Interim Executive Director
Gosia received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from DePaul University School of Music, where she studied under the guidance of Mary Sauer, the principal keyboardist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gosia completed extensive piano pedagogy studies with Suzanne Baker and received Suzuki training from Doris Koppelman, Fay Adams, and Caroline Fraser.
Gosia has taught at New Music School, at her home studio, and in the DCFS Pathways to Development program through DePaul University School of Music. From 2002 to 2021 Gosia was the editor of and contributor to the Piano Explorer magazine. During her 24 years at ChiME, Gosia has taught piano lessons and group classes, early childhood classes, and classroom music in ChiME’s partner schools. As an administrator, she has held positions of the Family Program Chair, Program Director, and the Director of Classroom Music and Instrumental Music. She has helped ChiME launch its Music Therapy program, and has been responsible for oversight of the school’s programs, including maintaining and developing the program content and continuum, providing support and guidance to families enrolled in the program, managing performances and events, and overseeing faculty professional development. Her work in both the pedagogical and administrative aspects of ChiME has helped the school achieve its goals of clarifying our unique recipe, strengthening the curriculum, and developing a meaningful professional development model for teaching artists. She is passionate about instilling the love of music in students and using music to help them express their voice, connect with others, and develop valuable habits and skills for life.
West Town Manager
Joel is a percussionist, music producer, and administrator from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Throughout Joel’s musical career, he has had the privilege of studying under percussion luminaries such as Meruga Booker, Sean Dobbins, Keith Hall, and Jay Sawyer. In 2022, Joel graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in Musicology as well as a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. During his time at Tufts, his studies focused on 20th Century American Popular Music and its relevant connections to American culture. He also performed frequently around the Boston area with groups such as Gam the Band, Tufts B.E.A.T.S, and TJAC.
Joel is extremely passionate about the value of music education for people of all ages, and he considers himself very lucky to work at ChiME, where he has the opportunity to help make musical opportunities more accessible to students all across Chicago. When he is not at the front desk of ChiME’s West Town location, you’re most likely to find him playing pickup basketball, performing music around town, or attempting to find the greatest taco in the City of Chicago.
Zoë was born and raised in New York City where she was homeschooled for 9 years while attending Third Street Music School, studying the cello under the instruction of cellist and conductor Dr. Sibylle Johner. She graduated from Special Music School High School in 2017 while continuing her studies with Sibylle Johner and playing chamber music at The Chamber Music Center of New York, studying under Mary Jo Pagano, Founder and Artistic Director. Zoë performed in master classes taught by Stefan Kartman, Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin and Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic. She attended Wheaton College, where she graduated and received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Pedagogy in the spring of 2021 from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. During her undergraduate years, Zoë performed with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and sat as principal cellist during her senior year as well as participated in Baroque and chamber ensembles. Throughout her educational studies, she tutored as a practice partner with students at the Kaufman School of Music in New York City and The Chamber Music Center of New York, and taught students in private classes at Wheaton North High School. She has also worked as a summer music camp counselor at the Chamber Music Center of New York and at the Wheaton College Summer Music Camp. For two years, she interned at the Community School of the Arts in Wheaton, Illinois, where she led and coached string group classes and chamber ensembles. When Zoë is not playing her cello she can be found making coffee and teas at a local coffee shop in Wheaton.
Director of Music Therapy Programs
Alli attended Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy. She has been practicing as a board-certified music therapist since 2014.
During her years at ChiME, Alli has served as music therapist, early childhood teaching artist, department chair, and now as the Director of Music Therapy Programs. Alli launched the music therapy program on-site at West Town, which provides individual music therapy sessions for clients of varied diagnoses and ages. She works with a 1:1 client-base of her own at ChiME and focuses on active music-making, child-led strategies, and neurodiversity-affirming practices as supports for individuals’ existing strengths. Alli formed and defined ChiME’s Therapeutic Model of Classroom Music, which brings music to over 800 children across Chicago weekly and uses a unique recipe of classroom music teaching and therapeutic skills to ensure each participant’s success. She continues to find fun and inspiration in the therapeutic classroom groups she leads weekly at ChiME partner schools, most especially with PreK-age learners. Alli also created the Buddy Band program, an inclusive beginner ensemble that brings children with and without disabilities together to make music and form friendships. Buddy Band currently operates at West Town and through ChiME partner organizations.
Alli considers her strengths to include her ability to create meaningful rapport with students, use of diverse and fresh repertoire, and always including a healthy dash of silliness in her practice. Her principal instruments include guitar and voice, although ukulele, varied percussion, piano, and more all have a place in her professional toolkit.
Director of Development and Communications
Janet received her Bachelor of Music degree, with a double major in Business, from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, and completed a Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management at Pratt Institute in New York City. She began a career in fundraising at the Field Museum in Chicago, followed by a role as the Producing Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble under William Russo, where she managed the group’s subscription series and orchestrated their trips to Milan, Italy, and New York City.
She subsequently returned to the world of philanthropy and assumed roles where she helped to build new fundraising programs at healthcare and higher education institutions and managed the planning, implementation, and closure of both capital and comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Her fundraising career spans more than 25 years and includes leading programs in individual giving, corporate and foundation relations, sponsorships, stewardship, board relations, planned giving, and events management. As the Director of Development and Communications for ChiME, Janet is responsible for securing resources to advance the mission of the school and promoting its work to the public.
Janet is a saxophone player and has taught private lessons. She believes in the important role that the arts play in social service areas, addressing health, equity, and well-being, which became the focus of her graduate work. She has served on nonprofit boards and is the inaugural community chair on the fundraising board for Budlong Elementary, the public school her four children attend.