Staff Bios


Robert Heid – Founder and Executive Producer

As co-founder of ETC over 40 years ago, Bob has been directly involved in every aspect of its development. As a graduate of Kent State University, school teacher, experienced producer, and father of two former ETC performers, the organization has been a major part of his adult life.

 Henry Zuchegno – Associate Director

Henry Zuchegno, an Akron native has been involved with ETC since 1995.  He was the chairperson for the All Americans for 9 years and has been Associate Director since 2001.   Henry was involved with music and dance for many years.  He was active in Goodyear Musical Theater and was a theater major at Akron University and took dance lessons from Jean Shepherd and McCardle’s Dance Studios.   Henry has always worked with children.  He was a coach of the Little Rascals at Fairlawn Lanes for 8 years while his children were younger and then came to ETC once his children got involved.  He watched his two children, Patrick and Kim as well as his two step daughters, Renee and Katie grow and mature in their own musical talents.   As Associate Director, Henry or Mr. Z as he is know by all the kids, has kept busy with making sure ETC is in the public eye.

 Robert Sabree – General Manager

Robert was a nine year member of ETC from 1997-2005. He was also a dance captain for the Main Street Singers in 2004 and 2005. After ETC he went on to receive a bachelors in Psychology with a minor is Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State he stayed involved with music as a member of the Men’s Glee Club and Symphonic choir. After graduating, Robert moved to Chicago and received his masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While in school he kept up with ETC and show choir, continuing to attend show choir competitions and staying active in the show choir world. If you have any questions on ETC feel free to e-mail him at Robert.Sabree@etcheidsschoolofmusicalarts.com

  Rebecca Sabree–  All Americans Musical Director

An alumnae of Teays Valley Prominent Rendition, Rebecca Sabree is no stranger to show choir. During her three years in PR, the group won numerous caption awards and over 10 Grand Championships & performed in a cruise ship, at Disney World, and in NYC. Rebecca herself won multiple solo competitons and Best Female soloist awards through out her show choir career.

Rebecca received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Miami University in 2009. While at Miami, she participated in Collegiate Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Miami University Opera Theatre. Rebecca student taught in Fairfield City Schools where she taught under Mr. Jeff Clark and worked extensively with their mixed show choir, Choraliers. After graduation, Rebecca worked as the Education Coordinator for a small opera company in New Jersey for a year and a half before returning to Ohio to start teaching. She has been teaching for the past seven years, five of which have been high school choir. She is so excited to direct the All Americans!

 Chad C. Kendall – Rouge, Main Street Singers, and New Generation Musical Director

Chad C. Kendall went to Kent State University and Studied Choral Music Education. He has been playing piano since 1993, has been singing since 1996, and has been teaching privately since 2007 Mr. Kendall was one of 50 to be called back for the role of Simba in Broadway’s The Lion King in 2013. He has also been in productions of “The Wizard of Oz,” “I Pagliacci,” and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as King Triton in 2016 and as Sebastian in 2017. Mr. Kendall is a former cheerleader for the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers! Chad is a choral music arranger and performer. Mr. Kendall has directed Broadway Junior musicals for the last 5 years. His shows directed are: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s G2K “Cinderella,” Disney’s “Peter Pan JR.,” Disney’s “The Lion King JR.,” Disney’s “Aladdin JR.,” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast JR.” He is also on the board of trustees for Dynamics Community Theatre of Tallmadge.

 

 Tara Tober – Choreographer and Artistic Director for All Americans,  Rouge, and Main Street Singers, and New Generation

Tara Tober received her BA in Dance with a concentration in Jazz from the Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts. She is a nationally recognized freelance choreographer, clinician and competition adjudicator. Her creative work over the past 10 years has spanned hundreds of different high school and college performing ensembles throughout 13 states. She spent four years training and dancing in Chicago, where she was a principle dancer for the Dunco Funk Hip Hop Dance Company, and held internships with both the Gus Giordano Dance company and the Lou Conte Dance Studio – host of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Currently she resides in Akron, Ohio, where, in addition to her studio teaching, she serves as a lead instructor for ROAD (Reach Out and Dance), the largest dance outreach program in the state of Ohio. She also has worked in conjunction with the Cooperative Alliance of Medina Entertainment Organizations  (CAMEO) , an alliance of artists, educators and business professionals who provide artistic resources that create quality theatrical productions and artistic endeavors.

 Elizabeth Dimitrijevic  – New Generation Assistant Director 

  Stephen Spencer  – Instrumental Director for All Americans and Rouge

Stephen is a native of Ashtabula, OH and a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education (Instrumental Jazz emphasis). During his time at YSU he studied in the Trombone studio and was involved in several student organizations such as Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity where he served as their choir director. As a guitarist, Stephen has performed for various musical productions at YSU as well as the Youngstown Playhouse and Ashtabula Arts Center. Stephen is also former brass staff member of the Erie Thunderbirds Drum & Bugle Corps (Erie, PA) and has taught various local programs in his journey through the marching arts. In the summer of 2014, Stephen toured the U.S. with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (Canton, OH), recieving the silver medal in World Class finals. In 2015, he was a featured Baritone soloist in Notre Dame College Indoor Winds (South Euclid, OH) and in 2018, he received the gold medal in WGI Winds world class finals with Rhythm X (Dayton, OH) as their Trombone soloist. Stephen is currently an area substitute teacher and performs with his own original rock group East 9th which can be heard on Akron’s The Summit Radio.

 Jakob Bryson  – Assistant Instrumental Director for All Americans and Rouge, Instrumental Director for Main Street Singers

 Jacob Jay Jones – Assistant Choreographer for All Americans and Co-Choreographer for Rouge and Main Street Singers

Jacob is a proud member of the Actor Equity Association (AEA). He currently resides between Ohio and Orlando, Fl, where he has performed for the Central Florida Community Arts Ambassadors, the Encore Arts Co. and the Walt Disney World Company. There he is has performed for countless Disney magical parades and shows. Along with, multiple shows and events with the Star Wars Saga. He is also a Professional Dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings traveling around the world performing in their one of a kind Production Shows, and working with renoun directors like Tiger Martina (top Vegas choreographer), Eric Jordan Young (Broadway & Vegas Director and performer), and Patti Wilcox (Broadway Choreographer). When not traveling on a ship, Jacob is teaching and choreographing for dance studios, high schools, and holding his Audition Workshop across the Midwest.

 

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