About Us

Our Founding Principles

Virtu.Academy was built to deliver conservatory quality, one-on-one music lessons to students around the world. Our online video platform connects students, of all ages, to the highest quality musicians from top music conservatories in the world, including Juilliard, The Manhattan School of Music, Paris Conservatory, and Oberlin.

Our mission is to make high quality music lessons accessible to everyone, no matter their location or financial situation.

Our Founders

BEN STEGER is graduate from Oberlin College and Conservatory where he studied trumpet performance and biochemistry. Ben has been teaching trumpet for over 9 years and playing music since he was 5 years old. Before working as the co-founder of Virtu.Academy, Ben studied business development and worked as a medical research fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

BRYAN RUBIN is a graduate from Oberlin College, where he studied environmental studies and politics. While at Oberlin, Bryan was the Photo Editor for the school newspaper, The Oberlin Review, a member of Oberlin College’s Office of Environmental Sustainability media team, and a Communications photographer and videographer. Prior to working as the co-founder of Virtu.Academy, Bryan was a fellow at The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Multimedia.

Our Advisors

Virtu.Academy is supported by a talented team of advisors with invaluable business experience helping us achieve our mission.

GARY A. BOLLES is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of work and the future of learning. As Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, he leads the organization’s efforts to empower a global community with the mindset, skillset, and network to create an abundant future of work and learning.As a partner in the boutique consulting agency Charrette LLC, he helps clients to identify and understand trends affecting their organizations and markets, often through strategic conferences, innovation consulting, strategy design charrettes, and collaborative initiatives.Bolles has served as a strategic consultant and visiting lecturer for clients such as Google, Intel, the New Zealand Government, and the United Nations. He has also co-founded a variety of conferences and strategic initiatives.

TIM HURSON is a speaker, writer and creativity theorist living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was educated at The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, and went to college at Oberlin College in Ohio.Tim was a founding partner of Manifest Communications, a company focussed on social change strategy. He developed a problem-solving technique known as the ThinkX Productive Thinking Model, a six-step process that builds on the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process, combining it with more rigorous engineering-based techniques such as IDEF.Hurson is a founding director of Facilitators Without Borders, a faculty member of the conference of the Creativity European Association. and co-founder of Mindcamp. He is a founding board member of Oberlin College's LaunchU Entrepreneurship bootcamp.

TARA GILBOA is a Learning Experience Designer based in Boulder, Colorado. She has worked in K-12, Higher Education, and with local startups to design and instruct unique learning experiences. She founded Boulder Learning Design LLC and the Learning Experience Design Colorado MeetUp in 2017. She is now a Learning Lead at Noodle Partners, managing key stakeholders including instructional design firms, faculty course designers, anduniversity teaching & learning staff throughout the development and implementation of online graduate degree programs.