Brian is the owner and operator of Encore Music Studios, and an instructor of Voice, Piano, and Organ. He is a native of central and southern Illinois, holding a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master of Arts degree in Liturgical Music with an emphasis in Voice Performance from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. As a musician, Brian has served in many capacities across Southern Illinois and throughout Minnesota. He is Director of Music at St. Michael's Church in Duluth and serves as Dean of the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Courtney, an instructor of piano at Encore, is a pianist, singer, educator, and arranger/composer, hailing from the Twin Ports. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and English from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she was a Weber Scholar and a Reed English Scholar, graduating with honors in 2014. Courtney is currently working towards graduate degrees in Education and Music at the College of Saint Scholastica and the University of Minnesota, respectively. In her professional experience of over a decade, Courtney has performed, directed, and taught in ensembles and institutions in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She is also a current choral artist with the Twin Ports Choral Project.