Music Instructors At Fiddlestick Music
Summer Brackhan - Strings
Summer began violin at the age of six by means of the Suzuki method. She has been fortunate to have Nancy Jackson, a highly acclaimed Suzuki teacher, and Mathais Tacke of the world renowned Vermeer Quartet as two of her many great instructors.
Summer holds degrees in music and sociology from Augsburg College and a Masters in violin performance from Northern Illinois University. She furthered her graduate studies while at NIU to obtain a Performers Certificate in violin.
While in the Chicago area Summer worked as a freelance musician and was a member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. From 2005-2007 she lived in Wisconsin performing with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and leading the preparatory arts Suzuki violin program at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
In 2006, Summer was a guest soloist with the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra. Summer joined Lincoln’s Symphony in 2007 and also performs with the Omaha Symphony, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Players, Abendmusik and Indigo Strings.
As a sociologist, performer, music teacher and mentor to youth, Summer brings a unique background into teaching from a child development perspective of how music can strengthen students in all areas of their lives. She lives in Lincoln with her husband Jeff and their twin boys and a little girl. She also owns Nourishing Souls Health Coaching.
Jeff Brackhan- Drums & Piano
A Nebraska native, Jeff performed one year with the UNL Marching drumline before transferring schools to finish his percussion Jazz Studies / Performance degree from Northern Illinois University.
Jeff played extensively as a free lance performer while living in the Chicago area with various jazz and rock groups. His past music instruction includes piano instruction at Stu’s Studio, contract work with Naperville North and Waubonsie HIgh Schools in the western Chicago suburbs, as well judging the percussion festivals in Geneva.
Jeff’s theater work includes the DeKalb and Lincoln’s Children Theater and well as performances with the Pioneer’s Park Musicals. The Jeff Brackhan jazz trio was established in 1998 and began performing in Chicago at the same time he was working as a sideman with several funk and rock groups.
Jeff performs in Lincoln & Omaha with several music groups spanning the styles from electro-pop to experimental jazz.. He has had the opportunity to perform with James Valentine (Maroon5), Dan Nimmer (pianist with Wynton Marsalis) and Leslie Hunt (American Idol Semi-finalist).
Malachi Million- Guitar
Malachi has been playing for 12 years primarily beginning with metal/rock where he developed his playing technique before taking lessons to progress his playing ability. Under Michael Massons at Airhouse Music Academy, Malachi further developed his playing skills and technique studying theory and jazz.
Malachi graduated with honors from Friends University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Guitar Performance. At Friends, he studied jazz guitar under Randy Zellers and classical under Howard Glanton. Malachi attended Graduate School at the University of Arkansas and earned a Master of Music Performance in guitar studying under Benjamin Harris and Jake Hertzog.
He is currently attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he is earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies Performance under Dr. Peter Bouffard.
He has experience playing with Jazz groups, performing solo guitar in Jazz and other styles, Vocal Jazz Groups, Large Jazz Ensembles, Guitar Ensembles, Metal bands, Funk Bands, Blues Bands, and Worship Music
Cameron Shoemaker - Percussion, Guitar, Ukulele, Recording
Crystal Dunning - Voice
Originally from Louisiana, Crystal is currently finishing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Prior to her studies at UNL, she graduated with honors from Northwestern State University of Louisiana where she majored in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Fine and Performing Arts. While finishing her bachelor's, she taught voice at the L.P. Vaughan School of Fine Arts. In addition to her passion for performing and teaching, she also has a love for arts administration. For the past four summers, she has worked in Michigan for the internationally recognized art organization, Interlochen Center for the Arts, working behind the scenes to plan workshops, classes, and camps for Interlochen’s adult audience.
Since moving to Nebraska, Crystal has enjoyed being a part of the Nebraska community, and she looks forward to being fully immersed in the arts culture. During her spare time, she loves to cook, read, and explore her new Nebraskan home.