Meet the BCAPA Staff
Lisa Riffel, Operations Manager
Director of Dance
Instructs: Ballet, Tap, Modern
Academy of Music Instructors
Kristin Kliewer Piano
Sarah Jane Naillon
Suzuki, Violin, Piano
Suzuki Book Class
Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Suzuki
Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Suzuki
Violin, Viola, Suzuki
Academy of Dance Instructors
Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern
Emily Blaine Ballet
Resa Davenport Creative Movement
Christie Johnson Belly Dance
Kristin Kliewer teaches piano and Early Childhood. Kristin is a Tabor College graduate with a BA in Elementary Education/Elementary Music. She has taught piano since 1993. Kristin is the mother of four daughters, three grown and one still at home, all of whom she has homeschooled through high school graduation. She plays oboe and English horn in several local orchestras, including the Hutchinson Symphony, Linsborg Messiah Festival Orchestra, Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the woodwind trio Rosewood Winds. Kristin is also an active church musician at Evangel Presbyterian Church in Wichita and past president of the Newton Music Teachers Association.
Haylie Berning (Director of Dance) holds a Bachelor's Degree in Dance from the College of Fine Arts through Wichita State University as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She performed with WSU's Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater which included performances throughout Northeastern Italy and while Haylie remains a dancer at heart, her passion is her role as an instructor and choreographer. She enjoys developing her student's abilities both technically and artistically to bring her choreographic visions to life and stage.
Daniel Colwell (Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Suzuki) has taught at BCAPA since 2010. As a student of Alice Joy Lewis in the Ottawa Suzuki Program, he has performed in concert tours in Australia, Ireland, England, and Puerto Rico. He has performed with notable musicians such as Tracy Silverman, Jim Brickman, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. During the school year, he also teaches Junior High Histry, and directs the orchestra programs at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire. Daniel holds a BME from Baker University and a MME from Wichita State University.
Janel Harms (Violin, Suzuki) has a Bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education, a Bachelor's degree in Music, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Friends University. She is a certified Suzuki Book One instructor, has been teaching private violin lessons in Newton and Wichita for the past 14 years, and teaches at Camp Allegro in Wichita. In addition to teach violin, she performs with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony and with the Grace String Quartet. After ten years teaching English at Newton High School, Janel is now a stay at home mom.
Jenny Bowen (Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Suzuki) started playing violin at age 2, taught by her Suzuki violin-instructor mother Dana DeKalb, and her aunt, Valerie Sullivan, violin professor at Friends University. She grew up playing and performing with her cousins and aunts all over Wichita as a group called the "Buzzin' Cousins" and the "Belles and Beau of Christmas". Jenny spent ten years in the Wichita Youth Symphony program. While trained solely in classical music, she would occasionally play fiddle tunes with her guitar-playing father, and thus was introduced to a fun world of music. She developed an improv ability playing with a praise and worship band in Wichita for five years. She has tried to become as versatile on the instrument as possible, which has led to playing and recording with many Wichita area bands. She currently plays cowboy-western music with the Prairie Rose Rangers band at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon in Benton, country fiddle with the Moonrabbits band, Celtic music Monday nights at Mead's Corner coffee shop, with her classical and pop music trio "ICTrio", and is seen many other places including with Wichita Grand Opera, Crown Uptown, Wichita State University, Roxy's and the Wichita Symphony. When not playing music or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, her dogs, donkeys and chickens, growing food, and rock climbing.
Judy Mace (Piano, Harp) has taught piano since 1980 to all levels and ages. She has a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance and is currently working on a Masters in Piano Pedagogy. She has been a regular church pianist for 40 years. Judith also teaches harp, is a Certified Harp Therapy Practitioner and has logged many hours playing harp for patients in hospitals and hospice.
Judith works to make piano lessons both fun and meaningful, developing creativity and a positive emotional outlet.
Kara Tann (Violin, Viola, Suzuki) joined the BCAPA staff in 2014 to teach violin lessons, while also teaching orchestra in the Newton Public Schools. She has degrees in Music Education from Eastern Mennonite University (B.A) and Arcadia University (M.A), and taught six years at both public and private schools in Philadelphia, PA. Kara started violin at age 6 through the Suzuki method and took Suzuki teacher training in college. She enjoys playing with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony and the Hutchinson Symphony and running when she has time.
Kenna Graber (Flute) received her bachelors in music at Bethel College and her masters of education from Wichita State University. She studied flute with Caroline Eastburn Camp and Julianna Moore at the University of Iowa as well as Lorraine Carlson Miller and Kristen Shaffer at Bethel College. While at Bethel, Kenna also had the privilege of performing with the Bethel College Concert choir in Europe and Russia. Kenna has performed with various groups and has been second flute/piccolo with the Newton Mid-KS Symphony Orchestra since 1991. She currently works full time as a mentor teacher for Newton USD 373 and teaches flute at BCAPA as well as privately. Kenna lives on a 6 acre “farm” outside of Peabody with her husband Kelson, two teenage sons, and two lab dogs.
Rebecca Schloneger (Violin, Suzuki) began her violin studies as a young child with her brother. High school years were spent in Iowa and Pennsylvania, and in addition to violin, she studied clarinet, piano, voice, and percussion. She graduated with Departmental Distinction, receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College. She earned a Masters Degree with the same emphasis from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Summers were spent at Interlochen Arts Camp and Aspen Music Festival as well as International Festivals in Scotland and lived fro a year in Italy, where she taught English to Italian children. She has done Suzuki Teacher Training through Book 7 at Institutes nationwide. She has worked at BCAPA since 2001 and served as the Suzuki Director for 10+ years. Rebecca plays in the Wichita Symphony, Wichita Grand Opera, Music Theatre of Wichita, Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and is a frequent performer as a soloist. She is a professor of violin at Hesston College, where she conducts the Hesston College Chamber Orchestra and the Screamin' Larks Pep Band. She is married to Matt Schloneger, a voice instructor at Friends University, and has two children, Jonah, 14 and Lily, 11.
Cathy Anderson (Yoga) has studied yoga for 23 years and taught for 16. For her, one of yoga’s greatest benefits is understanding the relationship of mind and body. Life is more joyful and creative when one’s mind and body work well together! Yoga classes will include whole body movement as well as techniques for befriending the body and focusing the mind. Cathy is in her last semester at Wichita State, working on a master’s degree in Exercise Science with additional study in functional aging.
Emily Schulze (Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern)
Molly Flavin (Jazz) is starting her second year teaching dance at BCAPA but has been with the Academy as a student since it was founded. She is now starting her senior year at Wichita State University, working towards a BFA in Dance, and is a member of the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre and Mid-America Dance Theatre. Molly teaches mainly Jazz classes and uses a variety of influences in her teaching to help students get the most out of their classes. She works to create a fun, creative, and positive environment in her classes while helping her students grow as performers and as people.