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The Opus Institute of Chicago is committed to helping all students realize their full musical potential. We provide lessons for all ages and levels starting from 30 minutes up to a full hour for a student depending on the age, ability and desire of the student. Private lessons provide the student with all the fundamentals of a musical education such as performance techniques, music expression, sight reading skills, music theory, music history and numerous performance opportunities, not to mention personal enjoyment, increased self-esteem and discipline.  Each student is matched with a teacher that is qualified to teach the requested subject so that each student receives the best education.

Additional Notes: These rates are negotiable, feel free to inquire about scholarships and payment plans! If the student is a minor, it is highly suggested that a parent/legal guardian, or anyone responsible for the minor stays for the duration of the lesson.

Piano Lessons: There are 2 options available. You can either pay $30 for a half hour or pay $50 for the full hour lesson. All levels and ages are accepted, from beginners to advanced. We currently teach on two different types of pianos. For classical pianists, we teach on the Boston 7′ Grand Piano.

The digital grand piano in our Hyde Park studio is a Yamaha AvantGrand N3 or also known as the “hybrid piano”, which has the sound of a Yamaha CFIIIS full concert grand piano. All styles can be taught from classical, jazz, rock and other contemporary genres.

We also offer lessons for collaborative pianists that may want to bring in the person they are collaborating with. Technique will be a focus, however the music learned is up to the student. Online lessons are also offered via FaceTime or Skype! There are discounted lessons for the first lesson and for beginners.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

Jonathan Cambry (Head of Piano) – Co-Founder
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Paul_Cambry

Jonathan Paul Cambry is a Haitian-American, classically trained pianist and producer from the southside of Chicago. His teachers included David Andrews, Joseph Schwartz, Mario delli Ponti, Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein, Sanford Margolis, William Goldenberg, Graham Scott, and Kuang-Hao Huang. Cambry currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of American Chamber Opera Company. He is currently one of the most viewed and most subscribed classical pianists on YouTube to date, with over 2.5 million views combined and over 4,000 subscribers. He has posted over 50 music videos of himself playing the works of Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and other composers. In 1997, Cambry won the Silver Medal at the ACT-SO Awards competition for the Music Instrumental-Classical category and in 1998 and 1999 won the Gold Medal in the categories of Music Instrumental-Classical and Music Instrumental-Contemporary. Cambry has been a performing classical solo pianist since 2000. Cambry’s recent performance included Orchestra Hall at the Chicago Symphony Center on May 27, 2012. Cambry collaborated with world-renowned pianists such as Marc-Andre Hamelin, Emanuel Ax, Valentina Lisitsa, Jorge Federico Osorio, David Hyde Pierce, Hyung-ki Joo, Orli Shaham, and Jonathan Biss. Thanks to his YouTube popularity in 2006, he was invited to perform in a gallery opening in New York, performances in Svendborg-Denmark, Amsterdam, Malaysia, Italy, and all over the United States. In April of 2010, Jonathan Cambry debuted a new technology, an orchestra comprised of only live software instruments using Logic Studio. This was the first known performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto accompanied by a fully complete software orchestra. Cambry’s performances in the United States also include Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Tustin, Dana Point in California, the Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, CO, Chicago, IL, New York City, NY, University of Montana-Missoula, and other locations in the Midwest through the generosity in sponsorship from great friends Thomas and Deborrah Willard. While at the University of Montana, Cambry was invited to lecture a class of 120 students in the business program. Cambry has also performed at historic landmarks in Chicago including the Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Harold Washington Public Library, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Willis Tower, United Airlines Building, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Fulton Hall and Mendel Hall at the University of Chicago.

Luke Sequeira (Head of Music Technology)

In 2006 Luke graduated with his BLA from Purdue University spending most of his time in the music technology labs teaching himself the fundamentals of the recording arts, theory, DJing, and music technology. For over 20 years Luke through multiple lenses has studied music, vibration, sound and its impact on culture through independent inquiry and formal private piano instruction with Stacey De and Company. After the completion of his undergraduate degree Luke spent the next year in Nashville studying guitar with Elijah Reginald Wooten. From 2008-2010 Luke served as producer and director of programming for The Black Gate Studios and for the past 4 years Luke has worked designing and coordinating academic, arts and experiential learning based afterschool programs on both Chicago’s North and South Sides.  Through his experience with afterschool programming Luke has become a dedicated advocate of technology and the role it can play in any learning environment to both inspire and educate.

 

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