Steven Hemmy was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin. He grew up listening to his father, a talented pianist and violinist, practicing almost daily. Not surprisingly, Steven asked at age six to study piano and, two years later, to study violin.
Having received a full music scholarship competing in a concerto competition on violin, Steven attended the University of Wisconsin. Feeling limited by the purely-classical university approach, however, he turned to the study of jazz and blues piano, songwriting, and improvisational techniques. After graduating, Steven lived and taught in Lampang, Thailand, for a year. While there he gave lessons on piano and violin to members of the Lampang community.
Moving back to Chicago after his year abroad, Steven now performs and records with his rock group, The Dirty Nines. Steven is excited to carry his variety of musical experiences into his teaching with Piano Power.
Candace is a graduate of the esteemed jazz-studies program at the University of North Texas, where her emphasis was in vocal performance. While in the Dallas area, she performed with jazz, funk and pop groups. She also developed a private studio of voice, violin, and piano students, whose interests ranged from classical to pop.
Candace has cultivated a lifelong love of music in her students, just as she has nurtured her own. She began at age five with piano lessons. By age seven, she had developed a passion for violin and voice that flowered in high school. During that time, Candace performed with the San Antonio, Wichita and Cincinnati symphony youth orchestras, as well as all-state choir and orchestra groups. She also began branching out into other genres, including a classic-rock electric string group and an original ska band.
After moving to Chicago in 2010, Candace began singing with several local groups, including critically-acclaimed gypsy-jazz band Le Percolateur. Candace has performed on the Celebrity Cruise Lines Eclipse and Equinox Ships. Now retired from ships, Candace is excited to return to teaching as part of the Piano Power team.