Judy Johnson - flute
Chamber music and flute students fill Judy Johnson's life. In addition to performing with Music for Special Occasions and Vivant! (a lively, mixed-instrumental ensemble) , she is an active freelance musician. Judy is a Kansas City native who received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Flute Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Judy has performed with the Fine Arts Chorale, Musica Sacrae, the Bach Cantata Vespers Series, Summer Music at the Cathedral (Grace and Holy Trinity) Series, and the Wesley Recital Series in Bella Vista, Arkansas. She is honored to have been in the orchestra for the premier performances of Gary Adam's Wild Boy, and to be heard on the CD of that musical. Judy is also heard on recordings made by the Trinity Choir of Kansas City's Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral and by soprano Roberta Stark. Noted Kansas City music critic Lee Hartman (KCMetropolis.org, Kansas City’s Online Journal of the Performing Arts) recently described Judy Johnson’s playing as having “ . . . supple, shimmering nuance.”
A sought-after flute teacher in the Kansas City area since her career began, Judy is dedicated to the growth of young musicians. Her past work in that effort includes a long tenure with Kansas City Young Audiences. While she now works exclusively through her private studio, she has taught at the University of Kansas (Lawrence campus), Missouri Western State University, and the Continuing Education division of the UMKC Conservatory of Music.

Chamber music and flute students fill Judy Johnson's life. In addition to performing with Music for Special Occasions and Vivant! (a lively, mixed-instrumental ensemble) , she is an active freelance musician. Judy is a Kansas City native who received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Flute Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Judy has performed with the Fine Arts Chorale, Musica Sacrae, the Bach Cantata Vespers Series, Summer Music at the Cathedral (Grace and Holy Trinity) Series, and the Wesley Recital Series in Bella Vista, Arkansas. She is honored to have been in the orchestra for the premier performances of Gary Adam's Wild Boy, and to be heard on the CD of that musical. Judy is also heard on recordings made by the Trinity Choir of Kansas City's Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral and by soprano Roberta Stark. Noted Kansas City music critic Lee Hartman (KCMetropolis.org, Kansas City’s Online Journal of the Performing Arts) recently described Judy Johnson’s playing as having “ . . . supple, shimmering nuance.” A sought-after flute teacher in the Kansas City area since her career began, Judy is dedicated to the growth of young musicians. Her past work in that effort includes a long tenure with Kansas City Young Audiences. While she now works exclusively through her private studio, she has taught at the University of Kansas (Lawrence campus), Missouri Western State University, and the Continuing Education division of the UMKC Conservatory of Music.

Lisa Jackson - violin
Lisa Jackson earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance with distinction from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Akron. Her primary teachers were Catherine Tait, Alan Bodman, and Denisse Dechario. 

Ms. Jackson won a national audition for a first violin position in the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she held for nine years, eventually winning the position of assistant concertmaster. She served as associate concertmaster of Tulsa Opera for four years until moving to Kansas City. She was appointed full time contracts for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in the first violin section of the Kansas City Symphony. She has been a regular substitute in the Kansas City Symphony since 1999 and has performed with Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the newEar contemporary ensemble in Kansas City. Additionally she has been concertmaster of the Wichita Grand Opera and the Heidelberg Schloss-Spiele in Heidelberg, Germany. She has played with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra since 2008. 

Ms. Jackson has been teaching privately since 1991. During 2012-13 she held a one-year appointment to teach violin at the University of Kansas. She has been teaching violin, viola, and string chamber music at Baker University since 2013. She has held teaching positions at Camp Encore/Coda in Maine, SummerArts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Heartland Chamber Music Camp in Kansas City, and has coached at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan., since 2010.

Lisa Jackson earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance with distinction from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Akron. Her primary teachers were Catherine Tait, Alan Bodman, and Denisse Dechario. 

Ms. Jackson won a national audition for a first violin position in the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she held for nine years, eventually winning the position of assistant concertmaster. She served as associate concertmaster of Tulsa Opera for four years until moving to Kansas City. She was appointed full time contracts for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in the first violin section of the Kansas City Symphony. She has been a regular substitute in the Kansas City Symphony since 1999 and has performed with Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the newEar contemporary ensemble in Kansas City. Additionally she has been concertmaster of the Wichita Grand Opera and the Heidelberg Schloss-Spiele in Heidelberg, Germany. She has played with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra since 2008. 

Ms. Jackson has been teaching privately since 1991. During 2012-13 she held a one-year appointment to teach violin at the University of Kansas. She has been teaching violin, viola, and string chamber music at Baker University since 2013. She has held teaching positions at Camp Encore/Coda in Maine, SummerArts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Heartland Chamber Music Camp in Kansas City, and has coached at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan., since 2010.

Richard Bell - cello
Richard was born in Norman Oklahoma in November of 1953.  He attended the University of Iowa from 1973 to 1976 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance, studying with Charles Wendt.  He then started a Master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1976, in the class of Alan Harris.  He graduated in 1978 as the class valedictorian and he received the Ellis Siemon award for the most improved cello student that year.  He also attended the Blossom Music Festival during the summers of 1977 and 1978. While at Blossom he studied with Stephen Geber, principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and John Mack, principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He also attended the Aspen Music Festival during the summer of 1975, studying cello with Alan Harris and Claus Adam. 

In 1978 Richard moved to Columbus Ohio where he started a job as the associate principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony.  He formed a string trio with two colleagues from the orchestra in 1985.  This trio performed many concerts throughout the central Ohio area for the next 23 years.  From 1998 to 2008 Richard was on the faculty of Otterbein College, a small liberal arts school near Columbus.

Since moving to Kansas City in 2008 he was performed often with the Kansas City Symphony as a substitute cellist.  He has also worked with many of the area free lance musical groups, such as the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.  

He has taught private lessons in his home for the entire time he has been a professional cellist.  

Richard worked at the Beckmann Violin Shop from 2013 to 2015.  He helped run the shop as well as doing some of the repair work on string instruments.  

He joined the faculty of the Kansas City School of Music in January 2016.

In 1978 Richard married Clare Bockman.  They raised a family in Columbus, having three children, David, Megan and Thomas.  They now have four grandchildren.  They live in the Brookside neighborhood with their two dogs, Poco and Benito.

Richard was born in Norman Oklahoma in November of 1953. He attended the University of Iowa from 1973 to 1976 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance, studying with Charles Wendt. He then started a Master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1976, in the class of Alan Harris. He graduated in 1978 as the class valedictorian and he received the Ellis Siemon award for the most improved cello student that year. He also attended the Blossom Music Festival during the summers of 1977 and 1978. While at Blossom he studied with Stephen Geber, principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and John Mack, principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra. He also attended the Aspen Music Festival during the summer of 1975, studying cello with Alan Harris and Claus Adam.

In 1978 Richard moved to Columbus Ohio where he started a job as the associate principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony. He formed a string trio with two colleagues from the orchestra in 1985. This trio performed many concerts throughout the central Ohio area for the next 23 years. From 1998 to 2008 Richard was on the faculty of Otterbein College, a small liberal arts school near Columbus.

Since moving to Kansas City in 2008 he was performed often with the Kansas City Symphony as a substitute cellist. He has also worked with many of the area free lance musical groups, such as the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.

He has taught private lessons in his home for the entire time he has been a professional cellist.

Richard worked at the Beckmann Violin Shop from 2013 to 2015. He helped run the shop as well as doing some of the repair work on string instruments.

He joined the faculty of the Kansas City School of Music in January 2016.

In 1978 Richard married Clare Bockman. They raised a family in Columbus, having three children, David, Megan and Thomas. They now have four grandchildren. They live in the Brookside neighborhood with their two dogs, Poco and Benito.