Meet the BCAPA Staff
Lisa Riffel, Operations Manager
Director of Music
Instructs: Piano, Kindermusik
Director of Dance
Instructs: Ballet, Tap, Modern
Academy of Music Instructors
Violin, Viola, Suzuki
Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Suzuki
Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Suzuki
Violin, Viola, Suzuki
Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano
Academy of Dance Instructors
Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern
Ballet, Conditioning, Creative Movement, Belly Dance
Kristin Kliewer (Director of Music) teaches piano and Kindermusik in addition to serving as Director of Music. Kristin is a Tabor College graduate with a BA in Elementary Education/Elementary Music. She has taught piano since 1993 and was licensed to teach Kindermusik in 1995. 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.
Brad Shores (Guitar, Steel Drums, Percussion) is currently serving in his 15th year at Haven High School after teaching at Nickerson High School for 11 years and in the Phoenix area as a strings teacher for 2 years. He teaching duties include concert, jazz, pep, and marching band, guitar class, and, of course, the steel drum class. The "Wildcat Pride" Marching band, as well as the concert and jazz bands have a long history of superior ratings at festival including 10 consecutive I ratings at the Andover Marching Festival. Mr. Shores also heads up the "Trash Cats", which is a novelty percussion group that combines various trash instruments with innovative choreography and has dazzled audiences of all ages. The steel drum band at Haven was started in 2000 and features students from the band and also some students who have limited musical experience. The class meets daily during the school day and has many opportunities to showcase the unique instruments. All the steel drums and equipment are owned by Brad and have been accumulated over a period of 29 years. Mr. Shores is most noted for his family band, "Tropical Shores", which involved his three children, Jaimie, Collin, and Bri, and his late wife, Linda. Mr. Shores has served as a clinician, percussion consultant, adjudicator and composer/arranger in Kansas since 1989.
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.
A native Kansan, Dan Grove (Violin, Viola, Suzuki) was born into a musical family of 7 and grew up in Winfield. He started piano lessons as a 3rd grader and violin lessons a year later. He earned degrees in violin performance and string pedagogy from Wichita State University and University of Colorado Boulder, played violin with the Wichita Symphony for 5 seasons, and completed postgraduate chamber music studies and performance at Yale. In Williamstown, Mass., he was the concertmaster of the Berkshire Symphony in residence at Williams College while teaching violin and viola in his private studio, directing the orchestra programs in the public schools (4th-12th grade), performing with several professional chamber music groups in New England, and also was assistant concertmaster with the Albany (NY) Symphony. In Munich, Germany, Dan performed and toured extensively with the Bavarian Symphony. Since returning to the U.S., he has worked as concertmaster with a number of community and festival orchestras along Colorado's front range, including Boulder, Denver, Greeley, Longmont, and Loveland, among others. He has studied the Suzuki Method of teaching with Barbara Coventry near London, England, and with William Starr in Boulder, Colorado. Currently, Dan is performing with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Hutchinson Symphony and is on BCAPA's string faculty. He is also a member of the American String Teachers Association.
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.
Seth Girton (Cello) hails from Wichita, Kansas, where he began studying cello at the age of nine. Under the tutelage of Susan Mayo, he was an active participant in the Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestras Program for six years before pursuing a degree in mathntematics at Oberlin College, where he also performed extensively. He received his Master of Music degree from Emporia State University and maintains an active performance schedule with the Friends University Community Orchestra in Wichita and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, in each of which he is acting principle. Seth has also spent several years exploring non-traditional and experimental music and techniques and sharing these at venues in the Wichita area. Most recently he has enjoyed exploring fiddling and accompaniment techniques with fellow BCAPA instructor, Jenny Bowen. In addition to his work at BCAPA, Seth restores instruments at McHugh Violins in Wichita, he is currently the instructor of cello at Hesston and Bethel Colleges, and he was previously on the faculty of Southwestern College as instructor of cello and conductor and music director of the Southwestern College Youth Symphony.
Matt Lind (Apprentice Instructor of Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano) is a fifth-year student at Bethel College finishing degrees in music performance and mathematics. Mainly a clarinet and saxophone player, Matt is working towards becoming proficient on all woodwind instruments, and also studies piano. He has played as a featured soloist in the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra and has worked as a pit musician in Newton and Wichita-area musicals. Matt also enjoys mathematics and astronomy.
Marial Mortimer (Apprentice Instructor of Voice) will finish her undergraduate education in December 2018, attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Friends University. Her inspiration is drawn from a variety of singing experiences. At Friends she has performed chorally as a member of the Singing Quakers, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble as well as a violinist in the chamber orchestra. She also performed in musical theatre and opera. She was also able to travel to Germany to do opera chorus work. She loves connecting with people and helping them grow, which is why she is teaching. She seeks to foster a love for singing through growing students as singers and as artists.
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.
Deiondre Teagle (Hip Hop, Modern) is a graduate from Wichita State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has recently returned from a summer of performing in Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS. Along with performing, Deiondre is very passionate about teaching dance to young people and instilling a great interest in performing arts within them. He is so happy to be a part of the BCAPA family!
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.
Paige Kliewer-McClellan (Ballet, Conditioning, Creative Movement, Belly Dance) has been with BCAPA since they opened in 2004, first as a student and then as a dance instructor. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Women's Studies from Wichita State University. She teaches a variety of styles and ages; from 3-year-olds in Creative Movement to adults in Belly Dance. Paige believes that dance is for people of every age, gender, body type, and background. She takes a positive approach to teaching, and is passionate about promoting self-confidence and self-love, creativity, and a lifelong love of dance.