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).
Annabelle (Bella) Barrett ~ beginning guitar
Although she's been singing nearly since the day she was born, Annabelle began studying music at the age of four with violin lessons. She began playing the guitar in 2017 and has taken lessons herself and assisted with lessons taught by her mother. She is a violinist in the Des Moines Youth Symphony and dances at Winterset Ballet & Dance studio.
Megan Barrett ~ guitar, voice, First Steps in Music, Director of Youth Choirs
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.
Elizabeth Hoenig ~ piano, flute
Elizabeth has been playing the piano and flute for over 35 years and studied flute performance at Iowa State. 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 with her dog, blogging, woodworking, and spending time with her family.
Nate Huston ~ advanced guitar
Nate grew up surrounded by music in a family that played instruments, sang, and recorded music together. He studied music at Drake 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.