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Ellen Chase has been around the folk music scene her whole life. Her mother, Dorothy performed and taught at Hecht House in the 1950s in Boston with Bess Lomax Hawes. Ellen began working at the Folk Music Center with her grandfather when she was in junior high school and has performed and taught guitar and banjo ever since. After graduating from Pitzer and acquiring a Ph.D at the Claremont Graduate University, she taught reading and language acquisition at Pacific Oaks and Cal State San Bernardino. In 2001 Ellen took over the Folk Music Center from her parents and currently runs the shop, concert series, folk festival and teaches music classes.
Mike Kreivis has vast experience with guitar in performance, composition and
teaching. He teaches all styles and all levels. He also teaches mandolin, ukulele,
dobro, bottle neck and lap slide guitar. In addition to formal music training he
teaches reading and writing tablature, ear training and working in a band.
Jerry O’Sullivan has been playing in bands since he was 13 and has been a professional musician since the age of 21 when he wrote and performed the hit song Pomona Queen. He currently plays guitar and is the lead vocalist for the band CVS, (Claremont Voodoo Society.) Jerry has been teaching ukulele since 2005 when he joined the Folk Music Center.
Elizabeth Hangan has been working as a singer in Southern California for thirty years. Her experience includes live performance, recording and instruction. Her versatile style includes American Roots, Blues-Pop, Rock, Folk and Jazz. Elizabeth also worked for several years with Sapadilla a nation-wide touring band from the Caribbean.
She graduated from the Los Angeles Music Academy with a degree in Vocal Performance. In addition she studied at the Dick Grove School of Jazz and Pasadena City College.
Elizabeth was the Traveling Enrichment specialist with the Los Angeles Unified School District and currently teaches at Downey Music Center.
Elizabeth’s philosophy about singing is; “If you wanna sing, sing!” There is so much joy in throwing your head back and unleashing a melody. Vocal lessons entail learning proper breath control, exercises to strengthen pitch and delivery and tools to help keep your voice in shape, all while singing cool tunes.
Diane Messenger has over 30 years of music teaching experience. She is a graduate of APU with a BA in music. Her teaching methods are geared to the student including Suzuki, classical, pop, jazz, folk and worship music. She enjoys teaching both violin and fiddle
Diane has played for weddings, receptions, retreats and private parties. Diane also played violin with the Idaho Falls Symphony for 2 seasons from 2010 to 2012. In the summer of 2013 she put on a week-long fiddle camp for her string students, and a chord camp for her piano students.
Wyman Reese began his musical career in the early 1970s playing in country-rock bands. He went on to play R&B, Rock and Roll, and Reggae. He can be heard on recordings by Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Chris Gaffney, Walter Clevenger, The Lonesome Strangers and many others. He has been teaching Adults, teens and kids for twenty years. Wyman’s teaching methods include ear training, reading music and reading and writing tablature. He also instructs students on how to put a band together and compose and arrange songs. His instruments: guitar, keyboard, ukulele, mandolin and bass.