Gateway Musicians

Dr. Cathy Benton, Director

Cathy Benton holds degrees from Jefferson College, Murray State University, Webster University, and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Dr. Benton retired in 2022 from Missouri Baptist University where she was Professor of Music. Dr. Benton teaches private piano, performs as a soloist and accompanist on the piano, organ and harpsichord, and is an adjudicator and clinician for numerous keyboard festivals and workshops. She is the Music Director of the Gateway Ringers, choir accompanist at Central Presbyterian Church, and adjunct piano instructor at Jefferson College. Teaching awards include Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the National Guild of Piano Teachers Hall of Fame, the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award and the MBU Distinguished Professor Award.


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Current Members

(♩ indicates charter 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 ArmstrongDon Hayman♩ Georgia O’Brien
Laurel Bales♩ Janice Hitchcock♩ Candy Parson
Marcia BarberCarla HoppeJanet Petersen
Dolan Bayless♩ Sally JohnsonMichelle Robbins
Beth Beattie♩ Karl KayKaren Rolland
♩ Jan Blees♩ Dub KoonWendy Shaw
♩ Wim Blees (Founder)Andrew LarsonDonna Skeen
Peter DahlstromGinny LawsonAndrea Stramler
Jill DeanKit LaMarKelly Stohl
Jan EbelerPeggy “Carillon” Lohnes✝ Joyce Suttle ✝
Tim ForbisJulia MatthewsLaurie Underwood
Kevin GaleJason McGinnisSteve Upton
Hellen GillespieKaren MildCrystal Wagner
Roberta GrannemannAnne MillerBruce Walker
Kevon HallLisa MuellerTim Way
Marcia Hansen♩ Allison Nalesnik♩ Marcia Worcester
Cynthia HarrisSue Nielsen♩ Carl Zimmerman
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