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Dave Rosazza

Dave Rosazza has been a highly sought after teacher in the Iowa City area for over twenty years. As one of the most successful teachers in the area, Rosazza has developed techniques in guitar, piano and bass that are tailored to each individual student. He has taught all ages and levels of difficulty. Through the use of lesson materials, performance knowledge, and technology the student gets to explore music from many different angles and viewpoints.

Rosazza began music with the trumpet and drums, but quickly turned to the piano. Classically trained since 1977, in 1985 he picked up the guitar. In 1989 Rosazza formed the group Shade of Blue, which went on to be voted the best area band four times. At this same time Rosazza began teaching guitar and piano in private lessons at J Hall Keyboards in Iowa City.

Rosazza graduated from the University of Iowa in December of 1992 to pursue music full time. Since then he has recorded twelve studio albums on piano and guitar with a variety of bands. He was an original member of the Funkdaddies (Press-Citizen's best band of 2006) as well as a member of Voices of Soul. Rosazza continues to perform with Shade of Blue on the Kraven Maven Recording Label (Denver Colorado). “Iowa City's perennial guitar player” (Jim Musser, Iowa City Press-Citizen).

Rosazza has shared the stage with the Beach Boys, the Monkees, George Clinton and the P Funk Allstars, Big Twist & the Mellow Fellows, The Kinsey Report, Koko Taylor, Maceo Parker & the J B Horns, and many more.

In 2007 Rosazza opened Rosazza Lesson Studios. This was a long time dream fulfilled. Teaching continues to be the focus of his musical career.

Dave is happily married to and endlessly supported by his lovely wife Becky, and kept busy at home by a far too clever Cairn terrier named Bumpus.

Nate Basinger

Nate Basinger is an accomplished keyboard player and educator who returned to Iowa after working in Austin, Texas for 11 years. He plays regularly with bands, Diplomats of Solid Sound and The Swampland Jewels.

In Texas, Basinger was a founding member of The Lost Counts, who had a popular weekend residency at Austin’s Continental Club Gallery for 5 years.

Like most working musicians in Austin, Basinger had to become somewhat of a regional music historian. His lessons incorporate the early boogie-woogie piano associated with 1920’s Houston; Mexican-American Conjunto of San Antonio; and the French Cajun and Creole music of east Texas and Louisiana.

In his free time, Basinger plays Pokemon with his 2 boys, and is researching and writing a book about the traditional accordion music styles and techniques of Texas.

Matt Bernemann

Matt Bernemann attended the University of Iowa and majored in percussion performance with a jazz emphasis. His past teachers include Mark Dorr, James Dreier, Tom Davis, John Rapson, and Matt Wilson. Matt currently performs with the Saul Lubaroff Trio, Nic Arp, Shade of Blue, and Martin Carpenter.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys watching films, cooking, reading, and studying history. When not playing or teaching, he spends his time with wife Jody and sons Gabriel and Noah.

Saul Lubaroff

Saul Lubaroff began his musical journey when he was eight years old. As a little boy in Philadelphia, he took private piano lessons. When the family moved to Iowa, Saul played the viola for one year, and then switched to Clarinet in 5th grade. In 7th grade, Saul’s love of jazz took over, and he added Saxophone to his list of weapons. He studied jazz improvisation from the time he was 13 years old, attended summer band camps, and took private lessons. Saul organized his own combo at the age of 16 and played his first gig at the Hillel House. Saul studied with Dan Yoder, the jazz studies director at the time at the University of Iowa. Saul was playing in big bands before he was old enough to drive a car.

Excelling as a saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist, Saul stands as a great cog in the Eastern Iowa Music scene. Saul has released two CDs as the leader of the Saul Lubaroff Quartet and performs at local jazz clubs with his group. An accomplished free-lance woodwind artist, Saul has played with Orchestra Iowa, Theater Cedar Rapids, Revival Theater Company. Saul has shared the stage with NYC pianist and former Cannonball Adderley sideman Michael Wolff, Blues legend Rico McFarland, Austin Texas band Tomar and the FCs, George Clinton and Liquid Soul, among others. Local Gigs as a sideman with The Bernemann Brothers Band, Brass Transit Authority, The Tanya English Band, James Mons and his NOT so little Monsters, The Nic Arp Band and basically who ever calls him for a gig! Saul is a full time member of The Fez- Eastern Iowa’s Premier Steely Dan Tribute band, a 29 yr member of the powerful Soul band Shade of Blue, a 25 yr member of the Johnny Kilowatt Band as well as subbing and free lancing with many wonderful bands and musicians around the Midwest. Saul is a private music instructor and adjudicator teaching woodwinds and jazz improvisation. Saul is also a music producer for KCCK jazz radio in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Katelyn Peterson

Katelyn Peterson is currently a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa where she conducts Camerata Singers and is actively pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy. Prior to her studies at UI, Katelyn received her MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2022 where she studied conducting with Dr. Zachary Durlam and conducted an entry-level treble clef choir, Alta Voce, as well as the opera choruses. Before working at UWM, Katelyn worked as a guest artist with Reagan IB High School in the Milwaukee Public Schools (2021-2022), directed choirs and taught general music in middle school and high school for the River Falls School District (2016 to 2020 ) and middle school choir and general music for the New Richmond School District, (2011 to 2016). In addition to teaching, Katelyn has held multiple positions with the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) and the Wisconsin School of Music Association (WSMA). Her current research is focused on culturally responsive pedagogy and teaching in the choral classroom and the history and evolution of the choral spiritual.

Most recently, she was the Singing In Wisconsin State chair and northwest representative for WCDA and the Alto coach for WSMA Middle-Level State Honors. Katelyn earned her Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral and General Music from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2011 where she studied voice with Joy Amel and conducting with Dr. Jon-Wong Park and Dr. Kristin Tjornehoj. Outside of the university, Katelyn has held numerous church music director positions and currently serves as the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Marion, IA.

An avid theater fan, Katelyn, has also directed numerous plays and musicals for middle and high school students as well as community theatre productions.

1010 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA 52240 • (319) 354-1501 • dave@rosazzalessonstudios.com