STARS Faculty

Rachael Smart

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Rachael Smart has been part of the Sault Ste. Marie, MI community her whole life. She is a Sault High and Lake State graduate. Rachael has a background in gymnastics, which she practiced competitively through John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She loves the arts and being creative. Rachael has been part of the Soo Theatre for a few years now practicing voice with Karen Hughes Beacom and participating in different events The Soo Theatre Project…

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Betty Struble

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Betty Struble’s music career began with piano lessons at age six. Six years later she played the organ for her brother’s wedding! While still living in the lower Peninsula, she had a full career as an elementary school teacher, having a Master’s degree in education from Michigan State University, she was a member of an instrumental trio, played and sang with a gospel group, played for churches, choirs, community theatre groups, and accompanied students for Solo and Ensemble…

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Benjamin Gulder

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I was born in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to the eastern upper peninsula of Michigan in 2003. In October of 2004, I began taking violin lessons with Dottie Case. During my high school years I played for various events, played in the STARS advanced youth orchestra, and taught several violin students as well. For the past several years I have had the pleasure of playing for the Sault Symphony Orchestra, and the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. I am currently studying violin…

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Maggie Twining

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Maggie Twining has lived most of her life in the great Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She began playing cello at age ten, double bass and violin at age twelve. She attended Michigan Technological University for two years before transferring to Northern Michigan University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. While in high school and college, she studied with Laura Deming of the Chicago Lyric Opera House and Tracy Geissler. After graduating and teaching a year of…

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Randy Krause

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My introduction to watercolors came at an evening enrichment course with Helga Flowers at Sault High School. I loved it, and from that point on I took every painting class I could find. My teachers included Pat Norton, Gordon McKenzie, and Zolton Szabo. Each one of these artists has achieved international fame. We’re very fortunate to have so many world-class artists nearby who are willing to share their knowledge. I began teaching watercolor and oil painting 30 years ago….

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Jenna Perry

Jenna Perry

 

Jenna is a former competitive dancer at Studio Dance Arts, where she completed levels of the RAD certification. She was a former four year member of the Sault High Pom Pons, where she held Captain status for two of those years. Jenna completed her first year of teaching at STARS last year and is also an instructor at Allure Dance Company. She has performed in the annual Madrigal Dinner, the local Dancing with the Stars event, MMA Cage Fights, as well as EPCOT &…

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Alison Cheny

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Alison has always loved dance! She started at the age of five when her parents enrolled her at Mt. Laurel Regional Ballet Co. and she also took gymnastics, later on deciding to choose ballet. Her family moved a lot so she was experienced in participating at different studios and companies. To name a few, Joffrey Ballet, NYC, Coupe’ Dance Studio, Nanuet, New York, under the training of Ms. Diane Frankle, director and owner, Madame Nanette Charise, Robert Tucker both…

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Karen Hughes Beacom

Karen Hughes Beacom

 

With a voice and stage presence described as “warm and lyrical with a lot of dramatic power,” Karen Hughes Beacom is making a name for herself on the opera and concert stage. Her career is crossing borders, with her recent international performance at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Tianjin Symphony. Karen also appeared as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Joseph Rescigno in…

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Dottie Case

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Dottie Case, STARS Director of Music, has a busy studio of private students, teaching violin, viola, piano and clarinet. She is the founder and Director of the highly-respected STARS Youth Orchestra, and also directs the adult string orchestra, the New Horizons Strings. She is a violinist/violist for the Sault Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. Dottie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentrations in Music and Theater from LSSU, a…

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Amanda Kemp

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Our new instructor this year is Amanda Kemp from Brimley Michigan. Amanda was a cheerleader in both high school and college, and will be lending those skills to our all-new poms class. Amanda has been successfully coaching a squad of almost 40 girls at Brimley Elementary since 2013. She has a long career of performing and instructing. She was a figure skater for 14 years and was a volunteer coach for six years. Her and her husband Levi both performed and taught swing dancing for five years…

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