class arena, a convention center and a historic auditorium that hosted the likes of Elvis, Prince and Dylan. One of her favorite hobbies is meeting new people. A big parenting goal for her is that her three kiddos grow up to be kind…and that they love music! Opening a School of Rock combined her passions for music, people and making a difference.
Jim Lupino Music Director
Jim is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist that has toured both nationally and internationally throughout his career. He gained invaluable experience throughout the years as an instructor, producer, live sound engineer, technical director and leader of church ministries. He has the phenomenal ability to use music and sound to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, and above all else, he's all all-around amazing human being!
Jim's main role will be to have his finger on the pulse of all our programs and the students in them. He will be in charge of reverse engineering our shows, casting songs for students, co-leading rehearsals and keeping the communication flowing between teachers and rehearsal directors. And eventually, Jim will be the "Tour Manager" of our House Band next summer.
Tony Petersen Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher
Writer, performer, banjoist and guitarist Tony Petersen began playing guitar at age 15 and has been performing across the country since high school. Tony is currently part of the national touring act Social Animals, has a solo project under the name Ditchbird and is one half of the folk/Americana duo Jill & Tony. He also records commercial music, some of which has been used in ads by ABC News and a well-known Russian beverage company. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2011, Tony founded Boss Booking and Management and began booking musical acts into venues throughout the U.S.
Robb Lauer Drum Teacher
With over 15 years of professional experience, Robb Lauer comes from the U.S. Army Band with a variety of proficiencies from drums to guitar to sound engineering and almost everything in between. An expert in jazz, funk, rock, country, electronic and pop music, there's almost nothing he can't play.
A drummer in high-demand and a member of several jazz and pop bands around the Twin Cities, Robb finds himself behind the kit more often than not. In his "normal" life, he works as an engineer and lives in Northeast Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. Robb is also an avid soccer fan, archery enthusiast and Dungeons and Dragons expert.
Anibal Soares Bass Guitar Teacher
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Anibal Soares showed an aptitude for bass guitar from a very early age. His first public performance was at the age of 16 with his local church band, and he continued to perform within the church environment throughout his teen years. His reputation as an amazing bass player spread throughout the Sao Paulo community, and before long, Anibal found himself touring with established artists.
Trenton Skalicky Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Before earning a degree in Audio Production and Engineering from the Institute of Production & Recording in Minneapolis, vocal and keyboard instructor Trenton Skalicky attended McNally Smith College of Music and studied vocal performance. Since then, Trenton has been recording and performing with the Twin Cities blues rock band Jackie Kean. Trenton is always constantly looking to expand his musical experiences, and is excited to bring his passion to students at School of Rock Plymouth!
Sam Goldstein Bass Guitar Teacher
Sam Goldstein first picked up the bass guitar when he was 12-years-old, and hasn’t looked back since. As a former School of Rock student, he was selected to tour twice as a School of Rock AllStar with the top 1% of School of Rock students from around the world. Sam is a lover of all rock music and enjoys teaching (and learning) new things at every possible opportunity. As a former SoR student, Sam brings a unique perspective to School of Rock Plymouth.
Yossi Aharoni Drum Teacher
Yossi Aharoni, born in Ashkelon, Israel, and currently living in Crystal, started playing drums at 17. He was named Music Student of the Year at Winona State University where he received a BA in Music with a Jazz Minor / Drum-set emphasis. Yossi has classical and Jazz music training, and currently performs as part of a Minneapolis progressive/djent band. Some of Yossi's favorite bands include Umphrey’s McGee, the String Cheese Incident, Tesseract, the Mars Volta, Tool, Animals as Leaders, Monuments, Protest the Hero and August Burns Red, and his biggest influences in the drum world are Kris Meyers, Jay Postones, Danny Carey and Matt Garstka. Outside of music, Yossi's interests include physics, cosmology, astronomy, biotechnology, economics, political theory, history, true-crime and performing arts. He also has two dogs, a cat, a turtle and a red-tail boa.
Stephanie Henry Keyboard Teacher
Stephanie Henry is a classically trained pianist and composer from Minneapolis, MN. She has performed with classical and theatrical ensembles, as well as with rock bands. She composed original works for film, musical theater, orchestras, quartets, and solo piano. Her music has been applauded for its originality and charismatic charm. She studied music at St. Olaf College and received her Master’s from Hamline University. Most recently, Stephanie was selected to compose a piece for the Minnesota Opera's Miniatures. Outside of composing and performing, Stephanie loves to teach music to people of all ages. She finds great joy in helping students along on their musical journey.
Kaleb McEwen Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Kaleb has been playing and teaching music professionally for over a decade. He has performed, taught and recorded all over the United States, from his native Illinois, to Omaha, NE, to Nashville, TN, and then to his current home in Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor's degree in music performance from Western Illinois University.
Kaleb's musical influences include artists such as Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, John Sykes, Shawn Lane and Steve Lukather (to name a few!). His original music is primarily in the instrumental Rock genre.
Kaleb's passion for teaching is rooted in creating a relaxed, welcoming learning environment while fostering a lifelong love of music.
Emily Hitchings Keyboard Teacher
A music education major from Gustavus Adolphus College, Emily Hitchings has a passion for teaching and performing. Emily is a multi-instrumentalist who learned her first instrument at 12 years old and discovered her love of music from an early age. At Gustavus, Emily was the treasurer for the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, a group that toured internationally and regionally as well as recorded two albums. Emily has extensive experience teaching music both in the classroom as well as private lesson settings. She is currently finishing student teaching and working towards her K-12 Instrumental Music Education license. Emily loves working with kids of all ages and believes in the importance of music education for everyone.