Laura Tam grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where she trained in piano and French horn, and developed other passions in improvisation and worship music. She completed her bachelor’s degree in musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Laura went on to receive her master’s degree in music therapy from Illinois State University. Laura completed her internship at Helping Hand Center in Countryside, IL, where she focused on serving adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Matt Collins Matt Collins grew up in Rochester, Illinois and has been passionate about music since childhood. He holds a bachelors degree in Business Management from Western Illinois University where he minored in instrumental music, served as president of WIU’s student S.H.R.M. chapter, and was an active member of the honors management fraternity, Sigma Iota Epsilon. He is a former member of the Springfield Municipal Band, Lincoln Land Community College Jazz Band, Taylorville Municipal Jazz Band, and currently serves on vocals and guitar for his church’s worship team at West Side Christian Church in Springfield. Outside of his musical endeavors, Matt serves on the leadership team for Memorial Health System and lives in Chatham with his wife, Kristin, and their 3 kids; Lia, Elise, and Judah.
Laurie Lewis-Fritz is a voice, piano, and percussion instructor at MTC. She is also an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Lincoln Land Community College, where she teaches Music Appreciation and private voice and piano lessons, and an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Blackburn College, where she teaches voice classes and voice lessons. Prior to this, she was the Lead Faculty for Vocal Performance at Lincoln College and the Director of Music at MacMurray College, where she implemented the Minor in Music. Ms. Lewis-Fritz has taught, performed, and music directed across the United States and internationally, and her vocal arrangements have been performed across the Midwest. Ms. Lewis-Fritz holds a Master of Music in Opera/Music Theater with an emphasis on music directing and conducting and a Bachelor of Arts in Music, both from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Robert Reynolds has been teaching and performing music in Central Illinois for the last 10 years. A graduate of Lincoln Christian University, Robert is most well-known for his work as the guitarist for area band Fun DMC as well as the music director at Central Baptist Church. In addition, Robert has kept a regular roster of guitar and bass students since 2008. Robert’s approach to teaching works within each student’s respective needs and goals and shapes curriculum based on the individual. When not on stage or in the studio Robert enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura and their two children, Audrey and Jack and their dog, Biscuit. Outside of music, Robert enjoys writing, running, CrossFit, 8-bit video games, and summer nights spent at the drive-in.