John Bole (Guitar)
John studied classical guitar at the University of Dayton and has taught several guitar styles professionally since 1987. He was the first teacher ever hired at McCutcheon Music and has been with us over 20 years.
Greg Chako (Guitar)
Cincinnati-born jazz guitarist Greg Chako took his first music lessons at the age of 9 on the accordion. With Hendrix as an admired hero, guitar then became his primary focus; and after just 1 year of guitar lessons, Greg won 2nd place among more than 1,000 contestants in the American Guild of Music competition. The following year, he placed first in a local contest, and later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he made the Dean’s list and earned an associates degree in Music Performance. For information about Greg, visit: gregchako.com
Kyleen Downes (Guitar)
Kyleen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Wright State University where she studied classical guitar with Jim McCutcheon. While a student, she performed numerous recitals and participated in the WSU guitar ensemble. She enjoys a wide range of musical styles including classical, folk, pop and rock; incorporating each into her own songwriting. Kyleen is passionate about helping her students achieve their musical goals and encouraging them to explore music.
Evan Fiehrer (Guitar)
Evan Fiehrer is a guitarist with degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. An accomplished classical guitarist, Evan has played solo and ensemble concerts throughout the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana areas, and along the East Coast as part of the Blue Guitar Quartet. Evan teaches a variety of styles, including classical, acoustic fingerstyle, pop, and rock guitar.
John Filbrun (Guitar)
A Guitar Institute of Technology graduate, with additional guitar study at Wright State University, John has taught at McCutcheon Studios since 1990, and is an active performer in the area rock scene. He is one of the most organized and thorough teachers we have ever seen in this genre. Rock, blues.
Dan Gellert (Autoharp, Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele)
Dan has been playing traditional music for nearly 50 years and is a nationally recognized master old-time fiddler and banjoist. He teaches those instruments, along with guitar, mandolin, autoharp, ukulele and more, in a wide variety of traditional styles.
Michael Locke (Guitar)
Michael Locke was raised in South Florida and began playing guitar when he was seven. He attended the University of Miami, majoring in Jazz Guitar. But then he heard the Blues! He found that in Blues music he could completely and freely express himself. Michael now calls Southwest Ohio his home and continues to receive praise as one of the premier blues guitarists in the area.
Jim McCutcheon (Guitar)
Jim McCutcheon, faculty associate in guitar, is listed on the Ohio Arts Council Touring Roster. He holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Dayton, a B.M. in guitar performance and a M.M. in Music Education from Wright State University. Because of his college teaching career, his extensive work with schoolchildren K-12 and the success of his music store/teaching facility, McCutcheon Music, which features over 50 professional music teachers for hundreds of students each week, Jim was awarded the 2017 Ohio Goveror’s Award for the Arts in Arts Education. For more information about Jim, visit: jim.mccutcheonmusic.com
Vinnie Marshall (Electric/Upright Bass)
Born in Lewistown, PA and raised in Bethlehem, PA, Vinnie teaches bass at McCutcheon Music. He spent 24 years playing bass for the Air Force Band and has traveled the globe playing music and received an Ina Love Thursby Music scholarship to Moravian College in Bethleham, PA. He enjoys good coffee and has a podcast with a fellow bassist called “On Bass and Off Point”. A fun fact about Vinnie is that his first gig with the Air Force was for Bob Hope.
Mary Jo Ward (Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp)
Mary-Jo competes nationally with her autoharp, and plays pieces including “76 Trombones”. She brings her students a wealth of experience in old-time, Appalachian and gospel music.