Metropolitan Strings Academy
Dr. Victor Penniman (piano, Adventus Musiq, composition) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Operation of Early Music Programs from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute, a Master of Music in Historical Musicology from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon.
He served as music director for the Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland, OR, and has performed with The Oregon Renaissance Band, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra , the Waverly Baroque Ensemble, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, Indiana University’s Concentus Ensemble, The New York State Baroque Orchestra, and countless other individual projects and performances. He is a founding member of the electric-Baroque ensemble discontinuo, and is a frequent performer on and advocate for the Ruby Gamba, the first production-model fully electric viola da gamba. He has performed and recorded with the Ashley Cox Orchestra, Ben de la Garza, PerPlex, and, again, countless other projects. Dr. Penniman taught for ten years at Wells College in Aurora, NY, where he also earned his tenure. He has served as Director of the Music Program in the Communication & Fine Arts department at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and as adjunct faculty in Music History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. His teaching repertoire includes Western Music History, American Popular Music History, Studio Recording, choral and chamber music ensemble direction, and he offers private instruction in piano, cello, viola da gamba, guitar and composition.
"Piano is the most fundamental instrument in Western music. No matter what instrument you play, the piano or keyboard is essential to your understanding of harmony and how music in our culture works. It's also a great instrument to play! Whether you want to play Jazz or Classical styles, or play synths and other keyboards, I teach all styles and types, from beginners through intermediate, all ages."
Victor teaches at both 11806 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210 and 15208 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062.
Nicholas Jarrett (violin, viola, piano, voice) has been a musician for over 27 years, starting violin at the age of four. He has studied violin, piano, and voice at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music. Nick maintains studios for private lessons and directs string ensembles in Leavenworth/Lansing, Prairie Village, Olathe, and Merriam, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to private lessons, he has worked with students with cochlear implants at St. Joseph's Institute for the Deaf in Lenexa, Kansas and was director for the summer school music program at St. Monica's elementary school in Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, Nick is chairman of the KCMTA Concerto Competition in partnership with the Heritage Philharmonic, co-founder of Strings For Uganda in partnership with Change The Truth, annually adjudicates for MAMA and is a contributor to the Gemini Project. He also performs as a freelance musician for all events. Nick is a member of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, the Missouri Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association.
Nick teaches at 11806 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210. He accepts beginning through advanced piano & voice students.
A native Tennessean, Rebekah Lanier (harp, piano) has been teaching music since she founded Willow Creek Music Studio in 2006. Rebekah began piano at the age of 4, started studying harp in high school, and continued her pursuit of music in college, studying under Jerome Reed (piano) and Phyllis Sparks (harp). After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition, Rebekah transitioned directly into her dream career: private teaching, freelance performing, and professional accompanying. As a teacher, Rebekah focuses on theory and technique, and enjoys motivating each student to develop a personal connection to the music. Her harp background is in the Grandjany method, and she emphasizes using natural hand and arm motions to achieve a warm, resonant sound.
While living in Tennessee, Rebekah was very involved in Nashville's thriving music community, and her students participated in many events hosted by local, statewide, and national organizations. She served on the boards of the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association and National Guild of Piano Teachers, and has held memberships with the Music Teachers National Association, Tennessee Music Teachers Association, American Harp Society, and the Nashville Harp Society.
Rebekah met Kenton Lanier in college, where they quickly became good friends and
colleagues. They were married in 2016, and currently live near Kansas City, where they enjoy pursuing their musical interests together.