Krysti Schey, piano

Krysti (Groman) Schey, piano teacher, is the co-owner of Krysti's Music Studio. Krysti received her masters of music in piano performance/piano pedagogy from Bowling Green State University in 2010.  As a graduate assistant at BGSU, Krysti taught class piano.  Schey obtained her bachelors degree in music with concentrations in piano performance, piano pedagogy, and music business from Bluffton University in 2008.  

Krysti began taking piano lessons at the age of 7, and has been teaching private lessons since high school in 2001.  A member of Music Teacher’s National Association, Schey regularly attends national and regional pedagogy conferences. In 2008 Schey received the MTNA Student Achievement Award for her efforts and promise in private teaching.  In 2011, Krysti became the OhioMTA Independent Music Teacher's Forum (IMTF) Chair. 
Besides a full schedule of students,  Schey plays piano for weddings and banquets, and performs regularly with 5 Myles High, a jazz combo, and plays piano and guitar at Rockport United Methodist Church on Sunday mornings.   She currently resides in Bluffton, Ohio with her husband, Phil Schey, and their cats Whitney and Everett.   

Philip Schey, piano, voice, theory/composition

Philip Schey, co-owner of Krysti's Music Studio, is a performer, arranger, piano tuner, and a teacher of piano, composition, and vocal lessons. Schey obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Bluffton University in 2009.

Philip started taking piano lessons during the first grade and has been playing since, and Schey's main emphasis in college was in voice. Phil has been teaching private lessons since 2006. Phil is a member of Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) and received the MTNA Student Achievement Award for private teaching. 
Besides teaching privately, Phil tunes pianos, plays for weddings and banquets, and performs regularly with 5 Myles High, a jazz combo. Phil is the worship leader at Rockport United Methodist Church, where he and Krysti attend. Phil enjoys arranging and transcribing musical pieces ranging from sacred hymns to movie soundtracks and video game background scores.  He resides with his wife, Krysti Schey, in Bluffton, Ohio.

Karis Badertscher, piano

Karis Badertscher is a graduate of Bluffton University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a business concentration. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 8, began playing for church at the age of 15, and began teaching piano at the age of 17.

Karis has played for events and weddings, and accompanied choirs, voice classes and private studio lessons.  Karis has also been the rehearsal and performance accompanist for musicals at Bluffton University and area high schools. Karis enjoys teaching students of all ages, and strives to build on the unique musical talent in each student. She also creates a learning atmosphere that is both fun and challenging in each and every lesson.

Karis currently works for a human resource company, and is a co worship leader at Lima Community Church of the Nazarene, where she sings and plays piano and keyboards for services. She currently resides in Bluffton Ohio with her husband Ryan Badertscher.

Kevin Farmer, guitar









Kevin Farmer is a guitarist, teacher, instructor, and active performer on both guitar and bass guitar. He is a 2008 graduate from Bluffton University with a Bachelors of Arts (B.A) degree in music with a business concetration. He is currently working on obtaining his full-time teaching licensure in the state of Ohio, while also working towards a Master's degree in Music. 

As a guitarist, Kevin has been playing since he was 14. He started playing bass guitar, and a few months later started playing guitar as well. Since then, he has performed many different types of music on both these two instruments. Kevin has been performing in musical orchestras, church services, and private concerts since 2004, and is active in the local musical community. Kevin serves as the worship leader at Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Bluffton, Ohio where he works to plan the music for the services, leads the congregational singing, plans special music and directs the choir.

In 2005, Kevin also expanded to teaching guitar to students of all ages and ability levels. He has taught over 20 students from ages 6 to 45. Kevin's distinctive teaching style and lesson structure ensures that all students' lessons are individualised, personal, and inspirational. His determination to ensure that every student not only learnes the notes on the page but also learns to love playing them makes his guitar lessons second-to-none. His philosophy that encouraging words are more effective than negative words means  every student can learn in a nurturing environment.

Kevin is married to Kristyn Kirchner.

 Rebekah Ricker, clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, piano, voice

Rebekah Ricker is a 2010 graduate of Bluffton University, where she completed a bachelors degree in Music Education, with an emphasis in Piano. Rebekah has been playing piano since the age of five, clarinet since the age of nine and has studied flute, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon during her high school and college career. Rebekah has performed with the Lima Area Concert Band for the past three seasons. 

Rebekah loves to interact with the younger students, and with three young children  of her own, has learned many creative ways to keep them interested!  She believes that every student should be taught to appreciate music and identify which style of music speaks to them and drives their desire to learn.

Rebekah lives with her husband, Shaun; three children: Nadia, Zan, and Liam; and two dogs in Spencerville, Ohio.


Rachel Pinkney, violin, cello

Rachel Pinkney began playing the cello at the age of 13 and three years later won her first concerto competition affording her the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in her hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with Norman Fischer and her Master of Music from the University of Minnesota where she studied cello with Tanya Remenikova and chamber music with Margo Garrett.

Ms. Pinkney toured with the Minnesota Opera Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota before winning a regular position with The El Paso Symphony in Texas. She has maintained an active freelance career as a recitalist and chamber musician traveling throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. She has been a soloist with the El Paso Symphony, The New Mexico Symphony, The University of Minnesota Orchestra, and most recently with the Wayne State University Orchestra in Detroit, Michigan.

Ms. Pinkney has performed in master classes with Robert deMaine, Marcy Chanteaux, Timothy Eddings, Jorgen Jensen, Laurence Lesser and Mstilav Rostropovich, and was a participant in the 2008 Madison Summer Cello Institute hosted by famed Israeli cellist Uri Vardi. She also plays with an American folk band, Junior Hot Cell, whose recordings can be found on the Earth Orbit label.

Ms. Pinkney is currently a lecturer in music at Ohio Northern University where she has worked since 2002, and she is assistant principal cellist for the Lima Symphony. She plays regularly with the Toledo Symphony and the Windsor Symphony in Ontario, Canada.

Besides actively pursuing her musical career she recently returned to school to begin working on a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She lives in Ada, Ohio with her husband and two children.


Mandy Huston, art

Mandy Huston is a recent graduate of Bluffton University. She was an art major, graphic design minor, and the Distinguished Scholar in Studio Art of her graduating class! Mandy studied a wide range of mediums and specialized in painting and ceramic sculpting. In her free time, she enjoys drawing cartoons, reading, writing, and being outside. She lives southeast of Findlay, Ohio.

Victoria Watkins, art

Victoria Watkins is a senior at Bluffton University studying art education. She is twenty years old and has had a great amount of experience in the art field as well as working with children. Victoria has been a teacher at the Dewald Community Center a learning program during the summer in her home town of Mansfield, Ohio. Watkins has also been a Sunday school teacher at Hilltop Community Church. She is the second oldest of five kids in her family so she has had plenty of babysitting experience! She has also received art recognition, scholarships, and awards. Victoria is very passionate about working with children and bestowing to them a desire to grow in their artwork!

Student Teachers


Celeste Stauber, piano, violin

Celeste Stauber is a junior at Bluffton High School and has been playing the violin for 5 years. She is a member of the Lima Area Youth Orchestra and Bluffton High School Orchestra. Celeste has taken piano lessons for 6 years and has been teaching herself to play guitar. She enjoys singing and playing the violin with her friends. Celeste is a member of Drama Club and Art Club. She is an Honor Roll student. Celeste has also been taking dance lessons for 8 years.


Courtney Barnett, piano

Courtney Barnett is 16 years old, and is a junior in High School. Besides playing piano, she also enjoys to run and sing. In school she participates in choir, band, school plays and musicals, as well as track and cross country. One of Courtney's most prominent strengths is her positive attitude and encouraging words. She has been taking lessons from Krysti for almost 5 years, ever since she moved to Ohio. Courtney has lived in 3 different states: Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio.

Courtney Barnett is 16 years old, and will soon be a junior in High School. Among playing piano, she also enjoys to run and sing. In school she participates in choir, band, school plays and musicals, as well as track and cross country. One of Courtney's most prominent strengths is her positive attitude and encouraging words. She has been taking lessons from Krysti for almost 5 years, ever since she moved to Ohio. Courtney has lived in 3 different states: Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio.