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.

Carey Deadman

Carey Deadman

VICE-PRESIDENT

Carey has been an active trumpet player since moving to Chicago in 1985. He has played numerous theatrical productions in every major venue in the Chicago area. He has a long, supportive relationship with the CFM, serving on two Broadway in Chicago and multiple Drury Lane Theatre negotiating teams. As an arranger and orchestrator, Carey has orchestrated numerous productions including over 25 for The Drury Lane Theatre. He has scored arrangements for film, television, and radio, as well as orchestrations for Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, and Lyle Lovett. Along with his busy performing and writing schedule, Carey is on faculty at Columbia College and Elmhurst College.

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez

SECRETARY / TREASURER

Anthony is thrilled to be serving and working with the amazing musicians of the Chicago theater community. Anthony served as a paralegal in multiple law firms for the past six years, as well as being a local reed player. Anthony has performed on the 2012 Jakarta run of Phantom of the Opera and Peter Pan at Northern Stage. Anthony has been a part of many notable local shows since moving to Chicago in 2013.

Dominic Trumfio

Dominic Trumfio

DIRECTOR

Dominic is honored to be serving the Chicago theater community in his capacity as TMA board director. As a woodwind player, Dominic brings to the table over 20 years of experience playing in theaters throughout the Chicagoland area. He was part of the national tour of Les Miserables from 2000-2003 before rooting himself in the Chicago theater community of artists. Since then he has been playing productions for the areas nationally recognized and award winning regional theaters and for Broadway in Chicago. Some favorite recent credits include the world premiere of WAR PAINT (starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole) at the Goodman Theater, SWEENEY TOOD at the Paramount Theater, RAGTIME at the Marriott Theater, and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and LOVE NEVER DIES for Broadway in Chicago.

Joe Sonnefeldt

Joe Sonnefeldt

DIRECTOR

Percussionist Joe Sonnefeldt has been active in local theatre since 2003 when he won the audition to play the marimba book for the Chicago production of “The Lion King”. Since then he has played for numerous downtown productions and occasionally at other area theaters. Joe has served on the negotiating committee for 2 recent Broadway In Chicago contracts. In addition to playing musicals, he works as a freelancer and specializes on steel drum, vibes and hand percussion. Joe has recorded or performed with several local artists including Poi Dog Pondering, Marshall Vente and “Tropicale”, and The Jay Davis Trio. He currently plays vibes with Ruben Alvarez and Raices (a Cal Tjader tribute) and leads his own group, The JoeSounds Steel Drum Band. Joe teaches privately in his home studio and at The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

2019 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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Tim Burke

Trumpet

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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Anthony Rodriguez

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe

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Brent Roman

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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Brian Shannon

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

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Jocelyn Shoulders

Cello

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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