Troy received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and Master of Music degree from DePaul University. After serving as a freelance musician and teaching artist in Chicago for a number of years, Troy began his career in community arts education in 2001. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director at the Chicago Center for Music Education he served as Dean of Programs at the Merit School of Music in Chicago and Program Director at the David Adler Music and Arts Center in Libertyville, IL.
As Executive Director, Troy is responsible for leadership and oversight of the day to day operations of the school. He has also served as Chair of the Western Great Lakes Chapter and the Members Council of the National Guild of Community Arts Education. In 2012 and 2013 Troy served on the faculty of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute and as co-convener of the Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools.
After growing up in a musical family and years of musical study and performance, Troy has a passion for human effectiveness through music. Over that last 17 year’s Troy’s focus has been on providing more access and engaging opportunities to people of all ages to participate in music.
Director of Classroom Music and Instrumental Music Programs
Gosia received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from DePaul University. Prior to serving in the role of Program Director, Gosia served as the Family Program Chair at the school. She is also an active piano teacher at the school as well as the New Music School, and in her private studio. From 2002 to 2013 she worked at the Instrumentalist Company, first as an editor for the Instrumentalist Magazine and later as a writer and editor of Clavier's Piano Explorer Magazine. One of her first administrative experiences in the arts was a summer internship at the Darby Louise Cultural Center in Chicago, which focused on promoting multi-disciplinary work of Spanish artists and spreading cultural wealth across borders.
As Program Director, Gosia is primarily 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.
Gosia has always believed that involvement in the arts, especially music, provides unequalled opportunities for expression, creativity, and personal growth, and – in the words of Dr. Suzuki – grows beautiful hearts. Gosia’s passion is to provide these opportunities to a broad audience, regardless of background, experience, or economic status.
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.