Gateway Musicians

Dr. Cathy Benton, Interim 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) Jill Dean Jan Ebeler
Tim Forbis Kevin Gale Hellen Gillespie
Kevon Hall Marcia Hansen Cynthia Harris
♩ Janice Hitchcock ♩ Sally Johnson ♩ Karl Kay
♩ Dub Koon Ginny Lawson Kit Lamar
Jason McGinnis Karen Mild Anne Miller
♩ Allison Nalesnik ♩ Georgia O’Brien ♩ Candy Parson
Janet Petersen Michelle Robbins Karen Rolland
Wendy Shaw Donna Skeen Kelly Stohl
✝ Joyce Suttle ✝ Laurie Underwood Steve Upton
Crystal Wagner Bruce Walker Jeff White
♩ Marcia Worcester ♩ Carl Zimmerman Gurney the Gateway Chicken