"There are eighty-eight keys on a piano and within that, an entire universe."
~ James Rhodes
Kristin Paxinos recieved a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and a Master of Music from DePaul University. Before founding Da Capo, Kristin performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Chicago Symphony Center with top tier orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As a piano instructor Kristin has over 25 years of teaching experience working with students of all ages, from young beginners to advanced students to adults taking up a new instrument. Her youngest students begin lessons at age 4, learning the basics of posture, hand position, and playing basic melodies. Kristin has a passion for working with young beginners and firmly believes that music education for young children is incredibly valuable for their brain development, motor skills, reading, and concentration.
In her piano lessons, Kristin emphasizes technique and theory, and encourages her students to find their own voice on the instrument by equipping them with the tools and skill sets required to build musical mastery on their own
Deanna Cates received a Bachelor's in Music Education from Illinois State University and a Master's in Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois in Springfield.
Deanna currently works for the Kaneland School District as the accompanist for both the Kaneland Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School choral departments. She was the Musical Pit Director for Kaneland High School's 2017 production of "Singin' in the Rain," and will assume that same role for their 2018 production of "The Addams Family."
Deanna is a licensed music educator with five years of public school teaching experience. For 18 years, Deanna worked with socially and emotionally challenged youth ages 5-18 in an after school setting, using arts education and integration as a vehicle to propel student academic achievement.
Deanna lives in Elburn with her husband, Bob, and her daughter Bailey.