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Madina Akhatova ~ violin

Madina Akhatova was born and spent her first 5 years in Russia, after which her parents moved back to their hometown, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She graduated with honors in 2006 from the Conservatory of Music in Uzbekistan, where she studied in the class of Alexander Sultanov. From 2003 until 2008, Madina was a member of the local Radio Chamber Orchestra of Uzbekistan.

Madina graduated magna cum laude from Northern Kentucky University in Violin Performance in May 2012. After her graduation she taught privately at Angel’s House of Music in Ohio and at Northern Kentucky School of Music. Madina was a member of the Southbank Quartet (a quartet-in-residence at Northern Kentucky School of Music) since it was formed in 2012. As a member of  the quartet she taught privately in addition to directing the Mozart (1st year) and Beethoven (2nd year) string programs. In 2014, Madina became a director and a conductor of the Northern Kentucky Concert Strings (5th-7th grades).

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Megan Barrett ~ guitar, ukulele, voice, Music Together, youth choirs, community choir

Megan graduated with a degree in music education in 2006 and moved to Winterset where she served as the High School choir director (a position now held by her husband. In 2012, she transferred to Winterset Elementary where she taught general music for four years. For the past five years, Megan has enjoyed private teaching.

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Elizabeth Hoenig ~ piano, flute

Elizabeth has been playing the piano and flute for over 35 years and studied flute performance at Iowa State University. Seven years ago she became something she never thought she'd be—a teacher! She was more surprised than anyone to discover that teaching is something she really enjoys. She loves seeing her students' enthusiasm for learning music. Aside from teaching, she also works as a piano technician and accompanies in several capacities for the Winterset school district. When she's not working with pianos in one way or another, she enjoys reading, fixing things around the house, going for walks, blogging, woodworking, and spending time with her family.

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Nate Huston ~ intermediate and advanced guitar

Nate grew up surrounded by music in a family that played instruments, sang, and recorded music together. He studied music at Drake University and currently teaches music in the Winterset school district at the middle school and junior high. His fun-loving nature and sense of humor make learning a blast! When he's not teaching music and coaching rugby, he enjoys doing yard work and chopping wood.

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Alex Hoenig ~ beginning piano, oboe

Alex is an accomplished musician who has been playing piano, clarinet, and oboe and singing for several years. In high school she was honored to be chosen to the All-State orchestra on oboe. She is currently a student at the University of Iowa and an active member of the Hawkeye Marching Band.

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Caleb Moetsch ~ intermediate piano, trombone

Caleb has been playing piano since third grade and is currently taking lessons from a piano professor at Simpson College. He has also been playing trombone since fifth grade and has received lessons from several college professors. He has participated in multiple honor bands and his future plans include studying music and hopefully becoming a band teacher.

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Gracie Cole ~ clarinet, saxophone

Gracie Cole is a recent graduate of Winterset Senior High School and plans to attend Hannibal LaGrange University in the fall to pursue a degree is Music Education. During High School Gracie received the honor  of participating in the Allstate band on clarinet three times as well as participating in many other honor bands. Gracie decided to learn tenor sax when she was going into Junior High in order to participate in jazz band, since then she has also learned Alto and Bari saxophone. Gracie absolutely adores music and cannot wait to share the joy she has gained from it with her future students.

Ava Lemon ~ beginning guitar

Ava is a sophomore at Winterset High School and has been playing guitar and ukulele and songwriting since she was in elementary school.

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