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 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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