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.
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.
Since their appearance in Kansas City in 2011, the Starhaven Rounders have swiftly built a reputation for high energy shows full of ‘sass and defiance’ (Tim Finn, KC Star). Conceived by drummer Wade Williamson (the descendant of a long line of country western musicians) the band pulls material for their songbook from other eras, performing fan favorites like 'Pop a Top' and 'Six Days on the Road', in addition to lesser known songs from iconic country legends like Willie Nelson, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and more. The six piece band (with dozens of years of combined experience on stage) is a classic country western lovers dream, featuring fiddle, pedal steel and dueling male/female vocalists. Even people who don’t consider themselves fans of the genre will get caught up in the Rounders upbeat, full throttle performances. Starhaven Rounders play the music of the heartland, celebrating family tradition, great songwriting and legendary musicians.
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
2011 Artscape, St. Joseph, MO, 2011
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