Integrating musical creativity into everyday life

seth_staff_pageSeth Boustead – Founder/Executive Director
Seth Boustead is a composer, radio host, arts manager and writer, concert producer, in-demand speaker and visionary with the goal of revolutionizing how and where classical music is performed and how it is perceived by the general public.  He received his Master of Music Composition degree from the Chicago College for the Performing Arts in 2002 and has gone on to forge a unique and highly personal musical identity through a prolific outpouring of works in every conceivable genre.

His music is regularly performed across the United States and in Europe and has been heard on radio and television stations in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Paris among others and his orchestra piece This Point Forward was a finalist for the American Prize in 2012.
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Francesco Milioto – Artistic Director
Since his debut in Chicago just over a decade ago, Mr. Milioto now balances a busy career conducting a wide range of orchestral and operatic repertoire while maintaining a full schedule as a pianist and vocal coach. He currently holds the positions of Co-founder/Conductor of the New Millennium Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Highland Park Strings, and Artistic Director/Conductor of Access Contemporary Music.
In addition to these, Mr. Milioto is a frequent guest conductor with Chicago Opera Theater, and cover/assistant conductor at both Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Santa Fe Opera.

Upon returning from a successful production of Salome at the Santa Fe Opera, Mr. Milioto will open the 2015-16 season with a production of Lucio Silla for Chicago Opera Theater, where he recently led a production of Macbeth (Bloch) that was listed as “one of the 10 best performances of 2014″ by the Chicago Sun-Times. Immediately following his work with COT, he will return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as cover conductor for The Merry Widow, with Sir Andrew Davis, as well as Der Rosenkavalier.
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ChristyChristy Bennett – Director of Personnel and Outreach – ACM School of Music
Christy has been teaching voice and piano lessons for over a decade. She has been performing in Chicago and throughout the US since 2005. As a bandleader, she has organized tours, performances, and fundraisers. She holds a BA in vocal Performance from DePaul University where she also worked in the DePaul Community Music office.

Christy believes in fostering a love and appreciation for music by tapping into each individual’s creativity. As a teacher, she combines rote-learning with creativity using music games and composition to inspire and motivate students. In addition to teaching for ACM School of Music, she is also the Director of Personel and Outreach where she hopes to make music and creativity a flourishing part of the communities ACM touches.



Trevor Watkin – Director of Operations – ACM School of Musicimages
Trevor Patrick Watkin studied flute and composition at Point Loma Nazarene University with Jill Coady and Phillip Keveren, respectively, and at the University of Colorado at Boulder with Elizabeth McNutt and Richard Toensing, where he also taught undergraduate Aural Skills and Music Theory.

Trevor is an active flutist, vocal coach, and composer specializing in new works for the theatre, having provided music direction, sound design, and/or original music for numerous productions with The Right Brain Project, where he is composer-in-residence, and received a Jeff Award for his musical score to Dream Theatre Company’s world premiere of The Black Duckling.

Outside of theatre, Trevor performs with the Palomar Ensemble and is a founding member of the Gillespie Quartet. Additionally, he maintains an active teaching studio both privately and through the ACM School of Music where he is also the Director of Operations. He teaches students in the areas of flute, piano, music theory, composition, and voice.


Andrew_Tham_staffAndrew Tham – Program Director

Andrew is a creator, performer, and advocate of experimental music and theatre in Chicago.  He is a frequent collaborator with the Neo-Futurists and is a co-founder of Parlour Tapes+, a cassette tape label dedicated to contemporary classical music.

Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and English from Cornell College in Iowa.