Seward Music Teachers

Our Music Faculty

When we hire a music teacher, we look to find the best in the area! All of our teachers are dedicated to providing high quality music lessons in a positive and fun learning environment.  As highly trained musicians and performers themselves, our Seward teachers are here to help your young musician discover confidence and excellence through music lessons. 

Lucy Collins

Violin & Viola Instructor

Lucy Collins is a performer and teacher based in Lincoln, Nebraska. She recently completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at the Glenn Korff School of Music where she studied with Professor David Neely. Her past teachers include Kim Osborne Salistean and Hyeyung Yoon of the Chiara String Quartet. 

 

Lucy concertizes frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and symphony member. She performs with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Trace Chamber Society, and she is actively involved in premiering compositions as a part of the Flyover New Music Series and the LNK New Music Collective. Lucy is also a member of the Atelier Piano Trio with cellist Sam Stanley and pianist Cameron Berta. The ensemble formed in 2018 at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where they studied with Jonah Sirota of the Chiara String Quartet. In 2020, the ensemble launched a call for scores project that culminated in a recital showcasing five original works by composers from around the country. 

 

Lucy has attended the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Brevard Music Center Institute, the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy/Festival, and the Texas Strings Festival. She has collaborated with the Nebraska Chamber Players, the Sounding Light Chamber Choir, and has performed as a part of the Vesper Concerts Series.

 

Lucy has been teaching for six years and specializes in violin, viola, and chamber music.

Krista Lawrence, MM

Voice Instructor

Krista Lawrence is a soprano who has been teaching voice for over 15 years. Originally from Laramie, WY, she came to Lincoln for graduate school. She holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from UNL, as well as a Bachelors of Music from the University of Wyoming. She has performed as a soloist with Opera Omaha, has been a Young Artist at multiple programs, and has competed both the international and national level. Favorite past roles include “Amalia Balash” from SHE LOVES ME, “the Queen of the Night” from Mozart’s the Magic Flute, and Cinderella in “Into the Woods.”

Krista’s favorite thing about teaching voice is working with different styles. She enjoys operatic, musical theatre, and contemporary styles. Krista believes that each singer should find their own sincere sound, and learn the tools to help them communicate with others in a healthy and effective way.

Šárka Stehnová, DMA

Piano Instructor

Šárka is a bilingual pianist and collaborator with roots in the Czech Republic and Vietnam, and an educator with teaching experience in both Europe and the United States of America. In May 2022, she will receive her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she studies with the outstanding Dr. Mark Clinton (Steinway Artist). In 2021 she has appeared in masterclasses with Arnaldo Cohen (First prize winner at Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition) and Joyce Yang (Second prize winner at Van Cliburn International Piano Competition).
Stehnová received her artist diploma from the Conservatory in Teplice (Czech Republic), where she studied with a Czech leading educator focusing on natural pianistic body movements, Mgr. Hana Turková, her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern State University, South Dakota, where she studied with Dr. Marcela Faflak, who showed her different American teaching strategies, and her Master’s degree in piano performance from University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she was privileged to study with Dr. Henry Kramer (Second prize winner at Queen Elisabeth Competition, Steinway Artist) and Prof. Alon Goldstein (who played with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, and Leon Fleisher).
In the summer of 2019, Stehnová was invited to tour in Czech Republic in six different cities including the capital city of Prague. That same year she became the Vice President of Music Teacher Association – Collegiate Chapter, which helps provide young pianists concerts, learning opportunities, and communication skill development. From 2021, she has been a member of Trio Dulcis Disputatio.
Stehnová does not consider herself a teacher who dictates what is correct and what is not. Rather, she shares and discusses values and thoughts, and shows students that if they believe in themselves and their ideas, then they are halfway to success.

Jackson Stull

Guitar and Ukulele Instructor

Jackson Stull is a Lincoln-based guitarist pursuing a BA degree in Music and German. He is currently studying at the Glenn Korff School of Music with Peter Bouffard and Tetsuya Nishiyama.

Jackson has been playing guitar since he was a child, beginning with rock/blues and eventually taking interest in jazz, classical, and flamenco. He frequently performs his classical and flamenco repertoire as a soloist, and has also performed with many groups through his school including the UNL Big Band, UNL Jazz Combos and UNL Early Music Group.

He has been teaching for two years and specializes in classical and electric guitar. His teaching philosophy combines general music knowledge with repertoire appropriate to each individual’s skill level, all the while maintaining a fun and encouraging atmosphere.

Olivia Reininger

Piano Instructor

Olivia Reininger is originally from Los Angeles, California where she started her music training. Saturday morning “Looney Tunes” inspired her to start playing the piano by ear, at age three. Her first exposure to formal lessons was the Suzuki Method taught by an instructor from The Colburn School of Music, in Los Angeles. Piano naturally transitioned into singing. She remained a piano student through middle school and beyond.

Olivia continued to play with an orchestra in high school, and completed her high school years at The Putney School, in Vermont. She continued her piano instruction and sang in the chamber ensemble and the Blanche Moyse Chorale. She participated in special summer programs including Interlochen Center for the Arts.

While she attended Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance. During her years at Gustavus, she sang in college choirs and continued studying voice.

Recently, Olivia worked in the Lincoln Public Schools district as an accompanist. She taught piano and mentored vocal students as well. She is now working with Dr. Wataru Niimori, (Jazz Pianist) and Jackie Allen (Jazz Vocalist) to study a new genre after years of classical training. She has been with Marble Music Studios since 2020. 

Olivia is thrilled to pass along the gift of music to her students!

Sam Stanley

 

Cello and Piano Instructor

Sam Stanley has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance and a 

minor in music technology from the UNL Glenn Korff School of Music. They study cello under Dr. Karen Becker, composition under Dr. Greg Simon, and have also studied composition under Dr. Tyler White. They were awarded the Vreeland award in Music Composition by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing arts in 2021 and received honorable mention for their piece “Black as the Void” in the Sheldon Art Gallery’s art competition: Conversation Black in 2019. Sam is a two time prize winner of the Vesper Youth Composes competition with their piece Adagio for String Quartet, taking first place in 2015, and Introduction and Waltz, taking second place in 2016. In 2021, Sam was commissioned to write incidental music for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre’s production of Dracula: Mina’s Quest. In 2019, Sam received a fellowship to study composition, counterpoint, and musicianship at the European American Music Alliance Institute in Paris, France. Sam was also a fellow at the Cortona Sessions for New music in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Sam is passionate about teaching music theory and studied Music Theory Pedagogy under Dr. Gretchen Foley in 2021. Sam currently teaches private piano and cello lessons at Goldenrod Music Studios, Foster Jones Studios, Fiddlestick Music Studios, and Marble Music Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Anna Grass

Violin Instructor

Anna Grass is a native Sewardite who began violin lessons at the age of seven with none other than Julia Marble. In high school she played with her school’s orchestra for all four years, and had the honor of being in the Kansas City Youth Symphony for two years. She is currently a senior studying violin performance at Concordia University.
Anna loves music of all kinds. Although she is primarily a violinist, she has also studied voice, piano, and bass guitar. At Concordia, she sings with the A Cappella choir, plays with a handbell group, plays violin in the orchestra, and plays bass in a worship band.
One of the most wonderful things about music to Anna is its versatility. It can communicate the most unbridled joy, the strongest anger, it can tell a riveting story, and most importantly, it can bring people across all cultures together. Aside from music, Anna enjoys literature, discourse among friends, and driving her car.
Anna began teaching with Marble Music Studio August of 2021.

Abby Van Velson

 

Violin Instructor

Abby Van Velson is from Seward, Nebraska. She began violin lessons at the age of six with Julia Marble. Abby played in the Lincoln Homeschool Orchestra for five years, and has been playing with the Concordia University Chamber Orchestra for the past five years and is the concertmaster.
Abby believes that music is one of the most important ways we can communicate. Music can express what words often fail to express. Music lessons should be a safe space for students to grow as musicians, but also as people.
While violin is her primary instrument, Abby is also involved in the A Capella Choir at Concordia University. She is also currently studying Psychology with a minor in music. Abby also enjoys writing, spending time with friends and family, and drinking coffee.
Abby began teaching with Marble Music in August of 2021.

Makenna Landrey

Piano Instructor

Makenna Landrey is a piano teacher and is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has taken piano lessons since the age of nine and has one year of teaching experience. She also has eight years of experience playing the piano and organ for worship services and currently plays organ at the collegiate level.

Makenna graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska, where she completed Bachelor of Music in Church music. At Concordia she served as a tutor in music theory and pianist for the chamber orchestra, and she performed in the Honor Recital – an auditioned and distinguished recital – four times. Though her love lies in piano, she also performed in the Concordia Handbell Choir and sang with the University A Cappella Choir in which she served as a section leader. Makenna plans to pursue a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy to grow as a pianist and piano teacher and to be better equipped to pass the skill and art of piano to her students.

Madee Hall

 

Violin Instructor

Madee Hall is from Spring, Texas, a part of the Greater Houston Metropolitan area. She began playing viola in her middle school’s orchestra at the age of nine, and continued playing in school orchestras throughout junior high and high school. She began to take piano lessons, along with viola lessons, at the age of twelve at Resurrection Lutheran Church School of Performing Arts (RLC SPA). In 2018, she was hired by RLC SPA to teach violin, viola, and piano, and in the summer of 2021 she began substituting for beginner guitar. 

 

Madee started with Marble Music Studios in the Spring of 2021. In the summer, when she is home in Texas, she continues to work for RLC SPA. She is a Music Therapy major at Concordia University, Seward, and plays viola in the university orchestra and handbells in the handbell choir.

 

Andrew Daughtery

Piano Instructor

Andrew Daugherty is a resident piano teacher in Lincoln, NE. He obtained a bachelor and masters degree in the state of Florida and is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is an accomplished solo and chamber pianist who is also employed at the university as a group keyboard skills class instructor, studio assistant instructor, choral accompanist, and instrumental accompanist. His hobbies include pipe and electric organ performances, choral singing, hiking, and community sports participation. After some part time subbing, Andrew is excited to begin regular work for Marble Music Studios—primarily in the Seward location. Andrew’s passion in music is to translate a solid foundation of technique and repertoire mastery that will allow students to experience the beautiful capabilities the piano offers in a thriving world of music.

Katelyn Cody

 

Early Childhood Music

Katelyn Cody recently moved to Seward, NE and is enjoying settling into the Seward community with her family. Originally from Frankenmuth, MI, Katelyn grew up in a musical family, with a band director dad and piano lesson teacher/singer mom. While in college, Katelyn participated in band, orchestra, and choir and also studied piano and oboe. Raising her own young children has given her a new perspective on the unparalleled potential that music provides in nurturing connection, development, and delight. 

Katelyn graduated with a Bachelors in Education from Concordia Nebraska and later received a Masters in Literacy Education from Concordia Wisconsin. She has spent the last several years as a classroom teacher in preschool and early elementary grades. She also has experience in teaching piano and oboe lessons.

Katelyn believes that music is an essential gift for people of every age and background. She is thrilled to be able to share and foster the joy of music with little learners and their families. 

Paul Dushan

Guitar & Ukulele Instructor

Parker Dushan is a Nebraska native. Parker has been playing guitar and a few other instruments for close to a decade. He is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and will be graduating this December with a degree in political science. “Music is a wonderful part of my life and I cannot wait to be a part of your musical journey with you!”

Helber Fernandes Ribeiro

 

Piano Instructor

Helber Fernandes Ribeiro is a Brazilian pianist who has developed a promising
career as a pianist and piano instructor in the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s
degree in Piano Performance from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and a
Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Fort Hays State University and the
University of Wyoming. He is currently in the final stages of his Doctorate in
Piano Performance at the University of Northern Colorado. Helber has performed
in Latin America and the United States, covering a wide range of repertoire from
Baroque to contemporary composers. He has won first place in several piano

competitions, including the Souza Lima National Piano Competition, the Villa-
Lobos National Piano Competition, and the CSMTA Young Artist Competition.

With more than 13 years of experience teaching piano to students of the most
diverse backgrounds, Helber is excited to make his contribution to passing along
music to students in Seward and its surroundings!

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