Marvelous Music Staff

Music Together® Specialists

Cathi Smits

  • Associate Degree, Mount Scenario College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Cathi is a Level II Certified Music Together® teacher, and has been teaching Music Together® for 10 years. In addition, she has also taught private lessons in piano, guitar and voice; taught preschool through 5th grade; directed vocal ensembles; and plays several instruments. Cathi is passionate about the benefits of the Music Together® program and especially loves sharing it with children and their families.  Cathi has an Associate Degree, Mount Scenario College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lynne Weaver

Marcia Working

  • Master in Education, Cornerstone University
  • Classroom Certification, Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Central Michigan University

Marcia Working has been a music educator for 30+ years. She has taught elementary music in the Portage Public School district for 27 years, working with students in grades pre-K through 5. She has recently retired from the Portage district.

Marcia is currently the Past President for the West Michigan Orff Chapter. She is active as a clinician for professional development in the areas of Integrating Literature and Music; Concept Based Lesson Planning; What is Orff Schulwerk?; and Music, Movement and the Brain, among other topics. She in her sixth year as a Teaching Artist for Kalamazoo RESA’s Education for the Arts Aesthetic Education Program in the Kalamazoo area.

Marcia has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University, elementary self-contained classroom certification from Western Michigan University; Level 1 Orff Schulwerk training from Madonna University; Level II and Level III Orff certification from Anderson University and a Masters in Education degree from Cornerstone University. She writes and arranges children’s music and plays clarinet in the Kalamazoo Concert Band.
Marcia holds Master in Education, Cornerstone University; Classroom Certification, Western Michigan University; and Bachelor of Arts, Central Michigan University

Violin Teaching Artists, Crescendo Academy of Music

Audrey Lipsey, Executive Director

  • B.A., Western Michigan University
  • Graduate work, University of Michigan
  • Child Development Associate Certification

Audrey Lipsey has been teaching violin for over 40 years and has been the Executive Director of Crescendo since 2000. She was Associate Concertmaster for the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Audrey performs widely in the community with the following groups: Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Concertmaster), Opus IV String Quartet and the Renaissance String Quartet.

Lipsey is a well-known educator in the area and serves as the conductor of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Preparatory and Training Orchestras. She taught in early childhood settings for 18 years after teaching strings in the public schools for eight years. For her significant contributions to music education, Ms. Lipsey was awarded the Community Medal of Arts from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo in 2002; the Mary McLeod Bethune Communication, Arts, & Letters Award from the Kalamazoo Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 2003; and the Prism Award for Excellence in Music Education from the Kalamazoo Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Women’s Music Fraternity, Inc. in 2006. In 2012 she was presented with a Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Kalamazoo for her years of dedication to the education of area youngsters.

Jacqueline Hanson

  • Bachelor of Music, University of Michigan
  • Master of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

A Kalamazoo native, Jacqueline recently graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music degree in viola performance. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Jacqueline has performed in the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic , the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (Lenox, MA), at the International Music Academy-Pilsen; (Czech Republic), ENCORE School for Strings (OH), and Chautauqua Music Festival (NY).
Jacqueline holds a M.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and B.M., University of Michigan

Cori Somers

  • Master of Music in Violin Performance, Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Music, Western Michigan University

After completing her Master degree in 2002, Cori has traveled and moved to the Upper Peninsula, to Vancouver British Columbia, Kingston Ontario, and back again. Having held teaching positions, concert master positions and various positions in orchestras, she decided to return Kalamazoo in the fall of 2008 to be closer to family.

She now lives in Kalamazoo with her husband Bill Caskey and two children Rachael and Deven. From the Summer of 2009 to the Spring of 2012 Cori developed and implemented a new K-8 music program and curriculum at the Kazoo School. She is the Director of Educational Partnerships for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Cori is currently a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, violinist and vocalist for The Red Sea Pedestrians, and a freelance musician.

Joanna Steinhauser

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Violin Performance, Louisiana State University
  • Master of Music, Violin Performance, Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Kalamazoo College

Dr. Joanna Steinhauser is a devoted violinist and educator residing in Kalamazoo, Michigan since 2010.   A violin instructor at Crescendo Music Academy in Kalamazoo and The Citadel Music and Dance Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan, she teaches private violin lessons to approximately 45 students of all ages and levels.  As Visiting Assistant Professor of Music she teaches a series of Aural Skills classes and several other private students at Kalamazoo College, as well as plays Principal Second Violin in the college orchestra Kalamazoo Philharmonia.  In addition, she regularly coaches violin sectionals for the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony and chamber music at Loy Norrix High School and Maple Street Middle School.  In the summers she enjoys a week coaching chamber music at Blue Lake Chamber Music Camp for Fun, a festival tailored for chamber music enthusiasts of all ages and levels.

As a performer Dr. Steinhauser enjoys a variety of solo, chamber and orchestral playing.  With the Steinhauser/Tung Duo she has performed recitals throughout Michigan, Missouri, West Virginia, Georgia, Spain and France.   She is a founding member of The Laughing Waters Piano Quartet and thrives on collaborating and performing with friends and colleagues.  Her extensive experience as an orchestral player includes, most notably, Acting Concertmaster at Battle Creek Symphony, Associate Principal Second Violin and Associate Concertmaster at Baton Rouge Symphony.

Dr. Steinhauser earned a D.M.A. (Violin Performance major, Music Theory minor) at Louisiana State University, M.M. (Violin Performance) at Michigan State University, and B.A. (Music and Spanish majors) at Kalamazoo College.  She began her violin studies at the age of 5 with Dr. Ulrich Bauman, thereafter studied with Dr. Barry Ross, Renata Knific, Dmitry Berlinsky, Scott Flavin, Kevork Mardirossian and Espen Lillenslåtten.  Listen and read more about Joanna at

Abigail Schubkegel-Weener

  • Bachelor of Arts, Indiana Wesleyan University

A native of Kalamazoo, Abigail Schubkegel-Weener is a lively and energetic music teacher.  She currently offers violin instruction in multiple schools and programs across the Kalamazoo area, teaching both private lessons and chamber groups to over 50 students of varying ages and levels.  Abigail is a certified Suzuki teacher and currently holds her teaching license for Suzuki Books 1-3.  She has also completed training and received her teaching license as an instructor for Music Together, an early childhood music program.  Abigail sits as the Associate Concertmaster for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, acts as a substitute musician for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and performs seasonally with the BachFest orchestra.  She also holds the position of concertmaster for Kalamazoo’s annual performance of Rob Gardner’s oratorio, Lamb of God.   
Over the past several years, Abigail has performed with the Holland Symphony Orchestra, winning the chair of Assistant Concertmaster (2013-2014), the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Marion Philharmonic, and acted as a guest principal player for Kalamazoo’s own Beethoven Fest.  She has performed with various world-renowned ensembles, such as Celtic Woman, Manheim Steamroller, the Gaither Vocal Band, and the Pacifica String Quartet.  Abigail sat as concertmistress for the IWU Orchestra from 2010-2013, performing on various occasions as a soloist, and winning both the Peru Concerto Competition and the IWU Concerto Competition.  
In addition to her violin teaching, Abigail is the director of Homeschool Performing Arts' Lower Elementary drama class, providing instruction in musical skills, presentation, coordination, movement, etc.  She also serves as the voice teacher for HPA's middle to high school programs.

Abigail thoroughly enjoys sharing the gift of music with others.  She is happy to return to her native city, Kalamazoo, and invest in the musical community that has invested so much in her.

Director, Marvelous Music!

Jane Rooks Ross

  • Master of Music, Music Education, Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education,  Calvin College
  • Elementary Education Certification, Calvin College

Jane Rooks Ross is the Director of Marvelous Music!, a dynamic initiative that brings music and school readiness activities into the lives of pre-school children in living high need households.  Marvelous Music! program is a collaboration of the Kalamazoo Symphony and Crescendo Academy of Music.  

Ms. Rooks Ross was the founding Director of Education for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, designing and launching 20 educational programs serving more than 40,000 children in 90 schools, in 9 Southwest Michigan counties. Her consulting work includes leading workshops for orchestras, serving on grant panels, and writing educational materials.  She also served as Development Director for the Kalamazoo Symphony garnering many grants and special gifts.      

She is the author of a popular book entitled Listener’s Guide to the Orchestra. She was awarded the Community Medal of Arts by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and received the charter PRISM award from the International Professional Fraternity for Women in Music, Sigma Alpha Iota.