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Joanie Calem

Music, Dance/Movement, & Storytelling

Joanie Calem has been a performing musician and music teacher since 1983. She graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Israel, with a major in piano and went on to study music education at the Levinsky Teaching Seminar in Ramat Aviv, Israel. She studied composition with composer Hagar Kadima in Tel Aviv, Israel, and completed her degree, music in community building, at DePaul University in Chicago, Illiinois. Having lived overseas for 23 years, Joanie is well versed in multi-cultural experiences and cross-cultural interchanges. Joanie moved to the Columbus, Ohio, area in 1998 and has been teaching music and performing all over the Midwest ever since.…

Sheela Das

Music, Multi Instrumentalist & Songwriting

Sheela Das is the artistic director and founder of Creative Concepts in Music. With more than a decade of teaching through the arts, she has directed, produced, and delivered thousands of workshops and original stage productions with students, community members, and professional musicians alike. From songwriting workshops and camps to classroom residencies, Sheela brings her multi-instrumental talent to the joy of hundreds of audiences each year. She has composed more than 300 original, interactive songs to teach the curriculum in grades K-12 which are instrumental in teaching English language learner subjects ranging from language arts to science.…

Michelle Quimby

Music, Guitar, Piano, & Music Theory

Michelle is a guitar, piano, theory, and ensemble instructor with over 15 years of teaching experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in music performance with classical guitar and a focus on music business from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. In the early years of her career, Michelle taught under the guidance of Andy Rega at Music Academy of Chelmsford in Massachusetts. She is a 2017 transplant to Richland County from Knoxville, TN where she had been teaching at Knoxville Academy of Music (KAM) starting in 2007. During her time at KAM, she developed an infant and toddler music program of her own, taught all ages of students in a variety of instruments and music styles, and directed an advanced youth classical guitar performance group called Knoxville Youth Guitar Ensemble.…

Hal Walker

Singing, Songwriting, & Multi-Instrumentalist

A singer, a songwriter and a “musical explorer,” Hal Walker has been actively working as a teaching artist in Ohio since 1996. Voted Cleveland’s “Best Musician” by readers of the Scene Magazine for two years in a row, Hal is one of Ohio’s musical treasures. He has the unique ability to engage, fascinate, and connect with audiences of all ages. With a soaring baritone voice, he sings soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity, and the creative process. He composes and improvises on the piano, guitar, voice, harmonica, jaw harp, and a few instruments that you’ve probably never seen before.…