Khrystyne Bunselmeyer
Violin



Mrs. Bunselmeyer began playing violin when she was five years old for the 
Southern Illinois Saluki Suzuki Program. 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. 
Bunselmeyer is a member of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra 
and Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. 
Khrystyne Bunselmeyer is currently the director 
of the Living Word Elementary School Orchestra Program 
and works as a private strings teacher.


Marta Kersulis

 
Piano



Marta Kersulis is a Junior at the University and Missouri St. Louis
and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis
in Piano Performance as well as a Bachelor of Music degree
with an emphasis in Music Theory and Composition.
She performs as a solo and chamber musician
and actively participates in piano competitions. 

Marta has been awarded multiple honors
for her piano performance studies and music theory accomplishments from UMSL.
In 2013, she won second place in the Ladies Friday Club
music competition and in 2014 she won
Runner-up in the University of Missouri St. Louis Concerto Competition. 

In addition to these competitions and honors,
Marta has participated in the annual Missouri Music Teacher’s
Association Collegiate Piano Competition in 2013 and 2014.
Marta has performed in masterclasses
with Dr. Ivo Kaltchev from Catholic University of America,
Natalya Antonova from Eastman School of Music,
and acclaimed pianist Lilya Zilberstein.
She currently studies with Alla Voskoboynikova
and is preparing to audition for graduate schools.

In addition to leading an active piano performance lifestyle,
Marta also engages in collaborative and academic events through UMSL.
She received first place for an essay on Orchestra Advertisements
through the UMSL Pierre Laclede Honor’s College in 2014.
During this Fall 2015 Semester, she works closely
with Dr. Rob Wilson as a teaching assistant for a service learning class
that explores sustainability in St. Louis. Marta has also tutored
for ten different classes through the UMSL Music Department. 

She collaborates extensively with the UMSL Voice Department,
accompanying individual lessons and working closely
with Professor Steve Morton. Her most recent project is performing
the entire Dichterliebe song cycle by Robert Schumann
with fellow student Thomas Edler. 

She has been a member of University Singers led by Dr. James Henry
since spring 2012 and participates occasionally with the UMSL Orchestra.
Since 2014, Marta has been an accompanist
for the Acappellooza event held on UMSL campus.
She also accompanies mass every week at
St. Agatha’s Parish in New Athens, Il.
Her diverse experience as a soloist, chamber musician,
and accompanist has grown dramatically these
past couple years and continues to gain momentum. 

When she is not performing or pursuing her
educational studies at UMSL, Marta enjoys teaching
private students at the Arts on Elm.
She teaches piano and beginner voice.
It is her goal to invest in each of her students individually,
developing their musical and technical abilities.
She is passionate about music and motivates her
students to feel empowered by the benefits
and opportunities music can create.
 



Scott Jones
Guitar, Composition, Song Writing, Improvisation, Music Theory

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Scott Jones brings to Arts On Elm nearly a quarter of a century of experience 
in private music instruction to music students of all ages and at all levels. 

Although guitar is his main instrument, he also plays drums, bass, keys, 
writes for all contemporary instruments, full orchestra,
vocal ensembles, and percussion ensemble.

He plays, composes and teaches a wide variety of styles including: 

rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, blues, R&B, P&W/Gospel, funk. 

Scott has played as a full time musician since 1990 
(having played guitar since 1980, drums since 1974). 

He's played with dozens of bands, and was also the full time staff arranger, 
music director, guitarist at a mega church for 18 years. 

Scott knows that each student is unique. 

He is committed to fostering that uniqueness 
while making sure they each have a broad understanding 
and applicable use of what goes into finding
their own sound on their instrument. 
Then, he focuses on how to take those skills into a real world scenario.

Scott encourages each student to embrace the music that 
they already enjoy and to be open to other styles of music.

Scott's personal and tailored approach to each student, 
no matter what their age, level, or ultimate goals, 
inspires students to become their best, 
have fun and stay motivated beyond
the studio walls of Arts On Elm.

You can find samples of Scott's musical journey here:
SCOTT JONES ON SOUNDCLOUD
SCOTT JONES ON BANDCAMP
SCOTT JONES' BLOG

Shannon Dobsch
Piano




Shannon Dobsch is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University 

and double majored in Music and Anthropology. 
 

While  attending Southeast, she was awarded the Margaret Woods Allen Piano Scholarship 

to study music. She studied piano with Dr. James Sifferman 

and harpsichord with Dr. Gary Miller. 

Throughout her college career she gave numerous recitals, 

including a senior recital featuring the music of 

Beethoven, Debussy and Crumb, 

participated in piano competitions each year, 

and accompanied many vocal and instrumental students. 

In 2004, Shannon traveled to Las Vegas, NV to attend the 

World Piano Pedagogy Convention. 

While there, she was able to learn more about 

teaching piano from some of the best piano instructors in the world, 

talk to numerous music publishers about their latest materials 

and hear world-class performers give recitals and master classes. 

In addition to being a classically trained musician, 

Shannon also has experience as a church pianist and particularly 

enjoys playing popular music for parties and weddings as a member of the group.

Shannon has been teaching piano for 15 years.  

She has worked at several different music academies and maintained a home studio. 
 

She keeps up with the latest sheet music 

and teaching material for students by receiving sheet music mailings 

every six weeks of new printed music. 

  

As a member of the National Federation of Music Teachers, 

she is able to prepare her students for their yearly performance/competition. 

  

Shannon especially enjoys preparing her advanced students for 

solo recitals (such as junior and senior high solo piano recitals) 

and working with upper-level transfer students.





Allison Houghton 
Piano

Allison Houghton has been playing piano for 15 years and teaching for 8.  

She has experience as a church pianist and accompanying choirs.  

Her passion is to play music everyone can recognize and enjoy. 

Allison enjoys working with her students to grow their knowledge of piano, 

and to find their own style and music that they love.  

She also works with students to prepare them for performing and accompanying.


Aaron Brokaw
Drums/Percussion, Piano, Guitar

 

Aaron Brokaw began playing drums at age five 

and has been playing in a variety of bands for the last twenty five years. 

He is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a BA in Music Studies, 

emphasizing in Music Theory and Aural Training. 

Along with drum set and percussion, Mr. Brokaw also has experience with 

piano, guitar, and vocals. Lessons with Aaron are designed to supply students with 

the fundamentals necessary for involvement in school-related music programs 

but also to help students explore and grow into their own 

rhythmic and musical areas of interest. 

Mr. Brokaw teaches students of all ages from beginners to more advanced levels of playing. 



Lee Bowers


Guitar






Lee has been playing music for nearly 40 years.

Lee began playing trombone in grade school and in his early teens,

started playing guitar, studying independently, while performing in a variety of styles

such as jazz, blues, country, and rock.

He also plays piano, mandolin and banjo as second instruments.

Lee is a regular performer in the St Louis Metro area and serves as pianist at his church. 

Lessons with Lee focus on the essentials of playing guitar by ear,

supported with fundamental music theory, sheet music and tablature. 

From Lee's diverse and extensive background in live performance,

he communicates an understanding of the role guitar in group situations,

preparing each student for a skillful approach 

as a professional musician.




Kathleen Wagner
Piano



Kathleen graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors 

in May of 2012 from Lindenwood University 

with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance, 

English Literature, and Secondary Education.  

Miss Wagner is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and a recipient 

of the Lucette Stumberg Flanagan in Fine and Performing Arts, 

the Benefici Caeterum Music Award, and Musica Cum Laude Award.  

She has studied piano for 11 years and has been teaching private piano lessons for 6 years.

Miss Wagner has worked as an accompanist and soloist for choirs 

and a number of local high schools and other institutions such as 

Lindenwood University, St. Charles Community College, 

Webster University, and the University of Missouri St. Louis.  

Miss Wagner has had the opportunity to be a substitute pianist for the 

St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009, 

and was invited to represent Lindenwood University at 

The Wednesday Club of St. Louis, a women's organization that supports the arts.  

She has provided piano accompaniment for various productions including: 

Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical,
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Clue the Musical, Bat Boy, and Titanic the Musical.


Jamie Drobil
Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Recorder



Jamie is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri in 2006.
She majored in Music Education with a vocal and instrumental certification. 


She had the privilege of living overseas 

in the Netherlands for three years after graduation 

where she worked closely with a homeschooling
co-op to provide music classes and gave private lessons 

from her home to both military members 

and Dutch residents. 


Upon her return to the states she taught private lessons at
Lincoln County Music Supply Inc.
until she became the music teacher for Child of God Church
and School where she remained for four years.

                

                Jamie participates in multiple community bands 

and is an active volunteer in her 

church's music ministry. 


Jamie loves teaching both children and adults, however,  

she has a special passion for making music 

accessible to those with special needs. 


She has worked with students with varying physical,
learning, and mental disabilities.
With her patience and understanding she has seen great results. 



Ashley Byrne 

Voice


Ashley is a graduate of Truman State University 
where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music. 


For her coursework, she took classes in music theory, 

aural skills, piano, lyric diction, music history, 

composition, arranging, and conducting, 

as well as studying private voice

under Dr. Phyllis Robertson.


During the entirety of her time at school, 

Ashley sang under the direction

of Dr. Mark Jennings in ensembles 

such as University Chorus and Chamber

Chorus, as well as Truman’s top mixed choir, Cantoria. 


In addition to performing in countless recitals and concerts, 

Ashley also gained meaningful performance experience 

through her participation in The National Association of Teachers 

of Singing competitions (NATS). 


For her senior voice recital, Ashley sang 

a half hour long program with pieces by Gounod,

Wolf, Franz, Chausson, and Puccini.


In addition to her formal music education 

and passion for voice in the classical tradition, 

Ashley also has extensive experience 

performing and writing popular music. 


Since high school, she has performed with bands all

over St. Louis in venues such as 

The Pageant and LouFest Music Festival.


Demonstrating her all-encompassing passion for music, 

when Ashley wasn’t busy with her college coursework, 

she spent the remainder of her time

serving as Vice President of The Aquadome, 

a non-profit music and arts venue.


As a teacher, Ashley hopes to use her experience 

to help equip her students with the knowledge 

and confidence they need to pursue their passion for singing. 


She looks forward to celebrating their successes 
and watching them 
improve!




Xinyan (Sabrina) Huang

Piano



Xinyan (Sabrina) Huang graduated in the Bachelor of Music emphasis in Business and minor in Business at UMSL. She has studied and played piano since she was five year old. She is good at classical piano playing, such as the music by Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. In 2011 fall, Sabrina Huang joined in “2+2” music study abroad program at South China Normal University. She started to study piano with Alla Voskoboynikova in spring 2014. During her studying time at UMSL, she attended MMTA Piano Competition lower division in 2014 and Concerto Competition Finalist Collegiate division in 2015. She also won UMSL music department distinguished performance award in May 2015 & 2016. Sabrina performed in multiple UMSL piano studio recitals and she opened her junior recital in December 2014. She also She was also an accompanist in St. Louis High School Solo & Ensemble event. 




Alyssa Kupinski
VIOLIN





Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Alyssa Kupinski is an avid violinist and violin teacher. She received her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a full tuition scholarship. In 2012, she graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas with a Masters in Violin Performance also on full tuition scholarship. Since graduating, she has been freelancing and teaching extensively. As a performer, Mrs Kupinski is the Assistant Concertmaster with the Fox Valley Symphony in Appleton, Wisconsin, Principal Second Violin with Peoria Symphony and former Concertmaster of the Sheboygan Symphony. She has also played with many other groups such as the Milwaukee Ballet, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Festival City Symphony and Green Bay Symphony to name a few. In the summer of 2014, she was a teaching fellow in Belize with MusAid, an organization that provides mentoring of young musicians in under-developed countries. Recently moved to St Louis, Mrs Kupinski looks forward to establishing her musical career in the area. 
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