Summer Workshop Faculty
Wm. Shane Williams - SCCYO Symphony conductor/Music Director
Maestro Wm. Shane Williams is celebrating his 17th season as Conductor of the St. Charles County Youth Orchestras. He is a charismatic and versatile conductor, versed in wide gamut of musical styles, carrying a vision to Make Music Come Alive for All playing under his baton. Under his direction, the Symphony was honored to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Convention in January of 2016. His skills and gifting have allowed him conducting opportunities in the United states and abroad: the Zapadocesky Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Republic, the St. Louis Philharmonic, the Illinois Symphony, the Kirkwood Symphony, the Alton Symphony, the University City Orchestra, and the Gateway Chamber Orchestra , to name a few. Maestro Williams has had the privilege of working with Grammy Award winning violinist Mark O'Connor. Shane is a regular guest conductor, performer, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the region. His previous conducting posts include the Alton Summer Chamber Series, the Young People's Concert Orchestra at the Webster Community Music School, the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Pops Conductor of the Alton Symphony and Resident Conductor of the Award-winning St. Louis Brass Band. As a professional musician, Maestro Williams has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (noted performances at Carnegie Hall), Opera Theater St. Louis, the Illinois Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, Winter Opera St. Louis, the Joffrey Ballet, Ice Capades, Moody Blues, the Elvis Show, Opryland USA , Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Burt Bacharach, Roger Williams, Dionne Warwick, Tommy Tune, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and many others. Maestro Williams serves on the music faculty at Missouri Baptist University where he teaches conducting and oversees the instrumental programs. As an educator, Mr. Williams has taught public, private, and homeschool. In 2002, he founded the SCCYO Summer String and Woodwind Workshops and Audition Preparation Workshops (APW). As well, he has previously served on the music faculty of the Masterworks Music Festival for many years. Maestro Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University, a Master of Percussion Performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has completed doctoral studies at Lindenwood University.
Khrystyne bunselmeyer - Pre-College strings/Workshop director
Khrystyne Bunselmeyer has a master’s degree in violin performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. 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 Conservatoy for twelve years. She attended Lindenwood University for her undergraduate school and achieved degrees in Music Performance and Music Education with honors. While at Lindenwood she performed in the Lindenwood University String Ensemble, Lindenwood Trio, the Missouri All-Collegiate Orchestra and was concertmaster of the Lindenwood Symphonic Orchestra. Outside of her academic work, she maintained the office of Treasurer of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference and served as President of the Kappa Nu Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for women. She was awarded the Districta Fidelis award by the music department as well as the Sword of Honor by the Kappa Nu Chapter. Mrs. Bunselmeyer’s most influential violin instructors include Fairya Mellado, Susie Thierbach, and Lenora Anop. She has attended masterclasses and pedagogy classes with Nancy Jackson, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Bryan Lewis and Sarah Chang. She has also been a member of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra and Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. Khrystyne Bunselmeyer is currently the director of the Pre-College Strings of St. Charles County and violinist in the Lealta Piano Trio.
Erick Lord-Castillo - SIUE Suzuki String Program
Erika Lord-Castillo (violin, viola) has been a faculty teacher in the SIU-Edwardsville Suzuki Program since 2009. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Erika earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, Sciences and Arts from the University of Iowa. She holds a Master’s in Music Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and studied Suzuki pedagogy Violin Books 1-10 with Vera McCoy-Sulentic. Erika has also completed Suzuki violin teacher training with Michelle Higa George, Moshe Neumann, Judy Bossuat, Nancy Jackson, and Christie Felsing, and has done viola teacher training with William Preucil, Senior. She is a past director of SIUE’s Summer String Camp, and is director of the SIUE Suzuki Viola Camerata, part of the larger SIUE Suzuki Tour Group. She received the Suzuki Association Certificate of Achievement Level 1 in the summer of 2015 and has contributed several articles to the American Suzuki Journal.
Brad Kay - West County Strings
Brad was born in Edwardsville, IL and began studying violin at the age of 5 at the Suzuki program at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. While a member of the program, Brad had the opportunity to study with John Kendal—internationally acclaimed string pedagogue and the man who introduced the Suzuki Method of instruction to the United States. He also spent many of the summers of his early childhood studying at the American Suzuki Institute in Steven’s Point, WI. In his later childhood, Brad began traveling to St. Louis to study with the distinguished Suzuki instructor Joseph Kaminsky. Finally, in preparation for his undergraduate studies in music, Brad returned to SIUE to study with Dr. Lenora Anop—Director of the String Division at SIUE. Following high school, Brad attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied instrumental performance and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music. During his time at the University of Illinois, Brad had the opportunity to study with the prodigious and world-famous performers and pedagogues Sherban Lupu and Stefan Milenkovich. He also performed as a member, as well as assistant principal and principal violin, of the University of Illinois Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras under Drs. Louis Bergonzi and Donald Schleicher. In addition to his university education, Brad attended such summer festivals as Innsbrook Institute, where he received chamber music instruction from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s David Halen, among others.
Stephanie Hunt (cello) An active and versatile musician, Stephanie Hunt performs on both modern and baroque cello. Her current activities include performances with the Persied String Quartet, Chamber Project St. Louis, and the Coromell Ensæmble, a Mexican Early Music ensemble. Stephanie has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the Nederlandse Orkest- en Ensemble-Academie, Royaumont Formations Professionnelles (France), the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and two summers as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. Her studies on modern cello led to a B.Mus. summa cum laude from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music and a M.Mus. from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Following her American studies, Stephanie moved to Europe and earned both a B.Mus. Honours and M.Mus. in baroque cello from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her teachers include Viola de Hoog, Norman Fischer, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Ross Harbaugh, and Monique Bartels. After five years studying and performing in the Netherlands, Stephanie returned to the United States, to settle in the St. Louis area. Stephanie teaches cello in the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Suzuki program, is the cello instructor at Lindenwood University, and maintains a private studio in St. Louis.
Jenina Kenessey holds a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Michigan State University and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Jenina has been director of orchestras in the North Quadrant of the Fort Zumwalt School District since 2010. In addition to her work at Fort Zumwalt North, Jenina has been engaged as clinician for the 2018 E. Desmond Lee Middle School Festival Orchestra, and other middle school orchestra clinics in the Fort Zumwalt and St. Charles School Districts. Prior to her work in Missouri, Jenina served as adjunct faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University. She has served as Vice President of the Metro District 8 Honors Orchestra for two years, including the inaugural year of the Metro 8 Middle School Honors Orchestra in 2017. Jenina maintains an active private cello studio from her home in St. Charles, MO, where she resides with her daughter, Kaya.
Renita Luehrman began playing the violin at the age of 4 and has since gone on to receive a Bachelor's of Music from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, studying violin with John McGrosso and David Gillham, and chamber music with the Arianna String Quartet. She has also received a Master's of Music from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville, studying violin with Lenora Anop and Suzuki Pedagogy with Vera McCoy-Sulentic. Renita has taught workshops in Illinois, Missouri, and South Dakota and currently runs a 501(c)(3) organization, Suzuki Harmony STL, which brings music lessons to students in the St. Louis area who might not otherwise have access to affordable musical experiences. Her students have played in honors orchestras in the St. Louis area and on stage with the internationally known performers, Black Violin. When not teaching and playing violin, Renita spends time with her two sons and husband, hopefully in nature or at a coffee shop.