MISTER JOHN

John Francisco (he/him) moved to Philadelphia in 2015 to launch his very own music program.  During his brief Philly tenure, he’s worked with a variety of Philadelphia organizations – Philly PACK, NEST, Mi Casita, Friends of Rittenhouse, and South Street Headhouse District.

Previously, he worked as a teaching artist in Chicago serving children of all ages and abilities, in a wide variety of settings and across multiple artistic disciplines (music, drama, dance, visual arts, playwriting, etc.)  John was an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music – teaching Wiggleworms, kid’s guitar and piano, and elementary music instruction for the Northshore Academy Elementary, where he worked with children struggling with emotional, social, and behavioral demands of school.  John also worked extensively with children with special needs – including six years with the Red Kite Project at Chicago Children’s Theatre (CCT.)   While there, he was a performer and creative contributor of sensory-based interactive theatrical experiences for children with autism and their families, he served as Curriculum Developer, Camp Director and Lead Music/Drama Teacher for Camp Red Kite, CCT’s daycamp for children with autism, and was a co-leader and developer of CCT’s Polk Workshops for Chicago Public School teachers and administrators.   John also worked for many years at Erikson Institute, the premier graduate school in child development.

Additionally, he has performed for children and families in all types of settings – hospitals, music festivals, theatrical performances (including his original show A Party with Mister John as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival,) and, of course, at countless birthday parties.

Mister John teaches Early Childhood, Guitar and Voice.

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MISTER JOHN

John Francisco (he/him) moved to Philadelphia in 2015 to launch his very own music program.  During his brief Philly tenure, he’s worked with a variety of Philadelphia organizations – Philly PACK, NEST, Mi Casita, Friends of Rittenhouse, and South Street Headhouse District.

Previously, he worked as a teaching artist in Chicago serving children of all ages and abilities, in a wide variety of settings and across multiple artistic disciplines (music, drama, dance, visual arts, playwriting, etc.)  John was an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music – teaching Wiggleworms, kid’s guitar and piano, and elementary music instruction for the Northshore Academy Elementary, where he worked with children struggling with emotional, social, and behavioral demands of school.  John also worked extensively with children with special needs – including six years with the Red Kite Project at Chicago Children’s Theatre (CCT.)   While there, he was a performer and creative contributor of sensory-based interactive theatrical experiences for children with autism and their families, he served as Curriculum Developer, Camp Director and Lead Music/Drama Teacher for Camp Red Kite, CCT’s daycamp for children with autism, and was a co-leader and developer of CCT’s Polk Workshops for Chicago Public School teachers and administrators.   John also worked for many years at Erikson Institute, the premier graduate school in child development.

Additionally, he has performed for children and families in all types of settings – hospitals, music festivals, theatrical performances (including his original show A Party with Mister John as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival,) and, of course, at countless birthday parties.

Mister John teaches Early Childhood, Guitar and Voice.

MS. LILLY

Lilly Mento (she/her) has been a member of the Mister John Music family since the fall of 2017.  Previously, Lilly had been working as a personal nanny for families in the Queen Village area and  served as a Lead Toddler Teacher at Bright Horizons at Philadelphia, where she created and implemented weekly lesson plans. Lilly was also responsible for promoting creativity and movement activities, in order to foster self- and body-awareness.  Lilly has assumed both an Assistant and Lead Director role in various summer camp programs, including White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Delaware, where she organized nature-based curricula for school-aged children. In 2015, Lilly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware. Throughout her undergraduate career, Lilly has worked with children birth to age 8 in a variety of settings and stages of development.

Ms. Lilly teaches Early Childhood, Guitar and Piano.

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MS. LILLY

Lilly Mento (she/her) has been a member of the Mister John Music family since the fall of 2017.  Previously, Lilly had been working as a personal nanny for families in the Queen Village area and  served as a Lead Toddler Teacher at Bright Horizons at Philadelphia, where she created and implemented weekly lesson plans. Lilly was also responsible for promoting creativity and movement activities, in order to foster self- and body-awareness.  Lilly has assumed both an Assistant and Lead Director role in various summer camp programs, including White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Delaware, where she organized nature-based curricula for school-aged children. In 2015, Lilly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware. Throughout her undergraduate career, Lilly has worked with children birth to age 8 in a variety of settings and stages of development.

Ms. Lilly teaches Early Childhood, Guitar and Piano.

MR. DIEGO

Diego Bedoya (he/him) has been a working musician and teaching artist for ten years in a variety of settings.  As an active musician in the Philadelphia area he has been part of multiple projects, ranging from musical theater to cover bands.  He was a guitar player for the Community College of Philadelphia Jazz band for four years, has played lead guitar for multiple rock bands, has accompanied multiple singers and has worked extensively as a solo instrumentalist. He is also a co-founder and the guitar player for Bridgett and the Asteroids, a jazz trio from Philadelphia, and has played lead guitar for Mister John’s house band since 2015. He holds an Associates degree in Performing Jazz guitar from the Community College of Philadelphia and Bachelors degree in Science in Music from Temple University.

Mr. Diego teaches Guitar, Ukulele and Ensemble.

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MR. DIEGO

Diego Bedoya (he/him) has been a working musician and teaching artist for ten years in a variety of settings.  As an active musician in the Philadelphia area he has been part of multiple projects, ranging from musical theater to cover bands.  He was a guitar player for the Community College of Philadelphia Jazz band for four years, has played lead guitar for multiple rock bands, has accompanied multiple singers and has worked extensively as a solo instrumentalist. He is also a co-founder and the guitar player for Bridgett and the Asteroids, a jazz trio from Philadelphia, and has played lead guitar for Mister John’s house band since 2015. He holds an Associates degree in Performing Jazz guitar from the Community College of Philadelphia and Bachelors degree in Science in Music from Temple University.

Mr. Diego teaches Guitar, Ukulele and Ensemble.

MS. ASHLEY

Ashley Prince (she/her) is a musician, teaching artist, and actor from Tupelo, Mississippi. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Performing Arts. After school Ashley moved to Atlanta where she began teaching private voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons during the day and acting at night. She soon discovered a love for music directing and being in the band. 

Ashley has been a teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre, Marcus Jewish Community Center, Synchronicity Theatre, and the Aurora Theatre. Her new favorite job is being a mom to her daughter, Rebecca, who was born in October of 2020. In her free time, Ashley enjoys hanging out with her family, fishing, and reading.

Ms. Ashley teaches Early Childhood.

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MS. ASHLEY

Ashley Prince (she/her) is a musician, teaching artist, and actor from Tupelo, Mississippi. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Performing Arts. After school Ashley moved to Atlanta where she began teaching private voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons during the day and acting at night. She soon discovered a love for music directing and being in the band. 

Ashley has been a teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre, Marcus Jewish Community Center, Synchronicity Theatre, and the Aurora Theatre. Her new favorite job is being a mom to her daughter, Rebecca, who was born in October of 2020. In her free time, Ashley enjoys hanging out with her family, fishing, and reading.

Ms. Ashley teaches Early Childhood.

MS. CASIE

Casie Girvin (she/her) is an active singer, actor, gymnast, and teaching artist hailing from Albany, NY. She received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and has certifications in Vocal Pedagogy, Contemporary Vocal Production, Opera, and Diction.

Casie is a former teaching artist and conductor of Sister Cities Girlchoir, a girl empowerment choral academy serving Philly, Camden, and Baltimore. She served as a teaching artist of voice, acting, and movement at the Betsy Daily School of Performing Arts, Bright Lights Music Academy, and the Albany Musical Theatre Collective. When she is not teaching in the arts, Casie is a gymnastics coach, and personal trainer. She has a streamed show through Collaborative Studios called, “Coach Casie’s Workout Sing-Along” to get young children moving and singing. 

Learn more by visiting her website: www.casiegirvin.com

Ms. Casie teaches Voice and Choir.

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MS. CASIE

Casie Girvin (she/her) is an active singer, actor, gymnast, and teaching artist hailing from Albany, NY. She received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and has certifications in Vocal Pedagogy, Contemporary Vocal Production, Opera, and Diction.

Casie is a former teaching artist and conductor of Sister Cities Girlchoir, a girl empowerment choral academy serving Philly, Camden, and Baltimore. She served as a teaching artist of voice, acting, and movement at the Betsy Daily School of Performing Arts, Bright Lights Music Academy, and the Albany Musical Theatre Collective. When she is not teaching in the arts, Casie is a gymnastics coach, and personal trainer. She has a streamed show through Collaborative Studios called, “Coach Casie’s Workout Sing-Along” to get young children moving and singing. 

Learn more by visiting her website: www.casiegirvin.com

Ms. Casie teaches Voice and Choir.

MR. EMMETT

Emmett Drueding (he/him) has been a working singer-songwriter in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years. Being the son of the late, great instrumental guitarist Richard Drueding, Emmett grew up around music and began drumming at the age of 8. With a solid foundation of rhythm, Emmett then picked up the guitar and in his early teen years be performed all over Philadelphia in a variety of bands establishing himself in the Philadelphia music scene. 

In his early twenties, he received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Creative Writing from Temple University, all the while continuing his independent study of the guitar. In 2015 he released his first studio record Strange Bruise, followed by The Loverboy Wanderers (2017), and Tightrope Walker (2019). 

Over his career Drueding has played hundreds of shows in Philadelphia and around the country. Currently, Emmett performs in a six-piece band (guitar, vocals, violin, upright bass, pedal steel guitar, keys, and drums) and also has two solo monthly residencies at The Mermaid Inn and at Pinot Boutique. He is also the resident host of the open mic at esteemed jazz club Paris Bistro. 

Mr. Emmett teaches Guitar and Ukulele.

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MR. EMMETT

Emmett Drueding (he/him) has been a working singer-songwriter in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years. Being the son of the late, great instrumental guitarist Richard Drueding, Emmett grew up around music and began drumming at the age of 8. With a solid foundation of rhythm, Emmett then picked up the guitar and in his early teen years be performed all over Philadelphia in a variety of bands establishing himself in the Philadelphia music scene. 

In his early twenties, he received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Creative Writing from Temple University, all the while continuing his independent study of the guitar. In 2015 he released his first studio record Strange Bruise, followed by The Loverboy Wanderers (2017), and Tightrope Walker (2019). 

Over his career Drueding has played hundreds of shows in Philadelphia and around the country. Currently, Emmett performs in a six-piece band (guitar, vocals, violin, upright bass, pedal steel guitar, keys, and drums) and also has two solo monthly residencies at The Mermaid Inn and at Pinot Boutique. He is also the resident host of the open mic at esteemed jazz club Paris Bistro. 

Mr. Emmett teaches Guitar and Ukulele.

MR. ERIC

Eric Proctor (he/him) is a music educator and percussion performer in Philadelphia. Currently, he is the Instrumental Music Director at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School. Eric regularly facilitates drum circles, teaches privately, and is the drummer for Philadelphia band, Bazmati Vice.

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Eric was the Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Director from 2014 to 2018 at J.P. Taravella High School. In that capacity he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and String Orchestra. Eric was also the percussion arranger for the Taravella Marching Band. Other percussion programs he has worked with include Dillard Center For The Arts, Coral Springs Middle School, Ramblewood Middle School, Cypress Bay High School Indoor Percussion, Ancient City Ensemble Indoor Percussion, and Oakleaf High School.

Eric holds a BM from the University of North Florida in Music Performance under the direction of Charlotte Mabrey and Kevin Garry.

Mr. Eric teaches Percussion and Ensemble.

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MR. ERIC

Eric Proctor (he/she) is a music educator and percussion performer in Philadelphia. Currently, he is the Instrumental Music Director at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School. Eric regularly facilitates drum circles, teaches privately, and is the drummer for Philadelphia band, Bazmati Vice.

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Eric was the Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Director from 2014 to 2018 at J.P. Taravella High School. In that capacity he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and String Orchestra. Eric was also the percussion arranger for the Taravella Marching Band. Other percussion programs he has worked with include Dillard Center For The Arts, Coral Springs Middle School, Ramblewood Middle School, Cypress Bay High School Indoor Percussion, Ancient City Ensemble Indoor Percussion, and Oakleaf High School.

Eric holds a BM from the University of North Florida in Music Performance under the direction of Charlotte Mabrey and Kevin Garry.

Mr. Eric teaches Percussion and Ensemble.

MRS. ERIN

Erin Franco (she/her) is thrilled to bring her energetic vibe to Mister John’s! As a dance educator in the Philadelphia suburbs for the past 15 years, she’s taught a variety of classes, ranging from creative movement for little tots to award-winning hip-hop and tap routines. Erin is a graduate from the Southern NJ Academy of Performing Arts and went on to earn her bachelors degree in athletic training from Rowan University.  In addition to touring with with the modern dance company Enso Ensemble, she spent two years as a Soulmate on the dance team for the Philadelphia Soul. Since the birth of her son in May, Erin has been moving and dancing with him in tow, instituting the concepts of rhythm and timing. She is excited to share her love of music and dancing with other moms and dads and their little bundles of joy!

Mrs. Erin teaches movement.

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MRS. ERIN

Erin Franco (she/her) is thrilled to bring her energetic vibe to Mister John’s! As a dance educator in the Philadelphia suburbs for the past 15 years, she’s taught a variety of classes, ranging from creative movement for little tots to award-winning hip-hop and tap routines. Erin is a graduate from the Southern NJ Academy of Performing Arts and went on to earn her bachelors degree in athletic training from Rowan University.  In addition to touring with with the modern dance company Enso Ensemble, she spent two years as a Soulmate on the dance team for the Philadelphia Soul. Since the birth of her son in May, Erin has been moving and dancing with him in tow, instituting the concepts of rhythm and timing. She is excited to share her love of music and dancing with other moms and dads and their little bundles of joy!

Mrs. Erin teaches movement.

MS. FAITH

Faith Williams (she/her), raised in North Philadelphia, began playing violin at the age of 7 in a program offered by her public school. From there she attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where she met a group of musicians with whom she started the quintet, Cinqcopation.  She attended The University of the Arts where she studied Music Business and Production and is currently finishing her degree in business. She gigs out with her quintet, and if you’re lucky, you may catch her performing on one of our busy Center City streets!

Ms. Faith teaches Violin and Ukulele.

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MS. FAITH

Faith Williams. (she/her), raised in North Philadelphia, began playing violin at the age of 7 in a program offered by her public school. From there she attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where she met a group of musicians with whom she started the quintet, Cinqcopation.  She attended The University of the Arts where she studied Music Business and Production and is currently finishing her degree in business. She gigs out with her quintet, and if you’re lucky, you may catch her performing on one of our busy Center City streets!

Ms. Faith teaches Violin and Ukulele.

MRS. HEATHER

Heather Murray (she/her)  is a music educator and pianist based in Philadelphia, PA. She holds BS and MS degrees in Music Education and Piano from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Towson University, respectively. In addition to teaching Piano and Choir at Mister John’s Music, she is an adjunct Professor of Music at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey where she teaches Music Appreciation. Previously she taught at Collegium Charter School in Exton, PA in the primary school and with Baltimore County Public Schools in Baltimore, MD in Elementary General Music, High School Chorus and Music Technology.  

She resides in South Philadelphia with her two children, Piper and Alex, and her husband, Tom. When not teaching, practicing or performing, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring Philadelphia and sewing. 

Mrs. Heather teaches Piano and Voice.

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MRS. HEATHER

Heather Murray (she/her) is a music educator and pianist based in Philadelphia, PA. She holds BS and MS degrees in Music Education and Piano from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Towson University, respectively. In addition to teaching Piano and Choir at Mister John’s Music, she is an adjunct Professor of Music at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey where she teaches Music Appreciation. Previously she taught at Collegium Charter School in Exton, PA in the primary school and with Baltimore County Public Schools in Baltimore, MD in Elementary General Music, High School Chorus and Music Technology.  

She resides in South Philadelphia with her two children, Piper and Alex, and her husband, Tom. When not teaching, practicing or performing, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring Philadelphia and sewing. 

Mrs. Heather teaches Piano and Voice.

MS. MORGAN

Morgan Sichler (she/her) is excited to start teaching at Mister John’s Music! After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Music Education, Voice, and Theatre, Morgan moved to Philadelphia to start teaching and performing professionally. She taught voice and theatre at the Walnut Street Theatre and Wolf Performing Arts Center. She was a Lead Preschool Teacher at Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia. She has also performed in leading roles at The Candlelight Theatre and The Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Recently, Morgan was performing as a professional singer traveling the world for Norwegian and Disney Cruise Lines. Morgan can’t wait to collaborate and inspire the next generation of music makers!

Ms. Morgan teaches Early Childhood.

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MS. MORGAN

Morgan Sichler (she/her) is excited to start teaching at Mister John’s Music! After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Music Education, Voice, and Theatre, Morgan moved to Philadelphia to start teaching and performing professionally. She taught voice and theatre at the Walnut Street Theatre and Wolf Performing Arts Center. She was a Lead Preschool Teacher at Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia. She has also performed in leading roles at The Candlelight Theatre and The Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Recently, Morgan was performing as a professional singer traveling the world for Norwegian and Disney Cruise Lines. Morgan can’t wait to collaborate and inspire the next generation of music makers!

 Ms. Morgan teaches Early Childhood.

MS. NAOMI

Naomi Henry (she/her) is a pianist, poet, and singer-songwriter and author of the poetry book “Almost Butterfly.” She has been playing the piano since she was 7 years old and picked up guitar at the age of 17. Naomi has a heart to inspire and help those in need. She is aware of the power behind sharing her heart and soul through words and music and she dedicates herself to bringing her story to life through the arts. Naomi believes in the healing and transformative power of music to speak to the soul and give inspiration. She has worked at Spring Garden Academy with their daycare and afterschool program, at Settlement Music School as a Piano Teacher. She also worked as a Clinical Aide at Teen Challenge Philadelphia, leading music healing groups in their addiction recovery program that believes in bringing “Wholeness to the Hopeless.” Naomi attended Messiah College for General Music with a minor in Pre-Counseling and Therapy, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Music Therapy.

Ms. Naomi teaches Early Childhood.

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MS. NAOMI

 

Naomi Henry (she/her) is a pianist, poet, and singer-songwriter and author of the poetry book “Almost Butterfly.” She has been playing the piano since she was 7 years old and picked up guitar at the age of 17. Naomi has a heart to inspire and help those in need. She is aware of the power behind sharing her heart and soul through words and music and she dedicates herself to bringing her story to life through the arts. Naomi believes in the healing and transformative power of music to speak to the soul and give inspiration. She has worked at Spring Garden Academy with their daycare and afterschool program, at Settlement Music School as a Piano Teacher. She also worked as a Clinical Aide at Teen Challenge Philadelphia, leading music healing groups in their addiction recovery program that believes in bringing “Wholeness to the Hopeless.” Naomi attended Messiah College for General Music with a minor in Pre-Counseling and Therapy, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Music Therapy.

Ms. Naomi teaches Early Childhood.

MR. NICK

Mr. Nick Davio (he/him) is a critically acclaimed songwriter and musician based in Chicago, IL.  You can see him performing all year long at events/venues ranging from birthday parties to botanic gardens.   He is also a staff member of the Old Town School of Folk Music and is an ambassador of their award winning Wiggleworms program.  You can also regularly find him at his other artistic home, The Chicago Children’s Theatre, where he writes and performs as a teaching artist for their Red Kite Project.  
Nick is a 2003 graduate of Millikin University and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. 
   

Mr. Nick teaches songwriting.

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MR. NICK

Mr. Nick Davio (he/him) is a critically acclaimed songwriter and musician based in Chicago, IL.  You can see him performing all year long at events/venues ranging from birthday parties to botanic gardens.   He is also a staff member of the Old Town School of Folk Music and is an ambassador of their award winning Wiggleworms program.  You can also regularly find him at his other artistic home, The Chicago Children’s Theatre, where he writes and performs as a teaching artist for their Red Kite Project.  
Nick is a 2003 graduate of Millikin University and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. 

Mr. Nick teaches songwriting.

MR. STEVEN

As an educator, composer, pianist, and drummer, Steven Crino’s (he/him) musical interests encompass a wide variety of styles and disciplines. He has experience teaching students of all ages and levels in piano, drums, music theory and composition. Steven’s educational mission is to not only teach students how to play an instrument, but give them the tools to understand music in general. This multifaceted approach allows students to take their general music knowledge with them to any instrument they may be interested in playing in the future, allowing them to transition to a second instrument with ease. As a composer, Steven incorporates composition and improvisation into his lessons, teaching students how to make music with their peers. Steven is a doctoral candidate at the Peabody Conservatory, where he also completed degrees in Composition (M.M.) and Music Theory Pedagogy (M.M.). 

Mr. Steven teaches Piano and Percussion.

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MR. STEVEN

As an educator, composer, pianist, and drummer, Steven Crino’s (he/him) musical interests encompass a wide variety of styles and disciplines. He has experience teaching students of all ages and levels in piano, drums, music theory and composition. Steven’s educational mission is to not only teach students how to play an instrument, but give them the tools to understand music in general. This multifaceted approach allows students to take their general music knowledge with them to any instrument they may be interested in playing in the future, allowing them to transition to a second instrument with ease. As a composer, Steven incorporates composition and improvisation into his lessons, teaching students how to make music with their peers. Steven is a doctoral candidate at the Peabody Conservatory, where he also completed degrees in Composition (M.M.) and Music Theory Pedagogy (M.M.). 

Mr. Steven teaches Piano and Percussion.

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David Andora

Creative Consultant,  Studio/ Prop Design & Web Developer

David’s (he/him) a true jack-of-all-trades. He has brought his multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills along with his love of both cutting edge technologies and old-school methods to Mister John’s Music. David and John Francisco have been friends since 2012, and working with Sean Hunt, he continues to shape the look of Mister John’s Music program including graphic design elements, original puppet creations, special effects, lighting and so many of the visual elements you’ll find at Mister John’s Music.

Learn more at DavidAndora.com

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Sean Hunt

Creative Consultant,  Studio/Prop Design

Sean (he/him) comes from a large family of musicians, and as a musical theatre performer in Chicago he met John Francisco in 2006 . Sean has a wide variety of skills from sewing to carpentry, and is especially resourceful. He’s also apt to break out in impromptu tap numbers when least expected. 

Learn more at SeanMichaelHunt.com