I could not be more thrilled to announce that Chris Medici, our friend and brother in music, is taking on the role of President and General Manager of Altered Stage.

It’s a non-brainer decision for us. If you know or have only casually met Chris you know that he is the breathing embodiment of our club. His warmth, creativity, passion for music, and genuine love for the club has been an immeasurable part of who we are today since he joined as one of our three original members. As we evolve to help people live music everyday in today’s virtual-hybrid world, Chris will drive smart growth in a way that I know will maintain our soul.

To my very close friend and brother, congrats and thank you!

With love and in music,




Altered Stage, the first and only private club for recreational musicians in the U.S., has named Chris Medici president and general manager. In this role, Medici will lead the club’s continued transformation into a national club that combines online programming and community-connecting events along with its brick-and-mortar offering in Chicago’s West Loop. 

Altered Stage provides a perpetual music experience for recreational musicians of all musical skill levels, from absolute beginners to advanced players. Through its unique online and in-person programming, community of like-minded music lovers, and its talented and approachable instruction staff, Altered Stage helps people along with and provides a platform for the musical journey they define. From daily online social and instructional events, monthly gigs, recording and publishing services, and both in-studio and virtual lessons, Altered Stage enables non-professional musicians to make music a part of their everyday lives. Medici had never played a musical instrument of any kind until age 50 when he joined Altered Stage as one of its five charter members.

“Chris has been with us as a member from the start and has truly been one of the pillars on which our community is built. Beyond his experience managing teams and delivering results, he embodies the soul of Altered Stage and what the club represents,” said Jeff Bergau, the club’s co-founder. “The programming and instruction we brought from our studio to our community online has made a huge difference in the mental well-being and the feeling of connectedness amongst our members. It was a natural next step to expand our membership offering beyond Chicagoland and Chris was the obvious choice to lead the club in this next chapter.”

“Being a member of Altered Stage is a life-changing experience,” said Medici. “It transformed me from a music fan to a music maker. I didn’t even know how to tune my guitar before joining Altered Stage but since taking lessons from our incredible instructors, I can now play, sing and even write my own music. And now I want to help others have a similar experience. We have an amazing team of instructors and a community of awesome musicians. Together, we can help anyone, anywhere achieve their musical dreams.” 

Medici joins Altered Stage after having run his own marketing consultancy for the past four years. Before starting his own firm, he held executive-level marketing positions for organizations including United Way of Rhode Island, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Bank of America (formerly FleetBoston Financial), and New England Gas Company. Medici received his B.A. in Philosophy and Western Civilization from Providence College, and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

About Altered Stage

Located at 657 W. Lake Street in Chicago’s West Loop, Altered Stage is a private club for recreational musicians of all skill levels, from absolute beginners to advanced players. By fostering a supportive and collaborative community, creating a collaborative studio and lounge space, and providing a unique and perpetual experience that takes music instruction and jamming to a whole new level, Altered Stage enables musical expression. By day, the club’s members are video game designers, commodity traders, insurance executives, tech wizards, consultants, and business owners, among other things: but by night, they’re rock stars. Altered Stage offers guitar, drum, bass, voice, and keyboard lessons to adults; yet, Altered Stage is more than just instruction. Making music with Altered Stage is a journey that’s tailored to each member’s goals, all the while providing a creative outlet for stress relief, personal growth and human social interaction. For more information visit www.alteredstage.com.

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