Mrs. Judy Naillon
Mrs. Judy Naillon or “ViolinJudy” is a dedicated and enthusiastic independent piano and violin teacher, composer, and professional violinist. Her work consists of her large private music studio in Wichita, KS as well as playing and managing Wichita Wedding Music, and has served as a church musician for over 15 years. She received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Wichita State University where she also studied harp and piano. She has played violin in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for the past 20 + years and is the Vice President of Wichita Musician’s Union Local #297. She loves coming up with creative ideas to help both students and teachers be successful and blogs about it all at www.ViolinJudy.com.
Sarah Jane Naillon
Sarah Jane Naillon is originally from Winfield, KS and has played with Silver Sound String Quartet since 2004. In the Spring of 2010, she was selected as the Wichita Youth Symphony’s “Youth Talent” winner and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Wichita Youth Symphony at Century II Concert Hall. She has attended Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma where she studied under Hal Grossman and Wichita State University where she studied with various visiting professors. She began her studies at the age of 3 and also plays Oboe, Piano, Ukulele and Guitar. She has played in various orchestras in Oklahoma and Kansas. She is the director of strings at Bethel College Suzuki Institute and Orchestra director in Winfield, Kansas for the Middle and High Schools.
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 enjoysplaying 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. Joey is a principal in the Newton Public Schools.
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 and directs orchestra in Newton, Kansas.