Instructors who teach: Trumpet

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Egan Franke

Egan Franke

An Indianapolis native, Egan has studied at both the University of Toronto and Columbia College Chicago. While hailing from a family of performers, Egan has focused in his own work on original composition. During his college years, Egan also coached youth soccer all over the greater Chicago area. He’s excited to combine his passion for music with the joy of working with kids.

Egan is well-versed in multiple genres, with experience composing and performing jazz, blues, pop/rock, and musical theatre, to complement his native classical background. Egan is active in the composing and freelancing scene in Chicago, currently concentrating on musical theatre.

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew is originally from Amelia Island, off the northeast coast of Florida. After receiving his bachelor’s in jazz performance from the University of North Florida, he moved to Chicago for his master’s, where he quickly made his way into the city’s rich jazz scene, performing at such venues as the Green Mill, Andy’s, and Jazz Showcase. After finishing his master’s in jazz performance at DePaul, Andrew moved to Miami, where he received his DMA in jazz performance at the University of Miami, and worked extensively in straight-ahead and Latin jazz. Andrew then joined the faculty of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, where he taught applied lessons, and coached the jazz ensemble and jazz combo.

Andrew is delighted to be back in Chicago, where he has been playing regularly with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra at the Green Mill. He offers fun, engaging lessons with a crisp sense of structure, and he looks forward to working with more great students in the year ahead.

Christine Hannan

Christine Hannan

A native of Seattle, Christine began her musical studies as a classically-trained trumpet player. Moving to Chicago and collaborating with jazz colleagues led her to pursuing a master’s degree in vocal jazz. She was accepted into one of the nation’s leading jazz institutions, the University of North Texas. There she focused on her new passion for singing, honing her skills in piano, songwriting, arranging, and improvisation.

Since completing her master’s, Christine has enjoyed teaching piano, voice, trumpet, and theory to students of all ages. Her greatest passion is helping students find their personal connection to music, and helping them develop the technique and skills for self-expression. Whether through accompanying, facilitating original composition, arranging pop music, or using traditional literature, Christine leads her students to their goals in practical, attainable ways, by instilling creative and effective practice habits.

Christine is very excited to be back in Chicago, her favorite city. Outside of music, she enjoys drinking coffee, reading, cooking new foods, and spending time with dogs.

Brandon Rizzo-Wojak

Brandon Rizzo-Wojak

Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Columbia College Chicago. He believes in teaching core musical concepts – rhythm, theory, improvisation, and technique – to students of all levels, and he customizes his approach to meet his students’ needs. Using a mix of structure, fun, and humor, he creates an engaging learning environment.

In 2005, Brandon founded the Aperion Project, a multi-genre umbrella that uses live instruments, electronic elements, improvisation and modern composition techniques.

Brandon is passionate about music and teaching, and he looks forward to working with more great students in the year ahead.