Our Team

Co-Founders

Sarah Dupuis

Sarah began her violin studies at age 8. She holds her Masters in Musicology and Performance from Oxford University and a BA in Music from North Park University. She has served in Chicago’s west side communities for 5 years, beginning as a member of AmeriCorps Project YES! at the Northwestern Settlement Association. She continues an active performance schedule around Chicago with her pianist, David White in addition to playing as a full-time member of the Northbrook Symphony. Sarah began her violin education in the public schools and is dedicated to creating programing that addresses accessibility to the arts.

Joi Truman

Ms. Truman has always had a passion for education and working with at-risk youth. She holds a Masters in Social Work with a Community Schools concentration from The University of Chicago and a BA in Social Work from Western Michigan University. She loves to motivate and inspire at-risk youth to accomplish their goals and dreams. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Social Work, she joined AmeriCorps, Project YES! and served in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. After completing her year of service, she continued to teach, counsel, and mentor youth in the Austin/North Lawndale Community. She currently works as a School Counselor and is dedicated to combining her knowledge and expertise of counseling with this musical education program.

Board of Directors

Sarah Dupuis

Theresa Ciupinski

Melissa Kanter

Garrett Beckman

Nicholas Leonardi

Andrea Pelka

Advisory Board

Terrance Miles

Sara Su Jones

Dennis Moore

Our Staff

Chris Adams

James Sims III

Peter Skjodt, Program Director

Alexander Ellsworth, Teaching Artist

Emily Kuhn, Program Director

Sarah Dupuis, Executive Director

Program Directors

Emily Kuhn, Program Director

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