Melissa Larson

Ms. Clara

As the daughter of 2 symphony musicians and a 5th generation musician, music has a deep and profound place in Clara D’Onofrio’s heart. In addition to “Ms. Clara’s” lifelong musical training, she has also earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. She feels so blessed to have found a career that allows her to combine her passion for music with her knowledge of early childhood development. Ms. Clara is dedicated to living a life full of joy, laughter, love, and fun!

Ms. Amy

With a Masters in Elementary Education and a B.F.A. in Music & Theatre Performance, Amy has combined her passion for the arts and her love of children to serve as an educator for numerous schools, theatres and artistic businesses for over 15 years. She is a firm believer in the benefit and power of arts education, and offers warmth, creativity and energy to students of all ages. She happily joins Ms. Clara’s team and looks forward to making learning Joyful and fun!

Ms. Melissa

Having been blessed with an early childhood music education herself, Melissa Larson is very excited to be sharing this gift with the next generation of children. From founding her college vocal jazz ensemble to singing professionally for the Chicago Honey Bear’s Production Company, she has a rich musical background. Melissa is endlessly inspired by the joyful and loving spirit of children and is grateful to be combining this love with her passion for singing and the gift of sharing her heartsong in her hometown.

Ms. Amanda

As a certified music teacher and early childhood teacher, Amanda is thrilled to be able to combine her two passions at Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians. Amanda has been singing since she could make sounds, and is an active musical theatre performer around the Chicago area. By day, she works in a kindergarten classroom, and incorporates music wherever possible. She looks forward to getting to share in the joy and enthusiasm that children bring to musical expression!

Ms. Katherine

Music has been a lifelong passion of Ms. Katherine’s and she feels blessed to have joined Ms Clara’s Mini Musicians in 2013. She holds a Master’s Degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work and specializes in working with Children and Families. Fostering a classroom environment which promotes community ties and family memories is important to Ms. Katherine. She feels fortunate to be able to give back to the neighborhood she grew up in through building a joyful setting for early childhood development.