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.
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.
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.