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 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 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.
Matt Keeler, guitar, banjo, mandolin
Matt Keeler has ten years experience teaching music in the Catholic schools of Putnam County. He has taught private guitar and saxophone lessons for nearly twenty years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Bluffton University (’99) and a Masters degree in musicology (ethnomusicology) from Bowling Green State University (’05).
As a performer, Matt specializes in traditional country blues and ragtime guitar styles, but he also plays numerous folk instruments, including Irish tenor banjo, mandolin, bagpipes, and hurdy gurdy. His band, Blues Reveler (www.bluesreveler.weebly.com) performs regularly at seasonal festivals and special events, and can be found on Facebook.
As a church musician, Matt leads the LifeTeen praise and worship band at St. Anthony’s Catholic church in Columbus Grove and contributes musically to various area services, including Leipsic St. Mary’s school masses and Sunday services at his home church, St. John’s Mennonite in Pandora.
Matt currently lives in Ottawa, OH with his four children, Anna, Jack, Isaiah, and Mick, and his wife, Jennifer.
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.
Maria Rusu, violin, viola, cello
A native of Romania, born in Brasov on December 3rd 1992, Maria Rusu comes from a family of musicians. Her mother, Teodora Rusu, was her violin and viola professor since she was six years old. Maria attended a music school for twelve years. Before going to college, she studied at Liceul de Muzica "Tudor Ciortea" in Brasov. Miss Rusu is currently a dean’s list senior at Bowling Green State University, College of Musical Arts. She collaborates with more than ten orchestras in Ohio and Michigan, both as section viola and principal violist.
Maria Rusu had the honor to play in master classes for Sheila Browne, Daniel Strba, Michael Larco, and Anne Lanzilotti. Maria is currently playing in Lima Symphony orchestra and Michigan Philharmonic, where she will play the entire 2013-2014 season as section viola. Also, she plays in Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra as the principal violist since 2011, her freshman year. At the age of eight, Maria had the opportunity to play with the Brasov Philharmonic as a violin soloist.
During her free time, Maria loves to sing jazz. Her uncle, Romeo Cozma (jazz composer & pianist) was her main jazz inspiration. She had many opportunities to record and sing in venues such as Degage Jazz Café (Maumee, Ohio), Zinful (Waterville, Ohio) and College of Musical Arts Building (Bowling Green, Ohio).
Maria Rusu is currently playing on a viola made in Strasbourg, France by Theodor Ligier.
Meredith Bixel, violin, cello, piano
Meredith Bixel is currently a senior at Bowling Green State University studying to receive a bachelors degree in music education with a general classroom specialization. Though piano is her primary instrument, Meredith enjoys teaching and playing viola. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional women's fraternity, as well as a Music Ambassador, which assists incoming students on audition and preview days, and has been on the Dean's List every semester since enrolling at BGSU. In March 2012, she was honored to be able to perform MacDowell's Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. As well as performing, Meredith enjoys reading and gardening.
Scott Parnell, guitar
Scott Parnell graduated from The College of Wooster in 1995 with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, Guitar Performance. In 1997 he obtained a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance from Bowling Green State University. Scott is currently the guitar instructor at Bluffton University, Adrian College, and The Perrysburg Music Center. During the summer he also teaches a Rock School program in Perrysburg.
Scott teaches all levels of guitar in Rock, Jazz and Classical. He has a lot of experience teaching beginners of all ages. He has played in many musical groups in many different genres including, rock, jazz, classical, reggae, funk and musical theatre. Scott believes in organized teaching with clear goals and a plan to achieve these goals. His teaching philosophy and materials are based on the idea that students need a strong knowledge of the instrument to provide a solid foundation to pursue whatever style of music they desire.
Some of his Rock guitar influences are Jimi Hendrix, Alex Lifeson, Paul Gilbert, Toni Iomi, Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Gilmore and Carlos Santana. Some of his Jazz influences are Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Chris Buzzelli, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Some of his Classical guitar influences include Manuel Barrueco and Sharon Isbin.
Scott lives in Findlay, OH with his wife and two sons.
Abby Graber, art
Abby Graber is a junior graphic design and art student at Bluffton University. She is a lifelong Hoosier who grew up in and around Goshen. Over the years, Abby’s artistic expression has included collages, duct tape wallets, origami paper cranes, henna designs, crocheting, and any and all things creative. She exhibited many works of art (including photography) during her 10-year 4H career. She enrolled in every art class her high school offered. Her art accomplishments include the Scholastics Art American Vison Award (2011), Lion & Lamb Peace Art Award (2013) and the Award of Distinction at Bluffton’s 2014 Annual Student Art Show. Over the years, Abby has worked with children as a coaching assistant for elementary gymnastics camps and as a summer staff member at Camp Friedenswald. This past summer, she was a communications intern at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN.
Ariel Rall, art
Ariel Rall is a student at Bluffton University. Her major is in Graphic Design, with a minor in Art. Ariel took Art classes all through elementary and High School. She's also created artworks for her church. In High school, Ariel won Best of Show and 1st place awards from the Kewpee show in Lima, more than once! Ariel also received Best of show and 1st place awards for the Governor's show and the Hardin County Fair. Just recently, Bluffton had an Art Expo and she placed 1st in 2D design.
In her free time, Ariel draws, paints, reads, and enjoys being outside with her three dogs and little sister. She currently lives in Ada and works at Community Markets. She's very involved with McGuffey Church of Christ and also teaches Sunday School for kids when she can. Ariel has always loved working with kids and sharing her love of art!
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!
Celeste Stauber, piano, violin
Celeste Stauber is a recent Bluffton High School graduate, 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 17 years old, and recently graduated from 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.
Amy Warren, piano
Amy Warren is 16 years old and is a junior at Bluffton High School, where she is an honor student. She loves all kinds of music and is considering majoring in music in college.
Amy has played the flute and piccolo in marching band, concert band, and pep band. She was a section leader, and will be junior field commander this marching season. She achieved superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble contest in flute.
Amy loves to sing. She has been in choir, chamber choir, and show choir. She has obtained superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble contest for voice. She sang at “Lima’s Got Talent”, and in many school talent shows. She sang the opening solo at District III Honors Choir her eighth grade year, and was also selected to the choir her sophomore year.
Amy has been very active in drama club at BHS. She was in the play, “Born to Be Wild”, in the musical, “Alice in Wonderland”, and had a lead role in the musical, “Extra Extra”.
Amy has attended ONU summer music camp, and was recently awarded 2nd place in the ONU composition contest for her string piece, “Variations on a Dream”. Composing music has become a huge interest of hers. She won camp awards for outstanding choral conducting and outstanding string switchover. She has had some experience playing the violin, and is learning how to play the electric bass.
Amy is active in small groups and church, where she has taught Sunday School, performed flute, voice, and piano solos, and directed the Children’s Choir.
Amy has participated in Student Senate, Academic Team, Girl Scouts, Spanish Club, SADD, National Honor Society, and has been accepted into the Post-Secondary program at Bluffton University, where she is continuing her voice studies.
Amy was inspired to play the piano her freshman year of high school. With her broad music background, she is already playing such pieces as Mozart’s “Sonata in C”, and “Invention No. 2” by Bach, which she performed at Solo & Ensemble Contest her sophomore year, after just ten months of lessons at Krysti’s. She loves to play both classical and modern pieces, and has really developed a love of the piano. She is now teaching piano lessons to beginner students and trying to pass on her love of the piano to them.