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.
Violin & Viola Instructor
Krista Lawrence, MM
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
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 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!
Cello and Piano Instructor
Sam Stanley has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance and a
Abby Van Velson
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 Clovis is a piano teacher and music student 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 six years of experience playing the piano and organ for worship servicesand currently pursues organ at the collegiate level.
Makenna is in her senior year at Concordia University, Nebraska, where she studies to completeher Bachelor of Music in Church music. At Concordia she has served as a tutor in music theory and pianist for the chamber orchestra, and she has performed in the Honor Recital – an auditioned and distinguished recital – four times. Though her love lies in piano, she currently plays in the Concordia Handbell Choir and sings with the University A Cappella Choir in which she serves as a section leader. Upon graduation, 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 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.
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.
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
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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