About Phyllis Calderon, Owner, Violinist, Teaching Artist
Mrs. Phyllis Calderon is a teacher-performer of the violin. Through her company, A Touch of Classical Plus (ATCP), she offers instruction for ages 3 to adult in Suzuki cello, piano, violin, viola, early childhood music classes, and partners with homeschool groups and schools that wish to implement music programming within their organization.
Mrs. Phyllis teaches Suzuki foundation classes at ATCP. She also implemented elementary string classes at Chicago West Community Music Program, and coached the beginning string orchestra at Provident St. Mel School, coached violin classes at Apostolic Church of God Youth Music Program; was Intermediate Orchestra Director with the Hyde Park Youth Symphony and String Orchestra Director at Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High School in Gary, IN. She has also implemented instrumental and general music programming in several elementary schools, including Jackie Robinson for Grades PK-3, St. Philip Neri, Daystar School, and Cambridge Classical Academy, for grades K-8, and provided instruction for several music camps during summer months.
As a performer, she has performed with the late Barry White and performed in the violin section with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Classical Symphony Orchestra, and the Whiting Festival Orchestra. She currently enjoys playing as a worship violinist. She also maintains a string quartet with whom she has performed at many weddings, church events, recording projects, and corporate events.
About George Cooper, Pianist, Vocalist
George “Geo” Cooper is a world-class pianist and composer who has recorded the Polygram and Capitol records labels. His professional credits include Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, Natalie Cole, Chaka Kahn, and the S.O.S. Band. He has performed in various spots around the globe, including Tokyo, Singapore, Milan, Monte Carlo, and Cannes. He studied at the Chicago Conservatory with Faygon Teverbaugh and with Matthew Kennedy at Fisk University, where he was a member of the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers. A visit to the south of France resulted in years of intense study of one of the staples of piano literature – the etudes of composer Frederic Chopin – which culminated in developing an instructional video series entitled “Secrets of the Chopin Etudes.” Since returning to his native Chicago, George has served as music chairperson for Marshall Metro High School, founded the Ella Sheppard School of Music, and served as Assistant Minister of Music for his home church St. Mark A.M.E. Zion. He is presently the Minister of Music at The Congregational Church of Park Manor.
About Eric Bate, Violinist
Eric Bate's goal as a teacher is to help motivated students convey stories through music. He does this by teaching them how to achieve different colors and sounds on the violin. Through building a solid understanding of violin technique, he hopes to give each student the ability to express themselves freely. He writes about learning the violin on his blog at advancingviolinst.com. Aside from teaching, Eric is also an active performer. He currently holds posts as a section violinist for both Orchestra Iowa and the Illinois Symphony and is a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra. During the pandemic, he performed two full recital programs with piano.
About Gloria Roberts, Administrative Assistant
Gloria Roberts joined the ATCP Music Studio team in July 2021 as Administrator Assistant. She handles all the back-office work to help Phyllis' business thrive so she can continue to provide effective and excellent training to her students. Gloria approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset and is passionate about helping find solutions to any challenge. She brings with her an extensive background in customer service from restaurant, retail, and cooperative environments. She is excited to bring these experiences and enthusiasm to the ATCP Music Studio team and our students.