Dave Avery

Program Coordinator

Dave Avery

Program Coordinator

Natalie Butler

Dean of Learning & Teaching

Natalie Butler

Dean of Learning & Teaching

"My entire career has been dedicated to the idea that the experience of learning and making music has tremendous power. Yes, students who make music can explore their talent, have fun, and make friends, which are all important. However, I have seen first hand the true transformation that takes place when a student discovers that they can perform something they never thought possible, work harder than they ever have before, create something new out of thin air, and build something beautiful with others.That kind of learning experience truly unlocks incredible potential in children. I am proud to work for an organization that places the transformational power of learning music at the forefront of everything we do with our students."

Ariel Danzy

Program Coordinator

Ariel Danzy

Program Coordinator

Renee Davis

Director of Development

Renee Davis

Director of Development

"I was drawn to The People's Music School because of the belief that music opens doors and bridges communities, and all young people deserve to explore their passions in a safe, supported environment. True potential is only realized when students have a strong network of support and encouragement, and The People's Music School delivers exactly that. I am motivated daily by the real impact I witness in our students' young lives."

Josh deVries

Program Manager

Josh deVries

Program Manager

"Access to high quality music education should be a fundamental right afforded to all. Music's benefits cannot be understated. Still, too many children around Chicago lack access to music education. I am inspired to work with a team committed to tearing down the barriers that prevent students from studying music. The success of our students drives me to do the best I can everyday."

Bri Dorgan

Marketing Associate

Bri Dorgan

Marketing Associate

"There is so much power in music education, but the barrier to entry is equally high. As the daughter of a music teacher, removing this barrier is incredibly important to me. People's not only provides access to free, exceptional music education to children across Chicago, but creates a strong, supportive community that makes real and measurable change in each child's (and staff member's!) life both in and out of the classroom."

Melanie Gold

Development Associate

Melanie Gold

Development Associate

"Studying music provided me with so many opportunities growing up. I feel grateful to be in a position today where I can help young people experience music and all that it has to offer. The students here are a constant source of inspiration and motivate me to work harder each day."

Alli Henry

Chief Operating Officer

Alli Henry

Chief Operating Officer


Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa

President & Artistic Director

Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa

President & Artistic Director

Krystal Miranda

Program Coordinator

Krystal Miranda

Program Coordinator

Sarah Morrow

Program Manager

Sarah Morrow

Program Manager

Ewa Sarota-Raczek

Program Manager

Ewa Sarota-Raczek

Program Manager

"As a former not-for-profit music student and CPS student, I have been given so many opportunities growing up. I have found my creative outlet, my path, and my mission in life -- to spread the joy of music and to help our students find their voice! TPMS's mission is so near and dear to my heart and I am in constant awe of the students, families, teachers, and staff at People's. It is not just a music school, but it is one big family and community that I am so proud and honored to be a part of!"

Ana Soto

Program Coordinator

Ana Soto

Program Coordinator

Carolyn Sybesma

Director of Artistic Planning and Partnerships

Carolyn Sybesma

Director of Artistic Planning and Partnerships

"I believe that all young people deserve the opportunity and support to reach their full potential. This belief is what inspires me to work for The People's Music School. I have the amazing privilege of seeing hundreds of young people overcome obstacles, find their inner greatness, and lift up their communities each and every day in our programs. To be part of this incredible story of music changing lives is an endless source of motivation!"

Lilly Torres

Associate Director Student, Families & Alumni

Lilly Torres

Associate Director Student, Families & Alumni