Kacie is the founding and leading member of Albion West. She started playing piano at age 5, and though that remains her main instrument, guitar, drums, and singing/songwriting have come along with time. She studied Commercial Music at Indiana University – where she met Marissa (fact check in her bio) – and then moved to Chicago (where she met Jeremiah) to continue writing and making music. She created Albion West with the hopes of forming a musical community that wouldn’t just “write to write” but instead push to use music to break boundaries and really dig into the stories they tell.
Marissa is rarely found without a violin in hand. She has been shredding on the strings for 19 years and holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (where she first met and collaborated with Kacie). Marissa currently resides in the Steel City where she completed her Masters of Music in Violin Performance at Carnegie Mellon University and studies with Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Christopher Wu. When it comes to music, she loves every moment from the orchestra stage to the recording studio and every genre she meets along the way. If you can’t find Marissa in a practice room, look for her on top of a mountain or at the nearest sports complex where she is likely enjoying being active with family and friends.
Jeremiah de la Peña
Jeremiah was born in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in the northwest suburb of Palatine. At age 12, he started his journey in music playing orchestral percussion and drum set in school, continuing to take every opportunity to learn and perform through his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Coe College in 2019. From indie-rock and pop-punk bands, to jazz groups and Orchestra Iowa performances, or musical theatre runs and cabaret shows, Jeremiah enjoys spreading his interests across as many genres as possible. More recently, he collaborates with Chicago-based acts such as Danielle Juhre (soul/pop), Daniel Asher (indie-rock), and Blue Orbit Combo (jazz). Outside of music, you can find him either hanging with friends and family, in the kitchen cooking and trying out new recipes, on the mat staying active through yoga, or outside for a longboard ride in the fresh air.