MW Staff of Geniuses
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.
Monica is a Meridee Winters veteran, having joined our team in 2006 and remained an enthusiastic member of the teaching community ever since. Her musical knowledge is extensive – she earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa, GA) and received her master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Monica works as a Master Teacher for the school, as well as working in the office as the Faculty Director and serving as a teacher mentor/meeting leader. Among other gigs, jobs, and side projects, Monica enjoys being a part of many different musical communities, and finding various outlets for her creativity. Monica teaches piano and voice for the school at the master level.
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.
Kathie is a longtime resident of the Main Line, having grown up in the area before returning to settle in Wayne, where she has lived for the last eighteen years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University, but also a passion for music, as demonstrated by the 24 years of music lessons she encouraged and orchestrated (pun intended) for her daughters. Having previously worked for Vanguard and the Marriott Corporation, she has spent the last eight years working at the Radnor Memorial Library, as well as many volunteer positions with the Radnor Educational Foundation, the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival and numerous school and community events. She joins the MW Office team helping with the day-to-day operations, as well as supporting teachers and office staff. Kathie is an avid runner, seamstress, and mother of four girls.
According to her mother, Emily’s first career aspiration was to be a “singing dentist.” The passion for molars may have faded, but the passion for music continued to grow, and Emily began formal piano lessons at the age of five, which she continued through adolescence. Emily graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elmira College in upstate New York with a double major of Psychology and Music, with a specialization in Music History and Classical Theory. While there, Emily also held the position of President in four clubs: Chamber Singers, Psi Chi, Student Alumni Council, and Jazz Band. Through Student Alumni Council, she helped plan and host large-scale campus and community events that helped grow her “organizational muscles” that she flexes in the MW office daily. She eventually aspires to return to school for Clinical Psychology, but also plans to be involved with music for the rest of her life. During her down time Emily enjoys reading, hiking the local leg of Appalachian Trail, pursuing her equestrian habits, and cuddling with her puppy.
Erin’s musical studies have taken her all over the globe – reaching as far as Austria with the American Institute of Music and Italy with the “Oberlin in Italy” Opera Theater. A childhood love of music and singing led her to pursue musical studies in college, and she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas. Erin wasn’t afraid of extra-curricular activity — she was also part of the University of North Texas 2016 Young Artist Professional Development Program, The Dallas Opera and The University of North Texas Orchestra. Despite her opera background, Erin enjoys teaching both piano and voice in a variety of styles, including her favorites: classical, musical theater, and jazz. For voice lessons, she aims to teach “healthy, classical vocal technique that may be applied to all styles of music.” Her teaching experience includes over seven years of private instruction, as well as vocal pedagogy courses and seminars at both the Oberlin Conservatory and UNT. She also has several notable accomplishments in her trophy case, including First Place at the Tuesday Musical Association in Ohio, Second Place in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition and the Women's Voice Award from The Women's Chorus of Dallas. Currently, Erin is a soprano chorus member with Opera Philadelphia. She teaches voice and piano for the school and works in the front office.
Rebekah fell in love with music and acting at a young age, and followed that passion as it led her through music lessons and school theater all the way to professional productions and spots on commercials and TV sitcoms. The musical leg of her journey began with piano lessons, later adding voice and flute. Rebekah also picked up the guitar so that she could sing and accompany herself. Her acting experience is extensive – she has worked for professional theaters in Denver, Dallas, Virginia and PA and toured as an MC with the Radio Disney Road Crew. Rebekah graduated summa cum laude from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in acting and musical theater. While there, she was a presidential scholar, received a theater scholarship and studied abroad in Uruguay. While not teaching or performing, Rebekah loves to play with her cats, Mischief and Echo, and enjoys nature, biking, reading and painting. She teaches voice, musical theater, piano, guitar and works as the Vision Keeper helping to produce video for the school.