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Virtuosity! Teacher Bios

Dr. Harold F. Carl, Trumpet

Dr. Harold F. Carl began playing trumpet and guitar at age 12. He was a trumpet section leader in his high school marching band. He majored in Music Education at Malone University and received his BS in Instrumental Music Education (K-12) in 1981. He has been certified to teach instrumental music K-12 in several states in the past. Dr. Carl has played in concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands and various musical ensembles. He has taught private lessons and instrumental classes. He is still an active player.

Dr. Kate Choi, piano

Dr. Kate Choi is an acclaimed musician, accompanist, and composer. Dr. Choi has played many solo recitals and concertos with the DK Orchestra in South Korea, and KU Symphony Orchestra at the Lied Center. She performed as a member of Orenunn contemporary trio in NJ, Seoul, and Bangkok. Dr. Choi has been active in numerous master classes and music festivals in Aspen, Chautauqua, and summer music schools in France. She holds a DMA from KU and MM from UMKC. Kate is a member of MTAC and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She joined SCA as a Virtuosity! teacher in 2020 after moving from Southern California. She has three children.

Kelly Copeland, Flute

Mrs. Copeland grew up in Liberty, Missouri and started playing the flute at the age of 11. She started taking private lessons a year later. At the age of 15, she earned the top performance rating at the Missouri State Music Festival for her solo performance. Mrs. Copeland enjoyed competing in Music all through high school. Mrs. Copeland then had the honor of accepting several music scholarships to attend William Jewell College in Liberty.  Once in college, Mrs. Copeland enjoyed performing with the Symphonic Band, the Flute Choir, playing flute solos with the Chapel Choir and the Handbell Choir, and later enjoyed playing alongside her Flute Professor, Elaine Brown, with the Liberty Symphony. As a junior in College, she started teaching flute and later that year, won the honor of performing her solo in William Jewell’s Concerto Aria, while being accompanied by the Liberty Symphony. Mrs. Copeland then earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Music Education. One of her most exciting performances since being out of college, was performing The Nutcracker with the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra in Jefferson City about four years ago. Since then, Mrs. Copeland has continued to teach various flute students and has recently fallen in love with acting in Christian theatre. Mrs. Copeland and her husband recently moved back to Kansas City to be closer to family and she can’t wait to share her love of music, performing, and for her love of Christ with all of you at Summit Christian Academy!

Trissa Lucht, Director; Piano and Group Voice

Mrs. Lucht has a B.A. in Music Education from Missouri Baptist College and a Master of Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She began her teaching career in 1993, after singing professionally and touring the country with The Lesters (a southern gospel music ministry). She taught various classes in K-12 general music, band, and choir from 1993-2002 at two Christian schools in St. Louis and Kansas City. In 2005, Mrs. Lucht joined the SCA faculty. Since that time, she has developed and maintained a top-notch, vibrant choral program that is highly respected in the KC Metro area. Mrs. Lucht directs secondary auditioned choirs and is an active member of NAfME, ACDA, and MMEA. Mrs. Lucht has served as the coordinator for the Women's Honor Choir in the KC Metro District. Mrs. Lucht was named Teacher of the Year for SCA in 2017, as well as the regional winner for the Great Plains Association of Christian Schools. In addition to teaching private piano lessons, Mrs. Lucht also offers group voice lessons for students entering 6th grade and above in the summer.

Caroline Munlin, Piano and Voice

Mrs. Munlin recently joined the SCA faculty and is originally from Springfield, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ where she studied voice with Margaret Cusack. Before discovering her love for teaching, Mrs. Munlin participated in several vocal festivals and Masterclasses in Vienna, Austria and Nice, France, while studying with Wolfgang Holzmair, Norman Shetler, and Dalton Baldwin. While pursuing a vocal career in Germany and Austria, she began teaching piano and voice lessons and soon fell in love with helping others find and cultivate their own musical potential. In December 2020, Mrs. Munlin received her Masters of Music with an emphasis in Music Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. She has been teaching piano and voice for the last five years. She and her husband are members at Liberty Baptist Church and enjoy serving where help is needed. Mrs. Munlin is excited to begin teaching piano and voice at SCA and help students find new ways to develop their musical gifts.

Joy Parke, Piano

Music has been a part of Mrs. Parke’s life for as long as she can remember. She learned to play piano, violin, and flute as a child and was involved in school band, choir, and high school musicals. In college, Mrs. Parke studied piano and voice and completed her bachelor's degree in Music Education. She has taught piano lessons for approximately 20 years. She is thankful for the opportunity to teach piano at SCA. It is a joy for her to work one-on-one with the students and to see their progress in piano as well as their growth as individuals. Joy has been married to Phil Parke for 31 years, and they have three sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law, two grandchildren, and one on the way! Joy sings and plays synthesizer on the worship team at her church, KC First Church of the Nazarene. She also helps her husband Phil with the church’s teen Bible quizzing program. She is working on her master’s degree in music--piano pedagogy emphasis--at UCM.

Libby Pierce, Violin & Guitar

Libby is in her 20th year of teaching private music lessons.  She began learning the violin at the age of four, as well as singing in churches, growing up as a missionary kid in Mexico City, Mexico.  She picked up playing several more musical instruments through the years and now  performs weekly with multiple groups in the KC area.  After a vocal performance degree from William Jewell College, she also received her education degree and certification in Vocal Music and Spanish.  Libby has sung with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and has served as music director at multiple churches.  Currently, she is the vocal coach at Life.Church Northland.  She runs a full private music studio out of her home in the Northland, where she resides with her husband, three beautiful children, and black lab.

Haley Roberts, Voice

Miss Roberts has taken voice lessons for 18 years and enjoys performing in various settings such as musical theatre, church, and cabarets. She graduated from Baker University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in music. Miss Roberts has been a cast member in over 30 theatre productions (a combination of musicals and plays). Recently, she played Sophie in Mamma Mia! and Miss Honey in Matilda: The Musical. Miss Roberts is excited to share her love of music with students and help them hone in on their craft and God-given talent.

Kristy Ross, Piano

Mrs. Ross has been teaching piano with Virtuosity! since its inception in 2011. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and has one of the strongest retention rates. Mrs. Ross also teaches our elementary and Jr. High worship team classes that help lead worship for the elementary chapels. Mrs. Ross received her education from Central Bible College/Evangel University with a major in music-emphasis in piano and voice. She sang and traveled with Revival Time Choir and provided music for its radio broadcast during her college years. Mrs. Ross’ experience comes from 30 years of music ministry positions in churches across America. Mrs. Ross currently attends Evangel where she volunteers for the worship team and choir. Mrs. Ross has taught preschool through 12th grade music classes and was the chapel coordinator for Grandview Christian School. Mrs. Ross is looking forward to many years to come at SCA!

Dave Sager, Percussion and Drum Set

Mr. Sager is a Kansas City native and has been playing drums since the fifth grade. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Performance, both from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Lee’s Summit Symphony, Kansas City Wind Symphony, and the UMKC Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Sager is currently the principle timpanist for the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. He is on the Board of Directors and past-president of the Mid-America Music Association. Mr. Sager also maintains a private studio and performs in local professional groups. He has been teaching for 30+ years and enjoys inspiring percussionists of all ages.

Dr. Greg Turner, Voice and Piano

Dr. Turner joined the SCA faculty in 2018. He has a D.A. in Music and an M.A. in Music/English from Ball State University and a B.A. in Music/English Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. He began his career teaching junior high (7-9) music and English at Santa Barbara Christian School (CA). Since then, he has taught music in public schools in Nebraska and Wisconsin. Prior to coming to SCA, He was the division chair for humanities and fine arts at Fort Scott Community College (KS), teaching music and English. He is the music director (choir director and organist) at First Presbyterian Fort Scott (KS). He and his wife Emily have been married 47 years and they have four daughters and nine grandchildren.