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Hiring From Within - Summer 2023 Updates


Join us in welcoming longtime Academy of Sound student, Sean Panzer! Mr. Sean has joined our faculty as an Associate Piano Teacher. His beginner piano teaching work will begin this summer. You'll also see Sean behind the front desk as a receptionist. He has been studying piano since 2012, primarily with Ms. Erin Chisman until 2020, and currently with Mr. Chris Telfer. Sean is creative and knowledgeable in music and academics. He even created his own Disney songs mash-up which he performed for our 2023 Spring Recitals. He also studies percussion and cello in the Oregon School District.

Sean is accepting students now for our Summer 2023 session, and you can enroll here.

Sean's first recital, 2012 Sean, 2023


Miss Addie will be joining Academy of Sound this summer to teach cello! Addie began studying cello at the age of eight and currently studies with Professor Whitcomb at UW-Whitewater. She is a dedicated musician having played with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for seven years, and currently in the WYSO Chamber Program.

Addie also plays bassoon and euphonium in the Oregon High School Bands as well as in the OHS pit orchestra. In addition, she has studied piano for five years. In her free time, Addie dances at the Brodhead Dance Academy, is a member of leadership in three clubs at OHS and is a general member of two others, and volunteers at a variety of places. After high school, Addie plans to attend college to dual major in cello performance and performing arts management.

You can see Addie's lesson openings and enroll here.

Ally Kurihara Transitions From Co-Director Position to Focus on Teaching and Tuning

As Ms. Ally's piano tech and tuning business continues to grow and thrive, you'll notice she'll no longer be present behind the desk and in studio communications. Ms. Ally's role here will transition to focus on her private lesson space, while she increases her time on her tuning business.

Ms. Ally has made such an incredible impact on the students and staff around her while she led us as one of the co-directors these past two years. Ms. Ally remains dedicated to mparting her musical expertise as she continues to teach piano and saxophone lessons. You can check out her website if you're in need of a piano tuning:

Did you know that our piano students get one free tuning each semester included with their tuition?

Co-Directors Ms. Elisa and Ms. Ally getting ready to since "Dancing Queen" at karaoke night!

Other News

We had a great time at our 20th Annual Spring Recitals on May 21, 2023. The students all performed exceptionally well, and we are so proud! We're excited for what the next 20 years will bring.

Professional photos were taken by Beth Skogen Photography, and should be ready soon. Please watch your email and our private AOS facebook group for viewing and ordering details!

The recital videos are being prepared for release next week. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and click the bell to be notified.

The summer session begins June 20! If you haven't enrolled yet, there are still openings. Hope to see you this summer!

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