remus-1-new-1Remus Badea – Executive Director –
Remus Badea has studied with notable teachers such as teachers Dorothy Delay of Julliard, Won-Bin Yim, Piotr Milewski, and Mihaela Ashkenazi. He has been a featured performer in masterclasses with Piotr Milewski, Sandra Rivers, James Tocco, Erez Ofer, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet, amongst others. While at CCM he was recipient of the prestigious Heerman Award and Starling Award.Mr. Badea has participated and performed during the summer with CCM “Music ’97 & ’99”, Aspen Music Festival and Bard Music Festival. Mr. Badea’s most recent accolades are being a featured performer on International TV and Radio. Solo featured soundtrack on the movie ‘The Swing’. Soloing with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and performing solo recitals throughout the Chicagoland area. Currently, Mr. Badea is Concertmaster of Southwest Symphony Orchestra, adjunct professor at Elmhurst College, and Executive Director of American Music Institute.

kassia frantz Kassia Frantz – Lesson Program Director –

Ms. Frantz graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance, where she studied the violin with Professor Robert Waters, and Professor Janet Sung. During her time at DePaul, she was also involved in the Baroque Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Ensemble. Ms. Frantz graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance.

During her time in college, Ms. Frantz also dedicated much of her time to teaching. In 2009, she co-founded a music program in Green Bay designed to allow under served young students to study music. She has remained the violin teacher for this program since 2009, returning to teach a three-week intensive program twice a year.

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