Krysti Schey, NCTM, 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. In 2014 Krysti became Nationally certified as a piano instructor through MTNA.
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, their son "KC" and their cats Whitney and Everett.
Philip Schey, NCTM, 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. In 2014, Phil became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA.
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 and son in Bluffton, Ohio.
Matt Keeler, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more!
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 is a member of Music Teachers National Association.
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.
Jennifer Burkholder, piano
Amy Warren, piano, voice
Amy Warren is a graduate of Bluffton High School and is majoring in music at Bluffton University.
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.
Karis Badertscher, piano and voice
Karis Badertscher (Piano and Voice) began taking lessons at the age of 8, and has been teaching private lessons since 2002. Karis performed throughout high school and college in various music groups and churches, and accompanied high school and college classes, musicals and private lessons. Karis received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Business from Bluffton University.
When Karis is not teaching, she is playing keys and singing multiple nights each week with Shifferly Road Band (www.shifferlyroadband.com or on Facebook/Instagram) at many venues in Ohio, as well as leading worship at Movement Church in Findlay. Karis lives in Bluffton with her husband Ryan, their two Beagles and three cats.
Deb Niswander, piano
Deb is a graduate of Bluffton College with a degree in music education, with piano emphasis. Deb has over 40 years of experience as a piano teacher! She has accompanied many soloists in the Bluffton/Findlay area, performed at the University of Findlay symposium with famed pianist Wendene Shoupe, and accompanied the annual Messiah at Bluffton University. Deb is also a church pianist and organist, most recently retiring as Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Findlay. Deb volunteers for chapel services at Mennonite Memorial Home and is the new choir accompanist and substitute organist/pianist at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. Deb is looking forward to teaching at Krysti’s Music Studio with Krysti, one of her former students!
Maria Rusu, violin, viola, cello
A native of Romania, born in Brasov, Maria Rusu comes from a family of musicians. She began her musical studies at the age of six with her mother, Teodora Rusu who taught her violin and later on viola. Maria attended a music school for twelve years in Brasov before coming to the U.S. to continue her musical studies on viola.
Miss Rusu has recently graduated from University of Delaware in Newark DE with a Masters degree in Viola Performance studying with Sheila Browne. Since the Spring of 2016 Maria has had the pleasure of conducting the University Strings Ensemble, a non-music major group for three semesters.
Miss Rusu received a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Bowling Green State University, College of Musical Arts in Bowling Green, Ohio where she studied with Professor Matthew Daline-McBride. She has played in orchestras around Ohio and Michigan as principal violist and section violist, some of them being Lima Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic, Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra. Maria also had the opportunity to be a mentor for the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra.
Miss Rusu had the honor to play in master classes for Ivo-Jan van Der Werff, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Sheila Browne, Daniel Strba, Michael Larco, Anne Lanzilotti, and Christopher Luther.
In July of 2016 at the California Summer Music festival at Sonoma State University, Maria was selected to play in a masterclass for Ivo-Jan van Der Werff where she performed the third movement of Hindemith's Viola Sonata op. 11 no. 4.
In Delaware Maria teaches violin, viola, jazz voice, individual and group piano lessons for the Community Music School part of UD, as well as being a house manager for the events in the Department of Music.
During her masters, Maria has been part of the UD Jazz Singers, and she also had the pleasure of being a soloist with the UD Jazz Ensemble I and several jazz combos lead by Tom Palmer.
During her studies at BGSU, Maria has been part of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble for three years, studying with Chris Buzzelli and Kim Nazarian, and she has also participated in the annual New York Voices Jazz Camp every year since 2013.
Miss Rusu had the opportunity to record and sing in venues in Ohio, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. With a jazz quartet made of musicians from the National Music Festival, in 2015 Maria was invited to the radio station in Chestertown MD for an interview where she sang some jazz standards and premiered her jazz tune called "What if..." (written in 2014). She returned for another interview on June 16th, 2017 where she performed a few more jazz tunes with Brazilian guitarist Camilo Carrara.
Heather Long, violin, cello, voice
Heather Long is a believer in music as a lifelong activity. Besides teaching with the studio, Heather has 15 years of experience with the Spencerville band boosters, and has been an active member of the choir at her church. Heather is a great supporter of the arts and also enjoys learning more about music herself! Additionally, Heather owns and operates a dog kennel. Heather has three children: Wynne, a mortgage originator; Rebekah, a private Music instructor also with Krysti's Studio; and Jonathan, who is pursuing a degree in computer game design.
Scott Parnell, acoustic and electric 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.
Vickie Garmon, art
Vickie is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors degree in Arts/K-12 Art Education. She earned her Masters degree in Education from University of Findlay. Vickie is the art teacher at Bluffton High School, teaching courses in Design, Photography, Mural Design, Ceramics and more. Vickie enjoys working with students of all ages, and is excited to take on more private students!
Mike Bryce, guitar
Mike Bryce graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2016 with dual bachelor’s degrees in Music and Psychology. He has 11 years of playing experience on the guitar, and studied with acclaimed jazz guitarist and educator Chris Buzzelli during four of his years at BGSU. Mike is also the founder of the Roots Music Club, a student organization at BGSU. He served as the club's president for its first two years, during which he produced two full-length compilation albums. The most recent, recorded at a professional studio in Maumee in early 2016, featured almost 40 BGSU students' playing, singing, writing and artwork.
Mike has experience performing and composing in multiple styles of music, including jazz, rock, funk, blues, folk, country, and bluegrass. He teaches and performs on the acoustic and electric guitar. Mike regularly performs around northwest Ohio, and is currently working on his debut album, due out for release in August of 2017.
Melissa Selhorst, Tutoring/Academic Coach
Melissa Selhorst is a tutor/teacher. She graduated from Bluffton University in 2007 with her degree in Early Childhood education (preK-3rd ). Since then she has taken several classes at OSU Lima and Bluffton. She will finish her reading endorsement this spring. Melissa has been a substitute teacher in the public schools and has tutored since 2007. In her free time, Melissa has done many activities including teaching and directing area Vacation Bible Schools, working at the head start for migrant children, as well as tutoring and children’s activities at her church. Melissa and her husband have taught the kindergarten class there for many years. Melissa has two children Laiklan and Kaitlyn who also keep her very busy! Melissa’s goal is to one day teach full time in the public schools. Melissa and her family currently live in Leipsic.
Jocelyn Ochoa, piano
Jocelyn Ochoa is 15 years old, and has been taking piano lessons from Krysti for eight years. Jocelyn is homeschooled, and besides teaching piano, Jocelyn also helps teach dance lessons at Dancer’s Elite. In her free time, Jocelyn likes to teach herself guitar and ukulele. She also loves art, especially drawing and painting! Jocelyn attends Bible Fellowship church with her family.