Ethan Kohring’s interest in music began when he took piano lessons from The Music Room in 2005 with Mike Keeney. While attending Fremd High School he took voice lessons with Linda Straub. Along the way, he picked up the guitar and continues studies in guitar, piano and voice. In 2012, Ethan joined The Music Room as a member of the floor staff.

While in high school Ethan participated in many extra-curricular activities such as Men’s A Capella, Vocal Jazz, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Thespian Society, and Tri-M (Modern Music Masters). Other musical achievements include the ILMEA District 7 choir, ILMEA All-State Honors choir, D211 Honors choir, and Division 1 ranking at multiple IHSA Solo/Ensemble competitions. He was named “Senior of the Year” by the Music Department at Fremd and awarded the Robert Green Memorial scholarship.

Ethan believes that any student can achieve success through hard work and effort alone. He is completely dedicated to all of his students, sharing and spreading his passion for music along the way. Ethan is a huge fan of theory; every student can expect to learn and master theory. Ethan strives to make each lesson a fun learning experience, but students will only excel through practice and repetition outside of the lesson.

Currently, Ethan attends Harper College while completing his Associates in Fine Arts degree with Voice as his primary instrument. He currently works with Susan Lageson Lundholm, one of the voice faculty at Harper College. Ethan was inducted into the the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society as well as the honors program at Harper. Ethan plans to transfer to a four-year university and obtain a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Outside of The Music Room, Ethan enjoys accompanying local choirs, students, and churches.

First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: “The Awakening” by Joseph M. Martin. It is a song that I sang every year for our last choir concert at Fremd. It is in remembrance of the past choir director at Fremd, Robert Green, who passed away.

Music teacher who inspired me the most: My high school voice teacher, Linda Straub, has always been dedicated 100% to all her students and that is a commendable philosophy that I want to live up to.

How I am making the world a better place: My job as a music educator is to pass on the passion I have for music to all of my students. Their passion will drive their musical ability and music appreciation.

Favorite quote about music:  “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen