Gateway Musicians

Dr. Cathy Benton, Director

Cathy Benton is Professor of Music at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri where she teaches piano and class piano in addition to directing the MBU Ringers. Dr. Benton performs as a soloist and accompanist on the piano, organ and harpsichord and has been an adjudicator and clinician for numerous keyboard festivals and workshops.

Dr. Benton is a member of SLAMTA, MMTA, MTNA, National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Handbell Association of Greater St. Louis and the Handbell Musicians of America. She is a Past President of the St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association (SLAMTA) and the Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA). She has also served as the Missouri State Chair for the Handbell Musicians of America.

Cathy Benton has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University, a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Webster University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from UMKC.


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Current Members

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Past Directors

Wim Blees (1995–1997) Mark W. Lawson (1997–2003) Nancy Helmich (2004–2007)
Chuck Peery (2008–2018)

Past Members

Curtis Armstrong Laurel Bales Marcia Barber
Dolan Bayless Beth Beattie ♩ Jan Blees
♩ Wim Blees (Founder) Peter Dahlstrom Jill Dean
Jan Ebeler Kevin Gale Hellen Gillespie
Kevon Hall Marcia Hansen Cynthia Harris
Don Hayman ♩ Janice Hitchcock ♩ Sally Johnson
♩ Karl Kay ♩ Dub Koon Andrew Larson
Ginny Lawson Kit LaMar Peggy “Carillon” Lohnes
Julia Matthews Jason McGinnis Karen Mild
Anne Miller Lisa Mueller ♩ Allison Nalesnik
Sue Nielsen ♩ Georgia O’Brien ♩ Candy Parson
Janet Petersen Michelle Robbins Karen Rolland
Wendy Shaw Donna Skeen Andrea Stramler
Kelly Stohl ✝ Joyce Suttle ✝ Laurie Underwood
Steve Upton Crystal Wagner Bruce Walker
Tim Way ♩ Marcia Worcester ♩ Carl Zimmerman
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