EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NANCY SCHAAF

Nancy Schaaf received her formal education from Webster University, with a BM Ed. in Music Education and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Since 1992 she has worked as Director of DaySpring School of the Arts, having been a founder of the school. She continues to perform and teach piano & musical theater, having been on the piano faculty of the Masterworks Festival of the Performing Arts in Houghton, NY in 2000. In her involvement in the piano teaching community she has been Vice president of programming for SLAMTA for 4 years and is state treasurer of MMTA. She has been a founding member of the Maryland Hgts. Arts Commission, and has served as chairperson for 2 years. She lives in St. Louis with her 3 awesome children.

 

ADMINISTRATION

Kristy Schmittling

Finance Department

Kaetlin Lamberson

Outreach Coordinator | Programming Coordinator

Nancy Pfister

Front Desk Administrator

Dana Degnan

Producer | Front Desk Coordinator

Allen Moore

Building Manager

Katie Orr

Designer | Box Office Manager

Emma Pennycuick

Front Desk Administrator

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Shonda Gray

Academy Director

Betsey Karako

Music Department Head | Music Instructor

Elizabeth Karako is an active performer and teacher in the St. Louis area. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with high honors from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Master of Music in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. During the summers of 2014-2018, she served as a Unit Director and Associate Staff Director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. Elizabeth currently plays with the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra and is registered through the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Volumes 1-10 of the Violin School.

Dianne Mueller

South County Coordinator | Musical Theatre & Drama Instructor

Dianne Mueller studied theater at Kansas University and later graduated from the University of Missouri St Louis with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. After working for 10 years in the biochemistry field, Dianne retired and pursued her first love, theater. Dianne began teaching youth choirs in 2002 at Green Park Lutheran School and Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. Dianne also formed a youth drama group at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church and has organized and taught various theater camps. Dianne is very active in St. Louis community theater and is currently the Creative Director of Christ Memorial Productions. She also sits on the Board of Family Musical Theater. In her “spare” time she likes to build and create things. Some of her favorite types of creations are doll houses, gingerbread houses and as of now she is planning to tackle furniture construction.

Kaetlin Lamberson

Performing Arts Department Head

Kaetlin Lamberson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and minor in Political Science. At SEMO she served as President of University Dancers United and Senior Senator for the Holland College of Arts and Media. Here she was awarded the President’s Spirit of Southeast award and Outstanding Senior for Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. After graduation, Kaetlin worked with COCAedu for a summer internship, and began teaching dance in Columbia, Illinois. Because of a passion for Arts Advocacy, she currently serves as a board member with Missouri Citizens for the Arts and has for two years. In this time, she has attended many advocacy events at the local, state and national levels to advocate on behalf of the Missouri Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

Anjuli Kroon

Dance Department Head

Anjuli Kroon began dancing as a child at Twin Cities School of Dance in Bloomington, IL. There she studied ballet, tap, and jazz with Janet Heyslip-Streenz. During her teen years, she danced and choreographed with Orchesis Intercity Dance Company, studying ballet, jazz, modern, improvisation, and Graham technique with Laurie Merriman and Kim Neal Nofsinger. After high school Anjuli traveled and studied dance all over the country, in cities including Raleigh, Anchorage, Seattle, and Phoenix. She has studied dance at Meredith College, Anchorage Classical Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, Ballet Etudes, and Arizona State University. Some of the teachers and choreographers she worked with along her journey include Carol Finely, Peter DiMuro, Mary Lou Edwards, Michelangelo Canale, Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp, Carly Conder, Gregory Nuber, Elizabeth Johnson, Cynthia Roses-Thema, and others. Anjuli graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University. After college, she danced with H.Lab performance company, under the direction of Harper Piver, creating and performing collaborative modern dance works with integrated technology. Anjuli co-founded C3 Dance, a Phoenix based group providing dance education and experiences for youth, and partnering with Dance and the Child International. After moving to St. Louis, Anjuli danced and choreographed with Leverage Dance Theater, and has taught dance classes throughout the region. She is excited to join the Dayspring community!