MW Backstage Team
Behind the scenes of your magical music lessons is a team of creative geniuses who work on curriculum, teacher mentorship and customer service.
Meridee is the founder and director of the Meridee Winters School of Music, and author of all of the games, creative activities and MW books in your lessons. As a composer and professional musician, Meridee has instructed at all levels; from professional recording artists working on albums to teaching computer music classes in the recording studio; from young beginners taking their first steps on their musical path to intermediate students writing their first songs. Her foremost passion in life has always been empowering creativity. CLICK HERE for more...
Kate discovered music at five years old, after inheriting a piano from a neighbor's basement. Recognizing her immediate love for the instrument, her parents signed her up for lessons and Kate’s career as a musician was born. Songwriting quickly became a passion, and led Kate to Berklee College of Music, where she studied songwriting, voice and piano, and graduated magna cum laude. It was while attending college in Boston that Kate worked on her skills as a writer and performer, and became involved with the music community that had produced icons like Bob Dylan years before, and Tracy Chapman and Patty Griffin in the recent past. Kate’s songs have been recognized by most of the nation’s top songwriting contests, and given her the chance appear in festivals alongside acts like Sarah MacLachlan, Steve Earl, the Decembrists, Emmylou Harris, the Indigo Girls and more. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she continues to nurture her career as a writer and performer. Kate taught piano, voice and songwriting at the MW School from 2007-2009, worked in the MW office from 2008-2009, and has evolved into the school's show manager, communications manager and editor.
Krysta is a longtime member of the MW team and a lifelong musician. Her musical studies began at the age of 5, studying voice and piano with her mother, an accomplished opera singer and pianist. By 9, she had added oboe to her list of musical abilities, studying at Binghamton University and Ithaca College and performing as the principle oboist for the Corning Philharmonic Youth Orchestra while also performing as an actress in regional theaters throughout upstate New York. Her passion for music and theater led her from New York to Philadelphia, where she graduated with honors from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theater. Krysta’s talent and enthusiasm made her a popular teacher at Meridee Winters – she taught piano and voice here for seven years and managed the school’s office for six. A great advocate of Meridee’s method and a key member of the creative team, Krysta’s role in the school continues to evolve. As the school's in-house graphic designer and project manager, she has designed and illustrated much of the school's games, books and curriculum. She is also responsible for the school's social media, photo and video production and can be found at every show with a camera in hand. In her spare time she is a mom, a ukulele fanatic and an independent artist.
Jill became familiar with the Mainline, PA area while collecting degrees in psychology and elementary education at Bryn Mawr College and Chestnut Hill College (receiving her Masters Degree in Education from the latter). She was a successful elementary teacher for over six years before turning her teamwork skills to the non-profit organization, Mothers & More. There, she rose quickly through the ranks, revamping and growing the management department of the organization and her successes as Senior Manager earned her a position on the board of directors. She now turns her administrative know-how to MW where she will assist the Office Team with billing, scheduling, signing up new students and many other essential tasks. Jill is a life-long learner and instills the love of education and arts in her two young daughters daily.
Kaitlin is a dedicated musician, as demonstrated by her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College and her Master’s of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her interest in playing and singing began in her youth, but the decision to pursue it as a career came while performing with the Texas All State Choir in High School. This led her to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she studied both voice and piano formally, and received a presidential scholarship. At the Cleveland Institute, she continued her studies, earning the Max Berman prize – the school’s largest award for a vocalist, as well as trying her hand at stage-managing. Kaitlin is no stranger to teaching music; for the completion of her Music Education degree, she taught at New Hope High School and Middle School, teaching students grades 6-12. During this time she worked with a large number of choirs, as well as the middle school cast of Grease, and gave both class and private music instruction to students grades 6-12. Her other teaching experiences include teaching music as a volunteer at the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, and at several elementary and middle schools. As a performer, she’s landed some impressive roles, including Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, Béatrice in Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, Antonia in Les Contes du Hoffmann, and the title role in Handel's Alcina. Kaitlin teaches piano and voice for the school and works in the office as our faculty coordinator.
Lynsey earned her degree in Graphic Design from Moravian College, which she put to use teaching visual communications at Delaware Tech. For her next project, her love of entrepreneurship and community building inspired her to open a baby boutique in Dover's downtown shopping district, where she loved supporting new parents and connecting them with other families. Lynsey also enjoyed building community and connection online, where she and her husband grew a popular (and funny) data visualization blog. (Topics included a graphical count of how many times parents' names were said in a 12 hour time period or a visualization of the top baby names in recent history.) This misadventure earned them features in several publications including a highly debated "best coffee in Philly" heat map they coined Javadelphia. Although not a musician, Lynsey fancies herself a "spotify playlist master" as well as the queen of encouragement for her two musically inclined kiddos. At MW, Lynsey combines all of her experiences in data, design, creativity and community as she helps teachers and students start and continue on their musical journeys. Lynsey is enthralled with the creativity and inspiration the Philadelphia region provides, and looks forward to exploring it with her family of four.