INSTRUCTORS

All of Instructors have been teaching for several years or more and are active performing musicians in the local music scene!

JENNY RICHARDSON

Owner/Instructor

Guitar, Uke, Youth Mandolin

Co-owner of Blue Raven Music.

 Her love for music extends beyond the guitar to include the mandolin, fiddle, piano, singing and upright bass. She currently plays Upright Bass and sings with the Midnight Wanderers

ALICIA OPOKU 

Piano & Voice

A Nebraska native, Alicia Opoku, has 45 years of global musical experience. She began playing for worship services at age 12 in her country church, outside of Central City, Nebraska. After graduation she went to UNL for 2 years before heading out to San Diego, California. There she worked the local nightclub scene for 11 years by playing keyboards and singing with an eclectic variety of jazz musicians and bands.

She was commissioned to sing at the opening a of new club in Seinajoki, Finland, in 1991. Since returning home she has held Director of Contemporary Music at Saint Paul United Methodist Church for the past 15 years. She directs bells choirs, vocal choirs, band ensembles, & children’s choirs. She is very involved in the musical community here in Lincoln, and loves being a part of the rich local music scene.

She is a proud mom of Malcolm

CHLOE GOSE

Violin & Guitar & Uke

Chloe discovered her passion for the violin and fiddle when she was just 9 years old. For the past 14 years she has been fine tuning and expanding her skills on classical violin, bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, guitar and ukulele.

Chloe is currently a student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, focusing on both music and psychology, under the musical direction of violin Professor David Neely. At school, she also plays fiddle for the University’s first Gypsy Jazz Band!

In the past Chloe has been involved with All-State Orchestra, Youth Ensemble for Strings, Junior Youth Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra, UNL Symphony Orchestra. Chloe has competed and placed in several fiddling competitions, including first place in the Homestead National Monument Fiddle contest.

When she is not teaching lessons at the studio, she is also the lead singer and violinist for the folk band, The Wildwoods.   One of Chloe’s original songs also placed in the top 10 of the Omaha performing Arts Songwriting Competition.  Chloe and her husband have also released an Ep of their own music and several independent songs. They won 2nd place in the Shure Microphone competition in Chicago, Illinois and have performed on the Paste Music and Daytrotter Sessions.

With Classical and Fiddle experience Chloe’s gentle spirit is a great mix for any new violin student

COLTEN WELCH

Guitar 

Longtime student of owners Matt and Jenny Richardson, Colten has 10+ years of guitar experience spanning many genres, most notably blues, rock, jazz, and bluegrass. Colten loves to learn and perform music and has been playing in bands since the age of 13. He currently attends UNL and plays and writes with his bassist brother Braydn in the group Peachie.

LEVI GERLACH

Piano

Levi was introduced to the piano twenty years ago and ever since has felt connected to the instrument. He earned a degree in music performance in 2011 at Doane College, where he dedicated his time to musicology, piano composition, and vocal performance. After graduation, he expanded his livelihood in performance to rock, folk, ambient noise, and improvisation, as well as continuing his classical practice as an accompanist. He has played with local projects  including The Gems, Sun Day, Mildred Bonk and Leaves Brown. He continues to collaborate with local musicians and artists and believes exploring new territory is important.

MARK LEEKER

Guitar and Ukulele

Mark has been teaching at Blue Raven Music Studios since we opened our doors in 2009. He offers guitar and ukulele lessons, focusing on learning basic music theory and reading tablature. Rock, Country, Blues, Folk and Bluegrass are some of the musical styles he teaches.

Mark plays guitar with the bands, Jerry Pranksters and Peach Truck and continues to gig and record with many other local artists.

MATT RICHARDSON

Owner/Instructor

Guitar, Banjo, Uke, Mandolin

Co-Owner of Blue Raven Music Studios.

Matt has been teaching & playing acoustic and electric guitar for over 20 year in the Lincoln community.   He currently plays electric blues  & rock guitar with Big Daddy Caleb and the Chargers and Banjo and guitar in the Midnight Wanderers.

Brian Gerkensmyer

Guitar & Bass

Brian loves to perform and does so over 100 nights a year. His main instruments are bass and guitar and he has delved into many styles of music including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Classical, Fingerstyle, Country and Folk.

Brian attended the University of Nebraska School of Music, is a former Steve Hanson student, and competed in the National Flatpick and International Fingerstyle Championships in Winfield three times. Brian Currently performs with The Jerry Pranksters, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops (Best Blues Artist 2014) and OLD COUNTRY.

JULIA WILLIAMS

Accordion

Accordionist Julia Williams has 25+ years experience performing solo and with groups in a wide gamut of styles. She has performed with the Omaha Chamber Music Society, Sioux City Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and the Kenny Janak Orchestra. She also has played music and acted in several live theater productions. As a young player she won numerous competition honors including the US national championship for the Accordionists and Teachers Guild (ATG). She has degrees in music performance and musicology. Julia plays and teaches piano accordion and chromatic button accordion.

KELLYN VUCHETICH

Violin, Viola, Voice & Guitar

Kellyn is a 2020 graduate of NWU, where she double-majored in Vocal Music and English. At Wesleyan, she was a member of Lincoln Civic Orch, University Choir, performed in 3 NWU operas and 2 opera workshops, and worked as a music theory tutor.

In the past, she has participated in both All-State Choir and All-State Orchestra and performed with the group The Prairie Creek Ramblers. She has been involved with local musical theatre productions at the Lincoln Community Playhouse and Pinewood Bowl. When she’s not playing music, she loves to dance and read.

LIA HAVLENA

Guitar & Uke

Lia has been singing for as long as she has been talking, taking part in various school and church choirs since kindergarten. She studied piano for four years before moving onto guitar and most recently banjo. She is 2018  UNL Grad. In her spare time Lia works at Blue Raven Music Studios teaching guitar and Ukulele to young students. She currently plays banjo, guitar and sings in the  Midnight Wanderers

MIKE MCCRACKEN

Dobro, guitar, Uke, Lapsteel

Mike comes to Lincoln from Nashville, TN, with over twenty years of professional playing, recording and touring experience. During this period, Mike has had the honor of sharing the stage with such “hall of fame” artists as: Hank Thompson, Jack Greene, Charlie Daniels, as well as many of today’s top acts such as Big and Rich, Chris Young, and many others. Along with a strong background in country music, Mike had the opportunity to attend college on a jazz scholarship, giving him the ability to cross genres on a regular basis covering styles like: blues, bluegrass, rock, rockabilly, R&B, gospel, etc.. Mike teaches: steel guitar, lead/slide/rhythm guitar, dobro (resophonic), and beginning banjo.

TOM ADKINS

Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle

During a stint in the Air Force, Tom earned a Masters degree in Adult and Occupational Education from Kansas State University in 1975.  In early 1991, when Tom was 43, at the urging of his son, he started taking music lessons from Steve Hanson. Since that time, Tom has learned bluegrass style guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. Tom believes you always keep learning, and continues to take lessons from Steve Hanson. Tom has performed with several bluegrass bands over the years. He currently plays with the Manor Maniacs at Lancaster Manor and performs bluegrass gospel with Arbor Road at local churches and nursing homes.

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