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RICK THACKER


Owner & Luthier


The violin has been a part of Rick’s life since he started private lessons at age three. He later added the viola, and taught both for over a decade.

Rick played in many ensembles, most notably as Concertmaster for the Advanced Ensemble at Chicago School of Violin Making. In addition, he currently conducts multiple string ensembles of various abilities. He has received teacher training in the Suzuki Method and other pedagogy courses.

Rick's love for stringed instruments eventually consummated with his graduation from the Chicago School of Violin Making. He has built several fine instruments, including the violin he gifted to his wife, Elizabeth, on their wedding day. He has had the opportunity to do apprenticeships with AFVBM members, and VSA medal-winning luthiers.

Rick & Elizabeth’s passion is to “Share Joy through Music” by providing the best in instruments and music education to their community. Plum Grove is based around the belief that anyone and everyone can enjoy the gift of music.


ALEXIS THACKER


Vice President


Literally hundreds of children have benefited from Alexis’ understanding of how to make music education fun!

After studying classical piano for years and practicing for hours daily, she went on to study theory, music history, and pedagogy, receiving her certification through Ohio State University. She is also certified in pedagogy through the Ezekiel School of Music.

She ran a successful piano studio with over 60 students, taught general music in schools, and was a summer camp director before joining Plum Grove in 2014.

Her creativity has led her to invent many of her own motivations and competitions for the students. She challenges them to go beyond what they thought they could do.

The Plum Grove Education Center is a place that is alive and buzzing with excitement due to her special touch of fun on all the activities that take place.

Office Staff

PAM SWETS


Office Manager
Pam has worked in managing ranging from finances, homeschooling, and volunteer programs in the Church. She volunteered at Awana for their ministry services, small groups, and funerals. Pam was also a travel agent before giving her a vast repertoire of organizational skills. Aside from office managing at Plum Grove Music, Pam her and husband are owners of Team Combat Live Laser Tag.

MEGAN HENDRICKSON


Lessons Coordinator
Megan graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. During her tenure at Olivet she gained office experience as member of the admissions office. Megan was a member of the Olivet Nazarene Choir for three years as well as the Olivet Nazarene Symphony Orchestra. Megan has given private and group piano lessons through Olivet and also in the region.

ANTHONY WONAITIS


Director of Marketing
Anthony was placed on the Dean's list while obtaining his Bachelor's degree in music business from Lewis University. He has been apart of LWC Classical guitar ensemble and awarded the Andres Segovia Award. Anthony has also been apart of numerous ensembles throughout college such as Lewis University's Percussion Ensemble and Recording Ensemble. He has worked in the past doing marketing for record label Thrill Jockey Records as well as for his own recording studio. He has also in charge of teaching music programs involving Guitar and Ukulele.