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 Armstrong♩ Janice Hitchcock♩ Candy Parson
Laurel BalesCarla HoppeJanet Petersen
Marcia Barber♩ Sally JohnsonMichelle Robbins
Dolan BaylessJune JonesKaren Rolland
Beth Beattie♩ Karl KayWendy Shaw
♩ Jan Blees♩ Dub KoonDonna Skeen
♩ Wim Blees (Founder)Andrew LarsonAndrea Stramler
Peter DahlstromGinny LawsonKelly Stohl
Jill DeanKit LaMar✝ Joyce Suttle ✝
Jan EbelerPeggy “Carillon” LohnesLaurie Underwood
Tim ForbisJulia MatthewsSteve Upton
Kevin GaleJason McGinnisCrystal Wagner
Hellen GillespieKaren MildBruce Walker
Roberta GrannemannAnne MillerTim Way
Kevon HallLisa Mueller♩ Marcia Worcester
Marcia Hansen♩ Allison Nalesnik♩ Carl Zimmerman
Cynthia HarrisSue Nielsen
Don Hayman♩ Georgia O’Brien
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