Hollis Hahn

Owner, Guitar Instructor

Hollis Hahn is the owner and operator of The Ultimate School of Guitar. Hollis was the lead guitarist for the signed National act Jezebel's Church. She also played lead guitar in bands PornLab, Eden, Fatal Beauty, and Heiress. Self-taught, Hollis then studied with David Shankle of Manowar, who currently holds three Gold Albums. Her main style is Heavy Rock, but she loves playing the Blues. You might catch her on stage at her favorite club Buddy Guy's, where she has performed with various artists, including Buddy Guy and Shamekia Copeland. She instructs all styles, levels, and ages. Her young students not only learn to read music but also learn to express themselves through little riffs and fun songs. When students get to play songs they like, they learn much faster and enjoy practicing. Hollis has been instructing at The Ultimate School of Guitar for over 20 years.

Kyle Gilbertson

Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, and Beginner Voice Instructor

Kyle Gilbertson has been studying, teaching, and performing on the guitar for over 30 years. He has studied with the classical guitar masters Nicholas Goluses, Stephen Aron, and the composer Dusan Bogdanovic. In 2001, he received his BA in Classical Guitar Performance from Oberlin College. In 2009, he received his K-12 teaching certificate from Northeastern Illinois University, with an endorsement in instrumental music. From 2009 - 2016, he taught general music and band at Phoenix Military Academy, a high school in Chicago. As a band director, Kyle taught his students to play all the woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The band played at football games, marched in parades, performed in concerts, and went to competitions. In 2015, the band took 2nd place in the city-wide JROTC Drum and Bugle Competition. In the general music classes, he taught guitar, keyboard, bass, drum set, and voice. For many years, Kyle performed regularly around the Chicago area with blues singer Darby Tillis. Passionate about music, he enjoys sharing that passion with his students. Kyle been teaching at The Ultimate School of Guitar for over 9 years.

Classical Guitarist Kyle Gilbertson also plays for Weddings and Special Events.
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Sacha Mullin

Vocal and Piano Instructor

Sacha Mullin holds a Bachelor's of Music in Contemporary Vocal Performance from McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has studied privately with luminaries like jazz singer Judi Donaghy, rap artist Dessa Darling, and composer Janika Vandervelde.

Sacha is experienced in instructing voice and piano students and has creative ways to keep his younger students engaged. Sacha is competent in preparing students for auditions, building confidence and teaching essential technique. He concentrates on making his voice students smart singers by improving breath support, increasing resonance and power, and using music theory, among other fundamentals.

Sacha is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter noted for his "commanding yet vulnerable" singing style, wide vocal range, and jazzy, intense, and ethereal compositions. Critics have often summoned names like David Sylvian and Jeff Buckley, but Sacha comes more directly from the “schools” of Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Yoko Kanno, and Sugababes. Sacha has been instructing at The Ultimate School of Guitar for over 10 years.

Solo Albums:
  • Duplex 2017
  • Whelm 2013
  • Snow & Such, 2nd Christmas EP 2017
  • Night of Silence, 1st Christmas EP 2015

  • Munificent Hymnals (Doug Smith) 2011
  • Mountain Sessions (various) 2010
  • Daybreak (Naomi Mann) 2009
  • Swing On! (Live) (The Wolverines Big Band) 2009
  • Downbeat Jazz Quintet (various) 2009
  • Bright Branching (Cathy Crescendo) 2008
  • Poison Control (DJ Thomas Ricard) 2007
  • Grandfunk, inc. (various) 2005-09
  • Outstanding Soloist Award Eau Claire Jazz Festival 2009-10​
  • Founders Scholarship McNally Smith 2009
  • Best Composition in Song Icelandic Arts Board 2007
  • Japanese Media Arts Travel Perpich Center 2007​
  • Best Group International Animation Expo 2004
Moira Bixby

Piano Instructor

Moira received her Bachelor Degree from St.Olaf College, Northfield, MN. Moira started playing piano and viola at the age of 8 years old. Her love of music led her to the choir. She has been playing piano for over 20 years. She is our newest member of the Ultimate School of Guitar.

Zachary Mendenhall

Voice Instructor, Piano Instructor

Zachary received his Bachelor of Musical Arts Honor's Degree in Classical Voice, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. He majored in Classical Voice with a minor in Computer Science. He is currently working on his Master's Degree. Zachary is a Chicago-based Bass-Baritone and Film Composer. He teaches a variety of styles including classical, broadway and pop. Zachary concentrates on breathing techniques, learning to sing from the bottom of your range to the top without any strains, breaks or changes in quality or tone. He choose’s appropriate songs and pieces and customize’s the lessons around each individual student.

• Opera Festival of Chicago 2023 Season - Role of Bartolo, and covering the role of Figaro with the Chicago Summer Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

• Third Eye Theater Ensemble - Mr. Kofner in Menotti’s The Consul.

• Ouroborus Opera Company - Masetto in Don Giovanni with conducted by Mo. Alexis Enyart. His repertoire also includes the roles of Silvio (I Paggliacci), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and Phoebus (The Hunchback of Notre Dame).

Ben Pavlik

Guitar, Piano, and French Horn Instructor

Ben graduated from Northeastern Illinois in ​Music Education. Ben's specialization was in playing guitar and french horn. Ben has been teaching for over six years. He is also a gigging musician in his band Big Fans. Ben is one of the newest members of The Ultimate School of Guitar.

Learning jazz from seasoned big band players and ear training from avant-garde classical composers greatly expanded my palate. My students range in age, skill, and style of music. They describe me as engaging and patient, able to break down complex concepts into digestible pieces. I pride myself in allowing those I teach to follow their own unique curiosities rather than fit them into my own beliefs.

Savino Izzi

Guitar Instructor

Savino Izzi is a graduate of GIT from the Musicians Institute, Hollywood. Savino has been playing for 20 years and is interested in funk, blues, jazz, and rock music. Students learn the importance of timing. "Good time means having a good feel which leads to great rhythm playing." Other areas of development include technique, sight reading, and improvisation. Songs of the students choosing are also analyzed and learned together during lessons. Savino currently plays with the Chicago rock band Seratonin Telegram. He has been instructing for The Ultimate School of Guitar for over 14 years.

Guitar Column by Savino Izzi - Axeology - Spring 2018