The Theater Musicians Association (TMA) is an official player conference of the  American Federation of Musicians (AFM), formed by musicians in order to unite theater players throughout the United States and Canada (full-time, part-time, local and traveling), so that we will be better equipped to address concerns that affect our industry. These issues include collective bargaining agreements, working conditions, virtual replacement by recordings and electronics, and non-union musicians/theatre productions.

The Chicago Area Chapter was formed in 1996 to organize local theater musicians to actively engage in addressing the professional needs of pit musicians in accordance with the standards of the industry and to assist the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM). The TMA Chicago Area Chapter works in collaboration with the CFM to create systems, structures, and collective bargaining agreements that support the professional needs and concerns of local theatre musicians.

Through this website we inform our membership (and other interested musical theater enthusiasts) of local theater news, links to our current and upcoming productions, glimpses into our world through our social media feed, opportunities to network and connect with our members, and important articles of interest. We invite you to join us in solidarity for a better future for theater musicians!

TMA Executive Board

Below you will find our dedicated board members who are excited to serve the needs of our local Chicago Chapter. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out. You can email and connect with our local board members by clicking on the icons at the end of the biographies.

Heather Boehm

Heather Boehm

PRESIDENT

Heather is honored to have the opportunity to serve the membership of TMA as President. She has also served on the Board as Secretary-Treasurer and Director. As a violinist, she has played in and contracted pits for numerous theatre productions in downtown and suburban theaters. Heather lives in Chicago where she is an active freelancer and looks forward to working with everyone to advance the goals of Chicago Theatre Musicians.

Valarie Maze

Valerie Maze

VICE PRESIDENT

Valerie is honored to serve at the Vice President. Recently returning to Chicago from teaching at Elon University in North Carolina, she is excited to be home. Valerie is a pianist, conductor, music director, vocal coach and an active music theatre educator. She has had the opportunity to play in theatres and opera houses across the country, including Chicagoland theatres such as Drury Lane Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers Theatre, Marriott Theatre, and Music Theater Works. At Lyric Opera of Chicago, in addition to serving as Assistant Conductor and Dance Pianist for numerous operas over the past 15 years, Valerie has served as Assistant Conductor for Lyric’s Music Theatre Initiative on My Fair Lady, The King and I, Carousel, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! and Showboat. Active a recitalist, she has had the opportunity to perform on WFMT as part of the Dame Myra Hess Series and on WGN TV, playing for artists such as Kate Baldwin, Paolo Montalban, Billy Zane, and Steven Pasqual. Valerie is grateful to be serving the theatre community in this way.

Trevor Jones Bass

Trevor Jones

SECRETARY / TREASURER

Trevor Jones is the house bassist at The Marriott Theatre located outside of Chicago. In addition to playing over 30 productions at The Marriott Theatre, Trevor was a substitute for the Chicago production of Hamilton. Trevor’s group Molehill has toured the country and, over the past decade, has compiled a body of work that was featured in the Chicago Tribune and in the international press. Trevor is a partner of the double bass podcast Contrabass Conversations and Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog.

Paul Square

Paul Mutzabaugh

DIRECTOR

Based in Chicago, Paul Mutzabaugh has worked for over 20 years in both live and studio settings, enjoying a variety of genres and disciplines. Versatile in a myriad of keyboard instruments – acoustic & electric pianos, Hammond B3 organ, synthesizers, and accordion – he has also developed a unique voice on the electric bass. Additional doublings include acoustic & electric guitars, as well as auxiliary percussion.

Paul also works consistently as a producer and audio engineer in service of a wide range of artists. Assisting others to realize their creative vision in recorded form is a particularly fulfilling aspect of his music-making.

Paul is grateful and honoured to be on the TMA executive board and looks forward to serving its membership.

Chuck Webb

Chuck Webb

DIRECTOR

Bassist, writer, producer and educator Chuck Webb has toured the world many times performing with such notable artists as Aretha Franklin, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Bill Withers, David Sanborn, Al DiMeola and many others.

As a first call studio musician with over 30 years experience in the Chicago area, Chuck has performed on hundreds of records, commercial jingles, sound tracks and theater productions including Hamilton, Wicked, Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical.

Chuck is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago and the owner of Earth Tone Enterprises production company through which he has produced and composed scores for motion pictures, educational programs, popular music CDs and his own solo and band projects.

Chuck is excited to join the TMA executive board and looks forward to working with members and the larger Chicago music community.

2021 TMA Members

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Frank Babbit

Violin, Viola

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Andy Baker

Trombone, Bass Trombone

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Amy Barwan

Oboe, English Horn

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Dave Belden

Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Concertina

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John Blane

Bass Trombone, Tuba

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Heather Boehm

Violin, Viola

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Chuck Bontrager

Violin, Viola, Electric Violin

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Peter Brusen

Bassoon, Saxophone, Clarinet

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Alan Bukowiecki

Piano, Keyboards

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Madeline Capistran

Violin

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Ricardo Castañeda

Oboe, English Horn

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William Cernota

Cello, Trombone

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Matt Comerford

Trumpet

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Paul Dallas

Bass (Electric & Acoustic)

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Rich Daniels

Saxophone, Conductor

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Jo Ann Daugherty

Piano, Conductor

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Jocelyn Davis-Beck

Cello

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Randy Deadman

Piano, Keyboards

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Carey Deadman

Trumpet

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Austin Deadman

Piano, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion

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Ethan Deppe

Drums, Percussion

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Nicholas Donatelle

Cello

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Darlene Drew

Flute

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Steven Duncan

Trombone, Bass Trombone

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Lisa Fako

Violin

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Buddy Fambro, Jr.

Guitar (Electric & Acoustic)

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Jed Feder

Drums

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John Floeter

Bass (Electric & Acoustic)

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Jeremiah Frederick

Horn

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Roberta Freier

Violin, Viola

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Ron Friedman

Trumpet

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Jim Gailloreto

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

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Karla Galva

Violin, Viola

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Bob Garrett

Drums, Percussion

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Loretta Gillespie

Viola

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Michael Green

Percussion

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Jeff Handley

Percussion

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Tom Hipskind

Drums, Percussion

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Marc Hogan

Bass

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Elizabeth Huffman

Violin

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Katherine Hughes

Violin

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Terry Jares

Violin

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Pete Jirousek

French Horn

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Trevor Jones

Bass (Electric & Acoustic)

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Andy Jones

Drums, Percussion

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Sharon Jones

French Horn

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Michael Joyce

Trombone

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Jill Kaeding

Cello

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Jeremy Kahn

Piano, Keyboards

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Carmen Kassinger

Violin, Viola

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Michael Keefe

Piano, Keyboards, Accordion, Conductor, Orchestrator, Arranger, Synth Programmer, Music Director, Contractor

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Kara Kesselring

Piano, Vocal

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Sarah Kim

Violin, Viola

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Kevin Kizer

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

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Debbie Katz Knowles

Percussion, Drums

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Steve Leinheiser

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

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Mark Lekas

Cello

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Michèle Lekas

Violin, Viola

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B.J. Levy

Trumpet

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Betty Lewis

Violin, Viola

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John Ling

Violin, Viola

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Art Linsner

Trombone

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Tom Logan

Guitar

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Janice MacDonald

Flute, Piccolo

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Linda Madonia

Piano, Conductor

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Phil Martin

Drums, Percussion

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Valerie Maze

Conductor, Piano

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Stacy McMichael

Bass

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Sean McNeely

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Oboe

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Lisa McQueen

Keyboards, Piano

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Tom Mendel

Bass

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Desiree Miller

Cello

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Ryan Miller

Trombone

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Jered Montgomery

Trumpet

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Karl Montzka

Piano

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Nick Moran

Woodwinds

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Christian Moreno

Drums, Percussion

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Dave Moss

Viola, Violin

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Leo Murphy

Drums, Percussion

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Paul Mutzabaugh

Piano & Keyboards, Electric Bass, Guitars, Percussion

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Susan Nigro

Contrabassoon, Bassoon

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Felton Offard

Guitar

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Vance Okraszewski

Drums, Percussion

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David Orlicz

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon

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Talia Pavia

Violin

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Howard Pfeifer

Piano, Keyboards

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Brandon Podjasek

Drums, Percussion

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Corey Richardson

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin

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Brent Roman

Drums, Percussion

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Dean Rolando

Piano

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David Saenger

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin

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Greg Sarchet

Bass

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Christopher Sargent

Piano

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Lerryn Schaefer-Donatelle

Viola

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Nick Sednew

Trumpet

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Brian Shannon

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

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Jocelyn Shoulders

Cello

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Larry Sidlow

Guitar

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Michael Sinclair

Bass

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Sara Sitzer

Cello

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Audrey Snyder

Cello

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Rick Snyder

Piano, Keyboards

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Joe Sonnefeldt

Drums, Percussion

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Shawn Stengel

Conductor, Piano

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Zack Thomas

Trumpet

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Richard Trelease

Drums, Percussion

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Dominic Trumfio

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano

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Linda Van Dyke

Clarinet, Saxophone

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Paul Vanderwerf

Violin, Viola

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Benton Wedge

Violin, Viola, Mandolin

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Neal Wehman

Drums, Percussion

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Tahirah Whittington

Cello

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Jim Widlowski

Drums, Percussion

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Matt Wifler

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

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Patrick Williams

Bass

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Andy Wilmoth

Drums, Percussion