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About Us

Centrally Rooted was founded by Callie FitzGerald. Her belief is that growth, exploration, and supported discovery of self encourages the positive development of mental health. Stemming from a moral idea of self love being critical to happiness, the hope is to offer a safe and supportive community with multiple avenues of expression to grow and learn.

Donations

Centrally Rooted humbly and gratefully accepts any donations to help promote our mission and support our scholarship fund.

 

Centrally Rooted is operating as a non-profit (501(c)3)). 

If you are making a donation greater than $250 and hope to seek a donation letter for tax purposes, please contact Callie. Thank you for your contribution!

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Meet the Team

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Callie FitzGerald

Founder, CEO, & Teacher

is a board certified music therapist and the founder of Mindful Musicians. She has degrees in music education, vocal performance, and music therapy. She is as equally fascinated with neuroanatomy as she is with psychology and self-growth. Through her lens of neurologic music therapy and her life experiences that have taught the importance of self-love, she has created this program base and has big visions for what is to come.

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Brion Bowman

Rooted Lessons Manager & Teacher

Piano & Voice

is a self-taught pianist and has been performing since childhood. In high school, Brion was actively involved in Musical Theater, Iowa All-State Choir, and Song Composition & Audio Engineering. He attended The School Of Music Vocations located in Creston, Iowa. He was selected to be a music camp advisor/demonstrator, where he discovered his love of educating. Now, he is honing his skills as a Private Music Instructor at Centrally Rooted & as a local solo performer.

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Jill Klinebriel

Program Coordinator & Mindful Musicians Teacher

began studying the piano at the age of 5 and hasn’t taken a break since! She studied classical piano performance at Michigan State University and earned her degree in musical theater performance from Western Michigan University. Jill has performed and taught in educational and community circuits in New York City, Montgomery Alabama, and the tri-state area since 2002. Jill is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dubuque and music directs “kids take the stage” summer series at the Bell Tower theater.

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Megan Gloss

Yoga & Rooted Lesson Teacher

Voice 

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Naomi Noel

Rooted Lessons Teacher

Piano, Voice, Percussion, Saxophone, Guitar, Ukulele, Flute

began her yoga journey at the encouragement of a friend and fellow musician in 2016 at B-1 Yoga in Dubuque. A longtime opera singer with local and regional ties to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Madison Opera, she noticed an almost immediate shift in her vocal performance and, with piqued curiosity, decided to explore this new dynamic and its correlation to her instrument. As COVID-19 put the kibosh on much of her scheduled performances in 2020, it also created space for her to complete her Yoga Teacher Training. Megan has since authored multiple articles on the connection between yoga and music for Classical Singer magazine. Teaching at B-1 Yoga, Megan can be found leading traditional vinyasa classes, as well as helping yogis settle into a deep and meditative candlelight yin practice. When not on her mat or on stage, she also is the features editor at the Telegraph Herald, where she covers all things arts and culture, as well as oversees Her magazine.

was born and raised around Dubuque, Iowa and has been involved with music since the age of 8, when she started piano lessons. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School, and is currently pursuing a degree in music education at Clarke University. Beyond piano, Naomi began flute lessons at age 10, started guitar and ukulele around age 11, took up electric bass, tenor saxophone and percussion throughout high school. She was pit section leader in marching band and concert band first chair flute section leader. Naomi actively participates in all instrumental ensembles at Clarke University, playing flute in Wind Ensemble; tenor saxophone, bass, and piano in Jazz; and double bass in Orchestra. Naomi enjoys sharing her love of music with others and cannot wait to be a future educator of music.

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Joe Klinebriel

Drama teacher

has been a professor of Drama at Clarke University since 2002. Klinebriel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has taught all performance-based courses as part of the Drama and Musical Theatre program and has also directed a combined total of more than 50 productions for the both the Dubuque community and Clarke University. Additionally, Klinebriel has performed at the HERE Theatre in NYC, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Heartland Festival in Platteville, Wisconsin, The Barn Theater in Michigan, and locally in Dubuque.

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Justin McDermott

Dance & Drama Teacher

is a theatre artist, teacher, choreographer and coach currently based in Madison, Wisconsin. He developed a love for theatre/dance at a young age and always knew he wanted to pursue a career in the industry. Justin graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Theatre for Youth. While attending UNI, he was involved with TheatreUNI, UNI Student Theatre Association, Interpreters Theatre, and Orchesis Dance Company. Throughout his career, he has had the privilege of performing/choreographing for several different theatre companies in the Midwest and has also sailed the seas while performing onboard Disney Cruise Line. Justin strives to help individuals find new ways to express themselves through the art of theatre, music, and dance. He cannot wait to bring this opportunity to Centrally Rooted!

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Luke Boyle

Rooted Lessons Teacher

Guitar

has lived in the Peosta, Iowa area all his life. He has been playing guitar since he was nine years old. Attending his first live rock concert (Fall Out Boy) inspired him to start lessons. He also played percussion in the Drexler Middle School band for 4 years, participating in multiple ensembles and concerts. Outside of school, Luke has played guitar in multiple concerts including at The Smokestack in Dubuque and the Galena Center For The Arts.  He also plays the drum kit and bass guitar. Luke plans to participate in the Western Dubuque Jazz Band throughout high school and to create music with his own rock band. Through lessons, Luke hopes to inspire a love for the guitar in others similar to what he possess.

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Dan Caraway

Rooted Lessons Teacher

Adult Guitar 

 is a musician and teacher living in Dubuque Iowa. He began playing guitar at 9 and started studying classical guitar in college. He subsequently studied with several of the region’s best classical guitarists and began teaching professionally in 1993 offering private and class instruction at Grinnell College, Cornell College, Iowa City Guitar Foundation, Dubuque Guitar School, as well as various after-school programs.

He has performed here and abroad with various classical, folk and popular groups on guitar,  7-String guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and voice. He has several recording credits on 7-String and classical guitars.