Biographies

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Judy Naillon

Ms. Judy Naillon
“Ms. Judy Naillon, or “ViolinJudy” is a dedicated full time musician; a Wichita Symphony Violinist and Piano and Violin teacher, who over the past 20 years has given private lessons..  A WSU grad, she loves managing the website, social media and musicians of www.WichitaWeddingMusic.com playing with her String Quartet and, managing her wonderful family. You can learn more about Judy at her website www.ViolinJudy.com.

Sarah Jane Naillon

Sarah Jane Naillon
Sarah Jane Naillon is a Winfield Kansas native who has played with Silver Sound String Quartet since 2004.  In the Spring of 2010 she was selected by audition as the Wichita Youth Symphony “Youth Talent” winner and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Wichita Youth Symphony at Century II Concert Hall.  She has attended Wichita State University and Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma where she studied under Hal Grossman and has played with numerous orchestras in Kansas and Oklahoma.  She enjoys playing oboe and piano, reading, camping, volunteering with the Girl Scouts as a troop leader, painting, blogging, and spending time with her niece.

Joey Menninga

Joey Menninga
Joey Menninga, a native of Wichita, KS, has served as the director of the Chisholm Middle School and Santa Fe 5/6 Center orchestras in Newton, KS since 2004. Prior to his tenure in Newton, Joey taught orchestra in Hays, KS and has extensive experience teaching private violin and viola lessons. He has previously served as a part-time music instructor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, and was the viola coach for the Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras Program for a number of years. Joey holds a master’s degree in music education as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership, both from Wichita State University, and a bachelor’s degree in music education and viola performance from Bethany College. Joey has played viola with orchestras from across the area including the Newton Mid-KS Symphony, the Wichita State University Orchestra, the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra, the Hutchinson Symphony, the Salina Symphony, and the Hays Symphony. He has also played with the Bethany College String Quartet and currently plays viola with the Silver Sound String Quartet. Joey enjoys attempting to play the guitar and bass guitar and can be found playing these instruments at church occasionally. From 2011-2015, Joey was the bass player for the band Shine Like Stars (www.slsworship.com), and toured with the band throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Ohio. He has also recorded three albums with the band.

Seth Girton

Seth Girton
Seth Girton 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 Symphony Youth Orchestras Program for six years before earning a degree in mathematics at Oberlin College.  He recently received his Master of Music degree from Emporia State University and maintains an active performance schedule with Wichita’s Friends University Community Orchestra 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 cello techniques and sharing these at venues in the Wichita area.  He particularly enjoys raising awareness of the cello and its potential at local coffee and public houses.  Additionally, Seth is the instructor of cello at Hesston and Bethel Colleges and at the Bethel College Academy.