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. She has studied with Gail Delente of Washington D.C. and Jules Gentil from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris; and has taken workshops with accompanists Nancy Revzen and John Wustman from U. of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She has worked as a freelance accompanist for 25 years in the St. Louis and Chicago metropolitan areas for many fine soloists, having also professionally worked with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis Chamber Chorus, Windfire- flute and percussion with John and Paula Kasica, and the St. Louis Conservatory and Webster University as staff accompanist. Ms. Schaaf’s work with children has included choir direction and music teaching at a school for gifted children in Chicago and she has taught piano privately for 20 years, developing students to college level. As part of her function as Music Director of New Covenant Church, she led choirs and orchestras, writing and arranging music for various settings, including several musicals. 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.
Charity received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where she studied piano, harpsichord, organ, and jazz. She was a recipient of the prestigious Johnetta Haley Scholarship. She currently is a middle school music teacher at L’Ouverture Middle School, in the St. Louis Public School District. She is working on a Masters in Education at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Currently, she is studying piano under Alla Voskoboynikova.
Lydia grew up as a Missionary Kid in Papua New Guinea. She began playing piano at the age of 8 and clarinet when she was 10 as part of a band program at a mission based international school. She continued playing and singing in an active music program there until she finished high school and taught piano her last two years of high school before moving back to the United States to attend college. She graduated from Taylor University in Indiana with a B.M. in Music Performance in Clarinet, studying under Dr. Christopher Bade, and a piano minor under the direction of Kathy Grile. In 2008 she was awarded the Presser Scholarship in recognition of music and academic excellence. Lydia has been teaching piano and clarinet privately in the St. Louis area for over 10 years. She enjoys playing with community bands and ensembles in church and around St. Louis. She has a great love and interest in music from around the world and enjoys incorporating that diversity wherever possible.
Doris Lam was born in Hong Kong and began playing the piano at age of 6. She has recevied her BA (Hons) in music with emphasis in music theory and analysis in 1999, from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). She has earned certifications of Grade 8 Piano and Music theory from Royal School of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity Guildhall (ATCL). After she graduated, she kept her piano study with Mr. Khong Wing-Yin. Her passion of music motivated her to get involved in different music activities. While she was still in Hong Kong, she earned first runner-up in high school music competition. She has been a piano accompanist in churches for their choir’s. She was a choir member of HKBU, and earned awards from international choir competitions in Europe. She conducted a children’s choir and church choir for a couple years after she graduated.
Brass, Drums & Percussion, Piano, Music Theory & Composition
Gregory Winchell holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from The Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts at Oklahoma Baptist University. Prior to completing advanced study in music theory, music composition/arranging, and choral conducting, he studied Applied Trumpet in the studio of Mr. Dan Francis, past Principal Trumpet with the Oklahoma City Symphony. Gregory has also completed postgraduate study in education philosophy and methods specific to music education. He has over 40 years of performance and teaching experience with numerous vocal groups, instrumental ensembles, and as a vocal and instrumental soloist. Mr. Winchell is an ordained pastor and an experienced Music/Worship Director. For the past 20 years he has served in a variety of positions with New Covenant Church of St. Louis, MO, currently bringing his leadership to a team of 15 musicians and technicians in the area of Audio-Visual Arts. He is a published songwriter and has worked with church musicians throughout the US as a teaching clinician in the area of ensemble performance and congregational worship etiquette. Mr. Winchell is a Steinway approved Piano Technician, presently providing piano maintenance as the staff technician for The Innsbrook Institute, the University of Missouri St. Louis Music Department, The Touhill Performing Arts Center, and The Saint Louis Ballet. He is a teaching member of the Music Department at DaySpring School of the Arts in Maryland Heights, MO, specializing in beginning instrumental music students.
Oboe, Flute, and Piano
Joy is a music educator and performer who plays oboe, piano, and flute. She earned her High School diploma from the world renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, received her Bachelor's in music from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and completed a Master's in Education at Xavier University. She has 15 years of combined classroom and music teaching experience. Joy has been privileged to study oboe with Jan Parkes (local St. Louis teacher), Daniel Stolper (Interlochen Arts Academy), and Sarah Lambert Bloom (Univ. of Cincinnati).
Currently, Joy is the choir accompanist and oboe/flute soloist at St. Martins Episcopal Church. She has also maintained a successful home studio for the past eight years. In addition, Joy plays oboe with the St. Charles Community College Orchestra. She is passionate about helping students develop effective practice habits that improve technique and enhance critical thinking skills. Joy is eager to share her love for music with students of all ages and abilities, including those with special needs.
Huiyun Liang is a D.M.A. candidate in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina (USC), and holds a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was a recipient of a full graduate assistantship in teaching class piano and accompanying at USC from 2013-2016. She also taught piano lessons and group classes for students of all ages and levels at the USC community music program. Her students have received outstanding results in the South Carolina Music Teachers Association’ district and state auditions and Royal Conservatory Music examinations. She served as a vice president of MTNA Collegiate Chapter at USC from 2016-2017. Huiyun has studied piano with Dr. Janice Wenger and Dr. Joseph Rackers, and chamber music with Prof. Phillip Bush.
Formerly involved in the production of numerous TV programs and concerts in China, Huiyun moved to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a musician in 2011. She has established herself as a pianist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Huiyun has given solo recitals in the U.S. as well as in her hometown, Wuhan, China. As a chamber musician, she performed at the 2017 Vianden Festival in Luxembourg. Featured as “Emerging Piano Pedagogue” by Hong Kong Commercial Daily, Huiyun is also actively presenting at American national conferences, including Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference, National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), and Piano Pedagogy Symposium. Her pedagogical article on music memory has been awarded and published by Clavier Companion in 2015. Aimed to maximize students’ learning outcomes, her dissertation focuses on video modeling in piano teaching. Huiyun is very motivated to share her passion and experience with the music community in St. Louis.
Cindy Graeler is an accomplished pianist and teacher with experience both as a private piano and bassoon teacher as well as a classroom music teacher. She received her BME in Music Education from the University of Missouri in 2009 and recently graduated with a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, studying with Dr. Jane Magrath. Cindy began giving lessons while at the University of Missouri and has enjoyed the opportunity to teach students of all ages (5-75) and all levels. When in Oklahoma, she gained experience teaching group piano classes and private lessons to more advancing college students. Since moving to St. Louis, Cindy continues to put her love of music to use in a variety of ways; maintaining a private studio, teaching adjunct group lessons at St. Louis Community College, and performing each Sunday at Kirkwood Baptist Church.