Meet our Team

Julia Andrews

Executive Director and Piano Instructor

Julia Andrews is an active performer of chamber music and jazz piano. Andrews made her international debut in November 2008 as a guest artist at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music International Contemporary Music Festival in Vietnam. She is in demand throughout the region as an accompanist and jazz pianist.

Julia has owned a piano studio for 21 years and opened a full music studio in 2021. She has served on the music faculty at Monmouth, Knox, and Cornell College. Lessons with Julia are varied, student-centered and fun!

In addition to private teaching, Andrews is the Grants and Compliance Manager at Cornell College and the Music Director of First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon, Iowa.

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Marie Riechers

Artistic Director and Vocal Instructor

Marie has been a voice teacher and professional performer in the Cedar Rapids area since 2018. Trained in classical music and Opera, Marie now enjoys performing a wide variety of music, especially those where she gets to “break the rules.” 

A life-long learner, Marie enjoys building her knowledge of singing, music, and teaching, and sharing what she’s learned to her students in a fun and comfortable environment. Marie teaches students as young as 5 up to adult, and especially enjoys working with shy singers and helping them gain confidence and find their voice. From individual voice lessons to small group classes to large group music camps, Marie shares her passion for music through clear instruction, healthy technique, and a good amount of fun! 

When not teaching, Marie works as the Office Manager at the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, and enjoys spending time making music with her family and playing with her two dogs.

Lucy Suarez-Wenman

Guitar and Electric Bass

Lucy Wenman-Suarez has been a musician longer than she prefers to recall, having sung in multiple choirs since age six, and having played in multiple bands since age fifteen. Of all the influences she has had on the course of her life, she has her love of music to thank for who she is today. Though she considers her taste in music to be eclectic, being able to hold conversation with most avid fans of Pop, Rock, Country, Classical, Jazz, and even EDM, her first love will always be Metal, the genre that inspired her to take up the guitar in the first place.

A proud alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, Lucy immersed herself in the study of music theory and composition, participating in multiple ensembles and techniques courses outside of her core preference of guitar and bass. Such experiences include high school marching band as a tenor saxophone player, UNI Panther Marching Band as a trombone player, percussion methods, Taiko Drum Ensemble, and the mixed choral ensemble, UNI Singers, just to name a few.

As a teacher, Lucy strongly believes that curriculum should be individually tailored to each student, that music, like all the Fine Arts, is a truly subjective medium, and should be treated as such. Her goal for each student is to guide them along a path of their own choosing, whilst ensuring that on whatever journeys they take, both in and out of the studio, they are bolstered with a fundamental knowledge of the style, history, and technique of the music that inspires them to continue playing.

Making music and building community since 2003.