Meet the Steinway & Sons representatives who proudly support the entire Chicago metro area performing arts community as well as musicians, music educators, music education institutions and houses of worship of all faiths.
General Manager, Steinway
Diane has been playing the piano since the age of 3 when her mother propped her up on a few phone books and began to teach her. After starting her own teaching career with beginning students while in high school, Diane went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL.
Diane began selling pianos 15 years ago, and has been a Steinway representative for the past 6 years. Throughout her career Diane has held positions in various capacities in Church music ministries, and has done professional solo and accompaniment work in multiple scenarios with numerous soloists, choirs, and orchestras. Diane’s love for the Steinway piano has enabled her to be personable and insightful with her customers, offering a unique expertise in the selection process. In addition to her music interests Diane loves to spend time with her family, enjoys cooking and watching movies.
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Retail Sales Manager
Andree is a native of Chicago and has over 30 years of experience in Fashion and Interior design. In 1989 Andree opened and operated a successful Couture bridal salon in the suburbs of Chicago as well as designing and owning a wholesale Headpiece and Jewelry line marketed to high end Bridal retailers around the Country.
Coupled with the love of fashion, Andree has additional experience with interior design and customer service, representing fine kitchen and furniture brands with recognized successes in both, where she discovered a new-found appreciation and admiration for quality and craftsmanship in furniture. Having been introduced to the Steinway Company through a friend, Andree soon recognized the historic and important role that Steinway & Sons plays in the heritage of American craftsmanship by building each Steinway piano in a time-honored tradition, while using modern technology in such a precise way so as to preserve the company founder’s tenant to “build the best piano possible”.
As a woman with a very strong Christian faith she appreciates Steinway’s modern approach to supporting pianists of all genres of music, including one of the newest members of the Steinway worldwide artist roster: Colton Dixon, a young Contemporary Christian artist. Andree brings to Steinway a love of music and people with a strong desire to help bring the warmth and the beauty of the Steinway piano into the lives of others. Andree has been with Steinway & Sons since February 2012.
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Meghan has long been associated with the Chicagoland Arts Community using her talents as both a singer and interior designer. She has also produced a wide variety of events with all types of musical genres, providing inspiration to people of all ages. Having lived in the Chicago area all of her life, Meghan developed a deep love for music at a very young age. As a vocalist, she enjoys singing all types of music, and on Sundays you will find her leading worship as a member of the Worship Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston.
Passionate about the legacy of music, Meghan is committed to providing a high level of service to each of her customers. In addition to her musical and cultural interests, Meghan enjoys film, the lakefront, and spending time with friends, her husband, and their dog, Sadie.
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Senior Steinway Sales Professional
Brian is a lifelong musician and has lived in the Chicago area for his entire life. He began piano studies at the age of 7 and holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance with a minor in flute from Northeastern Illinois University. After teaching piano for Lyon & Healy Music in downtown Chicago for several years, he began a continuing career in the piano industry and has been a representative for Steinway & Sons in Chicago for the past 26 years.
He is considered to be an industry expert on the subject of Steinway history, product knowledge and design and takes a great deal of pleasure imparting this knowledge to new Steinway representatives in a sales training capacity. He has been the recipient of numerous performance related awards from Steinway and is a member of the Steinway Presidents Club for sales excellence and customer service.
When he is not busy representing the world’s finest pianos, Brian is an active singer and member of the North Shore Choral Society and the Park Ridge Community Church Chancel Choir. He loves playing his guitar, collaborating and making music with friends. He also is an active golfer and a huge Chicago Bear’s fan.
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Steinway Sales Professional
CJ has studied piano, music theory, and music composition since the age of 7. While an active participant of piano competitions, festivals, and showcases as a child, his pursuits gradually shifted toward the work of composers, arrangers, and producers. Initially a major in music composition, CJ continued to develop interest in the workings of the music industry and a growing desire to help musicians from a business perspective. In 2013, he moved on to graduate from Western Illinois University with a BM in Music Business. He has completed practicum courses in Recital Hall Management and Radio Hosting, as well as an internship in band management at Thirty Tigers Marketing and Distribution in Nashville TN.
Prior to joining Steinway & Sons, CJ served as a Student Manager for Sodexo, award-winning Retail Sales Representative for Rainforest Café, and Representative for Funk’s Trailer Sales. CJ’s diverse background allows him to understand and address the unique needs of his Steinway clients in their pursuit of the most sought after piano on Earth.
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Steinway Sales Professional
Julie has worked in the arts in Chicago for over 25 years, most recently as a music director, voice teacher and accompanist for professional and high school theatre. In her private music studio, she has trained young singers that have been accepted to some of the most prestigious musical theatre programs in the country. She is a member of NATS, the oldest national organization of singing teachers, and a candidate for Actor’s Equity, SAG, and AFTRA.
Originally from Iowa, Julie spent her summers at Interlochen, studying voice and violin. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and an MA in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy. Julie has worked at several professional theatres across Chicago as a performer, as well as in regional theatre, film and television. As a singer in one of Chicago’s first all-female a cappella groups, she had the honor of singing the national anthem at Soldier Field for the opening of the season for the Chicago Bears. Julie is also the bandleader for Julie’s Jazz and Tomfoolery, and can still be heard playing and singing at various live music venues on the north shore of Chicago.
When she’s not practicing her scales and 5 finger exercises, Julie likes to hang out with her family, practice yoga, go to live music events, drink strong coffee and eat donuts.
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Chicago Administrator and Concert and Artist Activities Coordinator
Elizabeth is an interior designer with over 20 years of experience and has previously worked for retail furniture stores, an independent design firm, and as the chapter administrator for the American Society of Interior Designers-Illinois chapter.
Elizabeth earned her BS in Interior Design from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Elizabeth’s vast design experience, coupled with her years of administrative work, position her extremely well for assisting Steinway clients with design advice, and also for providing personal assistance to all of Chicago’s performing arts venues and artists when selecting a Steinway concert instrument for their events and performances.
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