Our Credo

We are a professional music school that is designed to give your child a comprehensive music education of highest quality. We continue the musical tradition of the famous Russian and Western European Schools of music.

Yevgeniya (Jane) Lepskaya

Yevgeniya (Jane) Lepskaya was born in 1974 in Kiev, Ukraine. She started studying piano at the age of five. From 1980-1989, she attended an elementary and middle school, as well as the children’s music school in District 24. At the age of 15 she was accepted to the highly competitive and prestigious Glier School of Music, presently called R. Glier Kiev Institute of Music (R.M. Glier Kyiv State Higher Music College). To visit Glier Kiev Institute of Music click here.

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In 1993, Ms. Lepskaya graduated with honors from Glier Institute of Music after winning several piano competitions, including the Rachmaninoff All Ukrainian Competition, the Szymanowski Competition, and multiple Glier School competitions. Ms. Lepskaya immigrated to the United States in 1994 where she was accepted, with a full scholarship, at Roosevelt University Chicago Musical College, to major in piano performance and pedagogy. In 1995 she also received a private scholarship from Professor Frank Untermeyer (one of the founding fathers of Roosevelt University).

In 1997, after graduating and receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors, Ms. Lepskaya was accepted at Northern Illinois University with a full scholarship under Professor Donald Walker, receiving her master’s degree in 1999. Professor Walker’s name was included in the B. Savers’ book “The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA”, and was esteemed as one of the leading piano teachers in the United States. Professor Walker studied at the Julliard School of Music under Professor Rosina Lhevinne.

Rosina Lhevinne was also a teacher of Van Cliburn, the first American to win the International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow in 1958.

At the age of 13, Ms. Lepskaya began teaching privately, continuing at 15 as a volunteer in the lower division at Glier Music College. After arriving in Chicago, she began teaching at Brickton Montessori School, where she taught private piano lessons for 13 years. Overall, Ms. Lepskaya has 30 years of teaching experience; she is a member of the Music Teacher National Association. While teaching in the Chicago areamany of her students have received high scores and awards at local music festivals and competitions. In 2004 Ms. Lepskaya opened Lepskaya’s School of Music that now has over 100 students and is still growing. Ms. Lepskaya continues to perform publicly.

Chris Dziedzic

Chris has been playing the guitar since he was a young kid. He enjoys teaching different musical styles that range from classical to rock. He studied classical guitar under Dr. Brian Torosian at Northeastern Illinois University. Chris has been teaching guitar privately for over ten years now and feels that students benefit most from one on one lessons. He teaches students the fundamentals of music, (sight reading, musical notation, music theory, composition, ear training), as well as expressing themselves as an individual through their instrument.

In addition to teaching, he also enjoys composing new music for his solo career, traveling, camping, and hiking. Chris feels that we are all students and we should never stop learning. He hopes to see you soon!

Valentina Afonina

Valentina Afonina was born in 1987 in Angarsk, Russia. She began attending a music school in Angrask, Russia, at the age of 5 studying piano. During the next 9 years she gave recitals as both a soloist and collaborative pianist, and participated in different city and regional piano competitions. Throughout her years as a piano student at a city music school she became a recipient of a scholarship given by the mayor and the governor of the city.

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At the age of 15 she continued her piano education at the Irkutsk State Music Chopin College and received her bachelor’s degree 4 years later. In the following years Valentina received a master’s degree in performance and pedagogy from the Irkutsk State Pedagogical University.

Throughout her years as a student Valentina accompanied the children’s choir at a state music school where she also taught individual piano lessons. She took part in an International Piano Competition (Kostroma, Russia). Valentina had the honor of playing with Irkutsk State Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Afonina has 7 years of teaching experience at both public and private music schools. She enjoys teaching piano lessons to students of various age groups, from pre-school children to adults and uses her own teaching methods to achieve the best results.

Victoria Pilipenko

Ms. Victoria Pilipenko was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She began her studies at the professional school fo music at the age of six. Ms. Pilipenko received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Kharkiv State University. Ms. Pilipenko taught individual piano lessons and served as a choir accompanist at Kharkiv State University for 17 years.

After immigrating to the United States in 2009, Ms. Pilipenko has been teaching privately. She has 30 years of teaching experience and is a patient, creative and confident teacher. She is deeply committed to a high standard of excellence in quality of music education.

Svitlana Kmit Antons

Svitlana Kmit Antons was born in the Ukraine. She began studying violin at the age of 7. In 1983 she received a bachelor’s degree from Lviv Musical College, and in 1988 a master’s degree from one of the most prestigious Ukrainian conservatories, Lviv National Conservatory. During her career in the Ukraine, Svitlana performed with various orchestras and taught violin to children at Sambir Music School. Many of her students continued their passion for violin after completing their studies with Ms. Kmit Antons and became teachers themselves.
Ms. Kmit Antons had the honor of playing in the orchestra conducted by the famous Ukrainian composer and conductor, Professor Mykola Kolessa.

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After immigrating to the United States in 1997, Ms. Kmit Antons continued to perform in various orchestras. She performed with the North Shore Chamber Orchestra as well as the St. Vincent Orchestra, and collaborated with the pianist Dr. Alexander Zintchenko and conductor Anatol Lysenka. In addition, Ms. Svitlana has been teaching violin and viola to students of different age groups. Ms. Kmit Antons has been deeply involved in teaching students in the local community schools, including Hinsdale Community House, Fairview Music School, St Joseph Ukrainian School, and the Musical Expressions of Illinois in Naperville .

Ms. Svitlana’s teaching style has a unique touch of the traditional European school of music. Her curriculum is a combination of music theory and exciting repertoire choices.