Clay is a senior at Elmhurst College, majoring in jazz studies with a minor in sound production and a certificate in piano pedagogy. He has been teaching since he started college in 2015, and is comfortable in group and private lesson settings. An avid performer, Clay has recently performed with well-known musicians such as Doc Severinsen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sean Jones, Ryan Truesdell, and Matt Wilson. As a member of the Elmhurst College Jazz Band, he has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Bohemian Jazz Festival in the Czech Republic, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. Clay has also been featured as a soloist with the Elmhurst Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a winner of the 2017 NAfME Honors Recital at Elmhurst College. Also a published writer and composer, his educational writing can be found in publications such as Chicago Jazz Magazine (July 2018), JazzEd (September 2018), and Downbeat Magazine (October 2018). He can be found on iTunes and Spotify as a member of the collaborative jazz fusion quartet Elysian Green. Clay is presenting a recital of all original compositions and arrangements, which will be performed at Elmhurst College this fall.
"I am so grateful to have my children taking piano lessons from Clay Corso through Lessons by Brooke. My daughter started her lessons 2 years ago and she's learned so much. Clay has a terrific way of capturing her attention and making her lessons. She plays in recitals in the most special of locations....senior citizen homes, parks, even a piano concert hall in Chicago. What lessons this teaches her about working hard and practicing and getting on a stage and giving something your all. Now my son has just started lessons with Clay and I plan to start my lessons soon too. We just think the world of Clay and Brooke for running such a terrific program."
- Kate B.