SIUE Suzuki Strings Program
Edwardsville, IL 62026
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Courtney King, a native of Oswego, Illinois, holds a Bachelor of Flute Performance from DePaul University (2000) in Chicago where she studied under Mary Stolper, soloist and chamber performer and regularly performed for Donald Peck, former principal flutist in the CSO. She was a member of the US Air Force Band of Flight stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base until 2004. She also performed with the US Air Force Band of Mid-America at Scott AFB for recordings and touring until 2007. Courtney has played for Presidents, U.S. and foreign dignitaries, veterans and Americans of all ages! Even with all that excitement, she decided staying home with her children was way more fun! Today, she is a homeschooling mother of 3 amazing kids (all in this program!) She holds a small flute studio from her home and performs Flute/Piccolo in the Belleville Philharmonic.
Daniel Mieloch moved to Illinois in 2003 to attend SIUE and earn his Master's Degree in Conducting after attaining his Bachelor's Degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance from Lebanon Valley College. Daniel Mieloch is Director of Orchestras at Fort Zumwalt West High School. Daniel has been honored to work with the SIUE Suzuki Department since the spring of 2010 and is the Principal Conductor of the Edwardsville Youth Orchestra.
Emily Rockers is a 2013 of SIUE, with a Master's Degree in Violin Performance. She began her violin studies at the age of three at the Community Music School (CMS) at Webster University. Along with workshops and group classes at CMS, Emily was also a member of the CMS String Orchestra, Young People's Concert Orchestra, and Young People's Symphonic Orchestra. She then went on to perform with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (200-2004). While obtaining her Bachelor's Degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis, Emily performed with the Lincoln Symphony in Nebraska and did recording work-one that was a charity CD project with all of the profits going to Catholic Urban Programs in East St. Louis. Most recently Emily went on tour with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and performed a concert alongside the Black Eyed Peas that became a TV special that featured the 'I Am First' Robotics Tournament at the end of April 2011. As a child, Emily attended numerous Suzuki workshops in Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee. She had the privileged opportunity to have two private lessons with John Kendall. Emily has studied with Rose Martin (1989-2000); Manuel Ramos (2000-2004); David Neely (2004-2005); John McGrosso, David Gillham, and the Arianna String Quartet (2005-2010).
Lan Sin Kimler, piano accompanist, has been a sought out accompanist since 1998. Lansin's previous teaching experience were at Mckendree University and Southwestern Illinois College. She has accompanied for various middle and high schools in their orchestras and choirs for concerts, recitals as well as contests in southern Illinois and St Louis metropolitan area since 1998. Lansin has been the main accompanist for Parkway Central Middle School since Spring of 2010, where they have won several state competitions and many touring opportunities. She has also played for the students in Suzuki String Program at SIUE and travelled with the tour group for a few years until spring 2008. In 2010, Lansin taught and accompanied at St Louis school of Music, and recorded 4 cds for the Stl ocarina. Mrs Kimler is currently teaching in the Keyboard Development Program at SIUE, accompanies at Parkway Central Middle school and is the pianist for Third Baptist Church of St Louis and its choir.
Gretchen Grube graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) in May 2012.She performed with the UWSP Symphony Orchestra and Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Gretchen was concert mistress of the UWSP Symphony Orchestra for two years. She was involved in the Very Young Composers Project of Stevens Point. The program is led by Jon Deak, a New York Philharmonic Bassist, and Robert Rosen, Faculty of UWSP. The Very Young Composers Project teaches music composition to fourth and fifth grade students. Gretchen also enjoys scrapbooking, playing with her cat, and eating ice cream!
Khrystyne Steele began playing violin when she was five years old for the Southern Illinois Saluki Suzuki Program in Carbondale, Illinois. Prior to attending Lindenwood University, she was a member of the Mellado Conservatory for twelve years. During her college career at Lindenwood, she served in the Lindenwood University String Ensemble, Lindenwood Trio, Missouri All-Collegiate Orchestra and was concertmaster of the Lindenwood Symphonic Orchestra. Outside of her academic work, she actively maintained the office of Treasurer of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) and served as President of the Kappa Nu Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for women. She is also a member of the national honor society Alpha Lambda Delta. Khrystyne is a member of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra and the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ellen Singh has had a lifelong joy of and experience with music and young children. She has been a licensed Kindermusik educator since 2004. A graduate of both the University of Evansville (B.S. in Sociology and Interpersonal Communications) and the University of Illinois (Master's Degree in Social Work), she has a broad spectrum of educational and clinical experiences including child development, group dynamics, and relationship building which are essential in teaching music to children and their families. Musically, she has her foundations in many years of piano and flute lessons as well as having taught herself to play electric bass guitar. She has performed in various groups throughout high school and college. Additionally, she has enjoyed the opportunities of performing (flute) in her church and in various community orchestras throughout the country.
As a licensed Kindermusik educator, Ellen brings the love of music, movement, and learning to children and families in this community, in partnership with the SIUE Suzuki program, in her Kindermusik classes. Her greatest love is being a mother of her four young children.