Instructors: Steve Krenz, Emile Menasché, Irwin Kornfeld, John Mlynczak, Bryan Powell & Rick Palese
Steve Krenz is a guitarist, educator and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Steve's broad and varied playing experience runs the gamut from playing guitar with a symphony orchestra, to jazz big bands, to performing with Grammy winning artists like Michael W. Smith, Donna Summer, The Fifth Dimension, Israel Houghton, Brian White, and Tommy Sims. He's also performed live with Darlene Zschech & Hillsong, the Katinas, Natalie Grant, Lincoln Brewster, Jonathan Pierce, Phil Keaggy, American Idol Melinda Doolittle and many others including GMA Dove Award winners Jaci Velasquez, Ron Kenoly, and Don Moen. As a studio musician, Steve's recorded guitar work has been featured in promotional campaigns for Coldwell Banker, Prudential, and the World Cyber Games.
Emile Menasché is a composer, guitarist, author and journalist. Since 2004, he’s been editor-in-chief of In Tune Monthly. In 2008, he assumed the role of editorial director of In Tune Partners, which also publishes the magazines Music Alive!, Teaching Music, Drum Corps International, WGI Focus, along with a range of apps, video lessons, yearbooks, and online content. He’s the author of the books How to Do Everything with Garageband, The Desktop Studio, Home Studio Clinic, Your Sound Onstage, and others. He helped launch the In Tune Classroom Library book series in 2011, and has overseen the publication of Music Alive Percussion (by Daniel Glass), Cool Jobs in the Music Business (by Jeffrey Rabhan), Jazz Then and Now (by Dr. David Fish), and, most recently Marching Music (by Rich Breske).
An active musician, Emile most recently composed and produced the soundtrack for Silenced a feature documentary by James Spione (executive produced by Susan Sarandon), which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Other scoring credits include Spione’s Academy Award-nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad (2011) and the upcoming Watermen, along with Our Island Home, Spirit of the Bird, American Farm, Parallel Sons, and Garden. His work can be heard in programming by CNN, Red Bull, MTV Italy, Simon and Schuster, and on the syndicated television program B. Smith with Style. He played guitar on Pete Seeger’s Grammy-nominated 2013 album The Storm King. Recent non-film/TV project include his solo album Overtones, which Vintage Guitar called "a beautiful set of acoustic music that evokes many moods,” Thrummers' SideOne (with percussionist/producer/composer Jack Freudenheim of 46 Bliss), and Summer Set with his power-pop band Speak the Language.
Following his years in senior management positions with Billboard Magazine, Forbes, McGraw-Hill and Dow Jones & Company, Irwin Kornfeld founded In Tune Partners in 2003 and currently serves as its CEO. In Tune Partners publishes music education magazines In Tune Monthly, Music Alive! and their websites. In Tune and Music Alive! reach a half million student musicians in grades 4-12 and their teachers in 45,000 music classrooms across America.
In Tune publishes Teaching Music magazine for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Drum Corps International magazine and The DCI Yearbook for Drum Corps International, WGI Focus for WGI Sport of the Arts, and a series of music education textbooks in partnership with the Hal Leonard Corporation. In Tune also manages public relations and channel development for hearing health company Etymotic Research.
Mr. Kornfeld is also CEO of Westchester Media, Inc. Westchester Media produces concerts and other live events including ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO,” in Los Angeles. Westchester Media publishes Playback magazine for ASCAP. He is also the author of “Hu’s Hoo & The Zoo,” a children’s book and with an original CD of music about “an animal band and their quest for fame and fortune.”
joined the administrative team at VanderCook in July 2010, however his relationship with the institution goes back much further. Rick is a VanderCook alumnus, having earned his B.M.Ed. in 2003, and M.M.Ed. in 2008. Prior to being hired at VanderCook, Rick taught for seven years at Prairie Hill School in Cary, IL, where he directed both 5th and 6th grade bands. While at Prairie Hill, Rick also sponsored Jazz Club, Podcasting Club, and assisted with 6th grade musical productions and school assemblies. Rick is an avid percussionist and maintains an active teaching studio at Absolute Music in Geneva, IL. He is a member of the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Project, and Vic Firth Education Team.