Instructor: Katie Benyo
With 15 years of teaching experience, a master's degree in music from the conservatory at UMKC, and continual pedagogical studies, Miss Katie works hard to build a private studio that is more than just weekly lessons, it is a community of students and parents dedicated to hard work and fun.
Playing World Series Game 1 with the Starhaven Rounders
Playing at a Chiefs Game
On the big screen at the World Series of BBQ
Playing on the radio with Fourscore
Backstage pass from one of Miss Katie's performances with Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence
With 2Cellos after our show
Recording some jazz for Project H's new album
Miss Katie with one of her teacher idols, Brenda Brenner at Indiana University.
Visiting an old school to perform Italian chamber music
Miss Katie meeting a violinist idol, Anne-Sophie Mutter
With Kerstin Wartberg, friend, and director of the German Suzuki Institute and author of the "Step By Step" violin series
Master's Recital at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC
Rehearsal for a modern music performance: Violin and Electronics
Playing with Classical Revolution
Bacon a Difference show: opening for the Eli Young Band
Check out a few of the groups Miss Katie Performs with:
Fourscore is a musically progressive, fashion-forward strings and piano ensemble that adds a pop of glamour to their musical performances. As Kansas City’s breakout ensemble in the genre, we offer an incredible fusion of flair and musicianship to every performance we do. Our songs are a blend of pop/rock covers and originals with Fourscore’s signature energetic style.
Chromatic Sky is a duo new to the KC scene, performing folk and pop covers and classical duets. Miss Katie plays guitar, violin, percussion, and sings lead and harmony vocals.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
2015-2018 University of Missouri Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance, Masters in Violin Performance
2017 Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
2010-2012 Missouri Western State University, Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis in Violin Performance and Business
2006-2008 Southeast Missouri State University, Violin Performance
Classical Violin Instructors: Joseph Genualdi, Brenda Brenner, Rico McNeela, Tamamo Gibbs,
Dr. Brandon Christensen, Marc Thayer, Elizabeth Suh Lane, and Cathy Hougland.
Fiddlers I've learned from: Matt Wyatt, Justin Branum, Junior Marriott, Bubba Hopkins, and Daniel Carwile. I play Texas-style, Missouri old-time, bluegrass, swing/jazz fiddle styles and have dabbled in Celtic and Irish fiddle playing as well.
Completed a Jazz Pedagogy course, 2 Jazz Improv courses, and a Jazz History course while attending UMKC.
Sunday's at Three Chamber Music Series,
St. Joseph Symphony
Medical Arts Symphony
Midwest Chamber Ensemble
Kauffman Stadium, Game 1 of The World Series, 2015
KC & STL with Lindsey Stirling
KC & STL with Evanescence
Sprint Center with Two Cellos
Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS, Opened for the Eli Young Band, Farmland Bacon a Difference Concert
Verizon Amphitheater, Yallapalooza
The American Royal World Series of BBQ
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, UMKC Orchestra
Kansas City's Cattle Baron's Ball, American Cancer Society
Arrowhead Stadium, Hy-Vee Hotzone for the Chief's Game
KKFI Radio Station
Opened for the country band, The Mavericks
A Few of the Groups I've Played With and/or Recorded With:
Maria the Mexican
FIFTEEN YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2015-Present Private Studio: Violin/Fiddle/Viola/Mandolin/Guitar/Ukulele, Lee's Summit, MO
Instruct a large studio of private students weekly.
Studio performs two full recitals yearly along with volunteer performances.
Offer group lessons for all students, planning various group activities based on participating students.
2009 - 2015 Wyatt Violin Shop: Violin/Fiddle Teacher , Independence, MO
2006- 2009 Private Studio: Violin/Fiddle Teacher, Cape Girardeau, MO
2003-2006 Wyatt Violin Shop: Violin/Fiddle Teacher , Independence, MO
2019 VerArte, Arequipa, Peru
Taught private lessons, coached chamber music, and created and lead an improvisation class for an international music festival held in Arequipa, Peru.
2011 Artscape, St. Joseph, MO
Presented a class for two separate groups on Classical Violin vs. Fiddle Music. Played examples of both Styles of music and discussed the differences and similarities.
2007 Christian Out Church Day Camp, Hillsboro, MO
Taught at a Day Camp for Strings where I introduced fiddle playing to a large group of students. My students performed a couple fiddle tunes at the end of the camp.
2006 Three Trails Fiddle Camp, Independence, MO
2017 St Joseph Honors Orchestra Auditions
2011 Platte County Fair Fiddle Contest
2007 Cape Girardeau Youth Orchestra Auditions