Betsey Karako


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. Since the summer of 2014, she has 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.

Gaia Schellman

Violin, Viola

Gaia Schellman has been playing violin for over 25 years. As a child, she started violin to be just like her big brother, but quickly discovered that she had a talent and a love of music all her own. Gaia took private violin lessons from the age of 9 and often competed in concerto contests, district and state competitions, and as a senior in high school was invited to be a member of the University of Kansas Symphonic Orchestra. In college, Gaia continued to pursue her love for music and studied violin performance at The University of Kansas with professor Ben Sayevich. She played in many orchestras, small ensembles, and performed professionally in the Kansas City area as part of Amani Strings for almost 10 years. While at KU, Gaia also discovered a passion for teaching! She graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Education, cum laude, and worked as a certified music teacher and string specialist for the Lawrence, Kansas School District. Gaia has taught violin and orchestra professionally for over 17 years in both public, private, and homeschool settings. She moved to the St. Louis area almost 2 years ago with her four children and husband of 17 years. Gaia enjoys teaching students of all ages, and truly loves helping them connect with and express themselves through music.

Bailey Salinero


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Gary Lee


Gary Lee is a private cello teacher and freelance musician. He earned his MM in Cello Performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and his BM in Cello Performance (cum laude) from Illinois Wesleyan University. His teachers include Yuan Tung, Robert Luke, Gordon Robson, and Karl Lear. His education includes training in chamber music, orchestral repertoire, contemporary music ensemble, and early music ensemble. Other instruments studied include piano and bass viola da gamba. He was a member of Missouri All-State Orchestra in the first three years of its existence, seated principal cello his senior year.

 Active as a freelance musician in both Missouri and Illinois, Gary is principal cellist and librarian of the Alton Symphony Orchestra. He is a cellist in the Landolfi String Quartet, Richard Wappel Trio, and Gateway Festival Orchestra. He has played as extra cellist for Town & Country Symphony, Florissant Valley Symphony, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, and other area ensembles. He has played as a member or extra for various Illinois and Missouri orchestras. He has played in ensembles for touring musicians, most recently Classic Albums Live!, Bernadette Peters, and Amy Grant with Michael W. Smith.

Gary is a member of Musicians' Association of St. Louis (AFM Local 2-197), Suzuki Association of the Americas, American String Teachers Association, and Viola da Gamba Society of America. He was recently honored with the Outstanding Studio Educator 2016 Award from the American String Teachers Association, Missouri Chapter.

Kevin Ginty


Kevin Ginty is an active classical guitarist, teacher, and arts administrator in the St. Louis community. After completing both a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance, and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Florida State University, he moved to St. Louis to take the helm as Executive Director of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society. Kevin believes the moment a student of any age realizes they can convey something with music is magical. As a private

teacher, he strives to create opportunities for musical moments from the very first lesson, and every lesson after that.

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