Our Teachers

Angie Davids

Voice, Clarinet, Saxophone

Angie Davids is from a very musical family. With both parents having music degrees, music was a way of life. All of Angie’s siblings including herself sing, play piano and at least one other instrument well. Angie’s choice for the “other instrument” was clarinet. She enjoyed playing first chair throughout high school and directing the Indiana State champion (class B) marching band as a drum major. Vocal training was obtained through her mother whose degree was in voice as well as Purdue’s Musical Organization. Now she keeps her vocal chords active with leading worship at Faith Church’s Cedar Lake Campus and church choir. She loves hearing students grow in their musical ability and seeing them enjoy all the benefits music brings to their lives.

Angie may be contacted at 219-374-5572 or

James Hamilton

Contact: (219) 771-6631

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Aaron Harris

Guitar, Bass, Trombone, Beginner Trumpet

Aaron Harris has been performing, recording and teaching in the Chicagoland area for over 15 years. Aaron studied classical guitar at the University of Evansville where he received his bachelor’s degree in music performance. In May of 2013 he graduated with a master’s degree in music from Concordia University Chicago after having studied jazz, composition and classical guitar under some of Chicago’s top instructors.

Aaron is uploading most of his curriculum into an online database complete with videos to be made available to everyone who takes lessons from him. Aaron enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of music with his students and wants to ensure all of them have tools at their fingertips to help them on the path to success. Aaron may be contacted at or 219-789-4569

Kristin Hillegonds

Piano and Harp

Music has always been a part of Kristin’s life. Kristin studied piano throughout her school years. She played the clarinet or bass clarinet in band, marching band, and wind ensemble. She also studied and is skilled on the harp. She has played professionally with the Silverwood Trio for 15 years all over the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area. When she discovered the Simply Music approach, she knew she had the chance to share her love of music in a powerful way that really creates successful, self-expressed musicians.

As a certified and licensed teacher, she loves teaching and working with students of all ages and abilities. She feels that if she can help someone achieve success in music, it will help them succeed in other areas of life as well. She appreciates the opportunity to come along side any student, any age, to accomplish this! You can contact Kristin at 219-613-3973 or

Shane Lindeman


Shane has played guitar with a passion for many different styles for almost 20 years. He was trained for two years at Music of Oz in DeMotte where he learned much about music theory and guitar technique. Shane can be found playing in many local oubs, bars and restaurants in the Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.

Shane may be contacted at 574-876-2153 or

Nicole Sitter

Flute and Violin

Ann-Nicole Sitter is skilled on both violin and flute. She began playing violin when she was 4 years old. She continued to study violin all the way into her college years. She picked up the flute in 4th grade and continued to study that through college as well. She performed with the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony and the Protege Philharmonic for many years. She now enjoys playing professionally with the Silverwood Trio all over Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. She serves on the praise band at Crossroads Community Church. Nicole can be contacted at 219-614-4539 or

Josh Triezenberg

Ukulele and Guitar

Josh has been playing guitar for twelve of those years. He began playing just for fun but quickly found a real love for it and the different genres that it brings which led him to pursue a degree in the musical arts in Memphis, TN. He plays frequently on the Crossroads Community Church’s worship team as well as his own band. He recently decided to pick up playing the Ukulele.

Josh can be contacted at or 708-829-8717

Kjell Sleipness

Advanced Violin/Viola
Kjell Sleipness began his musical studies at the age of three when he began taking violin lessons. In 1990, at the age of fifteen, he went to student with Steven Staryk at the University of Washington. In 1996, Mr. Sleipness was accepted to the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he majored in Violin and Viola Performance. Following his graduation from Indiana University in December of 1997, Mr. Sleipness was accepted as a sectional Violist in the Buffalo Philharmonic, a position which he held for two years from 1999-2001. After his two years in Buffalo, NY, Mr. Sleipness moved to Chicago, IL, where he works as a freelance musician. Kjell now lives in St. John, IN with his wife.

Kjell can be contacted at or 708-227-5242

Ola Rafalo

Drammatic mezzosoprano

Ola Rafalo, is hailed by critics as a “vocal powerhouse”. Sheenjoys an operatic career singing the roles of Maddalena (Rigoletto), Fenena (Nabucco), Carmen, Dalilah (Samson et Dalilah), Azucena (Il Trovatore, Charlotte (Werther), Fricka (Die Walkure), and more, at prestigious performing arts organizations across the country, including: the Kennedy Center, the Kaufman Center, Opera Tampa, Opera Carolina, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Opera Syracuse, Orlando Opera, Gulfshore Opera, and more. Ola also continues to perform in concert with the Pacific Symphony, the Springfield Symphony, Carnegie Hall, in concert repertoire such as Mahler 8, Vivaldi Gloria, De Falla El Amore Brujo, and more. Before becoming a principle singer, Ola was a young artist at Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, and Palm Beach Opera. Through her career she has been awarded 2nd Prize of the Altamura-Caruso competition, First place at Sherrill Milnes Opera Idol, 4th prize and Audience Choice at the Young Patronesses of Opera competition, and was a finalist in many prestigious international competitions. Before coming to opera, Ola was a flute player for 10 years. She played in band as a kid, and was the drum major at her state-champion high school marching band. She teaches the fundamentals of great singing- building the voice like a body-builder, at the same time as higher level musical ideals such as phrasing, interpretation, and expression. Her focus is on opera, but she teaches all musical styles, including pop, rock, broadway, jazz, etc.... whatever you love to sing!

You can contact Ola at Revolution Music by calling 219-558-0519 or 312-468-6448