Phyllis Calderon, Owner, Violinist, Teaching Artist
Mrs. Phyllis Calderon is the founder A Touch of Classical Plus (ATCP). This private music studio provides music instruction from ages 3 to adult in Suzuki cello, piano, violin, viola, and early childhood music classes and partners with homeschool groups and schools that wish to implement music programming within their organization.
Mrs. Phyllis performs orchestrally and as a recording studio musician. She is also an events contractor who hires professional musicians for various events. Mrs. Phyllis enjoys creating projects for her students, producing concerts, and writing.
George Cooper, Pianist, Vocalist
George “Geo” Cooper is a world-class pianist and composer who has recorded the Polygram and Capitol records labels. His professional credits include Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, Natalie Cole, Chaka Kahn, and the S.O.S. Band. He has performed in various spots around the globe, including Tokyo, Singapore, Milan, Monte Carlo, and Cannes. He studied at the Chicago Conservatory with Faygon Teverbaugh and with Matthew Kennedy at Fisk University, where he was a member of the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers. A visit to the south of France resulted in years of intense study of one of the staples of piano literature – the etudes of composer Frederic Chopin – which culminated in developing an instructional video series entitled “Secrets of the Chopin Etudes.” Since returning to his native Chicago, George has served as music chairperson for Marshall Metro High School, founded the Ella Sheppard School of Music, and served as Assistant Minister of Music for his home church St. Mark A.M.E. Zion. He is presently the Minister of Music at The Congregational Church of Park Manor.
Eric Bate, Violinist
Eric Bate's goal as a teacher is to help motivated students convey stories through music. He teaches them how to achieve different colors and sounds on the violin. Through building a solid understanding of violin technique, he hopes to give each student the ability to express themselves freely. He writes about learning the violin on his blog at advancingviolinst.com. Aside from teaching, Eric is also an active performer. He currently holds posts as a section violinist for both Orchestra Iowa and the Illinois Symphony and is a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra. During the pandemic, he performed two full recital programs with piano.
Gloria Roberts, Administrative Assistant
Gloria Roberts joined ATCP in July 2021 as an Administrative Assistant. She handles all the back-office work. Gloria approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset and is passionate about helping find solutions to any challenge. She brings an extensive background in customer service from restaurant, retail, and cooperative environments. She is excited to bring these experiences and enthusiasm to the ATCP Music Studio team and our students.